Bobby Brown has clarified his remark that daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is “awake” after spending months in a coma.
The 46-year-old R&B singer released a statement through his lawyer, Christopher Brown, saying that doctors have indicated his 22-year-old daughter with Whitney Houston “will have a long life.”
“However,” the statement went on, “Bobbi Kristina is presently embarking on a rehabilitation process and the quality of her life will not be known for years to come.”
Brown also said in the statement to People that Bobbi Kristina’s condition has improved since she was transferred from Emory University Hospital to a rehab center.
However, Houston’s mother Cissy Houston told TMZ that though Bobbi Kristina is off life support and no longer in a medically induced coma, she is suffering from irreversible global brain damage and is completely unresponsive.
“Meeting with the doctors and understanding that she can live in this condition for a lifetime truly saddens me,” she said.
A Facebook message written on Sunday by Brown’s sister Tina Brown saying Bobbi Kristina “woke up and is no longer on life support” has since been deleted. …Full Story
A little star-spangled foreshadowing at Waka Flocka Flame's Coachella performance on Saturday.
This is not a drill. Waka Flocka Flame, who tweeted in 2012 that he would run for President of the United States in 2016, has come through on his campaign promise and announced his candidacy.
The rapper revealed his plans (and his selection of DJ Whoo Kid as running mate) in a lengthy interview with Rolling Stone on Monday — 4/20. On Tuesday, the Atlanta native was seen shaking hands and greeting babies in New York City while seeking signatures on a petition to get him on the ballot in 2016.
First up on his agenda as POTUS: legalizing marijuana, stat.Full Story
After ten physicians sent a letter to Columbia University last week suggesting that the school cut ties with Mehmet Oz, the Dr. Oz Show host plans to address his detractors some time this week — on TV, of course.
The group of physicians say Oz doesn’t deserve to be associated with the Ivy League university because he promotes suspect treatments like green coffee bean extract and raspberry ketones.
“Dr. Oz is guilty of either outrageous conflicts of interest or flawed judgements about what constitutes appropriate medical treatments, or both,” says the letter, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Whatever the nature of his pathology, members of the public are being misled and endangered, which makes Dr. Oz’s presence on the faculty of a prestigious medical institution unacceptable.”
In June, members of the U.S. Senate questioned his promotion of unproven weight-loss products.
“I don’t get why you need to say this stuff, because you know it’s not true,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., at a hearing of the House subcommittee on consumer protection, product safety and insurance. …Full Story
So, about those thousands of Sony emails that hit WikiLeaks last week: Somebody’s been poring over them, and the latest revelation involves Ben Affleck’s push to ensure that his slave-owning ancestor would not be a part of the PBS documentary series Finding Your Roots.
“Here’s my dilemma: confidentially, for the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors — the fact that he owned slaves,” reads an email from show host Henry Louis Gates to Sony chief executive Michael Lynton. “Now, four or five of our guests this season descend from slave owners, including Ken Burns. We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?”
To be clear, the emails never mention Affleck’s name, which is pretty smart. However, the megastar in question is referred to as Batman, and talk of meeting with him on set in Detroit — where Affleck filmed Batman vs. Superman — sort of blows his cover. …Full Story
There’s a little piano baby on the way. Billy Joel, a whopping 65, is expecting a child with girlfriend Alex Roderick, 33. The pair have been dating since 2009, and this will be their first child together. Joel is already pops to singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, 29.
A rep for Billy and Alex said they plan to “keep any further details of her pregnancy under wraps until their new addition makes an official debut.”
Regardless, some unnamed source tells Radar they plan to name the little one Madison. Makes sense; Joel is completing a month-to-month residency at Madison Square Garden.Full Story
Baby Phat CEO and former fashion model Kimora Lee Simmons has welcomed her first child with entrepreneur husband Tim Leissner. They did not name the baby Phat, which disappoints us. They did, however, name him Wolfe.
“We are filled with joy, adoration and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our song,” the couple said in a statement to People.
Taking a page out of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s reps’ playbooks, Simmons’ people say mom is doing great and dad is “ecstatic.”
Simmons, 39, already has a gaggle of kids: daughters Ming 15, and Aoki, 12, with Russell Simmons, and son Kenzo, 5, with Djimon Hounsou. Leissner has two daughters as well, ages 9 and 12.
All the more hands to change diapers with!Full Story
Actress Rita Wilson has undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
In a lengthy statement to People, Wilson said she’s “getting better every day” and is expected to make a full recovery. The illness and surgery prompted her to take leave from Larry David’s Fish in the Dark on Broadway.
In her statement, Wilson, 58, urged others to be checked often and to seek a second opinion.
“I am recovering and most importantly, expected to make a full recovery,” Wilson wrote. “Why? Because I caught this early, have excellent doctors and because I got a second opinion.”
The Sleepless in Seattle star, who has been married to Tom Hanks for 26 years, said, “A friend who had had breast cancer suggested I get a second opinion on my pathology and my gut told me that was the thing to do.”
Two other pathologists confirmed she had cancer.
“I share this to educate others that a second opinion is critical to your health,” she said. “You have nothing to lose if both opinions match up for the good, and everything to gain if something that was missed is found, which does happen. Early diagnosis is key.”Full Story
Cry Me a River, lovers of Justin Timberlake. The singer and wife Jessica Biel have officially welcomed their firstborn, a baby boy named Silas Randall Timberlake.
According to People, reps for the couple say mom and baby are doing well and dad is “ecstatic.”
As for the not-weird name they choose: Silas is JT’s maternal grandfather’s middle name; Bill Silas Bomar died in 2012. Randall is JT’s middle name and his father’s first name.
The couple, who kept the sex of the baby a secret, even from themselves, announced that they were expecting on Timberlake’s 34th birthday in January.
“Thank you EVERYONE for the Bday wishes!” he captioned an Instagram photo of himself kissing Biel’s bump. “This year, I’m getting the GREATEST GIFT EVER. CAN’T WAIT.”
The couple wed in 2012, not that you wouldn’t remember the year that your heart shattered beyond repair.Full Story
Here’s a tip: Just say no to Ride Wit Me, because Nelly was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop Saturday morning.
Tennessee troopers pulled over the rapper’s bus and searched the vehicle after smelling marijuana. Inside, they found five rocks that tested positive for meth, some pot and drug paraphernalia, plus a number of handguns, according to the Associated Press.
An attorney for Nelly says the reality star will be exonerated once the facts are out, which is pretty much what he’s required to say. The 40-year-old is facing felony charges, but attorney Scott Rosenblum insists Nelly will “not be associated with the contraband” once the truth is exposed.
Nelly, real name Cornell Hayes, has been released on $10,000 bond, and his next court date is June 19.Full Story
$29. That’s how much Gwyneth Paltrow is planning to spend on food this week, not as part of some fancy new cleanse, but as part of Mario Batali’s “Food Bank Challenge,” in which people limit their family’s budget to about $1.38 per meal to fight and raise awareness about food stamp cuts.
“This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store — what families on SNAP (i.e. food stamps) have to live on for a week,” Paltrow tweeted along with a photo of what she bought. “We’re walking in their shoes to see how far we get,” she added.
And so began the 2015 Hate Rich Gwyneth Fest.
The Telegraph addressed Paltrow’s participation with an article called “No Gwyneth, busy mothers can’t live on lettuce, limes, and beans,” noting that “Ms Paltrow’s selection of green vegetables meant she would be consuming fewer than 1000 calories a day — that is about half what the NHS recommends for a healthy, balanced diet.” …Full Story
Get well soon!
Taylor Swift shared some scary personal news with her fans on social media Thursday. The singer’s mom, Andrea Finlay, has cancer.
Swift, 25, tweeted a letter she wrote on Tumblr, which said that for Christmas she requested that her mother have a health scan, just “to ease some worries of mine” and “get me and my brother off her case.”
Finlay, 57, asked that Swift share the diagnosis: “The results came in, and I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer,” she wrote.
Finlay, who was feeling “perfectly fine” before the tests, asked that Swift go public about her illness in hopes that her fans will urge their parents to be checked out as well. Swift did not get into specifics, writing, “I’d like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know.” She added, “Thank you for caring about my family so much that she would want me to share this information with you. I hope and pray that you never get news like this.”Full Story
Alyssa Milano is not pumped about what just happened to her at Heathrow Airport.
The Project Runway: All Stars host — mom to son Milo Thomas, 3, and 7-month-old daughter Elizabeth Dylan — tweeted that 10 ounces of her breast milk had been confiscated.
“Gone,” she said. “Not okay.”
And what did airport officials do with it? They threw it away.
“They said they would let the pumped milk through if I had the baby with me,” she tweeted. “Why would I need to pump if I had the baby with me????” The actress then added, “@HeathrowAirport Why can you test my toiletries to make sure they are safe but you have to throw away my breast milk?”
Heathrow replied with an explanation of the policy.
“Hi Alyssa. Unfortunately, without a baby present, the government requires all liquids in carry-ons to follow the 100ml rule.”
The tweets went back and forth with Milano adding, “I would have happily spread milk in different containers (which I travel with) to comply to those liquid rules. Instead, the milk was taken away with no discussion. Shampoo, lotions, etcetera were simply tested and handed back with no issue. Makes no sense at all.” …Full Story
This photo leaves us pondering what her wedding hair will look like.
Oh, 9021-no she didn’t! Just a few weeks after her Twilight actor ex put a ring on his new lady, Jennie Garth 100 percent stole the spotlight by saying yes to actor boyfriend Dave Abrams.
Now he gets to move into that sweet Jennie Garth Project house! Lucky.
The news came a few days after the actress took off to Mexico to celebrate her 43rd birthday with Abrams and her daughters, Luca, 17, Lola, 12, and Fiona, 8.
“Dave had been working on this for months, and really wanted to plan something special for her around her birthday and make it perfect,” a source told E! News.
The couple started dating last fall but let us little people in on the secret in January.
Garth’s ex-husband, Twilight star Peter Facinelli, just popped the question to now-fiance Jaime Alexander in New York City last month. Garth and Facinella ended their marriage in 2013.Full Story
This going away party makes us want to go away, too.
Bad news, Vampire Diaries fans: Nina Dobrev is about to take her final bow.
The show’s female star made the announcement in a touching, albeit lengthy, Instagram caption on Monday.
“I always knew I wanted Elena’s story to be a six-season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime,” Dobrev wrote. “I was a human, a vampire, a doppelganger, a crazy immortal, a doppelganger pretending to be human, a human pretending to be a doppelganger.”
Dobrev had just wrapped up a weekend getaway on Lake Lanier, Ga., where she and her “TVD family” celebrated her time on the show, and her departure.
“Saying goodbye to Nina is both bittersweet and beautiful,” executive producer Julie Plec said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. “Nina is excited to spread her wings, get some rest, travel the world and also take it by storm, and we support her a thousand-fold. We will miss Nina and the 400 characters she played, but we look forward to the insane and exciting challenge of continuing to tell stories of our Salvatore Brothers and our much-loved and gifted ensemble.”
Dobrev, who came to the CW from Degrassi: The Next Generation also thanked her fans. …Full Story
DMX and his entourage have been accused of robbing a man of thousands of dollars outside a gas station in New Jersey.
An unnamed 21-year-old man said that a little after midnight on Sunday, he and his friend encountered DMX and his crew outside an Exxon station in Newark, according to the Washington Post. The rapper was in town for a show at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on Saturday night.
The alleged victim said he recognized DMX (real name Earl Simmons) and the two began talking about music.
“Fans basically surrounding him, they wanted to take a couple pictures with him,” a friend who was with the man at the time told WABC. The man had just cashed a paycheck and was carrying more than $3,000 in his pocket.
“They probably thought we had a gun, because he has his hand in his pocket,” the friend said. “That’s why he asked him what was in his pocket. Then he was like 'nah, there’s nothing in my pocket,’ then he showed him the money.”
According to a spokesman for the Newark Police Department, the 21-year-old claimed that a member of the entourage “showed the victim a gun and demanded the victim’s money.” …Full Story