Alicia Keys Covers Essence

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Alicia Keys is everywhere these days as her new album, ‘Girl on Fire,’ drops! Here’s Alicia on the January cover of Essence magazine. In her interview, Alicia opened up about learning how to create a work-life balance. She explained:

“It’s okay if I can’t do every single thing. I finally understand that it doesn’t make me a lesser artist or human being…”

Alicia also shared how they were unprepared for Hurricane Sandy.

“…After the third or fourth tuna fish sandwich, and after we learned we’d be without power for a week, I called my mother, who lives Uptown. She was okay and hadn’t lost any power, so we ended up going to her house. We were pretty lucky…”

YES they were! You can read Alicia’s entire interview in the January issue of Essence, which hits newsstands December 7.

Photo by Essence

Angelina Jolie Shares Retirement Plans

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Angelina Jolie doesn’t plan to act forever. The ‘Maleficent‘ star isn’t planning on retiring tomorrow, but Angelina does know when she plans to leave the big screen- or at least slow down.

 “I think I’m going to have to give up the acting as the kids hit the teenage years, anyway, too much to manage at home. I have enjoyed being an actress. I am so grateful to the job and I have had great experiences and I have even been able to tell stories and be a part of stories that mattered and I have done things for fun, but…

“I will do some films and I am so fortunate to have the job, it’s a really lucky profession to be a part of and I enjoy it.

But if it went away tomorrow I would be very happy to be home with the children. I wake up in the morning as a mum and I turn on the news like everybody else and I see what’s happening and I want to be part of the world in a positive way.”

We’ll see… Brad Pitt was saying he’s retire by the time he was 50, but now that he’ll turn 50 next year, he’s not so certain. Angelina is such a talented actress: I hope she’s able to keep acting at least a little. Her kids might just act with her!

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Photos by Rocstar/CPR/FAMEFLYNET

Daily Link Love

Check out what my cyber friends are writing about!

  • Would you buy this new purse from Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen’s fashion line The Row? It’s covered in prescription pills. The price? $55,000. (D Listed)
  • Lily Aldridge dishes on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. (Moe Jackson)
  • Bar Refaeli made EVERY guy’s day with this twitter pic. (DS, Site NSFW)
  • Megan Fox works the red carpet to promote her new movie. (Lainey Gossip)
  • Accessorize yourself with awesome! (The Berry)
  • Here’s why we shouldn’t be discussing Kate Middleton’s womb. (HuffPost Celebrity)
  • ’50 Shades of Grey’ gift ideas for aspiring Anastasia Steele’s… (PopSugar)
  • Poppy Montgomery and Jackson prepare for takeoff. (Celebrity Baby Scoop)
  • It sounds like Nick Lachey went WAY overboard before being kicked out of a football game. (TMZ)
  • Why does a certain part of Sophie Turner’s anatomy need worshipping? (Hollywood Tuna)
  • Taylor Swift rocked the stage. (IDLYITW)
  • Did Olivia Munn get some work done? (Evil Beet Gossip)
  • ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’s’ Kim Zolciak’s problems are mounting… (Celeb Dirty Laundry)
  • Who should be the Artist of the Year for 2012? (Pop Crush)

Love It Or Hate It? Christopher Meloni

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Former ‘Law & Order: SVU‘ star Christopher Meloni was seen having dinner at Spago last night. I didn’t recognize him with that mustache! I still miss him on ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ though. The new detectives are great, but I wish he was still there, too.

Oh, well. I’ve gotta ask: what do you think of Christopher’s new ‘stache? I’ve put some pictures of Christopher filming ‘Law & Order: SVU’ without the mustache so you can compare. I prefer the clean-shaven Christopher. Then again, I’m not good with change- LOL. He looks great either way, though. Love it or Hate it?

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Photos by FAMEFLYNET

The ‘Real Housewives Of Orange County’ Catch A Flight

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The ‘Real Housewives of Orange County‘ cast must be flying to New York City for something. Perhaps they’re about to start promoting a new season? Are they next in the ‘Real Housewives’ cycle? I know the ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta‘ must be at least halfway through their season at this point!

Lauri Waring Peterson, Gretchen Rossi, Heather DuBrow, Tamra Barney, and Vicki Gunvalson all made their way to LAX. A friend of mine who loves the ‘Real Housewives’ shows always talks about the differences between the ‘Orange County’ group and the ‘Beverly Hills’ group. They’re right there in the same area but it’s clear they live in very different worlds! California is a diverse state, that’s all I can say- LOL. Are you a fan of either one? Both?

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Photos by Crown/FAMEFLYNET

A Funny Guy’s Not-So-Funny Marital Problems (Celebrity Blind Item)

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This one is actually kind of sad…

This funny guy – who is the star of a television show – is not laughing about the state of his relationship. He and his wife have been struggling to add to their family, there have been many fights along the way, and their marriage is currently in trouble.

The first fight occurred when they both went through a series of fertility tests. One of the tests he took came back positive… for herpes. It turned out to be a false positive, but they did have a huge fight over it.

The second fight happened when they figured out that they could not conceive on their own. She is unable to bear children, and he feels like that was something she should have known and told him about before they married.

The third fight happened when the wife’s close friend – the celebrity who originally set them up – became pregnant this year. The celebrity is younger than the wife, and although the couple is genuinely happy for her, it just reinforced their own futility in getting pregnant.

The latest fight came after they hired a surrogate to carry a baby. They used his sperm and a donor egg. The surrogate did get pregnant… but unfortunately had a miscarriage a few months into the process.

The couple now has to start over again from scratch (if their marriage survives the fighting).

We will probably never be able to solve this one officially, but if you stay up late enough, you should be able to get to the root of the funny guy’s identity.

Any guesses?

– Item from Blind Gossip

Rebecca Gayheart Shepherds Billie Around

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Rebecca Gayheart has her hands full! She picked up daughter Billie from school yesterday afternoon. Then Rebecca took Billie to a friend’s house for a playdate. Billie had a full day!

We haven’t seen much of their youngest daughter, Georgia. With all the paparazzi attention, that isn’t surprising. I can’t imagine trying to keep an eye on a preschooler while holding a baby with all the photographers around. Talk about chaos.

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Photos by Osvaldo/FAMEFLYNET