Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson Party Before Saturday's Wedding: Reports
Though just a few days ago he told MTV News, "Blah, I got nothing," when asked if he was planning to get married this weekend, it looks as if Pete Wentz might have been holding back a bit. Unlike Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey, who pulled off a stealth wedding with almost no one finding out (or at least believing it would ever happen), the buzz about the Wentz/ Ashlee Simpson union has been building all week.
Though no update has come from Wentz, 28, a number of outlets claimed to have confirmed the nuptials will take place this weekend. Usmagazine.com claims that the couple have asked guests to wear dark clothing to the event. People.com reported on Friday (May 16) that Wentz had a low-key bachelor party Thursday night in Beverly Hills in a private room at popular restaurant Mr. Chow, accompanied by his bandmates, soon-to-be father-in-law Joe Simpson, Joel Madden and about 10 other friends.
People.com reported that Wentz arrived at his party wearing a black hoodie and smiled as he stepped out of the car, accepting congratulations from a patron on his way in as Papa Simpson put his hands on Wentz's shoulders and said, "This is the man." Simpson picked up the $1,000 tab for dinner, Usmagazine.com said. The group left the restaurant just before 11 p.m., according to People, and ended up at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where they partied in the Marilyn Monroe suite.
While Jessica Simpson was spotted at the Roosevelt Hotel lounge Teddy's, People.com said bride-to-be Ashlee, 23, was elsewhere, having her bachelorette party with friends at the Kiki De Montparnasse luxury lingerie store. In keeping with the confusion surrounding the event, Usmagazine.com reported that Ashlee's bachelorette party actually took place at her parents' Encino, California, home, where Jessica and mom Tina Simpson put on a "mellow affair" with about a dozen close friends and family in the backyard.
On Monday, Usmagazine.com reported that the wedding will take place this Saturday, citing as proof a big white tent with bright red curtains that was reportedly being set up at the Encino home on Thursday, along with a seating area around a fireplace adorned with a cross.
"Proper invites have not been sent out, but instead guests have been given a save-the-date notice," an unnamed source said. An intimate rehearsal dinner is reportedly scheduled to take place on Friday night for close friends and family.
"[Guests] have been asked to wear cocktail attire, but to not be overdressed," a friend of the couple is reported to have told Usmagazine.com about the dress code for the wedding. The site said that around 250 guests are expected, though they are being kept in the dark about the details of the celebration.
TMZ.com reported that People has paid "well over" $1 million for the rights to run the wedding photos. "We're thrilled that celebrities continue to choose People as the place for their most intimate photos," a spokesperson told the site. "We do not comment on specifics of any deals."
Jessica Surprised by Pete Wentz
While her future brother-in-law Pete Wentz was celebrating his bachelor party, Jessica Simpson had a Thursday night out with three girlfriends at Hennessy’s Jazz Night at Teddy’s in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
Little did the newly single bombshell know that Pete, who had been dining with family and friends at Mr. Chow, would choose the same hotel for an after-hours party with 20 of his pals.
But before Pete, dressed super-casual in black jeans, gray tee and a cutoff black hoodie, headed upstairs to the Marilyn Monroe suite, he stopped in to say hello to Ashlee's big sister.
“When Jessica saw him, she was completely surprised,” a fellow partygoer tells OK!. “All the girls yelled ‘Pete,’ and Jess jumped up and ran over to him and gave him a big hug.”
Though he did the gentlemanly thing by popping by to see Jess, the onlooker adds, “He looked like he was in a rush.”
After he left and went upstairs where the Hennessy was flowing, Jessica let him do his thing and continued partying and dancing all night.
Tokio Hotel Makes All the Girls Scream
If you think you know all about crazed, obsessive fans, clearly you've never spoken to German band Tokio Hotel. Sure, like any other alternative rock group, they have to dodge legions of screaming girls wherever they go, but Tokio Hotel's fans like to go that extra devoted mile.
"If they write a letter - I think the longest now is 12 kilometres long, the fan letter," lead singer Bill Kaulitz says through an interpreter. "Or they buy us a star - you know, there is a star out in the universe being called Tokio Hotel. And then we had a redesigned car, one girl redesigned her car in the whole Tokio Hotel look and kept driving next to our tour bus."
With his long, spiky hair, heavy eye makeup, skinny jeans and tight t-shirts, 18-year-old Bill has cultivated his lean, androgynous look to perfection. He appeals to the kinds of girls who think Zac Efron is a little too butch.
His twin brother, Tom, seems to make a conscious effort to counteract Bill's ambiguous sexuality by dressing in baggy clothing, covering his dreadlocks with a baseball cap and constantly carrying himself with an overconfident swagger. While Bill does most of the talking, Tom does pipe up every once in a while to tease his band mates and reassert his masculinity.
"I could add a couple of [crazy fan] stories from my hotel room," he interrupts. "But it would take ages and we would probably need another interview for that."
Tom appeals to the kinds of girls who think Fred Durst is too sensitive.
The brothers teamed up with bassist Georg Listing and drummer Gustav Schafer to form Tokio Hotel in 2001. Although it took the band four years to hit it big in Germany, they were still only in their mid-teens when their debut album, Schrei, went platinum, turning Tokio Hotel into rock stars at a young age. After conquering European music charts many times over, Tokio Hotel released Scream, their first English album, in Canada on March 25.
"Tom and me, we were 15 when we broke in Germany and since then we are constantly on the road," says Bill. "It was what we always wanted to do and it was a clearly-made decision. Experiencing all of this, sitting here today in Toronto, giving interviews, playing shows over here in Canada, that was nothing we ever expected, all that we thought would happen."
Translating their songs into English was one of Tokio Hotel's biggest hurdles with Scream because, while they can understand English surprisingly well, speaking it is another matter. Bill spent many hours in the studio going over lyrics to make sure none of the songs' meanings got lost in translation.
"It wasn't easy because if you compare the languages to each other, obviously in German you work with different pictures, different sentences. Not every word is found in the English language," he explains. "We really wanted to go for a one-to-one translation, so that really took some time. Then I went into the studio and that took some time as well because I really wanted to sound native. I really wanted to sound as perfect as possible."
"Yeah, but things take a long time for Bill anyway," adds Tom, having gone more than five minutes without teasing his brother. "If he sings in German or if he sings in English, he always needs time. And he's not good at hitting the right tone; that takes time as well."
Bill is clearly used to his brother's haughty posturing. "Yeah, whatever," is all he mutters as he rolls his eyes.
Staying together for seven years is a remarkable feat for any band, but especially for a group who were going through puberty at the same time. But even though the members of Tokio Hotel obviously get on each others' nerves occasionally, Bill admits that they're better off together than apart.
"There are times when we annoy each other and get on each others' nerves and everybody needs to get out, have his own space, time for himself and stuff like this," he says. "But the good thing is that we know each other very well. We've been together for seven years. We know each as well as you actually could; everything. That really helps us. I think, actually, it brings us closer together. It just makes us stronger going through [this] with each other and it's actually that we can't live without each other anymore."
Unsurprisingly, Tom is unwilling to let the interview end on such a sentimental note.
"Actually, Bill especially can't live without me," he says with his trademark mischievous grin. "And the others as well, they can't live without me. Talking about me, I'm more, like, in the father role of this whole family trip, you know. They really all depend on me."
Bill rolls his eyes again, but he can't stop himself from smiling back at Tom. The Gallagher brothers should take lessons from these two.