Imagine telling my teenage self that if I was very patient, when I'm in my late 30s, I would meet the idols of my youth. Duran Duran: Twenty-four years later, 85 million-plus records later. Me: Three sons later, a long career in journalism later. It finally happened.
I'm heartbroken, but I can understand why he felt he needed to leave. Why? We did this. Some of the fandom did this -- when we stopped seeing and loving them for the music that they shared with us, and started thinking we owned them.
This was a week of both progress and regression. First, Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off his presidential campaign and wasted no time showing what kind of candidate he'll be by claiming that, in the wake of 9/11, he stopped listening to rock and switched to country music. Finding a way, 14 years later, to use 9/11 to pander and divide is as impressive as it is cynical. Next, Indiana Governor Mike Pence found an even older way to divide, signing into law a bill that would, essentially, legalize anti-gay discrimination. On the other side of the progress/regression ledger, the five-year anniversary of Obamacare saw the percentage of uninsured adults fall to 12.9 percent. And, in case you missed it (though your daughter might not have), One Direction member Zayn Malik announced his retirement from the mega-group, citing his desire to relax. When even a One Direction member can choose to go in another direction, it's a reminder that we can all break with the past for a happier, healthier future.
Whether you walk in the halls or on the red carpet, promoting our mental well-being is a priority that needs to be taken more seriously.
We applaud you for choosing life over fame. We celebrate and hope that you will find the peace you seek. Most of all, we thank you.
While I realize world peace is a long shot, acknowledging others' guilty pleasures as genuine and valid interests -- and not something to feel embarrassed about -- may be a good starting place when it comes to improving relationships with our family and friends.
The one thing we can be sure of is that it will come from some place unexpected and from no one we've ever heard of before. It just doesn't move along in nice, orderly ways. Like everybody else, I feel a lack of social commitment in young artists, but I'm not about to criticize them.
After posing for selfies, drinking Coke out of a vintage bottle and meeting other journalists, we were ready to meet as many celebrities as we could!
If Styles ends up being straight, the implications of his recent statements would be practically revolutionary. At his age, following the "bro" code typically means acting as straight and narrow as possible. How many straight guys are comfortable with being mistaken for gay or bisexual?
If Harry Styles can shrug and say that female is not a trait he finds important in a partner, then what else can happen? In other words, if Harry Styles can be queer, anyone can be queer. The floodgates have sprung open.
I had a quick moment to speak with the ever-so-busy Clare Foley. It was hard to cut my list of 25+ questions down to under 10, but this girl is so worth it!
Going to three One Direction concerts is a stunt that is not for the weak of heart. There are many tests, trials and lessons learned while doing a 1D 3-peat.
With the Where We Are Tour in full swing, it's time to admit it: I'm a self-proclaimed newbie Directioner. Yep, for real. While I'm not *that* obsessed to attribute my business growth to these lads, there's a thing or two that One Direction has taught me about being in business.
As long as the media singles out Zayn Mailk's faith, he will forever live with the fact that his political or social stances will be tied to his Muslim beliefs. No matter how many charities he donates to, or the number of people he's touched with his music, he'll never be seen for the value he brings to the world.
If you haven't yet heard of the Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer, it may be time to start paying closer attention.
The most popular accounts on Twitter have millions of followers, but what are their demographics like?