AS a former tabloid hack delving into the lives of many a famous face and asking all the questions that no-one else dares ask – I have a professional fascination (*ahem*) with celebrity culture.
Let’s be honest, we’re all fascinated by celebrity culture. While this fascination can certainly be taken too far in some cases, there’s a lot of entertainment to found in keeping up with our favourite celebs. Now to be clear, I’m not talking about literally stalking celebrities! I’m talking about a number of apps and tools designed to let us keep up with news, relationships, and comments from famous figures.
Here are some of the ways you can do that, if only to provide you with plenty of entertainment.
One of the most fun ways to get your daily celeb fix is Popsugar’s mobile app, which compiles a lot of the latest celebrity content that you usually stumble upon accidentally online. Popsugar is a pretty firmly established news and entertainment outlet, and as such presents a professionally organised collection of celebrity headlines, photos, etc., with a dash of exclusive content. The app includes some other sections, such as information on fitness and recipes, but famous folks are the main focus. It’s particularly useful for visual updates of what your favourites have been up to of late.
If your interest is more in celebrity relationships — certainly the aspect of famous culture that a lot of us care about the most — Gala Bingo’s anniversary database is another interesting tool to have on hand. It won’t necessarily ping you every time there’s a breakup rumour or cheating scandal, but it does tell you when your favourite couples will be celebrating their anniversaries. And that, in turn, can alert you as to when to keep an eye out for fun new pictures and updates from a couple’s special night out, or sneaky getaway to the Caribbean. You won’t necessarily be celebrating with them, but it’s a nice way to feel a little more connected to the relationships! And if you happen to be in a relationship yourself, you can see which celeb couple shares your anniversary.
And if you prefer a more passive approach in your effort to keep up with celebrity gossip, E! Online’s collection of podcasts can be a great place to start. The site collects news bits from a range of podcasts that you can then put on to listen on a given podcaster’s take on whatever news it is you’re tracking. This is a great way to pass the time if you’re interested in the lifestyles of the rich and famous—personally, I like to find a good long podcast to throw on while exercising. The news is a perfect distraction while you’re working out, especially some of the more interview-heavy podcasts.
There are other apps, websites, and podcasts out there that serve similar purposes and keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings. But if you’re into celebrity news and find yourself still relying on gossip mag covers for the latest information, the options above can give you a nice little arsenal of tools to consider.