You gotta be kidding us . . . right?
Speaking of the unbelievable, Life & Style is trying to persuade us that Justin Bieber, way back in February 2011, when he was still only 16, flung a fling with Barbadian songbird Rihanna - while already dating older (than him) woman Selena Gomez (then 18). Story: Ri and Biebs rebounded into avid intimacy after the NBA All-Star Game. Donnez-nous une break! Sounds like your basic add-three-big-names-and-stir quik-serv celeb rumor, but it's gone wildfire-nuts. Source says Selena was not serene about it. Neither are we. We're laughing our astrological signs off.
That boy can move product
Speaking of O'Biebman, that kid gets everything. His album Believe Acoustic debuted at No. 1 on this week's Billboard top 200 album charts, moving 211,000 units. Dingdingdingding! That makes McBiebster the youngest artist ever to score five chart-topper albums in the United States. A superspecific record, but impressive. Breaks a tie with fellow vegetable-matter-smoker Miley Cyrus. The top four were all debuts: (2) Andrea Bocelli, Passione, 94K; (3) Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob, 49K; (4) Charlie Wilson, Love, Charlie, 44K.
Dispatches from parallel universes
All wise men agree: Loss is part of life. So Mama June Shannon, extensive mother of Alana "Honey Boo-Boo" Thompson in Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo, the smash not-really-reality show on TLC, reports she's lost 115 pounds. Many people don't even weigh that much. See for yourself: The show debuts its new season Sunday with "A Very Boo Christmas." How'd June do it? (we're supposed to ask). Diet? Naw. Gym? Nah. "I'm more active doing things," June tells a mystified cosmos.
Speaking of reality, three kids let you know what reality is in a hurry. Leah Messer, one of the four young female parents of MTV's unwise-life-as-lived Teen Mom 2, had a baby girl (name not released) Sunday, her first with June-wed husband (hmmm . . . not quite nine months . . . ) and pipeline engineer (stop with the jokes) Jeremy Calvert. Leah's a teen no more, having turned 20, but she has two other kids. Teen Mom 2 has a reunion special hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky on Monday, and it starts its fourth season Feb. 18.
PETA snarls at Beyoncé's skin
Beyoncé is so talented and gorgeous everybody hates her. Some blasted her Super Bowl halftime show for being too explicit. And now PETA is all up in her business due to her outfit. Which was nylon . . . and iguana skin . . . and some python. . . . Man of peace Bruce Willis, now in his fifth Die Hard movie, and soon to be in blam-blam, boom-boom, spurt-spurt sequels such as Red 2 and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, says no to gun-control laws.
. . . Don't lose your head, but today's the birthday of St. Thomas More. And if you want more, sir, it's also the natal day of Charles "Don't Call Me Chuck" Dickens.
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