Celebritease: Celebs show charitable sides

By Mackenzie Cutruzzula
Columnist

What began as a whirlwind romance between Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston ended quite quietly. Anonymous sources told People that the couple began drifting apart when Hiddleston went back to filming in Australia. The same source also reported that Swift put the brakes on the relationship when Hiddleston wanted to be more public than Swift preferred.

Perry meets with a survivor of the Orlando shooting. (Twitter.com)
Perry meets with a survivor of the Orlando shooting. (Twitter.com)

Post-breakup, Hiddleston was spotted getting coffee with friends in Australia. Meanwhile, Swift was photographed back in New York, while dressed lavishly and hitting the gym.

Swift was also seen front and center during New York Fashion Week. She showed her support of her longtime friend, Gigi Hadid, during the Tommy Hilfiger fashion show. Swift spent time with squad members Martha Hunt and Lily Aldridge throughout the week and took to Instagram to show off how happy and fulfilled she is, despite her renewed single status.

Hadid was thankful that Swift could take the time out of her busy schedule to support her fashion endeavors. The model confirmed that Swift is back in the studio, despite announcing a three-year hiatus last year.

Swift also took time to give back during her breakup. The singer donated $5,000 to the family of an 18-year-old fan from Alabama who died in a car crash over Labor Day weekend. In her donation, Swift expressed her sorrow for the family’s loss and acknowledged that the family will keep the fan’s memory alive.

Katy Perry, although not usually associated positively with Swift, also made headlines for charitable reasons last week. Perry appeared on “Ellen” to meet Tony Marrero, a survivor of the Orlando, Fla., nightclub shooting who cited the lyrics to “Rise” as a vital part of his healing from four gunshot wounds. Perry pledged to pay for Marrero’s first year of film school.

Jolie Pitt speaks in Syria about refugees’ rights. (Twitter.com)
Jolie Pitt speaks in Syria about refugees’ rights. (Twitter.com)

Perry has been a bearer of good news recently, as she has been open to talking about her seven-month-long relationship with actor Orlando Bloom. In a recent interview with Women’s Wear Daily, the singer noted that her only qualm with the relationship is the hour and half separating her from the actor, since he lives in Malibu, Calif., and her home is in Los Angeles. During their recent escape to Cannes, France, it was rumored that Bloom proposed. However, the news has yet to be confirmed by either star, and other reports claim that Bloom would prefer to propose in Malibu.

Angelina Jolie Pitt headed to Syria to urge United Nations leaders to address world conflict and the poor treatment of refugees. The actress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Special Envoy held a press conference at the Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan on Friday, Sept. 9, to emphasize the need for international aid for Syrian refugees, and met with families displaced by the crisis. Jolie Pitt emphasized that it is impossible to fathom the brevity of what these families have gone through in the last five years. She also met and spent time with families and victims individually to further address the situation.

With the holiday season still months away, celebrities are reminding us all that being charitable can be a year-round affair.