July 27, 2018 at 8:00 am PST | by Billy Masters
Summer’s gossip scoops

Elton John on vacation in St. Tropez with his husband David Furnish, actor Neil Patrick Harris, his husband David Burtka and both couples’ children. (Photo via Twitter)

“I’ve had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife.  It was like, ‘Wow, does that mean I am gay?’  And my wife laid it out for me.  She calls it ‘two spirit’, which is what the Native Americans call someone who can love both man and woman. I really like that.” –

Jason Mraz on his same-sex experiences. I believe his Indian name may be “Sleeps With Everyone.”
Last week I told you that Dame Diana Rigg publicly chastised Lauren Ambrose for taking matinees off from “My Fair Lady.” Now it’s just been announced that the person leaving the company is…Dame Diana Rigg! I suppose it makes sense – she’s in two scenes, serves tea, no song, and a handful of lines. Is this parting of her own accord?  We don’t know, but she will be gone as of Sept. 9. In cheerier news, happy birthday, Dame Diana!

When Harry Styles helped a girl come out to her mother as gay, I cheekily said, “the ball’s in your court, Harry.” I never imagined my opinion held such weight.  But at the last show on his tour, he covered Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” – which already is about a girl-on-girl crush.  When Harry sang it, the pronouns didn’t change, nor did the descriptions like “I want her long blond hair, I want her magic touch, Yeah, ’cause maybe then you’d want me just as much.” After the song, Harry quipped, “Eh, we’re all a little bit gay.” Baby steps, lad.

Remember when people thought Richard Simmons was being held prisoner in his home by his housekeeper? Well, one person decided to investigate that story and got a bit carried away. Scott Brian Mathews is a private detective. Why he became fascinated with Simmons is unknown, but it has been alleged that he installed a tracking device on a car belonging to Richard’s housekeeper, Teresa Reveles. Allegedly, this is how he knew when Simmons was on the move – such as when he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai for dehydration. Simmons and Reveles have filed a lawsuit against Mathews, and the LA City Attorney has opened an investigation. “Richard and Teresa are very thankful to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office for its cooperation in this matter. Everyone is entitled to the same basic principles to privacy and security. No one has the right to infringe on that,” said Simmons’ attorney.

Guy Pearce has opened up about working with Kevin Spacey on “LA Confidential.” During a television interview, he characterized Spacey as “Tough one to talk about at the moment. Amazing actor – incredible actor. Hmm, slightly difficult time with Kevin. He’s a handsy guy. Yeah, thankfully I was 29 and not 14.” Once the quote went viral, Pearce “wished to clarify his comments regarding Spacey and that while he was not sexually assaulted, he was made to feel uncomfortable.” Go on…

Just when you thought it was safe to watch “The View,” next season will bring yet another retooling of the panel. As the show went on summer hiatus, Paula Faris announced she was leaving both her part-time gig at “The View” and hosting “Good Morning America Weekend” to…wait for it…do faith-based podcasts for ABC! The breakout star of the current panel has been Sara Haines. She’s so good, ABC is pulling her from “The View” to co-host the third hour of “Good Morning America” with that lisping Michael Strahan. The combustible relationship between Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain smoothed over when the gals found a common denominator – drinking.  They are suddenly much more chummy and likely staying put. Needless to say, Whoopi and Joy ain’t going anywhere.

With “Mamma Mia 2,” many people think Cher is jumping on the ABBA bandwagon. Not so. “I was a HUGE fan. I saw the musical on Broadway three times and was dancing in the aisles with everybody.” And her connection with ABBA isn’t done.  “After I did ‘Fernando’, I thought: it would really be fun to do an album of ABBA songs, so I did. It’s not what you think of when you think of ABBA, because I did it in a different way.” 

Elton John and Neil Patrick Harris have continued their parental bromance with another round of summer vacations. Elton, Neil, the two Davids and the various children took off for Saint-Tropez in France. The group has been seen frolicking all over the South of France. It must be working – they’ve been doing vacations together since 2011!

Meanwhile, Lance Bass has announced that he and hubby Michael Turchin would like to have kids. The only thing standing in their way is an egg. “We’ve gone through a lot of egg donors already. I think we’re on our fourth that we’re looking at right now.  It could take a while.”  I assume they’ll also need a womb – possibly a womb with a view.  Personally, I think they’re only doing this to get on the Elton John vacation circuit!

Jack Mackenroth is better known for taking off his clothes than making them.  The “Project Runway” alum has been doing porn for JustFor.Fans and OnlyFans.com to supplement his income.  “The money is really incredible.  I’m going to nursing school in the fall, so this is a means to an end for me. I charge the cost of three lattes at Starbucks a month, but people are so demanding; there’s no way I can have sex and film something everyday.” He’s willing to bend over forward and backwards to make ends meet, as you’ll see on BillyMasters.com.

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