It’s official: The paparazzi have captured the reclusive 50-year-old Janet Jackson’s pregnancy.
Even though she postponed a hyped concert tour (saying she was planning a family with husband Wissam Al Mana), even though her brother Tito Jackson told People magazine and SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen in June that she was expecting her first child, and even though La Toya Jackson said her sister was on “bed rest,” the news has really sunk in — now that Entertainment Tonight published pics of her shopping for baby furniture in London.
ET reported that Jackson (wearing sneakers, sweatpants, a sweater, scarf and headband) arrived with an entourage of four, stayed for 45 minutes, left with a bag of items, and “even cracked a smile as she made her way to her vehicle.”
The gossip site also offered a handy sidebar of other celebrity moms who gave birth after 40, including Kelly Preston, Beverly D’Angelo, Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, Halle Berry and Nancy Grace.
For those wondering about the seemingly perplexing biology, fertility doctors speculate that Jackson froze her eggs at an earlier age or that she used an egg donor.
STRAHAN DENYS PATERNITY
“Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan is adamantly denying statements by a 21-year-old who claims the TV personality and former football player is his father.
David Brown, who admittedly resembles Strahan, gap-tooth and all, told Radar Online that he was put up for adoption after he was born in 1994, and that he knows, “in his heart,” that Strahan’s his dad.
Strahan apparently agreed to take a paternity test with Brown, who refused the offer. Strahan’s representative is calling the situation a “shakedown.”
In sort of related daytime TV gossip, Neil Patrick Harris, on “Food Talk” with Geoffrey Zakarian, said he was offered the job of co-hosting Kelly Ripa’s show before it went to Strahan. As for who he’d like to see in the spot (following Strahan’s highly publicized departure), he suggested Anderson Cooper.
The Scarlet Huntington hotel’s Big 4 Restaurant and Bar (named after 19th century Nob Hill railroad barons) is celebrating a birthday next week (Oct. 3-7) with a Prohibition-era priced, 25-cent cocktail “The Golden Spike” and special menus by chef Miguel A. Garcia; general manager Chris Jones says, “We are thrilled to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this iconic San Francisco restaurant with our loyal patrons by honoring the lively era from which the restaurant is inspired.” Guests are invited to come in speakeasy attire.
Actor Kieran Culkin is 34. … Gymnast Dominique Moceanu is 35. … Actress Marion Cotillard is 41. … Actress Jenna Elfman is 45. …Actor Eric Stoltz is 55. … Actress Fran Drescher is 59. … Actor Barry Williams is 62. … Singer Marilyn McCoo is 73. … Singer Johnny Mathis is 81. … Singer Cissy Houston is 83. … Actress Angie Dickinson is 85.
— Staff, wire reports