Harry Styles finally felt the "freedom" to have "fun" and be himself on his second album 'Fine Line'.
The former One Direction star has admitted that he was nervous about what the boy band's fans would make of his debut solo record after they went on an indefinite hiatus in 2016.
However, after they welcomed his solo tunes with open arms, the 25-year-old singer says it gave him the confidence to make the kind of music that he enjoys making.
Harry told the latest issue of Music Week magazine: "The fact that the last album wasn't necessarily a radio record, but I could tour it and people came to the shows and enjoyed them, made me feel I had freedom to make what I wanted to, and I wanted to make some fun songs.
"Coming off the road, there was a definite feeling of, 'OK, now I know what it feels like to play a show on my own, what do I want the songs to be like if I'm going to tour again?'
"So I definitely went into this album with a freedom, that I didn't have, or didn't allow myself to have, last time."
The 'Watermelon Sugar' singer also confessed that he was "afraid to make fun music" after being in 1D.
He spilled: "I was a little subconsciously afraid of making fun music having come out of the band.
"I tried to get rid of that a little bit."
Now the 'Sign of the Times' hitmaker - who releases 'Fine Line' on Friday (13.12.19) - is fully aware that: "People just wanted me to be myself and be authentic".
Harry recently compared releasing his new music to childbirth.
The 'Kiwi' singer finds it "bittersweet" letting people hear his work for the first time because it no longer solely belongs to him but it's also "exciting" finding out what others think of it.
He said: "It's a little bittersweet because you live with it for so long and it feels like it's yours. Then you start giving it away. That's the most exciting part, having people hear it for the first time. It's fun. I assume the pain's not the same, but it feels a little like giving birth."
Billy Porter says he's "living beyond [his] wildest dreams" after picking up his second Golden Globes nomination.
The 50-year-old actor was in contention for the Actor in a Drama TV Series gong at this year's ceremony for his role as Pray Tell in the first season of FX series 'Pose', and he's been nominated for the prize once again for the second instalment.
Billy has admitted that these kinds of accolades are all the more poignant to him because he landed the part being his true "authentic" self and not pretending to be more "masculine" just to get work, like he did for the first two decades of his career.
Asked how it feels to be a two-time Globes nominee, he said: "I am living beyond my wildest dreams, actually. Interestingly enough, my dream didn't include me being authentic. I thought I had to fix myself to be successful.
"My masculinity was in question from the minute I could comprehend thought, so for the first 20-years-plus of my career, I was just trying to be masculine enough to get a job. I was trying to live up to society's standard of masculinity and get a job. I never knew it could look like this. So, that is what is really inspiring and fabulous."
The 'Noel' star - who became the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy this year - also admitted that "doors" have opened for him and people "listen" to him now he's won and been shortlisted for prestigious prizes.
He told E! News: "Yes, doors open to little black sissy boys when they have awards. Doors open, people listen, and your life does change a little bit."
'Pose' is returning for a third series, but Billy has insisted producers haven't told him anything about it just yet.
However, he vowed to continue drawing from his own real-life experiences and to step out of his "comfort zone" with his alter ego.
He said: "They don't let me know anything."
On what fans can expect from Pray, the Broadway star added: "Well, I was bringing myself to the character because I have already done that. In my life, I have already stepped out of my comfort zone, nothing has been comfortable for me for many, many years so I could pull from my own experience. So, that was good. It's nice when you can align to your own experiences with the character that you play."
Cuba Gooding Jr. has been accused of sexual misconduct by seven more women.
Court papers filed in Manhattan by prosecutors claim that Cuba groped and forcibly kissed a woman, ripping her tights, at the Sundance Film Festival, with the attack only stopping when she bit him to get away.
The unnamed woman is just one of a new group of seven women, who have claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Cuba, with his now bringing the number of his accusers overall to 22.
Gooding has currently only been charged for three of the alleged incidents. He faces six counts of misdemeanor sexual abuse and forcible touching, involving three different accusers.
The prosecutors said in the papers filed: "Defendant's past behaviour shows that he routinely approaches women while at bars or nightclubs with whom he has had limited or no prior interaction, and touches them inappropriately."
Cuba "has and does deny all allegations of criminal conduct".
His lawyer, Mark Heller, said in a statement released Monday (09.12.19): "Unfortunately, people come out of the woodwork, making false allegations against Cuba, as often times happens when a celebrity is accused by the District Attorney's Office in a Public Forum. The spurious, uncharged allegations offered by the District Attorney's Office are so ancient and outdated and lacking in details and impairs the Defendant from defending against them; thus, it demonstrates that the District Attorney's Office's motive in introducing these inflammatory, uncharged allegations is not for any probative value, but to merely gain an advantage against the Defendant and prejudice the Jury against the Defendant."
Cuba is next set to appear in court on January 22.
Sting says Juice WRLD's death is "a tragic loss for the world of music".
The 'Fields of Gold' singer has paid tribute to the late star - who died on Sunday (08.12.19) aged 21 after reportedly suffering a seizure in Chicago's Midway airport - and had kind words about how the rapper reworked 1993 track 'Shape of My Heart' to create his own hit 'Lucid Dreams'.
In a statement to NME, Sting said: "This is such a tragic loss for the world of music, a young life with so much potential and a unique and precious talent.
"'Lucid Dreams' was my favourite of all the many interpolations of 'Shape of My Heart', it will resonate for many years to come. My sincere condolences to the family."
Sting once joked the royalties from the sample used in 'Lucid Dreams' would "put [his] grandkids through college", and he went on to sue for a reported 85% share of the song's earnings.
Juice had claimed the percentage was higher, but admitted: "I don't give a f**k about that, though. Money is gonna come regardless.
"If you doin' this for money, people gonna be able to tell. For me [it's more important that] Sting said my music is beautiful, the fact that he performed my version of the song."
Sting's tribute to Juice follow a number of fellow stars and fans who have remembered him on social media, including Ellie Goulding - who worked with him on their track 'Hate Me', which was released in June this year.
She wrote on Twitter: "I can't believe it... you were such a sweet soul. I'll always remember meeting you and your family on the video set and thinking how close you were. You had so much further to go, you were just getting started. You'll be missed Juice (sic)"
Daisy Ridley doesn't think she's "the hero" of 'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker'.
The 27-year-old actress has played Rey throughout the new trilogy - which will conclude with the Skywalker saga's ninth and final instalment this month - and despite taking the lead alongside the likes of John Boyega (Finn), she suggested it's much more of a team effort.
Asked how playing the "main hero" has changed her sense of the world, she told Variety: "I would say I haven't played the hero because I think that 'Star Wars' is a group of heroes all working together.
"But in terms of being part of that [phenomenon], it makes the world smaller in a way, being in something that unites people is easy access to entering a space.
"And especially when we're promoting the film, you go to different countries, and everyone has a similar reaction, a similar expectation. It makes everything more accessible."
Ridley admitted she finds her own character relatable, as they have both been thrust into the middle of a huge saga and been left having to figure out what it all means.
She added: "I can relate, and that is why I've had to make myself feel part of things, because otherwise you just felt like, 'Why am I here? Why did they choose me? What is going on?'
"And then it gets to a point where you think, 'Well, it's not normal, but it's my normal.' So I've stopped trying to apologize for doing this because I know how lucky I am.
"I'm having a great time. Before, I was like, 'Oh, I don't want to be like, 'This is best thing ever!'' But it is really great."
Phoebe Waller-Bridge says she was not hired for 'No Time to Die' just to help with the female characters.
The 34-year-old star was enlisted to help with the writing on the forthcoming James Bond movie - which will be Daniel Craig's last outing as the suave spy - but insists her gender wasn't mentioned when producer Barbara Broccoli and the leading actor rang to ask if she would be a part of the film.
She said: "The reality was I got a call from Barbara and Daniel saying, 'We like your work, can you come in and help us?'
"There wasn't ever really a conversation about can you come in and help us with 'the ladies'.
"They are proper, amazing producers and writers and actors and suddenly they are reduced to those people?
"They said, 'It will be your take, can you come aboard and help us polish the script?'
"The characters were there, the story was there, it was just really exciting to be a part of it. There was a bunch of writers, I was a small contribution to this thing."
The 'Fleabag' creator admits she had mentioned to the show's producer just a month before she received the call that she would love to write for a Bond movie one day.
Speaking to an audience at the Southbank Centre in London, she is quoted by The Guardian newspaper as saying: "It was a really mad job to get.
"I actually said to my producer once while we were making 'Fleabag' that would be a cool thing to do one day ... and then it was only a month later."
Phoebe is the first woman to write material for a 007 feature since Johanna Harwood worked on 'Dr. No' and 'From Russia With Love' in the 1960s.
Ana de Armas, who will play "bubbly" character Paloma in the film, admitted she "blushed" when she first saw Phoebe, 34, because she is such a fan of her work.
She recalled: "I saw Phoebe, and I just blushed - I got red like a tomato. I was like, 'Oh my God, can I hug you? I want to be your friend.' "