‘Gossip with Celebitchy’ podcast #66: Tiddles was real but Taylor used Tom

Intro: Minutes 0 to 2:30
We’ll be back next week but are taking the last week of September off and won’t have a podcast on September 27th. Chandra got a flu shot. Her arm really hurts now but she knows flu shots work. You can listen below!

Royals: Minutes 2:30 to 15:45
Since we took last week off, the news broke that the Sussexes got a development deal with Netflix, thought to be worth around $100 million although that’s just speculation. Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings gushed about them and said that he’s so excited for that deal. You can tell that they’re modeling themselves after the Obamas and that they’re going to be creating similar content to the Obamas. If they are in front of the camera it will be documentary-style.

Minute 4:15: Harry and Meghan paid off the $3.1 million spent for the renovations of Frogmore cottage. How run down was the cottage if it cost over $3 million to renovate it? Despite the fact that they paid it off, royal commentator Richard Kay wrote a snide article in the DM bringing up some old resentment about Harry and Meghan keeping details about Archie’s birth and christening private. He also made it sound bad somehow that Harry and Meghan paid off the renovations and like there’s mystery around it.

There’s so much undue criticism of Harry and Meghan. Chandra wrote an article titled The Mail is sure that the Sussexes’ Netflix deal is horrible, but they can’t figure out why, which summed it up so well. That was the DM’s first response to that story.

Minute 8:00: Royal biographer Angela Levin, who wrote Harry: Conversations with the Prince in 2018, told The Daily Mail: “This is the biggest exploitation of the Royal Family that has been in our lifetime. I think this was plotted right from the beginning, before the wedding even. Meghan has used the Royal Family…” Of course this wasn’t Meghan’s plan.

Katie Nicholl at Vanity Fair wrote an article about Frogmore Cottage describing dust covers over the furniture and expensive art, as if that’s a bad thing. We wonder if they’re just going to leave it like that, which would be their prerogative. The Queen could technically take Frogmore Cottage away from them as it’s a crown property. She probably won’t after they paid for the renovations.

Minute 10:30: Now there are calls from a Tory MP named Henry Smith (along with Piers Morgan of course) to strip the Sussexes of their titles. This can’t be something anyone is considering seriously.

Minute 11:30: In May, Tatler ran a shady cover story about Duchess Kate titled Catherine The Great, which we’ve talked about quite a bit on the podcast. Newsweek found that the palace never sued Tatler or issued a formal complaint about it but that there was a paragraph removed from the article online. That was about Rose Hanbury’s rumored affair with William and the Turnip Toffs. Either Prince William didn’t want the public reminded of his affair or Tatler didn’t want to reveal their source. All the shady details about Kate stayed in the article.

Brad Pitt: Minutes 15:45 to 21:30
Brad Pitt, 56, is dating a 27 year-old German model named Nicole (Poturalski) Mary whom he rolled out in the celebrity press like he was super proud to be with a millennial wannabe Instagram influencer. We have heard that she’s in an open marriage with a 68 year-old restaurateur with whom she has a child. That guy is supposedly the one who introduced her to Pitt! Pitt’s people clearly didn’t do their research on her. She’s following fan accounts comparing her to Angelina Jolie and keeps posting selfies. The whole thing is a PR disaster and it looks like their trip to the Chateau Miraval on Pitt and Jolie’s former anniversary was cut short anyway.

Brad’s side is trying to paint Angelina as jealous, all while the judge in their divorce case is being accused of having ties to Brad’s lawyers. Brad clearly thought this girlfriend rollout would make him look like a stud, but it absolutely does not. Of course they’re now saying it’s casual and the “Brad doesn’t want a girlfriend that he’s with every day.” I play a segment from Zoom where Karen and Zakia talk about Brad’s bad PR game.

Chandra notes that the whole thing is very old media and that it’s lame that he’s still leaking stuff to Page Six. She has a lot of respect for Nico’s hustle.

Tiddles was Real: Minutes 21:30 to 25
I play a segment from Zoom where Rhiannon said that Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston didn’t have a real relationship. Ameerah and I disagree. Courtney says he’s a sweet earnest man and remembers when he quoted Shakespeare to ducks. (That interview was in 2013, Tom and Taylor got together in 2016.) Amber mentions that the song “Getaway Car” is about how Taylor used Tom to get out of her relationship with Calvin Harris.

Chandra and I agree that Tiddles was real and that Tom cared about Taylor. We think she used him though. He was really screwed up from that for a while. I remember Tom’s underwear photos in W mag and Chandra mentions Tom’s GQ interview where he dumped out his purse about his relationship with Taylor. She mentions that Tom is now dating his former costar, Zawe Ashton and that they’re living together in Atlanta.

User Feedback: Minute 25:00 to 25:30
Thanks Darla and wildwaffles for your nice comments about our new signoff.

Comments of the Week: Minutes 25:30 to 30
Chandra’s comments of the week are from lascivious chicken and ce on the post about Trump spending $800 million on his campaign already.

My comment of the week is from eezer on the post about Kerri Walsh Jennings being an anti-masker.

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  1. Sofia says:

    Tiddles was their couple name? I thought it was Hiddleswift? (Don’t ask me how I know this)

  2. dlc says:

    I finally read the Tatler article, it was downright vicious to Kate!

  3. Case says:

    My grand theory on Tiddles, as a fan of both Taylor and Tom:

    They were a PR setup to get her away from a bad relationship with Calvin Harris/distract from the upcoming Kimye drama. I tend to think she and her team chose him at the MET Gala/parties surrounding it. BUT Taylor also met her current bf Joe Alwyn around the same time. She wanted to be with him but already had agreed to be with Tom for her standard few-month PR relationship (see: Harry Styles, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, etc. – I think her old record company had a lot to do with her string of short “relationships” that would end up in hit songs). She’s hinted in several of her songs that she wanted to be with Joe sooner but something was stopping her. Hmm. But Tom IS a genuinely good dude and wanted a real relationship with her, and didn’t realize the extent he was being used — I’m sure he knew they’d get papped extra, she’d write about him, and he’d get attention that might help make him more of a household name, but he also thought the idea was to actually date, and so he went all in (very obvious to see he went all in) while it was just a game for Taylor. In the background, Calvin Harris is having Twitter meltdowns talking about how happy he is to be free of Taylor, and Kim K. is trying to smear Taylor.

    It sounds like a soap opera but I genuinely don’t think I’m too far off. 😂

    • Frenchie says:

      Kinda agree with you here… we’ll never know to what extent it was a PR setup, but obviously Tom was all in and got used… He hasn’t been the same publicly since and it’s kinda sad when you think about it.

  4. Darla says:

    I’m one of the few here who really likes Swift, and even I really wrinkle my nose at what happened to Hiddles. I mean, you could say it’s his fault, but all he did was put on a stupid shirt, my god. I think he’s a decent guy, and yeah his career got ruined really. It will never be what it was probably going to be pre-taylor. OTOH there are sadder stories in the world, and in fact sadder things will happen today, so…

  5. Hollah says:

    Pitt thinks Nico Mary really wants him when it’s really a blue checkmark and Bang! energy drink endorsement that she’s after.

    Tiddles was such a fun summer story.

  6. Silver Charm says:

    Welcome back! Saving the pod for the commute home but am pumped for the topics.

  7. I’m here before LP, how?
    Needed some TH today!!!!

    If the veranda is open, I will leave some cheese straws on the porch.

  8. Justme says:

    Tom also has a Netflix streaming series called White Stork coming up – it was supposed to start filming in September, but with the Loki series only just restarting now, it appears to have been moved to January. He also received plaudits for his theatre work in Betrayal.

  9. Louisa says:

    I LOVED Tiddles! It was such a fantastic gossip story. They were such an odd couple, so cringy and in your face. Summer of 2016 was also when we still believed Hillary was going to be our next president and we weren’t living with the daily dread we do now.

  10. Leah says:

    It always seemed to me that it was mutually beneficial. He used her for the exposure and she used him as a bridge between boyfriends. Kind of like the boyfriend version of cobra (insurance). She could show her face to the world as a glowing, happy girlfriend to a guy who sells himself as a typical British gentleman. What was odd about the entire thing is how she got his family involved like it was some forever thing where she had to be photographed with his mom and his siblings. Like she had something to prove, like happy families anyone.

    As for Brad Pitt’s current situation, he needs to find a nice woman close to his age who’s not going to use him for publicity purposes. Don’t be a Leo and date women that are younger than your films, that’s just gross.

  11. Mariane says:

    I agree with you Kaiser. Tom seemed to be really into Taylor but she was much more reserved! @CASE I like your analysis. Its possible that it was all set up by her agency

  12. Jill says:

    I was randomly thinking about Twiddleswift this morning while doing dishes. I (heart) Tom and hope he and Zawe Ashton settle down and have beautiful, tall children with amazing cheekbones and great hair.

  13. Aubrey says:

    Why is this not on iTunes