Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 2006 Page: 34 of 72
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TV host-turned-relationship-advisor blows a fuse when questions arise
regarding the 'down low' phenomenon and her husband's sexual past
By Daniel A. Kusner Life+Style Editor
Star Jones writing a book about finding
the ideal husband is like Anderson
Cooper listing the best ways to score
with hot chicks. Something just doesn't
Star Jones added the last name Reynolds in
2004, exactly a year after she met A1 Reynolds, a
handsome Wall Street banker, eight years her
junior. After a brief romance, Reynolds proposed
to "The View" co-hostess during halftime at a
Lakers game in February 2004. And that's when
the publicity machine kicked into gear.
Star and A1 posed for countless couples por-
traits. They even launched a website that's still up
and running, StarandAl.com. But as the couple
prepared for a lavish Manhattan wedding that
rivaled the David Gest-Liza Minnelli nuptials,
items about Al's sexuality began appearing in
gossip columns — all because A1 once shared a
house on Fire Island.
Then something weird happened.
A1 hired publicist Cindi Berger and released a
statement that said, "My fiancee and I have dis-
cussed all relevant parts of our personal histories.
We are satisfied that we know everything we
need to know about each other's pasts and are
looking forward to our future together,'1
The statement also requested that the media
refrain from "destructive rumor, gossip or innu-
Amid all the lawyerly jargon — "relevant
parts" and "everything we need to know" — the
statement had a "Pay no attention to that man
behind the curtain" quality to it, which only
In October 2004, "The View" taped two
episodes in Dallas. And while Star was in Big D,
the New York Daily
News reported that A1
attended an all-male
Halloween party at an
Italian restaurant dressed
as a stripper in a white
Speedo. The costume
was apparently a
holdover from his 2003
summer spent on Fire
If things didn't already
appear somewhat pecu-
liar, on the eve of the big
November wedding, it
was reported that A1 threw a "Roman baths"-
themed bachelor party.
Star grew up in the Miller Homes housing
projects of Trenton N.J. And before her gig on
"The View," she attended law school at the
University of Houston. Working for the
Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, Star was a
successful prosecutor. While covering the OJ
Simpson trial for "Inside Edition," she caught
STAR IN DALLAS
While on 'The
View," Star Jones
Reynolds often sings
the praises of Big D.
On Friday, she stops in
North Texas for a book
signing at Grapevine
Neighborhood 2, Suite
231. Grapevine Mills
Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. 972
Mall. Grapevine, Texas.
Barbara Walters' eye.
When she's not fawning over celebrities on
"The View," Star asks tough questions and raises
excellent points — especially in the often-heat-
ed "Hot Topics" segments that open every
episode of the talk show. And during
those segments, "The View" host-
esses have discussed the
"down low" phenomenon
— a weak label that's
been attributed to
involved in hetero-
ships who have
sex with other men
on the side.
The concept of
"down low" is espe-
cially scary when con-
clusions are drawn
about HIV infection and
the alarming rates of
who test positive.
According to the Centers of
Disease Control and Prevention,
HIV infection is the leading cause
of death for African-American
women ages 21-34. And the rate of
AIDS diagnoses for African-
American women is approximately 25
times the rate for white women, and four
times the rate of Hispanic women.
Last month, Star released "Shine: A Physical,
Emotional and Spiritual Journey to Finding
Love" ($24.95, Collins).
It's supposed to trace her
self-journey — how she
lost 150 pounds in two
years and how she "got
By avoiding being the
poster girl for a particular
weight-loss method, Star
refuses to divulge how
she slimmed down so
miraculously fast. But
when it comes to husband
hunting, Star offers more
than a few pointers.
She begins with the reproduction of a hand-
written list: "The Ideal Man for Me!" Star creat-
ed this list before she met Al, and she even
showed it on-air on "The View." Some prerequi-
site qualities for her husband-to-be included:
Christian, college educated, no criminal back-
ground, Democrat and ready for marriage.
Sexual history was noticeably absent from the
DON'T GO THERE: In Star Jones Reynolds' new book, "Shine," you won't get any solid answers about how she lost all the
weight. And there's almost nothing about the intense speculation regarding her husband's sexuality.
In "Shine," Star also composed a seven-page
test for readers to assess their own ideal man.
Spirituality, physique, marital history, political
affiliation, drug use and crime records are all
fair criteria. But nowhere in her questionnaire
does it assess having relationships with a bisex-
ual or closeted man. So I thought I'd ask her
Earlier this week, Star called the Dallas Voice
Star Jones Reynolds: This is Star Jones calling,
how are you?
Dallas Voice: I'm doing fine. And you?
I'm excellent. And any time I'm coming to
Dallas, you know I'm excellent.
That's right, you're coming for a book sign-
ing. Everyone in Big D knows you're our city's
biggest supporter on "The View."
See STAR on PAGE 40
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