Slideshow April 2008

The Celebrity Hunters

David Samuels, the author of "Shooting Britney" in the April Atlantic, interviews Brandy and François-Regis Navarre of X17, Hollywood's biggest paparazzi agency, about a selection of recent celebrity photographs taken by X17's photographers on the streets of Los Angeles

Sheryl Crow—Shopping on Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills

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Brandy: “The whole relationship thing wasn’t working for Sheryl Crow, so she went out and got a kid on her own. And now she’s trying to peddle this line about how she wasn’t really dumped by Lance Armstrong, and Jennifer Aniston wasn’t really dumped by Brad Pitt, even through we know that’s not true. This picture gives you the adoption story, the single mom story, the 'I used to be rock and roll and now I’m a mom pushing a baby carriage around the streets of LA' story. She did adopt an American-born baby.”

Regis: “She is a typical person who came to Hollywood later in her life. She struggled for a long time before she got here. People respect her for her talent. The natural Sheryl Crow is not very groomed. She is not a 19-year-old actress with perfect features and good skin.”

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David Samuels is the author of Only Love Can Break Your Heart, a collection of essays and reporting, and The Runner: A True Account of the Amazing Adventures and Fantastical Lies of the Ivy League Impostor James Hogue, both published this spring. François-Regis Navarre, a former journalist for Le Monde, is the owner of X17, Hollywood's biggest paparazzi agency. Brandy Navarre, a former journalist for Reuters, runs the X17 agency. X17 regularly updates the images on its website, www.X17online.com."

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