Remember when Aaliyah sang “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number”? Well, these celebrity couples of past and present are intent on showing us that the same thing goes for height. From basketball stars towering over their significant others to models and their shorter male counterparts, these couples prove that size does not matter. Although some have moved on while others are still going strong, these stars seem to know how to make it work when it comes to a vertical challenge. Here is a list of 25 celebrity couples, ranked in order of their height differential, that leave us scratching our heads, thinking “How do they do that?”
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Janet Jackson can take a hint, guys. With Miss J’s last two albums selling less than a million copies each (and each getting her dropped by a label), the Rhythm Nation singer may be done with the business. “Last time I heard she really didn’t want to do an album,” former producer and ex-boyfriend Jermaine Dupri told Vibe. “She wanted to just do singles every once in a while. She’s looked at the marketplace—albums are not really doing what they usually do when you put all this budget out there. Janet is just trying to figure out her landscape.”
Not that she’ll be out of the limelight entirety. After the success of Why Did I Get Married Too, we’ll still see plenty of Janet on screen. “It looks like her star power as an actress is still there,” said Dupri. “And she’s about to do the other movie [For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf] with Mariah, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg and few others. They will be shooting that in June. And then she’s performing at the Essence Festival, so she’s rehearsing for that every day. Concerts, the occasional soundtrack single, movies…as long as we still have her classic albums (Damita Jo was underrated, guys!), it looks like this won’t be too painful a retirement at all.
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Everything is hitting Janet Jackson at once these days. In addition to what she’s been dealing with regarding brother Michael‘s death, US Magazine is reporting that Janet and longtime boyfriend Jermaine Dupri have broken up after seven years together. The pair were constantly fending off rumors that they had secretly wed (perhaps owing to the fact that Jackson and her former beau Rene Elizondo actually were secretly married for years), but now that they’ve split, it’s somewhat of a shock.
Dupri skipped the Michael Jackson memorial on July 7, telling folks that he doesn’t do funerals, but now it also appears that he doesn’t do Janet. A friend says, “You shouldn’t mix business with pleasure,” referring to the fact that Dupri produced several songs off Janet’s most recent albums. “Janet felt their lives were too crossed and they should have kept things separate.” Janet has also been busy caring for Michael’s children these days, which can’t be easy on the relationship.
Just this past May, Dupri tattooed the entire right side of his torso with an image of Janet as the Virgin Mary. He apparently didn’t foresee the breakup at that point. Looks like he’s going to have to pull a Johnny Depp (who changed his Winona Ryder tattoo to “Wino Forever”) and pull off some crafty editing now. [Photo: GettyImages]
Usher should be ashamed of himself. Chris Brown‘s career may be kaput following the beating he gave girlfriend Rihanna, so the poor guy decided to do a little jet skiing. Usher saw the photos, and chastised Brown for not “showing a little bit of remorse” in a video clip. The nerve! How unfair of Usher to hit a man while he’s down. Oh wait.
“The comments made during a recent recording session amongst friends were taken out of context and blown out of proportion,” Usher said in a statement. “I apologize on behalf of myself and my friends if anyone was offended. The intentions were not to pass judgment and we meant no harm. I respect and wish the best for all parties involved.”
Actually, Usher should be concerned if they’re taken in context, with Johnta Austin boxing behind him while Jermaine Dupri laughs his ass off. Out of context, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would be offended by his suggestion that abuse suspects keep the public vacationing to a minimum.
Looking for the best way to shower your girlfriend with love? That was the dilemma Jermaine Dupri faced the other night at Tenjune while celebrating his birthday with his lady Janet Jackson, Ne-Yo, Ice-T and Busta Rhymes. He solved the problem by guzzling a bunch of champagne and Patron and then literally showering his lover in his booze-infused puke. How romantic! If only every girl could be so lucky. Janet then allegedly bolted out of the club and into her waiting car, while her man hopefully got himself to the nearest bathroom. We have a feeling someone’s gonna be getting some apology diamonds this week! [NYP. Photo: GettyImages]