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Cousin Ed
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Meck
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  • Atlanta, GA
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Usher Spills His Heart About Girlfriend Grace Miguel, Talks His BODY & New Album

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Usher is now ready to let the world know about the love of his life: Girlfriend Grace Miguel.  Check out what the Billboard cover guy had to say about his woman inside, plus the status of his indefinitely pushed back album and more...

After years of hiding her under the guise of ONLY being his manager, Usher is opening up about long time girlfriend Grace Miguel.  At 44, she's 8 years his senior (we all know he has a thing for older women).  And it seems she's used her wisdom to help the superstar turn his way of thinking all the way around.

In the new issue of Billboard, cover star Usher spilled his heart about Ms. Grace saying:

 

"I have an incredible partner and manager.  She has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life and my career.

She's someone who has been able to support and understand all of who I am.  Not just as a dancer or as a performer or as a singer, but as a humanitarian and a businessman and as a person.  One thing that has come from having a great partner like Grace is being able to cherish the places that I've gone," he says. "We see the monumental sites, go to the museums, eat in the best restaurants. I'm that guy now! In the past I'd do what I have to do and get on the bus to the next city. Life has become a vacation."

Sweet!

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He also spoke on his protege Justin Beiber, his friendship with Diddy and that album folks have been waiting on.  Here's a few highlights of the single dad (he has primary custody of his two sons with ex-wife Tameka Raymond) had to say about life:

On pushing his album back indefinitely:

"I just ain't ready. Meaning I have more that I want to say and more that I want to do. My process is pretty different. L.A. Reid will tell you, it takes two albums to make one with Usher.

Marketing is more important than it has ever been," he says. "But I'm trying to tear the layers back and make it not so contrived. I think people just want entertainment. For certain artists it might be hard, but they don't have the show."

On his extra fit body

 "These days, I try to eat for my blood type when I'm not eating for the fat kid inside me," he says. His blood type? "A doctor I know came up with it, but hasn't released it yet, so I don't want to tell you too much about it," he explains. "But the idea is to eat the foods that work best for your body. For my blood type the meats I can eat are pork, beef and fish."

 

On friendship Diddy

"I'd say I earned my stripes in New York City. My time with Puff, it gave me chutzpah....I got to see performers like Tupac Shakur," he says. "Redman, Method Man, Ice Cube. I got to perform onstage with The Notorious B.I.G., be in sessions with him and Craig Mack. I got to be part of the driving force that was Bad Boy, that was Puff."

Read the entire cover story HERE.

SPEAKING OUT: Janay Rice Says She's "Saddened" By Twitter Trolls & Ray Rice-Inspired Domestic Violence Halloween Costume

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Janay Rice has expressed her feelings about the Halloween costume that makes a mockery of her domestic dispute with husband Ray.  See what she said inside... 

 

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Halloween sometimes brings out the worst in people.  Every year, our Facebook feeds and Twitter timelines are hit with folks dressing up in Blackface (because it's still funny to some) or other offensive costumes in the search of a few laughs.  The photo above shows a new entry into the world of tasteless costumes via the Ray and Janay Rice elevator abuse video. 

While Ray and his legal team fight for his right to return to the NFL, Janay is fighting her own battle...online.  Recently she responded back to a Twitter troll who suggested that her domestic dispute happened because she married a Black man and THEN she was confronted with the costume above taking over her timeline.  Here's what she said... 

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We can only imagine the position Janay Rice is in..... having to deal with this in a very public manner.  We hope people stay away from this costume and recognize that domestic violence is not a laughing matter. 

 

EXTRAS:

1.  Black Notre Dame Freshman football star dating MUCH older porn star...and he snapped a pic IN BED with her for social media.  Story

 

 

Photos via Janay RIce's Twitter/Reddit

SEXY SELLER: Halle Berry RE-LAUNCHES Affordable Lingerie Company “Scandale Paris” At Target

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Ladies! Halle Berry just launched a brand new line of lingerie. And you won’t have to break the bank to get your hands on a few pieces. Get the deets inside…

Ladies get excited! “Extant” star Halle Berry is launching a brand new lingerie line to add a little sexiness in your life. The fab mother-of-two launched “Scandale Paris” today, which will be launching in select Target stores and online (Target.com) on Monday, October 27th. Pieces from her collection range from $7 panties to $18 panties. Now that’s a deal!

After being the face of countless other brands, Halle felt that it was time to do something she was proud of for herself. So, while visiting her husband Olivier Martinez in Paris, she discovered 80-year-old Parisian luxury lingerie label Scandale.  She decided to revamp the brand and make it her own company.  That's what we love to see!

She told Women's Wear Daily,

“For many years, I’ve endorsed the brands of others like Revlon. I sort of partnered with Coty and started making my own fragrances. But those aren’t my own companies. I decided for my own evolution as a woman and an entrepreneur, it’s time for me to step out and really be part owner of something that I believed in and not just lend my name to a brand,” she said.

 

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Yesterday morning, she was spotted trying to keep dry as she made her way to Ladurée in SoHo for her 10-piece Scandale Paris negligee unveiling. Inspired by classic Scandale ads and wanting to fuse Parisian style into America she said, “I thought this would be the perfect way to bring that Parisian glamour and sophistication that I feel about all things Parisian to America.”

The 48-year-old Oscar winning actress trekked it in a black Rebecca Vallance leather skirt, sexy black lace top and black Louboutin heels.

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So what inspired her to do lingerie?

“I understand that women want to feel sexy and beautiful. They want to have undergarments that are very functional, but to still feel beautiful when we take our clothes off. That’s really important and that’s a way to make women feel sexy and validated — all the ways we as women need to feel. And I love lingerie. It’s always been important in my life. This is a very important endeavor that feels very in line with who I am.”

Nice! So how many of you are grabbing some of Halle's lingerie faves on Monday?  Anything Halle thinks is sexy...we're here for it.
 

Photos: Getty/FameFlynet

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