Jake Viswanath

Entertainment Writer, Bustle / Freelance Writer, Everywhere

United States



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Call Her Chris.

Christine and the Queens, the fiery French crooner, amplifies her gender-fluid identity on her new album.

​JoJo Is Reclaiming Her Past And Setting Herself Free

JoJo has been through it. Any casual music listener who lived through the 2000s knows what I'm talking about. The singer shot to instant stardom in 2004 with iconic hit "Leave (Get Out)" and released two albums, a self-titled debut and The High Road, which ended up being a fitting description of the journey she was forced to take.

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Clairo Is Taking Her Bedroom Pop to the World Stage

Sometimes the littlest things can take you to unimaginable places. Perhaps no one knows this better than Clairo, the Syracuse student who created music on GarageBand in her bedroom and uploaded it to SoundCloud simply for safe-keeping, expecting absolutely no fanfare.

'The Oath' Star Christina Milian Takes On The Bustle Booth

When celebrities hang out with Bustle editors, we want to give them the chance to leave their mark. Literally. So we hand them a pen, a piece of paper, a few questions, and ask them to get creative. The rest is up to them. This time, singer-actor...

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Normani Is Finally Stepping Out On Her Own

Fifth Harmony's biggest hit is stamped with an infectious refrain: "You don't gotta go to work, work, work, work..." repeated for maximum effect. Ironically, member Normani Kordei has been working (it) since she was little, dancing whenever and however she could.

Shura Finds Lasting Love on 'forevher'

When I first met Shura, we almost immediately started talking about death. Yes, we exchanged the usual small pleasantries and gushed about the weather in New York, even though it felt like a boiling pot of water to most people on that late July day.

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Aly & AJ Are the Duo Making a Grand Comeback

Famed music duo Aly & AJ are sisters, if you didn't know already, but you'd be forgiven if you thought they were twins - not that they look exactly alike, but speak to them both at the same time and you'll get two people taking turns to construct one sentence.

Tove Styrke Will 'Sway' Her Way Into Pop History

"Where I'm at now, I really feel like I can do anything," Tove Styrke says, her voice reaching a maniacal high before breaking out in a gracious laugh. There's really no need for that humility - she has good reason to feel this way.

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BANKS Talks About 'The Altar,' Coachella, and How She Protects Her Work

BANKS is on a roll right now. The goth-pop star recently released her stunning sophomore album The Altar, an effortlessly fierce and dangerously vulnerable effort that keeps within the dark and minimalist soundscape of her debut Goddess, but packs even more of a sonic punch.



Relive Rihanna's Iconic Denim Moments | Milk

Rihanna is cheating on Puma-but we totally approve. The Barbadian goddess has collaborated with Sex and the City staple and iconic footwear designer Manolo Blahnik to create a limited edition capsule collection, and it is truly one for the ages. The six-pair collection is entitled "Denim Desserts," and it's inspired by leather motifs.

Film & TV


What it's Really Like to Grow Up in Scientology

"And begin!" my supervisor exclaimed in a surprisingly perky tone. On that command, I sat down in an uncomfortable chair across from another student in an uncomfortable chair, and proceeded to close my eyes for an hour. A full hour. The other student, my forced partner-in-crime, did the same.

The Subtle Importance of Beyoncé's Tour Merch | Milk

If you're a concert freak like myself, you probably noticed that artists have seriously stepped up their merchandise game lately. Alongside a slew of badass clothes and a foam middle finger, sold a pillow and beanie featuring Rhenna, her hysterical Instagram stick figure, at the Anti World Tour (I have both and feel no shame about it).

The Born This Way Foundation on How to Be a Leader

In the wake of Trump, kids across the country are rising up and forming an activist generation, leading the charge for resistance against the administration's discriminatory and potentially harmful actions.

Jake Zyrus Is Living His True Self

Over four years ago, the singer formerly known as Charice Pempengco, dubbed "the Most Talented Singer in the World" by the one-and-only Oprah Winfrey, bravely came out as a lesbian.

The Essential Conversation Around Male Body Image Is Picking Up...

The controversial but influential ideals of body image have been a major part of the cultural sphere ever since we were all little babies. We have battled against society's fluctuating expectations for women's bodies for years, with incredible women often speaking out about their own experiences with body image.