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Cartier refused Vanessa Hudgens

Speaking with InStyle, "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens initially said she'd never had a credit card denied, only to immediately recant. “Oh wait, yes, I have!" Page Six quoted the 29-year-old beauty. "Because I tried to spend more money than what’s allowed. I think I was at like, Cartier, buying myself a Cartier bracelet probably, like, 10 years ago." Hudgens didn't grow up rich, and admitted it took her a while to learn to spend wisely once she was pulling down big bucks. “I mean," she said, "I used to buy Louis Vuitton bags all the time, and it was kind of a mess.”

Royals really are different 

So many tiaras, so little time. People cited a report that Meghan Markle, 37, wanted to wear an emerald tiara for her wedding to Prince Harry, 34, not the plain old Queen Mary Diamond bandeau she eventually went with. “Meghan had her heart set on this tiara with emeralds, and Prince Harry hit the roof when they were told it was impossible for her to wear it,” an anonymous source told London's The Sun. It led to what the paper called “a very heated exchange” — prompting Queen Elizabeth, 92, to have words with grandson Harry. The problem? Buckingham Palace was apparently concerned the provenance of the emeralds in question could not be established. 

Backstreet Boys set Little Caesars Arena date

Pop group the Backstreet Boys announced their biggest arena tour in nearly 20 years Friday, including an Aug. 12 date at Little Caesars Arena. Tickets, which start at $29, go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday via 313Presents.com, Ticketmaster or Live Nation, by calling (800) 745-3000 or by visiting the box office at Little Caesars. For every ticket purchased, the buyer will receive a copy of the vocal group’s 10th studio album, “DNA,” which is out Jan. 25 on RCA Records.

Aretha in Thanksgiving Day Parade, in spirit 

The Queen of Soul will be at the 92nd America’s Thanksgiving Parade in spirit. Members of Aretha Franklin’s family have been invited to participate in her honor, along with the Cass Tech High School Marching Band, Detroit's Parade Company announced Thursday. Other celebrities will include Baseball Hall of Famer and former Detroit Tiger Jack Morris, Olympic snowboarder Kyle Mack, Olympic ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani and 2018 Boston Marathon winner Desiree Linden, who's from Washington Township. Bay City native Korie Lee Blossey, starring in Disney's "Aladdin” next month at the Detroit Opera House, will also perform. 

Saturday's birthdays

Miranda Lambert, 35

Ellen Pompeo, 49

Tracy Morgan, 50

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