Chelsea Clinton to Dad: Back Off Bill, It's My Wedding!
By Rob Shuter Posted Jul 29th 2010 09:00AM
With all the excitement mounting around Chelsea Clinton's upcoming wedding this weekend (July 31) to Marc Mevinsky, no one is more excited than her proud papa, Bill. Some say he's maybe a little too excited.
"What daddy wouldn't be on cloud nine about his only daughter's upcoming wedding," a Clinton family friend tells me. "The only problem is that when your father is ex-President Bill, a man with a healthy ego, everything starts to become about him."
Sources tell me Chelsea has been gently reminding her larger-than-life father that she wants the day to be on the low-key side, surrounded by her family and dear friends, rather than a huge event filled with Hollywood celebrities and people she hardly knows.
"The guest list is already up to over 400 people, way more than Chelsea originally wanted," a political insider tells me. "If Chelsea hoped this would be a low-key affair, she can think again. However, the good news is that her mom's boss, President Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle have not been invited. Neither have friends of her father's, like Barbra Streisand, Stephen Spielberg and Oprah, that had all been rumored to attend.
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As you'd expect, Chelsea's soon-to-be father-in-law is among those keeping their lips sealed on just about every aspect of the nuptials. Ed Mezvinskiy tells Inside Edition he's a "proud papa," but when asked to spill some beans he said: "The guidelines are we don't talk about the wedding, we just enjoy each other."
This won't be the first celebrity (or political for that matter) wedding shrouded in secrecy. John F. Kennedy, Jr., son of the 35th president, kept guests guessing to the very end in 1996, while Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony were so secretive about their 'I do's' in 2004 that their guests thought they were arriving for a backyard BBQ instead of a wedding. And most famously, Beyonce and Jay Z were so concerned about leaks, they didn't trust caterers and cooked most of the food themselves. Still, most Rhineback residents think they know what is cooking right in their backyard.
Jeffrey Gardere, psychologist and host of VH1's 'Dad Camp,' tells me, "I would have to say that President Clinton is so used to being the center of attention it is possible that it may be hard for him to share the spotlight. He needs to take a deep breath, step back and realize that the spotlight should be on Chelsea. He should be content in knowing that whatever publicity Chelsea receives only benefits he and his family. This is evidenced by the way that he supported Hillary for President and then for Secretary of State."
Matt Titus, author of 'Why Hasn't He Called,' and founder of AskMattandTamsen.com, is a little more harsh, telling me, "Bill's involvement in his daughter's wedding has nothing to do with him being a dad, but everything to do with him being a world-class narcissist. It's always about Bill."
Ouch, however Matt does have advice for the former commander-in-chief, "The intention of most fathers of the bride on their daughter's wedding day is to celebrate the fact that his little girl has found true love. Bill's only job that day is to beam with pride as he walks Chelsea down the aisle and, of course, pay the bill."
Over the weekend, Chelsea was seen paying a visit to Vera Wang with her mother (who will be wearing Oscar de la Renta!). So now that the location, guest list, flowers and dress are all in place, all Chelsea has to worry about is her father remembering it's her special day, not his.
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