People: Robin Roberts, Clive Davis, Kelly Clarkson, Mindy McCready, David Axelrod, Mario Lopez, Paul McCartney
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Robin Roberts is ready for her big return to "Good Morning America," E! News reports.
The co-anchor, who makes her way back to the program today after being on medical leave following a successful bone marrow transplant last September, opened up to her colleagues prior to taking her seat on the show again.
"I have visualized this moment," Roberts told George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer and Sam Champion during a recent conversation with them about her return. "I know when I sit back down ... and I look over and I see you and I see you and I see you and I see you, it's going to be, all is right in the world. And it's going to seem like no time has passed at all."
Yet Roberts admitted she does feel some trepidation.
"I haven't done live television since the end of August," she said. "So I'm a little bit nervous ... but you got my back ... that's what I'm not nervous about ... I know that you have my back."
Clive Davis has had a legendary professional career in the music business. Now, at 80, he is making an intimate personal revelation -- that he is bisexual, People reports.
The longtime record producer, who was married and divorced twice, has spent the past 20 years in relationships with two men -- a doctor for 13 years and an unnamed partner for the past seven -- he reveals in a new memoir, "The Sound Track of My Life."
"For over 50 years I never had sex with a male. I wasn't repressed. I had very good sexual relationships with women," he tells ABC's "Nightline."
The "Nightline" interviewer, Cynthia McFadden, pushed Davis on the issue of bisexuality, asking him about the old adage that people are "either gay, straight or lying."
"I'm not lying," Davis said. "[Bisexuality] exists."
McFadden then asked if Davis felt ashamed after first sleeping with a man. "I never felt shame, no," he replied. "I felt puzzled. The subject of bisexuality really needs much more discussion. It's a status that does exist."
Davis said his current partner attends industry events and travels with him, as any partner would, but he declined to reveal his identity in order to protect his privacy.
Davis, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ran companies including Columbia Records, Arista Records, J Records and RCA Music Group. He is credited with launching or boosting the careers of Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson, among many others.
Davis is the father of three children and is the chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment, the AP reports.
And there's more news out of Clive Davis' new book.
"American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson is fighting back after getting wind that the legendary music exec included mention of her in his new autobiography "The Soundtrack of My Life," E! News reports.
"So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music," the 30-year-old bride-to-be posted on her WhoSay page earlier today. "I refuse to be bullied, and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans. It feels like a violation. Growing up is awesome because you learn you don't have to cower to anyone -- even Clive Davis."
Then she got into it.
"First, he says I burst into 'hysterical sobbing' in his office when he demanded 'Since You Been Gone' be on my album," Clarkson writes. "Not true at all. His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo, and Clive did not. [Producers] Max [Martin], [Dr.] Luke and I still fought for the bigger sound and we prevailed and I couldn't be more proud of the life of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way."
Clarkson recounts a time when Davis did bring her to tears during a meeting in his office.
"I cried after I played him a song I had written about my life called 'Because of You,'" she writes. "I cried because he hated it and told me verbatim that I was a 'sh--ty' writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me."
Clarkson doesn't stop there.
"He also goes on to say 'My December' wasn't successful because I co-penned the album and it didn't have 'pop hits,' " Clarkson continued. "Well, first let me say, I've co-penned many of my 'pop hits.' Secondly, 'My December' went platinum. (It sold 20,000 less than 'All I Ever Wanted' which followed 'My December.') Hardly a huge failure."
"Anyway, I love my job. I love my music. I love my fans. I love my label and all of my professional relationships ... now," Clarkson concludes the lengthy post. "And I am grateful for Clive for teaching me to know the difference."
Just days before her apparent suicide, Mindy McCready was ready to release a suicide-prevention video dedicated to her deceased boyfriend David Wilson, People reports.
As she sings "I'll See You Yesterday," a song intended for her next album, a photo of a rural scene transitions to pictures of McCready and Wilson, followed by contact information for suicideispreventable.org. It had been intended to be used as a PSA.
"She told me that it was beautiful, it made her cry and was exactly what she wanted," says Dan "Danno" Hanks, a private investigator friend who produced the video. "I asked her if I could post it and Mindy's answer was, 'You'll know when it's right.' In hindsight she was having me produce her suicide video."
Hanks posted the video on YouTube on Sunday after McCready was found dead on the porch of her Arkansas home after apparently shooting herself. Last month, Wilson was found dead in the same house, also with a gunshot wound to the head.
The song, written by McCready pal Courtney Dashe and co-writer Jason Walker, is about remembering the good in relationships that had gone sour.
"We know she has been through a lot and the song clearly resonated with her," says Dashe, who watched McCready cry after hearing the song for the first time in 2009. "[Danno] said the song had been really helping her cope with the loss of her boyfriend."
David Axelrod, former strategist and aide to President Barack Obama, has landed a new job at NBC News, The Associated Press reports.
The network said Tuesday that Axelrod is joining as a senior political analyst. He'll contribute to broadcasts on both NBC News and the cable network MSNBC.
Axelrod helped run Obama's successful campaigns in 2008 and 2012 and worked as an adviser to the president during his first term. The former political writer and columnist for the Chicago Tribune started his own political and media consulting firm in 1984.
NBC already employs Steve Schmidt, a top adviser to Obama's 2008 opponent John McCain, as an analyst.
Mario Lopez and his wife, Courtney, are expecting their second child in late summer, the newlyweds announced Tuesday on "EXTRA," People reports.
"I am the happiest father in the world. We cannot wait to welcome baby Lopez No. 2 into our lives," the "X Factor" host, 39, said.
Two-year-old daughter Gia Francesca broke the news in her own way, appearing onscreen with a sign reading, "I'm going to be a big sister."
The family then celebrated with a surprise baby shower, featuring balloons, guests and gifts from Carousel Designs, among others.
Shortly after the couple tied the knot in December during a lavish outdoor ceremony in Mexico, Lopez made it clear that expanding their family further was a top priority.
"We're working on that. Right after the wedding," he said at the time. "We'll wait for the guests to leave and then we're getting right on that!"
nThere will be a British invasion of the main stage at Bonnaroo this year, the AP reports.
Paul McCartney and Mumford & Sons are among the headliners for the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.
The four-day festival always features an eclectic roster, but this year's event, to be held June 13-16, is even more varied than usual.
Returnees Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers also hold down a headliner spot. R. Kelly, Bjork, Wu-Tang Clan, Wilco, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, The National, Kendrick Lamar, Nas and ZZ Top also top the list announced Tuesday by "Weird" Al Yankovic via Bonnaroo's YouTube channel.
Tickets will go on sale at noon on Saturday.
First Published February 20, 2013 12:00 am