After Hollywood, Bollywood is also following the trend of breaking news first on Twitter

Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 9:14am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Hollywood began sharing big news with fans on micro-blogging website. Now B-Town's doing it too..

More and more actors are now resorting to tweeting big news.. Good wishes from ‘John and Priya Abraham’ that’s how the actor signed off the New Year’s message on Twitter on January 3. That’s how he ‘outed’ his wedding. Hollywood has resorted to announcing baby news and wedding news, apart from engagement and other work related news on Twitter.

Actors now want to talk to their fans directly. No middle-men required. Here’s looking at how the trend gained foothold in Hollywood and is now becoming popular in B-Town too.

Hollywood announces break-ups too on twitter!
Whether it’s break-ups or hook-ups, pregnancy news or birth in the family, Hollywood is doing it all online in real time. Fans are only ecstatic to be the first ones to get the news.

Directly from their screen idols. Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough, Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthyKelsey and Camille Grammer, and Seal and Heidi Klum were among the high-profile couples who left messages on their accounts informing the world about their break-up. Sometimes the messages were rather cryptic. Seal’s post read ‘The End’. And within 24 hours it was clear what he meant, as news sites reported the end of his marriage to Heidi Klum. Guess Hrithik Roshan should have done the same. But he chose to send out a press statement in vintage Hollywood style.

B-Town’s trendsetter
While John may have chosen Twitter to share the news, he is definitely not the first actor  to take to a social networking website to make a big announcement. It was actually Amitabh Bachchan who started the trend when he announced bahu Aishwarya Rai’s pregnancy on Twitter on July 21, 2011. His tweet read: ‘News News News!! I am going to become a grandfather, Aishwarya expecting. So happy and thrilled.’ Later Abhishek too took to Twitter when Aaradhya was born. ‘It’s a girl’, he tweeted, while the Big B expressed his joy saying, ‘I am Dada to the cutest baby girl!! Dadaji... ecstatic!!!!’

Baby boom on twitter
Kelly Clarkson  announced her pregnancy on Twitter in November 2013. She tweeted: ‘I’m pregnant!!! Brandon and I are so excited! Best early Christmas present ever.’ Previously, Jessica Simpson, Molly Sims, Alyson Hannigan, Pink, Tori Spelling, Niki Taylor and Joy Williams  beat the tabloids by announcing mommy-hood on Twitter. Proud parents Roselyn Sánchez and Eric Winter, Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Gabel, Lindsay Davenport and Jonathan Leach, Michelle Heaton and Hugh Hanley, and Chuck Liddell and Heidi Northcott broke the news of the arrival of their bundle of joy on Twitter While Beyonce and Jay-Z, though they didn’t announce the arrival of their daughter Blue Ivy Carter, it was their good pal Gwyneth Paltrow who did the needful. With Twitter reaching out to fans instantly and across the globe, it won’t be a huge surprise if more B-Town actors  now begin to use this medium to make big announcements. 

Career status
Twitter has also seen some celebs bidding adios to their career. Larry King tweeted, ‘It’s time to hang up my nightly suspenders.’ Lance Armstrong, who before admitting to the doping charges, announced his final jouney on Tour De France through a tweet. But it was Amanda Bynes, who had the Twitteratti laughing at her when she announced her retirement on Twitter only to “unretire” a week later. Justin Bieber pulled off a similar act recently by announcing his retirement on Twitter only to resurface later and say that he’s isn’t hanging up his boots yet. In 2011, Uday Chopra also took to Twitter to announce his retirement. He had tweeted saying: ‘Ok confession time...Dhoom 3 is my swan song...my last film...no I’m not giving up acting...quite the opposite, acting is giving up on me!’ Recently the actor shared his retirement plans in another tweet: ‘My Retirement Plans 1) move to Geneva, join CERN 2) Open wormhole to an alternate universe 3) Enter Universe and proclaim Godhood 4) Live as God.’ Post the release of Dhoom 3, fans recalled his announcement and thanked him by trending the hashtag #ThankYouUdayChopra.

Engagements too!
In 2011, following the New York state senate’s passage of the Marriage Equality Bill on Friday night, Neil Patrick Harris took to Twitter to celebrate the news and announced his engagement to his long time partner David Burtka. He tweeted, ‘David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago! We’ve been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date.’ David too replied to a follower’s tweet saying: ‘I’ve already proposed, he said yes! Thank god!’ The wedding hasn’t happened yet, but the two are proud parents of fraternal twins Harper and Gideon. On September 8, 2013, Patrick Stewart announced his wedding on Twitter in two words: ‘Yes, married’. He posted a pick along with his wife 35-year-old jazz singer Sunny Ozell in a ball pit.




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