Here’s a story they didn’t prepare us for in Fab Life school. The family of slain rapper Tupac Shakur is denying reports that his ashes were smoked in tribute. This follows a video that was posted on VladTV yesterday by Tupac’s former group The Outlawz, who claimed that they cut some marijuana with their dead band-mate’s ashes and blazed up, while Pac’s mother Afeni looked on. But now his family members are (predictably) calling BS and saying that there’s no way this could have ever happened. A spokesperson gave TMZ the priceless/insane quote that his mother would “never participate in smoking her son.” While the Shakurs can’t totally prove this bizarre memorial never took place, they insist that the Outlawz “would have had to sneak the remains past the family member in charge of keeping an eye on the ashes at the memorial.” Considering that no one in the family would let that happen, it looks like the Outlawz’s bizarre story is up in smoke.
Here comes Uncle Yeezy! On the heels of Beyonce’s big announcement that she’s expecting her first child, family friend Kanye West has been almost as pumped as daddy Jay-Z. In fact, Kanye’s apparently telling friends that he’d like to be godfather. Maybe they misheard him saying that he’d “like to be God.” That seems way more his style. Otherwise, we’re not totally sure how to deal with this unexpectedly tender and cute side of ‘Ye. “He’s been saying he’s going to be godfather and is absolutely thrilled,” a source told Britain’s Sun newspaper. “It will be a huge honor for him.” He’d probably throw a pretty bomb christening party (Code-named: “Watch The Highchair”). Maybe they’ll dip the baby in Cristal. We’ll have to wait until February to see!
[Photo: Getty Images]
T.I. is a free man today after being released from the Arkansas prison that has been his home since last fall. The rapper was sentenced in November for violating his probation stemming from a 2009 federal gun conviction. But now it seems like he’s getting sprung early, after serving only ten months of his eleven month sentence. Out early for good behavior, perhaps? It wouldn’t surprise us, after his slew of good deeds before going behind bars. Who could forget the time he talked down a suicidal jumper?! Maybe the police are gonna use him to fight crime.
TIP celebrated his triumphant return to freedom with an equally triumphant return to twitter. “The storm is over & da sun back out,” he wrote. “IT’S OUR TIME TO SHINE SHAWTY!!!!! Welcome to the beginning of our Happy Ending!!!!” It looks like he’ll have the save the champagne celebrations for later, because for now he faces time in an Atlanta halfway house. But that doesn’t seem to matter much to him. “Feels great to be back where I belong,” he also tweeted. “Back in the arms of those who need me the most.”
[Photo: Getty Images]
We imagine it’s a scary sight to see Justin Bieber behind the wheel. To be honest, we find ourselves wondering if he can even see over the dashboard. But the thought of Biebs manning a $100,000, five-hundred horsepower muscle car sounds downright terrifying. And as it turns out, it is. God was not smiling on the Canadian messiah yesterday as he crashed his Ferrari into another driver on a street in the San Fernando Valley. But luckily for all concerned it was nothing more than a mere fender bender, and everyone walked away unharmed.
“No one was injured, and there was no damage to either vehicle,” a rep from the LAPD told TMZ. In fact, it was apparently so minor that no one bothered to file a report. Perhaps it was just karma’s way of trying to restore balance to the universe. You’re seventeen years old, Justin. You can either drive a Ferrari or date Selena Gomez…but you can’t do both! That’s too much awesomeness for one teen to handle. Maybe a street machine that can do zero-to-sixty in four seconds isn’t the best first car. Try a Camry or something. We care, Beibs. Be careful out there.
[Photo: Getty Images]
What’s been getting into Hollywood lately!? Everyday it seems like there’s another celebrity pregnancy to report. Did somebody drop some Luther Vandross into the LA water supply or something? We’ve told you that Hilary Duff, Jason Bateman, and Beyonce (!) all have babies on the way, and now you can add Robert Downey Jr. to Celeb Lamaze class. Yes, RDJ is expecting a child with Susan Levin, his wife of six years, according to Star Magazine.
“The baby is due in February,” says Susan’s aunt, Nancy Miller. “Susan’s father, my brother, called me about three weeks ago with the good news. Her parents are over the moon about it.” It’s still too early to tell if the Iron Baby will be a boy or a girl. “It [doesn't] really matter if it’s a boy or a girl. What really matters is that the baby is healthy.” Although a first time for Susan, this is Robert’s second time becoming a parent. His first child, Indio Falconer Downey, was born in 1993 to his first wife, Deborah Falconer. Congrats to the happy couple!
[Photo: Getty Images]
We’re gonna say it, Michael Jackson‘s pet chimp Bubbles is a bit of a superfreak. At least according to The Real Michael Jackson, a documentary made by lifelong Jackson friend and reality star David Gest. While the cameras rolled, Gest told the story of MJ’s simian companion putting some serious Quentin Tarantino moves on dinner guest Whitney Houston. “Whitney was having dinner with Michael at his Neverland home when she accidentally dropped her knife under the table,” Gest explained. Ever the gentleman, Mike got down on his hands and knees to retrieve it for her. And suddenly Whitney felt the sensation of her toes being sucked. But instead of being freaked out, she was kinda into it. “She moaned, ‘Michael, is that you? Don’t stop. That’s so sensual.’” Gest continued, creating a mental-scene so bizarre that the only way to make it weirder is the addition of a monkey. “Yet Michael’s head popped up and her toes were still being sucked. It turned out it was Bubbles.” We can’t imagine Bobby Brown was cool with this. Did he go all Marcelles Wallace on Bubbles!?
[Photo: Getty Images]
Wedding bells are not on the horizon for Angelina Jolie. The Oscar-winner recently spoke to Vanity Fair about her upcoming directorial debut, but took the time to dispel any rumors that she is tying the knot with longtime partner Brad Pitt. “There’s no secret wedding,” she bluntly told VF contributing editor Rich Cohen, “I’m not pregnant, I’m not adopting at the moment.” Once she got that out of the way, Angie hunkered down to discuss work on her passion project, Land of Blood and Honey, for which she’s not only behind the camera but also behind the pen. “I had the flu,” she said about how she came to write the screenplay. “I had to be quarantined from the children for two days. I was in the attic of a house in France…So I started writing.” She then sent a copy of the script to Brad for a second opinion. “He called and said, ‘You know, honey, it’s not that bad.’”Jeez Brad, easy on the enthusiasm!
She admits that the experience has been really rather scary, making her feel more vulnerable than ever before. “I’ve never felt more exposed. My whole career, I’ve hidden behind other people’s words,” she said. “Now it’s me talking. You feel ridiculous when you get something wrong.” The film’s controversial plot centers around the Bosnian War in the early 90s. But she feels that she’s up to tackling the tricky subject matter. “It was something I didn’t trust out of my hands. So by default I ended up putting myself in as director.” She shot the film on location in Serbia last October, making sure that locals gave their seal of approval. “[I showed the script to] people of Serbian and Bosnian nationality who’d been through the war. I was gauging the accuracy…. If they said no, I wouldn’t have done it.” The film is set to open wide on December 23rd of this year, and the latest edition of Vanity Fair will hit news stands on September 1st.
[Photo: Vanity Fair]
On the latest episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashains Kris Humphries was shocked -shocked!- to learn that his fiancee Kim Kardashian had already been been married once before. Which is weird because he could have learned this by doing a ten-second scan of his wife-to-be’s Wikipedia page. Yes, despite all the hype around Kim’s “big day”, people seem to forget that this ain’t her first trip down the aisle. In 2000 she tied the knot with record producer Damon Thomas, which ended in divorce four years later. But apparently no one told Kris about this until after the couple were already engaged. One of Kim’s relatives evidently let it slip during a Kardashian family vacation in Bora Bora.
“You were really married? You guys are serious?” gasped a visibly shaken Humphries as they sat around the fancy dinner table. The fellow Kardashian men tried to cheer him up, with some attempts more successful than others. “Kim wasn’t really married,” Rob Kardashian offered confusingly, while Scott Disick lived up to his mega-douche title by saying, “You really thought that you were going to the first?” Charming. Kris was pretty bummed out, moaning “I didn’t see that coming, that hit me like a ton of bricks. What else will Kim break to me?” But as we all know now, he got over it and the two lived happily ever after in the land of Donk.
What we wanna know is, how did this not come up before? Come on guys, communication is key to any relationship. Maybe the K-Kult were keeping the factoid hidden until they could spring it on him while the cameras were rolling. Ratings are ratings, y’all. But seriously, we thought that knowledge of Kim’s previous marriage was just kinda…out there. So we’re not sure who to be mad at in this sitch. Let this be a lesson to couples everywhere: always remember to Google your significant other before you pop the question.
[Photo: Getty Images]
Look out Will and Jada, your days as Hollywood’s coolest parents are numbered! While strolling the red carpet at the VMA’s last night Beyonce announced her latest collaboration with husband Jay-Z: a child! The news is not totally unexpected, as Bebe had hinted that she wanted a baby by the age of thirty. Considering she turns the big 3-0 on Sunday, we’d say her timing is right on! In honor of the happy news, we’d like to present the fab ‘n’ fierce twosome with own lil gift: a gallery of their cutest couple-y moments. This is heirloom material, you guys. Enjoy all of their most adorable pics below!
While we on the East Coast were getting pummeled into submission by mother nature, Gwen Stefani took advantage of the beautiful California weather this weekend visited the beach with her family. And of course for us, that translates to one thing: bikini pics. The 41-year old rocker and mother of two (!) showed off her fantastic and flawless abs in a tiny bikini top while holding hands with husband Gavin Rossdale. And of course her cuties Kingston and Zuma Rossdale were on hand to pump up the adorability factor. Too bad Gavin brought it right back down again with his Steven Seagal ponytail. Check out the gallery below for more fun in the sun!
[Photo: Splash News Online]