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'Queer Eye' star Tan France bleached his skin at age 10. In his new memoir, "Queer Eye" star Tan France reveals that as a child, he stole bleaching cream from his cousin and tried to lighten his skin. "The importance of being pale is very bizarre. The people around me certainly didn't intend to pass on this belief, but I was aware of it and affected by it just the same," wrote France, who grew up in England as the son of Pakistani immigrants. "When I was five, I remember thinking, 'God, I'd give anything to be white. I just want to be white, I want to be white, I want to be white.' I had been so conditioned to think that if you were white, you were automatically more attractive." The now-36-year-old took his cousin's cream and bleached his skin when he was just 10 years old, never telling anyone what he was doing. "I haven't had the balls to tell her I took it, because, since then, I've been ashamed of the fact that I succumbed to the pressure," the Netflix host admitted, adding, "I kept the dirty little secret to myself. I'd only use it at night, before bed, when no one else was going to catch me. Let me tell you, that shit hurt." France spends a lot of his book, "Naturally Tan," talking about how hard it was growing up as a South Asian person in England, and the constant fear of being bullied just for walking around the neighborhood. He said that if his brother wasn't walking to school with him, he would run there out of fear of getting beaten up. "I had another dream as a kid, which angers me now," he wrote. "But I've talked to many friends of colour who have told me they shared the same dream, and that is to wake up white. I first had that dream when I was very, very young, because I worried constantly that if I went outside the house, bad things would happen to me." He didn't tell anyone about the dreams back then because he said he didn't want to appear "weak." After everything he went through, France is now proud of his identity. "If you ask me what my favourite thing about my appearance is, I'll say my skin," he said. "I think my skin colour is beautiful. As a ten-year-old, I could never have imagined that you could find my skin colour beautiful, and I'm willing to bet most nonwhite people have thought the same thing." (PageSix)

Marlon Wayans Defends Teenage Daughter And Calls Out "Ignorance" of Anti-LGBT Comments. Marlon Wayans is feeling and sharing the love. The 46-year-old praised his daughter Amai Wayans in a moving Instagram post celebrating Pride Month. Wayans posted a picture of Amai sitting down in a backyard and the foreground of the photo shows the sole of a pair of Vans, which is painted resemble the rainbow pride flag. "Happy pride to my pride and joy," he wrote. "I wouldn't change one effing thing about you. Love you to the moon around the sun through the galaxies and back again." Wayans' photo has received over 89,000 likes as well as a slew of both positive and negative comments about Amai's sexuality. While Gabrielle Union and La La Anthony applauded Wayans for his words, others felt differently. One comment read, "She's not old enough to understand what that's really all about. You have the power to change lives Bro, don't teach her that." Wayans responded to this comment and defended his daughter and her life. According to a screenshot captured by Comments By Celebs, he wrote, "She's 19. She is who she is until or until she don't choose different. Love her for her not what I want her to be." One of Wayans' followers encouraged him to ignore the comments. "I'm sure you can delete these negative comments," she wrote. "Let's keep this happy. Why some people have to be so opinionated. Praying they drown in their own negativity." The actor explained in his reply that he wanted to keep the comments up on his profile for a very important reason. He wrote, "I thought of erasing them, but I need the world to see the ignorance that still exist. Objective without obstacles is a worthless triumph. We all will someday get to unconditional love. Because of my daughter i am one step closer. I am not God, i don't judge i just LOVE. And still pray for the haters because i refuse to judge them too i just love." Wayans has shared a number of posts in the past that praise his daughter and their family. She turned 19 on May 24 and he wrote that his "purpose shifted" after she was born. "May 24, 2000, i pulled you from your mother's womb, i held you in my arms and my world changed. My purpose shifted. I no longer lived for me... i lived for you, for my family, for us. You gave me purpose. You made me tender, you made me communicate, you made me humble, you made me attentive, you made me listen, you made me grow up," he penned. Wayans said in that same caption that he often encouraged her to go one way but she defied him and went the other. "You a strong minded and have always been," he said of his daughter. "I tried to make you a righty you said 'no n---a LEFT'. I tried to steer you straight you said, 'no n---a gay'. I tried demand things to be my way and you said 'why?'" That same day, he posted a picture of him kissing her head and wrote, "This is your safe place. When the world gives you s--t just come right here and daddy's arm and just be safe and loved. I got you. Always my baby." A number of celebrities have spoken out about pride month and shown their support for the LGBTQ community. Taylor Swift, for instance, gave a colorful performance at 2019 Wango Tango on Saturday as she sang "ME!" in a fringed rainbow outfit. Earlier that day, she shared a picture of a letter she wrote to her senator encouraging him to vote in favor of the Equality Act. She said of LGBTQ discrimination, "For American citizens to be denied jobs or housing based on who they love or how they identify, in my opinion, is un-American and cruel." Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also posted about Pride Month and paid homage to Harry's mother Princess Diana and her advocacy work. (Eonline)

Alex Rodriguez may have had his privacy violated recently, but he is trying to move on from having his bathroom time made public. Nearly a month after a photograph of the former Yankees player sitting on the toilet circulated around the Internet, Rodriguez, 43, spoke out about the incident during an appearance on Fox5's Good Day New York. Though Rodriguez revealed that he had no plans to take legal action over the invasive matter, he joked that he does, in fact, have plans to visit a store that sells blinds very soon. "I'm certainly not suing," Rodriguez told the hosts during Monday's segment. "The one thing is, I actually do my best thinking there! I wasn't ready for the picture. It is what it is." "I have to invest in some good blinds, and I think I am!" the former baseball player jokingly added. The photo, which surfaced on May 16, shows Rodriguez sitting on the toilet in his New York City apartment bathroom. When asked if he had determined who snapped the picture, Rodriguez admitted to the Fox5 hosts that his team didn't know yet but confirmed that an investigation was still underway in an effort to prevent this from happening to someone else. "We are still doing an investigation because you don't want the next person for that to happen," he shared. "It's really a weird thing." While he made a joke about the situation, it is very serious and the sportsman said he was thankful he was the target and not his family. "I'm happier that it was me [rather than] my better half [Jennifer Lopez] or one of the children." Rodriguez did not let the invasive photograph prevent him from enjoying time with his fiancee and their children in the weeks following the negative encounter. The athlete-turned-businessman shares two daughters Natasha, 14 and Ella, 11, with ex Cynthia Scurtis, while Lopez, 49, shares 11-year-old twins Emme Maribel and Maximilian David with ex Marc Anthony. On May 29, the retired MLB player joined Lopez and Anthony at son Max's school concert, where he shared a video of himself sandwiched between the famously musically gifted former pair. As kids can be heard singing Dolly Parton's rendition of "I Will Always Love You" in the background of the clip, Rodriguez panned his camera from Lopez to Anthony as they both dramatically mouthed the lyrics to the song. "Those who can, do. Those who can't, sit between two people that can and stay quiet! #imnotasinger," Rodriguez captioned the post. A day later, Rodriguez gushed over his eldest daughter following her middle school graduation. "How is my beautiful angel going to be a freshman in high school?!" Rodriguez captioned an Instagram photo, which shows himself along with Lopez and Scurtis smiling alongside Natasha. Rodriguez also remained present on social media this past weekend when he and Lopez took their daughters to the Ariana Grande concert in Miami at the American Airlines Arena. Sharing footage from the concert, Rodriguez and Lopez's daughters appeared to have a blast as they enthusiastically danced and sang the night away. The former Yankee even joked that "it was "20,000 teenagers + Jen and I in building." The girls later got to meet and hug the famous singer after the concert, which Rodriguez also documented on his Instagram story. "Thank you @arianagrande for the most incredible show & for being so kind to the kids!!" he happily captioned the video. Lopez and Rodriguez got engaged in March after more than two years together, and they started blending their families early on in the relationship. "I was so loving to his kids and he was so loving and accepting of mine, and they embraced each other right away. [It was] 'I get a new bonus brother and sisters to hang out with all the time and it's nice,'" Lopez previously told PEOPLE of how well their families clicked. (People)

Nick Cassavetes is looking for someone to forget about "The Notebook" -- just for a moment -- and grab their checkbook instead ... because his baller crib is on the market. The famed director is listing his incredible Hollywood Hills mansion for sale at $4,799,000. The 4,370 square-foot house features 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and it sits on a 20,436 square-foot lot in the exclusive Mt. Olympus neighborhood. It's rare to find privacy up in the Hills, but this beaut offers that and more -- heated pool and spa plus walls of sliding glass doors that open to the patio. The views are incredible too ... on a clear day, ya just might see heaven -- or at least the Pacific Ocean. That's a close second. As any great director would have it, Nick's realtor put together this awesome video to give you the full experience of living here. All ya need is a few mil to make it happen! Cassavetes is repped by Linn Renee Siversten at The Agency. (TMZ)

It's the triplets! On Monday, Kylie Jenner shared an adorable slideshow of photos on Instagram, showing her daughter Stormi posing alongside her cousins True(Khloe Kardashian's daughter) and Chicago (Kim Kardashian's daughter). In the sweet shots, the little girls, who all recently turned one, can be seen making straight faces while holding baby sharks. "The Triplets ??," Kylie, 21, captioned the Instagram post. The babies also wore matching light pink ensembles. Chicago and True had their hair styled in cute pigtails while Stormi rocked one ponytail and a tiny pink bow. "???????????? My girls ????????," Khloe, who shares True with ex-boyfriend Tristan Thompson, commented on the post. Kim, who recently welcomed her fourth child -- son Psalm via surrogate -- also raved over the post writing, "My babies??." The KKW Beauty founder, 38, went on to post the photos on her own Instagram, giving it a very witty caption. "A True Chicago Stormi" Kim wrote, causing her followers to flood her comment section with approval. "The caption!!!" one fan wrote. The aww-worthy posts come after Kylie revealed Stormi, who she shares with boyfriend Travis Scott, had been hospitalized for an allergic reaction, explaining on her Instagram Stories Sunday that she "spent the day in the hospital." "She had an allergic reaction but is 100% okay now and we are home," wrote Kylie. "Nothing else matters when these things happen. God bless all the moms with sick babies. I'm sending so much love and positive energy your way." Kylie shared the concerning news on top of a photo of Stormi sleeping. Earlier on her story, Kylie posted a video of the sun setting, writing overtop, "Blessed beyond words. Thank you, God. I believe in being a reflection of what you'd like to receive. If you want love, give love. If you want success, wish success." Stormi isn't the only Kardashian/Jenner baby to give the famous family a scare. Back in April, Kris Jenner revealed that Kim and Kanye West's other son Saint, 3, was rushed to the hospital after a suspected allergic reaction. Kim and Kanye, 41, are also parents to 5-year-old daughter North. Grandma Kris, 63, explained to Refinery29 that it happened "when we went to Palm Springs" presumably for Coachella. "My little grandson, we discovered he might be allergic to grass," Kris told the outlet. "We ended up in the E.R." Kris didn't confirm whether or not Saint, 3, is actually allergic to grass, but did share he's doing much better. "All is well -- we figured it out," Jenner told Refinery29. (People)

George Foreman says Anthony Joshua can be champion again ... and he's offering to help the former undefeated fighter, telling TMZ Sports, "He needs someone like me." Joshua lost via TKO at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr. at MSG Saturday night ... in one of the most shocking boxing upsets of all-time. The loss made a lot of people question Joshua's greatness ... and whether he's truly elite. Not former 2x heavyweight champ George Foreman ... who actually believes the loss could HELP the UK superstar become an even better fighter. "They're gonna have to go back to the gym. I think he'll be a greater fighter, Joshua now. If he goes back and gets his mind together. He's gonna even be better, but right now he better learn to box and he better get a good manager. I'll do it." We asked Foreman if he was serious about the offer ... and his response? "That's certain. He needs someone like me." If Foreman was steering AJ's career, there's 1 bigtime move he'd make straight away -- NO REMATCH. "If I'm Anthony Joshua's manager, I say, 'let sleeping dogs lie.' I don't want to fight that guy anymore, because you don't know what you did wrong. You go back and you're gonna do the same thing. Let it slide" ... Foreman tells us. "Leave Ruiz alone. Let him alone." So, does the loss take Joshua out of the conversation with Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury for best heavyweight in the world? Foreman's answer ... 6 emphatic "no's". "No. No, no, no, no, no." "One punch, uh huh. One punch is not gonna change that, or one knockdown is not gonna change that. He'll be back. He's in the mix. And, probably he'll be better." "I'd bet on him the next time 'cause now he's gonna have something he should've had beforehand. Fear of being defeated. He didn't have that." (TMZ)

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez were just spotted on a laid-back Florida date -- as a Saudi activist revealed he has received death threats after he aided the investigation into Saudi Arabia's role in the leak of Bezos' racy texts to Sanchez. The couple -- who began an affair while he was with then-wife MacKenzie and Sanchez was wed to superagent Patrick Whitesell -- were recently seen shopping at the Ocean Key Resort in Key West. They seemed relaxed, spies said, even as Saudi activist Iyad el-Baghdadi announced that the CIA said he is a target due to his investigation into how the National Enquirer obtained Bezos' messages and photos for its January story. El-Baghdadi had been probing Twitter accounts controlled by the state and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS. The accounts began attacking Bezos in October as a reaction to the coverage in the Washington Post, owned by Bezos, of the murder of its columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Of the Twitter assault on Bezos, el-Baghdadi said, "He stood by the Washington Post and its reporting on [Khashoggi's] murder. MBS saw this as betrayal, and it seems MBS .?.?. exploited .?.?. their Twitter networks, their cyber capabilities, their friends in DC to unleash a series of actions aimed at punishing Jeff Bezos." A whistleblower also told him months before the Enquirer expose that MBS was plotting to target WaPo staff "to expose either sexual or financial scandals." El-Baghdadi was contacted by Bezos' head of security, Gavin de Becker, who invited him to join the investigation, which "concluded that the Saudis were inside Jeff Bezos' phone," el-Baghdadi said. Their findings were handed to the Department of Justice. El-Baghdadi continued on his website, Arab Tyrant Manual, "It was during my work on the Bezos investigation that I felt I had crosshairs on my back .?.?. Given [that] the warning of the threats came from [the CIA, it] means this is very serious." (Page Six)

Linda Fairstein, a key figure in the wrongful prosecution of the Central Park 5, is facing a new backlash -- the nonprofit organization she worked on for nearly 20 years wants her canceled ... TMZ has learned. Ever since Ava DuVernay's Netflix series, "When They See Us" debuted over the weekend, Fairstein has been feeling the heat. She was head of the Manhattan D.A.'s Sex Crimes Unit in 1989 when the 5 boys were convicted ... and her role in coercing confessions is sparking renewed outrage. Sources at Safe Horizon -- a nonprofit aiding victims of abuse and violent crime in NYC -- tell us its staffers are incensed the former prosecutor's been allowed to remain on the board for so long, considering her checkered past. We're told the animosity began when the CEO held a meeting on May 21 where nearly 100 directors were informed about the Netflix drama and Fairstein's connection to it. We're told some staffers didn't even know Fairstein was on the board of directors, and when they found out tempers quickly flared. Many questioned why she was allowed on the board of an organization that mostly serves minorities. Felicity Huffman plays Fairstein in "When They See Us" which documents her controversial role in getting the 5 boys -- all black or Hispanic -- to confess, under heavy duress, to the 1989 rape and attack of a Central Park jogger. We're told staffers accused Fairstein of racism and demanded her immediate dismissal, but the CEO asked for time to evaluate. Our sources say a majority of Safe Horizon's directors are fed up, and plan to take legal action this week to get Fairstein 86'd if the CEO won't do it. As we first reported, Central Park Five exoneree Raymond Santana believes Fairstein -- who became a successful author -- is finally getting what she deserves. That includes the growing boycott of her books and publishers. As he puts it, "Even if it's 30 years later, she has to pay for her crime." (TMZ)

Kawhi Leonard is suing Nike over his "Klaw" logo ... claiming he drew the symbol himself -- and saying the footwear giant has NO right to copyright it. It's all in a new lawsuit filed by the Toronto Raptors superstar ... in which he says the famous logo of a "K," an "L" and his jersey number actually came from his own hand, pen and paper back in 2011. "Leonard traced his notably large hand, and, inside the hand, drew stylized versions of his initials, "KL," and the number that he had worn for much of his career, "2," the lawsuit states. The problem for Kawhi? He says he permitted Nike to use the logo after he signed a contract with the shoe giant in 2011 ... but they filed for a copyright of the logo "without Leonard's knowledge or consent." Now, Leonard is suing ... saying they had no right to do that -- adding that when he initially gave permission to use the symbol, it was to "mutually benefit" both parties. In his lawsuit, Leonard wants control of his logo back ... and is also claiming Nike "committed fraud on the Copyright Office" by registering his logo. Leonard was signed with Nike from 2011 to 2018. He just inked a new contract with New Balance last fall. (TMZ)

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