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Not This Time! Claire Foy Reveals All the Ways She Prepared to Not Get Rejected to Golden Globes 2019 After Parties
Claire Foy attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images

Claire Foy isn’t taking any chances! The Crown star wasn’t going to risk not getting into 2019 Golden Globes afterparties and revealed the measures she was taking to ensure it didn’t happen … again.

“I brought my passport, I’ve got everything I can possibly bring,” Foy, 34, quipped to E!’s Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton, referring to the slip-up at an 2018 Emmys afterparty following her win for playing Queen Elizabeth in the Netflix series.

The U.K.-born actress also joked that she has someone with her to vouch for her authenticity. “I brought my sister with me,” she said. Foy is nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for her role in First Man, in which she plays Neil Armstrong’s wife Janet Shearon.

As for the mix-up at last year’s Emmys, Foy told Seacrest she “couldn’t” get in and explained, “I had the Emmy in my hand and they still wouldn’t let me in.”

Foy opened up about the mishap during an interview with Jimmy Fallon in October 2018. “I didn’t have trouble, I didn’t get in,” she said. “I was mortified. I was like, ‘Oh god!’ I was [holding my Emmy] and even then [they didn’t let me in].”

The Wolf Hall actress also dished that it was thanks to Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness that she was able to eventually pass security. “He was my knight in a white suit,” she explained. “When he got me in, I made it a point of principle. I was like, ‘Thank you, Jonathan, but I’m waiting until I’ve got the tickets and I’m going to do this properly,’ which is ridiculous.”

Foy looked gorgeous in a champagne-colored spaghetti strap gown with silver sparkles at the 2019 Golden Globes. She’s up against Amy Adams (Vice), Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk), Emma Stone (The Favourite) and Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture category.

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British Parliamentary Meltdown After Jeremy Corbyn Appears to Call Theresa May a ‘Stupid Woman‘

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Jeremy Corbyn has sparked absolute fury in the British parliament after appearing to dismiss Theresa May as a “stupid woman” during their weekly prime minister’s questions session in the Palace of Westminster.

The leader of the opposition took up his usual position in the House of Commons Wednesday afternoon to grill the prime minister about the latest developments in the ongoing and worsening Brexit debacle.

But it’s the final few seconds of their exchanges which have made headlines this week as, after May mocked him for lacking the confidence of his party, he appeared to mutter “stupid woman” under his breath.

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Call collect: artist Mark Vessey’s new non-traditional portrait of Norman Cook

The Brighton-based photographer and the international DJ have collaborated on a limited edition artwork.

Back in 2015, the Barbican gallery in London hosted an exhibition titled Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist As Collector, the premise of which was looking at the personal objects and ideas accumulated by contemporary artists, and how they were used by to inspire their work. Artists’ archives were laid bare for us to see, giving us an idea of the motifs and influences of the likes of Andy Warhol, Sol Le Witt, Damien Hirst and Peter Blake. Seen together, and in isolation, the exhibition was eye-opening. Unlikely objects gave us the opportunity to view a highly personal (and in some cases impersonal) side to some of the art world’s most famous figures. Something that occurred to me before I met Brighton-based photographer Mark Vessey for a chat about his upcoming print release at artrepublic – a limited edition collaboration with local (and global) legend Fatboy Slim/ Norman Cook. The link between Vessey and this past exhibition is pretty direct: the local artist’s work has a very clear focus on collections. You could say he is a collector of collections.

'Norman' limited edition print by Mark Vessey ‘Norman’ limited edition print by Mark Vessey

From his first stack, taking Attitude magazine as its subject matter, through The Face, Vogue and Playboy to Penguin books, Absolut vodka and Chanel perfume, Vessey has explored the ideas and aesthetics created by combining thoughtfully curated and carefully grouped objects. There is nothing accidental about these stacks and arrangements – they are all purposeful, considered, layered. But this latest collection is a slight sideways step from previous works. Because, while all his works have been based around an individual’s unique collection, this one feels more personal; very much like a portrait in fact. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that the figure at its heart is very well known. Rather than an anonymous (to us, at least) collector, this latest exclusive print offers an insight into DJ and producer Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim, via his archive of vinyl. We wanted to know more about Vessey’s latest project, which launches at the Brighton gallery on 28 November, so we tracked him down between shoots to ask him a few questions.

 

Mark, your work is all about collections – it’s the thread running through your work…

After I finished university, I photographed my collection of Attitude magazine – it felt like a timeline of my own history, coming out, and independence from home – and after that, people started suggesting projects. Like my dad’s friend sent his Playboy magazines to me from New York, then that led on to me shooting stacks of The Face, then Vogue, and then I decided to collect every edition of British Vogue where Kate Moss had been on the cover…

 

Those works seem to be more general, rather than about specific individuals. Can you tell us how this particular piece ‘Norman’ came about?

Basically, ever since I’ve been in Brighton I’ve had an interest in people’s collections. I have a hit list of people whose collections I want to shoot. There are always people that you’re drawn to, and Norman Cook was one of those people. I love music and how it ties into everything culturally, so the whole premise for this was to take a look at Norman’s influences and his collection. I asked him through Lawrence [Alkin, CEO of artrepublic] if he’d like to do a piece, and he came back and said yes. It was 20 years since the original release of ‘You’ve Come A Long Way Baby’ this year, but the collaboration wasn’t about that. It’s not about trying to hype my name up with someone else – this is very much my work. It just happened that the timing was right.

 

The image features a selection of vinyl from Norman Cook’s archive. How much input did he have in the records that are part of the stack?

I went to his house – initially I was going to photograph it there, but then I thought ‘you know what, this is going to be a nightmare’ so I asked him if he minded me taking the vinyl to my studio, shooting it there and then bringing it back, and he didn’t; he’s not precious, which I love. I’d asked him if he would select three boxes of vinyl, and he thought that was quite a lot. But then he spent about two hours going through it and, by the time we finished all the shelves, it was more or less three boxes. It was perfect. It was interesting because when Norman was choosing the records I was peering over his shoulder, going ‘I feel really out of control. Are you picking the right things?’. And Norman was saying ‘That’s the whole point of me picking them Mark!’.

 

Were you surprised by the selection?

It’s was quite an eclectic mix. It’s not just House music: there’s blues, Beastie Boys, The Clash, Donna Summer… It’s not one genre of music, and that’s why I find it interesting. It’s quite a curveball, because normally I shoot very specific groups of things.

 

But the photograph doesn’t show all three boxes that Norman selected, so how did you decide what made the cut? Were you looking at it in terms of the music itself or was it more about aesthetics?

After he gave me the vinyl, I sat there for a week! (A week and a half probably) I turned it into a drama because I’m so emotionally connected to what I’m doing. My friends were telling me to just get the vinyl out and start. When I did, I was looking at what the spines said, how they fit together, how the colour moves throughout the piece of work and then it kind of came together. So, there’s the original ‘You’ve Come A Long Way Baby’ that Norman mixed his version from. He did give me the original ‘Praise You’ but it had nothing on the spine, which was frustrating. I put it in, thinking ‘it needs to be in there’, but then rethought it because no one would know what it was. There are a couple of doubles in there… The Ultimate Breaks & Beats / Various Artists and Bob James. That’s because when Norman was selecting them he told me: ‘When I’ve put in two of them, it means when I was DJing I had them both spinning at the same time.’ I think it was important to respect details like that.

 

Were you tempted to swipe any of the vinyl that Norman selected for you?

I would love to have one of the Donna Summer records, or Prince… but I would never have taken them. My friends all wanted me to open up the boxes for them and play the records, but I wouldn’t let them near it – I don’t think Norman would have been precious about it, but for me, it’s just not respectful to do that.

 

Your typical subject matter – vinyl, books and magazines for example – are analogue products in an increasingly digital world. Norman, as Fatboy Slim, switched over to using digital technology for his DJ sets a few years back. How do you prefer to work?

All my stuff is shot on film, medium format film. I do use a digital camera for my commercial work, but for my artwork it’s all film-based, developed and then scanned. I have friends who have cameras and they treat them like these precious things; mine is pretty bashed around, but then it’s used. It’s such a big camera it makes the work feel really special, more considered; you have to compose it, so the image is not so throwaway.

 

You’re a big fan of documentaries – do you think your work is a form of documentary?  

I love documentaries. I realised recently that my prints are starting to talk to each other. I can have a shot of a stack of House music and one of The Face magazine, and culturally they are part of the same era and time. All of a sudden they are starting to communicate with each other. It’s a thread of our time. I hadn’t really thought about it before, but it’s all about tapping in to a period of time, or a magazine or movement and what it represented. It makes people see it in different way – like how Pop Art enlarges things and they take on a new meaning. An everyday object can be transformed into something that holds emotion; it stirs up memories. This print is kind of like a collision of sounds – it’s got blues, there’s funk in there, House. I suppose that’s what Norman created from. It’s part of his story. I love that they’re talking pieces.

 

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(Bloomberg) — NBA superstar Steph Curry and a young fan from California have pushed Under Armour to include girls in the marketing and sales of the basketball star’s signature shoe.

Until recently, Under Armour’s website listed the Curry 5 as an option in the menus for men, women and boys. Though the shoe’s sizes are the same for all kids regardless of gender, it wasn’t listed for girls.

Earlier this week, a 9-year-old California girl named Riley Morrison wrote an open letter to Curry, posted online by her father, in which she says she was disappointed to see the shoes were listed only for boys. “I know you support girl athletes because you have two daughters and you host an all-girls basketball camp,” she wrote. “I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this because girls want to rock the Curry 5’s too.”

Curry, who has been with the Baltimore-based company since 2013, was quick to respond. Thursday he posted a letter to Morrison on Twitter saying he’d spent the past two days working with the company to fix the issue. “We are correcting this now!” he said.

Under Armour said in a statement that it is “correcting a simple yet critical error.” The company will start listing the shoes under co-gender “Grade School” sizing, and will make the same change on boxes starting with the Curry 6s next year.

Curry drew praise earlier this year for hosting a free all-girls camp in California. In his letter he told Riley that he’d send her a pair of the current shoes, and that she would be one of the first kids to receive a pair of the next iteration. He also invited her to celebrate International Women’s Day with him next March.

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Life expectancy in the United States declined from 2016 to 2017, yet the 10 leading causes of death remained the same, according to three government reports released Thursday. Increasing deaths due to drug overdoses and suicides explain this slight downtick in life expectancy, the US Centers for Disease Control says.


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7 Tips for Taming the Undead in ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ Zombies

Treyarch’s take on its ever-popular Zombies mode is back in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. It may feel familiar, but a lot has changed. Arm yourself with these seven tips to stay on the right side of dead in your never-ending battle against the zombie hordes.


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ORIENTEERING ORIENTATION

There are a handful of maps to choose from at launch. New to Zombies? Start with IX. It’s the smallest of the bunch and easiest to learn the ropes.

If it’s been a long time between dead-head drinks, try Blood of the Dead. This one’s a remake of the incredibly popular Mob of the Dead map from Black Ops 2.

Got the Black Ops Pass? Sink your teeth into Classified, which is a 2.0 take on the classic confined Five map.

Seasoned undead slayers should dive straight into Voyage of Despair. It’s the trickiest and most involved with a mountainous iceberg of challenges across the board.


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NEW ZOMBIES, OLD TRICKS

Some of the old Zombies strategies are alive and well in Black Ops 4. Grab green pick-ups when they’re flashing unless you desperately need them immediately. The light in the sky points to the Mystery Box. And the Mystery Box has the best chance of gifting the best weapons.

When playing with a squad, split the cost of opening new pathways. It’s worth spending the first round or few in the starting area to stack easy points. On the topic of points, knife kills reap bonus points. So do headshots. You’ll need to master headshots to survive the later levels.


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STRINGING ZOMBIE KITES

Lining up biters (aka “kiting them”) biters is a smidge trickier in Black Ops 4 because of the stacks of chokepoints, corridors, and solid objects.

Doing this is best saved for open areas. Use the “Now You See Me Elixir” to instantly get their attention.

For breathing space, kite the last surviving zombie. This requires communication but lets the rest of your team hunt for parts, solve Easter eggs and tool up. Let the last-remaining zombie hit you once or twice to keep them alive for longer.


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BULLET SPEWING

Some guns are personal preference in Zombies. For everyone else, the higher the fire rate, the better. Snag an SMG like the Spitfire or MX9. The Maddox RFB and Hitchcock M9 assault rifles offer the fast-food equivalents of lead sandwiches. And the Hades LMG brings hellfire to the hellish undead.

Make it deep into the roamer rounds and these bullet spewers turn absolutely epic after you put them through the Pack-a-Punch machine. Remember, max ammo automagically reloads all empty weapons, so mag dump your arsenal before snagging it.


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BUILD-A-CLASS

In Call of Duty, classes are generally made after you’ve stacked on some levels. Not in Zombies. All-new Elixirs are your best friends. “Anywhere But Here!” is a get-out-of-death-free card that teleports you to a random location. Get downed a lot? Chug “Aftertaste” beforehand to keep all your hard-earned Perks.

Speaking of Perks, you can personalise where they’re accessible on each map. This means you can frontload your fave ones to the earliest collection points. Save the one with the biggest modifier for the final slot.


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NEW RES-OLUTION

Reviving players isn’t as speedy as it used to be. That’s why it’s worth investing in the “Quick Revive” Perk. For the maps where it’s available, the Scepter of Ra special weapon is as good at resurrecting fallen friendlies as it is frying foes.

The other trick is to lure the bulk of the horde away from your incapacitated comrades, then chug the “Nowhere But There” Elixir. This will teleport you to your downed teammate to get them back in the fight.


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AGENTS OF SHIELD

Every map has hidden Easter eggs. Some are powerful, map-specific weapons. The common one is a shield that works well on defence and offence. You’ll have to find the parts scattered randomly around each map, then build it at a specific bench.

Thankfully, collected parts are shared between players. And there are only three of them to sniff out. Unequipped, the shield protects your back. Equipped, it blocks hits up front. It also has an insanely powerful melee attack and strong ranged attack. Rebuild it once it’s smashed.

Apply these tips to your next Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies session, which is available right now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Nicki Minaj and Cardi B appear to have put an end to weeks of mutual insults culminating in a day of back and forth that began with an altercation at a New York Fashion Week party in September.

Video from the event hosted by Harper’s Bazar appeared to show Cardi being escorted out by security with a large bump on her head after she reportedly threw a shoe at Minaj. Since then, the pair have been trading barbs over social media, radio and in the press.

But now they have agreed to take a break from the spat, with Minaj tweeting Tuesday morning that she wanted to focus on “positive things only”:

Cardi then posted the tweet to her Instagram, adding her own pledge to be positive.

The dispute had reached dramatic proportions late on Monday, with Cardi posting ten videos of herself on Instagram in which she accused Cardi of leaking her phone number in the wake of the Fashion Week encounter.

She also suggested she was considering suing Minaj for “defamation of character” after her claims that Cardi had bought her way into charts by paying radio stations to play her songs.

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‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4’ Feels Absurdly Polished, But Lacks New Ideas

As you might expect, with servers only going live for launch, much of what Black Ops 4 has to offer remains untested and even unknown. Consequently, for now, this review will focus upon our immediate reactions to the game’s full gamut of modes. We will update this with a finalscore once we’ve poured enough rounds in to reach a definitive verdict.

We’re just going to come out and say it. Right from the off. Headshot the elephant in the room so to speak. BANG BANG. Okay, well look, after immersing ourselves in Black Ops 4 for the weekend (we’ll update this review later in the week when the servers have become more populated and we can collect our thoughts further) we really miss the campaign mode. There. Said it. Whether you will or not will largely depend on whether you’ve enjoyed Call Of Duty campaign modes in the past. Either way, consider this. Yes, Activision reserve the right to do anything it damn please with its own intellectual property, but we can’t help feeling that the absence of a campaign in Black Ops this year sets a worrying precedent.



You might think that sounds overly dramatic. After all, the new title sees developers Treyarch giving the lion’s share of players exactly what they want. Which is, the opportunity to shoot people in the head using a variety of very big, highly fetishized guns in a crisp, meaty fashion. Some might applaud this. They’ve listened to the community and they’ve given players exactly what they want, right? Well sorry Treyarch, art doesn’t work like that.

It’s the reason why The Lord Of The Rings isn’t just four hours of orcs fighting. The reason why you have to play full games of football in FIFA and not just 90 simulated minutes of hitting volleys from the edge of the box. It’s the reason, maybe, why The Rolling Stones wrote a song called You Can’t Always Get What You Want. There is a gaming element to Black Ops 4, it’s why you’re here, but we’d argue it’s just as much of a toolkit as it is a game.

That’s not to say it’s not a lot of fun. It is.

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In fact, there’s almost an Orange Box feel to Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, in that, where Valves’ seminal 2007 compilation gave you five separate games under one banner, Black Ops 4 offers three modes of play, each disconnected from each other, yet all of an extremely high quality. Of the three, Blackout is the newbie, and yet not especially different to the BETA you most likely have already played.

It’s CoD’s concession to the modern mania for Battle Royale – arguably the reason why Activision felt that it had to do something different this year, such is the fear that the likes of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will leave the once dominant FPS looking like yesterday’s news. We can report they’ve done it really well.

As expected, you share the map with up to a hundred other players, though at the time of writing we haven’t been in a game with more than seventy – some have been positively lonely! – and after twenty odd rounds, we felt it played a lot like PUGB might if PUGB didn’t often feel so rickety. We’ll take that.



There are some flaws; some of the maps seem unnecessarily big, with lots of open space and many empty buildings. Playing alone and not in a squad is often infuriating and makes for very short games. Revive me! Please… But it’s worth remembering that Blackout is a launching pad for a new era of CoD, and yet they’ve delivered a firm, stable one.

Veterans will recognise the maps from outings that have come prior in the series – there’s a luxury villa, some kind of army compound, an airport; there’s nothing like a round of bullets to the brain to cure a spot of déjà vu – and the mode is given a distinct Black Ops feel to it by virtue of having areas of the maps populated with zombies and mystery boxes with rare weapons inside. This isn’t just a Battle Royale mode. It’s a Battle Royale inside Black Ops’ infrastructure, and it’s as slick and as meaty as you’d expect. Not as frantic though.

There’s something slower about it than we expected. Of course, it’s difficult to assess the mode with only a third of the players who are supposed to be in the game are online, but we hope the matches become more fevered. We don’t turn to Black Ops for sedate. And yet, the true test of whether Blackout can better Battle Royale FPS experiences elsewhere, will come if and when special events are held for users.

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SPILL THE ZOMBEANS…



Speaking of zombies, this time it’s a hulk of a mode, with three different adventures available. Two share the same cast of characters – Scarlett Rhodes, Diego Necalli, Bruno Delacroix, Stanton Shaw – with one mission set on the sinking Titanic (Voyage Of Despair, the closest thing we have to a campaign – it’s got cutscenes and everything!) and the other inside the pages of the greatest Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson Fighting Fantasy novel never published.

In this mode, named IX, the aforementioned foursome are plunged into a gladiatorial arena and forced to fight their way through wave after wave of zombies and zombie-adjace creatures – there’s zombie tigers in the game! – all for the crowd’s approval. It’s ridiculously fun. The characters, who quip throughout the veritable gore platter they subsequently serve up, are brilliantly written. It might be – might be – the most fun Zombies experience Black Ops has ever given us.

The third mode is called Blood Of The Dead, and is a re-imagining of the classic Mob Of The Dead map from 2012’s Black Ops 2. You play as the ‘Primis’ crew, specifically the versions of them from Origins. That’s ‘Tank’ Dempsey, Nikolai Belinski, Takeo Masaki and Edward Richtofen, all with jingoistic racial stereotypes in tow. It’s fun, but we don’t ask voice actors to voice Asian characters like that anymore Treyarch, okay? While we remember, there’s a pretty neat ‘customize your own zombie’ device with the main Zombies hub, which we’re going to get right into the guts of forthwith – pun most definitely intended.

THERE’S NO DIE IN TEAM



A few thoughts on Multiplayer, which we should say, is the mode we’ve spent the least amount of time with thus far. There are a few things we’ve experienced that you should know. Health no longer auto-regenerates, which doesn’t feel a lot like Black Ops if we’re telling the truth, yet maybe it’s something which will in time. Also, the game is largely concerned with making you play as a unit of specialists, each with different jobs to do.

Remember Brink? Of course you do. It was really, really boring, because, as is the case here, nobody goes into a FPS wanting a grapple hook rather than a flamethrower. Now, this isn’t Brink, but we bring it up to highlight the problem with the device. Again, maybe we’ll feel differently in time. There’s a character called Nomad. He’s got an attack dog he can call upon. We like dogs. Attack dogs too. As long as they’re attacking someone else but us, obviously.

Is Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Any Good?

First impressions, then? Well, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 is certainly a competent, varied FPS experience. It restores a franchise that was in danger of looking like just another shooter to being an AAA title that’s a pretty big deal. Fun will be had. Servers will be full. But here’s the thing. Call Of Duty has been with us a long time – fifteen years and counting – and it became the titan it was for well over a decade – by innovating. What Black Ops 4 does is shamelessly cherry-pick modern trends (some of which are boundlessly creative – even if Fortnite isn’t your cup of health, it’s difficult to argue it’s not a game drowning in ideas) and view them through its aesthetic.

Essentially, Black Ops 4 a Frankenstein Monster of a FPS experience. That’s fine. It’s also a little bit sad. Time will tell if the package peels further back to reveal more of its own soul.

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Tevin Campbell may not have released a new studio album since 1999, but the 41-year-old is still considered a beloved musical figure. However, that hasn’t kept the trolls of today’s social media culture from persistently trying to paint Campbell a certain way.

There have been questions about drug use, rumors that he’s been a victim of molestation, and all sorts of comments about his sexuality. Whether or not he was gay became a big question following his arrest for soliciting oral sex from an undercover policeman in 1999. When it comes to his sexuality, the “I’m Ready” singer decided to let folks know this week, after being weary of ugly comments about it, that no matter what they say, it doesn’t matter. He can still sing circles around your faves.

“Y’all homophobes gotta do better,” he wrote on Twitter. “The thing you will never ever be able to say about me is ‘that boy can’t sing.’ That’s the day I will be sitting at home crying and that day will be never.”

Campbell has spoken about his sexuality in the past. During an interview with former publication Sister 2 Sister, he told Jamie Foster Brown that he’s “try-sexual,” which is a way of saying he’s “open-minded.”

“I’m not gay, but there’s a lot of different things that I do like, sexually,” he said. “Being in the business, you are introduced to a lot of different things. I’m not gay, but I’m a freak and I think a lot of people know what a freak is.”

He also told IMissTheOldSchool back in 2009 that his sexuality shouldn’t be of concern to others.

“That’s nobody’s business. If someone is interested in me and they wanna be my friend or whatever, then we can talk. It’s nobody’s business what I like to do behind closed doors, just because I am a celebrity,” he said. “I hate that. And I like the fact that people wanna know. Let ‘em wonder. I like to leave a little bit to the imagination. But if you happen to get to know me and we hit it off… I share a lot of personal things with friends, which is a normal thing to do.”

After Thursday’s tweet, the real question is…when are we getting some new music, Tevin?!

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