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Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is opening up about his marriage, his hotel scandal, and more in GQ‘s “Modern Lovers” issue.

On March 13, 2020, Gillum became one of the news’s biggest headlines when police discovered he’d passed out in a hotel room at the Mondrian South Beach Hotel. In the room, there were scattered medicine bottles, and stains covered the floor and the bedding. A male escort was also with Gillum at the time. During an appearance on Tamron Hall’s talk show, Gillum came out as bisexual, Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Today, Gillum is moving closer to fully re-entering the spotlight. He and his wife R. Jai Gillum sat down for an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery for a piece titled “How Andrew Gillum’s Marriage Survived a Night of Scandal.”

“I think that the pandemic probably saved our marriage,” R. Jai Gillum said, thanking couples therapy and their “radical honesty” with one another during the quarantine.

In the interview with the publication, Jai talked about her concerns about Andrew’s sexuality and figuring out what it meant for their relationship.

“I had a lot of questions, some of which he could answer, some of which he couldn’t,” R. Jai stated. “But I guess maybe it was that confidence in me really believing what he had to say about me and us [that] made it better.… It made me want to at least say, ‘Okay, let’s see. Let’s figure this thing out.’ ”

Jai continued, “What mainly concerned me, it was for me: What does this mean for our relationship? How does this work?” They decided that Andrew’s sexuality didn’t have to mean much at all for them. It was part of who he was but didn’t mean that he wanted to be with anyone else or loved her any less. “Once we got past all that, nothing has changed [from] the Andrew that I’ve dated on and off for about six years, Andrew that I’ve known as a friend for even longer,” she said. “So now I’m like, ‘We’re just a couple dealing with the same things that other people deal with.’ There is nothing different.”

The male escort, Travis Dyson, was also interviewed by GQ, and he talked about his encounter with the former mayor of Tallahassee. When police arrived at the hotel, they found an overdosed Dyson alongside Gillum, who’d blacked out. A third man in the room called the police. Police found a series of hard drugs, including methamphetamine, but no charges were filed against Gillum. Gillum said he met Dyson months before the hotel incident and said he went up to the hotel room after doing some day drinking on Miami Beach. Gillum said he never took meth but said he did have one too many drinks. Dyson says he and Gillum met on Grindr, a gay hookup app, a couple of weeks before, and then the two met up several times for paid sexual encounters.

“He said Andrew passed out after taking ‘G,’ an ecstasy-type drug often used by gay men to enhance their sex drives, which when combined with alcohol can knock people out,” the article reads, according to Tallahassee Democrat. “He said that on that night and others, both he and Andrew used G and other drugs.”

The article states that what really happened that night “remains unclear.” For now, Gillum says he’s not thinking about running for office. “No,” he told the magazine, “and that’s not to say not ever.” Dyson says the scandal ruined his life, his nursing dreams, and his plans with his fiancé. He has since turned to a career in the porn industry.




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Ethiopia Habtemariam Promoted To Chairman And CEO Of Motown Records

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Ethiopia Habtemariam has been promoted to the chairman and CEO of Motown Records.

After six years serving as president of Motown Records, Habtemariam has officially been promoted to CEO. She will now report directly to Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge. As a part of Habtemariam’s promotion, she will now have more independent power.

Before her new title, Habtemariam managed Motown’s move from New York to Los Angeles in 2014, Yahoo! News reports. She will now move forward with Motown’s mission to develop partnerships with creative and entrepreneurial brands and entities, including Atlanta-based Quality Control Music (QC). The collaboration with QC has jumpstarted the careers of popular artists, including City Girls, Migos, Lil Baby, and more.

“Motown is such an important voice and, just as when it was founded by Berry Gordy, its impact continues to be felt around the world. Motown’s resurgence and powerful partnerships under Ethiopia’s leadership has advanced the label’s legacy as home to some of today’s biggest hitmakers and most meaningful voices in music,” said Grainge in a statement.

In response to the new move, Habtemariam called her promotion an “honor.”

“It’s an incredible honor to represent and define what Motown is today. I’ve always understood the power of music and the responsibility I have, not only to continue to be an advocate for artists and creators, but to forge new paths for entrepreneurs and to lift up our next generation of executives around the world. I’d like to thank Lucian for his constant support and guidance over the years; my Motown team for all they have done and continue to do; the Capitol team for their help in building Motown over these past six years; Clarence Avant who has always taught me about the power of responsibility; and to Mr. Berry Gordy, for his faith in me to carry on his legacy.”




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‘My Biggest Concern Was History Repeating Itself’

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Prince Harry told Oprah Winfrey that he was scared “history would repeat itself” before leaving the royal family.

It’s been one year since Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle exited Buckingham Palace following a slew of attacks from the British media. Now, in a new clip from the couple’s first full-length interview since their exit, Harry tells Winfrey that he was afraid his family would suffer the same scrutiny his mother, Princess Diana, did.

“For me, I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her going through this process by herself,” Harry said in the clip. “It’s been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we had each other,” he added.

Diana’s mistreatment by the British media was heavily documented and has been portrayed on television for years, most recently in Netflix’s series “The Crown.” Harry has been very open about condemning media, highlighting the photographers who chased after his mother the night she died. Diana died in a car crash in 1997 as paparazzi were pursuing her.

The new interview is set to air on Sunday; Winfrey says nothing is off-limits. “Were you silent, or were you silenced?” Winfrey asks Markle in her separate interview. “You said some pretty shocking things here,” Winfrey said.

Despite what people may think, Harry says leaving the royal family was a moment for the couple to take a step back. “It was never walking away; it was stepping back, rather than stepping down,” he said in a 17-minute interview with James Corden last week. He added that his “life is always going to be about public service. Meghan signed up to that, and the two of us enjoy doing that.”

 

 




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Man Says He’s Kim Kardashian’s Husband, Tries To Break Into Her Home

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A trespasser claiming to be Kim Kardashian’s husband tried to gain access into her Los Angeles home last week.

The unnamed 24-year-old man managed to breach the main entrance gate at Kardashian’s Hidden Hills home at approximately 6:30 p.m. on February 24th. However, he was stopped before he could enter the house. When security questioned him, he claimed that he was married to the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star.

The security officers alerted law enforcement, who cited him for trespassing. The man was also placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold but has since been released.

The ordeal was particularly frightening because it comes nearly four-and-a-half years after the 40-year-old beauty mogul was tied up and robbed by thieves in her Paris hotel room. Since then, she has noticeably increased her security, with guards at “every edge” of her property.

Neither Kim Kardashian nor her reps have publicly commented on the break-in attempt.




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