In an truly incredible (I mean that!) report, TMZ revealed that singing Canadian erection Justin Bieber was offered $5 million “to perform at a Republican event during the GOP Convention,” and that he probably would have accepted it had Scooter Braun and LeBron James not intervened.
“What Do You Mean,” you ask? Allow me to quote TMZ:
Sources connected with CAA — the talent agency which reps Bieber and received the offer — tell us a promoter contacted Justin’s people with the offer, saying he would perform for 45 minutes at a venue near Quicken Loans Arena, where the RNC was held.
The $5 million was reportedly raised by big GOP donors, and would have been paid “up front”—presumably as a show of good faith. But even though it represented what was probably his “single biggest payday ever,” Bieber’s manager (and Hillary Clinton supporter) Scooter Braun had his doubts.
We’re told Scooter wasn’t heavy-handed at first, and talked to Justin about putting Black Lives Matter banners up in the venue. We’re told Braun was told he could not display BLM banners, but the donors would accept banners that read “All Lives Matter.” The donors also made it clear ... Justin could say nothing disparaging about Trump or the GOP.
Braun told Bieber to make his own decision (It’s your life, bro!), but that choosing to take the gig would lead to him being dropped as a client. This conundrum probably led a three-hour phone call between Bieber and Selena Gomez during which he said things things like, “But baby I love money, and this is so many dollars!”
Selena probably responded by saying, “Wait, huh? Sorry. The GOP said what?”
Oh right, I haven’t even gotten to LeBron yet!
Our sources say the promoter told Scooter ... LeBron James himself was also going to attend an event in Cleveland, welcoming the GOP without taking a political stand. The sources tell us Justin’s people got in touch with LeBron’s people, and they were told LeBron would actually not be in Cleveland for the convention and urged Justin not to go as well.
Surprise! He said no.
With Rob and Angela Kardashian’s new reality show set to premiere sometime this fall, the gossip about them is beginning to ramp up after a fairly quiet summer. Radar reports today that Rob responded to Angela’s recent purge of all Instagram photos of him by laying “the smack down on” her.
Although sources told Radar the dustup was all made-for-TV drama, the insider said that now, “Rob insisted to Blac that, from now on, he must always have the password to her phone!”
The insider also claims Rob is forcing Angela to let his mother Kris take care of their finances. To be honest, that doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Having Kris Jenner as a financial advisor sounds like a dream. I’d retire by 35.
The real stars of the convention were Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom! I’ve missed you, Ploom!
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