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Cody Simpson on His Ex, Why He Loves Older Women

Cody Simpson on Ex-Girlfriend Gigi Hadid: 'We're Still Really Good Friends'

Originally posted 05/29/2014 07:00AM

When former Dancing with the Stars contestant Cody Simpson graduated valedictorian of his Atlanta, Georgia, high school class, he made one thing clear in his acceptance speech: "Intelligence is the sexiest thing in the entire world."

And the 17-year-old means it.

His love of all things smart is part of the reason why he chose to date older – but now ex – girlfriend Gigi Hadid.

"I'm a big fan when a girl is smarter than you," the Australia-born pop star tells PEOPLE. "That’s why I've been with older girls, 'cause I like intelligence."

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Cody Simpson Graduates at Top of His High School Class

Originally posted 05/26/2014 08:30AM

Former Dancing with the Stars contestant and "Surfboard" singer Cody Simpson is officially a high school graduate.

And the 17-year-old's no slouch academically, either: He graduated at the top of his Atlanta, Georgia., class.

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DWTS: Who Earned the First Perfect Score of the Season? | Dancing With the Stars, Danica McKellar

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Dancing with the Stars: Who Received Season 18's First Perfect Score?

Originally posted 04/14/2014 10:45PM

It was a Disney-themed night on Monday's Dancing with the Stars – and it sure was magical.

The night, with guest judge Donny Osmond, produced a majority of high scores, including the first perfect 40 out of 40 of the season. But unlike during last week's partner switch-up night, this time one more couple was sent packing.

Keep reading for all the results ...

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Who Went Home During Dancing's Unexpected Double Elimination? | Diana Nyad

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UpdatePosted 03/25/2014 07:00AM

Dancing with the Stars Double Elimination: Who Went Home?

Originally posted 03/24/2014 10:25PM

Monday night's Dancing with the Stars kicked off with a selection of surprises.

Not only did contestants learn right at the beginning that there was a double elimination to take place during the show, but the leader board's lowest scorer Billy Dee Williams – whose face expressed fear of being sent home – was saved almost immediately, and went on to dance a 15-point tango with Emma Slater that judge Len Goodman said "didn't have enough attack."

Before getting to the unfortunate two who were forced to bid adieu, here's a recap of how the night went overall:

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Cody Simpson's Girlfriend Wants Him to Dial Down the Hip Action on DWTS | Cody Simpson

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Cody Simpson's Girlfriend Wants Him to Dial Down the Hip Action on DWTS

Originally posted 03/19/2014 08:30AM

Is Cody Simpson shying away from some of his potential moves on Dancing with the Stars?

Quite possibly, if his girlfriend has anything to say about it.

The Aussie pop star, 17, joked to PEOPLE backstage Monday that his supermodel girlfriend Gigi Hadid shared a few candid thoughts about his routine before he performed a 22-point cha-cha with partner Witney Carson, 20, on the show.

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