Celebrity feuds are alive and well and apparently thriving on The Wendy Williams Show. The outspoken talk show host put herself in the hot seat with NeNe Leakes during a recent broadcast. Williams reportedly said that NeNe’s relationship with husband Gregg had a lack of chemistry and described their pairing as being a great friendship with business benefits.
Leakes replied by dissing Williams and her husband via Twitter with this comment, “Wendy don’t know s*** about my relationship. Have you ever seen her and Kevin kiss? Yuck.”
Omarosa Manigault used her appearance on the couch with Wendy Williams to give the latest chapter on her beef with LaToya Jackson. She is now demanding that Jackson issue her a written apology or she will sue her for defamation of character. This is in response to LaToya's comments on Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars when she said, “Omarosa probably pulled the plug on Michael Clarke Duncan." LaToya also added that the reality star was using his death to get ahead in the game.
Repeatedly calling Michael Jackson’s big sis “Lie Toya,” Omarosa reminded Wendy's studio audience that LaToya once lied about her own brother's innocence. She was referencing the 1993 sexual molestation allegations against Michael Jackson, when LaToya took the side of the accuser. Omarosa added that if LaToya could do that to family she was capable of anything.
Future’s Baby Mother Wants More Child Support
Future may be heading back to court over child support in another case of Guess Who’s Watching.
His son’s mother, Jessica Smith, filed papers to get an increase on the monthly intake after seeing the Epic-signed rapper boast about the size of his pockets on TV.
Reportedly, just days after the co-parents came to an agreement in which Future (born Nayvadius Wilburn) is to pay $1,662 per month towards the care of their 10-year-old son, Smith saw the rapper on TV claiming he carries a minimum of $25,000 in cash on him at all times.
Though it's not clear what television show the rapper made the boastful comments on, the documents filed are to invalidate their current agreement, which is based on a monthly income of $16,516. Smith is claiming he makes at least $50,000.
Recently, a paternity test proved to 99.9% that the son, conceived in 2001, is his.
Mike Epps Sparks Twitter Battle With Kevin Hart
The feud began when Epps tweeted: “Man, if Katt Williams wouldn’t have flipped out it would not be no Kevin Hart.” That was soon followed up with updates saying Hart thought he was cute and that he looked like a “drunk pug.” After Epps tweeted that the writers of Real Husbands of Hollywood were gay, Hart broke his silence on the matter, initiating what he called “operation destroy u.”
“I Googled @theRealMikeEpps just now,” Hart responded, “and my computer said ‘Not relevant anymore.’” Following updates saying that Epps was “one bad movie away from doing school plays” and that his career has seen its “last Day Day” (a reference to Epps’ All About the Benjamins’ character), Omar accepted defeat. “I got love for lil @KevinHart4Real,” Epps tweeted. “Got to keep that n**** on his toes though.”
Chris Brown: My Music Tells My Side of the Story
It’s an understatement to say that, for the past four years, it’s been difficult for Chris Brown to separate his music and celebrity from his personal life. But that hasn’t kept the 23-year-old from pushing through the tabloid and blog headlines to remain R&B’s top performer, winning his first Grammy last year for his fourth studio album F.A.M.E. Now, on the heels of his 24th birthday, C-Breezy is preparing to release his latest LP X. BET.com sat down with the R&B mega star to discuss his latest project and his place in the musical landscape.
What direction are you aiming to go in for this next album, X?
I just wanted to go and write personal records about what I’ve been going through, whether it’s been heartbreak, joy, sorrow or anger [laughs]. Anything. I would just rather let my people and my fans identify with who I am as a person. For this album, I really just wanted to focus on my talent and everything I have to bring. And I also wanted to go back to the essence of where my inspirations were derived from: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, etc. And I want to build that essence within my brand and in who I am as an artist.
What were some of the things or moments in your life that inspired songs on X?
Well, the title track for the LP, “X,” the concept was inspired by different things. I came up with the concept because the letter stands for a kind of forbidden fruit. You see it with the skull-and-crossbones. It’s also the Roman numeral 10. I wanted to do it for my birthday. Five, Five (May 5). X is also the 24th letter in the alphabet, and I’m turning 24. Other songs like “Add Me In,” the inspiration for that was, basically, women. I’m just saying let me basically be added into to your equation.
Who did you work with for this project?
I worked with a lot of young producers. I like to give new producers a chance. I worked with Timbaland and Pharrell [Williams]. But I also worked with producers like Diplo, PK and D. Brown. I went all around the board with this album to try and make it dynamic. I know a lot of people who make up my audience think I’m going to have a set amount of music on the album or I’m going to go have the formula of pop songs and “four-to-the-floor” types of songs. I really just tried to make music this time instead of focusing on a genre. For this project, I wanted to, almost, go back to the first album.
So instead of going with the “business” formula, you wanted to approach it from the heart?
Yes. Definitely. Because that’s what music is: it invokes your emotions. You don’t think logically about a song. You just feel it.
What are your thoughts on the debate about techno-pop dance music versus traditional R&B?
I think the debate is how cornball it is. I’ll be honest, since I’ve been one of the guys subjected to doing it with songs like “Forever” and other songs I’ve done. They were great songs but they’re not the typical dance — if you’re a Black guy — type of songs. You know, things change, though… But with the tech-pop dance sound, it’s cool but I think it’s going to get played out almost how disco did in the ‘70s. I mean, everything has its course, and music is always changing and evolving. So, for the time being, it’s still cool. As far as my music, I’m trying to — not trying to stay away from it, because if a song’s a hit, it’s a hit. But I’m not trying to run towards it or look for it and say, "Give me that BoomBoomBoom." We’ll figure it out as it comes.
You’ve put out six albums in eight years. Do you see yourself taking a hiatus?
Honestly, no. Taking a hiatus allows people to come in and take your spot [laughs]. You take a hiatus when you’ve accomplished your ultimate success. I think my ultimate success is yet to come.
What do you think your ultimate goal is?
One of my goals was to get a Grammy. Then I achieved that. Thank God. The other thing would be — and I know it’s impossible — to get a little more acceptance as far as my music is concerned. I know there are people who love my music. But I want them to listen to my music with a clear mind instead of, um…
Being clouded by…?
What’s in my personal life. I think, now, the music speaks for itself. So hopefully I can achieve that.
Do you find, as time moves forward, that it’s getting easier for people to separate you from the tabloid news and see you for you?
I think with the media and the way the world works now, it’s all Internet driven. So your personal life co-exists with your celebrity. People want to know about you and who you are. They want you to be attainable. With my personal life, I try and incorporate my music with it so if people are looking at a story or following any BS they may be listening to [about me] they can always go back to the record and hear my side of the story or my point of view.
Regina King: Malcolm-Jamal Warner and I Are "Good"
Was the press too hasty to pull the plug on Regina King and Malcolm-Jamal Warner?
Days after speculation that the couple of over two years have called it quits, a tweet from King has us wondering if they're still together. "Hey everybody PLEASE don't believe everything you read," the Southland actress pleads. "Me & @MalcolmJamalWar are good. Life Happens. Forward Motion. Godspeed."
While it's true that King's tweet could simply mean that rumors of bitterness in the breakup between the couple are exaggerated, many are still holding out hope that the low-key pair are still together.
King and Warner, both former child stars who acted in iconic '80s sitcoms, went public with their romance in 2011. The notoriously private stars continued to keep their lips sealed and their PDA to a minimum throughout their relationship.
King was rumored to be "heartbroken" over the split.
Brandy on Accepting Her Brown Skin
When Kelly Rowland recently opened up about not always liking her dark skin, she highlighted the perception that our community has over fairer complexions. EURweb approached Brandy to ask what she thought about her friend's earlier struggles and if she ever felt the same way about her own "chocolatiness."
"Absolutely. Just…my mom used to always say, you know, Brandy, you have a unique beauty. You know it wasn't the typical what you see on magazines. You know just having far apart eyes and having different features, you know, high cheek bones and different things, you kinda have to grow into. I definitely struggled with that," the singer-actress said. "I didn't think I was cute for a very long time. But, I know it's kinda cliché to say that inner beauty it comes from within. But, it really does. When you work on yourself and when you take care of yourself and take care of your body, you grow into your beauty. You realize that no one looks like you, no one can be you, no one is you but you. And you really connect with that and embrace that. You know, it took a long time to get to that point, but I definitely feel where Kelly is coming from. You would never think, cause I've known Kelly for a very, very long time and she always seem to be so…not only confident but she was always beautiful within. So it just always…showed through her eyes and through her smile and everything. You never would've known that. And I'm just glad that she's able to not only recognize her inner beauty but recognize her outer beauty."
Brandy also commended Rowland on stepping up with her honesty and helping others to not feel like they're the only ones who feel this way.