People: Sharon Needles, Hines Ward, Rielle Hunter, Jennifer Nettles

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Bloomfield's own Sharon Needles, winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race," will perform Wednesday at the Barefoot Wine Pride Kick Off Celebration at Crimson dance club in New York City. The celebration benefits NYC Heritage of Pride. For more information, visit

McFarlane Toys has teamed with Warner Bros. and DC Comics to create an action figure of Hines Ward catching a pass as a member of the Gotham Rogues in "The Dark Knight Rises." The former Steeler can be seen in the black and gold Gotham uniform running on an exploding Heinz Field in the trailer for the Batman film, which filmed here last summer and used several Steelers in an explosive football sequence. The 6-inch figure comes with a base that features the movie's logo and will retail for $12.99 when it is available in October.

In Rielle Hunter's new memoir, "What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me" -- out June 26 and excerpted exclusively in the upcoming issue of People -- Hunter reveals for the first time the full story of her affair with John Edwards, excruciating new details about his wife Elizabeth's wrath upon her discovery of their relationship, and what kind of father Edwards is to their little girl, Quinn, 4.

Hunter's book begins with their now-famous first encounter in February 2006, when she glimpsed Edwards at New York's Regency Bar and declared, "You're so hot." But her chronicle reveals much more about their passionate romance and, explosively, his revelation that she was not his first mistress, despite his 32-year marriage to Elizabeth.

As she explains in her book, "He told me that he had an entire hidden life that had gone on for decades and that he was currently involved with three different women. One lived in Los Angeles, one in Florida and one in Chicago. Clearly this behavior of his was not going to change overnight."

Hunter spent the night at his hotel, and they began their affair. "We were like a pair of teenagers," she writes, "completely attached." She claims that she never felt Elizabeth was an "innocent victim" and describes how Edwards' wife grew increasingly suspicious as Hunter followed him around on the campaign trail.

Edwards, she writes, told her that he and Elizabeth would have marathon fights and that the marriage had been in trouble for many years, "filled with issues that clearly neither Johnny nor Elizabeth wanted to address. They did not want to disclose the truth to themselves, much less the public."

About the man she calls "Johnny," she writes, "I really don't believe his lying about women was malicious. He used it as a defense to keep real feelings at bay."

Hunter, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., with their daughter, whom she co-parents with Edwards (who lives two hours away, in Raleigh-Durham), says their relationship has changed over the years.

"It's better and more complicated at the same time," she says. "I have a deeper understanding of him as a dad and as a person who puts his children first. And I believe he has more respect and deeper appreciation of me now."

Nearly seven months after getting married, Jennifer Nettles has plenty to sing about: The Sugarland singer is pregnant.

It will be the first child for the "Duets" mentor and her husband, entrepreneur Justin Miller.

The Grammy winner, 37, is due in November, Sugarland manager Gail Gellman says, which will coincide with the couple's first anniversary since their sunset wedding ceremony in Nashville, in which Nettles dazzled in an Alexander McQueen gown at a chapel nestled in the Smoky Mountains.

Jack Osbourne has the support of one of his biggest fans.

A day after her younger brother revealed he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Kelly Osbourne showed her respect and admiration for him on Twitter as she asked others to do the same, People reports.

"Please support my brother @mrjacko in not only his bravery but honesty!" his sister tweeted. "i love you so much jack & I'm so proud of you!"

As for Osbourne, 26, who found out he had the disease (which affects the central nervous system) just two weeks after he and fiancee Lisa Stelly welcomed daughter Pearl Clementine in April, he had nothing but gratitude for all of those who expressed their support.

"Thank you all so much for the kind and inspirational words," he tweeted. "It means a lot. #adaptandovercome."

The reality star seemed to keep with his routine, stepping out to walk his dog Monday near his home in Los Angeles.

Before the world began keeping up with her family's antics, before the fragrance lines and before the magazine covers, Kim Kardashian was famous for the infamous, People reports.

But now, five years since her sex tape with ex-boyfriend Ray J was released, the reality star says she understands the impact it's had on her career.

"Would you be where you are had there not been a sex tape?" Oprah Winfrey asked Kardashian on Sunday's "Oprah's Next Chapter."

"You know, I think that's how I was definitely introduced to the world," Kardashian, 31, said of the sex tape, which was the focus of a lawsuit until she settled with Vivid Entertainment to distribute it. "It was a negative way, so I felt like I really had to work 10 times harder to get people to see the real me."

Shooting down the long-lived rumor she released the tape herself, she says she's always been concerned about "humiliating the family," including mom Kris Jenner, 56, stepfather Bruce Jenner, 62, sisters Kourtney, 33, Khloe, 27, Kendall, 16, Kylie, 14, and brother Rob, 25, who joined her on the special.

When it was released, she said, she turned to her mom, panicked. It was a "really bad day" mom Kris recalls. "No mother ever wants to hear something like that," she said earlier in the interview. "I could tell she was in a lot of pain."

Today, Kim says she embraces the sex tape that jump-started her fame, as well as her 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries, as parts of her life.

"I have to live with the choices I have made," she said. "And I can't dwell on it."

Paul McCartney once sang about life "when I get older, losing my hair, many years from now" when he imagined how life would be when he was 64.

Six years down the line, the former Beatle turns 70 riding high, with his reputation as one of Britain's best loved musicians intact. He performed for Queen Elizabeth II for the concert this month to mark her diamond jubilee and will star in the London Olympics opening ceremony on July 27, the Associated Press reports.

For years McCartney's personal life threatened to eclipse his music, with his messy divorce from second wife Heather Mills. In October he married American heiress Nancy Shevell and appears to have found his rhythm again.

Aung San Suu Kyi and Bono are hanging out.

The Myanmar democracy activist has joined forces with the U2 frontman, one of her key backers, as her European tour moves to Ireland, the Associated Press reports.

The pair answered questions Monday at an Oslo conference of peace mediators before they flew together to Dublin.

Both were asked about the impact of Bono's 2000 song, "Walk On," that paid tribute to Suu Kyi, who was then midway through her years of house arrest.

Bono, who hadn't met Suu Kyi before, said he was feeling "starstruck" and described her as "a tough customer."

Suu Kyi says the song's lyrics were "very close to how I feel. ... It's your own two legs that have to carry you on."


First Published June 19, 2012 4:00 AM


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