HOLLYWOOD—Celebrities never cease to amaze me. Take Nicki Minaj for instance, she launched a contest on Twitter earlier this month, promising to fly the winner out from any country in the world to spend some time with her in Las Vegas. That prompted one fan to ask: “Well you wanna pay for my tuition?” She actually did, as it turned out. Nicki replied: “Show me straight A’s that I can verify with your school and I’ll pay it. Who wants to join that contest?”
The star spent the rest of the day replying to around 30 begging tweets, promising to pay for fees, loans, debts and equipment, and asked fans to DM her their bank details before promising to “do some more in a month or two.
Chrissy Tiegen who loves Twitter as well, noticed that Mercedes Edney started a crowdfunding page to raise the $5,995 fees for the Academy of Nail Technology & Esthetics. Tiegen decided to donate the remaining amount of $5,605-and left a message saying: “I’ve seen this be your passion for such a long time now. So excited to see you fulfill your dream!!” Mercedes later posted a picture of her enrollment receipt, saying: “I have been crying all night and I cried in the office this morning as I paid my down payment for esthetician school. I haven’t been this happy in a very long time.”
Taylor Swift is known as the queen of good deeds. She’s been the fairy godmother to countless fans, whether it’s paying off student loans, sending them surprise Christmas gifts, popping along to bridal showers or spending time meeting them. The star’s donations include giving $50,000 to an 11-year-old girl who had to miss one of Swift’s concerts to undergo leukemia treatment, and another $5,000 to cover the funeral costs of a fan who died in a car crash. It’s not only fans that she’s generous with, she also helped the state of Louisiana last year, when they had the floods. She donated $1 million to help relief efforts.
The late George Michael was well known for his work with major charities-royalties from a number of his songs were donated to Ethiopian famine relief effort, as well as HIV and children’s charities. He also secretly helped many others and in the days after his death, numerous tales detailing the singer’s generosity came to light. These included giving money to a couple for IVF treatment. Yes, and another donation to a barmaid who was a student nurse in debt. George Michael, was an incredible human being who also worked anonymously at a homeless shelter.
Actress Sandra Bullock came to the rescue of Svend Peterson, the 86-year-old long-time pool manager at the Beverly Hills Hotel. He had started a crowdfunding page and she was touched by his story that he had become homeless and sometimes went three to four days without food. The star donated $5,000 to the campaign to help him find an apartment, leaving the message “Everything is going to be OK!” According to an updated GoFundMe page, Svend has now found a new home and has received enough donations to pay his rent for a year.
Actor Colin Farrell, while at the Toronto Film Festival in 2007, the Irish star made headlines after he took a homeless man on a shopping spree, buying him clothes and a sleeping bag. He than handed him a wad of money and gave the man named Stress, the money to help rent a room. It turned out the pair met 3 years prior, when the actor noticed Stress outside a restaurant and the star had remembered him. They have kept in touch and Stress credits Colin with helping him turn his life around.
Rose’s Scoop: Looks like “Mamma Mia,” 10 years after the release will be reprised and studio executives will be taking a chance on the sequel to the smash musical hit. The original cast will include, Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth. “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” is scheduled for release in July 2018.