Stars & Stripes festival moves to Novi, Jimmy Buffet comes to DTE and more celebrity news


Paris Jackson says she was her father’s ‘favorite’

In an exclusive interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Paris Jackson opened up about what it was like being the daughter of the King of Pop. “I wasn’t around a lot of other girls. When I was a kid, I was with my dad and my two brothers,” Paris told Harper’s Bazaar, which featured her on April’s cover. “Growing up, I was treated as the favorite because I was the only girl. I was the princess; I was perfect in my dad’s eyes.” Her other siblings are Prince Jackson, now 20, and Blanket Jackson, 15. Paris was 11 when their father, Michael Jackson, died eight years ago. Now 18, she’s an aspiring model and last week made her acting debut as a photographer on “Star.” “Plenty of times I’ve thought about not doing anything in the public eye and having my own private life. Then I started seeing how everything in the world is going. And I feel like each year it’s getting worse,” Paris said. “I know there are a lot of people who would feel very blessed to be in my position, so I want to use it for important things. I have a couple of ideas. I have a lot of ideas, but I’m still trying to figure out the right way to do it.”

Stars & Stripes festival moves to Novi

This summer’s Stars and Stripes Festival will relocate from Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights to Novi’s Suburban Collection Showplace. The move comes after the event’s contract was not renewed by Palace Sports and Entertainment last fall. The festival will be June 29-July 2 at the Suburban Collection and will bring with it a carnival, fireworks and performances from local and national acts. Along with a new venue, the event is also debuting a Monster Truck Car Crush this year. The entertainment lineup and schedule will be announced soon.

Jimmy Buffett tour comes to DTE

Attention Parrotheads: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform July 11 at DTE Energy Music Theatre, venue officials announced Tuesday. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 24 through Ticketmaster.

‘SpongeBob’ creator announces ALS diagnosis

“SpongeBob SquarePants” creator Stephen Hillenburg revealed Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. The 55-year-old creator of Nickelodeon’s longest-running series told Variety he wanted fans to find out directly from him. “Anyone who knows me knows that I will continue to work on ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ and my other passions for as long as I am able,” he said. “My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support.”

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YouTube cooking sensation Felicia “Auntie Fee” O’Dell is on life support after suffering a heart attack over the weekend. While a few media outlets like TMZ have declared she died, O’Dell’s family said she is at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrence, California, and posted on her Facebook page “Auntie fee is not dead ...”

Compiled by Stephanie Steinberg

Melody Baetens contributed.

Thursday’s birthdays

Jerry Lewis, 91

Flavor Flav, 58

Lauren Graham, 50

Brooke Burns, 39

Danny Brown, 36

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