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Katherine Heigl Talks on iPhone, Doesn't Pretend to Listen to Music to Avoid Fans

Do You Ever Pretend to Listen to Music on Your Headphones?

This month's InStyle had a funny "Truth or Tabloid" item about Katherine Heigl — Star magazine claimed that the actress pretends to rock out to her iPod without music playing so that people won't bother her on the street. Her rep busted the rumor and responded that Katherine has an iPhone (which we can certainly attest to) and is usually just talking on the ear buds.

It's nice to know she's not hiding out, but I totally have to fess up here — I do this! I pretty much always have my earbuds in when I'm walking to and from work and on public transportation, and I'm not always listening to music. I admit to sometimes eavesdropping on conversations (hey, if you're talking on the bus, someone's listening), but I definitely do it to avoid being bothered. I have even pretended to be on the phone on my earbuds to get out of being bugged by those pesky solicitors on the sidewalk! Have you ever done this?

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Chim Chim 7 years
I sooo do!! I even do it with my cell phone as well. I pretend I am on the phone... have an entire (JUICY) conversation with myself. But i have since learned that I need to put it on silent....a couple of times gotten a real call while on the phone....lol
anakiya anakiya 7 years
hahaha I thought everyone did it.
lindholmka lindholmka 7 years
I always wear my ear buds when walking to class to avoid having to stop and have conversation with the people I pass by the know me. Usually I can do a quick head nod or waved because I have my ear buds in and just keep going. hahaha
plasticine1 plasticine1 7 years
only when i want to be left alone! sometimes, it is nice to meet strangers when youre walking around or on the bus.
shopper10024 shopper10024 7 years
I consider headphones the universal don't talk to me signal on flights.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 7 years
I've done this at work, particularly when I want to just concentrate on what I'm doing and not be bothered (and have an excuse when I'm ignoring someone).
brookeb1 brookeb1 7 years
I use this on airplanes. I hate people that make small talk on the airplane -- SHUTUP I just want to fly in peace.
Frenched Frenched 7 years
I admit that I've done this at work. It's effective! Well, sometimes. Sometimes people will still talk to you but for the most part, it's very effective. I am not ashamed! ;)
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 7 years
When I'm running errands or doing something that requires me to walk around outside, I put on headphones to avoid getting hit on or being begged for change. Living in the city near a college campus, I run into men who honk their cars or hit on me and homeless people. Headphones ward off most of them.
beingtazim beingtazim 7 years
i don't decide to do this, really - but sometimes i am listening to music and can hear someone having an interesting conversation, so i pause/mute my music with my earbuds still in. :) even when i have them in, people come up to me for directions and such - but not solicitors, or beggers.
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 7 years
i do this at work CONSTANTLY. my desk is in kind of a common area so if i don't have them in, every single person that walks by has this unbearable urge to talk to me. and i have to hear all the office gossip around me so at least w/ them in i'm not expected to contribute. :)
luckiedog luckiedog 7 years
Sometimes I just leave them on if my battery has died just so I won't be bothered. But some people don't get it. Headphones = Don't bother me
MissMarisol MissMarisol 7 years
To be honest I never thought of it. But will do it now!
angelinemarie angelinemarie 7 years
yes, ahhahha or if i hear some juicy gossip, ill pause my music
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
Sometimes, depends on my mood.
melda melda 7 years
yea most of the times.
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 7 years
I've done it a couple of times. But what bugs me the most is when people start talking to you when you already have them on. I go walking around my community and people ALWAYS start talking to me when it's clear I have my iPod on. LOL I have to stop and pause and usually end up saying, "I'm sorry, I didn't hear you..."
jessy777 jessy777 7 years
I have totally done this when studying or just wanting to walk around by myself. This way I am not distracted by music and no one will bother me. I think it a great way to avoid interaction when you don't want it.
elissakay elissakay 7 years
Angel, I do the cell phone thing too! Either on campus where I don't feel like making nice with the annoying guy that follows people around and butts into conversation, or at the mall avoiding the crazy ladies in the kiosks that want to straighten your hair or something else weird. Actually though, I think I halfway caught a girl doing the earbud thing walking back to the dorm yesterday. I was having a semi-juicy convo with a friend on the phone, and while I definitely realize that I was in public and people could be listening, it was just me outside and this girl about 5 steps ahead. Anyway, I mentioned a name, and the girl stops and turns around to look at me lol. I wasn't speaking loudly, and was totally shocked that she had heard me. oh well, I guess I just need to be more careful : )
ayanaphil ayanaphil 7 years
I do it when I'm on campus and I don't want to be bothered by people in the free speech area.
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 7 years
I do it a lot. I've had too many awkward, annoying conversations not to. It bothers me to no end when people start talking to you when you have them on already. So many people just start talking when you already have them on and can't hear them. I once had a guy on the train start talking to me while I was watching a tv show on my iPod. He asked me some questions about it, made some ridiculous comment about the size of his tv at home and then said, "you probably listen to music so you don't have to talk people on the train." Uh, right on, so why did you start talking to me? Truthfully I just like listening to music to pass the time on the train. But also to avoid the weirdos. I've had a lot of dinner invites since I started commuting and even a guy that wanted to know my every movement. Creepy.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 7 years
I usually do it to avoid being hit up for change by random homeless people on my way to/from work. But I actually listen to music...
hkmarks hkmarks 7 years
I sometimes put my headphones on when I don't want to be bugged when shopping... but I usually remember to turn them on!
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