Janet Jackson: Yes, I'm married!
In an announcement shocking but much in keeping with the oddball Jackson family legacy, Janet Jackson on Monday confirmed long-retailed rumors that she wed billionaire Wissam Al Mana in a supersecret wedding sometime last year.
She denied reports it was a gazillion-dollar affair, saying the lovebirds exchanged vows in a "quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony."
Janet, 46, said on her website that the couple are using their wealth to better the world: "Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favorite children's charities." Janet also wed her second hub, Réne Elizondo, in a secret ceremony in '91. She was 18 when she married her first, singer James DeBarge, in '84. It lasted three months.
The Onion chokes on its own wit
Seth MacFarlane wasn't the only person to disrespect youngest-ever best-actress Academy Awards nominee Quvenzhané Wallis on Sunday. The writers at the Onion took leave of their senses with a tweet that seemed to come out of nowhere. "Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a - ," the satire rag posted, deploying the single most offensive word one could use about a woman.
It was taken down within an hour.
After a nonstop 12-hour volley of outraged complaints by every commentator, fan, viewer, and hermit on the globe, Onion chief executive officer Steve Hannah posted a Facebook apology.
The tweet, he said, "was crude and offensive - not to mention inconsistent with The Onion's commitment to parody and satire, however biting." He added, "No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire."
The Oscars: The TV ratings, tweets
He may have insulted just about every interest group under the sun at Sunday's Academy Awards, but folks sure flocked to see Seth MarFarlane do it - and stayed on to tweet about the show. ABC's three-hour, 35-minute telecast of the Oscars drew 40.3 mil viewers, a million more than last year, according to Nielsen, making it the most watched year since 2010.
Fans hit social media hard, racking up 66.5 mil Facebook interactions (posts, comments, and likes), Mark Zuckerberg's company announced Monday. Seth's The Flying Nun segment was the most Facebooked moment of the night.
Twitter on Monday said users sent 2.1 mil tweets during the red carpet and 6.8 mil during the awards show.
Green Day returns, triumphant!
Billie Joe Armstrong, who had a very public meltdown in September, has completed drug and alcohol rehab and is ready to take his punk-pop power group Green Day back on the road. The band will unveil its new docu film, American Idiot, March 15 at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. They start their tour March 28 in Illinois and hit Philly's Liacouras Center on April 3.
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Former French first lady Carla Bruni, 45, is back to making beautiful music. Mrs. Nicolas Sarkozy will release a new album, Little French Songs, in the United States on April 16 via Verve. . . . Inveterate Las Vegas crooner Wayne Newton's estate, Casa de Shenandoah, has gone up for bankruptcy auction, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
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