If you follow Kelly mulderswaterbed and / or Rose crossedbeams you should unfollow. They're danger and they lie and now Rose says she has connections to Gillian and knows what she's talking about with Morgan. Why aren't you and others like J.H.H. calling her fucking bluff?
I want to address this in a way that answers as bluntly as possible, because this entire situation is getting out of hand.
I think most people will agree, because it’s well known in the fandom, that Rose met Gillian during a day where Gillian was in at the publisher to sign copies of her Earth End saga books. We can also agree that Rose spoke about it before it happened, as well as after. Both she and Kelly talked - widely and to many people - about how Rose took Kelly in with her to meet Gillian. Following that meeting, Rose explained in a post that she wouldn’t be talking about what went on during her day, yet she did, because details got around fairly quickly, from both her and Kelly.
If you don’t know what was said, it went as follows. This was all supposedly, no matter who heard it, private and not told to anyone else. Except, the problem was, a lot of people knew because it was told to a lot of people. Apparently, according to Rose, Gillian made a comment about spending the summer with her boyfriend. There was no name attached to it, and most everyone will remember that summer was when Gillian and David were both in LA with their respective children, and during the same time period. It was also the same time when others decided to attack those who believe in Gillovny because they didn’t like seeing posts concluding David and Gillian were vacationing together. The idea of a car that David was driving for everyone particularly offended some. They felt it was disrespectful to Gillian and accused those who stand firm on Gillovny as being “lost in fantasy”. So, IF, and it’s a big if, Gillian did make a comment about spending the summer with a boyfriend, it isn’t a stretch by any means to conclude that it was with David. Also, her not attaching a name to the supposed narrative would also fit with maintaining their privacy.
Gillian also supposedly talked about The Crown and its production. That’s not unusual in and of itself, because it’s a project, and regardless of what capacity she’s associated to it in, talking about it would be from a professional standpoint.
But there was more. There were parts of the story that were originally shared, such as the boyfriend writing a screenplay about Fleetwood Mac, that were changed and finally, omitted entirely. The boyfriend had supposedly been watching Fleetwood Mac rehearse in a closed rehearsal and had invited his girlfriend to go with him. Due to time constraints, she was unable to attend, but he went. These things were told to many people. The only concert Fleetwood Mac held this summer was for an MLB event in conjunction with The Dodgers. We know David’s love of baseball, The Dodgers and how he’s loosely tied in to the MLB, including having narrated one of their recent videos. But then along came the Washington Post article that said Gillian was “with” Peter at the NY premiere. We could easily get into semantics about what “with” someone means and what it doesn’t, but hopefully we can all agree that it was an easy way for the reporter to add a reference to the story that included Gillian’s presence and another reference to a Netflix co-property (The Fall). The story of the boyfriend that Gillian spent the summer with suddenly turned into Peter Morgan being the one she was referencing, and it spread like wildfire from there. It’s not a secret that tabloid “reporters” hang out on Twitter and Tumblr and try to find tidbits for stories that they can pick up. That’s been known for years and it’s easy for them to find something getting enough attention online and then to say it’s a “thing” and write about it. I know there are people in the fandom who insist that Page Six is well sourced, but there are others who are reputable and also in journalism who’ll say the opposite, and logical people who aren’t connected to journalism at all who automatically roll their eyes at any mention of Page Six, because, IT ISN’T A NEWS PAGE. It’s gossip. Nothing more. Sources often turn out to be nothing, because who does Page Six have to prove anything to? They get the page hits, they get the readers, and they know what story types draw more eyes. Whether someone in the fandom used their connections to call in “info” from a fandom source is something that most of us are aware of and opinions vary. It isn’t a stretch to believe it. And if it wasn’t a fandom person with connections, tabloid reporters can read and they love juicy freak-outs, like was happening over the “with” in the Washington Post.
All of these details were supposed to be, according to Rose and Kelly, very private and told to only a few people. They weren’t. They were told to many.
There’s also the question of how much of this is true and where the professionalism standards lie. It’s hard for me, and for many who’ve heard these stories, to believe that Gillian, who’s notoriously guarded about her private life with strangers, would suddenly start sharing details about her boyfriend, their summer, and what he’s writing a screenplay on. Gillian’s not stupid, contrary to what some people may think. Her memory is also not as poor as others keep insisting. She’s a smart woman, very aware of her surroundings and what happens when things are said. So it’s hard for me to believe that she would go into an uncontrolled setting and start talking about private topics to people she didn’t know and to people who she had no way of making sure wouldn’t twist the story into something else entirely. Maybe she did, though, and in that case, Rose’s original story was about a boyfriend with no name attached, and both Gillian and David spent most of their summer in LA, at the same time.
The professionalism aspect is just as troubling, for many reasons. Why would you take a friend with you to a work event happening during your work day? This wasn’t an evening party. This was a client of the publishing house showing up for work, as well, because signing books IS work, regardless of how simple it is. Why would a supervisor even allow that? Why would someone think it’s all right to try that? Work events are just that. They’re for employees who are bound by standards (and, in many cases, strict restrictions) and are expected to carry those standards with them for everything work related, regardless of what forum or environment they’re in. And for anyone participating in such an event, why would it even for a moment, be thought of as all right to share the details with virtually anyone and everyone? Why would any materials that someone would receive through their job suddenly be all right to discuss openly, whether on a private side-blog or not? Especially in the world of publishing, where leaks of books before their release dates can easily have a detrimental effect?
So fast-forward to today. The accepted “facts” now by the majority are that Gillian has been dating PM for many months, and some have said back to January. Suddenly, there are a vast number of people on the non-Gillovny side who have a “source” who’s “confirmed” for them that Gillian’s been talking about her boyfriend, PM. Him being at HB really needs to be logically discounted, because The Crown has a strategic partnership with Harper’s Bazaar. Others can argue this all they want, and complain that PM would have no reason to be at a women’s event, but that’s not how professional events within entertainment, as well as other fields, work. At some point, it’s obvious that Netflix and PM agreed that he would be their representative of the project going forward. This is normally discussed and agreed upon in the negotiation stages for most projects, again, regardless of what field. It has to be laid out as part of the marketing plan ahead of time, and can’t be approached haphazardly. So PM being the voice and face of The Crown was probably decided long ago. Also, if you still don’t like that explanation, it’s essential to remember that he and Gillian (and Elizabeth Hurley, who was also at the table) belong to the same agency. It’s common for agencies to sit their clients together where there is no specific assignment according to project. Once you remove HB from the equation, because PM would have been there regardless of whether Gillian was or not, you’re left with the GGs. Gillian was in The Crown’s prep suite, where the photo was taken and PM was in the background. That means virtually nothing, because everyone had to be there at one time. Gillian’s tweeted a photo of a hotel room she’s stayed in before, and it’s an actual room, not a grand suite for 100 people. Then, she walked the red carpet alone. In Hollywood, that means you ARE alone. It’s done to send a message. If you want a different message to be understood, you walk it with someone. Simple. The only thing Gillian did was sit with PM at the same table. Not unusual, because she’s obviously associated to The Crown in some way, whether through a future role or a future producer position. She attended the after-party with him, and again, that wasn’t unusual because she was in his company. I’m sure some of you will be more than happy to argue with me that it means she was his date and they’re together. It’s more than possible for a woman to be in the company of a man on a completely professional basis and not be his date. If people haven’t figured that out yet, then I can’t help them.
There was no kiss at the door of the car. There was no holding hands walking out to the car. There was no mouthing of “I love you” before Gillian got into the car. At the table, when The Crown won, there was no kiss lean-in from Gillian that PM didn’t meet. Those things didn’t happen. Making slow-motion gifs won’t change fact. And it’s well known that gifs can change what things look like. For comparison, way back, there were some gifs made of the pilot episode where Gillian and David are in the rain. In gif format, it looks like, once they’re leaving the cemetery, that David leans over and kisses Gillian’s head. But go and watch the episode. That isn’t what happens at all and the gifs distort what’s seen because of the way they’re cut. So they’re not a reliable indicator. They’re fun, but for the actual truth, you need to look at the video. So yes, Gillian obviously traveled to the after-party with PM. Again, there’s nothing uncommon about that and it had no real meaning. (And yes, I’d be saying the same if it were David and Gillian.) The photos of Gillian around PM show a reserved woman who’s very aware of her body language and keeping her body, arms and hands close to herself. She glowed, but only when she was apart from PM. Every photo of her with him had their bodies separate. No arms around each other, no sitting close together, and no particular warmth or excitement from Gillian. PM was more interested in his award (and, alternately, his phone) than he was in her. Of course, those are snapshots of only moments in time; but that’s why they’re so telling. They were snaps taken when the subjects in the picture weren’t posing and weren’t aware of it. And again, in the ones where they did pose, the interaction was distinctly professional.
You can easily see how this spiraled out of control. Whether Gillian even said anything in the first place is questionable. If you believe it, that’s fine, but then you have to set aside knowing that everyone in the fandom knew about something that was supposed to be private, according to Rose herself, and that the story morphed as it went along. Then you have to set aside the questionable professional decisions that included taking Kelly in to a work event she had no place being at. Then you have to set aside never having heard about PM until the Page Six rumour, which was based solely on the fandom freak-out and potentially a fandom member who was a close friend of Rose’s becoming the “source” that was referred to. Then you have to set aside the fact that Gillian threw all caution to the wind and started sharing personal details about her life with virtual strangers. Then you would have to set aside the factual details about Fleetwood Mac’s concert and where and what it was associated to.
But no matter what you choose to do, you need to stop and think about whether or not you’ll accept as fact something that has so many holes to the story, something that’s professionally unacceptable and crosses all boundaries, and something that’s been shared with countless people. Because truly private details stay private. Truly professional people remain such, whether at work or outside of it. And facts which are true are not going to be shared by celebrities in detail with strangers when they’re not widely and publicly known. That’s the job of their PR teams. Think about why so much of this is wrong and what parts don’t make sense, and think about how this story has morphed into something that it isn’t.
Because there’s a lot to think about.