“What’s always pi**ed me off about ‘Idol’ is wanting to mask that, for that to go unspoken,” says Levine. “C’mon. You can’t be publicly gay? At this point? On a singing competition? Give me a break. You can’t hide basic components of these people’s lives. The fact that ‘The Voice’ didn’t have any qualms about being completely about it is a great thing.”
Levine became passionate about this issue after Adam Lambert claims while on AI he was forced to keep his sexual preference quiet.
Levine also discusses having a gay brother.
“We all really wanted to provide some cushion for him and constantly let him know that it’s OK. A lot of people don’t want their kid to be gay and will fight it all costs, but I’ve got news for you—it’s a losing f**king battle.”
Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone, has decided to rear his head in the media again!
It’s been three years since his tell-all book about his sister was released, and the siblings haven’t spoken since. Now that he’s ridden that wave for as long as possible, he’s decided to open up about Madonna’s love of younger men.
“I guess if she continues to date all these much younger guys, it could start to look creepy. But I think that a lot of Madonna’s emotional needs are met by taking care of her children; these boyfriends must really be like a kind of distraction for her. She certainly isn’t following societal values, but then again my sister never has and probably never will either.”
Hmm… we’re not the biggest Madonna fans, but at least we know we can’t tell her who to date!
Maybe you should keep your mouth shut, Chris!
Rapper Jay-Z is finally opening up about the shooting of his brother when he was 12.
Popeater reports that Jay, whose birth name is Shawn Carter, admitted to opening fire on his brother Eric as he watched him desperately feed his crack addiction.
“I thought I’d go to jail forever,” Jay admits to the Guardian. “I was a boy, a child. I was terrified.”
Jay was never charged for the shooting as his brother never pressed for legal action. The brothers made amends when Jay visited him in the hospital and Eric apologized for his crippling addiction.
Jay raps about the event on his second album on a track called “You Must Love Me.” Jay raps “Saw the devil in your eyes, high off more than weed, confused, I just closed my young eyes and squeezed.”
…and now Jay-z is worth about a quadrillion million dollars. I guess things worked out in the end after all!
“The whole family converted to Episcopalianism after my elder brother came out,” she said. “Why should I support an organization that has a limited view of my beloved brother?”
But Hathaway said she wasn’t happy with Episcopalianism either.
“American Idol” finalist David Cook may be missing one of his biggest supporters at the upcoming season finale: his brother.
As was revealed last month, Cook’s brother Adam has been fighting brain cancer for the last ten years. People magazine reports that though he was well enough to attend one episode, his condition will likely keep him from travelling back to Los Angeles again.
According to the his wife, Adam’s health is “A day-to-day thing. I can’t look at tomorrow. I have to look at today. If I start planning out and thinking about too much in the future, I can get overwhelmed in all the details. I have to concentrate on today.”
Cook will compete tonight against David Archuleta, with the champion being crowned tomorrow night.
Here’s a quick look at three great products from the Macworld show floor.
1. NEC 42″ Curved Display
This Display by NEC, which is still in development, is a 42″ one panel curved display using rear projection technology. While the display is not flat like traditional LCD or Plasma screens that have become standards for desktop use today, the innovative curved display is so cool we’ll take it however it comes. One great upside to the rear projection technology is sub one-millisecond response time and a higher contrast ratio than typical LCD displays.
2. Brother HL-2170W $149 Wifi Laser Printer
This Wifi enabled laser printer from Brother prints up to 20 pages per minute. While it is only a black and white printer, the $150 price point on a laser printer with Wifi is a great feature. This printer can sit anywhere in your house as long as you have a wireless connection but can also work over 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet, USB.
3. New Pzizz Modules At Napper Lounge
I spoke with Pzizz inventor Matthew Ashenden about the great application that helps you get energized and stay rested. Pzizz was hosting a napping lounge in the West Hall at Macworld, where people could book 20 minute napping appointments and try out their Metronaps station, which filter out light and use Pzizz to help you re-energize. Matthew told me about some of the really great new modules their working and experimenting with so stay tuned with Pzizz for some great modules coming out soon.