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Twitter And Celebrities: Do They Mix?
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Some people open a Twitter account and love it from the moment they start using it. No more so than some of the A list stars either side of the Atlantic. I’m curious about Twitter and celebrities, I really am. One minute they use it to inform their adoring fans the most banal facts imaginable and then the next they’re either asking for privacy or making complaints about press intrusion. I find these double standards rather curious, and I’ve been wondering whether Twitter and celebrities really mix.

The latest celebrity in the UK who has been asking for privacy, is the queen of daytime television is “Holly Willoughby”. Willoughby, who went into premature labour earlier this week has since given birth to her daughter Belle Baldwin. Her good friend Fearne Cotton and co-presenter Philip Schofield kept up a running commentary about her progress. Willoughby, posted a message herself announcing the safe arrival of her daughter to her 700,000 plus followers.

Willoughby and her friends are free to do what they want, but what I found ironic that Willoughby has now issued a statement asking for privacy from the press because she wants to protect her children. Oh please. It’s a bit late for that isn’t. Don’t blab so much if you don’t want to pique people’s interest. Why do celebrities want to cherry pick the attention they receive?

Holly of course isn’t the only celebrity to keep in touch with her fans via Twitter. Demi Moore and husband Ashton Kutcher are two Hollywood stars who took to Twitter very early on. Kutcher apparently argued that so much rubbish was being written about him and his wife, that they preferred to tell people themselves. Of course that is their prerogative. I have no idea of what their lives might be like, but I do question how much information they want to relay to the public.

Kutcher posted a picture of his wife looking fabulous in a bikini in what appeared to be one of their bathrooms. Now I know the paparazzi are everywhere – but the bathroom? This openness really hasn’t done them any favours. Having constantly kept the Twitter community entertained by showing how much they love each other, there has been recent speculation that their marriage might be in trouble because the loving messages have apparently decreased a bit.

Another person who might be regretting some of her openness is the model Elizabeth Hurley. Playing out her alleged affair over Twitter, with the Australian cricketer Shane Warne for anyone to follow seemed slightly foolish to say the least. Since the relationship came to an abrupt end Hurley has hardly been heard of since. But next time she wants to complain about the press, however justified those complaints might be, we have the right to be sceptical. Too often stars shift the goal posts when it comes to their privacy.

Russell Brand was rightly furious when some hack was trying to stick a camera up his wife Katy Perry’s skirt at an airport earlier this year. It was over the top, unnecessary and unforgivable. Why a couple of months later he posted a picture of his wife looking very bleary eyed with no make-up on, when she is known for her polished appearance was crass. I have no idea if she was furious as has been reported but why use Twitter in that way? It just generates more publicity and column inches.

It seems so many stars using Twitter throw caution to the wind. There have been bitchy spats between stars, moans about the press, little nuggets about affairs, and some fairly insane ramblings. (Yes I do mean you Charlie Sheen).

So should I be surprised about the way celebrities use Twitter. Probably not. I guess the stars just mirror behaviour that goes on in the rest of Twitter world. We’ve all read peoples tweets moaning about various difficulties, complaining of hangovers, food they’ve eaten, relationship breakdowns , their general boredom and criticising their bosses or colleagues. It has even cost some people their jobs. Do I have sympathy with them? Not really. Twitter is a great medium for gossiping, sharing information and learning but it should be used with care.

As for Twitter and celebrities do they mix? Well clearly their tweets appeal to their many followers, so on one level I’d guess you have to say yes. However, if I was a celebrity would I use it? No I don’t think I would, because I’d really want to keep my private life, private. Every aspect of my life!


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