As Jessie J tells Ju­lia Molony of her as­pi­ra­tions for fam­ily life (see page 14), Pat Fitz­patrick looks at the idio­syn­cra­sies of some other pop mu­sic princesses

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Ir­ish par­ents were out­raged when they saw Mi­ley twerk­ing (look it up) at the VMA awards. Can't blame them. It's hard to watch a young woman make a name for her­self while their own kids mope around the house. Mi­ley's dad, Billy Ray, didn't mind ei­ther. He's a coun­try-and-western star, so there's no em­bar­rass­ment so bad that it can't be turned into a song. It will be a nice break from his dog dy­ing and truck break­ing down to sing, “my daugh­ter she was tw­erkin', it sure as hell beats workin”.


Fa­mous for her mul­ti­ple crazy out­fits. You can imag­ine her par­ents in the hall. “Lis­ten, miss, there is no way you are go­ing out in that. Or that. Or that. From what I can see, that one is just the lag­ging jacket off the im­mer­sion. We don't care how many fol­low­ers you have on Twit­ter. How do you mean Madonna never had to put with this kind of carry-on? Lis­ten to Papa Don't Preach. The man was an aw­ful nag­ger.”


Fa­mously said her exes in­spire her work. Who wouldn't want to be im­mor­talised in Short One Song for The Al­bum, De­cided to Date You? Most peo­ple. Tay­lor was caught on cam­era mouthing, “Shut the f **k up” at her ex Harry Styles dur­ing the VMA awards. There is no truth to the ru­mour she was just join­ing in with the rest of the crowd. In fair­ness, though, One Di­rec­tion are more over-ex­posed than a flasher on the rush-hour DART.


Katy caused a bit of con­tro­versy back in in­no­cent 2008 when she kissed a girl and liked it. Of course, for a fe­male artist to cre­ate a sim­i­lar splash in 2013, you are prob­a­bly look­ing at a sex act with a horse. Sorry, we're not sug­gest­ing you are look­ing at a sex act with a horse. As if you would do such a thing, with­out wip­ing your browser his­tory af­ter­wards. Se­ri­ously, you can't be too care­ful th­ese days.


Won an Os­car this year for her James Bond theme tune. You can't re­mem­ber it. In­stead, your brain is play­ing the iconic Bond tune. Ding did­dle-ing-ding ding-ding-ding and so on. If you are a man, you pic­ture your­self as a young Sean Con­nery mak­ing a smutty racist joke about a hot Rus­sian's pussy cat. If you are a woman, let's face it, you pic­ture your­self as the hot Rus­sian. Where would you see such racism and sex­ism to­day? Out­side of Top Gear.

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