Tia Mowry tries to backtrack on the whole Charlize Theron-SoulCycle thing


The ongoing feud between Tia Mowry and Charlize Theron has taken an interesting turn. It all started when Tia did an interview with In Touch Weekly, where Tia said that she goes to the same SoulCycle as Charlize and that once, Tia tried to say hello to Charlize and Charlize rolled her eyes and said “Oh my God.” Tia emphasized that Charlize is “mean” and unpleasant in real life, which isn’t hard to believe at all. Then, last week, “sources” claimed that Charlize was trying to get Tia banned from that SoulCycle because The Villainess Theron is a terrible person who doesn’t want her acts of casual bitchery aired in public. Now “sources” and Tia Mowry are trying to roll back this whole controversy.

Charlize Theron may have played an evil queen, but she isn’t going around lording it over people at SoulCycle. In response to a report that Theron wants Tia Mowry banned from the celeb-favored spinning franchise in the wake of an alleged exchange-gone-wrong between the two of them, a source assures E! News that “this is totally fabricated and completely not true.”

So there you have it. Perhaps everyone can spin in peace now. Charlize hasn’t addressed the reported feud, but that’s probably because there is no feud.

It all started when In Touch Weekly quoted Mowry as saying that Theron “wasn’t very nice” and actually “rolled her eyes and said ‘Oh my God'” when the Instant Mom star said hi to her when they crossed paths at a SoulCycle class.

But Tia told E! News last weekend that the story got “blown out of proportion.”

“I do not know her,” she said when we caught up with her on the red carpet at the L.A. premiere of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. “I do not know Charlize. I absolutely love her, she’s my ‘woman crush Wednesday,’ you can even see it on my Instagram! I’m obsessed with her, I love her, it was definitely blown out of proportion,” Tia insisted. “So that’s all I’m going to say about that.”

[From E! News]

Interesting wording, Tia. She didn’t say “this didn’t happen” or “I was misquoted.” She says the story got “blown out of proportion.” Which says to me that it really went down as Tia said originally, but Tia didn’t expect for those quotes to go viral and become further evidence that Charlize is the meanest meanie who ever rolled her eyes at a B-lister. Sounds like Tia’s people got a call from Charlize’s people.



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  1. bella says:

    what a freakin disappointment.
    CT was always someone i found extraordinarily star quality…
    stunning, classy, fabulous actress, private.
    then she hooked up with SP…christ…talk about mind blowing…
    then she disses a “B” lister actress with her holier than thou meangirling???
    sit down CT.
    next story will be some MAJOR horrible violence involving that idiot she’s hooked up with.

    • Lori says:

      oh Charlize was a known B!tch long before Sean Penn. Long before.

      • FLORC says:

        Now she’s getting attention for not being the star in movies, but how she is in public. The PR facade is cracking.

        Charlize has had this reputation for years and people would give 1st hand accounts of her being awful to them. She had great management that kept it all pretty well buried, but I think it’s more of no one cares. Her star has faded a bit and she’s with a known jerk. It’s too tough to defend someone who isn’t even trying to look sympathetic.

      • bella says:

        oh, i’m not defending her.
        i think she’s a douche bag now.
        just didn’t hear the bad stuff about her over the years.
        hearing it now that she’s hooked up with a**hole sean penn.

      • Lady Macbeth (Hiddles F) says:

        @ bella it sounds like she always had a good PR team. Until Sean Penn I had never heard a bad thing about her, maybe because I didn’t care? Don’t know.

        OT… Has anyone noticed that CT will star in The Huntsman with Chris Hemsworth and no Kristen Stewart? Maybe CT didn’t like the bad publicity coming from Stewart’s affair….

    • captain says:

      I used to think she was this walking perfection, didn’t think it was possible for someone to be so beautiful and charming. Then I read her interview in some gossip mag, she was with Stewart at the time, where she said:”Pregnant women are so horrendous looking, they look like whales. There is no way I’m doing this to my body.” it was such a shock to find out that she was actually that stupid, and a moron too, that I still remember the photos from this interview, they were in bath together. She is simply not that bright, poor dear.

      • Anne says:

        You’ve got that wrong. She never said pregnant women are horrendous looking. She made a joking remark once about wanting to be pregnant, but she’d look like a whale pregnant. She didn’t say it the way you’re claiming and it wasn’t in an interview with Kristen Stewart. You should get your facts straight if you’re going to smear someone’s name. 90% of the things Charlize says in interviews are her joking around or being sarcastic. Your quote is made up though.

      • captain says:

        I am sorry. It was ages ago and it is quite possible that I don’t remember the exact wording or how to spell her ex-boyfriend’s name. I didn’t take the gossip site seriously enough to google it and post the exact quote.
        However, I assure you that while nobody in my books MUST want to have babies or be pregnant, to compare pregnant woman to a whale shows how shallow, insensitive, rude and primitive this person is. It doesn’t matter if she is saying it jokingly. It is not about what she said, but rather what her words said about her as a person. And it was a huge disappointment for me.

      • hunter says:

        Pregnant women swell up like whales, it is a fact. Often they feel like whales too, do you remember Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy? Jessica Simpson’s pregnancy? Whaling happens. 🙁

  2. Marianne says:

    “Sounds like Tia’s people got a call from Charlize’s people.”

    That or SoulCycle threatened to kick her out afterall.

    • andypandy says:

      Yawn and the Bitch and the Snitch cycle continues…LOL

    • K says:

      commenters on jezebel said that Charlize was out of the country when this alleged attempt at getting Tia ousted from the club went down. Not a Theron defender, just thought I’d mention that it’s possible the whole thing is exaggerated.

      • thecookingpan says:

        She is, she’s been in SA throughout this whole ridiculous publicity seeking stunt.

      • Enny says:

        What, you think Charlize is calling SoulCycle herself? Just because she may be out of the country doesn’t mean her “people” (aka those who do her dirty bidding for her so her hands stay clean) are.

    • JennySerenity says:

      All I can say is that next time she plays an icy, evil, b*tch queen….she’s not even acting. Anyone who can’t muster a polite “hello” or just a curt nod of the head, is the rudest of the rude. What do we expect, I guess…total A-list Hollywood behavior. She needs to stop believing her own press.

  3. aims says:

    If she was rude or you felt she was, then tell the world about her crappy behavior, own it. Stand by what you said and leave it at that. It all sounds a little high school to me, but while I hate rudeness I hate spineless even more. Also, if she’s been warned by her gym, find a new one. I’m sure there’s plenty, It’s LA for God sakes.

  4. Annie says:

    SHE blew it out of proportion. If an actress is not interested in meeting you, you move on. You don’t run to the closest tabloid and moan about it. She was excercising and she just didn’t feel like chatting to a fan. It’s just ridiculous how she said, “I wasn’t making her uncomfortable, I know how to talk to fellow celebrities” YOU ARE NOT ON THE SAME LEAGE. Clearly. Especially if your thirsty ass actually had the nerve to talk to a tabloid about her snobbing you.

    Such a tacky thing to do. I don’t think Charlize tried to ban her (like she cares what people think about her) but I would’ve! Way to violate someone’s privacy. Tia was just butthurt because she thought all celebrities are at the same level, no matter what they do.

    • Dena says:

      And CT was smelling her own ass. There is no need to be a bitch when turning fawning fans or anyone else away. After all, it’s fawning fans like Tia who pay for CT’a lifestyle. So, CT needs to get over herself.

      • Annie says:

        Celebrities don’t owe you smiles and hugs. They’re not Santa Claus. They work for what they have, and they have every right to excercise in peace without some thirsty D-lister trying to be friends with her. Charlize has been an actress for 20 years. She can smell Hollywood hanger ons a mile away. And it looks like she wasn’t wrong, seeing how Tia had no problem trying to make her look bad to the press because she wouldn’t talk to her. I don’t feel bad for Tia at all. That was a very immature thing to do and I don’t get people here who think it’s cool to do that and Charlize is somehow the bitch in this situation.

      • Jessica says:

        @Annie You make in sound like Charlize had the right to be a douchebag because she is more famous than Tia. I don’t care if you are an A-lister and someone else was a Z-lister it doesn’t mean you have to be a bitch. I do agree it was blown out of proportion, but these celebs just show their true colors. We may admire them from a far but we don’t know these people. They act like they don’t breathe the same air that we do. They act like they are special because they do Hollywood films. She is an actress that is all. You just entertain. It’s Reese Witherspoon all over again. It doesn’t make you better than anyone. Not all celebs but their heads get big. I believe the first story but I don’t believe the second one.

      • Lucinda says:

        I don’t think Annie is saying CT was right. She’s saying neither was Tia. It IS weird that she felt the need to run to the tabloid and her statement about knowing how to approach other celebrities was also really strange. I think the incident happened and Tia saw it as an opportunity to share “insider” stories but it backfired when it blew up beyond anything she anticipated.

      • Adrien says:

        Actually Annie, they do owe fans smiles and hugs. Afterall, they are their employers. They can always politely turn them down or at least fake interest and not roll their eyes at them for some silly request.

      • delorb says:


        Tia has been working in the business for 20 years as well. Just thought I’d throw that out there. That’s no reason for anyone to be a bitch.

      • Bob Loblaw says:

        CT and every celebrity out there doesn’t owe you or anybody a smile or hello. Just because people idolize them doesn’t mean they have to kiss people’s ass 24 hours a day. I think this story is total BS from beginning to end but even if it was true, I back the bitchy behavior. All intrusive people need to back the hell off. I hear people screeching about the paparazzi but isn’t this even more intrusive? And you do not pay their salary, fans are not employers, that is pure delusion.

    • T.C. says:


      What did Clooney once say: only People magazine wins when Celebrities openly feud?

      I don’t think it was right for Charlize to have been mean to her, you have to be polite to people star or no star. At the same time it’s bad manners to go to a tabloid and report openly about someone in your profession. Tabloids are not your friend.

      Also now that Tia is going on and on about how much Charlize is such a girl crush of hers I wonder if she didn’t go a little ‘Twilight crazy eyes fangirl’ overboard when approaching Charlize. We only have Tia’s side of the story. I’m guessing it would take a bit more to have someone say OH.MY.GOD in horror to you.

      • Francis says:

        Maybe it was bad manners for Tia to interrupt Charlize while working out.
        Tia needs to let it go and move on.

      • delorb says:

        I thought that fangirl crush thing was fake and a lie. I don’t think she was her fangirl crush before or after the incident. Its just what she’s saying now to cover her ass. She has a new show that will be on in a few weeks. Loni Love (who I love) is the star and all the other women could be replace, IMO.

        That being said, it doesn’t hurt to smile back at someone who smiles at you. If you’re famous and you work out in a PUBLIC place, you should expect strangers to speak to you.

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    • Gypsy says:

      I agree with you. Some people seem to feel you can force someone to talk to you or shame them into talking to you (royal you).
      Whatever happened to the good old days when “Mind your own business” was a code of conduct?

      I used to like Tia but now I would never let her into my house, because she can’t be trusted not to snitch my business on the streets.

    • siri says:

      @Annie: I see it the same way. And in Tia’s own words, Charlize is her ‘idol’- so it’s easy to picture the situation. She probably approached her with this over-exited look, and voice, while Theron just was hoping to quietly work out. This is all quite childish from Tia’s side, who obviously thinks she’s acting in the same league (“I know how to approach other celebrities.”), but even if she was, it would still be annoying. And Theron was seemingly enervated, and a quick Hi back might have been the better choice. But still- what an ado about nothing!

      • Mina says:

        I think Tia is making it seem like CT is her idol as a way of backpedaling, because then people will think she had the over excited fan look on her face and it wasn’t CT’s fault for reacting like a bitch. But she obviously didn’t have that look on her face because she receives that look herself and she specifically said she knows how to discreetly say “Hi” to another celeb.

        Charlize Theron is exactly like her character in Young Adult, a “psychotic prom queen bitch.” Very emotionally immature and thinks she’s the shit. Up until recently her PR people have kept her personality under wraps, but now that she’s doing more interviews and trying to show off her quirky sense of humor, we see how vain and stupid she really is.
        I liked her back in the day when she didn’t talk as much. Now she’s like a Chelsea Handler wannabe who is ruining her own A-list status. Her reps are probably sick of her and are letting her make her own bed. She’s well know in HW as the queen bee bitch.

    • Lucinda says:

      I agree. I was saying essentially the same thing a few days ago.

    • Francis says:

      +100,000 Thank you Annie.
      I agree. I’ve been saying same.

    • Bridget says:

      If you don’t want stories to get out about you being rude to someone, then DON’T BE RUDE. Plain and simple. CT just had the bad luck to be her usual unpleasant self to someone who has contacts at a tabloid. Yes, it’s silly of Tia to have run off with this story, but again: being famous doesn’t excuse you from common courtesy. If someone greets you, don’t roll your eyes. Smile, and walk on. Problem solved.

  5. dorothyzbornak says:

    And the Sean Penn coupling makes so much more sense now. Assholes of a feather…

  6. Naye in VA says:

    No girl NO! *sigh. Another one bites the dust

  7. Miss T says:

    I believe that Charlize was rude to Tia, but I’m not sure I believe that she tried to have her kicked out of SoulCycle. Maybe that’s what she means when she says the story was blown out of proportion. Either way, Charlize isn’t looking good.

    • lucy2 says:

      Yup – I believe the mean but not the kicked out – someone on the last post about this said that Charlize has been out of the country when all this supposed kicking out has gone down.

      I do think Tia was foolish to run to a tabloid about it. Complain to your friends or whatever, but no need to make a public spectacle about it.

    • Gypsy says:

      Have you considered that Charlize saw how Tia operated around the gym, chatting about other people’s business and Charlize just didn’t want a gossipy person around in her private life?
      Charlize doesn’t need me defending her but I respect her f***-you frankness, you know what you get with her.

      • Bridget says:

        @Gypsy: Have YOU seen how Tia operated around the gym? Because how did we get from her trying to approach someone that she’s a fan of, to “operated around the gym, chatting about other people’s business”?

      • delorb says:

        If CT’s gossip is so sacred and not to be divulged then she needs to buy her own home gym. She can afford it right?

  8. RobN says:

    I have no doubt that CT is a world class bitch. At the bare minimum, she has a default bitch face.

    I also have no doubt that Mowry should have kept her mouth shut about an incident that happened at their gym. CT has a perfect right to expect that she can work out without people running to the media.

    It kills me to have to side with Theron on this.

    • Dena says:

      I don’t have a dog in this fight. I actually don’t care for either of them but I wonder if members of that gym had to sign some sort of gag clause. I would think that would be normal but who knows.

      The snub could have not only hurt but been downright embarrassing. Everything could have been handled with more tact and discretion.

      It all seems rather high-schoolish to me.

    • cynicalsmirk says:

      Charlene definitely has Resting Bitch Face:)

  9. FingerBinger says:

    This story needs to die already. It was blown way out of proportion. I also don’t think Charlize’s people called Tia’s people. I think Tia realized she broke the unspoken rule of never blabbing about another celebrity,especially to a tabloid. You never do that.

  10. Diana says:

    This is sad: I follow Tia on fb and have since this mean girl situation took form. She posted yesterday or the day before a pic of her legs in Lycra pants and spin shoes saying something along the lines of “great workout my SOUL is uplifted”… Thought it was the perfect amount of shade to ct while assuring her followers she didn’t have enough pull to get Tia thrown out of spin class for spilling the truth. CT has a massive ego!!

    • FingerBinger says:

      It also proves that Tia is milking the story.

      • FLORC says:

        It doesn’t “prove” anything. It’s merely 1 more bit to the story and people will draw conclusions to how they want it to go. Let’s just be clear there’s no absolute evidence to justify the use of the word prove.

        And I think this sounds more like Tia’s people got some heavy pressure, but she’s sticking to her guns. If she was milking I think we’d see Tia or at least hear about her wanting to get face time over this on tv.

      • FingerBinger says:

        @FLORC In my opinion it shows Tia is milking the story. Is that better? Also, why would she post “great workout my SOUL is uplifted” if she wasn’t still looking for attention?

    • Leaflet says:

      I don’t think Tia is milking the story. I think that she is simply trying to confirm that the story of Charlize attempt to get her banned from the gym is a false one. Sort of a “nothing more to see here, carry on,” type of deal

  11. Caru says:

    I’m gonna be blasted for this by the loonies, but Charlize (behavior aside) has always been more gorgeous to me than Jolie. Her face is stunningly beautiful and flawless. I also like that I’m seeing a little age on it too. But I will concede that they BOTH have horrible taste in men

    • Mrs McCubbins says:

      So agree! For me I look at the whole person not just their face. Charlize has it all. Hair, face and body.

    • AlmondJoy says:

      I have to wonder: Why is it necessary to compare very celeb woman to Angelina?

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Amen. Just why?

      • Chris says:

        Hear hear, Almondjoy, well said.
        It carries a whiff of some kind of pleading, imo.

      • Kim1 says:

        I take it as Angie is the Gold Standard. That’s the only reason I can come up why she is mentioned on unrelated posts.BTW I don’t think Charlize is beautiful but beauty is subjective.I think Gabrielle Union is beautiful head to toe even without makeup.I am not getting into personality just physical beauty.

      • Bob Loblaw says:

        Because many hold her out as the ideal of beauty, she’s not in my opinion, but many people consider Jolie the most beautiful woman in the world which is why other beauties are often compared to her.

    • Emma says:

      This has nothing to do with Jolie. Just stop.

    • lucy2 says:

      I think they are both beautiful, but if I could choose any celebrity to physically look like, it would probably be Charlize. She may be cranky, but I think she’s gorgeous.

  12. Kim1 says:

    Headline is misleading Tia did not backtrack on anything.She was asked about a encounter with a famous person.CT was rude to her it happens people have bad days.People act like CT called Tia a racial slur or something.It wasn’t a big deal.Tia is still a fan.
    If Nicole Kidman had said the same thing as CT this story would have been over.

  13. Talie says:

    Tia gives quotes to the tabloids all the time and probably never gets traction, so I’m sure she was shocked that, for once, something got picked up. It was kind of a perfect storm since the tabs were looking for cracks ever since Charlize got with crazy Sean penn.

  14. Leaflet says:

    Tia never backtracked about this story at all. She wasn’t the one who said that Soul Cycle was trying to ban her. I don’t believe that Tia got a call from Charlize’s people either, or that she was going to be banned by Soul Cycle. That sounds more false. I just believe that an interviewer asked Tia if she’d ever met or worked with a rude celebrity before, and she passively bought up the incident with Charlize. Interviewers do ask questions like that to celebrities. Maybe not often, but they do ask. Now, I also believe that Tia is just tired of talking about the Charlize incident with interviewers and wants the questions to stop. If you actually seen the video of her being interviewed, you can tell that that topic is all they are asking her about instead of her work. I get it, she’s totally over the story and doesn’t want every interview to be about this past issue. Hence, she said the story is being blown way out of proportion. I get you Tia.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      No sensible celebrity brings something like this up “passively” in an interview. She never should have discussed it publicly at all, whether it’s true or not, and there was no good reason to discuss it no matter what question was asked.

  15. panatalones en fuego says:

    Maybe she needs to lay off the coke and go back to pot.

  16. Kate2 says:

    I’m so beyond sick of this story. All I’ll say is that CT looks gorgeous in the pic with the black dress. Love the hair and lipstick.

  17. may23 says:

    So why say anything in the first place? And to proceed singing praise and faning over someone who you told the tabloids was rude to you?

  18. Gypsy says:

    If I was Charlize I would have said to Tia ” I don’t want to talk to you but if you must force it then you need to pay me $1000 per five minute and I will let you chatter away, while I try to ignore you.

  19. Thea says:

    Charlize was all the way in South Africa when the Dish Nation story broke, so it would have been impossible for her to come into Soul Cycle protesting as the story claimed. Why wasn’t this pointed out? Dish Nation is a spoof gossip site and it was taken as fact simply because people wanted to believe it.

    I don’t believe Charlize’s people called Tia’s people. Charlize couldn’t care less about this ridiculous story. She’s off in South Africa. And if Tia was so spooked by Charlize’s people why did she then make a snide tweet about going to a Soul Cycle. She is milking this publicity and because Charlize doesn’t respond to or read tabloids about herself, we’re not getting her side of the story.

    People just want to believe the worst about Charlize. Everyone who knows her says she’s easy to work with and like a guy in a woman’s body. This whole idea that she’s difficult was floated out there by jealous Lainey who is obsessed with Gwyneth Paltrow and doesn’t like that another blonde actress is more beautiful and talented. Charlize wasn’t giving interviews one time and she took it to a ridiculous level and has been obsessed with hating on her ever since. She put out this blind item and dropped the most obvious hints ever. She’s got a vendetta.

    Both Charlize and Angelina Jolie are similar in that because they are gorgeous, strong women who when they are not wearing smiles look intimidating, people automatically assume they are the b-word. Charlize also has a very dry sarcastic humor that some people don’t get.

    • Francis says:


    • RN says:

      What’s disturbing is the number of people who have written something along the lines of, “I used to like Charlize but then I read this and now I think she’s evil, blah blah blah.” Anyone can say anything about anyone. There’s not one shred of proof that any of this even took place. Even if it did, so what? Charlize didn’t talk to Tia. Impolite – yes. But it’s hardly grounds for a public lynching. The world would be a kinder place if people would stop searching for the bad in others and start seeking out the good. We have ALL been rude (on purpose or inadvertently) many times in our lives. It’s helpful to extend compassion to ourselves, compassion to others and have the understanding that we can do better next time.

    • Bridget says:

      I don’t know if you realize this, but there’s a handy thing called “email” to make a complaint. One doesn’t need to walk into an establishment anymore.

      And really, it’s a silly story… but it’s embarrassing for Charlize Theron. It makes her look mean, and while the story itself may be silly it ended up being a great deal of traction. It showed up on pretty much every gossip site, and you can bet that while CT herself is probably not trolling the interwebs, her agents and managers most definitely do so, and they most definitely knew about this story. Her people have historically kept her locked down – she’s never been a particularly big gossip subject, but now with a great deal of visibility with her and Penn she’s under more scrutiny and it’s difficult to control their narrative as well.

  20. Emmanuelle says:

    She’s horrible. I was at a film festival party she was at – this was before she won an oscar – and she was a miserable b@$%. She actually dialed someone on her cell phone and started talking while 3 industry people were mid-conversation with her.

  21. manta says:

    “I’m obsessed with her, I love he, she’s my girl crush”
    Is it possible that her approach of Theron consisted in a slightly more intrusive/obnoxious thing than just”Hello”?
    I’d like to hear another side of this encounter, she could very well be this kind of fan who thinks she hasn’t been acknowledged because the object of her crush didn’t spend 15 complete minutes to chat with her.

    • Paloma says:

      I’m going with that was not the scenario. I think Tia is just trying to make it go away. I still believe Tia. All of this, of course, is IMHO.

  22. Francis says:

    IMO Tia got her feelings hurt. She needs to get over it. Tia sounds childish and insecure.

    The story has been beat to a pulp.
    Over and out.
    So done.

  23. kyra says:

    why is Meg Ryan bitching over the Sister?

  24. Adrien says:

    B-lister? You’re very generous.

  25. Sara says:

    It makes sense that she is truly a bitch because she doesn’t get work anymore, she is with Sean Penn, and she’s friends with Chelsea Handler.

    • Gypsy says:

      Are you crazy!!!!!!!!!!!
      Check Charlize IMDB she has 3 movies in pre-production and one just completed. Charlize works when she wants to, she told an interviewer that she is just lazy.

      Trust me I’m not being disrespectful but you shouldn’t put out rumors without checking the facts, or at least make sure there are not facts out there to confront you.