This week in pop culture - December 4, 2018

Gianna Montesana
Staff Reporter

Photo credits: People Magazine cover

Photo credits: People Magazine cover

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra: Lovebugs

It’s official: former Jonas Brother Nick Jonas has tied the knot with Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra on December 1 in a Christian ceremony at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

The couple will be hosting two wedding parties to represent their two different religious upbringings: a Christian ceremony for Jonas on December 1 and a Hindu ceremony for Chopra on December 2.

Looks like Jonas won’t be singing the words, “I never thought that I’d catch this love bug again” given that they wed four months after their summer engagement.

Ariana Grande releases her “Thank U, Next” music video

Ariana Grande dropped her most highly anticipated video yet on Friday, November 30 for her single “Thank U, Next”. Grande teased her video on her social media accounts that left fans in a frenzy eager to see what the starlet had prepared for them.

The video paid homage to the female driven films “Mean Girls”, “Bring It On”, “Legally Blonde”, and “13 Going on 30”, recreating iconic scenes from each film to tell the story of the song. The video also featured cameos from Kris Jenner and some of her former “Victorious” cast members, including Liz Gillies, Matt Bennett, and Daniella Monet.

The video was, as Gretchen Weiners would say, “so fetch”. In addition to being fetch, the amount of views the music video received in 22 hours, 46 million, beat the previous record set by K-pop boyband BTS for their music video “Idol”, which received 45.9 million in 24 hours.  

Shawn Mendes vs Rolling Stone Magazine

On November 26, Rolling Stone Magazine released their December issue with singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes on the cover and an in-depth interview that sparked controversy once the article, written by Patrick Doyle, hit the public.

The interview begins highlighting the success that Mendes has accomplished in his career but then delves into his rumored relationship with Hailey Baldwin earlier in the year, partying, his sexuality, and how Mendes copes with the anxiety of being a pop star.

Mendes was quoted saying, “I love weed” and speaking about how he struggles with his sexuality being assumed as gay, even though he has stated he identifies as straight.

Once fans read this, they flocked to Twitter stating their dismay with the magazine for publishing that piece of information because media outlets would then begin to focus on it as a negative attribute about the singer, instead of his music and upcoming tour.

A few hours after the article was released Mendes tweeted a link to the article and said, “Sometimes the positive side of a story doesn’t always get fully told and I wish it had here.” This tweet led fans to speculation that his words were manipulated by Doyle to perceive him as a problematic pop star.

Mendes commenced the Jingle Ball tour on November 27 and has cancelled most of his promotional interviews after the release of the Rolling Stone article.