John Mayer: ‘My robes are my security blanket’

John Mayer’s robes take him through his day “like a companion”.The 41-year-old singer has become famous for the multi-coloured robes he often sports in his posts on social media – with the outerwear dividing opinion as to whether they are trendy or tra…

John Mayer’s robes take him through his day “like a companion”.

The 41-year-old singer has become famous for the multi-coloured robes he often sports in his posts on social media – with the outerwear dividing opinion as to whether they are trendy or tragic.

However, the Gravity singer isn’t bothered by the criticism of his much-loved robes, insisting in an interview with GQ magazine that he has a strong bond with the pieces.

“Everyone scratches their head about my wearing a robe until they try mine on,” he explained. “Then they understand completely. It’s a jacket, but it’s more laidback. It’s a tent you can hang out inside of as you go about your day. It’s a security blanket of sorts. I still haven’t explained it perfectly, because I can’t. You just have to try one on that fits you right. Then you want it to take through your day like a companion.”

John has made a name for himself as something of a style icon in recent years, and hit headlines previously when he shared a video tutorial on how to perfect the smoky eye. And while the majority of his fans applaud him for his confidence in his appearance, others are less complimentary. But the star doesn’t let nasty comments get him down – insisting that fashion is all about having fun.

“You shouldn’t let fashion hurt your feelings,” he mused. “If it does, that’s a good indicator you’re taking it way too seriously. Anybody, at any time, should be allowed to wear whatever they like.”

While John is proud of most of his looks, there’s one aspect of his appearance he isn’t so keen on – his tattoo sleeve on his left arm.

“Sometimes I wish I didn’t have a tattoo sleeve,” he sighed. “It just doesn’t work with a patterned short-sleeve button-up. Kind of kills the fantasy of it being an old picture.”

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Sandra Bullock saw ‘a lot of fear’ in male Bird Box crew members

Sandra Bullock believes the Bird Box crew felt “fear” working under a female director.The actress stars in the film as a mother of two children, who are forced to travel blindfolded in order to escape a supernatural entity which takes on the appearance…

Sandra Bullock believes the Bird Box crew felt “fear” working under a female director.

The actress stars in the film as a mother of two children, who are forced to travel blindfolded in order to escape a supernatural entity which takes on the appearance of its victims’ worst fears and causes them to commit suicide. Susanne Bier, the first female director to win a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, an Emmy Award and a European Film Award, has helmed the post-apocalyptic thriller, and Bullock reckons her male colleagues experienced some uneasiness working under a woman.

“Because the boss was a woman. I did see a lot of fear in our crew members,” she recalled in an interview with The Independent. “The men were walking on eggshells. So I said: ‘Guys, you’re allowed to joke, we’ll tell you when you’ve gone too far.’”

Bird Box began a limited release on 14 December (18) and will begin streaming worldwide on Netflix on 21 December. Features made specifically for streaming services have proven to be controversial with film executives in the past, with Netflix films even being banned from competing in this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Though Bullock is adamant that “cinema is not going anywhere,” she has also seen benefits of incorporating movies into streaming platforms.

“I know it struggled, but the streaming world has elevated the bar for cinema,” the Gravity star insisted. “(Before), if you were a superhero, you were able to get a movie made; anything else was not getting made. Now, with streaming, we have all kinds of work available, so we can act again. This wonderful business is changing, and providing so many more opportunities for women, and people of colour. There’s a great change happening.”

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George Clooney in talks to direct Echo

George Clooney is reportedly in early talks to step back behind the camera and direct sci-fi film Echo. Christopher MacBride has written the script for the film, which will centre on a drone specialist who begins to question if his lover has been repl…

George Clooney is reportedly in early talks to step back behind the camera and direct sci-fi film Echo.

Christopher MacBride has written the script for the film, which will centre on a drone specialist who begins to question if his lover has been replaced or if he is having a psychological episode.

Clooney last took over the director’s chair for 2017’s Suburbicon, which starred his pal Matt Damon, while he also shot the first episode of the upcoming miniseries adaptation of Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22, which is set to premiere next year (19).

The Gravity star has previously spoken about his desire to take on more directing gigs, because he is reluctant to see himself age onscreen.

“I think nobody wants to see anybody really ageing,” he said. “It’s a very unforgiving thing, the cameras, and so ageing becomes something that you know you try to do less and less on screen.”

“You try to pick the films that work best for you and as you age they become less and less,” he added. “It’s really fun acting… but you know as you age on screen you get to that point that you really understand that you can’t stay in front of the camera your whole life.”

And he is keen to focus on his work behind the camera, which he has described as his “great love”.

“It’s much more fun to be, and it’s infinitely more creative to be directing – infinitely more,” he said. “It is my great love and I do enjoy it a lot and I’ve had some really great success and I’ve had some not so successful films, and that’s also part of the experience.”

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