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SHOWBIZ Pride anthems, celebrities come out, PBS, Diana Ross, Mark Wahlberg
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Billboard listed 20 Pride anthems by LGBTQ artists in a feature. Among some of the songs are Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," Tegan and Sara's "Closer," George Michael's "Freedom! '90," Hayley Kiyoko and Kehlani's "What I Need," Shamir's "On the Regular," Demi Lovato's "Cool for the Summer," Kim Petras' "Heart to Break," Big Freedia and Lizzo's "Karaoke," Janelle Monae's "Make Me Feel," Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield's "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" and Melissa Etheridge's "Come to My Window."

Champion figure skater Jason Brown came out in a message posted to Instagram, according to . The former U.S. national champion, Olympic medalist and current Olympic hopeful said he was lucky to have been surrounded by strong role models within the LGBTQ+ community, thanked those before him who gave him the courage and inspiration to be open with himself and others, and said he was optimistic about the future. "I'm gay, and that's a story still being written..." Brown posted to Instagram.

American Idol alum David Archuleta addressed his sexuality for the first time in a deeply personal Pride Month post, noted. "I've been open to myself and my close family for some years now that I am not sure about my own sexuality," Archuleta stated. "I came out in 2014 as gay to my family. But then I had similar feelings for both genders so maybe a spectrum of bisexual. Then I also have learned I don't have too [many] sexual desires and urges as most people, which works I guess because I have a commitment to save myself until marriage. Which people call asexual when they don't experience sexual urges." He urged his 383,000 Instagram followers to be more compassionate to those "wrestling to follow their beliefs."

School of Rock actor Brian Falduto is opening up how his childhood role made him "in denial" of his queer sexuality, USA Today noted. Falduto played Billy in the 2003 movie and was nicknamed "Fancy Pants" after being the stylist for the fictional all-student band led by Jack Black. In a 2018 essay, Falduto wrote that playing Billy led him to be called the "gay kid from School of Rock." The former child actor revealed in an interview on the "Cooper and Anthony" radio show that the label gave him feelings of "denial" about his own sexuality.

RuPaul's Drag Race season-six alum Laganja Estranja has come out as trans, noted. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the drag entertainer, cannabis activist and singer said, "I'm able to come off stage and take my makeup off and still see a beautiful woman in the mirror. It's powerful." Speaking with EW about her transition and how she purposefully came out to the public before beginning hormone therapy, Estranja stressed that every trans person's journey and transition is unique, and that they deserve to explore that part of themselves in their own time and whenever they are ready.

When I'm Her—on PBS Short Docs, premiering Monday, June 21—is the newest offering of LGBTQ+ Pride Month-related programming from PBS, a press release announced. Michael Cusumano was a luminary figure at American Ballet Theatre in New York City and had a stellar career ahead of him, but trauma from his past prevented him from fully realizing his artistic and professional potential. Over time, he found refuge and liberation by assuming an alter ego: a sparkly turban-wearing, Russian ballet instructor named Madame Olga. This is free to audiences and currently available via the PBS Video App and .

Diana Ross is releasing her newest album, Thank You, this fall—and the title track (and first single) is available now, a press release noted. Thank You—Ross' first set of new original studio recordings in more than two decades—was recorded in her home studio. The new album will be out Sept. 10 on Decca Records/Universal Music Group. A teaser video for "Thank You" is at

The trailer for the movie Joe Bell, starring Mark Wahlberg, has been released, a press release noted. Joe Bell tells the intimate and emotional true story of an Oregonian father (played by Wahlberg) who pays tribute to his gay teenage son Jadin (played by Reid Miller), embarking on a self-reflective walk across this county to speak his heart to heartland citizens about the real and terrifying costs of bullying. Roadside Attractions will release Joe Bell only in theaters July 23.

HBO renewed its ballroom competition series Legendary for a third season, Deadline noted. MC Dashaun Wesley as well as judges Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil, Law Roach and Megan Thee Stallion will be back for the series. The announcement came a week after the finale of the second season, which featured a performance from Megan. Legendary features a group of voguing houses, each featuring five performers and a leader called the house mother; the teams compete in a competition that documents a themed ball every episode from start to finish.

LGBTQ streaming TV network Revry unveiled its line-up for July. According to a press release, just a few of its programs include comedy special Margaret Cho: PsyCHO; the documentaries New Beijing New Marriage, TransMilitary, Queens & Cowboys and The Origin of AIDS; and the movies A Raunchy Christmas Story and A Very Sordid Wedding. See .

In celebration of Pride month and as part of Tribeca Festival's official Podcast Program, Audible hosted a preview of its latest Broadway Video title, the queer action comedy Hot White Heist, a press release noted. Festival attendees were treated to an immersive preview of the new scripted Audible Original, a theme song performance and a showcase of Sasha Velour's drag revue, NightGowns. Hot White Heist stars Saturday Night Live's Bowen Yang, along with Cynthia Nixon, Abbi Jacobson, Jane Lynch, Margaret Cho, Bianca Del Rio, Mj Rodriguez and others.

Andy Neiman, 48—an actor, playwright and childhood friend of Andy Cohen who went missing last month—has been found dead, according to . The news of Neiman's death was confirmed by friend Stephanie Saur on the GoFundMe she started to help find him after he disappeared from the MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, on May 21; Neiman's sister Emily Asher Abramson also shared the news on a public Facebook group. Cohen previously posted a missing person's flyer to Facebook earlier this month, about two weeks after Neiman disappeared.

Apple TV+ debuted a first look at the sophomore season of the Emmy-, SAG- and Critics Choice award-winning series The Morning Show, a press release noted. Starring and executive-produced by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, the drama that unveils the power dynamics in the workplace between women and men, and women and women will return Friday, Sept. 17 on Apple TV+. The 10-episode second season will premiere with the first episode, followed by one new episode every Friday.

Oscar- and Grammy-winning singer/actress Jennifer Hudson announced a new original song entitled "Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)"—co-written with four-time Grammy winner, Kennedy Center Honoree and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Carole King (marking their first collaboration) and Jamie Hartman, a press release noted. Paving the way for Hudson's blockbuster big-screen turn as Aretha Franklin, it will appear on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to RESPECT and will be the film's only original song. Hudson was handpicked by Franklin to portray her in the film from MGM, which opens in theaters nationwide Aug. 13.

Amazon Studios released an inclusion policy "that extends its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity for its content and productions, as well as a Playbook with guidelines for its collaborators in the creative community," a press release announced. These guides offer detailed and actionable recommendations as Amazon stated its goal to continue to seek out stories and storytelling that amplify voices across race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability (including mental health), body size, gender, gender identity and gender expression for the global Prime Video audience. The policy is at .

Grammy, Tony and Emmy winner (and two-time Academy Award nominee) Cynthia Erivo will star in a remake of 1979 feature The Rose, at Searchlight, Deadline noted. The film is a remake of the 1979 Twentieth Century Fox musical romantic drama The Rose (starring Bette Midler), following a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of those around her. While paying homage to the original, the film will put a contemporary lens on the high price of fame.

The Red Hot organization honored Juneteenth with a new take on Ultra Nate's house music hit and unofficial post-lockdown anthem, "Free (Live Your Life)," reimagined by Felix Da Housecat and Chris Trucher, a press release noted. Alongside the single—which features a newly recorded vocal performance from Ultra Nate—the HIV/AIDS-fighting non-profit group also re-released Vagabon's "Water Me Down" (Pamcy Remix). Both tracks appear on Red Hot + Free, the charitable and cathartic compilation of dance music out July 2.

Colton Ford released a new single, "Unity"—the title track from his latest EP—that's described as "a celebratory Pride anthem about coming together as brothers and sisters of the human race," a press release noted. The song follows Ford's previous releases: "Stronger," about a relationship with self; and "Stay," about a relationship with someone else.

GAYVN 2020 Best Actor and reigning Performer of The Year Award winner DeAngelo Jackson narrates the film Being Black in Porn, a press release noted. The movie follows the lives of four gay men of color as they navigate their way in the competitive and often complicated world of adult films. Through interviews with the men in NYC, Chicago, Las Vegas, and LA, the film examines their unique experiences including their encounters with racism, stereotypes and inequality. The Being Black in Porn trailer premiered at .

At the ATX TV Festival, Pose and American Horror Story star Angelica Ross said that she once had a fiance who demanded that she hide the fact that she is transgender in order for them to continue their relationship, noted. According to Page Six, Ross decided to break up with him in order to be her most authentic self. Trying to live stealth took a toll on Ross, but she's so much happier now, even if she's single. "I am very pleased with where my life has gone, how I've blossomed into the woman I am now," she said.

Real Housewives of Orange County is parting ways with Braunwyn Windham-Burke, Kelly Dodd and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas, and has set Heather Dubrow to return, Deadline noted. Dodd courted controversy earlier this year when she spoke out against COVID-19 health and safety protocols in a series of Instagram stories. Windham-Burke, who recently came out as a lesbian, told People that she is "incredibly sad" to leave the show. Production on season 16 is reportedly set to kick off next month.

WORLD Channel is honoring LGBTQ+ voices with a wide range of programming during Pride Month. The programming includes the Tuesday, June 22, broadcast premiere of a documentary film about the journey of two transgender individuals, Jack & Yaya, who grew up next door to one another in a New Jersey suburb. The film follows these two friends for a year and explores their unique, 30-year relationship. Jack & Yaya is part of WORLD Channel's documentary series America ReFramed, and will stream on and the PBS app.

Comedy queen and RuPaul's Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio has added more shows to her Unsanitized Comedy Tour this fall, a press release noted. Due to demand, additional dates have been added in D.C., New York City and Chicago while eight new cities have been added to the tour, including Nashville, Denver, Kansas City, Salt Lake City and Phoenix. Tickets for newly added shows are available at .

Orange Is the New Black actress Taryn Manning and musician Anne Cline are engaged, Extra noted. The proposal was caught on camera and posted by TMZ. The video was shot at a restaurant in Panama City, Florida, and shows Cline onstage before she hops down to pop the question. Getting down on one knee, Anne proposes to the actress, who looks elated, her hands over her face.

The LGBTQ film festival NewFest is partnering with BuzzFeed on the first-ever BuzzFeed Pride Film Festival, a press release noted. The event will feature BuzzFeed's video discussions around five queer movies. Audiences will then have the opportunity to watch five limited-release films curated by NewFest—including Gay USA, KIKI, Man Made, Appropriate Behavior and Rafiki—free of charge on NewFest's platform. The video series will premiere on the BuzzFeed homepage on June 27, when audiences can watch trans journalist and activist Ashlee Marie Preston facilitate conversations about these films. To RSVP for free to BuzzFeed Pride Film Festival, please visit

Simone Biles, Amanda Nunes, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nikola Jokic, Chloe Kim, Trevor Lawrence, Candace Parker, Hideki Matsuyama, Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal, Patrick Kane and Chris Paul are among the athletes nominated for The 2021 ESPYS presented by Capital One, a press release noted. Voting is open until 8 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 9, and the ESPYS will be broadcast live on ABC on Saturday, July 10, at 8 p.m. ET from The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport in New York City. Actor Anthony Mackie will host.

The Paramount Pictures film A Quiet Place Part II is the first of the pandemic era to surpass $100 million in U.S. ticket sales, Variety noted. Directed by John Krasinski and starring wife Emily Blunt, the film eclipsed the box-office benchmark in 15 days. The $100 million mark wouldn't be a particularly notable feat prior to COVID-19, but the pandemic has crushed the movie-theater business and ticket sales have still been slow to recover.

In related news, on June 23, Paramount Pictures will offer fans of A Quiet Place a one-night-only double feature consisting of that film and its sequel, A Quiet Place Part II, a press release noted. This Double Feature is a chance to relive both movies in conjunction with the first-ever Cinema Week. Additionally, there will be a special introduction by writer, director and star John Krasinski before the start of the first film. Tickets are available at .

Amazon Music is bringing a piece of old-fashioned radio to the streaming era with the rollout of DJ Mode — a new experience that will feature top DJs, artists and music experts providing commentary over curated playlists, Variety reported. The first artist-led DJ Mode is hosted by teen superstar Billie Eilish. In Amazon Music's limited-time "The Billie Eilish Takeover," she shares stories about her music, her influences and why she picked some of her favorite songs to share with listeners. Eilish's second full-length album, Happier Than Ever, is set to be released July 30.

In comics news, an all-queer Justice League—christened the JLQ—is introduced in the all-new comic DC Pride #1, in the short story "Love Life," written by Andrew Wheeler, with art by Luciano Vecchio and Rex Lokus, noted. It features Aqualad (civilian name: Jackson Hyde) going on a date with his boyfriend Syl (an apprentice magician) to his first Pride celebration. Unfortunately, the parade is rained upon by the powerful supervillain Eclipso. At first it seems like Syl teleports away to safety—but he soon returns with a whole team of queer DC heroes, including sorcerer Extrano and his husband Tasmanian Devil; The Ray; Steel; Batwoman; asexual superhero Tremor; Traci 13; and others.

Kyle Dean Massey announced he will not return to the Broadway revival of Company when it resumes performances post-shutdown this December, Deadline noted. In a since-expired Instagram story, Massey—who, with husband Taylor Frey (from the film G.B.F.) is expecting the couple's first child this fall—wrote that he feels "very sad about withdrawing" from the Sondheim musical, but "I will be getting something pretty spectacular in return."

In honor of Pride Month, the podcast "True Crime & Cocktails: Famous Fatalities Edition" will be covering LGBTQ+ cases throughout June, a press release noted. In Episode 37, the sleuth sisters of "True Crime & Cocktails" dive into the mysterious death of actress Natalie Wood—including the possibility that this story actually involves a big secret involving Hollywood's homophobia. Each week on "True Crime & Cocktails: Famous Fatalities Edition," Lauren Ash (NBC's Superstore) and her cousin, Christy Oxborrow, discuss famous true-crime cases.

Queerty noted that, in a new interview with the UK magazine Attitude, actor Michael Cimino, who identifies as straight, revealed that he endured criticism from straight and queer people alike, even receiving death threats over his work in the Hulu series Love, Victor, in which he plays a gay teen. "I got some homophobic comments. I kind of expected that to happen. I didn't expect it from my own family members, though," Cimino said. "Some of them reached out, saying, 'You used to be so cool; now you're so gay.' I chalk it up to ignorance."

Actor Colton Haynes shared an old photo that he spent years trying to get wiped from the internet, Queerty noted. Haynes said the image in question was taken when he was 15 and working as a model. The homoerotic pose—for the March 2006 cover of gay magazine XY—shows him entangled with another model; both of them are shirtless. Haynes says he was posting the throwback image now to reclaim it and to stop feeling ashamed or embarrassed by it.

Oscar winner Meryl Streep told Entertainment Weekly that Method acting as joyless magazine editor Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada made her depressed, according to Page Six. "It was horrible! I was miserable in my trailer," she said. "I could hear [the cast and crew] all rocking and laughing. I was so depressed! I said, 'Well, it's the price you pay for being boss.'" The Fox film just had its 15th anniversary and the cast recently celebrated with a reunion for Entertainment Weekly, where it was revealed that Rachel McAdams was the studio's first choice for the role Anne Hathaway eventually got.

Megan Boone, the female lead opposite James Spader on the NBC show The Blacklist, is departing the series after eight seasons, according to Deadline. With Boone's departure, Spader, Diego Klattenhoff and Harry Lennix remain the only original cast members on the show. The tumultuous relationship between Boone's and Spader's characters—Elizabeth "Liz"" Keen and Raymond "Red" Reddington—will come to a head in the final two episodes of season eight, aptly titled "Nachalo" and "Konets," Russian for "Beginning" and "End."

Zoe Kravitz will direct and Channing Tatum will star in Pussy Island, a genre thriller that Kravitz wrote with E.T. Feigenbaum, Deadline noted. The plot is as follows: Frida is a young, clever, Los Angeles cocktail waitress who has her eyes set on the prize: philanthropist and tech mogul Slater King (Tatum). When she skillfully maneuvers her way into King's inner circle and ultimately an intimate gathering on his private island, she is ready for a journey of a lifetime—but there is danger on that island.

Seven-time Grammy winner and three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Carrie Underwood has recorded her first-ever gospel live performance DVD, My Savior: Live From The Ryman, according to a press release. The DVD will be released internationally July 23 by Gaither Music Group in partnership with Capitol Records Nashville with distribution by Capitol Christian Music Group/Universal.

Grammy-nominated trio Jonas Brothers unveiled "Remember This," a press release announced. Teaming with NBCUniversal, the band officially debuted the song during the broadcast of the first night of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track & field on NBC—in advance of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23. In August, Jonas Brothers embark on the "Remember This" tour, kicking things off Aug. 20 in Las Vegas, with country star Kelsea Ballerini as support.

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin will unite this fall for an extensive new tour, "An Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin: Together in Concert," a press release noted. Kicking off Sept. 29 in Portland, Maine, the tour will stop in cities such as Troy, New York; Charlottesville, Virginia; Minneapolis; Evanston, Illinois; Atlanta; Tucson, Arizona; and San Luis Obispo, California, among others. The end will wrap up Dec. 14 in Seattle. Visit

Those Who Wish Me Dead—a film that stars Angelina Jolie and Nicholas Hoult, as is directed by Taylor Sheridan (Wind River)—is arriving for early Premium Digital Ownership and Premium Video on Demand (PVOD), Blu-ray and DVD soon via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, a press release noted. Oscar winner Jolie stars as Hannah, a smoke jumper reeling from the loss of three young lives she failed to save from a fire. When she comes across a bloodied and traumatized 12-year-old boy, the two set out together to cross miles of thick forest—with two killers pursuing them, and a massive blaze headed toward all of them. The movie will be available Premium Digital Ownership for $24.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $19.99 SRP beginning July 2; on Aug. 3, Those Who Wish Me Dead will be available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Showtime Documentary Films announced the new documentary feature Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James, directed by Emmy nominee Sacha Jenkins, a press release noted. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Festival as part of the event's inaugural Juneteenth programming slate, ahead of the Showtime premiere later this year. The movie features rare footage of James' live shows, never-before-seen home video, original interviews with legendary artists, collaborators and friends, and a treasure trove of recorded interviews with James (who died in 2004).

In partnership with Apple, Oprah Winfrey announced her latest selection for Oprah's Book Club is The Sweetness of Water—a work of historical fiction by first-time novelist Nathan Harris, a press release noted. The Oprah's Book Club episode featuring a conversation between

Winfrey and Harris will premiere Friday, July 23, on Apple TV+ at The book unfolds after the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation and is set in the fictional town of Old Ox, Georgia. After fleeing the plantation where they were formerly enslaved, brothers Prentiss and Landry cross paths with the white family next door—an encounter that changes all their lives forever.

Grammy-nominated multi-platinum pop singer Jessie J premiered the official music video for her brand-new single "I Want Love," via LAVA/Republic Records, a press release noted. "I Want Love" sets the stage for her fifth full-length album, coming later this year and co-written with and executive-produced by Grammy-winning producer Ryan Tedder (Beyonce; Adele). The video is at

Oscar nominee Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread), Emmy nominee Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones), Paloma Faith (Youth), Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones) and BAFTA nominee Kosar Ali (Rocks) are among 14 cast in Starz's original series Dangerous Liaisons—a reimagining of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' classic 18th-century novel, Deadline reported. Dangerous Liaisons tells the origin story of how the Marquise de Merteuil (played by Alice Englert) and the Vicomte de Valmont (Nicholas Denton) meet as passionate young lovers in Paris on the eve of revolution. Driven to right the wrongs of their past, the couple rises from the slums of Paris and scales the heights of the French aristocracy, seducing and manipulating both the nobility and each other to survive.

Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler; Angel Heart) and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) are set to star in supernatural horror She's Still Here, Deadline noted. The movie tells the story of a desperate widower who is being tormented by the vengeful spirit of his deceased wife. He then enlists the aide of his ghost-hunting nephew to decipher the haunting's meaning and bring peace to his household.

Just hours after Lip Sync Battle co-host Chrissy Teigen broke her silence after bullying allegations from former reality star Courtney Stodden, Michael Costello—who came in fourth place on season eight of Project Runway and was the second runner up on Project Runway All Stars in 2012— accused Teigen of a concerted campaign to ruin his career, Deadline reported. Then, in a bit of a turnabout, singer Leona Lewis ("Bleeding Love") accused Costello backing out of an agreement to dress her at a 2014 event due to what she believed was her figure not being "sample size," noted. Costello later apologized after initially challenging her; Lewis accepted his apology.

A group of anti-vaxxers, led by actor Ricky Schroder, turned up at Foo Fighters' first proper gig in more than a year to protest against the band's support of coronavirus vaccinations, reported. Taking place at The Canyon in California's Agoura Hills, the band's requirement that attendees showed proof of vaccination before entry into the intimate show sparked anger among the anti-vaxxer crowd. Also, Schroder took to social media before the protest, posting a meme which depicted Foos frontman Dave Grohl as a "pharma sell-out."

Jersey Shore star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi has been tapped as the host of Messyness, MTV's upcoming Ridiculousness spin-off, noted. Polizzi will be joined by a celebrity panel of actress Tori Spelling, comedian Teddy Ray and Olympian Adam Rippon.

After a season of controversy, extended hiatus and the messy exit of Sharon Osbourne, The Talk is coming back after being renewed for a 12th season, Deadline noted. Having first debuted in October 2010, the show now features Carrie Ann Inaba (who also serves as the show's moderator, but who also took a leave of absence in April), Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth.

Pitch Perfect actress Rebel Wilson has been documenting her fitness journey on social media for more than a year—but a recent post had some of her followers worried, noted. The actress posted a production still on her verified Instagram account that shows how much weight she has lost, writing in the caption, "Hey babe, you got this x I know it's hard right now, I know you're trying to deal with stuff - but let's keep getting up every day and CRUSH IT - work out, hydrate, fuel your body with quality food your brilliant brain and your big heart." She concluded, "Remember the vision. Love you."

Singer Aaron Carter felt positive after being knocked out by former NBA player Lamar Odom, Billboard noted. Carter tweeted, "I did my best. Fought like a lion," alongside a brief clip from the short-lived bout. "He was huge. And at least I didn't go in [there] like a p—y." The 6-foot-10 Odom, 41, knocked out Carter, who is 10 inches shorter and eight years younger, in the first round of the fight, which was offered as a pay-per-view livestream on .

Confirming what many already knew, Kim Kardashian said on a reunion show that she believes the success of Keeping Up With the Kardashians can be attributed to the scandal surrounding her 2007 sex tape with her then-boyfriend, Willie "Ray J" Norwood, Page Six noted. Regarding what she would say to her kids about the tape, Kardashian noted, "I haven't had to as of yet and luckily I think that so many years have gone on and so many things have happened positively that it really erases that. It is something I have to live with for the rest of my life."

Post Malone recently revealed his new dental work—and the ultra-polished product consists of porcelain veneer work with two 12-carat diamond fangs, Billboard noted. "Post Malone completed his $1,600,000 smile reconstruction last weekend !!," the musician's Beverly Hills dentist, Thomas Connelly, posted.

Longtime Bachelor/Bachelorette host Chris Harrison was paid $9 million in his exit from the franchise, Variety reported—despite demanding a $25 million payout, Page Six reported. Variety also reported that part of the agreement he signed included a public statement about "amicable parting-of-ways."

R. Kelly's Georgia home, where the singer was accused of holding several women hostage in what was branded a sex "cult" in a report, has now been sold, Page Six noted. Despite reports that the Atlanta house went for $1.785 million, property records show the home sold for $2.1 million. In the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, women who lived at the Johns Creek home at the time accused the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer of various sex acts.

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News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
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