Ricky Martin was told coming out as gay would "end" his career.
The 'Livin' La Vida Loca' hitmaker - who married his partner Jwan Yosef earlier this month - held off from confirming his sexuality until 2018 because his worried pals thought it would damage his reputation, while he was also reluctant to speak out because he'd grown up being told his feelings were "evil".
He told talk show host Trevor Noah: "My friend, you have no idea how it took me a while. The thing is that I was surrounded by friends that were telling me, 'Don't! Don't come out that will be the end of your career.' It was people that love me, people that mean well and people that were just victims of homophobia.
"You know, I grew up in this culture that told me that my feelings were horrible, that my feelings were evil.
"And if you add to that, you know, that I was like a heartthrob, like a sex symbol. Everyone was telling me that it was going to be the end of my career."
But the 46-year-old singer admitted it was "extremely painful" keeping quiet about who he really was, and the birth of his twin sons Matteo and Valentino, who were born via surrogate in 2008, drove him to speak out.
He said: "It was extremely painful until I said, 'I can't take it anymore. It's all about me now, it's not about what's happening outside, it's about what I need in order to be happy.'
"I had my kids and then I said, 'I have to come out, I'm not going to lie to these beautiful kids.' To lie? No, that's not the point.
"And you know, life works in cycles, it's very interesting. Look at what I'm doing today, I'm talking on behalf of people that continue to hurt and through acting."
Nick Cheung, Richie Jen, Yang Zi, Carlos Chan, and director Renny Harlin attended a promotional event for their new film Silent Witness.
Nick and Richie are once again working together after the movie Breaking News, and they said they had the chance to talk more this time. "If I were the director, I would want to work with Richie because he is very nice and a true gentleman," praised Nick.
Richie said there is a lot of action in this film and praised Nick for being very professional and said that he learned a lot from him. Richie had to punch Nick many times in the movie, and there was one scene where he had to hit Nick with a glass bottle. Nick would teach Richie how to hit and punch without getting hurt.
Vivian Chow will kick off her Ones to Watch concert on January 26. At the rehearsal with her dance teacher, Vivian said that she is very excited and nervous because she has not performed in Hong Kong since 2011, and that she dances "like a robot" because she has not danced for a long time. Because of that, her dance teacher asked her to start rehearsing earlier than other celebrities, and it helped to improve her skills.
Her friend Leo Ku recently uploaded some pictures on his social media account and said that he has been very busy with Vivian’s concert. Vivian said she really appreciates his help because he is also busy with his own clothing business and music album, and yet, he voluntarily stays up late to prepare for Vivian's concert.
When asked about her concert costumes, Vivian said her dresses will be sexy, but not too sexy. She said her husband Joe Nieh has not asked her about this matter and she does not plan to tell him anything so he will see her costumes at the same time as the audience that night.
Catherine Zeta-Jones insists sexual harassment claims her husband Michael Douglas pre-emptively denied last week were "erroneous and false".
The 48-year-old actress - who has been married to the Hollywood star for nearly 18 years - has hit out at the allegations he had behaved inappropriately towards a female employee over 30 years ago, including touching himself in front of her, saying it was "very, very upsetting".
She said: "It was very, very upsetting. Anything like that, that is erroneous and false, would take anyone by surprise."
Catherine - who has children Dylan, 17, and 14-year-old Carys with Michael - also blasted the claims as a "non-story" and is "glad" he released a statement to deny them before they were made in public.
She is quoted by reporters as saying: "I'm glad that the non-story was put straight. It was a looming accusation and I am very happy that Michael did a pre-emptive move.
"This was something that supposedly happened 30-odd years ago and was unfounded, so Michael needed to make that stance."
The 73-year-old actor last week pre-emptively denied a potential claim that he harassed a former employee 32 years ago, admitting he "felt the need to get ahead of" the "cautionary tale" by speaking out.
Michael revealed the woman was alleging he once touched himself in front of her, "spoke raunchily" with pals, "blackballed her" and used bad language.
While he said sorry for using bad language in front of the employee, the 'Wall Street' star insisted he did not blackball her and said it is a "complete lie" that he touched himself in front of her.
He said: "I don't know where to begin. This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever."
Michael - who was approached by reporters, who provided the woman's claims to him - also admitted he has found the allegations "extremely painful" to deal with, particularly because his children are "really upset" and "scared" about the claims.
Taiwan-born Hong Kong actress Cherrie Ying recently revealed her plans to have a second child on Chinese variety show Three Houses. In the most recent episode which aired on January 14, Cherrie told her friends Qin Lan and Liu Yun that she ‘will have a second child’, causing her husband, Hong Kong actor Jordan Chan, who was seated beside her, to smile with embarrassment.
The 34-year-old actress previously mentioned her wish to get pregnant by the end of 2017, however feelings between her and husband “have changed”.
The couple tied the knot in 2010 and have one son, Jasper.
Jordan, 50, and Jasper appeared on the fifth season of hit Chinese reality show Where Are We Going Dad? last year, where the 4-year-old became a crowd favourite for his calm personality and his ability to get along well with other children.
In recent photos shared on Instagram by Hong Kong singer Yumiko Cheng on the family’s visit to her place, Jasper could be seen sharing snacks with Yumiko’s 3-year-old daughter, Avery Leung. Netizens were quick to point out that Jasper, who was dressed in a grey T-shirt and yellow shorts, appeared to have grown taller since the last time they saw him on television, while others argued that his ‘taller’ appearance might just be an effect of camera angles.
As both his parents are tall – Jordan is 177 cm tall while Cherrie is 169 cm – it is not surprising that Jasper would be tall in the future.
Chloe Wang and Nini Ouyang attended the Swatch 2018 Spring/Summer Fashion Show together.
Chloe, who accepted director David Chang's proposal two years ago, said that she intends to push him to register their marriage as soon as possible.
When asked if Nini would do the same to her boyfriend (whom she revealed "is a designer and is running his own fashion brand"), she said, "I have two younger sisters. We never talk about our love lives. We are only interested in food and having fun."
Nini, whose image took a hit because of her cheating scandal at the National Taiwan University of Arts, said that it is a very strict school and that the academic stress is high.
Jamie O'Hara has split from his fiancée.
The footballer - who has Archie, seven, and Harry, six, with his ex Danielle Lloyd - has reportedly gone his separate ways from Elizabeth-Jayne Tierney and she has moved out of his Essex home.
A source told reporters: "Things just didn't work out between the pair and they decided the best option was to split. Jamie is focusing on bringing up his three boys and has two shows he's filming at the moment. It's a busy time and he is also setting up a new business venture with HerbalLife."
Back in June, Jamie admitted he has a "difficult on/off" relationship with Elizabeth-Jayne.
He shared: "It's a difficult one. It's on and off with me and her. She's an incredible woman but we just have a lot of work commitments. She works really hard, she's really busy with stuff and I'm always doing TV stuff ... It's a hard one to work. I'd like to think we have a future. It's hard to have a normal relationship."
During his time in the 'Celebrity Big Brother' house, Jamie O'Hara got close to Bianca Gascoigne but after he exited the house, he revealed he desperately wants to get back together with his ex-girlfriend.
He said: "The reason I left it with Bianca was because after I got out and sat down and looked at the whole situation I realised that it wasn't for me, I have a lot going on in my life and she had a boyfriend and he was devastated about the situation. I didn't know the full extent of the situation until I got out and saw everything, as a man I didn't think it was the right thing to do, I didn't do anything wrong I didn't make any gain out of it. As for my ex we split up a while ago, I reached out to her because I realised she's an incredible person and having time apart made me realise what an amazing woman she is and I was lucky to have her in my life. Will she be with me again? I don't know, but as a man all I can do is try."
(Hongkong January 15 2018) Bowie Wu rehearsal for his concert today. Sandy Lam showed up to celebrate his 86 years old birthday, sent him a birthday cake and sung birthday song for him. Sandy kissed Bowie and asked him show the dancing steps on the site. They danced together and sung "Rose, I love you". Talked about the concert guest, He Liquan answered for Bowie:"Eric Tsang will come. For the concert, he asked his film crew stop working. I was really touched. Not only Eric, Nick Cheung,Prudence Liew,Dominic Chow,Cheung Tat Ming,Francis Ng and Fu Lu Shou will come either". Bowie seemed very glad to know so many friends will come, he said:"It really breaks the record. Seems I only have time to sing two songs in my own concert. I can expose Law Lan will show up either. What‘s her performance? I think she shows up to scary me".
(Taipei January 15 2018) Beatrice Fang attended a promotion activity by wearing jeans and T-shirt after having her son "Sunny" in November. Because of lactation, her cups ups more than one level. Beatrice sighed:"I don’t want this. I looks like a cow, not sexy at all". Talked about Sunny, Beatrice said:"he eats a lot. Compared with him, Mia is an angel". Beatrice already returned to her prenatal weight. She is busy on moving and taking care of children now. And the busy life makes her anxious, sometimes she would too depressed to cry. Her husband Johnny Yang joked:"Did you have postpartum depression". Beatrice highly praised Johnny:"he is good at taking care of children. My packaging changes easily reliable with his help".
Steven Spielberg thinks Meryl Streep has "no peer" in Hollywood.
The 71-year-old filmmaker directed the multi-time Academy Award winner actress in new drama movie 'The Post' alongside Tom Hanks, and Spielberg has praised Streep, 68, as the "greatest actress" working today.
Speaking to reporters, he said: "Meryl is unquestionably the greatest actress working in America today. She has no peer."
The film follows Katharine Graham (Streep) who, as the first female publisher of The Washington Post, relies on the help of editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) to catch up with The New York Times to break the story of the classified Pentagon Papers, which expose the US government's lies about the Vietnam War.
Together they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers to help bring the truths to light, whilst risking the future of the Washington Post newspaper.
And Spielberg admitted he was drawn to the story because of the character of Graham who was the first CEO of one of the Fortune 500 companies - a list which ranks the largest American corporations based on their fiscal year.
He said: "What attracted me to 'The Post' was Katharine Graham.
"Her story, her evolution. In 1971, when this story was told, there were no women CEOs of any of the Fortune 500 companies. Katharine Graham was the first."
Spielberg recently insisted he has already done his job in making the movie and regardless of how it performs, he thinks the film will stand the test of time.
Asked how he'd feel if the movie flops, he said: "It's not about the audience, it's about the process of getting the story told on film. It's not about how it will be received.
"Once I finish the film, I've done what I had to do. If it flopped at the box office, I would feel that it would still be relevant 20 years from now."