Grapevine: Eminem and Nicki Minaj dating?

Michael H. Hodges
The Detroit News
When a fan asked Nicki Minaj, right,  on Instagram if she was dating Eminem, left, she replied "Yes!"

Eminem + Nicki Minaj? 

Is it a rapper-on-rapper romance? Page Six reports Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer and actress Nicki Minaj just might be Eminem's new squeeze. In justification, fans cite lyrics in Minaj's single "Big Bank," which references the "Lose Yourself" guy. “Told ’em I met Slim Shady, bag the Em / Once he go black, he’ll be back again,” Minaj, 35, raps in the song that also features Big Sean and 2 Chainz.  

Minaj also promoted the new track on Instagram. Intrigued by the Eminem references, a fan put it to Minaj: “You dating Eminem???” Her response? “Yes!” Neither artist has since commented, however. Eminem, 45, divorced Kim Mathers in 2001. He's said dating's been difficult ever since, and admits using dating apps on occasion. “Yeah, Tinder. And Grindr,” he reportedly told Vulture. “I also used to go to strip clubs.”

Actress Rose McGowan spoke at the inaugural Women's Convention in October in Detroit.

Rose McGowan astonished

One of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein, 66, of sexual assault, actress Rose McGowan, can’t believe the mogul's finally been charged with rape. “I actually didn’t believe this day would come,” Page Six reports McGowan, 44, told “Megyn Kelly Today” on Friday.

“It’s kind of like living in a Salvador Dali painting, this whole thing. And to see him do the Bill Cosby old-man perp walk on the way in, so we already know what he is planning, to see him in cuffs on the way out, whether he smiled or not, that’s a very good feeling.” 

McGowan says she was raped by Weinstein in 1997. She thinks he was probably as stunned as she that he ultimately got busted, because “the system was created by men like him and his accomplices to protect him.”

George Takei accuser recants

Scott R. Brunton, who accused Trekkie George Takei, 81, of drugging him and groping his crotch without consent 37 years ago, seems to be walking back his allegations. In an interview with The Observer, when pushed, the former model now living in Portland, Oregon, couldn't remember whether Takei actually touched his privates — only the latest example where Brunton's story has apparently changed. The reporter asked him to be precise: “Did (Taklei) touch your genitals?” Brunton reportedly said, “You know … probably … He was clearly on his way to … to … to going somewhere.”

Similar doubts have been cast on Brunton's contention that Takei slipped a date-rape drug into his drink at a gay bar. Toxicologists doubt Brunton could have operated a car or remembered the evening if he'd been drugged with knock-outs like substances like Rohypnol or quaaludes.

Cops bust 'Carpool Karaoke'

"Late Late Show" host James Corden and Maroon 5's Adam Levine, both 39, were happily filming a "Carpool Karaoke" scene in Los Angeles, belting out the band's 2002 hit, "She Will Be Loved" while driving around, when the cops pulled them over, according to "What do the police want?" Corden asked, rolling down the window to see what was the matter. The cop in question was reportedly very cool, responding, "I want to pull you over so he can sing a song for me," referring to Levine. Otherwise, the officer added, "You can cause a traffic hazard." Which would not be a good thing. 

Saturday's birthdays

Scott Disick, 35

Helena Bonham Carter, 52

Stevie Nicks, 70