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YouTube Star Tyler Oakley Helped Ricky Martin Come Out

Through a YouTube video, of course

Tyler Oakley could hardly contain his excitement about being on Ellen.

The YouTube star with nearly seven million subscribers talked about his meteoric rise as a YouTube celebrity, his visit to the White House, and helping Ricky Martin come out of the closet.

“Back in 2008 I made a video about the importance of being authentic to yourself and about coming out and how you should wait till you’re ready,” Oakley told Ellen Degeneres. “A few years later I got a tweet one morning on National Coming Out Day and it was from Ricky Martin and he said that video was part of the reason he felt ready to share his story. It was like ‘Oh my god. I used to watch TRL and have a crush on him.'”

Oakley also talked about his two-word compliment to Barack Obama in the Oval Office: “Cute desk!”

“People just want to watch people live their authentic lives and share the good and the bad,” Oakley tells Degeneres. “You can have fun and be a positive influence and have a good impact. And it can still be entertaining.” Watch the full clip of Oakley on Ellen below.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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6 Things to Know About Plus-Size Fashion Star Tess Holliday

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Tess isn't her real name

Tess Holliday has had an incredible year – she signed with a major modeling agency and booked gigs she’s only dreamed about, including a campaign with plus-size clothing brand Torrid.

However, the size-22 model, 29, is way more than just a gorgeous face with a boundary-shattering body.

Here are six things to know about the Mississippi-born social media star:

1. Tess isn’t her real name.

Holliday was born Ryann Hoven but changed her name to Tess when she started doing alternative modeling.

“I chose Tess Typhoon because it sounded good, and then I chose Tess Munster because I like TV show The Munsters,” she told PEOPLE of her former alter egos.

She began using Holliday, her fiancé’s last name, when she signed with MILK Model Management in January.

2. She met her fiancé Nick on Tumblr.

“He messaged me on Tumblr in 2012 and he said, ‘I love how you inspire other women,’ ” Holliday says. “I just remember thinking how cute he was, so we started talking and it quickly turned into a relationship.”

Three years after they initially met, Nick moved to be with her in Los Angeles.

“I already knew I wanted to marry him before I met him,” she says.

3. She has a 9-year-old son, Rylee.

Despite an incredibly busy work schedule, Holliday does her best to make motherhood her priority.

“I pick my son up from school every day, [do] homework [with him], ” she says. “I just want him to grow up loving himself, to just be free to be himself. That would be the greatest goal in my life. My career’s amazing, but it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have pushed myself as hard as I have.”

4. She used to work as a makeup artist.

Holliday was working behind the scenes of the fashion industry as a makeup artist before her own big break.

“I had been interested in makeup forever,” she says. “My mom had bought me Kevyn Aucoin books when I was 13 and it changed my life. I still do makeup – but not as much because I’m busy!”

5. Miss Piggy is one of her body inspirations.

She counts the Muppet character and Beth Ditto among the women she admires – and even has a tattoo of the famous pig.

“I’m inspired by a lot of people,” Holliday says. “I’m inspired by basically all women and men.”

6. She doesn’t care what people think about her weight.

Holliday has never been persuaded to lose weight by people who criticize her for her size.

“When people are telling you, ‘You’re fat and gross,’ it does the complete opposite,” she says. “At the end of the day, they’re not paying my bills.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Rebel Wilson’s Real Age Is 35, Records Confirm

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Kristy Sparow—Getty Images Rebel Wilson arrives to the Pitch Perfect 2 Paris premiere at UGC Cine Cite in Paris on April 28, 2015

After much controversy, Rebel Wilson’s age has been confirmed to be 35.

The Pitch Perfect 2 actress became the center of a media firestorm earlier this week after an Australian tabloid published a report that Wilson had taken liberties with her age – and more, including her name and where she grew up.

Business records filed with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission show that Wilson, who has previously said she was 29, was in fact born on March 2, 1980, making her 35 years old, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Wilson also fudged the truth about her name. The Australian Electoral Roll lists her real name as Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, though she later changed her last name to Wilson, as has been previously reported. Last year, however, she told The Australian Women’s Weekly that her real name was in fact Rebel, and that Melanie and Elizabeth were middle names she went by at school to avoid being teased.

Wilson’s colorful backstory is where things get a bit murkier. She has said that her parents gave all their children eccentric names; and indeed, records show that her brother is named Ryot, while her sisters are named Liberty (a.k.a. Libby) and Annachi (Anna).

The actress has also spoken of growing up as the child of professional dog breeders. This, too, has been confirmed: Wilson’s mother, Sue Bownds, is a fourth-generation breeder who has been judging dog shows for more than 30 years and has bred and exhibited many Best in Show winners.

Together with her daughter Libby, Sue runs a small kennel in Sydney called Nangunyah. The kennel, which specializes in beagles, has bred more than 75 champions.

As for Wilson’s upbringing, she told Ellen DeGeneres in 2013 that she grew up in “the ghetto.” Records show that she attended the upper-crust Tara Anglican School and lived in the comfortable Castle Hill area from 2000 to 2003. Her parents are listed as living at this address from 1995 to 2005.

Wilson responded to the age controversy on Monday with a tongue-in-cheek Tweet, writing that she’s actually a 100-year-old mermaid.

With reporting by Emma Martin

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Model Janice Dickinson Sues Bill Cosby for Defamation

Janice Dickinson on September 20, 2012, in Hollywood.
Giulio Marcocchi—AP Janice Dickinson on September 20, 2012, in Hollywood.

She seeks unspecified damages on defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims

(LOS ANGELES) — Model Janice Dickinson sued Bill Cosby for defamation on Wednesday over denials made by the comedian’s representatives after she accused him last year of raping her in 1982.

Dickinson’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages on defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims. The suit states Dickinson has been re-victimized and her reputation has suffered because of pointed denials by Cosby’s attorney that the comedian drugged and raped her in a Lake Tahoe, California, hotel room more than 30 years ago.

The allegations were first made in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight” after numerous other women accused Cosby of drugging them and inappropriate sexual conduct dating back several decades.

The lawsuit states Dickinson, 60, sought a retraction of the denials from Cosby, but the request was denied.

An email sent to Cosby’s attorney Martin Singer was not immediately returned. Singer called Dickinson’s rape allegations “false and outlandish” in a letter to The Associated Press last year.

The lawsuit details Dickinson’s allegations that Cosby raped her after giving her wine and a pill in the hotel room, and how she wanted to go public with her story in a 2002 autobiography but was prevented from doing so by the book’s publisher.

She did not report the incident to police in the early 1980s out of fear of retaliation by Cosby, her lawsuit states. The statute of limitations to criminally prosecute the actor-comedian has long since passed, as has the statute on civil claims directly related to the incident.

“This is Janice Dickinson’s chance for justice,” her attorney Lisa Bloom said Wednesday.

Three women who have accused Cosby of abuse have sued him for defamation in a Massachusetts federal court.

One of the women, Therese Serignese, said after a court hearing earlier this month that she wanted her reputation restored after Cosby’s camp branded her a liar.

Dickinson’s lawsuit is seeking a similar outcome.

“Cosby knows that he drugged and raped Ms. Dickinson,” the lawsuit states. “He knew that calling her rape disclosure a lie was a false statement.”

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Watch Vin Diesel Sing ‘Habits’ in Honor of Paul Walker

As a tribute to Walker, who died in November 2013

Vin Diesel can count singing tributes among his talents.

In a Wednesday post on Facebook, the Fast & Furious star sings over Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)” in an honor of late actor Paul Walker, who died in car crash in November 2013. Diesel was close friends with Walker, and much of the recent Furious 7 film is a tribute in memory of the fellow star.

In the background of the video, footage and photos of him Walker are projected on a screen.

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Here’s What Bradley Cooper Would Write in Emma Stone’s Tinder Profile

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Jonathan Short—Invision/AP U.S actress Emma Stone and U.S actor Bradley Cooper pose for photographers at a photocall for Aloha at a central London venue, on May 16, 2015.

It's all about the eyes

Bradley Cooper‘s character falls for Emma Stone‘s in the upcoming romantic comedy Aloha – and the pair’s chemistry translates offscreen, as well.

PEOPLE caught up with the pals in London for a story in this week’s issue and asked what their most marketable assets would be if they were to craft Tinder profiles for one another. Apparently, it’s all about the eyes!

Cooper, 40, got downright poetic talking about his costar’s peepers: “[Her] reptilian eyes take you into a kind place, soft and lovely and full of grace.”

For her part, Stone, 26, playfully reads even more into Cooper’s baby blues – including takeout preferences – telling PEOPLE: “Look at those blue [eyes]. He’s into Chinese food, but he’s equally into making you smile.”

While they had some fun joking about it, both say they aren’t on the dating app – though Easy A alum Stone has done some swiping of her own.

“My friend is [on Tinder], and I’ve swiped for her,” she says. “That was a good time.”

As for their love lives, Stone and boyfriend Andrew Garfield are on a break due to busy schedules, while Cooper was spotted kissing model Irina Shayk in London last week.

Aloha – in which Cooper and Stone appear alongside a starry cast including Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray – hits theaters May 29.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Watch Christina Aguilera Impersonate Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Cher and More

Christina Aguilera has built her entire career on her voice. However, hitting high notes isn’t her only vocal superpower.

As this promo for The Voice reveals, Aguilera, 34, is also an adept vocal impressionist, and she’s very good at reducing some of her fellow divas down to an impersonation. Watch as Aguilera gussies herself up as Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Sia, Cher, Shakira and Lady Gaga, imagining how each might act if they were auditioning to be judges on The Voice.

Of course, if you’re a Saturday Night Live fan, you might already know that Aguilera is a decent impressionist. When she hosted the show, Aguilera famously wowed with a dead-on imitation of Kim Cattrall in a Sex in the City sketch.

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Performance Artist Marina Abramović Says Jay Z ‘Used’ Her for Picasso Baby

Serbian-born performance artist Marina Abramovic poses during an interview with AFP in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 8, 2015.
Nelson Almeida—AFP/Getty Images Serbian-born performance artist Marina Abramovic poses during an interview with AFP in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 8, 2015.

The Belgrade native says she gave him permission to use her work but Jay Z had failed to help her institute in return

Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović has slammed a collaboration she did with Jay Z two years ago, saying the rapper “used” her.

For his music video Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film, Jay Z rapped the song for six hours at New York’s Pace Gallery in front of celebrities and fans.

The video was inspired by Abramović’s 2010 performance The Artist is Present, where she sat immobile and silent on a chair for 736 hours at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

But in a recent interview with art magazine Spike, Abramović said she is “pissed” with how the collaboration turned out because apparently Jay Z didn’t hold up his end of the bargain.

“He adapted my work under one condition: That he would help my institute, which he didn’t,” she said.

The 68-year-old Belgrade native explained that when she did a similar collaboration with Lady Gaga, it worked well. “Just by having 45 million followers, she brought all these young kids into my public,” she said.

Abramović, who appeared in the video, said she was “completely used” by the rapper.

“In the end it was only a one-way transaction. I will never do it again.”

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Quincy Jones: Why B.B. Was the King

The legendary producer remembers the king of the blues, their work on a Sidney Poitier film and B.B.'s relationship with Maya Angelou

Everything B.B. ever did, I loved — just the way he’d bend his notes. Everything. He represented all the different stages of blues, and I don’t think anybody resonated more emotionally and spiritually than B.B. He took the essence of the culture of what blues and R&B was, and he brought it around the world — until he was 89.

I first met B.B. King working on the film For Love of Ivy, starring Sidney Poitier. I did the score to that, and Maya Angelou, who was in her 30s at the time, wrote the lyrics. She wrote two songs, “B.B. Jones” and “You Put it on Me,” and B.B. recorded them. They were hits! That was a great trio, the three of us. I think they had a little romantic relationship, there, too — she didn’t tell me until about four years ago. I said, “Honey, if you’d talked to me first, I would have told you that blues singers don’t get the blues, they give the blues!”

B.B. was the king because he took the blues from dirt-poor, smoke-in-the-air juke joints all the way to the big concert halls. He started out picking cotton — he was all the way back in the dark side of our country. And his music came from the dark side — it’s a positive way of escaping that darkness.

When I was studying with Nadia Boulanger, the legendary composer and teacher, in Paris, she used to say, “Your music can never be more than you are as a human being.” And B.B. King was a great human being. It’s painful to know that he’ll never answer the phone again.

Quincy Jones is a producer, composer and philanthropist.

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This Is How George Clooney Dropped a Surprising Proposal to Amal

It happened after seven months of dating

George Clooney couldn’t have been more sincere when he proposed to Amal Alamuddin last year after seven months of dating, but even he couldn’t resist letting some of his trademark humor slip in that all-important moment.

“It was completely unexpected, so finally I just said ‘Listen, I’m 52 [at the time] and I’ve been on my knee now for about 28 minutes, so I gotta get an answer out of this or I’m gonna throw a hip out!” he told longtime friend Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning during a candid chat at the top of One World Trade Center Tower.

As the world knows, the respected human-rights lawyer indeed said yes, and the Oscar winner shared more details about the intimate proposal, which happened at home while “I queued up a playlist of some of my Aunt Rosemary’s songs.”

“I knew fairly quickly that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Amal,” he said. “When I asked her we had never talked about it. There wasn’t like ‘Maybe we should get married.’ I dropped it on her!”

Clearly smitten, Clooney, now 54, talks sweetly about how his wife has made him happier than he has ever known, and the duo have vowed to never spend more than a week apart.

“I have someone I can talk to about anything and someone who I care about more than I’ve cared about anything, so it’s really nice,” he said.

The Tomorrowland actor was considerably less gushy in a new interview with Vulture as he discussed a topic that puts a smile on few people’s faces: dealing with Internet trolls.

“Now you can just sit alone and say horrible things, and it becomes fashionable to be sh—y to people,” he said.

Clooney has been the subject of online hate many times, of course, though he partly mitigates that by not being on social media. (“Don’t ever read comments on anything!” says adds.) But then, people feel entitled to be blunt in person, too.

“Now people will come up to me, thinking they’re keeping it real, and they say, ‘I hated you in that last movie!’ ” he says. “And I’ll look at them and go, ‘Well, I think those extra 20 pounds look good on you.’ It’s become a much more cynical time, a time when people think it’s fun to only be negative.”

His solution? Just don’t engage with the haters.

“That’s not gonna be how I function,” he says. “I’m not gonna function in that world, where negativity is going to be the centerpiece. I’m going to look to the better angels and have a better life because of it.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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