Earlier this week, we looked at the media’s reaction to Adele after she posted on social media for the first time since separating from her husband. It was a classic example of how high profile women are expected to ‘speak out’ or ‘break their silence’ following a breakup. Just ask Jennifer Aniston.
A couple of days later, it was Kate Beckinsale’s turn to face the headlines (again). In an interview with Us weekly, her friend Sarah Silverman made a casual comment about how she used to “live vicariously through” single Kate. She said: “I remember when Prince Harry was single, like, I would live vicariously through [Kate] and be like, ‘Oh, my God, date Prince Harry… because, like, she could!”
The interviewer then continued to press her for details about Beckinsale’s romantic life, following her reported split from Pete Davidson this week after four months of dating. Predictably, headlines about Silverman to set up her friend with the prince then ensued. It seems that it’s impossible to report on the female actor – who recently wowed in ITV’s The Widow – unless there’s a romantic link. Also, wasn’t the interview supposed to be with and about Silverman in the first place?
But, judging by her hilarious and powerful response on social media -Beckinsale is having none of it.
Posting a screenshot of the interview headline which read “Sarah Silverman Used to Root for Pal Kate Beckinsale to Date Prince Harry,” she captioned it: “@sarahkatesilverman you are such an ass. Also I love that he’s looking at us both like who are these old bitches get them away from me.”
Silverman replied: “HAHAHAHAA remember when he was single and I decided you must date him because of my vicarious life through you?”
Clearly, Beckinsale isn’t too bothered by her friend’s loose lips – we all have a pal who lets slip now and again. But her post showed just how ridiculous, boring yet predictable it is to see a flippant, fun comment being turned into a news headline about her personal life. It’s not the first time Bekcinsale has shown her exasperation over the tabloid coverage of her personal life.
In fact, the post came just over a month after Beckinsale spoke out while she was still dating Davidson. She told the told Los Angeles Times: “I’d rather not have people hiding outside my house. It’s a little old-fashioned to have a woman’s personal life [looked at like that]. It’s a little bit tired.”
She added: “I’m surprised by the interest. I’ve never been in this position before – never dated anybody who comes with their own bag of mischief. It’s all quite shocking, and something to get used to. I think if you liked the person less, you would bow out of it. If that were the main thrust of the relationship, there would be a problem. But it’s not.”
We’re totally here for Beckinsale continuing to call out the strange obsession.