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Gabrielle Union dressed up as Janet Jackson to audition for a part in The Matrix - only to discover the real singer was also trying out for the role.

Gabrielle copied the "Control" singer's clothes, hair, and even her trademark mole, to give her an edge over the other hopefuls. But she was stunned when the real Janet Jackson walked in and sat down opposite her.

Gabrielle recalled her awkward encounter with the music icon, according to WENN.com.

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"Everyone and their mother was auditioning for The Matrix," she told The Late Late Show With James Corden.

"I went to audition (and) I needed to feel like the most powerful, beautiful and amazing woman in the world, so of course, I wanted to channel Janet Jackson," she said.

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"I go to Extensions Plus, which is, like, the Mecca of (hair) weaves. I wanted to get the good hair, the Janet hair, from the weave emporium. I literally find the exact outfit from her album cover. I draw in the damn mole. I fully committed. I play Janet the whole time, waiting for the audition, in there early. No one's going to stop me... (and) in walks Janet Jackson.

"The same audition, and I'm cosplaying as Janet, with a weird drawn-on mole. Neither of us got it. I think we canceled each other out."

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When the two stars crossed paths later at a Miami, Florida nightclub, Gabrielle wasn't sure she wanted to meet the singer after their embarrassing audition moment.

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However, the singer's then-boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, told her Janet wanted to say hello, and the starstruck actress burst into tears.

"I'm bawling in the club, snot bubbles, the whole thing... but now she knows I'm a weirdo," Gabrielle recalled.

"I don't know what's about to happen, and I get there, and she jumps up and gives me a hug and says, 'I'm so proud of you...!' Now we're friends."

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Gabrielle Union revealed her big chop in a series of photos on her Instagram page on Friday, July 23.

The mom-of-one chopped off all her hair and stopped wearing wigs and hair extensions as she undergoes natural midlife transition at age 48.

The Deliver Us from Eva actress is married to retired NBA player Dwyane Wade. They share 2-year-old daughter Kaavia James.

Gabby shared photos of her newly shorn hair on Instagram. The photos featured Gabrielle standing in her open concept kitchen in a body-hugging black dress. She accessorized with large gold hoop earrings and delicate gold necklaces.

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Gabby captioned the photo gallery:

"So, I did a thing [hug emoji] The movies always show women cutting their hair when all is lost but I wanted to know the feeling of making a change when things are gravy. It hits different and its foreign to me but I [heart emojis] this new new. #SummerChop #FlawlessChop #FlawlessCut."

Menopause signals a woman's natural transition from young adulthood to middle age between the ages of 40-65.

During the onset of menopause, a woman's ovaries shrink and stop producing the female hormones estrogen and progesterone that control the menstrual cycle. Every bio female is born with about 1 million eggs in her ovaries.

One or more eggs are released once a month during the menstrual cycle beginning in adolescence until middle age.

During menopause, the eggs are depleted, the menstrual cycle stops and females are no longer able to become pregnant.

The average age of menopause is 50. Menopause can be distressing for some women due to the symptoms which range from mild to severe.

Hot flashes plague 75 percent of perimenopausal woman, and last for an average of five years.

A hot flash feels like an oven turned up to 450 degrees. The sudden intense heat causes profuse sweating that makes wearing wigs and hair extensions unbearably hot.

Other symptoms include:

  • Night sweats
  • Loss of sex drive (libido)
  • Hair loss
  • Hair thinning
  • Excessive facial hair (mustache)
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Brain fog
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
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    Kim Kardashian looked hawt in red snakeskin bodice over a black lace bra and black leather pants after enjoying a late-night dinner in Los Angeles. The three-time divorcee caused a paparazzi frenzy as she strutted out the rear exit of the restaurant. The 40-year-old mom-of-four divorced rap producer Kanye West in February 2021.
     

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    Singer Kelly Rowland was spotted out and about after she recently welcomed her second child, a baby boy named Noah Jon, on January 21. She is pictured wearing a black form-fitting dress and throwback Nike sneakers while out running errands around town.
     

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    Rihanna showed off her Bohemian style as she stepped out for a late night dinner with family at Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica. Rihanna displayed her eclectic sense of fashion in a multicolor fur coat with a matching top and rust colored lambskin leather pants with white heels. She accessorized the look with a stylish zebra print fur hat and shades.
     

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    Auntie Gabrielle Union was spotted wearing a wedding gown in an unretouched, unfiltered paparazzi photo taken on the set of "Cheaper by the Dozen" in Los Angeles, CA. The 48-year-old Scorpio stars in the remake of the classic 2003 film alongside actor Zach Braff.
     

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    Amber Rose and her baby daddy Alexander "A" Edwards drew a small crowd as they arrived at a pop-up shop on Melrose for Dipset and Posta Boys in Los Angeles.

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    John Legend praised Gabrielle Union and her effeminate husband Dwyane Wade as "powerful LGBTQ+ allies."

    John, who is rumored to be bisexual, delivered a gushing tribute to the 47-year-old Deliver Us from Eva actress and the 38-year-old basketball star as they were named in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

    The couple were named not for their career achievements, but for "being forces of change," after they accepted Dwyane's transgender child, Zaya, who was born a boy named Zion Wade.

    The "All of Me" singer praised them for setting "a powerful example for parents to be good allies to young people who are figuring out who they are."

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    Dwyane is dad to Zaya, his son with his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches. Earlier this year, the NBA star revealed Zion told them he'd "love for you guys to call me Zaya" after coming out as transgender.

    "Freedom exists in so many different forms. But we are so blessed to be in a household where we have free children," Gabrielle said during Tuesday's ABC TV special.

    "We have a daughter that is almost two, that the world has seen is bound to nothing but whatever is in her heart and on her soul at the moment. And it's beautiful to watch truly free children."

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    "We have another daughter who's 13 (Zaya), who has the freedom to be exactly who she is, who she was born to be, to be her most authentic self. She doesn't ask permission to exist. That is wildly inspiring," the star added.

    In a brief essay for Time, crooner John heaped praise on the couple, writing: "Every kid is going to be different in some way or another. Every kid is going to have their own individuality and their own interests and their own identity.

    Dwyane and Gabrielle started dating in 2008 and they wed in August, 2014. They welcomed their first child, Kaavia, via surrogate in 2018. The sportsman also has sons Zaire, 18, and Xavier, 6, from previous relationships.

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    Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union were the "proud parents of a transgender child" as they thanked 13-year-old Zaya Wade for expanding their view of the world at the GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday night.

    The pair appeared via remote camera during the 31st annual awards ceremony to present the prize for Outstanding Drama Series to the cast of Pose.

    The couple honored Zaya, who came out as a male-to-female trans, with father Dwyane stating: "We stand as allies with the LGBTQ+ community, as proud parents of a transgender child. Our daughter Zaya is leading us on our journey, and we're doing all we can to give every one of our kids the ability to live their truth.

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    "I didn't always understand how to do that, but I want to thank Zaya for teaching me, and GLAAD for elevating the images and messages that accelerate acceptance in every family."

    Gabrielle added: "That mission means even more to us now as we raise all of our black children. Black lives matter, and Black trans lives matter.

    "We are calling on all of our racial justice warriors out there to open your hearts and your mind to the LGBTQ+ community, so that we can work together and empower each other and save lives."

    Pose, a drama series about New York's ballroom culture in the 1980s and 1990s, was among the big winners at the evening's virtual ceremony, where other victors included Schitt's Creek, which took home the Outstanding Comedy Series trophy, and Booksmart, which was crowned Outstanding Film.

    Rapper Lil Nas X was named Outstanding Music Artist, while Country singer Dolly Parton made a special remote appearance to collect her trophy for Outstanding Individual Episode for the "Two Doors Down" installment of her Netflix show, Dolly Parton's "Heartstrings."
     

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    Gabrielle Union (right) said the coronavirus shutdown is hitting Black entertainers hard. In a recent interview, the 47-year-old actress said she and her celebrity friends are just a paycheck or 2 away from going broke.

    Gabrielle is pictured above with her "L.A.'s Finest" co-star Jessica Alba.

    "For most certainly Black entertainers, Black celebrities we don't really... for all of the Oprahs and the people who have just a lot a lot a lot a lot of money -- most of us are one or two checks away from not having money to pay for all of our things, you know what I mean?"

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    She added that some celebrities live beyond their means and are paying for everything on credit.

    "So this stoppage of work and money is impacting marginalized celebrities the most. You know like all those influencers you see who take all the trips, they're in Dubai one week and they're in London in the next week in Paris next week and they seem to be everywhere. They may not have a lot of liquid income. And you can't charge your rent. You have to pay your rent. So if you don't have the opportunity to do all the things you need to do to be the influencer, your money's funny. And if your money is funny, you don't have much of anything."

    Georgia, Florida and nearly 2 dozen other states have reopened or are opening and lifting restrictions so their residents can go back to work.

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    Gabrielle Union sparked outrage online by posting a quarantine video that shows her and stepson Zaya Wade having harmless fun.

    The video shows Zaya wearing an improvised sarong, while Union dances like the tooth fairy.

    Union, 47, is married to Zaya's dad, retired NBA star Dwyane Wade, who announced Zaya was a transgender who prefers feminine pronouns.
     

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    Angela Stanton-King, who is running for Rep. John Lewis's Congressional seat, criticized Dwyane Wade for exploiting his gender confused child Zaya Wade.

    Stanton-King, a best-selling author and former reality TV star, was recently granted a full pardon by President Trump in February, after serving a 6-month home confinement for a white collar crime.

    Zaya, who was born a boy named Zion Malachi Airamis Wade, believes he is a girl. The 12-year-old made his red carpet debut at a charity event in Los Angeles, alongside Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union.

    Union, 47, posted a video of the boy strutting the red carpet in an overtly provocative manner that many saw as inappropriate behavior for a minor child.
     

    Stanton-King, 53, was among the critics who voiced their concern that the Wades are exploiting the child.

    "PEDOPHILIA" she wrote above a photo of Zaya. "Gay means Men having sex with men. If you wouldn't want your 12 yr old daughter advertising that she enjoys sex with men/boys why your 12 yr old son? This is confusion, pedophilia, and sexual exploitation wrapped up in acceptance."

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    Zaya's supporters among the LGBQ and T communities reacted swiftly, labeling Stanton-King "homophobic and transphobic". She followed up with another tweet:

    "I am a woman that loves men and appreciates masculinity. We need our men. We need our sons. We need our brothers. Our men are not women and Our boys are not girls."

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    Dwyane Wade, 35, and Gabrielle Union, 47, recently listed their Mediterranean style villa in Sherman Oaks, California for $6.2 million. The Wades purchased the 8,700-square-foot crib in 2018 for $6 million.

    The house features eight bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms, incredible mountain views, a grand spiral staircase, a home movie theater, and an Olympic size swimming pool.

    The Wades moved out of the house 2 months ago after dropping a cool $18 million on a 22,000 square-foot, 7-bedroom manse in star-studded Hidden Hills, California. The house originally listed off market for $23 million.

    Their neighbors in the exclusive guard-gated community include Drake, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, the Kardashians, Miley Cyrus, John Stamos, Matt LeBlanc, and more.

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    The Wades also own a Miami Beach mansion that they've been trying to unload for a year. The former NBA star listed the house for $23 million.

    The 14,000 square foot, 6-bedroom home boasts a chef's kitchen, a full-service hair salon and a half basketball court.

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    Zaya Wade, 12, made his red carpet debut at a private event with Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union on March 07 in Los Angeles, California.

    Wade, 35, posted an Instagram image of Zaya dressed in a multicolor tuxedo at the Better Brothers Los Angeles' 6th annual Truth Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

    Wade captioned the image:

    "Everyone allow her to re-introduce herself her name is Zaya Wade! Last night was Zaya’s first red carpet and we couldn’t have been prouder of how she handled the questions that were asked of her. She has emerged as one of the young faces and voices for the LGBTQ+ community. #truthawards."

    Wade's wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, posted a video of the family entering the event. Her followers were shocked at the child sashaying in an overly exaggerated sexual manner.

    "You're serving fierce runway realness!" one homosexual male follower commented to the adolescent.
     

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    Others praised the Wades for not allowing Zaya to wear stereotypical feminine attire. A Hollywood source claims Wade sought advice from NBA legend Magic Johnson, whose son EJ is a cross-dresser.

    Magic, 60, reportedly told the Wades they made EJ wait until he was 18 to express his lifestyle by dressing in drag.