L’Oreal was left holding the proverbial bag after hit-maker Adele reportedly walked away from a $19 million contract to be their new face. The 25-year-old Oscar-winning singer was supposed to sign a four-year advertising contract, equaling $4,800,300 a year. She backed out of the deal after months of negotiations, the UK’s Mirror reported. “L’Oreal was in negotiations for the deal with Adele and it looked to be happening — but she just changed her mind on it. L’Oreal is gobsmacked that she turned down such a huge amount.” Adele said in 2011 that she feared “selling out.” “I don’t want my name anywhere near another brand. I don’t wanna be tainted or haunted. I think it’s shameful when you sell-out.” Wow. It would seem that she’s got integrity as well as talent –plus about $50 million already banked. (Photo; Pacific Coast News, via Washington Times)
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Chart-topping British songstress Adele is said to be in very early talks to take the role of Dusty Springfield in a possibly upcoming movie about the British blue-eyed soul singer, who died in 1999. The film will be written by Boardwalk Empire writer David Stenn and will be set in Memphis, Tennessee, in the late ’60s during the time Springfield was recording her 1969 album Dusty in Memphis. The script has not been accepted yet by a studio, and Adele’s musical commitments could cause her to turn down the role. And her spokesman in London has nothing to say on the project. So this is pretty much a nothing story. Think Adele would make a good Dusty?
In today’s celebrity roundup: Forever yummy former Take That frontman Gary Barlow performs at the 2013 Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On concert in Blackpool; Nick Carter grabs a frozen yogurt treat to go in Malibu; Adele – wait, REALLY? I never would have guessed, I thought it was Hayley Mills circa ’63 – seen leaving The Roundhouse in Camden after her performance at the i-Tunes Festival in London; yucky Chris Hemsworth looking all smarmy and greasy and Mel Gibsony at the Rush film premiere at Odeon in London. I just do not like that man. Ugh; and the unbearably chic Winona Ryder with super-hot boyfriend Scott Mackinlay Hahn at the match between Roger Federer and Adrian Mannarino on Day Six of the US Open. (Photos: Pacific Coast News)
Mick Jagger’s big “get” for the Hyde Park leg of the Rolling Stones’ 50 Years and Counting tour in July is Adele. Femme stars already signed on to the gig are Lady Gaga, Paloma Faith, and Florence Welch, which is nice, of course, but Adele’s the one the band reallyreallyreally wants. Says a source: “It would be a massive coup, even for them, because she’s been a bit reclusive since her son Angelo James was born. She is the name they want to announce as their special guest. At the minute it’s 50-50 that she’ll do it, but Mick is quietly confident he can pull it off. They want to make the Hyde Park shows a highlight of their tour.” And, on a side note, Jagger has said he might put on the flouncy white dress he wore the last time the Stones played in Hyde Park, 44 years ago (see above). “You never know. I can still get into it,” says Jagger. “I can still just about get into the zippers. I tend to choose my dresses at the last minute.” (via thesun)
Of course they do, with that skin? L’Oreal, Estée Lauder, and Dior are in a bidding war to get Adele to be the face of their skin care lines. She’s not a fan of endorsement deals, apparently. In a 2011 interview she said, “It’s shameful when you sell out. It depends on what kind of artist you wanna be, but I don’t want my name anywhere near another brand.” With $15m on the table? That might just change a bit. (Photo: Pacific Coast News)
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#NoSheBettaDon’t! Joan don’t give a shit who she pisses off, that’s why we love her all these years later. Joan went to Letterman to talk about the Oscars. Check it.
Barbra, Adele, and Shirley give their lungs a rest backstage at the Dolby Theatre. (Photo via me-me-me)