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Tommy DeBarge, of R&B/Funk Group Switch, Dead at 64

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Tommy DeBarge — a founding member of the R&B/funk band Switch — has died of natural causes. He was 64.

Tommy suffered from liver and kidney failure for years. Tommy was a lifelong drug addict and was on kidney dialysis for years before he died.

Tommy was a member of the famed DeBarge family of singers, songwriters and music producers.

According to TMZ, Tommy suffered from liver and kidney failure for years, and his health recently took a turn for the worse. He was hospitalized a couple weeks ago, and died in the hospital Thursday.

While his younger siblings would later rise to fame as DeBarge, Tommy blazed his own trail as a member of Switch alongside his brother, Bobby, who died of AIDS in 1995 at age 39.

The group’s smash hits in the 1970s included “I Call Your Name,” “There’ll Never Be,” and “Love Over & Over Again.”

Switch, with Bobby’s falsetto lead vocals, had a huge following in the mid ’70s and would influence emerging R&B/funk bands.

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Bobby and Tommy left Switch to mentor their younger brothers, James, Randy, El, Mark, and sister, Bunny.

The Grand Rapids, Michigan family band signed a record deal with Motown subsidiary Gordy Records.

Their hit singles in the 1980s included “I Like It,” “All This Love,” “Time Will Reveal,” “Love Me in a Special Way,” and “Rhythm of the Night.”
 

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Tristan Thompson Accused Of Fathering Trainer’s Expected Child & He Responds In Court Docs

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A pregnant personal trainer from Texas claims that Tristan Thompson is the father of her expected child, and in court docs, he admitted to sleeping with the 31-year-old.

Tristan Thompson, 30, is allegedly expanding his family. The NBA superstar is alleged to be expecting his third child with Maralee Nichols, a 31-year-old personal trainer from Texas, according to the Daily Mail. Maralee is currently pregnant with a baby boy, due Dec. 3, and she claims that Tristan is the father. In court documents, obtained by Daily Mail and filed in the Superior State of California, County of Los Angeles, Tristan admitted to sleeping with Maralee in March.

However, Tristan did not confirm whether he’s her baby’s father. “Petitioner does not know when conception took place and concedes that conception may have took place in March or April 2021,” Tristan claims. “I do not know if the claims that I am the father of her child are supported by facts.” Tristan also stated in the docs that he wants to take a paternity test in Houston, Texas, as well, as he insists that that is the only place he slept with Maralee. HollywoodLife has reached out to Tristan’s rep and lawyer for comment.

Photos of Maralee fully pregnant have been published by Daily Mail. Court documents, which were published by DM, also confirm that Marilyn and Tristan hooked up during his 30th birthday celebrations in Houston in March, at which point he was still dating Khloe Kardashian. Tristan admitted in the court docs to having sex with Maralee several times at a hotel following the party. However, he says this night was the only time he had relations with Maralee, despite her claims that they had a “five month affair,” which she claims took place in California, as well.

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“When we got to my hotel room, we immediately had sexual intercourse,” Tristan said in the court filing, according to the docs obtained by DM. “Petitioner [Maralee] initiated our sexual contact and never objected to our having sexual intercourse. She was very awake and conscious and did not exhibit any signs that she was other than a willing participant in our sexual activities.”

In her court documents, Maralee is reportedly asking for child support, as well as reimbursement for expenses like a doula, birthing classes and more, from Tristan in the state of California, according to Daily Mail. However, in Tristan’s response, he is asking for the case to be moved from California to Texas. He insists that he does not have a permanent residence in California and that his “domicile residence” is in Massachusetts. He explains that his residence in California is strictly for the purpose of spending time with his two children, who live in the state. Tristan is already a father to son Prince, 4, whom he shares with ex Jordan Craig, 30, and daughter True, 3, whom he shares with on-again, off-again girlfriend Khloe.

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The NBA star’s latest split from True’s mom Khloe came in June. Tristan and the Keeping Up with the Kardashians alum were actively co-parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic and had even made plans to have a second child via surrogacy. The final season of KUWTK documented the pair’s process of freezing embryos to prepare to expand their family.

During the KUWTK reunion in June, Khloe confirmed that she and Tristan were back together following his Jan. 2019 cheating scandal. “We just really became genuine, great friends with one another and great co-parents,” Khloe explained. “He’s a great dad. It was just this natural progression. I’m not saying it’s what I would encourage other people to do, it’s just what naturally happened for him and I.”

Just a day later, news broke that it was over between the pair following a new batch of cheating allegations, which were never confirmed by Khloe or Tristan themselves. However, when the reunion was taped, Khloe was unaware of the rumors. “Khloe was being honest about the status of their relationship at the time of the reunion taping,” a source told HollywoodLife exclusively. Khloe has yet to comment on the latest reported baby news, but HollywoodLife has reached out to her rep for comment.

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Video Premiere: Davion Farris – Sometimes

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Neo-Soul R&B singer-songwriter Davion Farris released his new music video “Sometimes” via Lena Waithe‘s Hillman Grad Records / Def Jam Recordings.

Hailing from Inglewood California, two-time GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Davion Farris has previously written with and for artists such as Mary J Blige, Tyrese, Trey Songz, Ginuwine, Jill Scott, SiR, and more.

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“Davion is a timeless artist,” said Lena Waithe. “He isn’t afraid to be vulnerable in his music. And that’s why he stood out to myself, Albert, and Tebs as an artist we wanted to sign. He’s been a fantastic collaborator and we can’t for everyone to hear what we’ve been cooking up.”

“Sometimes is for those of us who give our best and still get knocked down. It’s a reminder that we’re not alone,” said Davion Farris. “This song is about strength in vulnerability. It’s OK to acknowledge that in certain moments, you’re not OK.”

However, fans say “Sometimes” is an ode to the new Black male who is in touch with his feelings and finds strength through weakness.

 

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Here is what the press is saying about “Sometimes”:

“…lyrics and penetrating vocals to paint a vivid portrait of love and its complications.”
~TEEN VOGUE

“…soulful ballad…”
~VIBE

“…the song’s lyrics aim to spark self-reflect, encouraging listeners to embrace the times when they’re emotionally drained.”
~RATED R&B

STREAM “Sometimes” HERE.
 

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Randall Sends Sweet Texts to Lala Kent After Cheating Claim

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REPORT: Randall Emmett is Sending Flowers and "Sweet Texts" to Lala Kent in Hopes of Winning Her Back, How is the Vanderpump Rules Star Responding?

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Lala Kent‘s ex-fiancé, Randall Emmett, is reportedly trying to win her back after allegedly being caught with two other women at a hotel in Nashville.

Following a social media scandal, that resulted in accusations of infidelity being thrown at the film producer, the Vanderpump Rules star is allegedly receiving flowers and sweet texts from her former partner as he attempts to woo her back into his life.

“Randall is devastated,” an insider revealed to Life & Style magazine in a recent issue. “He’s doing anything he can to get back in her good graces, sending flowers and sweet texts. Lala is done, though.”

After a man believed to be Randall was seen walking with two women to a Nashville hotel in October, Lala was seen checking out apartments and, ultimately, she confirmed on her and Randall’s previously joint podcast, Give Them Lala, formerly Give Them Lala… With Randall, that the two of them had split as an insider told PEOPLE she was “completely blindsided” by the breakup.

“I just never thought that my life would be where it is right now,” Lala admitted on November 10. “There’s moments where I have pits in my stomach and I’m like, ‘I need God to take over right now because it’s too much.’ [But] you have to be grateful for every experience.”

One week later, Randall confirmed on the podcast that he would be “stepping back” from his hosting role but would “still be part” of the business side of it.

“Lala and I have a beautiful, beautiful baby in Ocean, and I’m always going to be private,” he added.

Although Randall may be doing his best to win Lala back, a Hollywood Life source agreed with the Life & Style insider last week, saying she isn’t interested in giving their relationship a second chance.

The rug was pulled out from under her completely, and everyone around her was completely shocked,” the insider shared. “She thought he loved her. She will never go back to him again. She’s done for good and never have another discussion about it. It’s a wrap.”

Vanderpump Rules season nine airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.

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