Diana Ross and Michael Jackson no doubt shared a very special relationship dating back to his childhood years, but it seems the songstress was served quite the surprise last week when it was revealed Jacko named her as a secondary caregiver in his will. The late King of Pop specified that he wanted Ross to be given custody of his three children should his first choice, mother Katherine, be unable to do so.
Diana’s 20-year-son Evan Ross and his girlfriend were overheard discussing the issue at Diddy’s Fourth of July White Party presented by Starbucks Ice-cream in Los Angeles on Saturday. According to what they told friends, Ms. Ross had "no idea" Jackson had named her in the will and wasn’t too thrilled about being put in such a position of responsibility.
A rep for Ross did not respond for comment.
For most people the Fourth of July is a celebration of America’s Independence but for some stars, it’s a day to be a diva -- or "divo" for that matter. Insiders were less-than-impressed with "Entourage" star Kevin Connolly’s entitled performance while partying at the Belvedere/SoBe Lifewater bash in Santa Monica on Saturday who, despite being given a suite for the day and a private VIP cabana, refused to be photographed with any fans or sponsors fullstop and ordered the waitstaff around.
"All the other celebrities were happy to wait in line for food and drinks but Kevin insisted on multiple servers bringing him everything he wanted as soon as he wanted it," said our snitch, adding that he later threw a "hissy fit" as he friends had to temporarily wait outside as the fire marshal closed the party after it reached capacity.
Connolly hung out all day with the newly brunette Britney Spears’s agent/rumored beau Jason Trawick, who sported new blonde locks at the poolside bash. We’re told his pop princess applied the highlights without his prior knowledge and before he knew it the Hollywood powerhouse was on the lighter side of living.
On the note of divas, we’re told by an inside source that Diddy’s personal peeps who were organizing his annual White Party were actually the ones being hard to handle and had so many unrealistic demands that the venue had to be changed at the last minute. On the other hand, the rumored high-maintenance party boy (who brought his beloved mama Janice as his date) took it upon himself to continually ensure that all press on the red-carpet were being taken care of and were supplied with an abundance of beverages and shrimp cocktails.
And even though Ashton Kutcher was helping host the party which raised funds and awareness for his charity of choice Malaria No More, the actor stayed holed up for most the time in his VIP cabana and even declined requests to pose for pics with some sponsors that were there supporting the cause.
Meanwhile across the country in New Orleans, Solange "Don’t Call Me Beyonce’s Sister" Knowles stopped singing midway thru her performance at the Essence Music Festival at Ford Motor Company’s Lincoln Super Lounge and demanded (in front of the entire audience) that a press photographer stop snapping her.
"Mr. Photographer, you are making me self conscious," Knowles barked. "I swear I make the same stupid three faces over and over again, so please leave me be."
Nicole Scherzinger showing off her new pink diamond necklace from beau Lewis Hamilton while celebrating her belated birthday with Jane's House club owner Katie Matthews at the Trainwreck mansion in the Hollywood Hills on Wednesday evening.
Poker Great and Celebrity Apprentice Star, Annie Duke giving poker tips to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck at Thursday's annual Las Vegas Ante Up for Africa celebrity and charity event, which raises funds for the survivors of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan and works to heighten the public’s consciousness of the issue.
Amber Rose kicking off her holiday weekend on Thursday night by partying on the dance floor while rocking a blue shaved head at the soft launch of new Hollywood club Playhouse.
Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza shopping at Imperial Planet on Melrose in Los Angeles with the new Miss California Tami Farrell on Friday.
Audrina Patridge hosting a bash at The Bank nightclub inside the Bellagio Las Vegas on Friday night after dining at Yellowtail Restaurant. After closing out at the club, "The Hills" hottie partied on until the sunrise at Caramel Lounge.
"90210's" Annalynne McCord noshing on cheese ravioli while dancing with her supposed ex, "Twilight" sensation Kellan Lutz at the crowded Georgica in East Hampton on Friday night. The (reunited?) couple stayed in the posh waterfront bungalows of the Montauk Yacht Club over the weekend and grabbed a few meals at the Gulf Coast Kitchen and Hurricane Alley on property. The cozy twosome were also spotted wolfing down burgers with "Gossip Girl" Jessica Szohr on Saturday at the Perrier-Jouet private BBQ at The EMM Group Estate.
Linkin Park frontman and Club Tattoo co-owner Chester Bennington watching daredevil magician Steve Wyrick celebrate the grand opening of Club Tattoo with a "Death Drop" outside the Miracle Mile shops in Vegas on Friday.
Lebron James singing onstage with Jay Z at his concert at the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort on Friday night while Rihanna stood up dancing for the entire show. The three power players spent the following hot summer's day poolside at WET REPUBLIC while chilling to the live performance by 80's sensations Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer.
Gerard Butler spending his Independence Day surrounded by women while watching a pre-BBQ soccer game at the Montauk Yacht Club's annual ‘Shark Attack Sounds’ party in the historic Ziegfeld Estates on Saturday.
Jamie Foxx hanging out backstage with MC Hammer and rapper Too Short after his performance at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday night. "90210" alum Ian Ziering was spotted rocking out to Foxx's sold-out show after dining over at Rare 120. Foxx then spent his Sunday soaking up the sunshine (and spraying the crowd with Dom Perignon) at the REHAB pool party.
Mariah Carey high-tailing it into Diddy's first-ever Los Angeles Malaria No More 4th of July White Party just before the end where she hung briefly with Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. Other party peeps included Shanna Moakler and Miss Universe, a chain-smoking Jonah Hill, Mel B, a sober Tara Reid, Chris Brown, Russell Brand and Tila Tequila.
Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones and Akiva Shaffer pretending to be models at the SoBe Lifewater 4th of July bash at Santa Monica's Shangri-la Hotel.
Lindsay Lohan and Tyrese Gibson hanging out together in DJ Berrie's booth at Diddy's White Party After-Party at Guys & Dolls in Hollywood on Saturday night. Meanwhile, Nick Cannon made a specific request that he play wife Mariah Carey's new single "Obsession."
Bill Maher drinking Veuve Clicquot and hitting the dance floor on the patio at Blush Boutique Nightclub inside Wynn Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Jessica Alba (showing off her new blonde locks) alongside hubby Cash Warren and daughter Honor Marie while having lunch at West Hollywood haunch Jinky's Cafe on Sunday.
Diddy recuperating from his weekend by downing some more Ciroc (naturally) with two pals at SkyBar inside the Mondrian in West Hollywood on Sunday night.