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Ty Herndon, left, and Billy Gilman came out within hours of one another.
Thursday was a huge day for the country-loving LGBT community as singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman came out as gay.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Herndon, who has been married twice, said, “Traditionally in country music, we don’t see a lot of support for the LGBT community, but that’s changing so much. Nashville is changing so much. I mean my goodness… Kacey Musgraves won Song of the Year for [the lyrics] 'follow your arrow, wherever it points’ and two amazing songwriters that happened to be gay wrote that song.”
That awesome, awesome song.
Herndon continued, “It gives me a lot of hope that that Nashville is ready for this. I get to be free today. I’m born again today, and I feel like I’m not gonna have any trouble sleeping tonight.”
Hours later, Gilman (that kid who sang One Voice when he was 12), took to YouTube to reveal that he too is gay. He also jumped to the conclusion that his sexual preference recently cost him a record deal after a photo of Gilman and his partner was posted online. …Full Story
It’s true! The heavens have opened up and angels are singing, or some such fairytale, because Kathy Griffin really IS replacing Joan Rivers on Fashion Police — if a new TMZ report is to be believed.
Griffin, one of Rivers’ BFFs, will join co-hosts Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic, as well as Melissa Rivers. As for George Kotsiopoulos, nobody seems to know what’s going to happen to him.
The show won’t air weekly anymore, but the gang will get together for all the red carpets that matter. “Event programming,” E! is calling it.
“Joan has always given her blessing to Kathy,” an insider tells Us Weekly. Rivers reportedly “wanted Kathy to be her successor. They talked about it many times. They have such a similar sense of humor and were the best of friends.”
Access Hollywood recently asked Griffin if the rumors were true, to which she replied, “I don’t know if the situation is correct at this time for me or right for me at this time.”
Very, very sneaky. Griffin hasn’t commented on the report.Full Story
Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury more than five months after his limo was hit my a Wal-Mart semi.
According to the Associated Press, lawyer Benedict Morelli says it’s anyone’s guess if the comedian will ever be “the Tracy Morgan he once was.”
“He’s still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he’s just not better,” Morelli said. “We’re hoping and praying to get him back to where he was. But the jury’s out.”Full Story
Dear, everyone: Your new Sexiest Man Alive isn’t Ryan Gosling. We know… We. Know. He isn’t Neil Patrick Harris, either. He isn’t even Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, though that would have been a pretty close guess. Nope. All that eye candy was passed over (sort of — we’ll get to that later) for Chris Hemsorth, whom you may know from such hits as having pecs for days as well as that irresistible accent the Australians are lucky enough to develop.
The 31-year-old Avengers star was awarded People's honor Tuesday night after toying with the lady fans’ emotions during a mystery-guest guessing game on Jimmy Kimmel Live. His clues: under 35, played a superhero in a movie, had a famous brother — which brings us to Miley Cyrus’s ex-fiance Liam Hemsworth.
Asked via Skype what his younger sibling thought of all this, Chris replied, “Liam’s good. We’ve been throwing sexy looks back and forth all week and kind of workshopping ... he’s been a real team player for this one.”
Hemsworth thanked his parental unit “for putting this all together” and his wife, model Elsa Patakay, with whom he has three genetic lottery-winning kids. …Full Story
UPDATE: Just for you, we have some gruesome details about Bono's bandmate-described "cycling spill." Turns out the U2 frontman was in a “high-energy” wreck while trying to avoid another cyclist on Sunday, orthopedic trauma surgeon Dr. Dean Lorich — who, by association, is a total rockstar now — told the Associated Press. The result: Bono fractured his left eye socket, his left shoulder blade in three places and his left elbow, leaving the bone in six pieces and protruding from the skin. Bono’s surgery lasted five hours and left him with three metal plates and 18 screws. The singer had another surgery Monday to repair a fractured pinky. Full Story
Bow down, Beys.
Every girl whose big sister is a superstar knows that Solange Knowles’ struggle is real. She’s the Anna to Beyonce’s Elsa, the Kit to her Dottie. But for one glorious day — Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 — Queen Bey played a secondary role as her singer-songwriter sister married video director Alan Ferguson in New Orleans.
Solange’s reputation as That Violent Elevator Lady almost could be forgotten while perusing Vogue’s eye candy-filled album of the artist’s funky, boho celebration.
After a weekend of pre-wedding festivities — movie night at the quirky Indywood cinema and a dance party with DJ Soul Sister at the Hi Ho Lounge — the couple showed up at the Marigny Opera House on white bicycles, the 28-year-old bride wearing a crisp, breathtaking, off-white jumpsuit with attached cape by Stephane Rolland.
After the pair made their entrance, Solange changed into a caped, ivory, floor-length gown by Humberto Leon for Kenzo as Beyonce and Jay Z arrived with daughter Blue Ivy in tow. …Full Story
Diplo took a break from throwing shade at Taylor Swift and Lorde for a second to welcome his second son with ex Kathryn Lockhart.
The DJ and music producer fittingly named his kid Lazer, because that’s what his music sounds like — you know, if lasers made a sound. Also, Major Lazer is an electronic music project Diplo created, so now he’s dipped into that well two too many times.
According to Us Weekly, the kid’s full name is Lazer Lee Louis Pentz, and he came into this world at a whopping 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Right now, the proud dad — already father to son Lockett, 4 — is spending time with his brood and stocking up on baby supplies.
In case you missed it while The Juice* was on Birthstravaganza Vacation last week, Diplo and Lorde have been bickering via Twitter after the DJ tweeted, someone should make a kickstarter to get taylor swift a booty. BFF Lorde jumped all over it, writing, @diplo should we do something about your tiny penis while we’re at it? …Full Story
Tila Tequila has a real “shot at love.” The model and TV personality has welcomed her first child, and, guess what: She didn’t name her anything crazy! In fact, baby girl Isabella Monroe Nguyen has one of the best names ever, we do declare.
“I am so in love with her,” the MTV star told Us Weekly. “She’s so perfect and beautiful.”
Isabella measured 20 inches and weighed in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces. The new bundle arrived at 7:05 p.m. on Sunday, slightly past her due date.
A bit like envisioning that the sun would rise in the East, Tequila predicted in a recent blog post that baby would arrive soon after she passed her 40th week of pregnancy.
“I know for a fact that I am really going to miss being pregnant,” she wrote on her website, “because, to be honest, I have really, really enjoyed my pregnancy so far! I love being able to feel my baby move inside of me, I know when she’s happy, I know she hears me when I talk to her. I just feel this incredible bond with my daughter and I feel like she is so safe in there and protected from all harm!” …Full Story
Lay off the rum cake, Buddy.
Walking in a straight line is a piece of cake, right? Not so much for the star of TLC’s Cake Boss. Buddy Valastro was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with DWI.
Police told NBC New York the 37-year-old was “driving erratically,” his yellow 2014 Corvette weaving in and out of lanes in Manhattan around 1 a.m. The reality star flunked a number of field sobriety tests, and, according to prosecutors, shouted, “You can’t arrest me! I’m the Cake Boss!”
Valestro insisted several times, “I’m a good guy,” adding, “Can you just put me in a cab? I don’t have to be arrested, I’m not a bad guy.”
In jail, Valastro blew a .09. So close! He was released without bail.Full Story
It’s over for Robin Wright and Ben Foster. The House of Cards actress has called off her 10-month engagement to the Lone Survivor actor, Us Weekly reports. E! News confirms the couple have split completely.
“She got swept up in the engagement last Christmas, but then their schedules got crazy and she realized it wasn’t the right decision,” an insider tells Us. The summer was tough on the pair. Wright, 48, spent her time filming the Netflix hit and visiting her kids with ex-husband Sean Penn — Dylan, 23, and Hopper Jack, 21 — while Foster, 34, was working on A Streetcar Named Desire in London.
An insider says their 14-year age difference was another source of tension.
“The gap just ended up being too much,” said a friend of the Princess Bride and Forrest Gump star. “Ben was kind of immature. She couldn’t deal with him anymore.”
So this just leaves us with one question: Will these two opt for cover ups or laser removal on their tattooed ring fingers?Full Story
Marry Me star Casey Wilson already took care of the marriage part. Now she’s moving onto the carriage. Wilson and husband David Caspe are expecting their first child together, Us Weekly reports.
The couple wed just months ago on May 25, but no one noticed because that’s the same day the powers of Kimye legally combined. Wilson and her Happy Endings creator husband met on the set of the TV show in 2011 and got engaged two years later.
Here’s hoping their real-life happy ending lasts a bit longer than the short-lived series.Full Story
Berlin airport authorities say U2 front man Bono’s private plane lost a hatch as it was coming in for a landing in the German capital, but the Irish singer was never in danger.
According to NBC News, the rock star and four friends were aboard a Learjet 60 when a rear hatch fell off at about 15,000 feet. Airport spokesman Ralf Kunkel told the news agency dpa that the 32-inch by 40-inch hatch landed in the vicinity of Schoenefeld airport, on Berlin’s southeastern edge.
Kunkel said it was not clear how the hatch came off and that German authorities were investigating. He says the aircraft, which was flying from Dublin, was never in danger of crashing and landed safely Wednesday.
Bono was in Berlin for the Bambi awards Thursday.Full Story
Nicki Minaj is lowered into stage at the 2014 MTV European Music Awards in Glasgow. And then the world found out that she had been very bad.
What’s more offensive than recording a single with Chris Brown? Filming a video that appropriates Nazi imagery. Yeah, those are two not-so-great tastes that taste much worse together.
At least Nicki Minaj seems to realize her mistake. She’s apologized for her new video for the song Only, which features Brown, Lil Wayne and Drake. The animated clip portrays Minaj as a dictator-like figure presiding over an army wearing red arm bands, as well as a swastika-like rendition of the logo to her label, Young Money.
I didn’t come up w/the concept, but I’m very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone, she tweeted. I’d never condone Nazism in my art.
She went on to pass the buck, blaming the concept artist, who she said was trying to go for a Metalocalypse/Sin City feel. And if that’s not enough, she added, Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish.
Okay then! …Full Story
Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan, welcomed a baby girl early Wednesday morning, and, of course, the Iron Man star had to make the announcement in possibly the most RDJ way possible.
“After 9 months of intensive development, Team Downey is pleased to announce our 2014 fall/winter project,” he posted on his verified Facebook page. “Principal photography commenced 11-14 and will continue until she says, 'Dad! You are embarrassing me...I’m 30, this has gotta stop.’ Yep...Avri Roel Downey joined the party @ 3:22 a.m. on November 4th...she’s 7lbs even, spans 20 inches, and is accompanied by a variety of Susan’s traits that have seemingly overwritten my 'junk DNA.’ I’ll post pics here + there when I’m not too busy staring...”
How sweet. Congrats to the Downeys, who already have a son, Exton, 2. Downey, 49, also has a 21-year-old son, Indio.Full Story
Welp, 20-something girls everywhere who once dreamed of marrying Justin Timberlake, the dream dies a little more.
Despite all of those highly questionable baby bump photos circulating last week, it turns out wife Jessica Biel is in fact having JT’s baby. Several sources rushed to share the news with Us Weekly on Wednesday, including one pal of the 7th Heaven actress who said, “Right now they are just enjoying the news for themselves. They just want a happy baby.”
And yet you had to rush and spoil it for the rest of us? Ugh!
Last week another anonymous source told Radar Online that Biel, 32, is due in April with their first child. Bye, Bye, Bye to all of our dreams of doing that first.Full Story