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‘I’ll Keep Moving Forward:’ Eric Benét Talks Halle Berry Break-Up

April 28th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It’s been nearly ten years since Eric Benét and ex-wife, Halle Berry split. However, unsurpisingly, such a high-profile relationship is difficult for the public to forget. Their divorce was plagued with rumors of cheating and conflicting reports that pegged Benét as a sex addict. The “Sometimes I Cry” singer has since moved on and found love in Prince’s ex-wife, Manuela Testolini, but he admits that the Halle chapter is still very much a part of his story.

“You’re never able to take the players out of the story, but in anybody’s life, there are personal hurdles that’ll make you wonder ‘How did I get here?’” he told theGrio about his split from Berry. “But on the other side of that, if you stay positive, if you keep moving, if you stay still and try to observe, absorb and learn as much as you’re supposed to learn in that pain, there’s a whole lot of evolution and light on the other side.”

While the divorce was clearly a challenging time in his life, the 47-year-old father says the experience taught him a lot.

“One of the great things about that time was learning to shut out the noise … Realizing what’s important to me is my family, my daughter and my career. It was a way to learn how to shut everything and it doesn’t really matter what you think and I know what the truth is. I’ll keep moving forward, ” he added.

As for whether or not he still speaks to his Academy Award-winning ex-wife, Benét says:

“No we haven’t stayed in touch. I just keep moving forward and being happy.”

And speaking of difficult times, he also opened up about losing his daughter’s mother in 1993 following a tragic car accident.

“My daughter, India, for most of her life I was a single father,” he explained. “Her mother passed away in a car accident when she was 15 months old. As you can imagine, there’s really no way to describe how [that feels]. There was so much loss and fear and trepidation about the future. Am I going to be able to do this. I mean, I had this amazing partner to parent this beautiful person with me. At the end of the day, I had my family, I had God and I had this amazing little baby.”

Thankfully, Benét says life is certainly looking up these days.

Guess Which Male Singer Will Be Busy Caring For A Newborn This Summer?

March 15th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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Another baby Benet is on the way. Congrats are in order to singer Eric Benet and his wife Manuela Testolini. Us Weekly reports that the couple will welcome their second child this summer.

The couple broke the news to friends and family by posting a picture of their 2 year-old daughter Lucia’s “to-do” list which included learning how to use the potty and becoming a big sister.

Benet also has a daughter named India from a previous relationship, but was left a single father when India’s mother died in a car crash. He was married to Halle Berry for three years before the couple split in 2005, and then went on to marry 37 year-old Testolini in 2011. Testolini was previously married to singer Prince. Berry has since had two children and is married to actor Olivier Martinez.

After admitting to cheating on Berry repeatedly during their marriage, in 2002 Benet checked into a 35 day sex addict rehabilitation program. The couple attempted to reconcile, but ultimately announced their separation in 2003 and finalized their divorce in early 2005. In an interview with People that same year, Benet stated he never actually had sexual intercourse with anyone but Berry during their marriage and did not believe he ever was a sex addict, but enrolled in the program as suggested by her mother so the marriage would “have a shot”. He says that ultimately the couple brought too much baggage into the relationship from previous situations in their lives. He credits his daughter India with helping him survive such a difficult time.

“There were times I felt I could not imagine when I’m gonna smile again. But I couldn’t face my daughter and break down in tears. I had to take India to school every morning, so I had to have that brave face on. No matter how dark things had gotten for me, I’d wake up, look at her and think: What a perfect reason to be happy. That little girl just keeps on saving my life.”

Benet seems to be in much better place now and we wish him and his family a heartfelt congratulations.

Will You Watch? Eric Benét To Host and Executive Produce New Music Reality Show!

November 17th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Before you say no, just give the idea an open mind because there’s a chance Eric Benét will have a hit show on his hands.

According to a press release obtained by Billboard, Sub Stars “will pit the best ‘underground’ musicians, discovered in the subway systems of major U.S. cities against one another.” Like most of the other singing and musical reality shows, the winner of the show will win a record deal. There’s also a chance to win cash and other prizes.

The show will also be more interactive than other shows that have the normal dial-in and vote routine. Sub Stars will allow fans and viewers to use the Sub Stars app to find talent and vote for contestants.

Creator and executive producer Phil Viardo started a Kickstarter campaign last Thursday in hopes of raising almost $400,000 (or more) to help fund the new show.

Eric Benét, who will serve as both co-executive producer and the host, says of the show: “Sub Stars gives truly unique characters, with a different and innovative sound, a platform to showcase their musical individualism and talent.”

Some of the best talent can be found in the train stations so this could actually work.

Okay, so now you can come to a better decision. Do you think you’ll give Sub Stars a chance whenever it finally hits the small screen or do you think they’ve finally run out of ideas and this is desperation.

Star Gazing: The Celebs Step Out For The 2013 Soul Train Music Awards!

November 9th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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The stars were out in Las Vegas Friday night for the 2013 Soul Train Music Awards. Hosted by actor Anthony Anderson, the focus for this year’s awards show has been to make it as much fun as possible. Now, the show doesn’t actually air until December 1st (on Centric and BET) so we don’t know if they succeeded; however, we know how they looked.  Check out some of the photos from the red carpet on the next two pages!

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Daddy’s Little Girls: Stunning Celebrity Father-Daughter Combos

June 14th, 2013 - By M A
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With Father’s Day just around the corner, we thought that some of our favorite, fabulous celebrity father-daughter combos deserved some love. From daughters just as famous as their celebrity daddies to little girls who have shied away from the spotlight, these duos have truly shown what good genes can do. So without further adieu, a salute to 14 wonderfully attractive father-daughter duos.

It’s Not All About Drugs: Stars Who Entered Rehab For Reasons Other Than Substance Abuse

June 12th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars have publicly battled with drug or alcohol but others have entered rehab for other underlying problems. These 15 celebs sought help for problems other than substance abuse.

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Mariah Carey’s diva behavior is legendary but back in 2001, the “Beautiful” singer hit a low point in her career following the release of her semi-autobiographical movie Glitter. After the film tanked, Carey was dropped from her record label. Posting ominous messages on her website to her fans, it was clear something was wrong with Carey. Succumbing to the pressures of the industry, Mimi had a public meltdown and went into treatment. Fast forward four years and a new record deal later, Carey drops The Emancipation of Mimi, which wound up being the biggest album of that year, and returns to superstar status.

Cute Kid Alert: Diddy Posts Throwback Photos, Major Goes Back To School and Stevie J’s Daughter Drives a Benz

August 28th, 2012 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Is it just me, or can Diddy be in like a dozen places at one time? One minute he’s jet-setting with his girlfriend Cassie (please, let’s just call her what she is at this point), the next he’s popping Ciroc in the fanciest places in the States and abroad. But we can’t deny that you can often find him in cute mode with his kiddies. The proud pop posted pics of him with his adorable kids having sleepy time with Christian, Jessie and D’Lila and more. We thought we’d share:

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Source: Twitter – Diddy

Somebody has some tennis stars on the rise! For the caption, Diddy said: “Venus and Serena watch out, Jessie and D’Lila are coming!”

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And I just had to post this adorable throwback picture of him with his twins in their…formal wear? These babies grow up so fast!

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And Diddy isn’t the only proud father. Eric Benet also posted a picture of his little girl, Lucia Bella, who will be one in December. Lucia is the daughter he has with wife Manuela Testolina, Prince’s ex-wife.

Who does this little cutie pie look like? If you can’t figure it out, this little ray of sunshine is the son of reality star Kimbella Vanderhee of “Love and Hip Hop” and Juelz Santana. Juelz Jr. was snapped with his snapback on (a tad bit big though…) and an especially toothy grin. Adorable much?

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Mary Mary singer Erica Williams also snapped this very cute picture of herself and her daughter Zaya having a mommy-daughter moment together. Little Zaya was born in January. This child is an absolute doll!

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As you get your kids ready for back-to-school season, so are the stars! With his book bag, lunch bag and action figures in hand, T.I. and Tiny’s cute son, Major, headed off to school. What a sweetie pie!

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I also had to share this very cute photo of Mimi Faust and Stevie J’s daughter Eva cruisin’ in her Mercedes Benz, and a photo moment with her mom that I found via her website. This child is a spitting image of her dad, but I also see Mimi in there. What about you?

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NFL’er Victor Cruz Celebrates New Memoir With Friends

July 19th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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This week, NFL’er Victor Cruz celebrated his new memoir, “Out Of the Blue” with close family, celebrity friends and fans of the New York Giants star.

We spotted Wale, singer/actor - Josh Groban, Eric Benet, Julissa Bermudez, Adrienne Bailon, DJ Kiss, DJ Clark Kent, Peter Rosenberg, K.Foxx, Joell Ortiz, Jeannette Jenkins and DJ M.O.S.

The private party took place at New York’s No.8 in NYC.

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Summer Style Tips From The Essence Music Festival à la June Ambrose, Marsha Ambrosius, and More

July 10th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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The 2012 Essence Music Festival brought the big guns onstage (Chaka Khan killed it while looking super svelte and D’Angelo made a comeback), but we got the real dish offstage. StyleBlazer was on the scene to chat with our favorite celebs! Uber-stylist June Ambrose told us how to stay cool when it’s sweltering outside, and the handsome Eric Benet gave his definition of a perfectly dressed woman.

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StyleBlazer: What’s your top tip for staying cool in the heat?
June Ambrose: You have to wear breathable underwear. Keep the meat neat, ladies. And you don’t want your box to be uncomfortable. Reasonable undergarments are the foundation for feeling secure and confident and you want fabric that breathes.

Check out more celebrity summer style tips from EMF on StyleBlazer.com.

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Eric Benét Gushes About Being A Dad The Second Time Around

May 19th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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In part two of our interview with Eric Benét, the singer talks about being a father again twenty years after the birth of his first daughter India. His second daughter, Lucia Bella, was born in December and Benét says he’s loving every minute of watching her grow up.

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