Have you ever seen a viral tweet of a celebrity doing the rounds on social media and had to double take at the outlandish claims they were reportedly making? There’s a very good chance you might have fallen victim to the notorious Twitter account Fake Showbiz News. Hey, at least they’re transparent about it. As per Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, the account self describes as a “clearly labelled parody account.”
The page, which owes its success to the very tame and silly parodying of celebrities as well as boasting an impressive 158,900 thousand followers, seems to have a thing for Ellie Goulding. The chart-topping 36-year-old is often at the mercy of the notorious account, being painted as a naive but incredibly well-meaning Brit.
These posts had us in tears, so here’s some of our favourites from Fake Showbiz News’ Goulding obsession. May it never go away.
In a land a long long time ago (aka, 2018), bizarre Ellie Goulding tweets began to show up on the parody account, thus giving birth to the singer’s naive persona. It was not only a happy respite from the usual social media algorithm, but also a hilarious take on someone as successful and acclaimed as Goulding.
‘Who on Earth needs to be in Copenhagen one day, and Tokyo the next?’ wonders the celebrity. We’re with you Ellie. It’s just excessive, isn’t it?
A personal favourite of ours, this killer tweet has the Calvin Harris collaborator bemused by gravity and the Earth’s rotations. In her defence, it is quite confusing, so we forgive you fake Goulding—how we’re not constantly clattering into stuff is a genuine mystery.
We’ve all been stuck in security at the airport, desperate to get through, thinking “this is pointless, why would anyone want to blow up a 4 am flight from London to Benidorm?” Well, worry not, because fake Goulding was thinking the exact same thing.
I mean the ‘Lights’ singer has a point here. 14 years? Come on guys.
This one really ruined us. It’s the epitome of the character and we’re so here for it.
Grounded flights during the COVID-19 pandemic led fake Goulding to this brain wave. The spaces can double as a shelter and maybe the “best behaved ones” can sit business. Tiny bit problematic but hey, she means well.
Whether it’s Goulding, Tom Holland, Marvin Humes from JLS, or some other celebrity, Fake Showbiz News always delivers on strange personas and big laughs.
We love how quintessentially British the humour is. Keep em coming, because the internet is obsessed with Fake Showbiz News consistency and wit with its hilarious ideas, and bizarre storylines.
There is a lot of discourse surrounding what people are calling ‘nepotism babies’ online with various arguments on both ends. The term is shrouded with many meanings. For starters, a nepotism baby could be someone with extremely famous (and therefore wealthy) parents, the obvious kind—take the Smith kids, Jaden and Willow, or Lily Rose Depp for example. It could also be used to describe someone who was born to parents with connections or even those with a legacy of entertainers in their family line. That being said, many point out that those with familial ‘connections’ (who aren’t famous themselves) should not be considered nepotism babies. Either way, there have also been cases made as to those nepotism babies who actually have some talent and are ‘worthy’ of their roles in the industry, and those who just aren’t.
Regardless of the angle you find yourself leaning towards, we have compiled a list of celebrities who may fit the bill.
Maude Apatow, who plays our favourite Lexi in Euphoria, is the daughter of Judd Apatow—a well established director, producer, writer and comedian—and actress Leslie Mann, who has starred in movies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, 17 Again, The Other Woman and This is 40.
The creator of Euphoria is also a nepotism baby. His father Barry Levinson is a film director, producer, actor and writer.
Angelina Jolie is the daughter of actor parents Jon Voight (Oscar winner) and Marcheline Bertrand.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s father, Stephen Gyllenhaal, is a successful film director and his mother, Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, is a screenwriter. His also-famous older sister is Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Emma Roberts’ connection to Hollywood is well-known, most notably by her relation to one of the most famous actresses in the business: Julia Roberts. The younger Roberts is her niece but her father, Eric Roberts, who starred in Suits, is also a notable actor.
While his father Marc Chalamet is an editor for the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund, his entertainment roots can be traced back to his mother’s side of the family. Nicole Flender, who is now a real estate agent, was a Broadway dancer, actor and daughter of writer and filmmaker Harold Flender. Chalamet’s maternal uncle was also a filmmaker while his maternal aunt was a writer and television producer.
Kate Hudson is the daughter of uber-famous celebrity parents. While her mother is Academy Award-winning actress Goldie Hawn, her father is the renowned actor and musician Bill Hudson. Her stepfather is another well-known name in the industry: Kurt Russell.
Dakota Johnson’s family has some history in the entertainment industry. Born to actor parents Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, the actress is third-generation famous with her maternal grandmother—Tippi Hedren—being one of Alfred Hitchcock’s muses. Her former stepfather was also the famous Spanish actor Antonia Banderas.
Star of Emily in Paris—which has previously come under fire for ‘rigging’ its Golden Globes nominations—Lily Collins is the daughter of iconic and legendary drummer, writer and music producer Phil Collins.
Though not uber-famous, Kristen Stewart’s parents were also in the entertainment business. Her mother is a script supervisor and her father a stage manager who worked on a large number of projects including the 2014 Oscar Red Carpet Live.
Blake Lively’s family was also neck-deep in the entertainment industry. Her mother is a talent scout and her father was an actor. They starred alongside each other in The Sisterhood of The Travelling Pants.
Kiera Knightley was also born to actor parents: Will Knightley and Sharman Macdonald.
Another actor with a film legacy in his family, Pine’s maternal grandmother Anne Gwynne was—according to the Los Angeles Times—“a horror [movie] icon at Universal in the 1940s.” His maternal grandfather, on the other hand, Max M. Gilford was president of the Hollywood Bar Association. His parents were also very successful actors.
Stranger Things star Maya Hawke is the daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.
Jennifer Anniston was also born to actor parents and guess what Friends fans? Her father John Anniston was actually an actor on the real-life Days of Our Lives and has also appeared in numerous other projects. Her godfather, a very close friend of her dad, was Telly Savalas, a legendary actor whose career lasted over 40 years from 1950 to the 1990s.