ROLL CALL: Usher Drops $12,000 On A Goldendoodle Puppy

Usher Raymond IV attends the second annual Pencils of Promise Gala at Guastavino's in New York City on October 25, 2012 Usher Raymond IV attends the second annual Pencils of Promise Gala at Guastavino's in New York City on October 25, 2012

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Prized Puppy: Times might be tough for many, but when it comes to puppies, Usher is not averse to dropping some serious cash on cuteness. The singer paid $12,000 on a goldendoodle puppy at the Pencils of Promise Gala in New York City on Thursday, People reported. Former “Gossip Girl” star Jessica Szhor almost beat out Usher at the charity auction, when she bid $11,000 for the pooch, after the singer started the bidding war at $10,000. Luckily, the serious dough for dogs will go to help build schools in places like Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ghana.

Alicia’s Real-Life “Clueless” Moment: Not only did Alicia Silverstone’s “Clueless” character, Cher, date a guy who turned out to be gay, so did the actress! The 36-year-old, who is now married with a son, opened up to Out magazine about her past relationship with a guy who preferred swimming in the man pond. “I’ve had so many crushes on gay boys. My first love was so gay, and I didn’t know,” she said. “I used to defend him because everyone would say he was gay, but he’d say he wasn’t. Then, about six years later, he had the big talk with me.”

Katy’s Birthday With FLOTUS: How does Katy Perry spend her birthday? Hanging out with First Lady Michele Obama! See the singer with FLOTUS, HERE! The chart-topped also Tweeted about turning 28 on Wednesday, writing, “Thank you all for making me feel so special today. I’m overwhelmed with all the love that I might have a small happy cry now. So blessed.”

Mitt’s Awkward Moment With Meatloaf: Former Governor Mitt Romney is not only getting Meatloaf’s support in the election, Mitt also got the singer’s… exuberant (that’s the nicest word we could think of) take on “America The Beautiful,” during a rally with John Rich and ‘Big’ Kenny Alphin of Big and Rich and Alabama’s Randy Owen. Enjoy this lyrical masterpiece of epic proportions, HERE! (Don’t say we didn’t warn you!)

-- Jesse Spero

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