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Signs Rihanna Is Falling Apart

The media is moving on from “zombie apocalypse” to “Rihannapocalypse.” The gossip rags are teeming with stories about the singer’s rebellious ways, and Newser rounds up the juicy tidbits:

Sign No. 1 that she’s nearing breakdown: The singer apparently spent yesterday shopping in SoHo … wearing a strapless bra … that was pretty darn see-through, reports the New York Post. 

She now appears naked on a billboard in Times Square, but that’s not the falling-apart part. The Daily Mail notes that the ad promotes her perfume Rebelle, and it’s the second fashion ad to create buzz this week. The Sun apparently claimed Rihanna used a body double in a sexy Armani Jeans ad, leading the singer to tweet, “Ok @thesunnewspaper, this is the only way I could say this to you!!! F*** YOU.” Read more …

To Sleep Better, Partner Up

The snoring, the sheet-stealing, the random kicks: Sleeping with a partner may sound like bad news, but the Wall Street Journal reports that it might actually be good for your health. Writing for the Journal, Andrea Petersen notes that some recent studies’ findings “run counter” to previous ones indicating that women get better sleep when solo and both men and women move around more when slumbering as a duo. She points to a 2009 study that followed women for six to eight years and found that those who were in a long-term relationship during that time nodded off more quickly and woke up less frequently than their always- or sometimes-single counterparts. Read more…

I’ll Have Another Drops Out Of Belmont Stakes

I’ll Have Another’s Triple Crown hopes have been dashed: The horse won’t race in the Belmont Stakes, his trainer says. Following the horse’s outing this morning, Doug O’Neill spotted swelling. “He has the start of some tendonitis in the left front leg,” O’Neill told Dan Patrick. The trainer can’t explain what caused the trouble. “It’s just a freakish thing,” he says. “I’ll Have Another is officially out of the Belmont.” Read more …

Paris Jackson: Masks Were So We Could Be Normal

Paris Jackson was “confused” about why she had to wear a mask in public when she was younger, she tells Oprah on “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” via the BBC. “I understand it now, why my dad would want our face to be covered,” she said. “Like when we went out without him, we wouldn’t be recognized, so we could have a normal childhood.” Read more…

Ray Bradbury Dead At 91

Renowned sci-fi author Ray Bradbury died this morning in Los Angeles at age 91, i09 is reporting, with confirmation from his family and biographer. The report does not indicate the cause of death. “If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him,” his grandson Danny Karapetian said. “He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it’s always really touching and comforting to hear their stories. Your stories. … He was the biggest kid I know.” Read more…

Woman Wins $900K From Guy Who Gave Her Herpes

Reason to wear a condom No. 437: Giving someone an STD can be really expensive. A 49-year-old Oregon woman won a lawsuit last week against the 69-year-old man she says gave her genital herpes on their fourth date, the Oregonian reports. The jury awarded her $900,000, almost the entire amount she’d been asking for, declaring that the incident had been 75% the man’s fault. “We all felt he should have told her—he had a responsibility to tell her,” one juror said. The plaintiff claimed the man had agreed to use a condom, but changed his mind at the last second, and only mentioned the disease afterward. Read more …

Banning Big Sodas: Nanny State Or Smart Move?

Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban sodas bigger than 16 ounces from being sold in New York City (with afew exceptions), and as the AP points out, he’s likely to get his way considering he appoints everyone on the city’s Board of Health. Read more…

Justin Bieber Knocks Himself Out Slamming Into A Glass Wall

More bad news for Justin Bieber: He knocked himself out after crashing into a glass wall in Paris. The singer walked headlong into the wall shortly before his last number at a private performance in an undisclosed highrise in the city. “It really hurt, and I felt light-headed, but my adrenaline pushed me through it” to finish the performance, he told TMZ. But the Biebs passed out cold for several seconds when he went backstage, and he was “unresponsive” for longer, he said. Read more …

Federal Court Rules DOMA Is Unconstitutional

A federal law that denies a host of benefits to gay married couples is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled today. The 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, discriminates against gay couples. The court agreed with a lower court judge who ruled in 2010 that the law is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define marriage and denies married gay couples federal benefits given to heterosexual married couples, including the ability to file joint tax returns. Read more…

Mary-Kate Olsen Is Dating Nicolas Sarkozy’s Half-Brother

Mary-Kate Olsen’s latest companion just so happens to be the half-brother of recently unemployed French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Olivier Sarkozy, 42, is managing director of the Carlyle Group and has been dating 25-year-old Olsen about one month, the New York Post reports. The couple is “head over heels,” apparently, and spent Memorial Day weekend together in the Hamptons. Read more …

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