Chris Brown's gut-spilling video bugs both Rihanna, Karrueche Tran
One of the oddest — truly involuntary — “love triangles” of the past few weeks has been revealed by Chris Brown, now that the R&B star has produced that apparently booze-fueled video, confessing he simultaneously has been in love with both Rihanna and model Karrueche Tran.
“Is there such thing as loving two people?” he asks in the clip. “I don’t know if that’s possible. But for me, I feel like that.”
Sources close to Tran told TMZ she’s enraged that Brown would go public with so many aspects of their relationship and personal life. My own Rihanna source tells me the superstar herself is “also embarrassed by Chris’ video confessional — despite the fact she’s now back with him again.”
Word has it, Brown thought making the video would help explain to Tran the reasons for him dumping her for Rihanna — a move that clearly has backfired.
Earlier last week, Brown had explained, “I love Karrueche very much, but I don’t want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna.”
All involved confirm that friendship is now a revived romance.
AN ELECTRIC ‘ELEKTRA’: While there was quite the Chicago Who’s Who at the opening of Lyric Opera’s 58th season Saturday night, comedian and actor Dan Aykroyd was not one of them — despite a personal invitation from Christine Goerke, the spectacular soprano who wowed the crowd in her Lyric debut, singing the demanding title role in Richard Strauss’ “Elektra.” (See the review on Page 37.)
Goerke had spotted Aykroyd dining at Smith & Wollensky a few days before the opening and sent over a bottle of wine to “one of the men who have made me laugh when I need it most in my life,” said the singer. Aykroyd’s family commitments prevented him from attending the opera Saturday — a performance that led opera superstar and Lyric’s creative consultant Renee Fleming to exclaim, “Anyone who was here tonight can say we witnessed Christine set a new standard for the role of ‘Elektra.’ ”
Fleming’s dedication to Lyric was again revealed when it was announced that she wouldn’t miss opening night despite the fact she’s opening herself in “Otello” Tuesday night at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
† At the post-opera gala at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, humor reigned supreme for the traditional grand march of Lyric board honchos and the evening’s creative stars. Lyric’s CEO Ken Pigott quipped — after being heralded into the ballroom by a stirring trumpet fanfare — “That’s just like how I’m welcomed home every day!” Lyric’s general director Anthony Freud jokingly introduced Roger Honeywell and Jill Grove (who play the wicked monarchs Aegisth and Kytamnestra) as “a couple of people who give royalty a bad name.”
Among those on hand for the very memorable night were longtime Lyric boosters Caryn and King Harris, Shirley and Pat Ryan, Liz Stiffel, Christina and Ron Gidwitz, Connie and David Coolidge, Keith and Rod Goldstein, Jo and Newton Minow, Ruth Ann Gillis, Karen Gray, Debby and Ned Jannotta, Shawn Donnelley and Patrick and Meredith Wood-Prince.
IN DRIVER’S SEAT: There’s been a lot of buzz about an upcoming “Glee” episode reprising some scenes from the rock ’n’ roll classic “Grease.” Turns out the remake of the “Greased Lightning” bit will include the original car that was used in the 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Not surprisingly, that vintage auto was loaned to the “Glee” folks by the Volo Auto Museum, and museum director Brian Grams is delighted the car is still “employable” after 35 years.
† Speaking of Travolta, the Volo Auto Museum also owns the armored Rolls-Royce that was used by the British embassy in Washington to transport Prince Charles and Princess Diana to the White House, when she had that famous dance with Travolta in 1985. Valued at $2 million, the car will be auctioned on Nov. 9 — the 32nd anniversary of Diana’s first U.S. visit. A portion of the sales proceeds will benefit a favorite Diana charity: Children With Cancer.
COSTLY PRANK: Now we can understand why the Los Angeles Police are upset about the current rash of “swatting” — phony emergency calls reporting break-ins or other faux criminal activity at celebrities’ homes.The fake call about a home invasion at
Ashton Kutcher’s house last week will cost L.A. taxpayers an estimated $10,000. TMZ reports that’s all because the report came via teletext (intended for deaf people), which automatically triggers a response by dozens of officers, plus a helicopter to boot!
The Oscar winner wrote, “Hi, Knocked off your mirror. Very sorry. Will cover everything, Ben,” also leaving his contact information for the car’s owner.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Entrepreneur and nightclub owner Rande Gerber was in town the other night, where the longtime hubby of Cindy Crawford celebrated the launch of his new Caliche rum brand — toasted by ex-NHL players Chris Chelios and Reid Simpson, plus Our Town’s Jon and Andrew Landon, Jason Erkes and a posse of pals at Gerber’s Whiskey Bar on Rush.