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Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Jessica Alba
Lou Pearlman
Justin Bieber
Sean 'P Diddy' Combs


Jessica Alba had degree doubts


Jessica Alba thought she was dumb for not going to university.

The 35-year-old actress, who founded the billion-dollar empire The Honest Company, admitted that she used to be insecure about her lack of higher education.

She told the Observer Magazine: "I thought I was dumb because I didn't go to college. I felt if you didn't have a degree, you'd never be respected or considered intelligent. Now I realise I'm perfectly capable of doing lots of things."

And Jessica admitted that she used to be afraid to speak up about being objectified in Hollywood. She explained: "Success in entertainment used to be purely financial for me. Once I was in my mid-20s and had achieved some degree of security, I started looking for something more substantive to focus on. Then when I got pregnant a few years later, I came up with the idea for my company.

"When I was young, I didn't know how to speak up [at work] and say, 'I don't like this'. I wasn't that person [a sex symbol] people were portraying me as. I come from a pretty conservative background; I was a tomboy wearing baggy clothes. But you're being marketed in a movie to sell it; I understood it was the characters I was playing.

"I spend a lot more time on my business than acting. When I can find the time and it's entertainment, I'll do something," Alba said.


Backstreet Boys creator dies


Backstreet Boys creator Lou Pearlman has died.

The 62-year-old producer and manager, who created several boy bands, including the Backstreet Boys, 'NSYNC, and O-Town, passed away in prison on Friday after battling an undisclosed illness.

Lance Bass tweeted: "Word is that #LouPearlman has passed away. He might not have been a stand up businessman, but I wouldn't be doing what I love today w/out his influence. RIP Lou (sic)." Former O-Town singer Ashley Parker Angel tweeted: "Love him or hate him, Lou gave many of us our start. It's a shame he let greed get in his way. #RIP #LouPearlman (sic)."

Aaron Carter added: "#LouPearlman my old manager died in prison... Rip Lou not the best business guy really at all but he did discover me karma is real (sic)."

In 2000, Backstreet Boys filed a lawsuit against Pearlman, alleging that their contract was unfair, with both 'NSYNC and solo artiste Aaron later filing similar suits. However, it was in 2006 that things came crashing down for Pearlman when he was accused of being behind one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in US history in which up to 1,700 investors were defrauded out of US$300 million.

He fled to Indonesia but was captured by authorities in 2007. He was convicted the following year after pleading guilty to charges of money laundering, conspiracy, and fraud.

Pearlman was sentenced to 25 years in prison, with the condition that one month would be taken off his sentence for every million he paid back. PEOPLE reports he never paid any of the money.

He suffered a stroke in 2010 and has suffered ill-health since then.


Rapper has taste for tea sets


Sean 'Diddy' Combs collects tea sets.

The 46-year-old rapper, who founded his own label, Bad Boy Entertainment, in 1993, revealed his surprising hobby in a chat with US Weekly for their '25 Things You Don't Know About Me' section.

Diddy, whose relationship with Cassie Ventura is reportedly on the rocks after a recent row, also called himself a "hopeless romantic".

He also had high praise for Naomi Campbell and Nelson Mandela. "Naomi Campbell is like a sister to me," he said. "The most impressive and inspiring person I've ever met in my life was Nelson Mandela," he added.

Before he found fame as a rapper, Diddy revealed, he "once worked as a doorman at a Marriott hotel".

Diddy was recently forced to postpone his upcoming tour because of a shoulder injury. The rapper was set to kick off the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour in Columbus, Ohio, on August 25 but has pushed it back to September 1 in Chicago so that he will have more time to recover from recent surgery.

The concert tour will feature Bad Boy Records artistes, including Lil' Kim, Faith Evans, and French Montana.