Michelle Obama, top, the first lady, didn't get to dougie with Aretha on Saturday. )
Aretha sad to miss first lady's party
Aretha Franklin sent out a statement Sunday saying how bummed out she was to have to miss the first lady’s 50th birthday party. “I’m so disappointed I couldn’t attend Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday party due to scheduling,” Franklin said in the release. “I was looking forward to ‘Dougie Freshing’ with her. I send beaucoup well wishes and all good things for our sparkling and resplendent first lady.” The party took place Saturday night on the entire State Floor of the White House. The guest list included many celebs including Beyoncé (who performed), Samuel L. Jackson, Rachael Ray, Magic Johnson and Stevie Wonder. According to the media buzz the following day, the highlight of the party was seeing President Obama dance the “Dougie.”
Gomez text to Bieber: you are a drug addict
There is more drama for Justin Bieber this week. Radar Online reports they have proof of text messages and photos sent between the pop starand singer/actress Selena Gomez. The exchange started with Bieber pleading with Gomez, telling her he loves her. She retorted by calling him a drug addict and telling him he needs help, to which he responded with a photo of his penis. Gomez also called out Bieber for letting his friend Lil Za “take the fall for your actions,” referring to an incident last week in which Lil Za was arrested for drug possession at Bieber’s house, where authorities were called after the singer allegedly egged a neighbor’s house. (According to TMZ, there were three bongs and four or five empty bottles of codeine found in the house as well, but Bieber wasn’t arrested for anything.) A few more expletive-laden texts were sent back and forth after that. Radar Online says Bieber’s camp dismisses the texts as phony, but Gomez’s people have been quiet.
■Former Detroit radio host, producer and jazz musician Bud Spangler (uncle of Detroit musician R.J. Spangler), passed away at age 75 from lung cancer in California last week.
■Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman checked himself in for a 30-day rehab treatment last week for alcohol addiction, TMZ reports.
■Detroit radio legend Dick Purtan will emcee the third annual Comedy for a Cause fundraiser at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak on Feb. 11, which benefits the Salvation Army.
Sue Whitall contributed.