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Originally posted 01/21/2012 11:00AM
It's been more than 15 years since Whitney Houston starred in a big Hollywood movie – 1996's The Preacher's Wife – and while fans may be rejoicing about her return to the screen in the upcoming Sparkle, the happiest person of all seems to be the pop diva's costar, Jordin Sparks.
"She was so cool and very motherly toward me," says the former American Idol winner, 22, who marks her film debut in the remake of a 1976 movie that originally starred Lonette McKee and Irene Cara. "If I ever looked like I needed something, here she came saying 'Are you okay?' "
Originally posted 09/26/2011 07:35PM
Jason Derulo celebrated his 22nd birthday cuddling up to his new "It Girl," Jordin Sparks on Sunday night.
Though Derulo was on tour in Europe on his actual birthday, Sept. 21, the two, who are officially dating, Derulo's rep tells PEOPLE, had a belated celebration at Phillipe Chow in Hollywood with friends and music industry executives.
"Jordin would sing to him occasionally through the night in his ear if her head was nested on his shoulder," according to an eyewitness at the party. "He was excited to spend some [quality time] with Jordin in LA. … The two left together and continued the celebration."
Derulo's sophomore album, Future History, is out Sept. 27.
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Originally posted 08/31/2011 05:00PM
When Jordin Sparks is in need of a little positive influence, she doesn't need to look much further than her four dogs: 10-year-old Labrador Noni and schnauzer-bichon-poodle mixes Minnie, Maggie and Miles.
"I know it's lame but the quote 'I want to be the person my dog thinks I am' applies here," she tells LIFE+DOG magazine in its September issue. "They wait for us no matter what and love unconditionally. I should be that 'person' every day."
Lucky for Sparks, her dogs rarely leave her side, even accompanying her on tour. But during the few times she and her pets have been separated, they never remain far from her thoughts.
Originally posted 08/08/2011 05:00PM
Jordin Sparks might always be on the go, but she has four furry companions to help remind her of home.
"My dogs are amazing!" she told PEOPLE of her Lab, Noni, and three schnauzer-bichon-poodle mixes, Maggie, Miles, and Minnie, at a VH1 Save the Music Foundation and Energizer benefit concert in New York City last month.
"If something's wrong [with me], they kind of shift their mood, too," the American Idol champ said. "They can sense it. It's really nice to have that. It's a piece of home that I can take with me."
Originally posted 06/24/2011 07:45AM
Having gone from a size 14 to an 8, Jordin Sparks was ready to bare her bikini body to the world – and her newest animal family members were right by her side.
"I feel good! I love that I still have my curves," she told PEOPLE of her sexy photo shoot, which costarred schnauzer-bichon-poodle mixes Maddee and Minnie.
Originally posted 06/15/2011 09:35AM
At age 17, Jordin Sparks took home the title of American Idol at a size 14. Now a size 8, the 21-year-old says she's feeling more confident – and it shows in her first-ever bikini shoot with PEOPLE.
"I've always felt cute, but now I feel sexier," the singer says in the new issue of PEOPLE this week.
She credits her new figure to taking Zumba classes, scaling down her portion sizes and sticking to her new healthy lifestyle. Says the singer: "I was determined."
Originally posted 05/02/2011 11:55AM
Jordin Sparks isn't shy.
The singer, 21, showed off her trim physique in a playful bikini photo on Twitter on Sunday.
Of her weight loss, the season 6 American Idol winner tells PEOPLE: "It was just a shift in my thinking. Instead of talking about being more active, I just got up and did it."
"There's no secret," she adds. "Anybody can do it."
Describing her polka dot orange and blue two-piece, she posted online, "I don't know why but my bathing suit reminds me of fruity pebbles."
Originally posted 02/14/2011 03:45PM
Though she did pretty well facing a judges' table that featured Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, Jordin Sparks approves of the newly revamped American Idol.
"It's great," the season 6 winner tells PEOPLE of the show's new panel. "Jennifer Lopez was a mentor on my season of Idol so I'm excited to see her sitting there, and Steven Tyler, I wasn't expecting [him] to actually be a judge, but I love him!"
What makes Sparks a fan of Tyler?
"He's hilarious," she said at the Belvedere Red Pre-Grammy Usher Performance in Hollywood. "When he asked [a contestant], 'Did you eat a lot of paint chips as a kid?' I was like, 'He did not just say that!' "
Originally posted 09/28/2009 09:00AM
American Idol season-six winner Jordin Sparks didn't know what to think when she first heard that Ellen DeGeneres was replacing Paula Abdul as a judge on the show.
"I kind of didn't get it. I was very confused for a second," the singer tells PEOPLE.
"But the more I thought about it, I thought, 'Well, she's definitely very opinionated and has a good point of view,' " says Sparks. "She'll give Simon a piece of her mind. I'm excited – I think the vibe will be different, but really cool."
Originally posted 05/21/2009 09:00AM
Could Jordin Sparks be ready to take her relationship with close pal, singer-songwriter and ex-model Steph Jones to the next level?
"We don't know whether or not to go further or to just keep the friendship," the singer, 19, told PEOPLE Tuesday night at the 57th Annual BMI Pop Awards in Beverly Hills, where Jones was her date. "It's crazy. We've got the feelings, but we don't know whether or not to say it out loud."
One thing is for sure: The fellow keeps her feeling bubbly. "He's a really good guy," Sparks says. "A lot of fun." So how did the two initially link? Sparks proudly admits she was the one who made the first move.
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