- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Jackson family tree

Janet Jackson has denied she’s a mother. In a terse statement released yesterday, the 39-year-old singer refuted a former brother-in-law’s claim that she has a “secret” 18-year-old daughter.

“I do not have a child, and all allegations saying so are false,” Miss Jackson said in a statement released to the syndicated “Access Hollywood” TV show.

Last week, Young DeBarge, the brother of Miss Jackson’s ex-husband, James DeBarge, said the singer and his sibling had a child named Renee who was living with Rebbie Jackson, Miss Jackson’s oldest sister.

Tabs on Tab

When Confidential magazine published a story in 1955 that implied he was homosexual, Tab Hunter “wasn’t angry,” he was “more fearful,” the former teen heartthrob told Associated Press in a recent interview to promote his memoir, “Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.”

“I had very, very few close friends and even a smaller number knew what my sexuality was.”

Mr. Hunter, 74, was able to hide his sexuality from the public, but his acting career hit a dry spell in the 1960s. Then filmmaker John Waters offered him the role of Todd Tomorrow in 1981’s “Polyester.”

“He said, ‘How do you feel about kissing a 300-pound transvestite?’ And I thought about it for a minute. I thought, ‘I’m sure I’ve kissed a heck of a lot worse,’” Mr. Hunter recalls with a laugh. “Divine was one of my favorite leading ladies.”

Skin and bones

Lindsey Lohan cites overwork as the reason she lost so much weight earlier this year.

“I was going through a lot of stuff and overworking and not thinking of my body. I was going through that phase that everyone goes through,” Miss Lohan says in an interview with OK! magazine.

“I lost, like, 20-25 lbs. I was on IV drips. I nearly died,” she adds.

Teacher’s pet

Rivers Cuomo is heading back to school — again.

The Weezer frontman plans to graduate finally from Harvard University in June with a degree in English, according to a recent chat session on AOL Music.

According to Billboard magazine, Mr. Cuomo returned to Harvard at the beginning of the year after an eight-year hiatus but has spent the bulk of 2005 recording and touring in support of Weezer’s latest album, “Make Believe.”

During the chat, Mr. Cuomo also revealed details about his practice of meditating as well as his vow of celibacy, which he began June 13, 2003.

“I decided to try celibacy because I heard it would help the meditation, and I tried meditation because I heard it would help with the music,” he says. “So, it all really comes back to the music.”

Rage over ‘Rich’

Activists in Los Angeles want Paramount Pictures to take down billboards promoting the upcoming film “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” (in area theaters Nov. 9), claiming the advertisements promote gun violence.

The billboards depict rapper 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) holding a gun in his left hand and a microphone in his right. One of the advertisements is next to a preschool, according to Associated Press.

Najee Ali, who organized a rally Tuesday, accused Paramount of irresponsibility for marketing in high-crime areas a movie that he says glorifies carrying guns.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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