Public apologies have always been a fascinating genre, from Hugh Grant confessing to cheating on Elizabeth Hurley in 1995 to unfaithful politicians issuing mea culpas with their obviously pissed off wives by their side. But 2019 seemed like the year it became mainstream for celebrity apologies to appear on the fake pages of the iPhone Notes app. When Twitter’s 240 character limit isn’t enough, capturing a screenshot of a screed in the Notes app’s Helvetica font is the workaround. From billion dollar divorces to marital tensions, read on to discover the year’s most notable entries in Notes app canon.
After comfortable photos of Timberlake and his Palmer costar Alisha Wainwright, Timberlake used the Notes app to respond to rumors and apologize to his wife, Jessica Biel. “A few weeks ago, I showed a strong lack of judgment [sic]- but let me be clear – nothing happened between me and my partner. I drank way too much that night and I regret my behavior. I should have been better informed. This is not the example I want to set for my son. I apologize to my amazing wife and family for bringing them through such an embarrassing situation, and I focus on being the best husband and father I can be. It was not this.
Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun
2019 will be forever remembered as the year we learned that Swift is keeping her phone in dark mode, as revealed when she tweeted a plea for the Notes app to fans in November, saying Scooter Braun, the new owner of Big Machine Records and Swift’s catalog, was preventing him from playing early tracks at AMAs.
A week later, Braun responded with a similar screenshot, claiming that his family had received death threats as a result of Swift’s statement: “It is important that you understand that your words carry enormous weight and that your message can be interpreted by some in different ways.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Note to self: The Notes app is more suited to grocery lists than national emergency announcements, but that didn’t stop White House press secretary at the time, Sarah Huckabee. Sanders, from use it that way last February. If one has to take a xenophobic vow to build the wall, consider the official White House letterhead.
Once upon a time, this could have been the subject of an Oprah or 20/20 interview. But last September, Bieber chose the screenshot of the Notes app to share about past drug use and the pressures of children’s fame. “I started using pretty heavy drugs at 19 and abused all of my relationships,” he wrote. “I became resentful, disrespectful of women, and angry. I became distant with all those who loved me, and I hid behind the shell of someone I had become. I felt like I could never turn around. It took me years to bounce back from all these terrible decisions, mend broken relationships, and change relationship habits.
Lady Gaga and Chance the rapper
It wasn’t the iOS Notes app we’re so familiar with, but perhaps a Samsung or Blackberry equivalent when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced on Twitter in January that he and his wife Mackenzie divorced after 25 years of marriage. “After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation,” the couple wrote, in what sounded like a classic newspaper print, “we decided to divorce and continue our life together as friends. “.