Jackson Lee/GC ImagesLady Gaga's been performing in Las Vegas lately but Monday night, she came home to New York City for a special show at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater.
According to Variety, Gaga told the crowd, "I see all your beautiful faces, and I feel you. I was just a girl in an apartment on the Lower East Side with a keyboard, and it feels so good to be here — I’m home and I’m with you. I go all over the world, but I’ll always come back home.”
Musing about her success, Gaga said, "I used to sit in my apartment and write songs about fame, boys, my family. And I made it...And then I looked up one day, and I had a f***in’ Oscar in my hand.”
The lesson? She noted, "You can do anything that you put your mind to. Every time someone tells you no, you tell yourself a thousand more [times]: ‘Yes, I can do this.’"
According to Rolling Stone, Gaga also told the audience, "It’s World Pride Week – if I had it my way, World Pride would be a 365 deal during the year.” She then dedicated "Million Reasons" to Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans woman who was a major force in the Stonewall Riots 50 years ago which started the modern gay rights movement in the U.S.
Island RecordsCamila Cabello and Shawn Mendes are taking fans behind the scenes of their steamy new video for “Señorita.” As it turns out, it took some practice for the two pals to convincingly play lovers.
The clip begins with the two of them at dance rehearsals, as Shawn declares it his “worst nightmare” because he doesn’t dance. All seems to be going fine until Shawn botches one of the moves and drops Camila. She’s fine and has a good laugh about it, but Shawn tells the camera, “You can’t just drop Camila Cabello. If I do that again, it’s over for me!”
We then see the first day of shooting with director Dave Meyers, where the two singers perform the dance scene for real. We also see Shawn figuring out the best way to take off his shirt during their sexy motel love scene, followed by both of them trying to shoot the scene without laughing.
This is just part one of the video’s behind-the-scene feature: Stay tuned for part two.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AGAriana Grande is heading to The Prom with Meryl Streep.
According to Deadline, the two are among the star-studded cast on board for Ryan Murphy’s Netflix adaptation of the Tony-nominated musical, The Prom.
They’ll be joined by James Corden, Andrew Rannells and Nicole Kidman, who currently appears with Streep on HBO’s Big Little Lies.
Streep, Corden, Rannells and Kidman will play four washed-up Broadway stars who decide to champion the cause of a small-town high school senior named Emma who isn’t allowed to bring her girlfriend to prom. Ariana will play Alyssa, the popular daughter of the head of the school’s PTA.
Awkwafina and Keegan Michael-Key will also play key roles. A nationwide search is currently underway to cast the role of Emma.
Murphy will direct and produce the film, with shooting reportedly set to begin in December and aiming for a fall 2020 release in theaters before it hits Netflix.
Kevin Mazur/WireImageToday marks the 10-year anniversary of the death of pop icon Michael Jackson.
Jackson died from cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50. His untimely death was later ruled a homicide caused from an overdose of the powerful sedative propofol that was administered by his doctor, cardiologist Conrad Murray. Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison in November 2011.
Ten years after Jackson's death, celebrities and music stars are reflecting on the music legend's impact on pop culture.
"There's no one like Michael Jackson. I don't think that ever will be, honestly," Pop superstar Ciara tells ABC Radio. "You know, what he did for music. He definitely was one of the pioneers of music that kind of helped with shaping the culture of music and why we all love it as fans."
As for his passing, Ciara says it doesn't feel like it's already been 10 years, because to her, MJ's impact is still standing strong.
"He made songs that will live on forever," she says. "And that's what it's about...the cool thing is that his legacy is so powerful that it still lives on. And it will continue to live on and continue to inspire people."
As far as his impact, Ciara says MJ openly shared his journey with others through music, which in turn, "help[ed] someone else's life."
Not surprisingly, Jackson's ability to authentically share his journey and capture his audiences' attention was something that Kim Sledge, of legendary vocal group Sister Sledge, says was unmatched.
"He was one of the best entertainers I've ever seen perform, I have to say he really was," Sledge says.
"All of them, we loved all of their performances," Sledge says, referring to the Jackson 5, with whom she and her sisters toured during the 1970s. "When I saw him when he was singly performing, there was something about the energy that was just enchanting. If was fascinating. I've never seen energy like that. I can say the only other person I could think of that I saw that type of energy is when I was really, really little watching maybe Sammy Davis Jr."
Even as celebs recall their fondest memories of Jackson as a performer, it's difficult to ignore some of the recent controversies surrounding the pop legend.
After years of being plagued by sexual abuse allegations and a 2005 child molestation trial, which ended with Jackson's acquittal, the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, released in January, once again brought up Jackson's past sexual abuse allegations.
The doc followed the accusations of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who both accused Jackson of sexually abusing them as children, although they denied Jackson abused them while the singer was still alive. Both have said having their own children forced them to come clean.
The Jackson family and estate continues to vigorously deny all charges in the documentary and subsequently filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO, claiming the documentary breached a "non-disparagement" clause in a contract HBO signed in 1992, when it agreed to air a Jackson concert film.
Despite the documentary and resulting, Jackson's music and legacy appeared to have weathered the storm, at least so far. In fact, one of his producers, Dallas Austin, says MJ "will always have cultural impact."
"It's all about the music. It's all about the songs, it's not about the drama," Austin says. "It's just about songs and music. And he's given us so many great songs and music for all of his life, for all of our lives. I think that is still just as important."
Hip-hop superstar Method Man agrees, and says Jackson will never lose his influence on American culture.
"He will forever be an icon," Method Man says. "He's the reason why a lot of these kids nowadays have the shot that they have in music. Michael Jackson paved the way."
Meth adds that it's important that people also "speak up" for their legends when they pass.
"And to watch him grow up over the years and for his legacy to continue on we have to be caretakers of it," he says. "This is why when certain things come out against these OGs after they're gone, they need people there to speak up for them, because they can't speak up for themselves."
Like many female pop stars, Halsey has had to deal with pregnancy rumors for years, but now, thanks to a positive change in her health, it's believable that one day in the future, she might actually be pregnant.
In her new Rolling Stonecover story, Halsey reveals that she'd been upset because she believed that she'd never be able to carry a child to term because of her endometriosis, which she's been very open about. In fact, she tells the publication she was planning to freeze her eggs this summer.
However, thanks to surgery and lifestyle changes, Halsey says, her health has improved to the point that her doctor believes pregnancy is possible -- and she's thrilled.
"I was like, ‘Wait, what did you just say? Did you just say I can have kids?’ It was like the reverse of finding out you have a terminal illness. I called my mom, crying,” Halsey tells Rolling Stone.
“Never mind. I don’t need to put out a third album. I’m just going to have a baby,” she jokes -- we think. Halsey is actually working on her new album now.
As for whom she'd have the baby with, well, the cover story confirms that Halsey is dating British singer/songwriter Dominic Harrison, known as Yungblud, but it's not clear how serious their relationship is.
In other Halsey news, Deadline reports that she's one of the many celebrities who'll be lending their voices to the new animated series Scooby-Doo and Guess Who, available on the Boomerang streaming service. Sia will also appear, as will Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg and Kenan Thompson.
Halsey also lent her voice to the animated movie Teen Titans Go! To the Movies and the TV series American Dad. She also appeared as herself in A Star Is Born.
ABC/Eric McCandlessLaine Hardy may have won American Idol, but runner-up Alejandro Aranda has already announced a new single and a fall headlining tour.
Performing under the name Scarypoolparty, Alejandro will be releasing his first single, “Tonight,” this Friday. He first performed the original tune on the American Idol finale back in May.
After immediately selling out his first run of solo acoustic summer tour dates shortly after Idol concluded, the singer-songwriter will now be embarking on a U.S. tour with a full band.
The trek kicks off October 10 in Berkeley, CA and includes shows at New York’s Playstation Theatre and Chicago’s Vic Theatre, before wrapping November 21 at L.A.’s Belasco Theatre.
Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, June 28 at 10 a.m. local time.
Alejandro’s solo acoustic dates begin July 8 in Washington, D.C. and will wrap July 17 in his hometown of Pomona, CA.
Here’s the list of new fall dates:
10/10 -- Berkeley, CA, The UC Theatre 10/11 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades 10/13 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom 10/14 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre 10/16 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot 10/18 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up 10/19 -- Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre 10/21 -- Kansas City, MO, The Truman 10/22 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue 10/23 -- Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre 10/25 -- Detroit, MI, Majestic Theatre 10/26 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues 10/28 -- New York, NY, Playstation Theatre 10/29 -- Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer 10/30 -- Boston, MA, Royale 11/1 -- Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Sound Stage 11/3 -- Charlottesville, VA, Jefferson Theatre 11/4 -- Raleigh, NC, Lincoln Theatre 11/5 -- Charlotte, NC, The Underground 11/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre 11/9 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live 11/10 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Revolution 11/12 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues 11/13 -- Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall 11/15 -- Austin, TX, Emo's 11/16 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues 11/19 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues 11/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Belasco Theatre
David NeedlemanAvril Lavigne is ready to embark on her first tour in five years.
The singer has announced her 15-date North American Head Above Water tour, in support of her 2019 album of the same name.
The tour kicks off September 14 in Seattle and will hit cities including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Boston before wrapping in Philadelphia on October 11.
An artist pre-sale begins Tuesday, June 25 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, June 28 at 10 a.m. local time on AvrilLavigne.com.
One dollar from each ticket will be donated to The Avril Lavigne Foundation, which supports people with Lyme Disease. Avril was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2015.
Here are the tour dates:
9/14 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre 9/15 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium 9/17 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater 9/18 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre 9/21 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre 9/24 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre 9/26 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre 9/28 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre 10/1 -- New York, NY, Pier 17 at South Street Seaport 10/3 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre 10/5 -- Wallingford, CT, Oakdale Theatre 10/6 -- Toronto, ON, Sony Centre For Performing Arts 10/8 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Roxian Theatre 10/9 -- Washington, DC, MGM National Harbor 10/11 -- Philadelphia, PA, XCite Center at Parx Casino
TAS Rights ManagementFor the second time, Taylor Swift has failed to cross "Old Town Road."
Taylor's new single "You Need to Calm Down" has debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's her 24th top-10 hit. As Billboard notes, only 12 artists have scored 24 or more top-10 entries. That's the good news.
The bad news is that Taylor has once again been kept off the top spot by Lil Nas X's viral hit "Old Town Road," which holds at number one for an amazing 12th week. Back in April, her hit "ME!" also had to settle for number two behind "Old Town Road."
Taylor's in good company, though: Other artists who haven't been able to knock off "Old Town Road" include Shawn Mendes, Post Malone and Billie Eilish. Even the combined power of Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber couldn't stop its reign.
Elsewhere on the chart, Drake's new single "Money in the Grave" debuts at #7. It's Drake's 35th top 10, which means he now has one more than The Beatles. Now, there's only one artist who has more than Drake: Madonna, who's got 38.
ABC/Lou RoccoRihanna is making her stance on President Donald Trump's immigration polices loud and clear.
The global star's latest political statement comes by way of an Instagram post, aimed directly at the president.
Saturday night, Rih shared a photo of herself posing alongside her diverse girl gang as she celebrated the launch of the newest Fenty collection. In the photo, the self-proclaimed "bad gal" is seen holding up a standout piece from the line: a t-shirt that says, in large letters, "IMMIGRANT."
"Hey @realdonaldtrump," the singer and beauty mogul captioned the post, along with a waving hand emoji.
Rihanna’s timely message arrived shortly after Trump announced via Twitter that he would delay the ICE deportation raids for two weeks, so that Democrats and Republicans could "work out a solution" regarding the enforcement of his administration’s immigration policy.
The deportations were originally set to begin this weekend and would affect at least 2,000 migrant families, according to ABC News.
In a recent interview with The Cut, Rih explained how she is "prideful" of being an immigrant and noted that the world tends to forget she came from the same "humble beginnings" as most people who migrate to the U.S.
"Wherever I go, except for Barbados, I’m an immigrant. I think people forget that a lot of times. I think they see Rihanna the brand," the singer told the outlet.
"But I think it’s important for people to remember, if you love me, everyone out here is just like me," she continued. "A million Rihannas out there, getting treated like dirt.”
Island RecordsWhen Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello released their new duet “Señorita," they didn't just break the internet...they broke a Spotify record.
Upon its release on Friday, the song became the biggest single-day debut of a male/female duet in Spotify history.
In addition, the video scored 50 million YouTube streams in its first 48 hours, and the song and video topped the iTunes, Apple Music Pop and Apple Music's Top Video charts.
Referencing the steamy love scenes in the "Señorita" video, one fan screen-capped a shot of Shawn and Camila in bed together, about to kiss, and wrote, "i know they both used a s** ton of mouthwash before this."
Shawn responded, "I must have had 300 mints that day."
Courtesy of Warner Bros. PicturesDon't book those tickets to England, A Star Is Born fans: Despite rumors, the movie's two leads won't be performing together at the U.K.'s massive Glastonbury festival this month.
According to the U.K. paper The Independent, a BBC Radio deejay said that she "may know" one surprise act that's performing at the festival, and added that Bradley Cooper told her last year that he was in discussions with the festival organizers to perform with Lady Gaga at the event.
But now Emily Eavis, the co-organizer of the festival, has shot down the rumors on Twitter.
Replying to a story speculating on a Gaga/Cooper appearance, she wrote, "Before this one gets out of control... the answer is no, that isn’t happening. (Although you can watch the amazing A Star Is Born in our...cinema tent at 4.30pm on Friday.)"
This year's festival runs from June 26 to June 30. The lineup includes more than 2,800 acts on 79 stages, including Janet Jackson, George Ezra, Billie Eilish, The Killers and The Cure.
In 2017, Gaga and Cooper shots scenes for A Star Is Born at the 2017 edition of Glastonbury, borrowing four minutes of legendary singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson's stage time to do so. It's not surprising that Kristofferson was happy to oblige: He starred in the 1976 version of A Star Is Born.
Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouët and Absolut ElyxWere they doing wedding research?
Engaged couple Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom attending a huge wedding blowout over the weekend, as Karlie Klossmarried Josh Kushner -- brother of Ivanka Trump's husband Jared Kushner -- for the second time. The two originally tied the knot in October in New York state. This time, they threw a huge party at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming.
Orlando posted a photo on Instagram of himself in full cowboy gear, gazing lovingly into Katy's eyes. He captioned it, "wonderful weekend of being loved and celebrating love, congrats to a beautiful union @karliekloss @joshuakushner."
CNN Style host Derek Blasberg posted photos and videos of the weekend on his Instagram story, including a shot of himself and his "best friend" Karlie posing with Orlando and Katy. There were several videos of himself, Karlie, Orlando and Katy all going for a horseback ride.
In one video, Orlando seems to be in the distance answering nature's call, as Katy sings, "Home, home on the range/where the cowboys pee on the range."
On her Instagram story, Karlie dubbed the event, "Wild West Weekend."
Incidentally, Karlie and Taylor Swift are -- we think -- still good friends, but if she was at the wedding, she was camera shy. But at least we know that if Taylor was there, there wasn't any awkwardness between her and Katy, now that they've kissed and made up.
Brian ZiffFollowing the release of "Senorita," his new song and video with Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes posted a heartfelt note on Instagram advising fans to ignore the haters and stay true to themselves.
"I’m thinking about being in 9th grade right now," he wrote. "The day after I posted one of my first covers onto YouTube back in 2014...at school walking down the hall straight into a group of older guys yelling out 'sing for me Shawn sing for me!' In a way that made me feel absolutely horrible... made me feel like a joke, like what I was doing was just stupid & wrong."
"I was lucky though, I had the best friends & the best parents anyone could ask for...no matter what, they would never let me stop doing what I LOVED to do just because someone ELSE thought it was stupid," he continues.
"To make someone feel bad about doing what they love... every single person deserves to do what makes them feel alive."
Shawn then notes that his post is aimed at "not only the 15-year-old kid who’s scared to follow their heart because of what people might say, but also the 50-year-old who may be doing the exact same thing."
His message? "I know it’s not just that easy...BUT I want you to know that no matter how old you are, no matter who you are, no matter where you’re from... you deserve to follow your heart. I'm here & I’m rooting for you."
Camila responded with the crying emoji, writing, "This is beautiful."
And Niall Horan added, "Couldn’t relate or agree with something more If I tried... we had the last laugh."
Interscope RecordsThirty-four years after she scored her very first Billboard 200 #1 album and 11 years after her last one, Madonna's just notched her ninth number-one debut with her latest, Madame X.
Released June 14, Madame X moved 95,000 equivalent album units, with an impressive 90,000 of those being actual album sales, according to Billboard. The album includes the hit singles "Medellin" and "Crave," collaborations with Maluma and Swae Lee, respectively.
The feat makes Madonna, who turns 61 in August, second only to Barbra Streisand among women who have the most Billboard 200 number-one albums. Streisand has eleven number-ones, while The Beatles lead all artists, with 19.
The feat's also impressive when you consider six of Madonna's nine #1 albums were released in the 2000s, following an eleven-year drought that began with 1989's Like a Prayer. Madonna's previous #1 albums include MDNA and Hard Candy, both from 2008; 2005's Confessions on a Dance Floor; 2003's American Life; Music, from 2000; 1989's Like a Prayer; 1986's True Blue; and Like a Virgin, from 1985.
Last week, Katy Perry and the band Bastille exchanged tweets, both expressing their interest in working with the other and saying their "people" would call each other and set it up. Well, the guys in Bastille are hopeful that something will actually come of it, but they're not holding their breath.
"We're working on it -- and I'm sure her team is, too," Bastille keyboard player Kyle Simmons told ABC Radio sarcastically.
"We're getting teams to talk to teams," Kyle adds. "If we ever get a chance -- each of us -- if we have a bit of a pocket to meet up and do some kind of stuff together, that'll be incredible. But currently, we're both probably very busy for a bit."
But if Katy doesn't come through, Bastille has their eye on another female pop superstar.
"We keep saying Rihanna and we think if we say it enough...well, either she's ignoring us or it might happen," laughs singer Dan Smith. "There's so many artists out there that we love and respect...I guess we'll just see what happens."
Last year, Bastille scored the biggest hit of their career with a collaboration: "Happier," which they did with superstar EDM producer and DJ Marshmello. According to Dan, they're always open to teaming up with other artists, especially if it happens organically.
"We got to sing with Pink earlier this year when we played at the Brit Awards in London," he tells ABC Radio. "She invited me to go and sing one of her songs with her. So that was pretty surreal."
Bastille's new album, Doom Days, just debuted in the #5 spot on the Billboard 200. It's available now from all the usual outlets.
Raymond Hall/GC ImagesWhen Forbes announced a few weeks ago that Rihanna was the wealthiest self-made female musician, with an estimated net worth of $600 million, it was big news -- but the singer thinks it's just "weird."
While speaking to E! News about her new Fenty fashion collection -- part of a new deal with luxury goods conglomerate LVHM that will likely keep her in millions for the future -- Rihanna was asked about the Forbes designation.
"Forbes is one of those funny things, y'know?" she told E!. "It's like you're awarding people for being rich or something. It's weird. I never got used to it but...it's a nice honor. It's nice."
Forbes also noted that the 31-year-old star is earning most of her millions from her cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty, and her lingerie line, Savage, as well as her music and occasional acting gigs in movies like Ocean's 8.
In other Rihanna news, everyone's freaking out over the "Day Drinking" segment she filmed for Late Night with Seth Meyers. As Meyers told Variety, in order to film it, he had to air a repeat, because he couldn't have gotten that drunk and then done his regular show.
"We actually had to go to the network and say, 'Hey, we want to show a mid-week rerun,' which we never do, in order to do Day Drinking with Rihanna.' And it was a very speedy approval from NBC," Meyers says.
"I do want to point out that this was only the second time we’ve had to cancel a show, and the other was the birth of my first son," he adds. "For the birth of my second son, I just went to work the next day. So the order goes, my first son, Rihanna, my second son."
Atlantic RecordsHow do you get three different artists to line up their schedules so they can shoot a video together? You don't.
The video for Ed Sheeran's new song "Cross Me," featuring Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock, features a female dancer wearing a motion capture suit. As she dances in a studio, 3D animation special effects transform her into Ed, Chance, PnB and other figures, in a variety of trippy settings, both realistic and fantastical.
Let's put it this way: If you've ever wanted to see what Ed Sheeran would look like doing a backbend, or exploding into what looks like a million multi-colored Skittles -- or what Chance would look like sliding into home plate at a baseball game or doing the worm at the bottom of the ocean -- than this is the video for you.
At the end of the clip, the woman takes off her suit and heads home, but she keeps on "glitching" and transforming into Ed, PnB and Chance against her will.
"Cross Me" is from Ed's upcoming album No. 6 Collaborations, due out July 12. As previously reported, it features everyone from Bruno Mars and Camila Cabello, to Eminem, Khalid and Travis Scott.
Inez and Vinoodh/PRNewsfoto/MGM Resorts InternationalLady Gaga has hit the jackpot with her Las Vegas residency, the Las Vegas Review-Journalreports.
The Oscar-winning star has extended her two shows at the Park Theater in Sin City through next spring. Enigma, which features over the top production and Gaga's pop hits, and Jazz Piano, which features Gaga belting out standards with a big band, will now run through May of 2020.
Gaga will ring in 2020 with a New Year's Eve Jazz Piano performance.
As the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, Jazz Piano, which Gaga pushed to make part of her residency, is now selling faster than Enigma. It's added six new dates; Enigma has added seven.
All 20 of her previously announced shows, including her return to the Park Theater October 17 through November 9, have sold out.
Here are the new dates, which go on sale at 10 a.m. June 28 via Ticketmaster or GagaVegas.com:
Enigma: Dec. 28 Dec. 30; April 30; and May 2, 8, 19 and 15.
Jazz Piano: Dec. 31, May 3; May 7; May 10; and May 16.
In addition to Gaga's own residencies, she sometimes pops up at the After Dark shows that her bandleader Brian Newman does at 11 p.m. at the NoMad Hotel in Vegas.
TAS Rights ManagementFollowing the release of Taylor Swift's new single "You Need to Calm Down," with its pro-LGBTQ lyrics and video, some have questioned the singer's motivations in aligning herself with that community. But one of the stars of the video says Taylor should be celebrated for her efforts to promote equality.
All the stars of the Netflix hit Queer Eye make appearances in the video, and Bobby Berk, the show's interior design specialist, tells Billboard, "One thing that infuriates me are the amount of people who've come after her in our community in the last week, saying things like she doesn't have any business latching onto the queer community or is using the queer community to promote herself."
He points out, "She doesn't need us. She is doing just fine on her own and is using her platform as somebody that millions and millions and millions of people look up to and is saying, 'Hey, everybody needs to be treated equally.'"
"For her to be using her time and money to help us and help the Equality Act get passed, I mean, we owe her a debt," Bobby adds. "You don't have to be queer to be a queer ally, and she's definitely a queer ally."
As previously reported, Taylor has launched a petition to urge the passage of the Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity on a nationwide level.
As for his experience on the video set, Bobby gushes, "You meet a lot of people in our business who honestly can be a disappointment...so it really made me happy to meet Taylor and see she wasn't just a character portraying kindness and acceptance. She really is that person in real life."