Following the sudden death of Whitney Houston, many fans were shocked by Bobby Brown’s decision to take to the stage on the night of her passing (and again on the evening following her funeral) with New Edition.
We caught up with fellow New Edition singer Johnny Gill, who cautioned against making judgments regarding Bobby’s decision to perform.
“Bobby knows Whitney better than anyone and as he said, ‘I know that she would want me to go on,’” Johnny told Access Hollywood correspondent Jill Martin in an interview on Wednesday, when asked why Bobby did not cancel the shows. “When you look at the situation, as devastating as it was for all of us… you go home and do what? At this point, we know she’s gone, so what do you do?
“We’re there with each other, we’re there with him to support each other,” he added. “I think overall we lost a great sister and no matter what her problems were, we lost an angel.”
Johnny, whose new solo album “Still Winning” debuted in October, also weighed in on those who say Bobby should have bowed out of the shows to rush to the side of his and Whitney’s 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
“You don’t know what’s in another man’s heart and what he’s feeling and what the situation is to begin to make any assertion of what he should’ve done,” he said. “Everyone deals with pain differently. We just have to understand that and allow them to heal.”
And while Johnny and the New Edition boys have been supporting Bobby, the 45-year-old said the group has also been nothing but supportive of his latest solo endeavor.
“Everyone is always supportive because I think everyone knows what’s at stake for all of us at the end of the day,” Johnny said. “Being an artist, it’s like having an opportunity to be with a group and then do my own thing — it keeps things fresh and you don’t get bored… it’s gratifying. I’m enjoying it.”
As for his ‘90s fashion, Johnny said it’s tough to look back at some of his chosen ensembles.
“I hold my head in shame when I look,” he told Jill with a laugh. “I’m like, ‘Someone was trying to ruin my career!’”
“Still Winning” is available in stores now.
Rihanna’s recent musical collaboration with Chris Brown has spurred criticism across the media and celebrity spectrum. Reese Witherspoon has even weighed in.
The This Means War actress star appeared at the World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington, D.C., as part of a partnership with the Avon Foundation.
There to raise awareness about domestic violence, the mother of two say she is making sure her kids – Ava, 12, and Deacon, 8 – learn an important lesson
She openly discussed how she actively talks to her two children about domestic violence, and that Chris Brown and Rihanna are part of that conversation.
“We talk about domestic violence and what that means,” Witherspoon, 35, said.
“Although the concept is somewhat foreign to them, they’re starting to understand that this happens to families in our country and all throughout the world.”
She also doesn’t shelter them from the realities of Brown’s assault on Rihanna: “My daughter knows what happened to her. My son knows as well.”
“We talk about what is abuse. It’s important to talk to our daughters and our sons at an early age about what’s appropriate and what is absolutely not acceptable.”
Judging from mom’s open and mature communication style – not calling anyone out while still not mincing words on a difficult topic – Ava and Deacon are lucky.
Miranda Lambert? Not quite as tactful.
Alec Baldwin’s loose lips aren’t ready for daytime TV.
Just minutes into his guest co-hosting stint on Wednesday’s “Live with Kelly!,” the outspoken actor had producers scrambling for the censor button when he dropped a vulgar word on live television.
While reminiscing about his previous appearance on the show, Baldwin recalled his encounter with boxers Hasim Rahman and Lennox Lewis, who were guests on the program before their 2001 heavyweight championship showdown.
“I was sitting between these two guys. They were both the size of a car,” Baldwin, 53, said.
Ripa continued the story, saying she jokingly told the two boxers during a commercial break that Baldwin could beat them up.
“Yeah. I would lean into one guy and I would say, ‘He just told me that he thinks you’re a p—y,’ ” Baldwin added.
A surprised Ripa nervously giggled and remained ever the professional, quickly changing the topic of discussion to another time Baldwin appeared on the show.
This is not the first time Baldwin has stuck his foot in his mouth. Just ask American Airlines.
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