The teenager drama sequence “Gossip Lady” shone mild on the attractive scandals and lavish life of Manhattan’s elite prep faculties when it premiered in 2007.
However for Higher East Aspect native Wil Glavin, who was on the verge of highschool on the time, it barely scratched the floor.
“‘Gossip Lady’ didn’t go far sufficient. They needed to hold it extra PG-13,” stated Glavin, who simply self-published a novel, “The Venerable Vincent Beattie,” based mostly on his personal tween and teenage years at posh prep faculties. “My ebook is extra R-rated.”
Glavin, who began writing the tome in January 2019 and completed it after being furloughed from his assistant job at Marvel Leisure, used his alma maters as inspiration: Buckley, the all-boys academy on East 73rd Road attended by Roosevelt and Rockefeller scions; and the co-ed Columbia Grammar and Preparatory College on the Higher West Aspect, the place superstar alums embrace Herman Melville, ex-Time Warner CEO Steven Jay Ross and actress Ally Sheedy. Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke at Columbia Prep’s 2017 commencement; Barron Trump was enrolled there till his transfer to Washington.
A self-described introvert, Glavin stated his protagonist is “a extra excessive model” of him, however Vincent’s journey by the wild world of New York Metropolis’s prestigious non-public faculties is predicated on Glavin’s actual life.
“A variety of tales I bought have been simply from listening to gossip within the scholar lounge for 4 years,” Glavin informed The Put up.
His dad and mom, a bond salesman and a stay-at-home mother turned advertising govt, have been disciplinarians when Glavin was youthful.
“My academics have been very strict, and my coaches have been very strict,” stated Glavin, a 2016 Tufts graduate. “Elbows off the desk, chew along with your mouth closed. I took etiquette lessons … Folks would all the time ask me if I had a navy background as a result of I’m so inflexible.”
His sheltered upbringing led to shock on the social scene he noticed as he grew up amongst a well-heeled set.
First got here over-the-top bar and bat mitzvahs — Ciara carried out at one, Glavin stated, and Sean Paul at one other. Later, there have been the city equal of home events, which at their most excessive featured onerous alcohol and medicines like pot and cocaine.
“In Manhattan, they’re residence events or penthouse events,” stated Glavin, who set a scene in “Vincent Beattie” at a very debauched one. “There are folks hooking up on couches, and they’re consuming and smoking cigarettes out the window. And these are the nicest residences in New York Metropolis, with $30,000 tables and $100,000 chandeliers.”
Not everybody took half in these shenanigans. Glavin was a visitor at a handful of such soirees, however took his first drink as a highschool senior and has by no means tried medication.
“I’m glad I used to be in a position to go to as many issues as I did, as a result of it gave me much more materials and ammunition,” he stated including that solely a small proportion of individuals he knew have been excessive or harmful partiers.
“These dad and mom would say, ‘Don’t do something I wouldn’t do,’ and so they closed the door,” he added. “The homes could be stocked with good alcohol and champagne, and folks performed beer pong. It was so loopy to me.”
Flagrant spending by some classmates additionally went largely unchecked.
“Youngsters had their very own bank cards and spent ridiculous quantities on events or alcohol or touring,” Glavin stated, including that some purchased faux IDs for clubbing and there typically was “subsequent to zero supervision.” “Women and guys would go to Madison Avenue [to shop] throughout a free interval, going to any restaurant and never even caring how costly sure issues are. The cash wasn’t theirs, in order that they spent no matter they wished.”
Indicators of wealth cropped up in small methods, dividing the mere haves from the have-a-lots. Some college students, for instance, had private chauffeurs.
“I all the time have that picture of strolling out to Central Park West [by Columbia Prep] and seeing 5 – 6 blocks straight, lined with black or white Escalades,” he stated.
A spotlight of the non-public college social gathering circuit occurred over spring break, when seniors from completely different faculties organized a visit to Paradise Island within the Bahamas. About 35 to 40 youngsters per college, Glavin stated, flew down for the week.
“No chaperones, no academics and no dad and mom. It will get so insane down there as a result of the consuming age is 18,” stated Glavin, who added it value between $1,500 to $1,800 per individual for 5 nights at Atlantis, an all-inclusive resort. “We might get to the airport, and folks would simply purchase handles and drink their faces off of their resort room. There have been nightclub events each evening.”
Glavin, who tagged alongside like “a fly on the wall” as a result of his dad and mom loosened up following their separation when he was 14 (and even paid for him to go to the Bahamas), penned two juicy chapters in regards to the annual hedonistic underage getaway.
He stated he thinks “dad and mom again house understood what was occurring to an extent. They knew they have been consuming and having intercourse, and nobody appeared to care or thoughts. There was a ‘boys shall be boys’ and ‘women shall be women’ mentality.”
There was a scarcity of penalties for college kids who did break guidelines, Glavin stated, partially as a result of dad and mom have been typically not round to implement punishments as a result of they have been working or touring.
“When you’re getting grounded by dad and mom, and so they occur to be abroad, or they’re working till 11 p.m., it by no means appeared to stop folks from going out,” he stated. “They’d say, ‘My dad and mom are actually pissed at me, and so they threatened to remove my bank card.’ ”
Even when mother and pa occurred to be house, there have been ever-present housekeepers, resulting in some artistic romantic trysts and “a number of Central Park hookups,” Glavin stated.
“You’d ask your pal, ‘In case your dad and mom aren’t house, can we go use [your apartment] for 30 minutes or use it for an hour? Do you could have siblings? Do you could have a dependable doorman who gained’t tattle on you or gained’t inform your dad and mom?,’ ” he stated. “In a uncommon case, in case you are very well-off, there’s getting a resort room, however that wouldn’t occur till you’re 18 or so.”
The privileged practices of a selective New York Metropolis enclave are laid naked in his ebook, Glavin stated, which might enable a a lot wider viewers to understand them.
“I hope it helps the introvert, helps the loner, helps the one that doesn’t really feel like they slot in,” he stated. “It’s relatable for present highschool and faculty college students, it’s nostalgic for folks post-college, and for folks and academics, it’s informative. It’s like, ‘Wow, I had no concept it was like this.’ “
Judas Priest’s Rob Halford on public-sex arrest: ‘I’ve f–ked up!’
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford as soon as took a law-breaking stroll on the wild facet that would have ended his profession.
The homosexual, leather-loving singer reveals in his “completely candid” memoir — “Confess: The Autobiography,” out Tuesday — that California cops lined up for his long-ago arrest for “public indecency” at a Venice Seaside restroom.
In a e book excerpt from Rolling Stone, the heavy-metal legend additionally relates a tasty affair from the early 1990s, when a then-closeted Halford would head to Camp Pendleton in California for threeways with a bisexual Marine sergeant and his spouse — the one girl Halford says he has ever had intercourse with.
“As soon as the door was shut, we’d go at it for hours,” Halford, now 69, writes of their hookups in his new torrid tome. “I’d depart there extra exhausted than if I’d been for a health club exercise.” He provides that he was “way more ” within the man and that his “coronary heart wasn’t in it” so far as having intercourse with the spouse, though she was “a stunning, lovely girl, with an ideal physique.”
However the self-proclaimed “steel god” additionally obtained his kicks in different extra lurid locations. Halford remembers taking a mountain-bike journey in early 1992 — not lengthy earlier than he first left the band — and swinging by “a infamous males’s washroom” in Venice Seaside, the place he “determined to cease off and check out my luck.”
His “luck” shortly ran out: After fondling himself in an open restroom stall, Halford was arrested by an undercover cop.
“Oh, f–ok! One million ideas raced by way of my thoughts,” he writes of getting caught. “That is it! I’ve f–ked up! It’s going to be within the papers! I’ve misplaced all the pieces! And but, on the similar time, I felt oddly calm.”
A handcuffed Halford was taken to a police station and, whereas there, an officer acknowledged him.
“I assumed it was you,” the cop informed him, after which requested, “What the hell are you doing right here, Rob Halford?”
“I’m a f–king fool,” Halford replied. The officer mentioned he would see what he might do concerning the state of affairs. Whereas ready, Halford writes, different officers “flashed satan horns” at him by way of his cell window — a recognition of his Judas Priest stature — and he “did the identical again, and caught my tongue out. It handed the time.”
Halford was ultimately launched and the primary officer who acknowledged him mentioned they’d preserve the incident from the press. “I had been fortunate. Once more,” Halford writes.
“How did I really feel? Silly, and ashamed, but in addition offended — that, this late within the century, homosexual males nonetheless needed to reside in concern like this,” continues Halford, who publicly got here out on MTV in 1998 and reunited with the band in 2003.
“I all the time name this  arrest my ‘George Michael second,’ after he did the identical factor in Beverly Hills six years later,” he says, referring to the late Wham singer’s 1998 arrest for a lewd act in a park. “The one distinction was that George wasn’t so fortunate with the newspapers.”
He does, nonetheless, say he thinks Judas Priest followers might need gotten previous his fake pas had it come to gentle on the time.
“I’d wish to suppose for probably the most half if that incident had damaged into the press then an incredible proportion of my followers would have mentioned: ‘We’ll assist you and stand with you,’” he lately informed NME. “A couple of years later, once I got here out on MTV, that was a indisputable fact as a result of the suggestions from world wide was optimistic — they simply needed me to proceed being the singer for Judas Priest and get on with the job.”
Within the memoir, Halford additionally talks concerning the sexual abuse he confronted when he was youthful by a buddy of his father.
“On the time, it was terribly complicated and couldn’t have occurred at a worse time, for me as a younger man that was already coping with attempting to determine issues out,” he informed Selection in an interview final week. “Speaking about it now, I can really feel the horror and being completely frightened and eager to run away, however on the similar time feeling, ‘Now that is affection, in a really crude brutal method.’ It was extremely, extremely advanced. You may solely think about for a younger man, coping with that sort of assault. “
Ryan Dorsey strikes in with Naya Rivera’s sister to assist elevate Josey
Naya Rivera’s ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, and her sister Nickayla have turn into fairly shut following the “Glee” star’s drowning in July.
Dorsey, 37, has moved in with mannequin Nickayla, 25, because the pair take care of Rivera’s son, Josey, 5, who was with the actress the day she drowned in California’s Lake Piru, based on the Each day Mail.
The 2 have moved right into a three-bedroom rental, a course of that started when Nickayla was seen serving to Ryan transfer his belongings from his earlier house in North Hills, within the San Fernando Valley, on Sept. 6.
“They had been playing around and chatting the entire time,” a witness to the pair’s subsequent journey to a Goal informed the Mail. “They’re clearly serving to elevate one another’s spirits.”
Dorsey and Nickayla are reportedly sharing the accountability of elevating Josey with Dorsey’s dad and mom. Naya and fellow actor Dorsey (“Stumptown,” “Ray Donovan”) rekindled a earlier relationship after the actress’ break up from rapper Large Sean in 2014; they had been married in July 2014 and Josey was born on Sept. 17, 2015.
Rivera initially sought to separate from Dorsey in 2016, although the 2 reconciled. They ultimately separated for good in 2018.
“There’s not sufficient phrases to precise the opening left in everybody’s hearts,” Dorsey wrote in an Instagram tribute to Rivera after her dying. “Life is all about good occasions and unhealthy occasions however with Josey it makes the unhealthy rather less so as a result of part of you’ll all the time be with us. He’ll always remember the place he got here from. We miss you. We are going to all the time love you.”
Rivera took Josey on a swimming journey to Lake Piru in Southern California on July 8. Although a great swimmer, Rivera suffered from vertigo, which intensified when she was within the water, based on the latest post-mortem and investigation particulars. Piru is thought for its robust currents and deep waters; eight folks have drowned there since 1994.
Dax Shepard stunned by assist following drug relapse revelation
Dax Shepard was stunned by the constructive assist he obtained after disclosing his current relapse after 16 years of sobriety.
“My fears have been the other of what the consequence was,” he shared on his “Armchair Professional” podcast on Monday. “[I’m] scuffling with some fraudulent emotions of receiving love based mostly on a f—okay up. However at any fee, I’m actually, actually grateful and there’s so many stunning, good individuals.”
Final week, Shepard, 45, opened up in one other episode, titled “Day 7,” about utilizing medicine once more. On the time of that taping, he was seven days sober.
The comic had been prescribed Vicodin after struggling a number of motorbike accidents, however discovered himself growing his dosage, he stated on the episode.
“For the final eight weeks perhaps, I don’t know … I’m on all of them day,” the “Bless This Mess” actor stated. “I’m allowed to be on them at some dosage as a result of I’ve a prescription. After which I’m additionally augmenting that. After which all of the prescriptions run out and I’m now simply taking 30 mil Oxys that I’ve purchased at any time when I determine I can do [it].”
Shepard realized he must cease self-medicating when he started “mendacity to different individuals,” together with his his spouse, Kristen Bell, and podcast co-host, Monica Padman.
Shepard thanked all of his followers and listeners for being so “unbelievably beautiful to us in response to ‘Day 7.”
Padman stated on Monday’s episode that she hoped Shepard “felt cherished and supported” after his revelation.