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Rumor Patrol: Shia LaBeouf Retiring, Flavor Flav Speeds To Mom's Funeral, More

1/11/2014 2:03pm EST
Shia LaBeouf
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Shia LaBeouf Retires: Following a month of attacks on his character after he plagiarized a comic for his short film, Shia LaBeouf has proclaimed he is retiring from public life. He posted on Twitter, "In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life… My love goes out to those who have supported me… #stopcreating." So is LaBeouf done with Hollywood?


Season 3 Of 'VH1 Couples Therapy' Premieres June 12, Starring Joe Francis, Flavor Flav & More

5/24/2013 9:31am EDT
Flavor Flav
Relationships are hard enough, but imagine your relationship being the fodder for the tabloids. Under the intense scrutiny of the publiceye, and all the pressure that comes with fame, it seems couples whose matters of the heart play out in the public eye are calling it quits and throwing in the towel on their relationships.

VH1 examines the complicated and often misunderstood world of high-profile relationships with "VH1 Couples Therapy," premiering Wednesday, June 12th at 10 PM ET/PT.

Sitting down with Dr. Berman this season: "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis & Abby Wilson, rapper an...

Flavor Flav's Fiancee Hospitalized For 'Exhaustion' While Filming 'Couples Therapy'

4/3/2013 9:25am EDT
Flavor Flav
Flavor Flav's fiancee Liz Trujillo was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Monday after exhibiting strange behavior during filming of VH1 reality show "Couples Therapy."

Trujillo, 39, and the rapper, 54, were filming scenes for the upcoming season when she started "acting strange," according to

E! News reported that a VH1 rep said Trujillo accidentally overdosed on painkillers and was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but is now doing fine.

However, Flavor Flav's spokesperson contradicts that report, claiming Trujillo was treated for "exhaustion" after she was kept awake all nig...

Flavor Flav Ripped Out Fiancee's Earring, Chased Her Son With A Knife

10/19/2012 8:26am EDT
Flavor Flav
Details surrounding Flavor Flav's recent arrest have released. The rapper was arrested in Las Vegas on Wednesday following an argument at his home after he got into a scuffle with his fiancée Liz Trujillo and her teenage son.

The Public Enemy star "violently threw his fiancee to the ground" and "ripped out her earring," according to When Liz's 17-year-old son stepped in to stop the fight, Flav (real name William Jonathan Drayton, Jr.) reportedly threatened him with a knife.

The fight started when Liz accused Flav of cheating on her, according to the polic report obtained by TMZ....

Flavor Flav Arrested For Alleged Assault

10/17/2012 4:20pm EDT
Flavor Flav
Rapper Flavor Flav was arrested in Las Vegas on Wednesday following an argument at his home.

The hip-hop star's fiancée Liz Trujillo called police to the home they share in the early hours of the morning after she and a teenager reportedly got into an altercation with the reality TV regular.

The Public Enemy star was subsequently taken into custody after allegedly threatening one person with a knife and beating the other.

He was charged with one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon and one count of misdemeanor domestic violence.

The rapper, real name William Drayton, Jr., is...

Flavor Flav Owes $1 Million To The IRS

8/13/2012 10:53am EDT
Flavor Flav
Documents filed by officials at the Department of the Treasury suggest Public Enemy star Flavor Flav owes dating back to 2004 and 2005.

According to, the Public Enemy star must fork over $906,250 to the IRS.

Flavor Flav - real name William Drayton, Jr. - previously had a tax lien filed against him in 2009 by officials in California. The bill was for over $183,000.

Flavor Flav Commandeers Airplane Intercom

7/16/2012 7:44am EDT
Flavor Flav
Legendary rapper Flavor Flav astounded fellow passengers on a flight to Las Vegas by taking over the plane's intercom to plug his fried chicken joint.

The Public Enemy star was flying from Burbank, California to Sin City on Thursday when he grabbed hold of the microphone to say thanks to the pilots and stewards working aboard the Southwest flight.

In audio footage obtained by, Flav says, "Right about now, we're on our final descent... Let's give a hand to our flight attendants for taking good care of us up here. And also we can't forget the pilots that's flying us (sic)."

His ...

Flavor Flav Facing Jail Time Over Child Support Case

5/27/2012 11:01am EDT
Rapper Flavor Flav is facing a stint in jail after he failed to show up for a court hearing in New York this week.

The Public Enemy star is accused of failing to pay child support to Angie Parker from Albany County, New York, who is mother to three of his kids, and he was due to appear in court there to address the matter.

However, Flavor Flav - real name William Drayton, Jr. - did not attend the hearing and the Albany County Court magistrate recommended a 180-day jail sentence for the star, while his driver's license and passport will also be revoked, according to the New York Daily New...

Celebrity Business Ventures That Failed

4/15/2012 1:00pm EDT
Celebrity Business Ventures That Failed
Not everything that celebrities touch turn into gold. Recently, Oprah Winfrey admitted that she made "101 mistakes" when she decided to launch her network OWN, which attracts just under 200,000 viewers daily. The former "Queen of Daytime TV" admits, "The idea of creating a network was something I wanted to do. Had I known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else." Oprah's network may eventually become a failed business amongst the long list of failed celebrity business ventures. Let's take a look at some of the other celebrity businesses that have flopped due to disorgan...

Flavor Flav: 'No One In My Family Called The Cops On My Daughter'

1/31/2012 3:50pm EST
Flavor Flav
Hip-hop veteran Flavor Flav has jumped to his daughter Dazayna's defense following her arrest at the family's home over the weekend, insisting the drama was "a big misunderstanding."

Officials were called to the rapper's Las Vegas residence after an argument between the 19 year old and her stepbrother allegedly turned violent.

Early reports suggested the rapper got caught in the crossfire while trying to break up the fight, which prompted law enforcement officers to take the teenager into custody for misdemeanor battery on Sunday. She has since been released.

And now the Public Enemy ...

Flavor Flav & MC Hammer To Join Charlie Sheen At Insane Clown Posse Festival

7/7/2011 8:49am EDT
Flavor Flav
Flavor Flav, Ice Cube, MC Hammer, Bobby Brown and Lil Jon will join Charlie Sheen at the Insane Clown Posse's four-day rap and wrestling festival in Illinois next month.

Sheen announced he'd be among the presenters in an excited tweet on Wednesday, and now the full line-up has been announced.

Sheen and Flav will co-host the music and wresting event, dubbed the Gathering Of The Juggalos, while rappers Ice Cube, Lil Jon, Paul Wall and MC Hammer will join Bobby Brown on the bill.

The 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos will take place at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois from 11-14 August.

Xzibit, ...

Chris Rock 'Offended' By Tracy Morgan's Comments

6/13/2011 12:42pm EDT
Chris Rock
Chris Rock has taken aim at Tracy Morgan for his controversial gay jokes after initially defending the troubled TV funnyman.

The 30 Rock star hit headlines last week after making a series of offensive comments about homosexuality at a stand-up show in Nashville, Tennessee.

Rock initially defended Morgan, telling fans in a post on, "I don't know about you, but I don't want to live in (a) world where Tracy Morgan can't say foul inappropriate s**t."

However, the comedian has now backtracked after reading Morgan's remarks and his subsequent apology, and he made his feelings cle...

Flavor Flav's Iowa Chicken Restaurant Hit With Lawsuit

5/24/2011 10:35pm EDT
Flavor Flav
Rap entrepreneur Flavor Flav is facing more trouble over his failed fried chicken restaurant in Iowa after a food distributor filed suit over an outstanding invoice.

The hip-hop veteran and his co-owner Nick Cimino launched Flav's Fried Chicken in Clinton in January, but Flav withdrew his name from the eatery in April after a bust up with his business partner.

The fall out between Flav and Cimino came just weeks after employees at the restaurant claimed their pay checks had bounced.

Company bosses are now being accused of failing to pay a $12,000 bill for past food shipments from local f...

Flavor Flav Launching A Comedy Tour

5/15/2011 6:15pm EDT
Flavor Flav
Rapper Flavor Flav is preparing to test out his skills as a stand-up comedian by touring the U.S. for a laugh.

The veteran hip-hop star will embark on a series of gigs this summer as part of the Flavor Flav's Freaky Comedy Tour.

He will play a number of sets in Charlotte, North Carolina in August and in Neenah, Wisconsin in October , according to

The tour comes as a boost for the star, who was recently forced to remove his name from his beloved Fried Chicken restaurant in Idaho amid a business dispute.

Flavor Flav Settles Traffic Cases

5/2/2011 10:12pm EDT
Flavor Flav
Rapper Flavor Flav has settled his outstanding legal issues following his arrest in Las Vegas on Friday.

The Public Enemy star, real name William Drayton, Jr., was pulled over by a cop for a routine traffic violation, but a search of his name turned up four outstanding warrants for the hip-hop veteran, each stemming from vehicular charges.

He was booked and released, but Flav was left angered by the police stop, and has hit out at the arresting officer for allegedly trying to "make a name for himself" by booking a famous face.

In a series of posts on, he writes, "I got pulled...

Flavor Flav Arrested In Las Vegas

5/2/2011 3:25pm EDT
Flavor Flav
Rapper Flavor Flav was arrested in Las Vegas on Friday after police found four outstanding warrants for the star, each stemming from vehicular charges.

Cops took the rapper, real name William Jonathon Drayton, Jr., into custody after they realized he was a wanted man after pulling him over for a routine traffic violation.

Flavor Flav was booked and later released.

A law enforcement official revealed the warrants stemmed from four separate incidents the rapper never settled, including driving without proof of insurance, driving without a license and a parking violation, reports

Flavor Flav Plans To Bring His Fried Chicken To Vegas

4/24/2011 3:45pm EDT
Flavor Flav
Hip-hop veteran Flavor Flav is expanding plans to take his fast food franchise to Las Vegas - the new venture will be a megastore featuring a restaurant, a bar and a stage for live music.

The Public Enemy star launched Flav's Fried Chicken in Clinton, Iowa in January and he recently sealed a deal to open a second spot at The Riviera Hotel and Casino in Sin City.

But the rapper's latest project will be on a much grander scale - Flavor Flav's House of Flavor will boast food, drinks and memorabilia, as well as a recording studio and a stage.

Construction on the building will begin on Monday...

Flavor Flav: 'Colonel Sanders, You Better Watch Out'

1/24/2011 4:20pm EST
Flavor Flav
Veteran rapper Flavor Flav is waging war on fast food giant KFC after opening his first fried chicken restaurant in Clinton, Iowa - right next door to a branch of the established chain.

The Public Enemy star launched Flav's Fried Chicken in the city on Monday and he's already planning to expand the business and turn it into a U.S.-wide brand to compete with KFC and its animated spokesman, Colonel Sanders.

He says, "I always said to myself, 'Colonel Sanders, you better watch out. Your boy Flavor Flav is coming and you better watch out."

The hip-hop star acknowledges he's stepping out o...

Flavor Flav Set To Release Memoir

12/28/2010 5:33pm EST
Flavor Flav
Flavor Flav is set to add author to his resume - the rapper is putting pen to paper to write his life story.

The MC, one of the founding members of the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy, is set to release his autobiography, Icon, in March next year.

In the memoir, Flavor Flav - real name William Jonathan Drayton, Jr. - will reflect on his rap career, his struggle with drug abuse, and his reality TV success, according to

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Flavor Flav Launching Vodka And Chicken Range

11/18/2010 3:31pm EST
Flavor Flav
Veteran rapper Flavor Flav has become the latest hip-hop star to enter the alcohol industry - he's launching a range of flavored vodkas. The Public Enemy star has been working on Le Flav Spirits and is aiming to have the liquors on the market early next year.

He says, "I want you all to keep on the look out. It should be on the shelves by January... I'm coming out with a cherry vodka, a berry vodka, an olive vodka, a sweet tea vodka, a bubblegum vodka and a grape vodka."

And Flav is already planning to expand the collection: "Also, I'm coming out with Le Flav Cognac and Chateaux Le Flav...

Comedian Greg Giraldo Dies After Overdose

9/29/2010 9:15pm EDT
Greg Giraldo
Comedian Greg Giraldo has died in the hospital after suffering an accidental drug overdose on Saturday.

The comic, 44, was found unconscious by a friend after mixing up prescription medication, according to reports.

He was taken to a hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he passed away on Wednesday.

Giraldo had a short-lived comedy series on TV in America and is a regular at celebrity roasts on TV network Comedy Central.

Comedian Greg Giraldo Hospitalized After Overdose

9/26/2010 8:55pm EDT
Greg Giraldo
Comedian Greg Giraldo is in critical but stable condition in a New Jersey hospital after suffering an accidental overdose on Saturday.

The comic was found unconscious by a friend after mixing up prescription medication, according to reports.

Sources insist the overdose was not a suicide attempt, according to

Giraldo had a short-lived comedy series on TV in America and is a regular at celebrity roasts on TV network Comedy Central.

Fashion Fails Of The Week: Emma Stone, Christina Hendricks, And Kanye West

9/20/2010 12:00pm EDT
Christina Hendricks
It's that time of the week when we take a look at the latest fashion fails from Hollywood. This particular round-up features a few garish selections that may have looked interesting on the rack but ultimately fall flat on their face on the red carpet.

Emma Stone was at her premiere for Easy A in a dress that showed off her frame but looked like it was suited for a musical interpretation of Cleopatra's life.

Christina Hendricks' dress is made of PEOPLE! Yes, that ridiculous color combination is due to the fact that cartoon women make up the pattern. Usually patterns like this look eithe...

Flavor Flav Behind On Child Support Payments

2/15/2010 1:22pm EST
Flavor Flav Behind On Child Support Payments
Rap veteran Flavor Flav has played down reports he owes his ex-girlfriend more than $63,000 in child support payments, insisting he's been making frequent contributions to pay for their kids' education. Angie Parker, mom to three of Flav's seven children, won a court judgment in January to increase the Public Enemy star's monthly checks from $117 to $837.72.

The ruling was made to include their third kid, who was born years after their original child support agreement in 1996. The new deal, which is expected to cover the youngsters' tuition at a private school, was retroactive to 2008, ...

Can You Really Find Love On A Reality Dating Show?

2/11/2010 5:00pm EST
The Bachelor
Over the years, reality TV programming has become the most sought after form of television in comparison to good old-fashioned scripted dramas and comedies.

What's not to love about the reality of reality TV? There are no actors, which inevitably means real people dealing with real situations - well, that was what it was supposed to be.

Reality dating shows are really popular right now. They focus on one individual dipping his or her hands and other body parts into a group of eligible contestants. Little by little, the lucky individual determines if the eligible suitors are just righ...

Bring Down The House This Holiday Season With 'DJ Hero'!

11/12/2009 6:00pm EST
DJ Hero
Activision Publishing/RedOctane's latest entry into the world of music based video games expands on the concept of their flagship brand, Guitar Hero, and brings the club scene to your gaming console with DJ Hero, the latest title in the music game family. DJ Hero features innovative game play, a soundtrack that is second to none, and a rich experience that puts both wannabe DJs and regular folks literally right into the mix.

Instead of living the rock star fantasy through "Guitar Hero" by performing in a virtual band, this time we take it to the turntables - where mixing, scratching, cro...

This Week's Music News: Chris Brown On Larry King, Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 Leak, More

9/1/2009 11:24am EDT
Chris Brown On Larry King
Goodbye August, hello September. Saying goodbye to the sunny skies and carefree feeling of the summer is always tough, but with a new season comes new music from some of your favorite artists. The passing of DJ AM, Chris Brown on Larry King, Jay-Z's leaked Blueprint 3, and the new video from Drake and Trey Songz rounds out this week's music news.

The music world bids farewell to DJ AM

"New York, New York. Big city of dreams, but everything in New York ain't always what it seems"; this was the last tweet from DJ Am three days before he passed. The music world gasped when it was announce...

Happy Father's Day! Check Out The Worst Celebrity Dads

6/21/2009 8:08am EDT
Bad Celebrity Dads
It's Father's Day, and you know what that means: time for a countdown of the worst celebrity dads. Whether it's excessive partying, too many baby mamas, or just plain bad parenting, these guys have shown the world what NOT to do when raising a kid. Check out our list after the jump...

Alec Baldwin - Offense: calling his daughter a rude little pig

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Lil Wayne - Offense: he has two kids by different mothers & allegedly has two more on the way - with different mothers

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Celebrities Who Should Have Their Own VH1 Dating Shows

5/8/2009 9:57am EDT
VH1 Dating Shows
VH1 used to air music videos and documentary series like "Behind the Music." But now like its sister company MTV, the channel is all reality, all the time. VH1 has become the celebrity dating channel featuring C-list and has been celebs. Shows like Flavor of Love and Rock of Love have been two of the popular celebrity dating shows on the network. These shows have been very successful and have rejuvenated the careers of Flavor Flav and Bret Michaels. R & B star Ray J has even had his own dating show on VH1 even though he's not a has been or C-list celebrity.

Here's some celebrities who...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 16

3/16/2009 3:00am EDT
Lauren Graham
Happy Birthday to "Firefly" actor Alan Tudyk (1971), "Gilmore Girl" Lauren Graham (1967), singer/songwriter Patty Griffin (1964), Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav (1959), Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson (1954), French actress Isabelle Huppert (1953), English stage star Kate Nelligan (1950), stage actor Victor Garber (1949), "ChiPs" actor Erik Estrada (1949), low-budget director David Cronenberg (1943), outlaw country artist Jerry Jeff Walker (1942), game show host Chuck Woolery (1940), "Last Tango in Paris" director Bernardo Bertolucci (1940), folk-rocker Fred Neil (1936; d. 2001), comedian/act...