Hollywood Celebrity Buzz
Ross von Metzke | July 31, 2006
Lance Bass tells the world 'I'm Gay'
Is there really any anticipating the week�s biggest gossip?
I mean, when George Michael emerged from the bushes in a London park after giving the ole� heave ho to a 58-year-old unemployed bus driver, I thought the lead story for this week�s buzz was a lock.
But when Lance Bass popped up on the cover of People, the words �I�m Gay� emblazoned across his chest, George went out the window.
Or at least he dropped to number two.
Now, I don�t mean to equate Bass� big announcement with lewd conduct in a public park.
In fact, I couldn�t be more thrilled that the former �N Sync-er chose now to tell the American people he is indeed gay.
Following months of speculation by both gay and straight media, Bass says he finally felt the time was right� and with his days as a boy band star behind him, he no longer had the careers of four other guys in the palm of his hand, a fact he says weighed heavily on his decision to keep quiet about his sexuality until now.
Not that Bass� announcement comes as much of a surprise to folks who live in larger, gay melting pots like Weho and New York City.
Bass has pretty much been a staple on the gay scene over much of the past year (to hear the gay bloggers of the World Wide Web tell it) kicking off with his appearance last year on Kathy Griffin�s Bravo series My Life on the D List as a compadre of her 'gays' and culminating in his 4th of July rendezvous with boyfriend Reichen in Provincetown.
At the time, bloggers were chomping at the bit to be the one to dig up proof – a kiss, a clinch, maybe a pic of Lance and Reichen emerging from the Crown & Anchor wearing nothing but a pair of big fat smiles.
But strong indicators is all they managed to turn up, prompting at least one gay pub to wage an all out plan of attack to nail Lance Bass� gay ass to the wall.
In a move the majority of gay organizations have branded as over the line, the Washington Blade criticized Bass for leading a double life and made it their personal quest to out him, whether he was ready for the floodgates to open or not.
Thankfully, the Blade didn�t get the satisfaction – Bass took his life back into his own hands and came out, on his terms, in People, offering a poignant: �I'm not ashamed. I'm more liberated and happy than I've been my whole life.�
Not to negate such a beautiful and mushy moment, but I have to say: If I was going to sleep in Reichen�s shirtless arms every night, I�d be liberated and happy myself� and I sure as shit wouldn�t have a problem letting the whole world know.
And, for what it�s worth, Bass� N Sync buddies have stood behind him 100-percent. Both Joey Fatone and JC Chasez have issued statement in support of Bass, and Fatone is working with Bass to develop an Odd Couple style sitcom for TV in which Bass will 'play' gay.
So a big ole' hug from our home to yours – congrats, and all the best to you.
George Michael caught with his pants down again
And now that we�ve managed to turn over that stone, back across the pond to Michael and his latest string of man troubles.
Now I�m not saying I�ve never engaged in a little tete-a-tete with a gentleman caller, but when you�re one of the biggest pop stars in the world and you�ve already been caught once doing your personal business in a public restroom, don�t you think it might dawn on you to take this truck driver back to your flat, around the corner to a motel. Hell, lock yourselves in the bathroom at a Wings N� Things. But who bends over in Hampstead Heath Park in the hopes that the po-po�s not gonna drive by and bust your ass.
�I don�t believe it,� Michael allegedly yelled upon emerging from the bushes, according to a reporter from News of the World. �Fuck off! If you put those pictures in the paper I�ll sue!�
Not 12 hours later, Michael and said truckie were splashed on the cover of every tabloid from Cornwall to Caithness.
No official charges have been filed – that�s because though sex in public places is illegal in the UK, no one on the police force actually saw Michael and friend in said act. Of course, Michael already has one charge on his record for flashing an undercover cop in a Beverly Hills bathroom in 1998, and another charge pending for being found slumped over his steering wheel and under the influence of prescription drugs last year.
Of course now, the question on everyone�s mind is what this means for the upcoming nuptials to longtime partner Kenny Goss. Early reports indicated Goss had given Michael his walking papers, though the singer is now denying there�s any sort of trouble in paradise.
And according to Reuters, Michael even defended his behavior on a phone call with the UK�s popular morning talk show Richard and Judy: �I've got no issue with cruising. I've talked about it many times. It's never been an issue between us [me and Goss]. We knew with all the rubbish between us that we couldn't get a nice private wedding, so we've postponed it. But we had a lovely 10th anniversary party. My present to him was a million quid (about $1.75 million), so I think I should get away with so-called fooling around.�
Oooh, if I knew all I had to do was pay my boyfriend for permission to step out, I�d have written a cheque years ago!
Daddy didn't leave Tori Spelling nothing in his will
Not that anyone�s as red in the face these days as �the girl who thought she�d be heiress,� Tori Spelling. Word on the street is Aaron Spelling�s will has been read, and while Candy and Randy are well provided for, daddy�s little girl walked away with just $800,000. A fortune for most, but less than a half a percent of the $500 million daddy was said to be worth.
Even more insulting is the fact that the will provided for cash presents to manicurists, interior decorators, maids, chauffeurs and former employees that equaled, and in some cases topped, what Tori was left.
It�s become common knowledge in recent weeks that Tori and he father were barely speaking toward the end� in fact, at one point, Tori even alleged she was told of her father�s passing via e-mail and wasn�t even allowed to say goodbye. She claims the pair parted on good terms after a �nice visit� and that it was her mom she was distancing herself from. If mommy Spelling as portrayed by Loni Anderson in Tori�s reality-comedy So Notorious is any indication, I�d have walked out on that mess of a woman years ago.
But then again, I didn�t have an nine figure inheritance staring down the barrel at me.
One thing we know for certain Aaron�s will didn�t specify – the much needed death of his serial 7th Heaven, which should have been put out of its misery years ago but miraculously turned up on the lineup of the fledgling CW network this fall. Consider yourselves lucky, Camden clan.
Hottie of the Week
Now that all this negativity has gotten me in an emotional uproar, how bout cooling things down a bit with a collective sigh for our Hottie of the Week – Mr. Colin Farrell. Not that I�ve been chomping at the bit for Miami Vice – but the more I read the reviews, the more I think my ass might be planted front and center this weekend to watch Colin flash his ass yet again for the camera.
And if that�s not reason enough to go, he�s one of those rare studs who looks equally hot clothed. So the guy has a bit of a substance abuse problem? Fits right into our community. So I say we welcome him – trials, tribulations and all – with open arms.
And so we�ve covered it this week, folks. Until we meet again, always remember – stop and smell the gossip!
Ross von Metzke is the Editor in Chief of Xodus Magazine and a featured columnist for GayWired.com. His work has appeared in YM, Performing Arts, The San Diego Union Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Instinct and Gay Web Monkey. Ross lives in San Diego.
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