#2017: YEAR OF THE GOSSIP

NEW COUPLE ALERT: JLO AND DRAKE

JLO AND DRAKE'S CHAIN

They posted matching loved-up photos as they shared a sweet moment over Christmas, but people were still unsure if Jennifer Lopez and Drake were the real deal, now it looks as though the singer has confirmed it in a discreet way. On Saturday, Jen stayed in Las Vegas to support her beau at his New Year’s Eve show, and was later pictured wearing his necklace. The stunning 47-year-old enjoyed herself in a VIP area of the Hakkasan nightclub as the Take Care rapper hit the stage, but now new pictures have emerged from the night on social media, and eagle-eyed fans were quick to notice that Jlo was wearing a new item.

Drake, who has been pictured wearing the same necklace in recent photos, wasn’t with the star in the snaps, but she proudly wore the gold chain. And while they rang in the new year together, Jlo and Drizzy were later seen hitting the MGM Grand tables for a little flutter The pair were spotted at the high roller table in the same hotel where Drake had performed. Jen is said to have stayed on the table for half an hour. Her ex Ben Affleck is known for his love of gambling. Maybe she picked up some tips?

JLO AND DRAKE ON NYE

It comes as friends of the couple have said that the pair are 100per cent legit. The duo turned the music industry upside down with after announcing their romance with a sizzling selfie – but certain fans thought all might not be as it seems. There was speculation that it’s all a publicity stunt for an upcoming collaboration or reality show. Certain fans even theorised Drake targeted Jlo to get back at her ex (and his rival P Diddy).E! News said the couple are “100 percent legit, and not a professional ploy to promote any type of business like many are assuming.”

They also are convinced that Jen will get back together with her ex-boyfriend Casper Smart. “I think she and Casper will get back together,” they claimed. “He’s a great guy and she’s knows it. They just need a break right now.” But another source told the website that they will never get back together.

Mum-of-two J-Lo, clad in a skin tight white dress, passionately kisses her new beau who can’t help but grinning like a cat who got the queen. The pair were such a hot item they were crowned prom king and queen at the bash – which thrilled J-Lo, who can be seen squealing with delight at her pink sash. It is believed to be their first public appearance together since they went public with their romance – leaving Drake’s ex Rihanna furious with his new love. Their performance on the empty dance floor impressed onlookers. One thrilled eye-witness simply said: “Couple goals.” Others, weren’t so sure.”This is all part of the music video their filming, right?? I refuse to believe otherwise,” said one cynic. Another added: “Whoever thought up these two deserves an Oscar.”

It comes as Radio star Funkmaster Flex has accused Drake of using Jennifer Lopez to get back at his rival P Diddy. The Take Care rapper has a long-standing feud with JLo’s ex, hip-hop mogul Diddy, and recently appeared to confirm his relationship status with her. Now, radio personality Funkmaster Flex, 48, has seemingly called out Drake, 30, over the new romance. As he claimed that the romance could be an act of ‘revenge’, he also noted that their loved-up picture was posted on the anniversary of a New York shooting that saw Diddy and JLo caught up in back on December 27 1999.

Both JLo and Diddy were arrested with Diddy’s then-protege Shyne later convicted and sentenced to 10 years. The couple split shortly after the shocking incident. “JLo? That’s the get back for a punch in the face? Took me all day to figure this out!” he tweeted. “Doggy saved the pic for the anniversary and everything!!! Haaaa! Wow! Sensitive new n**** fail!” he also added. Drake and Diddy famously brawled at a Las Vegas club in 2014, and it seems like the rivalry is still fresh. While both stars have remained quiet on the rumours surrounding their relationship, the pair did both share the loved-up photo on their Instagram pages.

Meanwhile a source has told HollywoodLife.com that Diddy isn’t happy about JLo’s new man, allegedly claiming he’s a “downgrade” for the mother-of-two. Jennifer Lopez fell for Drake because he ‘treats her with respect’. The Love Don’t Cost a Thing star and the Canadian rapper appeared to confirm their relationship status as they both shared the same loved-up photo. But now a source has claimed that the 47-year-old is “smitten” with Drake. “Jen loves the attention and she seems very happy to be spending time with him,” they told E! News.“Drake is very charming. He treats Jen with lots of respect. She seems very smitten.”

An insider claims that Jen is excited about the coming year and has spent a lot of time with the Take Care star, with the 30-year-old even visiting her family home that she shares with her twins Max and Emme. “Jen is looking forward with excitement to the new year. She keeps hanging out with Drake, and he has visited her house,”the insider said. “She has nothing but nice things to say about Drake. ”There have been plenty of rumours that Jennifer Lopez and Drake are dating – and it looks like they could have just confirmed it.

JLo, 47, and Drake, 30, have both shared a snap of them looking VERY loved up. In the cute picture, the musicians are snuggled together on the sofa looking very much like a couple. JLo is sat next to Drake but leaning over to lie across his lap as he puts his arms around her to hold her close.

Drake and Rihanna ended their on-off romance in October, while Jennifer – who has six-year-old twins Max and Emme with her ex-husband Marc Anthony – called off her relationship with her 29-year-old backing dancer, Casper Smart earlier this year, after four years together. Mirror Celeb has contacted JLo and Drake’s representatives for comment.

BY LUCY BUCKLAND | SOURCE: mirror.co.uk

NEW BEEF ALERT: CHRIS BROWN AND SOULJA BOY TRADE POT SHOTS ONLINE

CHRIS BROWN AND SOULJA BOY BEEF

Chris Brown and Soulja Boy are still trading shots on social media. The two’s latest barbs are more arguments over the source of their beef. In an Instagram post, Brown asserts that his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran played no part in his issues with Soulja Boy. As you can hear in the above video, the singer claims the “Crank Dat” rapper started all this by throwing jabs on Twitter. “Boy better go to sleep,” Chris Brown wrote in the caption. “no more corny media shit… WE GONE LINE IT UP! Say NO MORE OR SAY WHAT U WANT! I’m gone beat dat ass regardless. I’m done talking for today.”

While Brown seems fed up by the whole situation, Soulja Boy is relishing in the attention. The Atlanta rapper pointed out how the feud is getting coverage from CNN. “I made CNN for beefing with a coke head woman beater,” Soulja Boy wrote in one post. “Chris u looking crazy right now. See u in the ring. Set up the fight I’m done talking ? @cnn.” Soulja Boy followed that up with his own video describing how Brown is still mad about the rapper liking one of Karreuche’s pictures on Instagram. He declared himself the winner of the beef, but said he will still fight Brown if the singer wants to make it happen. “Beef over. I win,” he wrote. “We still can fight if you want to ??? @chrisbrownofficial @karrueche.” XXL will keep you posted on any developments in this odd feud that’s kicked off 2017.

By Justin Ivey | Source: xxlmag.com

NYE LIP-SYNC DISASTER ALERT: MARIAH CAREY VS. DICK CLARK’S NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE w/ RYAN SEACREST 

NYE DISASTER PERFORMANCE

Mariah Carey says she is “mortified” over her disastrous performance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” — but sources told Page Six that the diva has no one to blame but herself for her mike meltdown.

Carey broke her silence on Tuesday about her Times Square New Year’s gig, telling Entertainment Weekly: “I’m of the opinion that Dick Clark would not have let an artist go through that and he would have been as mortified as I was in real time.”

She added, “It will make me less trusting of using anyone outside of my own team.”

Carey’s camp has said the singer was “sabotaged” by the show for ratings. Dick Clark Productions fired back, calling the claims “defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.”

A source close to the production tells Page Six: “It was totally [Carey’s] screw-up . . . Her assistant came out for the sound check, not her.” Our insider added of Carey, “All her dancers were in step. Everybody else onstage heard the track. Even without [the earpiece] there were eight speakers onstage. It was not the sound people.”

A second source at the rehearsal added: “The sound check was about 20 minutes. A stand-in did the whole routine with the mike. Mariah was on the side of the stage, and at the very end — no more than four seconds — she goes up and goes, ‘La-da-dee-da . . . Everything sounds great. Love you, New York,’ and left.”

The first source said of the live show, “She was like a lost puppy . . . She wasn’t even standing where she was supposed to . . . There was no [production] reason she couldn’t do it.” The source said performers were to play at Planet Hollywood afterwards, but that while the others showed up for the private gig, Carey did not.

Carey posted a picture of herself rehearsing for the live show. But co-host Jenny McCarthy claimed on her SiriusXM show: “Mariah didn’t do a sound check . . . She did whatever you would call like a ‘dance move rehearsal,’ holding her gold microphone, and she . . . had a stand-in do a sound check.” She said, “Her voice is not there anymore.” Carey’s rep said, “None of this is true.”

By Ian Mohr, Carlos Greer and Emily Smith | Source: pagesix.com

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