In the saga of Whitney Houston’s life, her one-time husband Bobby Brown is consistently portrayed as the doomed lover, the bad influence who corrupted the superstar with the drugs that precipitated her decline and eventually took her life. For more than a decade the pair became the self destructive Sid and Nancy of R&B, and their chemical-fueled exploits became fodder for tabloids and reality television. Fans and family alike have placed the blame on Brown’s shoulders, but now Whitney’s brother Michael Houston is coming forward with a stunning revelation that completely changes her story.
News flash: Rihanna really likes weed, you guys! Ok, this should come as a surprise to exactly zero people, least of all Lena Dunham. Just yesterday we told you how the Girls star criticed Riri for her stream of pot-themed tweets and Instagrams. So maybe this most recent shot of the singer is especially dedicated to Lena!
We’re not going to get involved with their beef, but Rihanna definitely wasn’t fooling when she went as the Queen of Ganja for Halloween. It’s always 4:20 by Rihanna’s watch. To prove it, we’ve gone ahead and assembled 20 pictures of Ri blazin’ up…from this past year alone! We’re not going to include those infamous pictures of her at Coachella last year, because we’re still not totally convinced that those aren’t corn chips that she’s eating off that bald dude’s head. But there’s quite a few others in there, from all kinds of occasions. To be fair, some of them could be hand rolled cigs. But it’s just as likely as she and Chris Brown being “just friends”…
Rihanna is no stranger to controversy lately, and this time it’s not about getting back together with Chris Brown! The singer is under fire from fans for putting another picture of marijuana on her Instagram account. “This nug look like a skull or am I just….?” she captioned the latest in a long line of pot-themed posts. Some of her detractors are afraid that these pictures give a bad impression to her young fans. That’s assuming the live-tweets from a strip club didn’t do that already. “Wow wat a good influence you are on young girls….not” wrote one commenter. “I dont understand what she tryin to prove through pics of drug everyday,” said another.
This comes on the heels of her latest uproar, where a picture of a thug grandma and a rifle-toting model led some to wonder if Rihanna was glorifying guns. Is she being irresponsible, or are people just taking her social media output a tad bit too seriously? Let us know what you think in the comments section! And to answer your question, Riri: It totally looks like a skull. We don’t want to have a big soapbox moment about the legalization of marijuana, but we do know that quite a few of Hollywood’s biggest names like to blaze up every now and then. Head to the gallery below to see some celebs who get high. Or (for legal reasons), maybe just like to roll their own cigarettes…
If there is one teeny, tiny bright spot to the recent heroin overdose of Jon Bon Jovi‘s daughter Stephanie, it’s that at least she has Jon Bon Jovi for a dad. The man seems way, way, way more down-to-earth and normal than he has any right being. “What I do for a living seems glitzy and glamorous but if you don’t take it too seriously it’s a great way to make a living,” Bon Jovi told L.A. Fox 11’s Courtney Fiel when asked about last week’s incident. “And then life goes on. Things happen.” See? That is a textbook Good Dad Response to a horrible crisis. Could…could Bon Jovi possibly write an actual textbook? It’s too late for the holiday season, but maybe for a summer read…?
As you might recall, Stephanie was arrested following her alleged overdose in a dorm at Hamilton College; the charges were later dropped after it was found that Stephanie had less than 8 ounces of heroin in her possession. Drug charges were also dropped against fellow student Ian Grant. Concludes Bon Jovi, “This tragedy was something that I had to face too so we’ll get through it. And people’s warm wishes for my family and I have been really reassuring. So we’re good.” Aaaaaand we are tearing up at a Jon Bon Jovi interview. We know Thanksgiving is going to be super awkward this yeah, Stef, but we think you are in the best possible hands.
It’s fair to say that Bobby Brown is having a pretty rough year. Between the death of his long-time love Whitney Houston in February, and the continued downward spiral of his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown being played out on a new reality series, the dude has a lot on his plate. In the time-honored tradition of stressed out celebs, Brown has taken to the sauce pretty hard lately, with predictably bad results.
However, after wracking up his second DUI of the year on Wednesday, Brown is apparently turning over a new leaf and attempting to get his life back on track. Friends of the R&B star tell TMZ that his most recent arrest served as a wake-up call to seek treatment for his drinking. Brown attended rehab as recently as this past August, but reportedly didn’t take it seriously because he didn’t honestly feel that he had a real problem.
Other sources elaborate on Brown’s deteriorating mental health to RadarOnline. Following his estrangement from his daughter, the singer attempted to fill that void with substances. “Bobby has been down in the dumps about his relationship with Bobbi Kristina for some time,” an insider reveals. “It was certainly what started the ball rolling in terms of falling foul to his demons once again and he’s been hitting the bottle hard. Bobbi Kristina doesn’t want to talk to him, doesn’t want to meet up and it’s left Bobby feeling dead inside.” It can’t help to know that Bobbi Kristina’s increasing tumultuous personal life, including her engagement to adoptive brother Nick Gordon, is now being used as reality TV fodder. “He feels at a loose end because he hears of Bobbi Kristina’s problems and wants to help, but she just won’t listen to him.”
She’s been a bad, bad girl. Fifteen years after releasing the track that made her famous, it looks like Fiona Apple is finally a “Criminal” for real! The 35-year-old singer was arrested at a border checkpoint in Texas yesterday after authorities found hash in her tour bus. But we didn’t need to tell you that. All you have to do is read a recent interview with her to know this was bound to happen sooner or later.
According to TMZ, the arrest happened in the town of Sierra Blanca, which is also the town where Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Armie Hammer have also all been busted for possession. Damn, either they’ve got a really awesome drug force, or they just really hate entertainment people. We’re awaiting more information, but as of now Fiona is currently still being held at the Hudspeth County Jail. We hope it doesn’t derail her comeback tour promoting The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, her first new record since 2005. That would bum us out even more than learning that we’re not the first people to make a “Criminal” joke.
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Pete Doherty‘s history with drugs has been tumultuous — specifically with crack, cocaine and heroin. He’s been busted for cocaine posession numerous times and has gone to jail for it, as well. He’s even been found slumped over in bathrooms on flights after using. He’s tried getting clean before, but we also think his two-year, on-off relationship with Kate Moss was no good for him. No good for either of them, actually. It’s like they spent their time together in a haze of noxious fumes. The good news is that Pete is now attempting to get clean again, and has jetted off to Thailand to do so.
While this is umpteenth stint in rehab, we’re really hoping this works for him and that he will finally kick his addictions. His official statement reads, “Peter has left the building, well not quite, more the country, on his way to rehab in Thailand. He left Heathrow last night and will have arrived in Thailand this morning. We wish him well. He has plans to continue working on his new songs for the album which is eagerly awaited.” This is the second time he’s tried a center in Thailand, as he checked into a clinic there once before in 2003. But it does seem like Pete is really giving it a go this time, having said, back in April this year, “You have to reach an all-time low apparently. Before you truly surrender. I’ve got a long way to go.” We’re hoping for the best and wish him all the luck with this attempt.
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Whitney Houston passed away suddenly over a month ago on February 11, but the investigation into her death is only just now getting to the bottom of what killed one of the greatest pop performers of all time. According to People, a source close to the investigation examining Houston’s untimely death indicates that Whitney died of accidental drowning; reports at the time of her death indicated that she was discovered in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Cocaine was found in the singer’s body, in addition to marijuana, Benadryl and other medication. There is evidence to suggest that both cocaine and preexisting heart disease were factors in Whitney’s passing.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has since confirmed People‘s reported findings. Houston, who allegedly left her entire $20 million estate to her daughter Bobbi Kristina, had long struggled with drug abuse. The report’s findings bare out suspicion that a combination of substances had a hand in Whitney’s demise, but seem to contradict the initial findings of the LA.County Coroner’s Office, who first believed that Houston did not drown, but instead may have passed away due to a toxic combination of drugs and alcohol first. “We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure,” the Houston family said in a statement this evening. Regardless of her cause of death, our hearts will continue to break for Whitney Houston and her loved ones.
You guys, quickly! Angelina Pivarnick here and she has some important information regarding The Situation’s prescription pill problem! Somehow she has this information despite the fact she was his costar for a sum total of about 45 minutes! The important part is, everyone is paying attention to Angelina! “When he was on the show, he got in trouble for having prescription pills. We were filming in a club in Miami ,” Angelina told Page Six. “One of the producers said, ‘Hey what was that?’ He had to give them up.” Hearing one of the Sitch’s ex-cast mates discuss the particulars of his alleged substance abuse makes us raise our Ron-Ron juice to all of the Jersey Shore housemates who aren’t blabbing about the issue. Unless of course TMZ is right in it’s allegations that the Sitch is also receiving treatment for an alcohol problem, in which case we’ll pour this right back into the blender where it came from.
While the Situation admitted yesterday on his blog that “I have voluntarily taken steps to get control of a prescription medication problem I had due to exhaustion,” Angelina instead describes him as being like “Popeye on Crack” during their brief time together. Girl, come on! Popeye? Sure! But let’s leave the crack out of this. “Angelina is up to her dirty little hamster ways again,” the Situation tweeted this afternoon. Hey! Angelina gets attention, and we get to picture her gnawing on a toilet paper roll to make a nest! Looks like this story turned out to be a win-win after all.
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In addition to keeping the proud tradition of “black angry captains” alive in his upcoming action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Ice Cube gushed to BMBL this morning about his costars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. “Jonah is incredibly smart and witty,” the rapper and actor raved. That being said, just because Ice considers himself the “teacher” to their “grasshoppers” doesn’t mean he wouldn’t immediately (and gleefully!) send both of them to the slammer if they were up to no good. Which, we mean, just look at them. You know they are.
“I would arrest Jonah first. ”Cause’s the sneaky one,” Ice Cube muses. “With Channing, it’s all out in the open; you know he’s going to have a joint or two in his pocket. But Jonah, he’ll trick you. You think he’s a nice guy; he’s got all the pills in pocket.” Yeah, seems about right. Oh, and in case you were still pondering the exact date on which Ice’s song “It Was A Good Day” took place, the answer is not January 20, 1992 as was calculated in the Tumblr-verse. “That day sucked for me,” Ice laughs, before explaining, “‘It Was A Good Day’ is an accumulation. It’s actually a fantasy of what I would like at that time as a good day.”