LOS ANGELES – Taylor Swift Done With Kanye VMA Incident | Lionel Richie Credits Joel Madden and 'Mouse One and Two' for Nicole's Addiction Recovery, Doesn’t Even Know What 'Sparrow' Means | Pop Tarts Scene & Herd
Taylor Swift didn’t move a muscle as the lights went out following Kanye West’s impromptu speech during the VMAs on Sunday night, but backstage it was a totally different story.
We’re told the country crooner immediately burst into tears and was hysterically crying while her family and production staff rallied around, with everyone still in shock over the outburst and wondering what to do next. With just a few minutes until she was scheduled to perform, Swift was given lots of hugs and encouragement as she pulled herself together to sing her heart out. Another source said that MTV peeps were more worried about how they would play "cover-ups" than Miss Swift.
But nonetheless, the sweet starlet didn't go too deep into the drama on "The View" on Monday.
"I think my overall thought process went something like, 'Wow, I can't believe I won. This is awesome. Don't trip and fall. I'm going to get to thank the fans. This is so cool. Oh, Kanye West is here. Cool haircut. What are you doing there? And then ouch. And then, I guess I'm not going to thank the fans,'" she said.
MTV executives were reportedly upset that West not only belittled Swift but he also undermined the integrity of the awards and who should win (as determined by public votes). It was one of the head-honcho producers (who is actually good friends with West) that had him removed from the venue.
So while everyone is still buzzing over the beef, Swift herself is apparently over it.
"Taylor doesn’t want to talk about it anymore," said a source. "She’s was a bit overwhelmed by all the attention and trying to move past it."
A rep for Swift also told Tarts that "Kanye called and Taylor is fine now, but they are done talking about it."
While the experience was obviously difficult for the 19-year-old, it may very well work in her favor and boost her public profile.
"This will help Taylor's career because she didn’t play victim but treated the situation like a real pro and said little, which impressed a lot of folks," said Hollywood image consultant Michael Sands. "Kanye's behavior is out of control and this will hurt his status and ability to attract new converts. It wasn’t about Beyonce, it was about his need to receive adulation from his peer group."
And you never know, perhaps Mr. West may very well find himself mentioned in one of Swift’s upcoming tracks.
"If you break my heart, hurt my feelings or mess with friends I’ll have to write a song about you," Swift told us earlier this year.
Nicole Richie is no stranger to dangerously bad behavior in the past having been caught with heroin, driving with a suspended license and being sentenced to jail time stemming from a DUI in 2006. But according to daddy Lionel Richie, the mama (who just gave birth to her second child, son Sparrow, last week) is in such good health mentally and physically these days thanks to her beau and babies.
"I'm just very proud of Joel (Madden) and of Nicole. One thing I love about Nicole is when she makes her mind up to do something, it's done. When Joel came along she found that one person, that partner that she needed to kind of get her into that mode of taking care of herself and paying attention to her lifestyle," Lionel Richie told us before being honored at the 31st edition of An Evening of Stars. "And then of course when Mouse number one and Mouse number two came along that was it, and I can tell you right now she is a different person."
And even the grandpa doesn't know where on earth Richie and Madden came up with the name "Sparrow" for their son.
"I have no idea where that came from. I will ask her, it is very interesting. With the excitement of the baby, you don’t go into the name just yet. When I heard it, I thought it was my job just to go ‘absolutely’," Lionel added. "I will ask about Sparrow and she will have a story."
Rag & Bone designers celebrating fashion week on Friday at NY's not-yet-open-to-the-public Simyone Lounge with Rob Buckley, Avril Lavigne, Nicky Hilton, Shannon Elizabeth, Jessica Stam and New York Knicks' David Lee.
Idols Bo Bice and Brooke White performing for the likes of Haylie Duff and honoree Sugar Ray Leonard at the Life Changing Lives Gala on Friday at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California.
Kara DioGuardi having her hair blown out at the Byron & Tracey salon and picking out oversized Jackie O type Gucci shades from the Soliciste booth while en route to the Nicole Miller fashion show in NYC on Friday.
Audrina Patridge picking out Energy Muse Jewelry's Archangel Michael Bracelet (known to protect the wearer) in the wake of her recent alleged stalker news at L.A.'s Fashion's Night Out at Fred Segal on Friday.
George Clooney hugging it out with Oprah Winfrey and her friend Gayle King before heading out to a dinner party hosted by BlackBerry to celebrate his new movie "Up in the Air" at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday.
Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Benjamin Bratt and Neil Patrick Harris joking around on the Los Angeles red carpet of "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" on Saturday afternoon.
Mischa Barton and Corbin Bleu watching their co-star Nico Tortorella roam the runway during the Lacoste Fashion Show while filming their new show "The Beautiful Life" at Bryant Park on Saturday morning.
Tina Fey and host Kathy Griffin greeting each other backstage at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday after Griffin went on about "how D-list" the CA Emmys are.
Laura Dern, Rosanna Arquette, Greg Kinnear, Thomas Jane and Patricia Arquette schmoozing away at David Lynch's "New Paintings" exhibit in collaboration with James Corcoran Gallery in Santa Monica on Saturday.
Alessandra Ambrosio (the face of Christian Siriano's collection for VS Makeup), Tori Spelling, Kelly Rowland, Kristen Johnson and Mena Suvari front row at Siriano's animal-inspired Spring 2010 Runway Show on Saturday at the Bryant Park tents for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
Estelle noshing at NYC jaunt Japonais with a small posse on Saturday evening.
Chris Noth struggling to find a cab while standing on the corner of Broadway and 22nd Street in Manhattan late Saturday night.
Pink and Rihanna hanging out at Nivea For Men's House of Hype party in NYC on Saturday.
A newly blonde Katharine McPhee, Akon and Brian McKnight at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena on Saturday night to honor Lionel Richie for the 31st edition of "An Evening of Stars," UNCF’s annual televised celebration of excellence in entertainment and education.
Mariah Carey backstage with singer Matt Goss and Palms Casino Resort owner George Maloof prior to the grand opening of "Matt Goss Live From Las Vegas" on Saturday night.
Ashton Kutcher and wife Demi Moore as well as Mischa Barton, Molly Sims, Gerard Butler, Sara Paxton, Corbin Bleu, Nico Tortorella, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Mark Lacono, Lo Bosworth and Amanda Bynes celebrating the CW premiere of "The Beautiful Life" at SL (Simyone Lounge) in NYC's Meatpacking District on Saturday night.
Sean Penn with his new girlfriend Jessica White looking at each other lovingly while heading to Abe & Arthur's Restaurant in NYC on Saturday night.
Tom Cruise attending his fourth race of the season with his mother and son Connor to meet up with Jeff Gordon and his wife Ingrid on pit row prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond on Saturday night.
Dave Annabelle celebrating his birthday with an intimate gathering of friends and family at STK Los Angeles before moving on to Coco de Ville where several other friends were waiting for him.
Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher beating Mario Lopez in the swim portion of Sunday's Nautica Malibu Triathlon but Lopez edged Hatcher out in the end. Lopez was relieved commenting "I wasn't about to lose to any of the housewives" before posing with Jeremy Piven.
Jay Z, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake in a private room upstairs of the 40/40 club following the VMAs on Sunday before heading over to 1Oak.
Pete Wentz partying at the CK free VMA After Party honoring Fall Out Boy at Angels and Kings on Sunday night.
Mariah Carey, Robert De Niro, Robin Thicke (giving his lady Paula Patton a pep talk on how beautiful she was), Mary J Blige and Suzanne Somers at the Precious Pre Gala Screening Cocktail Reception hosted by BlackBerry in Toronto on Sunday.
Keri Hilson, Ciara, Nigel Barker and Kelly Rowland drinking O.N.E. Spring Water backstage at Fashion Week tents on Monday.
Katy Perry stopping by the Lia Sophia suite just before it closed on Monday to drink MuscleMilk and pick out some jewels for herself to wear during NY Fashion Week.
Olivia Wilde and Eliza Dushku chilling out together at the Fox Eco-Casino Party at the new BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood on Monday night.