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Brad Pitt got political, the Cats cast got their claws out and Eminems appearance left everyone confused

Joaquin Phoenix went full vegan

After Phoenixs speech at the Baftas, in which he said that it was incumbent on the dominant culture to increase representation of minorities in the film industry, many were expecting something on a similar theme. But his Oscars speech went much further. Beginning with the uncontroversial view that people like him should use our voice for the voiceless, Phoenix went on to say that humans disconnection from the natural world makes us feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. Then we take her milk thats intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal. It must be one of the most high-profile avowals of veganism there has ever been.

Bong Joon-ho ruled the night

The South Korean director ran an Oscars campaign based on gently poking voters about their US-centric worldview. The Oscars are not an international film festival, he ribbed at one point. Theyre very local. His other tactic was a full-on charm offensive, with his interpreter Sharon Choi becoming a star in her own right as she helped Bong navigate the late-night talkshow circuit. On Oscars night, his fanbase the Bong Hive were busy on Twitter and the man himself roused the audience with his tribute to Americas finest: When I was young and starting in cinema there was a saying that I carved deep into my heart which is, The most personal is the most creative. That quote was from our great Martin Scorsese.

Parasite, which has taken $40m at the US box office could be a bellwether for a more-outward looking Academy although this is the same voting body that picked Green Book last year, so its anyones guess what will happen in 12 months time.

James Corden and Rebel Wilson put the boot into Cats

The pair awarded the prize for best special effects dressed in Cats costumes and announcing: As cast members of the motion picture Cats, nobody more than us understands the importance of good visual effects. It got a big laugh although probably not in the home of Tom Hooper, the films director.

The In Memoriam section still cant get it right

There was no mention of Cameron Boyce, the Disney star who died aged 20 after suffering a seizure due to epilepsy in June and who played one of Adam Sandlers sons in the film Grown Ups. Luke Perry was another notable omission. The former star of Beverly Hills 90210 died in March aged 52, and even appeared in one of the nights nominated films, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.

Eminems surprise guest slot was baffling

As if to confirm that the numbers up for best original song werent up to much this year, Eminem appeared for no apparent reason and blasted through Lose Yourself, his Oscar-winning song from 8 Mile back in 2003. He hadnt performed it, or even turned up, that year but this time he performed the tune sporting an alarming black beard as the audience nodded their heads with the exception of Scorsese, who merely seemed to be nodding off.


Martin Scorsese reacts to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” performance #Oscars

February 10, 2020

Taika Waititi has broken new ground

First of all, hes the first Mori film-maker to win an Oscar a fact he nodded to when he dedicated his awards to all the indigenous kids all over the world who want to do art and dance and write stories we are the original storytellers and we can make it here as well. Second, he gave the first land acknowledgment speech the ceremony has ever seen, saying: The Academy would like to acknowledge that tonight we have gathered on the ancestral lands of the Tongva, the Tataviam and the Chumash. We acknowledge them as the first peoples of this land on which the motion pictures community lives and works.

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Yes @TaikaWaititi!!!! #Oscars2020

February 10, 2020

Chris Rock is in no doubt on the question of Ford v Ferrari

Ive got both and it aint even close, said the comic at the top of the awards. Its like Halle Berry versus gum disease.

Brad Pitt can do politics

He has been acclaimed all awards season for his witty and charming speeches, but Pitt added some political bite at the Oscars with a nod to the thwarted impeachment of Trump. They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, he said. Which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week.

Billie Eilish made everyone feel old

When asked on the red carpet about the films shed grown up with, Eilish mentioned The Babadook released in 2014. And when Eminem came out to perform a song released when she wasnt even a year old, she could not have looked more bemused.

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What a reaction to Eminem from Billie Eilish. #Oscars

February 10, 2020

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Jeff Bezos was mocked by Rock, Brad Pitt had a pop at Trump and Sigourney Weaver laced up her gloves

Chris Rock on Jeff Bezos and Marriage Story

Bezos is so rich, he got divorced and he is still the richest man in the world. He saw Marriage Story and thought it was a comedy.

Joaquin Phoenix

on veganism and social justice
I think at times we feel or are made to feel that we champion different causes. But for me I see commonality. I think whether were talking about gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights, or animal rights were talking about the fight against injustice.

Were talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one people, one race, one gender, one species has the right to dominate, use and control another with impunity.

on dairy products
I think weve become very disconnected from the natural world, many of us are guilty of an egocentric worldview and we believe that were the centre of the universe. We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources, we feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and steal her baby even though her cries of anguish are unmistakeable. Then we take her milk intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.

on forgiveness
I have been a scoundrel all my life, Ive been selfish. Ive been cruel at times, hard to work with and Im grateful that so many of you in this room have given me a second chance. I think thats when were at our best: when we support each other. Not when we cancel each other out for our past mistakes, but when we help each other to grow. When we educate each other. When we guide each other to redemption.

Laura Dern on meeting your heroes

Noah [Baumbach] wrote a movie about love and breaching divisions in the name and the honour of family and home and hopefully for our planet. Some say never meet your heroes. I say if youre really blessed you get them as your parents. I share this with my acting legends Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern. You got game, I love you. Thank you all for this gift. This is the best birthday present ever.

We can make it here as well Taika Waititi. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Taika Waititi on far-right extremism and indigenous kids

Backstage: If you were a Nazi, you would go to jail. Now youre a Nazi, feel free to have a rally down in the square with your mates.

On stage he said: I want to dedicate this to all the indigenous kids in the world who want to do art, we are the original storytellers and we can make it here as well.

Brad Pitt on Trumps impeachment, John Bolton and the Republican party

Thank you to the Academy for this honour of honours. They told me I only have 45 seconds up here which is 45 more than the Senate gave John Bolton.

Bong Joon-Ho on booze and Scorsese and Tarantino

The [international feature film] category has a new name and Im so happy to be its first recipient under its new name. I applaud and support the new direction that this change symbolises. Im ready to drink tonight.

When I was young and starting in cinema there was a saying that I carved deep into my heart, which is, The most personal is the most creative. That quote was from our great Martin Scorsese. When I was in school I studied Scorseses films. Just to be nominated was a huge honour, I never felt I would win. When people in the US were not familiar with my films Quentin [Tarantino] would always put my films on his list Quentin, I love you.

Hildur Gunadttir on female composers

To the girls to the women, to the mothers to the daughters who hear the music bubbling within please speak up we need to hear your voices.

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Do you recognize these celebrities? Do you notice anything different? If not, we suggest that you take a closer look, because each photo features not one but two or even four celebrities masterfully mixed together! A 25-year-old French student has recently become an Instagram sensation after he shared his amazing creations – morphs of famous faces.

#1 Brad Pitt & Leonardo Dicaprio


#2 Billie Eilish & Cara Delevingne


The artist, who goes by the Instagram name of Morphy_me, has spent hours painstakingly morphing celebrity faces from different spheres such as music, film, sport, royalty and much more. These creations take a lot of time as he carefully studies each face to bring out the most beautiful features of it. Not to mention the whole creation process! With a lot of patience and attention to detail, he makes a new face of a ‘perfect’ celebrity.

#3 Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds


#4 Kristen Stewart & Megan Fox


From the combination of probably two of the most beautiful and hottest Hollywood actors Brad Pitt and Leonardo Di Caprio to the mesmerizing beauty of two classy iconic stars, actress and model Megan Fox and singer, songwriter Lana Del Rey, he has an eye for captivating beauty.

#5 Dua Lipa & Gal Gadot


#6 Chris Pratt & Michael Fassbender


Currently, Morphy_me has 55.1k followers on his Instagram and some of these followers are famous Hollywood celebrities themselves. He was noticed by Lily Collins, Gigi Hadid, Mark Hamill, Doutzen Kroes, Lily Aldridge and even followed by Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas. It’s just too crazy!

#7 Jason Momoa & Chris Hemsworth


#8 Nina Dobrev & Megan Fox


#9 Natalie Portman & Millie Bobby Brown


#10 Lady Gaga & Scarlett Johansson


#11 Rami Malek & Bruno Mars


#12 Henry Cavill & Christopher Reeve


#13 Jason Momoa & Chris Hemsworth


#14 Chris Evans & Chris Pratt & Chris Hemsworth & Chris Pine


#15 Gal Gadot & Emma Watson


#16 Lana Del Rey & Megan Fox


#17 Zendaya & Zoe Kravitz


#18 Megan Fox & Bella Hadid


#19 Kendall Jenner & Taylor Hill


#20 Eminem & Tom Hardy


#21 Anne Hathaway & Audrey Hepburn


#22 Emilia Clarke & Carice Van Houten


#23 Amber Heard & Barbara Palvin


#24 Antoine Griezmann & Leo Messi


#25 Tom Holland & Tom Hardy & Tom Hiddleston


#26 Kiernan Shipka & Emma Watson


#27 Theo James & Ansel Elgort


#28 Margot Robbie & Elizabeth Olsen


#29 Emma Watson & Lily Collins


#30 Scarlett Johansson & Taylor Swift


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Anyone whos looking for a celebrity friendship of epically heartwarming proportions may have found their men in Brad Pitt and Frank Ocean. The longtime Hollywood leading man and the R&B singer-songwriter were both at the 2017 FYF Fest in Los Angeles on Saturday night, with Ocean crooning to the 53-year-old actor in a dramatic cameo paired with the Jackson 5s 1971 hit single, Never Can Say Goodbye.

The audience seemed to enjoy the unexpected cameo, based on its reaction when the enormous onstage screens flashed to Pitts face while he held a phone to his ear, a forlorn look on his face. Video from the performance shows that Pitts presence whipped up some cheers from the crowd, and judging from reactions on social media, it seems like it mustve been a pretty cool moment of recognition of the pairs recently public friendliness.

In May, Pitt offered some seemingly earnest praise for Ocean and his music in an interview with GQ Style, commenting on how hed recently started listening to R&B and found himself disarmed by Ocean’s artistic honesty.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Frank Ocean, Pitt told the magazine. I find this young man so special. Talk about getting to the raw truth. He’s painfully honest. He’s very, very special. I can’t find a bad one.

Pitt praised Oceans music for helping him emotionally navigate his divorce from fellow star actor Angelina Jolie, a fact which apparently moved Ocean towear a shirt with Pitt’s face on it during a concert in June, according to theNew York Daily News. He also dedicated the song to Pitt on Saturday night.

This is for our special friend, Ocean said, after it was over.

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Recent research shows the number of extremely unhappy couples has doubled in the UK, but popular culture still clings to the fairytale ending

Pretty much all the cliches of the fairytale (the noble prince, the helpless princess) have long been satirised, in everything from The Princess Bride to Shrek to the Zog books by the brilliant Julia Donaldson. But there is one myth that even the most cynical of humans stubbornly clings to the promise of happily ever after, even if all around us is the proof that this is about as likely as a fire-breathing dragon.

According to a recent report from the Office for National Statistics, the number of couples in Britain who describe themselves as extremely unhappy has doubled in the past five years, while those who describe their relationship as perfect has gone down from 9.2% to 5.9%. The ONS does not state how many of those who claimed their relationship was perfect in previous studies are now saying they are extremely unhappy, but Id wager there was significant crossover. After all, those who cling to an illusion are the most likely to be disappointed by the reality.

This summer has proffered plenty of evidence of the death of this myth. From Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat,Pray, Love, and her husband, some of the most loudly self-proclaimed happy relationships have come to an end. When a high-profile marriage ends, the journalistic cliche is to say thatthe reason fans feel unnerved is because theythink that, if the celebrities cant make it work, who can?

This is nonsense. As much as people still desperately want to believe in a happily ever after, only the most naive child would think that buckets of money, the constant glare of attention, and at least one desperately needy and narcissistic person sounds like a recipe for ahappy marriage. Frankly, Ive always thought it a miracle that any celebrity marriages last.

Instead, the shock of a high-profile divorce is that these are the people who, more than anyone, have promoted the myth of happily ever after, through their work and, often, through interviews and romantic photo opportunities. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met on movies, as did Pitt and Jolie films that ended with the promise that only happiness awaited their characters after the closing credits. Elizabeth Gilberts relationship with Jose Nunes was the basis of her best-known books, from Eat, Pray, Love (made into a predictably slushy Hollywood film) to Committed, her book about her marriage. But in July, Gilbert announced they were divorcing, and that she is now in a relationship with her best friend, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment. Amid the supportive cheers, some of Gilberts fans expressed sadness for Nunes, and who can blame them? He had been sold as their symbol of the happily ever after. (By contrast, the most recent celebrities to separate, Zo Ball and Norman Cook, were always extremely open about their struggles with infidelity, addiction and the general mundanity of marriage. For this reason, the announcement of their split felt to me like the saddest of all.)

And yet the myth persists. In her third Bridget Jones book, Mad About The Boy, Helen Fielding famously killed off Mark Darcy, presumably partly because she herself was divorced by this point and somewhat over the happily ever after storyline. (It is often forgotten how sceptical the original book was about marriage, with its satirisation of Smug Marrieds.) But Hollywood would never allow such cynicism: in the latest absurd movie instalment, Bridget Joness Baby, Darcy is firmly resurrected. Do you really need a spoiler alert if I say Guess the ending?

The best books I have read recently are the ones that resist the simplistic love-cures-all conclusions. In Jessi Kleins terrific collection of essays, Youll Grow Out Of It, she continues the story after her wedding, describing her fertility struggles and the toll this took on her relationship. Rachel Dratchs memoir, Girl Walks Into A Bar, is a fascinating riposte to the upbeat you go girl! female memoir cliche, detailing not just her diminishing professional success but an honest account of what its like to be single in your mid-40s. On screen, Desiree Akhavans Appropriate Behavior has proved it is possible to make a delightfully optimistic romcom that begins and ends with a breakup.

I never liked Elizabeth Gilberts gratingly simplistic memoirs, but her last novel, The Signature Of All Things, is astonishingly brilliant: big-hearted and beady-eyed, it looks at how the romantic fantasy can corrode a womans imagination and blind her to reality. Most of all, it knows that happy endings come in all guises, not just with a bridal veil.

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Their old-school Hollywood glamour and high-minded campaigning made them the biggest and glitziest celebrity couple of them all. But now Jolie and Pitts divorce is destroying the celebrity game they played to perfection

To create the perfect celebrity couple, all of the following ingredients must be included:

Two unbelievably gorgeous people who are each globally famous in their own right;

Children with unusual names who are regularly photographed;

Frequent attendance of glitzy events;

Occasional photos of them doing normal people things (such as taking the kids out for pizza, jogging in Malibu);

Some kind of scandal in the background they have overcome;

A constant buzz of tabloid rumours about them;

Publicly released wedding and new baby photos.

Most of all, they must represent something to the public that is far greater than the sum of their parts.

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, followed, to a lesser extent, by Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, were perfect celebrity couples. Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow certainly ticked most of the boxes. At a stretch, Madonna and Guy Ritchie filled that brief in their time. But Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were the biggest and glitziest of all, with their supersized family and affected normality (photos of them eating fast food with his inlaws in Missouri! Her lack of a publicist!) contrasted with their actually unimaginable inner lives. They were the rare celebrity couple who seemed genuinely into each other; after all, such was their initial attraction that it led to a divorce that has now been discussed longer than the marriages that both preceded and followed it. There was an air of old Hollywood glamour coupled with high-minded cerebralism about them that is hard to imagine any other celebrity couple pulling off now. Kim Kardashian, for example, tweets photos of her breasts for giggles; Jolie wrote a New York Times article about her preventative double mastectomy.

Pitt and Jolie arrive at the Oscars, 2009. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

The truth is, Jolies personal life has long been a lot more memorable than her acting (her last truly seminal film was Girl, Interrupted, and that was made so long ago she was second billing to Winona Ryder, for heavens sake). But the reason they as a couple seemed so interesting, and why the announcement of their divorce this week got so much attention it knocked everything else off the news agenda, was because they werent just the perfect celebrity couple. Their relationship helped to define the 21st-century fame machine. In this sense, it felt absolutely right that the announcement of its end should come, not via a conventional press release, but through a leak on, precisely the kind of sensationalist tabloid blog that didnt exist when Pitt and Jolie first got together but has thrived in the sunshine of their ongoing soap opera.

For all their affected privacy, theirs was a relationship played out entirely in the shifting media landscape. When they were first photographed on a beach in 2005 playing with Jolies adopted son Maddox (12 pages of new pics that prove the romance is real! screamed the cover of a US tabloid), celebrity gossip blogs were in the ascendence while tabloid magazines, especially Hello! and OK! in the UK, and Us Weekly and People in the US, were expensively battling one another and the web to get the most sensationalist photos first. Few were more sought after than anything to do with the Jennifer AnistonBrad PittAngelina Jolie love triangle, such as pictures of Aniston doing yoga on the beach on her own (Poor Jen!) and Pitt and Jolie on (presumably) a different beach looking in one anothers eyes.

Serious about the planet Jolie and Pitt at the World Economic Forum, 2006. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Between 2004 and 2005 the number of paparazzi in the US almost doubled because the nature of celebrity gossip was changing. Instead of knowing-but-cosy articles written by columnists from Walter Winchell, Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper in the 1930s to Nigel Dempster in the 70s and 80s gossip shifted from being about words to being entirely about photos, and no one encouraged this shift more than the Brangelina behemoth. They rarely spoke about their family life except in the blandest of terms: tell-all exposs would have been seen as far too tacky and self-exploitative for them. They were also too risky for Jolie, whose iron-clad image control became public knowledge when her stipulations about what journalists could and couldnt ask her were leaked online (Interviewer will not ask Ms Jolie any questions regarding her personal life … This interview will not be used in a manner that is disparaging to Ms Jolie …).

Instead, from the beginning, she and Pitt preferred to make their points through carefully controlled photo shoots and notably flattering paparazzi shots. Just three months after Aniston filed for divorce from Pitt in March 2005, he and Jolie ostensibly confirmed the increasingly hysterical rumours about their relationship when they posed for a 60-page fashion shoot depicting them in domestic bliss while flanked by five little boys who bore a striking resemblance to Pitt. The shoot was nominally pegged to the release of their film Mr and Mrs Smith, but, as Pitt and Jolie knew perfectly well, it was the frisson of the are-they-yes-they-totally-are rumours that made a glossy magazine hand them 60 pages. They happily exploited the public interest while still maintaining a semblance of the moral high ground by not actually saying anything. After all, next to Tom Cruises sofa-jumping, which happened that same summer, a 60-page (did I mention it was 60 pages?) fashion shoot looked downright self-restrained.

In classic Brangelina style, they didnt confirm they were in a relationship until the following year when Jolie was pregnant, and this made them seem loftily above the overexposed antics of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and the rest of the celebrity landscape back then. (Not everyone was wowed by the Jolie-Pitts decision to communicate by glamorous photo semiotics as opposed to boring press conferences: Aniston later said that the fashion shoot proved to her that her ex-husband lacked a sensitivity chip.)

The truth is, of course, few exploited the world of modern fame more thoroughly than the Jolie-Pitts. When Jolie decided to give birth to their daughter, Shiloh, in Namibia in 2006, the Namibian government, in a move straight out of Team America, enforced a no-fly zone over the coast where the family was staying. Pitt and Jolie invariably arrived last at red carpet events, such as the Oscars, thus ensuring maximum photo op, and, of course, there was the fascination with their multicultural children, which, again, the Jolie-Pitts did little to quell, with their strictly managed magazine shoots that sold for record-breaking millions. (If you think the Jolie-Pitts didnt use their family in their publicity, that they were merely compromising with the publics curiosity, ask yourself how many of their six children you can name. Three at least, probably. Now, how many of, say, Matt Damons four children can you name? Even I had to Google that, and I write about this stuff for a living. This does not happen by accident.)

Pitt and Jolie with two of their adopted children, Maddox and Pax. Photograph: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

This double game affecting to maintain privacy while actually being entirely in the public eye but only under their own terms is what made them the perfect celebrity couple. They conjured up a form of intimacy at a distance, a term coined by Donald Horton and R Richard Wohl in their famous 1956 paper, Mass Communication and Para-social Interaction. Most of all, they pulled it off by understanding the world of modern media better than the media understood itself. When the two of them needed to get the public back on side after Pitts divorce from Aniston, and Team Aniston sweatshirts were outselling Team Jolie ones from LA boutiques by three to one, they didnt do it via the traditional means of fawning press interviews. As usual, they opted for photos. The two of them were pictured touring various developing world countries, with Pitt hugging children in orphanages and Jolie meeting victims of the 2002 civil war in Sierra Leone. Suddenly, they werent the sex temptress and helpless hunk who broke the heart of Americas sweetheart: they were the high-minded celebrity couple who were using their fame for good and, gosh, who has time for yoga and me-time on the beach when youre busy saving the world?

Jolie, in particular, carved her own narrative for female celebrities in the 21st century: as opposed to being the lonely singleton followed by dated frump, which is the trajectory still accorded to every other famous woman, she was the sexual adventuress followed by idealised but still sexy mother figure and world saviour. Not even Madonna could pull off that combination successfully. It was genuinely interesting to watch her determinedly overturn the cliches, and while Pitt may have had the more successful career, Jolie was always the more interesting one, the brightly coloured bird of prey to his blond mouseburger. Until, that is, news broke this week that her family was about to endure the biggest Hollywood cliche of all.

Redefining female celebrity Jolie talking at a Syrian refugee camp, September 2016. Photograph: Ahmad Alameen/AP

Celebrities get divorced all the time, but only a few celebrity divorces can be described as seminal. The BBC was not sending out alerts about Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefanis divorce last year. This is because, like the perfect celebrity couple, the perfect celebrity divorce has to represent something bigger to the public, either through a media-constructed narrative or through the scale of celebrities cultural significance. There was Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds divorce back in 1959, when the housewives favourite left Americas darling for Elizabeth Taylor, the temptress of her era. (As Carrie Fisher, Reynolds and Fishers daughter, has rightly pointed out since, her parents were the original Aniston and Pitt, with Taylor as Jolies antecedent.) Taylor then left Fisher for Burton, which led to the next big celebrity divorce times two, as they married and divorced twice, while a fascinated public watched two highly public figures drive each other mad through their mutual sexual attraction and self-destruction. The next one was Cruise and Kidman, followed by Cruise and Holmes, both of which were only interesting, really, because of Cruises weirdness, which became more apparent with each divorce. Some might include Paltrow and Martin in this list, with their all too memorable conscious uncoupling. But, really, next to the brightness of Taylor and Burton and even Jolie and Pitt (well, Jolie, mainly), they are too basic and beige in my eyes to make the cut.

The narrative on Jolie-Pitts split has yet to be decided, although Jolie is already showing her characteristically firm hand on that. Just as adopting a child on her own helped to change her image from and Im paraphrasing here kinky vampiric crazy lady to benevolent world saviour, so she is at least partly relying on her children to control the story. When news of the divorce broke this week, her attorney, presumably under Jolies instruction, said that she had filed for divorce for the health of the family. Her manager later reiterated the point, telling the media: Angelina will always do whats in the best interest of taking care of her family. The inference being, of course, that Pitts presence was somehow detrimental to their children. If being a perfect celebrity couple requires superhuman self-control, coming through a perfect celebrity divorce demands an unimaginable amount of personal drive.

Rumours about the reasons for their divorce will run for decades, continuing to fuel the celebrity machine that they helped to shape and endure. Of course, the public will never know the full story, but that is always besides the point when it comes to celebrity gossip, where story matters more than truth and a persons symbolism is more significant than the actual person. Jolie and Pitt represented to the public, first, a passionate, forbidden love story, followed by a heightened version of an intimate, idealised family. In other words, theirs were stories more generally played behind closed doors, which is why so many people felt so personally invested in them. The end of their relationship clearly doesnt represent the death of love, as many of their fans have claimed online. But it does suggest the end of a kind of celebrity that managed to be conducted wholly on its own terms, with its own sort of dignity, which is already being destroyed in the divorce. The end of Brangelina is news in the way that the end of Burton and Taylor was news, not because of what they meant to themselves, but what they meant to the public. They knew how to play us better, it turned out, than they knew how to play themselves. That, perhaps, is the real definition of the perfect celebrity couple, and its also why so many of them end up as the perfect celebrity divorce.

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Everything needs to be architected, the rapper once said and now hes in talks with Ikea, where his minimalist aesthetics could prove a good fit

Alongside the trusty Billy bookcase and the Dombs wardrobe, Ikea could soon see the Yeezy bedside table, after Kanye West declared his desire to collaborate with the Swedish furniture giant in no uncertain terms.

Yo Ikea, allow Kanye to create, he said in an interview on BBC Radio 1 on Monday. I have to work with Ikea make furniture for interior design, for architecture.

The announcement follows Wests visit to the Ikea headquarters in March, when he tweeted that he was super inspired, and that his mind was racing with the possibilities, after a behind the scenes peek into the glamorous world of plywood and allen keys.

But those hoping to get their hands on a range of pimped-up flat-packs will be sorely disappointed: West described his vision as a minimalist apartment inside of a college dorm.

A glimpse of what the budding hip-hop furniture designers range might look like can be gleaned from Twitter, where West has already posted his sketchy scheme for a bed for the master bedroom at his and Kim Kardashians $20m Hidden Hills mansion.

KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 2, 2016

I’ve been trying to figure out the bed design for the master bedroom at our Hidden Hills compound…

It is less MTV Cribs than, well, Ikea. In fact it bears more than a passing resemblance to the companys spartan Malm range, yours from 165 ($220).

The millionaire rapper is no stranger to design collaborations, having already put his name to trainers for Nike and Adidas, and launched his own Yeezy label. Im going to be the first hip-hop designer, he declared, and because of that Imma be bigger than Walmart.

Clearly sincere in his ambition to conquer the design world, he even dropped by Harvards Graduate School of Design to share his passion with the students. I really do believe that the world can be saved through design, he told the assembled crowd, and everything needs to actually be architected.

Wests outing into the world of interior decor follows a rich and hapless tradition of celebrities turning their hands to home furnishings, a sector which appears to be the last resort when the sportswear and perfume deals have all fallen through.

Who could forget Justin Timberlakes folksy homeware range, Home Mint, launched in 2012 and discontinued shortly thereafter, which came complete with daily online design tips? Lend timeless elegance to any bedroom with French crochet, he suggested. Nor was he afraid of tackling the controversial topics head on: Red walls: love them or not for me?

I like very clean, almost modern architecture, and the obstacle with something like that is making it extremely warm, because it doesnt naturally lend itself to that, Timberlake told Elle Decor. With everything we do together, we try to get the juxtaposition right. To make pieces and rooms that are multifaceted, that blend different genres of architecture and design.

West could also learn a thing or two from Cindy Crawford, who has long presided over a vast range of sofas and bedroom sets for furniture megastore Rooms to Go. An accomplished domestic goddess, she has managed to turn her hand to everything from faux-antique timber-panelled four poster beds to wipe-clean beige sofas that would add a touch of functional style to any old peoples home.

A table design by Brad Pitt and Frank Pollaro. Photograph: Supplied

Or perhaps hell go the full Brad Pitt and develop a learned interest in architecture and design, cultivating friends such as Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas, and applying his talents to the design of disaster relief housing. Pitts so into design he even went on a tour of Frank Lloyd Wrights Fallingwater house for his birthday.

I found Wright in college, when looking for a lazy two-point credit to get out of French, he told Architectural Digest. It forever changed my life.

You might wish French had captured his imagination a little more. Beyond his collaborations with Frank Gehry, Pitt has also penned his own furniture range with designer Frank Pollaro, which looks like hes taken every one of his eclectic influences from Arts and Crafts to Bauhaus and Tiffany lamps and pulverized them in a blender. Anyone for a white patent leather sofa, or a spiralling gold-plated coffee table?

So what about Kanyes guiding aesthetic influences, and the key design touchstones that will define his collection?

My No 1 design rule of anything I do, he tweeted, is that Kim has to like it.

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