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There have been a lot of celebrity breakups lately. The one that surprised me the most was news that Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney parted ways. Not that I’m a relationship expert by any means, but I thought they were in it for the long haul. At least by Hollywood standards.

The 30-year-old singer took to Instagram to address the split. Turns out, they might not be completely dunzo. According to her team and Gaga herself, they’re taking a break. Since I love, love, I’m rooting for these two get back together. Read her touching statement below.

read full statement after the jump


For their 99th issue, V Magazine brought on Lady Gaga as guest editor. Mother Monster took her role very seriously. During her stint, she created a record-making sixteen covers, dedicating each one to those who have inspired her music and fashion. Long-time collaborators Inez & Vinoodh snapped the images.

One of the covers features a naked Gaga with her fiance Taylor Kinney postcoital. “We made love on this canvas on a Sunday in Chicago. We made love amidst chaos. We talked about shootings. We made love amidst terrorism. And we talked about how people’s hearts are also suffering all over the world as they watch and witness a swell of violence. We made love amidst violence,” she revealed about the intimate photo.

Check it out below, along with some of the other covers.

check more of the covers after the jump

Lady Gaga Shares Engagement Pics

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan

Who knew Lady Gaga was such a traditional gal? Guess hanging out with Tony Bennett mellowed her out. Getting engaged on Valentines Day would’ve been the last thing I would’ve expected from Mother Monster. My money would’ve been something more unconventional and unique.

“He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES!,” she revealed via Instagram

After four years of dating, Taylor Kinney decided to make an honest woman out of Gaga. No “Bad Romance” here. The two met while shooting her “You and I” music video back in 2011.

Reportedly, the Chicago Fire hottie popped the question on V-Day with a huge heart-shaped diamond ring. They then celebrated the engagement at Gaga’s family restaurant, Joanne Trattoria, located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Check out a photo of the ring below, along with a pic of the happy couple celebrating.

check out the ring after the jump

2012 Man Crush Showdown: Round 2

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!

Just like my 2012 Model Behavior Showdown, the annual Man Crush Showdown is also off to a resounding success. Almost 20,000 votes were cast in Round 1. Unlike the first round of the Model Behavior showdown, the gap between the Top 3 here was more than five votes. There was a clear winner.

Coming in first place was actor Brandon Quinn with 5,001 votes. To be perfectly honest, I was a little surprised. Though sexy in that rough kind of way, I didn’t think he’d win Round 1. The other person to earn an automatic berth in the Final Round is Mario Casas (4,446 Votes). Props to our readers for advancing such a tasty foreign dish. Just missing out in third place is Aussie hunk, Dan Ewing with 3,743 votes. I’m sure with that total, he’ll earn one of the four wild card slots for the finals.

With Round 1 in the history books, it’s time to shift focus to Round 2. Check out this crop of my previous weekly Man Crushes. If you want more pictures of each stud, click on their name for their feature.

Man Crush Showdown Dates

The Top 2 from each round automatically advance to the finals. Four wildcard spots will be given to the Man Crushes who garnered the four highest vote totals from all rounds tabulated (winners excluded).

  • Round 1: Dec 13-19, 2012 (click here for contestants) 1st: Brandon Quinn, 2nd: Mario Casas
  • Round 2: Dec 20-26, 2012 (results announced Dec 27)
  • Round 3: Dec 27- Jan 2, 2012 (results announced Jan 3)
  • Finals: Jan 3-9, 2013 (Final Results announced Jan 10, 2013)

check out the Round 2 competitors after the jump

NBC’s Chicago Fire finally premieres this week on Thursday, October 10. It’s about friggin’ time, if you ask me. I don’t believe for one second that Dick Wolf’s firefighting drama will be anything revolutionary, but I have to thank the über producer for hiring Taylor Kinney. Now I, along with his legion of fans, can have our fill of Kinney on a weekly basis. I just hope there’s a lot of “hose” and “pole sliding” action 😉

To make sure his fans sample Chicago Fire, the 31-year-old actor poses for a couple of magazines- Bullett & Men’s Book. For Bullett, Taylor sports a bushy beard while caressing his pumped-up arms and chest. I would to, if I was him. Just look at them. For Men’s Book (appropriately enough Chicago edition), Kinney channels his inner fashionista to show Fall’s best looks. Check out both photo shoots below along with a few quotes from his interviews.

On Training With Firefighters

Yeah, it was great. We went there a few months ago to film the pilot in March and we shadowed firemen within the city. We went to three or four different firehouses. The local community and firefighters were giving us a hand and showing us the ropes of the city and the districts, where they worked, and the differences between the rescue squad, the truck guys, engine guys, and paramedics. I really saw the camaraderie between these people. It’s in their blood to be able to go and do these things on a daily basis, to put themselves in harm’s way, and then to let go when they leave work. They’re a special breed of people.

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Man Crush: Taylor Kinney

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!, TV Shows

I originally crushed on Taylor Kinney back in 2010 as he was about to make his debut as Mason Lockwood on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries. Since the 31-year-old actor is one of the stars of NBC’s upcoming Chicago Fire, I thought it was time to update this post and lust over this stud again. As two years have passed since my initial writeup, I’ve added many more photos to this post. After you check out my updated collection of Kinney’s shirtless pics, I’m sure you’ll agree he’s worth selecting as a Man Crush once again.

Kinney was raised alongside his three brothers by their single mother. Before developing an interest in acting, he studied business management at West Virginia University. Like all aspiring actors, he practiced his craft in theatre in such plays as Fallout and A Streetcar Named Desire. His feature films credits include Furnace, White Air and Diary of a Champion.

Before appearing on Chicago Fire, this Pennsylvanian native was best known as Luke Gianni on Fashion House (MyNetworkTV) and for his recurring role on NBC’s now-canceled Trauma. That all changed when he joined The Vampire Diaries cast on The CW. He became even more well known when he began shacking up with Lady Gaga. Taylor even appeared in one of her music videos. Without further ado, let’s check out his chesticles, man nips and washboard abs below.

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Lady Gaga Marries Taylor Kinney For Humanity

In: Donovan, Fashion, Music

I honestly thought Lady Gaga released all the fashion films for “You and I” last year. Apparently, I was wrong. The 26-year-old singer still had one left up her sleeve which she finally debuted over the weekend. Given that Gaga is on the September 2012 issue of Vogue, and a new album, ARTPOP, coming out soon, promoting a track from her last album seems silly. The “Bad Romance” singer explained her reason why in a tweet this past weekend, “I’m supporting & sending love to Beyoncé & the UN for WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY #whd2012″. World humanitarian or shameless self-promotion? You decide.

Once again, the visual was shot by the editorial team of Inez and Vinoodh. This time, however, it features Gaga’s sexy boy toy Taylor Kinney. In the newly-released clip, Gaga and Kinney get married, fake of course. Still, it could be a sign of things to come. The two have been shacking up for a decent amount of time now. Check out the clip below.

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Who’d You Rather: Spencer VS Kinney

In: Totally GAY!, Tyrell

It’s that time of year when the major networks begin their upfronts to reveal what new shows will be hitting the airwaves this coming fall. One of the shows that caught my eye, mainly due to the sexy male leads in the cast is Chicago Fire coming to NBC. A little bit Ladder 49, a little bit Third Watch, the show follows a group of fire fighters and paramedics in the city of Chicago. I personally quite wait to check out the show… especially with these two sexy men in place.

A lot of you probably know Jesse Spencer best from his role on House. With the show coming to a close this season, it’s great to know that he won’t be taking too long of a hiatus from our small screens. This Australian born actor got his big break on the hit TV series Neighbours and made an American debut in the film Uptown Girl with Brittany Murphy. On the personal side of things, Jesse was once engaged to House former House co-star Jennifer Morrison but in 2007 announced they had called off their engagement. No rumors on who’s getting his romantic attention now.

Taylor Kinney has been featured before on our site as Donovan’s Man Crush. Taylor was studying business management in college when he suddenly took a new interest in acting. Most recently, he was seen on the CW’s Vampire Diaries and gained a lot of publicity when it was discovered he was romantically linked to none other than Lady Gaga. Now, Taylor is ready to jump on board this new show for NBC which won’t be his first time in uniform. He played the lead in the show Trauma where he played a paramedic. Can’t wait to see him in fire gear though. Yummy!

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until the fall to check out Jesse and Taylor together on screen in Chicago Fire, Wednesday nights on NBC. However, they are battling out today for your votes for this week’s Who’d You Rather. Cast your vote below.

Photos of the men and your vote after the jump.

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