By Florence Anthony
While many speculated that Whitney Houston’s recent hospitalization was due to drug abuse, the legendary singer calls rumors “ridiculous.” Whitney told People.com that she’s “feeling great” and “just ready to move on and continue my world tour.” The songstress was forced to cancel the opening shows for her European tour due to upper respiratory infection. She was scheduled to presume the tour on April 13 in Birmingham, England and wrap mid-June.
Sean “Diddy” Combs announced that he will host the first annual Future Kings of the Gridiron event to celebrate the 2010 NFL Draft. The exclusive invitation only, two-day long festivities will provide style consultation and gifts for the entire invited NFL Draft class. It will be held at the Sean John store located at 475 Fifth Avenue in New York City on April 20 and 21.
Kitty Kelley’s unauthorized biography “Oprah” is in the bookstores. One of the tidbits you’ll find out is that the billionairess likes to refer to herself in the third person. “Oprah does not walk” and “Oprah does not do stairs” — which prompted one minion to reportedly opine maybe she could use the exercise.
Tongues are wagging that Brandy and rapper Flo Rida have been spotted getting cozy — but is he her boyfriend? Brandy wrote on her blog: “I don’t want to say that we’re a couple. I can definitely say that he’s somebody in my life and I’m definitely interested but I’m not serious with anybody. I’m a little bit afraid to give my heart away right now. It’s very scary.” Brandy says that her 7 1/2 year-old daughter Sy’rai hasn’t seen her with anybody in five years and that’s because she wants to make sure it’s real. But Brandy and Flo Rida weren’t hiding any affection as they cuddled up at her 31st birthday bash in February in South Beach.
Big Momma’s family is growing. Faizon Love, Emily Rios, Portia Doubleday and Michelle Eng have been cast in Fox’s Big Momma’s House ‘threequel’ opposite Martin Lawrence. Now titled Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son — of Martin Lawrence’s FBI Agent — in drag franchise, which has grossed more than $310 million worldwide. In the latest storyline, Big Momma and Charmaine go undercover at an all-girls performing arts-school to unmask a murderer. The film begins shooting this month in Atlanta at the private, all-girls Agnes Scott College.
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