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Simon Cowell’s Ex Fiancee ‘Furious’ Over Baby Mama Drama

7 Nov

Simon Cowell and ex Mezhgan Hussainy

Simon Cowell‘s bringing a whole new meaning to The X Factor, only this time it’s his ‘ex’ factor.

Despite reports that Cowell’s former fiance Mezhgan Hussainy is “happy” for the dad-to-be, it couldn’t be farther from the truth, a source tells Celebuzz.

“She’s furious, humiliated and angry, but she can’t do anything because she put her career on back burner and he supports her financially and emotionally,” said a source close to the makeup artist.

“They really are best friends.”

The one-time couple is so close that since they ended their engagement in early 2012, the music mogul has not only gifted her a stunning $8 million Beverly Hills mansion, but commissioned her skills to decorate his three 90210 homes, while being the one constant by his side at the Television Critics Association panel in Los Angeles last week when he addressed reports of his sudden and impending fatherhood.

Although on the outside she may look strong, inside Hussainy is hurting, added the source.

“She trusted him with everything so she can’t do anything about it. His PR and security teams control everything. She feels trapped.

“It’s been a rude awakening.”

Since news broke last week that the 53-year-old perpetual bachelor is expecting his first child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman, 36, Hussainy has been turning to family and friends to vent.

“She can’t talk about her true feelings in public because she doesn’t want to betray him just because he betrayed her.

“She feels betrayed that he didn’t have the sense to use protection with a woman their circle of friends thought was a gold-digger,” said the source.

According to the insider, Cowell, Silverman and Hussainy had been chummy even when the former American Idol judge was engaged, which was a red flag for Hussainy.

“She’s upset because she saw how aggressive Lauren was even when they were engaged,’ said the source. “And Simon would also say the right thing to make it better.”

Right now, though, she’s still standing by her (former) man, who has kept mum on the baby front: “Unfortunately at this moment I have to keep it private,” he told press at the TCAs.

“There are a lot of things I will eventually clear up when the time is right, but I really have to be sensitive because there’s a lot of people’s feelings involved here,” Cowell later told PEOPLE.

So the drama continues.

Paula Deen’s Attorneys Ask Court To Grant Juror Questionnaires for Fair Trial

19 Oct

With all the media attention surrounding Paula Deen and that nasty lawsuit, it looks like the celebrity chef’s attorneys are taking every possible action to ensure she gets a fair trial.

On Friday, Deen’s legal team filed a motion for issuance of juror questionnaires, according to court papers obtained by Celebuzz.

Identifying the 66-year-old Deen as a “nationally known personality,” the papers state that media and public attention “has reached a frenzy, in which stories concerning Mrs. Deen, Plaintiff, and this case have been among the top national news stories.”

Deen is being sued by her former restaurant manager Lisa Jackson in a $1.2 million civil lawsuit. Earlier this month, the TV star switched legal representation, hiring a team led by Grace E. Speights, a partner in Washington, D.C.-based Morgan Lewis’ Labor and Employment firm.

Of course, pre-trial juror questionnaires are not new, especially in cases involving public figures and famous people. Among past cases mentioned in Friday’s motion: ABC Inc, v. Stewart (as in Martha Stewart).

Citing the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ remarks from the 2004 case, Deen’s attorneys note that prospective jurors were first screened based on their questionnaire results, then individually questioned in the district judge’s robing room.

Paula Deen Asked an Employee to Dress Up Like Aunt Jemima and Other New Racist Accusations

30 Sep

Paula Deen faces new accusations of racism.

With a royal baby entering the world and another Anthony Weiner scandal, it was just starting to look like all of Paula Deen‘s troubles were over. That’s until Deen’s longtime friend Dora Charles opened up to The New York Times about what a real ass her BFF can really be.

Charles and Deen have worked side-by-side for 22 years. While Deen was the face of the brand, Charles was the real expert in the background, “develop[ing] recipes, train[ing] other cooks and ma[king] sure everything down to the collard greens tasted right.” The Times asserts that Deen herself once said of Charles, “if it’s a Southern dish, you better not put it out unless it passes this woman’s tongue.”

So, yeah, the two were close. They celebrated birthdays together and Deen wrote in her book It Ain’t All About the Cookin’, “if I lost Dora, I would have been devastated.” The following accusations, my dear readers, are not how you treat your friends. In fact, it’s not even how you treat your enemies, unless you’re a mean old racist.

  • Even after Paula Deen became a Food Network star, Charles continued to make only $10 an hour working in Lady & Sons, Deen’s flagship restaurant in Savannah, Ga. Lisa T. Jackson, the Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House manager whose lawsuit started this whole fallout, alleges that Charles was making less money than other (white) employees at Deen’s restaurants who had less seniority. Charles’ pay was eventually bumped to $71,000 a year, but that happened immediately following several of Deen’s employees filing suit with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the timing is suspect to say the least.
  • Charles says Deen referred to her and to other employees using a racial slur. The Times doesn’t specify which, besides that it is “a racially offensive term for a black child.” The article notes that Deen has denied this charge, but Anthony Weiner initially blamed Al Qaeda for his sexting scandal, so who can say anything for certain?
  • Charles also claims that Deen asked her to stand at the front of Lady & Sons ringing a dinner bell, “hollering for people to come and get it.” For those not familiar with the South and Southern customs (I’m from Texas) this is a reference to what would have been a house slave’s job on a traditional plantation.
  • For those who like their dining experience with a twinge of racial inequity, don’t worry, Deen found someone to ring that bell. Her name is Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones. In addition to ringing the dinner bell, Jones’ job was to make the hoecakes (a traditional cornmeal pancake) which were served to each guest. In case ringing a dinner bell wasn’t enough humiliation, Deen requested that Jones wear “an old-style Aunt Jemima outfit” while doing so. Jones apparently declined.

Paula Deen is worth $17 million. Charles lives in a mobile home with a rotting floor. Certainly nothing Deen did was illegal, per se; some may even say it was just good business. However, I think we can all agree that’s just not the way you treat someone you call a friend. Are they still friends? Charles seems to think they, maybe, kind of are. But like how you’re friends with someone from high school. You’ll like a photo of their baby on Facebook, but otherwise things are just awkward and every time you go home they won’t stop asking you about riding the subway and you just can’t get over how weird it is that this person you knew at 14 was allowed to procreate.

Mrs. Charles realizes that her time with Paula Deen is over, and that she will soon leave her kitchen. But the relationship will always be there.

“I still have to be her friend if I’m God’s child,” she said. “I might feed her with a long-handled spoon, but, yeah, I’m still her friend.”

As for her motivations speaking out, Charles says, “it’s just time that everybody knows that Paula Deen don’t treat me the way they think she treat me.”

Rihanna, Jay Z, Kanye West Join Stevie Wonder’s Florida Boycott Following George Zimmerman Verdict: Report

14 Aug

UPDATE: New information have come to light that many artists named in the list are not part of or have never heard of the boycott. More information on the matter could be found here in Celebuzz’s coverage.

Florida concert ticket sales may be plummeting soon.

Performers such as Rihanna, Jay-Z Jay Z, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and Madonna have reportedly decided to follow Stevie Wonder’s footsteps in boycotting Florida in protest of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. April Ryan of American Urban Radio Network first broke the news, crediting “a source close to Wonder” for leaking a list of A-listers who’ve vowed to not perform at the Sunshine State in the wake of George Zimmerman‘s acquittal for the 2012 killing of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

Wonder earlier announced his intention to boycott any state with “Stand Your Ground” laws after a jury found Zimmerman – who police did not arrest weeks after the killing due to the law – not guilty of second-degree murder. The “Stand Your Ground” defense also appeared in instructions to jurors during the trial.

“I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” Wonder said during a concert in Canada earlier this month. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.”

According to Ryan, other notable celebs on the boycott list include Usher, Alicia Keys, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and will.i.am.

Jay Z and his wife, Beyonce, also showed their support for Martin, appearing at a recent rally in New York City to support the slain teenager’s family.

A Guide To Justin Bieber’s Many Controversial Moments

31 Jul

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Despite being only 19, Justin Bieber has sure gotten into a lot of trouble.

From alleged baby mama drama to offending almost every rape victim out there, the singer’s road to superstardom has been paved with plenty of controversies.

Recently, the “Baby” crooner yet again made headlines after footage of him urinating into a mop bucket at the back of a nightclub’s kitchen surfaced online. Not only was it, um, kind of gross, but the Biebs also show that he had no respect for the older generation when he grabbed a bottle of cleaner and sprayed it onto a portrait of former President Bill Clinton, yelling “F*** Bill Clinton.”

What else has Bieber done that raised eyebrows?

Get the complete guide to all of his controversial moments, in the gallery above.

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New Court Claim: Lady Gaga Slept With Producer-Boyfriend Inside Recording Studio

20 Apr

Lady Gaga Has Sex In The Studio, Claims Wendy Starland

Wendy Starland, the woman who claims to have discovered Lady Gaga, is sharing new details about the “Bad Romance” singer’s sexual past — and it isn’t pretty.

In an ongoing lawsuit, filed in 2010 against Gaga and her then-boyfriend, producer Rob Fusari, Starland reveals that Gaga — whose real name is Stefani Germanotta — openly admitted to sleeping with Fusari inside her recording studio.

“Stefani just said, you know, we’re having sex at the studio so I don’t know if you want to be there for that,” Starland said during an Oct. 28, 2011 deposition, filed just last month.

“She never told me not to come,” Starland added. “She just told me what was happening, and I came to my own conclusions that I would prefer not to watch.”

“Stefani was more explicit about the nature of their relationship at the studio regarding their romantic relationship … and that they, in substance, wanted their privacy and that it wouldn’t be appropriate or a good thing for me to be there,” she said of Gaga, who has never been one to shy away from her sexual proclivities.

“It was, I guess, a bit more graphic when I heard the stories from Germanotta regarding the reason why I would be considered an intrusion.”

In the original lawsuit, Starland claims she was tasked by Fusari to find a “unique female singer, under the age of 25, who could be the female equivalent of the lead singer of the band the Strokes.”

If she did, she was promised that she and Fusari “would work together to develop the singer and share equally in any revenues earned as a result.”

Starland says she found Gaga — who is now dating actor Taylor Kinney — in March 2006 during a performance at The Cutting Room in New York City.

Ironically, Gaga and Fusari filed lawsuits against each other in 2010. Fusari eventually settled his $30 million claim in September of that year.

The news of Starland’s latest claims arrives just days after Gaga’s expansive tour rider was exclusively revealed by Celebuzz.

The information was obtained through court documents during a six-hour deposition Gaga gave in a lawsuit involving her former assistant Jennifer O’Neill, who is suing Gaga for nearly $400,000 in unpaid wages.

What do you think about Gaga’s rendezvous in the recording studio? Are you surprised? Tell us below.

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Amanda Bynes: I Was Not Evicted (EXCLUSIVE)

13 Feb

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Amanda Bynes isn’t going anywhere — or so she says.

Despite a report claiming that she moved out of her New York City apartment after being threatened with eviction, the 26-year-old actress is insisting that she hasn’t left her upmarket dwelling.

In a text message to Celebuzz, Bynes attempted to debunk the story, writing: “I’m not moving. I don’t have a landlord! I don’t rent! I own a condo in NY.”

But according to TMZ, “Bynes got a letter from building management earlier this month explaining that her lease would be terminated, because she’s a building nuisance.”

The site’s sources also claimed that her apartment reeked of marijuana “morning, noon and night” and she was seen smoking in the hallway of her strictly non-smoking building.

Like she has before, the oft-troubled ex-Nickelodeon star is now threatening to sue.

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9 Photos “I’ll sue them again if they don’t retract the story,” she also wrote, noting that she is in dispute with the site about another report it previously published.

This seems to be a page from Bynes’ playbook: In November, she told Celebuzz that she would sue In Touch magazine after they published a story claiming the actress exposed herself in a New York City tanning salon. It’s not known if she ever took legal action.

Bynes also previously said that all recent allegations made against the actress’ erratic behavior were “all lies.”

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So we have got to ask, who do you believe? The media, or Bynes?

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