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May 13, 2013


"What was his name? Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, he's saying I'm like herpes, it keeps coming back. I think it's really cool, and I appreciate that."

PSY, reacting to Armstrong's comment that the South Korean singer was the "herpes of music.",Jordin Sparks is on fire!,With a new hairdo, slim figure and the love of her life by her side, things couldn't get any better for Jordin Sparks.

But The former "American Idol" winner went through some trials and tribulations before reaching this point in her life.

"In December of this year, it will be three years since I got really sick," she told the New York Daily News at the Crystal Light Liquid-hosted Words With Friends event May 8 in New York City. "It was then that I made the decision, 'I'm supposed to be in the prime of my life. This changes right now.' And I really started making my health a priority."

The 23-year-old singer was referring to her bout with appendicitis in 2009 that landed her in the hospital to undergo surgery. Now, she's dropped 50 pounds and is feeling better than ever.

"For me to be on stage singing and dancing, the stamina that I have now is better," she explained. "I don't get sick as much anymore. I feel better, I have more energy, I sleep better, everything is better."

That "everything" includes her boyfriend, R&B singer Jason Derulo, 23, who bounced back from a serious neck injury with Jordin by his side. He nearly paralyzed himself while performing a stunt for his Future History World Tour last year -- not only did he make a full recovery, but his resilience offered great inspiration for Jordin.

"It's incredible, because he was pretty fit before he broke his neck, but literally as soon as the doctor said he could be in the gym, which was maybe like a month after, he was there," she said proudly. "He couldn't run, but he could lift really light weights, and he was there on a stationary bike with 5-pound weights.

"So, I was like, 'Well if you're going to do this with a broken neck, I gotta get my butt in there too.' So, we were doing it together."

With support for one another, the couple were able to endure, and Jordin attributes that to their ability to stay fit -- physically and mentally.

"He's completely taken himself to the next level of where he can be in terms of everything," she said.

"His music is new, his physique is great. He looks very good. And mentally as well he's been able to re-evaluate things, and our relationship has gotten so much stronger."

Jordin also did something different with her hair and debuted her new look at the Manhattan event Wednesday.

"I'm not used to the bangs quite yet, but I like it. I did it last week. I wanted to try something new," she said.

-- New York Daily News,Selena: Dating Biebs was 'crazy and very intense'

Selena Gomez may or may not be back together with her longtime boyfriend Justin Bieber, but she's certainly been thinking about him.

The 20-year-old "Spring Breakers" actress has a song about Justin on her upcoming album "Stars Dance," a ballad called "Love Will Remember."

"That's the most personal track on the record for sure," the pop singer told InStyle. "I think it's a sweet way of releasing it. It's not an aggressive approach to what people are probably expecting. I'm sure he'll love it, too."

Selena opened up about the pressure that relentless media attention brought to her relationship with Justin.

"(It was) crazy and very intense," she said. "It's uncomfortable that everywhere I go, people know. I don't like that."

-- New York Daily News,I really like actor Kevin Costner. Is he making any new movies? -- H.R.

He's in one of the projected summer blockbusters, "Man of Steel," in which he plays Superman's foster father on Earth; co-stars with Chris Pine and Keira Knightley in the thriller "Jack Ryan," based on the Tom Clancy novels about a CIA operative, due out in December; and is shooting the thriller "Three Days to Kill," with Amber Heard and Hailee Steinfeld. He's set to shoot the sports film "Draft Day," with Jennifer Garner, the adventure film "The Explorers Guild," the drama "McFarland" and the drama "Black and White," playing a grandfather of a biracial child.

I've always thought Bette Midler is a great singer. Is she going to do more albums? -- N.E.

Bette, on Broadway in "I'll Eat You Last," has had a great recording career, although in recent years she has concentrated her efforts more on acting. There reportedly are plans, however, for her to go back into the recording studio to record an album of classic songs by girl groups and Motown.

I think Johnny Depp is so adorable. Is he dating anyone? -- P.K.

The 49-year-old actor, separated from his longtime girlfriend Vanessa Paradis, was involved with his "The Rum Diary" co-star Amber Heard. Recent sightings seem to indicate that he and Amber have reunited.

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,You know what they say, never trust a vampire.... Or, at least, actors that play them.

Tom Cruise and Kristen Stewart were named dead last on the Reader's Digest "100 Most Trusted People in America" list.

In the poll of public figures, the "Interview with the Vampire" actor and "Twilight" actress earned the assumed title of least- trusted celebrities.

Upstanding moral citizens Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington -- who have never taken on roles concerning the undead -- came out as most trusted on the list.

The criteria for trust, according to Reader's Digest, define it as "integrity and character, exceptional talent and drive, internal moral compass, message, honesty, and leadership."

If it's not about the acting, maybe America just doesn't like their personal lives.

Perhaps 23-year-old Kristen's affair with married-with-kids "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders, 42, contributed to her winning the shady title.

As for Tom, 50, well, the rumors about how Scientology dictates his marriages probably doesn't sit well with female readers.

-- New York Daily News,Tom, KStew -- No trust!

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Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)

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