Lainey Lui (@LaineyGossip) isn’t looking to impress anyone, especially celebrities. Co-host of CTV’s The Social, etalk reporter and scribe of the immensely popular celebrity-gossip blog, LaineyGossip.com, Lainey does what she does for one reason: to provide a gossip education to the Canadian public.
The Toronto-born, self-proclaimed gossip-maven got into the gossip game in a very roundabout way: What started as an email to two friends grew to a website with millions of readers from around the world. As friends told friends about Lainey’s non-sycophantic email updates, she received so many requests to get on her mailing list that her server crashed.
More than one-million people read LaineyGossip.com every month, making it a leading international celebrity-gossip source. Recognizing Lainey’s talent, she joined the etalk team in 2006.
In February 2010, Lainey reported on entertainment and gossip news for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Leaving little time for sleep, she also penned national columns for The Globe and Mail and Metro newspapers, and appeared daily on Canada’s official Olympic morning show during the Games. Lainey also travelled to London to cover the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Lainey regularly shares her gossip updates with CTV News Vanvouver and CTV News Channel, and is called upon as a celebrity expert by media outlets across North America, including CNN.com and the Los Angeles Times. Lainey is also known for her coverage of the phenom book and movie saga Twilight, and has a cameo in D: NYC – Degrassi Takes Manhattan. Lainey’s first book, Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What’s a Daughter to Do? A Memoir (Sort of) (Random House Canada, 2014), debuted at No. 1 on The Globe & Mail bestseller list upon publication.
A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, where she majored in French and history, Lainey lives in Toronto with her husband and beagles. She is a consultant for Covenant House, which offers shelter and services for homeless youth.