"I decided a long time ago that it was my responsibility as a biographer to invade a person's privacy."J. Randy Taraborrelli shares his philosophy while being interviewed about his latest blockbuster, Becoming Beyoncé: The Untold Story. After 13 New York Times best-sellers, I think he's earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants.
I hate to brag, but a member of the Jackson family might be my new best friend. No, I'm not talking about one of Tito's kidsthis is a real, honest-to-goodness, first-generation Jackson. Admittedly, Rebbie may not be the top of anyone's list, but you would be hard-pressed to find a nicer or more down-to-earth lady. The 65-year-old was one of the performers at "Divas Simply Singing."
This was the 25th anniversary of the AIDS benefit, which was founded by the tireless ( and apparently ageless ) Sheryl Lee Ralph. After a stupendous opening number, Ralph ushered out rising diva Angie Fisher, who set the bar pretty damn high. And the divas kept comingincluding Jordin Sparks, CeCe Peniston, Loretta Devine, Shanice, Freda Payne and Mary Wilson. As for Rebbie, she sang her 1984 hit "Centipede"her first public performance since her husband's death. It should go without saying that the show was stolen by Jenifer Lewis, who earned her first standing ovation before even singing! The Black-ish star then delivered one of the most emotional renditions of "I Know Where I've Been" that I've ever heardand was met with yet another ovation. You can see our exclusive video and some photos from the night on BillyMasters.com .
I should mention that there was one other significant person involved with "Divas Simply Singing." Jussie Smollett from Empire was scheduled to be the sole male performer. But at the last minute, he was summoned to another event from the brass at FOX. Jussie's presence was still felt at the concerthe insisted that a fantastic band be hired to accompany the divas, and he sent Sheryl Lee a check to cover the costs. Now that's a class act.
Marc Jacobs held a 10-person Grindr orgy last week. According to the New York Post, everyone was twentysomething ( except, needless to say, Jacobs himself ), and the party lasted more than 24 hours. The source said, "The people weren't as good-looking as I expected. I expected Lorenzo Martone beautiful. They were average, chill people who didn't have any attitude, which was really nice." While Jacobs was clean and sober, others were reportedly doing a variety of club drugs. Marc later confirmed the soirée by posting an Instagram image with the Grindr logo saying "Goodbye ( for now ) Grindr! It was fun for group get togethers, but, what really excites me is my work!" He added the caption, "Yup, I'm gay. Sometimes I enjoy sex. Sometimes!" But he wasn't done. He added the following post: "To whichever guest benefited from calling this misinformation into the Post, I only wish you good health, happiness and a long life to enjoy taking advantage of the kindness of strangers and talking shit about others. #reallyqueen?"
Meanwhile, Boy George was shocking the Brits ( as he is wont to do ) by making a startling admission. During a taping of The Voice UK, Paloma Faith started naming some of her famous collaborators: "Well OK, if we're throwing big soul names out there, I've performed with Prince." "Forget that, darling," interjected George. "I've slept with Prince!" Immediately, the producers stopped the taping, lawyers got involved, and then they drew Boy George into a huddle for several tense minutes. When the show resumed, he clarified that he hadn't actually slept with Princehe merely had a Prince poster on his wall. Yeah, I'm sure that's what he meant!
Then there's the case of professional boxer, Yusaf Mack, who's been revealed to be an active participant in a gay porn flick which was released by DawgPoundUSA almost a year ago. Yusaf says he agreed to be in a heterosexual porno and recalls arriving at the set in the Bronx where he saw some naked women. But he says, "They gave me a pill and a shot of vodka. I took the pill down with the vodka." The next thing he remembers is someone waking him up on the NY subway and finding $4,500 in his pocket. That all sounds, well, unbelievable. DawgPound made a statement of their own: "At no time have we ever coerced or drugged any of our models. The claims made by Mr. Mack are false, slanderous, and vehemently denied on our part. We intend to take all legal steps necessary to protect our good name and reputation against these patently false and preposterous claims." For anyone interested in the clip, it's on DawgPoundUSA.com under the title "Holiday Hump'n" with the following description: " After fuck buddies work out together they naturally get horny and need to fuck. This hot trio is serving up all the Christmas splendor just in time for the holidays. What better gifts than Bamm Bamm, Young Buck, and a new hottie Philly." In case anyone is wondering, Mack bottomsorally and anally.
For those of you waiting with bated breath for Barbra Streisand's Gypsy, you're in for an awfully long wait. Universal has put the remake in turnaround, which means they aren't going to pay for it. Babs will have to find someone else to foot the bill. By the time this movie gets made, they'll have to rename her character Nana Rose!
Lastly, Demi Lovato made the news when she made a surprise appearance at The Monster, a gay bar in New York's West Village. She was there to promote her new single, "Confident," and invited some people onstage to danceincluding some of the strippers who were "working". While Demi's attention was initially directed towards a fully clothed guy on her left, she noticed the crowd was looking to her rightspecifically at a go-go boy with an enormous erection. You can check out every inch of the dancer ( and Demi's response ) on BillyMasters.com .
When Demi is upstaged by a "monster," it's definitely time to end yet another column. You can see it, and so much more, at www.BillyMasters.com! If you've got a question for me, send it along to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Jacobs plans to stuff more than a Thanksgiving turkey! So, until next time, remember, one man's filth is another man's bible.