Justin Bieber, 19, will keep on singing, despite rumors of the opposite. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Justin Bieber’s management team says he’s not retiring from music, so stop reporting that! Perez Hilton reports that Scott Manson said Justin is “100 percent” not calling it quits, and Allison Kaye said: “Justin is a hard-working 19-year-old who would prefer that his recent fundraising work in the Philippines and the considerable amount raised for the cause be the media’s focus more than the recent reporting on him retiring.” How about telling the Biebs not to tell everybody he’s retiring?
Roberts comes out
“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, 53, came out as gay on her Facebook page over the weekend. She wrote: “I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together.” The ABC-TV personality’s 10-year relationship with massage therapist Amber Laign, 39, hasn’t been a secret, but it’s the first time Roberts made a public statement about it.
Country-folk music for New Year's Day
New Year’s Eve — so-so music, cheap champagne, amateur night. A better bet is the New Year’s Day concert by Chris Buhalis at the Old Town Tavern, 122 W. Liberty, in Ann Arbor. Starting at 5 p.m., Buhalis (accompanied by Dave Keeney and Jason Dennie) will sing the songs of Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt. The singer/guitarist had an accident last year that injured his hand. This will be Buhalis’ last gig until May; he’s having one more surgery soon to repair the damage.
A Supreme's sister passes
Maxine “Precious” Ballard Jenkins, 71, sister of the late Florence Ballard of the Supremes, and author of “The True Story of Florence Ballard,” was laid to rest in a private ceremony Saturday in Detroit. Jenkins died Dec. 13 after a yearlong bout with colon and liver cancer. The eighth of 15 children born to Lurlee and Jesse Ballard, Jenkins grew up in the Brewster Projects, where she and sister Flo were known as “Blondie” (Flo) and “Dagwood” (Maxine). The two were singing on a front stoop in Brewster one day when manager Milton Jenkins happened by. That led to the Supremes for Flo; for Maxine, it led to marriage. She and Jenkins had five children. She became a teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, where she worked until her 2006 retirement.