Bobbi Kristina relationship ‘headed to disaster,’ some in family fear
By Bill Zwecker October 14, 2012 9:26PM
FILE: Bobbi Kristina Brown And Nick Gordon engaged Premiere Of Tri-Star Pictures' "Sparkle" - Red Carpet
Updated: November 16, 2012 6:16AM
While Bobbi Kristina has been looking very happy since confirming she’s engaged to her boyfriend Nick Gordon — the adopted son of BK’s mother, Whitney Houson — a number of her family members are not pleased with this latest development.
It’s not simply that Bobbi Kristina is planning to marry her adopted brother — nor do they believe the farfetched speculation that Gordon is actually the biological son of his fiancee’s father, Bobby Brown, from a long-ago fling. “It’s just that they are very worried that this is a relationship headed to disaster,” a Houston family insider told me Saturday.
“Bobbi Kristina is making so many mistakes as she tries to take control of her life. … She’s not making the right decisions, and being with Nick is just one of them,” added the source, who fears Gordon is “simply the wrong kind of influence on Bobbi Kristina.”
RELATIVELY SPEAKING: According to several Jackson insiders, LaToya Jackson is now the Michael Jackson sibling closest to his children — following the recent estrangement of Paris, Prince and Blanket Jackson from a number of their aunts and uncles. After Janet, Randy and Jermaine made those moves against the executors of Michael’s estate — and meddled in matriarch Katherine Jackson’s custody of the children — the kids have turned to LaToya as their best family mentor.
“And she is very happy to take on that role,” said one source close to the situation.
LAUGHS & LOVE: After nearly a year trying to keep the identity of her new beau secret, Kathy Griffin must face the fact that there are no secrets (or very few) in Hollywood. Reportedly, the Oak Park native and popular comedian is head-over-heels for Los Angeles Times marketing manager Randy Bick. He may be 18 years Griffin’s junior, but Bick is said to be on the same wavelength as the comic — and a very secure, mature guy with (not surprisingly) a great sense of humor.
FASHION FIZZLE: After making such a big deal about “retiring” from acting to launch a new career in New York’s fashion world, Amanda Bynes is receiving what can best be described as a “tepid” response from the doyennes of Seventh Avenue. I’m hearing the once-promising young actress doesn’t seem to inspire fashionistas as a potential hot brand — perhaps tainted by her recent spate of legal problems.
Along with her five outstanding charges in California (including a DUI, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, and twice being caught driving on a suspended license), Bynes was spied by a New York Post source appearing very disoriented and acting weird in a long weekend visit to a Big Apple cupcake emporium.
GOLDEN GIRLS: Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman will be in town Monday to greet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos at the American Girl Place at Water Tower Place —all part of the introduction of a new historical character doll, “Caroline Abbott.” … Meanwhile, Raisman’s London Games teammate and fellow gold medalist Gabby Douglas will be in Gary— where she has a bunch of family members — to be honored at a Gary Chamber of Commerce special event at the Genesis Convention Center at 6 p.m. Monday. Douglas was in Rosemont on Sunday for a brunch for the “Inspire Girls to Lead Our World” (iGlow) mentoring program, emceed by KISS-FM and WGCI-FM’s Nina Chantele.
TV TALK: NBC has picked up “Undateable” — something deadline.com calls a “buddy comedy” — based on the book Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won’t Be Dating or Having Sex, penned by ex-Chicagoans Ellen Rak-
ieten (longtime executive producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show”) and Anne Coyle. In their very funny tome, Rakieten and Coyle point to things like wearing socks with sandals, pleated shorts, soul patches and jogging in place at stoplights as being big turnoffs.
The proposed show, being written by Bill Lawrence and Adam Sztykiel (“Due Date,” “Made of Honor”) is about two very different guys who bond over their inability to attract women.
† Joe’s Stone Crab’s popular Tommy Dare
is delighted his beloved niece, actress Lauren Tom, has a new recurring role on “Supernatural” — appearing for the first time last week in a role Tommy describes as “the Tiger Mom” on the long-running CW series.
SAD NEWS: Those who remember former top Chicago model Susanna Cutts are mourning her death at age 68 in a West Palm Beach hospice last week. “Cutts” — as she was known to one and all — cut a wide swath in Our Town during her Chicago years in the ’70s, on both the fashion and party scenes. She later became the house model to Paris couturier Jacqueline de Ribes and then was fashion director for the Saks store on Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue.
Susanna was aptly named. Her marvelous wit was truly cutting edge.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: What a big week for the Pump Room! Along with the Studio 54-themed celebration of the new Pump Room’s first birthday, there were sightings of Ed Norton and (separately) the “Stand Up Guys” cast — including Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, plus Jon Bon Jovi (who wrote songs on the soundtrack), here for the opening night of Chicago International Film Festival. … Fans of actor Zeljko Ivanek spotted him dining at Sunda. … Recent separate RL sightings have included Elle Macpherson, Billy Zane and Bob Newhart — in town with his clan for the Saturday dedication of the Newhart Family Theatre in Loyola’s Mundelein Center for the Fine & Performing Arts. The veteran comedian has a long Loyola/Mundelein connection: He’s a 1952 Loyola business alum, and his three sisters attended the then-independent Mundelein College, including Sister Joan Newhart, who served as a college administrator.