Swimming Champion Tom Luchsinger Comes Out as Gay

National swimming champion—and Olympic hopeful—Tom Luchsinger came out of the closet in a touching piece he wrote for Outsports. Titled “King of the Double Life,” the piece explores the time he spent in the closet, and the sense of overwhelming freedom he got from escaping. Here’s some of what he wrote:

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Taylor Swift’s Amazing Birthday Weekend, in Videos and Pictures

Wyomissing’s  Taylor Swift turned 25 to great, star-studded fanfare this weekend. On the West Coast, the Grammy Museum celebrated with a special “The Taylor Swift Experience” exhibit that featured artifacts like books and photos from her childhood, handwritten lyrics to her hit song “22,” and props used in her latest video, “Shake It Off.”

The real party was on the East Coast, however, where Swift spent the entire weekend with a couple of the world’s biggest stars, folks like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Sam Smith.

It all started Saturday, after Swift performed at Jingle Ball in New York City. Afterward, she threw a party for herself at her downtown apartment, a party that one attendee, Kelly Osbourne called “one of the best I have ever been to.”

According to E!, attendees there included Jay and Bey, John Legend’s main squeeze Chrissy Teigen, Sam Smith, Nick Jonas, Olivia Culpo and Ansel Elgort. “It raged until 5 a.m. and, understandably, cake wasn’t enough to feed the whole crew, and three pizza delivery men reportedly arrived with about 40 pies in tow.”

This Instagram photo from Swift’s account—showing Timberlake wearing a poop mask—pretty much sums up the night:

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Sony Executive Calls Kevin Hart a Whore In Leaked Emails, Hart Reacts

By now you’ve likely heard of those leaked Sony emails—messages from executives that target everyone from Angelina Jolie to Joel McHale (who just wanted a discount on a TV, man!). Philly’s Kevin Hart was also the subject of one email, in which executive Clint Culpepper told a colleague that, “I’m not saying [Kevin Hart’s] a whore, but he’s a whore.” The comment was made after Hart requested extra money to promote his film Think Like a Man Too.

Not to be one to let such things go, Hart took to Instagram with this message:

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PHOTOS: Nick Jonas at Spirits and Suds With Santa On East Passyunk Avenue

Nick Jonas qirh Kim Righi Noelle Leuzzi and Kellyann Verratti.

Nick Jonas with Kim Righi, Noelle Leuzzi and Kellyann Verratti.

Former boy bander and purity ring-wearer Nick Jonas just so happened to pop into the Cantina last night during the annual Spirits and Suds With Santa, a holiday bar crawl taking place in bars and restaurants along East Passyunk Avenue.

Jonas was in town to perform at the Q102 Jingle Ball at Wells Fargo Center. As reported earlier by HughE Dillon, he had lunch at Capital Grille, and had dinner at Cantina later on. When he was leaving, these little elves managed to snag him for a photo. One of the ladies shared that “he was charming, handsome and happy to take a photo. I want him in my stocking for Christmas.”

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Country Star Ty Herndon Comes Out of the Closet

Move over Steve Grand. Country star TY Herndon is the latest celebrity to come out to People magazine. A snippet from the interview:

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“During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone’s son or daughter or grandchild’s life not be as difficult as mine has been,” he tells PEOPLE. “Maybe they wouldn’t have to go through as much pain and suffering. It’s time to tell my truth.”

That “truth” is about a part of himself he has kept secret for his entire career: “I’m an out, proud and happy gay man,” the Nashville artist revealed to PEOPLE during a sit-down in New York Tuesday.

The revelation was many years in the making for the 51-year-old singer, who first wondered if he was gay when he was about 10 years old and then began coming out to close family members at 20.

“My mother probably knew I was gay before I did. I remember sitting down with her and having the conversation,” recalls Herndon, noting his career path in country worried her. But, ultimately, “she was more concerned about me having a happy life. You have to be able to do that in your own skin, and [my family] has seen me struggle with being gay my whole career.”

I don’t know what’s more surprising—the fact that he’s gay or that he’s 51 years old! He looks great for his age. Read the rest of the People article here. And listen to one of Ty’s most popular tunes below:

Tracy Morgan “Fighting to Get Better,” But May Never Recover From Brain Injury Sustained in NJ Car Crash

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The future of 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan is still uncertain following a serious car accident he was involved in in June. It happened when a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer crashed into his limo on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Morgan’s attorney, Benedict Morelli, says the comedian may never fully recover from a “debilitating brain injury” sustained from the accident. More from The Washington Post:

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WATCH: Taylor Swift In Her 8th Grade Class Project Video at Wyomissing Area Junior High School

[UPDATE, 5:43 p.m.]  It appears that the video has been made private. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for the next adorable Taylor Swift video to hit the Internet.

[ORIGINAL] Last week our patriotic hearts swelled as a video of a 12-year-old Taylor Swift singing the National Anthem at a Sixers game made its way around the web. This week, another oldie but goodie of the Wyomissing, Pa., native has resurfaced, showing Swift starring in a video for her 8th grade Investigative Studies class at Wyomissing Area Junior High School. The video in question is an ad for “Paco’s Paradise Smoothies,” and Swift—not looking too different than she did when she got her start—stars as “Island Girl 1.” Look out for her coming in around the :52 mark, but the laughs don’t stop there—in the credits an unfortunate typo refers to her as “Talyor Swift.”

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