Put away the vintage 2005 tour poster, the “Bootylicious” T-shirt, and the “Bills Bills Bills” novelty wallet; rumors of Destiny’s Child launching a reunion blitz have been greatly exaggerated — meaning nonexistent.
“Not true. No album. No tour,” a representative of Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams said Tuesday to GossipCop, a website favored by celebrities scrambling to solve PR mishaps.
GossipCop was putting out a fire started by the Daily Mail Online, which parlayed the trio’s one-off reunion at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards last week into claims the ladies were planning their first tour since 2005’s “Destiny Fulfilled … And Lovin’ It” (why, yes, it was sponsored by McDonald’s) and a new album.
The story — a fanciful saga of money, betrayal and pleather hot pants — insisted the trio would hit the road without the Destiny’s Child name to thwart Beyoncé’s dad, whom she fired in 2011 after accusing him of stealing from her.
“Beyoncé’s father and former manager Mathew Knowles owns one-fourth of the group as well,” a totally-not-made-up source told the Daily Mail. “Anytime they do anything under the name Destiny’s Child, he has involvement in it and money from it.” Silver lining: no tour means nobody has to field angry calls from Queen B’s deadbeat dad.
MANSON PUNCHED IN CANADA
When you get punched in the face by a Canadian, you must have done something to deserve it.
Regardless, tiresome singer Marilyn Manson told TMZ he plans to sue the hoser who allegedly attacked him over the weekend at Denny’s, possibly the most glamorous restaurant Lethbridge, Alberta, had to offer.
Witnesses said the singer insulted the man’s female companion, but Manson says the slugger sucker-punched him before elbowing his makeup artist in the face. Now that’s cold, Canada.
Elton John and Michael Stipe issued a statement Tuesday stating, “Transgender women in male prisons have an equal right to protection from violence and abuse.” It came weeks after a transgender woman filed a lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections alleging mistreatment. … Actor James Best, who played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on “Dukes of Hazzard,” died Monday at 88. … Bluesman B.B. King, 89, has left the hospital after suffering complications of his diabetes.
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