Sideshow: Apple's Cook comes out

Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Apple is expected to unveil the new iPhone 6 and wearble tech. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

"I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," says Apple head honcho Tim Cook in a new essay in Bloomberg Businessweek. Well, he may be proud, but he never acknowledged it publicly before. He said that announcing it "wasn't an easy choice." May we someday have a world in which it's easy. As it is, some behind-the-timesers, I guess, have their knickers in a bunch.

Cook is now one of the highest-ranking businesspeople of self-acknowledged same-sex orientation. Now, Tim, about this here bent iPhone. . . .


Meanwhile, Russell Brand . . .


. . . is "tedious with my heterosexuality," he told Geoff Lloyd of Absolute Radio, after repulsing the latter when he leaned in for a mock-kiss. True, for his TV show, Brand did engage in a sex act with another man. But that was for TV, not for fulfillment. Brand says he wishes he were bisexual, but apparently he is only lady-liking. He's also ladyless at the moment, having split from Jemima Khan.


The Lindsay must go on

Lindsay Lohan is trying to be a professional actress. She's on the boards in London right now, doing David Mamet's play Speed-the-Plow. On Wednesday, she came down sick, and doctors told her to stay in bed. Two performances were threatened. LiLo tweeted regrets to her fans . . . but was a true trouper and was on stage that night.