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TLC has come up with its answer to VH1’s “Hollywood Exes.” The cable channel has booked the former wives or girlfriends of DMX, Lamar Odom, 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. for its new reality series “Starter Wives,” reports Variety. According to a press release for the network, “The series will share the lives of seven women who supported their former husbands/boyfriends before the fame and wealth made them the men they are today. They devoted their time, money, and support to the men they loved. Now, these women are working on moving forward and starting over on their own, with a new focus on creating a path in life that will give themselves and their children the security and success they know they deserve.” Josie Harris, the ex-girlfriend of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and mother of his three children; The ex-wife of New York DJ Funkmaster Flex and rapper Maino also star in the series. Filming is slated to start later this month for a premiere date in early 2013. Four hour-long episodes have been ordered, and are being produced by NOLA. The full cast is listed here: Zakia Baum: Ex-girlfriend of Jermaine “Maino” Coleman; mother of his son; Cheryl Caruso: Ex-wife of mobster Phillip Caruso, and mother of his 2 daughters; Josie Harris: Ex-girlfriend of Floyd Mayweather; mother of his three children; Monica Joseph-Taylor: soon to be ex-wife of Aston “Funkmaster Flex” Taylor; mother to his two children; Liza Morales: Ex-girlfriend of Lamar Odom; mother of his three children; Tashera Simmons: Ex-wife of Earl “DMX” Simmons; mother of four of his children and Shaniqua Tompkins: Ex-girlfriend of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and mother of his son.
ANOTHER RAPPER OWES CHILD SUPPORT
Interesting the lengths certain men can go to just to avoid financially supporting their child. Rapper Bow Wow found himself in court yesterday negotiating a deal with his video vixen baby mama Joie on child support. And apparently the accusations Joie's sister made a while back about Bow Wow not giving money or quality time to his 1-year-old daughter Shai, are true. Bow Wow--Shad Moses--volunteered to pay $3K a month in child support after going back and forth. Bow Wow told the judge, though, that he only has $1500 in his bank account. We can only wonder if stashed some other money in some secret bank accounts because for him to be claiming everywhere that he's balling so far out of control....we beg to differ. Oh, there's more. Paperwork also revealed that Bow gets a salary of $4,000 a month from Cash Money records, and his Jeep is leased. So how can he afford $3K a month child support on $4K a month salary and a rented Jeep? Monday evening, after court, Bow Wow made his surprise debut as the newest co-hot of "106 & Park." TMZ reports he kept this a secret from Joie and the judge. The judge also ordered him to pay $11,000 in back child support. Which means he hasn't been paying properly since Shai's been born. This amount could increase when the judge makes a more permanent decision in December.
Brandy is hitting those charts hard with "Put It Down," her hit single with Chris Brown. Following the release of the music video and some strong live performances, Brandy's "Put It Down" has become her first top 10 hit on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs Chart in ten years. According to Billboard, the song lifted 11-5 this week and falls closely behind Brandy's last top 10 on the chart -- "What About Us," which peaked at no.3 in 2002. In related news, Brandy has released a few additional promotional images from her forthcoming album "Two Eleven." The album drops October 16 featuring "Put It Down" and "Wildest Dreams."
Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez will join the payroll of "X Factor" -- TMZ has learned, Khloe and Mario will be the new co-hosts of the show. We're told the final, tiny finishing touches are being put on their deals, but the announcement will be made some time this week. We're told the duo's salaries will add millions on top of an already enormous talent budget ... with Britney Spears in the lead at $15 mil. Khloe and Mario will debut in November.
Rihanna has been booked to perform at this year’s