This week brings mostly good news for Gen X celebrities. Birthdays, retirements and Gen Xers on reality TV dominate this weeks celebrity news stories.
Holly Robinson Peete turned 47 on September 18. So how did the self described “crazy football momma” celebrate the big day? By watching football of course! She and her ex-NFL QB hubby Rodney Peete had a BBQ/football party at home with friends. Holly’s friend and fellow ex-co-host of The Talk, Leah Remini was there with her husband Angelo. Judging by the tweets and pictures, the friends had a great time!
Country superstar Faith Hill turned 44 on Sept, 21 and actor Luke Wilson turned 40 that same day.
Mike Modano, an ice hockey legend and the all time leading American born hockey scorer in the NHL, announced his retirement from the NHL on September 21. Modano was the face of the Dallas Stars franchise and helped win them the Stanley Cup in 1999. Last season he played with the Detroit Red Wings but injured his wrist and missed half the season. The 41 year old and his wife Mandy Modano aka Willa Ford still live in Dallas. The Stars fans are getting their wish as it was just announced that Modano will sign a one day contract with Dallas so that he can officially retire as a Dallas Star. Thanks for the memories Mo!
Gen Xers on Reality TV:
Dancing with the Stars has already kicked off its first contestant, but all the Gen Xers on the show have survived. Probably the most impressive, or at least the most entertaining contestant on the show is fashion guru Carson Kressley. He showed he has the moves like Jagger and won the judges over.
The Biggest Loser season 12 began this week. Although it’s still weird and sad not to see Jillian Michaels on the show, her former co-star Bob Harper remains. This season they divided the contestants into three teams, by their ages. Bob wound up with a team of all Gen Xers after they won a mile long run to get to him. The Xers then went on to win the weigh-in, which just goes to show, even us 40’somethings can get back into shape!
REM announced that they are retiring as a band after 31 years together. The group brought Gen X some of its favorite hits in the 80s and 90s like “The One I Love” and “Stand”. It’s sad to see an end to an era.
Guns N’ Roses have announced that they will be back on tour in the U.S. for the first time in 5 years. The only catch is that Axle Rose is the only original member of the band that will tour.
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