Pop star Christina Milian has finally confessed she and rapper Lil Wayne are more than just music collaborators, insisting he is her "man crush everything". The Dip It Low hitmaker was first rumoured to have struck up a romance with her Young Money Entertainment boss last year (14), when they attended the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles together.
At the time, Milian brushed off the dating speculation, claiming they just "make music together", but they have continued to fuel reports of a relationship by putting on a steamy performance at the American Music Awards in November (14) and enjoying nights out together on numerous occasions.
Now Milian has coyly admitted their relationship has progressed to beyond friendship.
She was quizzed about the rumours during an interview with U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams on Thursday (15Jan15), and stopped short of stating she and Wayne are a couple outright, but declared, "He's my man crush everything..."
Asked if they sleep together at night, she dodged the question by replying, "We're in the studio late at night and at the skate park..."
Her evasive comments led Williams to determine Wayne is not her "full boyfriend", prompting Milian to pull a sour face and quip, "Well, I mean, girl, don't put it out like that! I'm just saying... We have great chemistry and we have really great involvement in each others' lives."
And Milian, who is currently starring in her own family reality show, reveals she has been shy about discussing their budding relationship in public and on air, because she wants to keep some things private.
She continued, "I did want to protect that (relationship) as well... I think sometimes if you just give it all out to the world... It's sexy to have a sense of mystique..."
Milian broke off her engagement to music mogul Jas Prince in June (14), weeks before she was linked to Wayne.
She was also previously married to producer The-Dream, the father of her young daughter, Violet.
Rocker Gene Simmons has credited a fear of disappointing his mother with steering him away from drugs and alcohol. The KISS frontman insists he has never been drunk or gotten high because he always worried about his mum's reaction.
He tells U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams, "My mother is actually my biggest inspiration. At 14 years of age she was in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany and I'm an only child. Our father left us when I was about six or seven years old. I would never break her heart."
However, Simmons admits he found other ways to indulge after deciding to stay away from drugs and booze his whole life, although his days as a ladies' man are now firmly behind him, because he only has eyes for his wife, Shannon Tweed.
He continues, "I've been a jacka** most of my life... I have been self-absorbed all of my life, self-centred, arrogant, selfish and full of myself and it took the angel that walked into my life, Shannon...
"Part of the parcel of being a jacka** and not growing up to be a man is not realising that the dream woman of your life was always there and it took 29 years for this jacka** to grow up and realise I have everything..."
TV Superman Dean Cain has nothing but praise for ex-girlfriend Brooke Shields' "raw" new memoir, revealing her account of losing her virginity to the actor was "insightful". Cain admits he has read sections of the book, There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me, and was stunned by his former love's account of their first full-on sexual experience.
In the book, the actress reveals she was a 22-year-old student at Princeton University when she slept with Cain for the first time, and was so freaked out by the intimate moment, she "jumped" out of bed.
She explained, "I was buck naked, streaking down a hallway and running as if I had just stolen someone's wallet."
She recalled Cain chasing after her and throwing a comforter around his college sweetheart, and the memory has given the actor a new perspective of the night in question.
He tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "Brooke is a wonderful, wonderful girl... (and the book is) really insightful and raw."
But he insists the night of passion wasn't a quick fling for him - he took it very seriously.
Cain adds, "I don't think a girl loses her virginity. They give it... I mean, we were in love."
Shields has since insisted she is grateful to have had such a caring partner to experience her first time with, and hopes her own girls are treated just as well when they come of age.
During an interview with U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams on Thursday (04Dec14), she says, "He was so amazing... I have two daughters. I hope that they have a guy that great, seriously."
Singer Mary J. Blige found inspiration in Amy Winehouse's struggles with addiction while recording her new album The London Sessions. The No More Drama hitmaker has battled addiction in the past and felt connected to Winehouse while she was in London and wanted to feel the tragic singer's presence on the record.
She tells U.S. TV host Wendy Williams, "Amy was a huge inspiration for this album because when I heard the Back to Black album, I was a little like, 'Gosh, I can do that,' but when she spoke about rehab and she spoke so honestly about her trials and how she was dealing with it, it spoke to me.
"I saw her live out her life, it was like hell how she was living, and when I was coming out of my hell during the No More Drama album, that's when she was coming in and I wanted to get to her and tell her how much I loved her and how much of a fan I was of her work and I never got to her and then she died and it completely messed me up.
"So when I went to London, I was supposed to embrace the culture and how could I embrace the culture without having something from Amy Winehouse as a part of the album and journey?"
Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning in 2011, aged 27.
R&B star Chris Brown led the way at the 2014 Soul Train Awards on Sunday (30Nov14) by taking home three prizes thanks to his hit song Loyal. The embattled singer had a night to remember by winning Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance, and Best Collaboration for his track with Lil Wayne and Tyga.
Brown even kicked off his big night with a medley of some of his greatest hits, including Yo (Excuse Me Miss), Poppin' Take You Down, New Flame, and award-winning Loyal.
Behind Brown with two awards each were Beyonce, who was feted with the Best R&B/Soul Female Artist accolade and Album of the Year for her acclaimed self-titled album, and Pharrell Williams, whose hit Happy was named Song of the Year and Video of the Year.
Other winners included Trey Songz (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), John Legend (Record of the Year/The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award for All of Me), and Nico & Vinz (Best New Artist).
Meanwhile, disco band Kool & the Gang were honoured with the Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award, and artists such as Doug E. Fresh, Elle Varner, MC Lyte, Tamar Braxton, Joe, and Mase took to the stage to perform songs from the group's catalogue spanning 50 years in the business.
However, the highlights of the night came from R&B group Jodeci, who reunited for the first time since 2006 and sang a medley of their hit songs, while Lil Kim, Missy Elliot and Da Brat closed out the ceremony with their 1997 track Not Tonight, with a special segment devoted their late collaborator Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes.
The TLC star, who died in 2002, was featured in a video performing her part in the song which was projected onto a big screen during the rendition.
U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams hosted the event at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The awards were handed out on 7 November (14), but televised on Sunday.
Paris Hilton has revealed she is single after splitting from a recent "summertime fling". The hotel heiress was photographed kissing Ralph Lauren stud Josh Upshaw following her break-up from model River Viiperi this summer (14), however, Hilton has opened up about her latest love disaster and explained she is no longer dating anyone.
She tells U.S. TV host Wendy Williams, "I'm single. That was just a summertime fling.
She continues, "I'm not looking for anything right now, I'm just focusing on myself... But, when I do look for a guy, I just think it's most important to find someone who's really loyal, who I can trust, who can be my best friend, who makes me laugh."
Hilton has a long list of broken-hearted ex suitors, including shipping heir Stavros Niarchos, Doug Reinhardt, Cy Waits, Jason Shaw and rocker Benji Madden.
Singer/actor Nick Jonas is no longer a virgin.
The former Jonas Brothers star and his siblings made a big deal of being advocates for abstinence at the height of their popularity, even wearing purity rings to advertise the fact they were good Christians who would not be having sex before marriage.
Jonas is proud of his previous stance on the issue, he admits he is no longer completely pure.
He tells U.S. TV host Wendy Williams, "I think it was an important part of my childhood and it was that. I think as I grew up and figured out what was important to me and my own belief system... I'm now comfortable with myself and who I am and I'm an adult in all ways."
When pressed by Williams to clarify if he is still a virgin, Jonas replies, "No, as I said, I'm an adult in all ways and I'm comfortable with who I am."
The star is currently involved in a serious relationship with model Olivia Culpo, but he has not disclosed if she was the one who he lost his virginity to.
Superproducer Timbaland has criticised the new TV biopic based on the life of R&B star Aaliyah in an expletive-filled rant on social media. The hitmaker was close friends with the Try Again singer up until the plane crash which claimed her life at the age of 22 in 2001.
A TV movie called Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, starring Alexandra Shipp in the title role, premiered on America's Lifetime network on Saturday (15Nov14), and Timbaland made it clear to his followers he did not support the controversial biopic.
He began his rant on Instagram.com by posting an advert for the film, along with his caption, "Hope yall not watching this!!!!!!!! (sic)"
He proceed to post various fan-made memes, including a fake poster for a biopic of R&B star Ginuwine which featured a picture of director/actor Tyler Perry with the words, "Lifetime be like - 'close enough!'" at the top, as well as a photo of singer Sisqo and the caption, "Next up on Lifetime, The Eve Biopic", referring to the female MC.
Timbaland also reposted quotes from fans which read, "Lifetime Disrespects Aaliyah" and "I think everyone (sic) musician portrayed in this Aaliyah movie should sue the hell out Lifetime movie for failure of accurate casting."
He even called out talk show host and executive producer of the film Wendy Williams, with a meme that read, "Wendy Williams, you know you f**ked up, right?"
Timbaland's anger didn't stop there - he also shared videos of himself ranting against the movie, and he said, "A lot of people keep asking me if I'm watching that bulls**t... No way. Not Timbo."
He continued, "People, thanks for the comments tonight on that bulls**t Aaliyah movie. They have felt Timbo's wrath tonight, baby, and that's it."
The film has been under scrutiny ever since network bosses announced their plans for the movie, as Disney star Zendaya Coleman was originally cast to play the late singer, but faced a backlash and ultimately dropped out of the role.
She was replaced by Nickelodeon regular Shipp, with newcomers Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith portraying Aaliyah's music mentors Missy Elliott and Timbaland, respectively.
Actor Nate Parker is crediting Denzel Washington for inspiring him to take on an activist role in his professional and personal life. The Non-Stop star worked with Washington in 2007's The Great Debaters and explains a piece of advice he received from the 59 year old deeply affected his career choices.
He tells U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams, "I think about one story in particular... and this is probably the biggest piece of advice. We were talking about him being at a particular award show and expecting something to happen and expecting it to go a certain way and it didn't.
"He said he was sitting next to his mother and she leaned over and said, 'Son remember, man gives the award, God gives the reward.' It really solidified my path in this business. Just to work for the reward of God and the reward of your people and have a cause bigger than yourself that you fight for that's outside of the business. It's kind of inspired me to be more of an activist and to be careful of my roles and what I choose."
Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker were left shocked while shooting new film Beyond The Lights after director Gina Prince-Bythewood secretly hired fake photographers in a bid to help the actors authenticate a dating scene in the movie. Mbatha-Raw plays a troubled pop star who falls in love with a police officer, played by Parker.
In one scene for the film, the characters are enjoying lunch when they are suddenly bombarded by members of the paparazzi - and Mbatha-Raw reveals the shock on their faces was for real as the Love & Basketball filmmaker hadn't told them they would be photographed.
Parker tells U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams, "Gina is such a big visionary... she's so talented, she's such a genius. She wanted to create these circumstances and environments where we could just be our characters and kind of just navigate the space and see what would happen, kind of an improv (sic) situation.
"One of the things she did, she told us we were going to go to lunch as the characters and she set us up at lunch in Los Angeles in this nice little sidewalk cafe and... and all of a sudden a guy walks up and says, 'Can I get a picture...?' and we took the picture and kept going and all of sudden two other people came, then like four or five, and I look out and a whole motorcade came. There were people on motorcycles and they were jumping off cars running towards us.
"It happened so fast and we were frozen and they were just surrounding us and we were like, 'What are we going to do?' and they were screaming... and we were like, 'OK, Gina I get it,' but they were getting aggressive and we had to go inside and the people in the restaurant didn't know what was going on and they were calling the police for real. So we're in the kitchen in between the grill and the refrigerator hiding.
"It was crazy and then I had to get the driver to come to the back door and we ran out to get into the car and they ran after us and they were chasing us... and we were like, 'Wow this is what that life is like'."