In Issue 19

Weekly Hollywood gossip and news.

If you thought you saw Billy in South Florida, you weren’t mistaken. I spent the last two weeks enjoying the finest boys and beach around. As it happens, the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival was going on during my trip, and I had a great time at the opening night gala and evening with John Waters (co-produced by my buddy, Edison Farrow). Support your gay flicks and cinemas.

Elton John just took his final bow at Caesars. His three-year deal started in February of 2004 and, what do you know…he stayed for five. I think he summed it up best: “The ex-home of Celine Dion. And now it’s the ex-home of Elton John as well. Who are you going to get to fill in our shoes now? You’ve got Bette Midler, you’ve got Cher.  It’s gonna be the Village People next!”

What will Elton do next? Maybe join the cast of this summer’s “I’m a Celebrity….Get Me Out Of Here.” Yes, the show that brought Melissa Rivers to reality television is returning with a sordid cast of so-called celebs: Spencer Pratt, Heidi Montag, Geraldo Rivera, Janice Dickinson, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, and Sanjaya Malakar (who, hopefully, won’t sing).  More cast members will soon be revealed – maybe even someone we’ll be interested in! Here’s an interesting fact – Janice Dickinson appeared on the UK version of this show last year.

For years there have been rumors that sexy singer Gavin Rossdale (married to Gwen Stefani) had been romantically involved with Brit drag queen Marilyn. This rumor picked up steam when Boy George mentioned it in his 1995 autobiography.  Now, Marilyn has come forward to clear the air. “He was the love of my life,” the gender-bending rocker tells “In Touch Magazine”. Why didn’t he tell all earlier? “He was just becoming successful in America.  I agreed to lie against every grain of my being. We were together for five years. But it felt like 40.” Despite this story (and a really hot picture of the duo which we’ll post on, Gavin’s reps have issued a firm denial.  Denial is the right word for it, Gavin.

Rossdale has a few kids. So why can’t John Barrowman? Johnny and hubby Scott Gill are building a home in Wales that will be big enough for a sizeable family. “We’re going to have six bedrooms in it and we feel like we’ve got a lot to offer. A family unit is what you make a family unit. I’m a big family man and I have this feeling I would be a good dad. I am ready for it.”  I bet it won’t be the first time he’d be called Daddy!  BTW, a new alleged nude shot of Barrowman has surfaced. I say “alleged” because the head is cut off the picture. So, I’m not swearing this is legit.

Have you wondered why Michael Jackson was working so hard to keep the contents of Neverland off the auction block?  Because the estate was filled with “art works” depicting young boys in various positions – including one intriguingly titled “Boy Milking Goat”, which I believe is illegal in some states! Also included are two boy upper body mannequins. I believe this subject was tackled in an old Kim Cattrall movie. Anyhow, he made a deal with the auction house, and they will exhibit the pieces. But nothing will be sold. So Michael can happily anticipate many more nights alone with his boy mannequins.

Our “Ask Billy” question comes from Harry in Las Vegas: “I just saw Britney Spears in concert and she had the hottest dancer with a shaved head who she kept fondling. I was wondering who he was and if he’s family”.

I believe you’re talking about Chase Benz. The 21-year-old dancer is one of Brit’s favorites. I doubt he’s family since rumor has it he’s been this close with Britney since the tour began. Of course, this makes sense since he’s from Tennessee (like Brit’s first love, La Timberlake), and he’s a back-up dancer (like her second husband, K-Fed).  Although Chase reportedly has a girlfriend back home, he and Brit have engaged in some harmless flirtation on the road that has led to some heavy petting – how the heck is that harmless? This might explain reports of the duo sequestered in a bathroom in a Montreal nightclub for about 10 minutes.  Perhaps Spears just wanted to confirm those rumors that Chase is quite well endowed. I could have guessed that judging from the size of the codpiece he sports on stage.
When Britney doing someone in a bathroom is news, it’s time to end yet another column. With Spears being linked with a back-up dancer, it’s almost as if we’re in summer reruns. 


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