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Friends Since Childhood: Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and More | Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling

Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and More Celebs Who Have Been Friends Since They Were Kids

Originally posted 08/03/2014 07:00AM

If you're a Hollywood star, your childhood friends usually have a limited number of roles available to play. They can be a loyal sidekick, your crew's comical mascot, or maybe the personal assistant who will eventually take you down in a bloodless celebrity coup.

But for a lucky few stars, the people they grew up with became celebrities themselves, with their own fans, their own love interests and their own trending topics.

It must be a welcome surprise. After all, it's lonely at the top, but it's a little less lonely when your childhood friends are there, too.

In honor of International Friendship Day – commonly celebrated on the first Sunday in August – we're rounding up the celeb pairs who have known each other since before they were famous.

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See Rihanna, Michael Jackson & More Celebrity Portraits Made Out of Cereal

See Rihanna, Michael Jackson & More Celebrity Portraits Made Out of Cereal

Originally posted 07/07/2014 02:15PM

Just add milk?

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15 Years Ago: See Céline Dion, Shania Twain & Will Smith in All Their '99 Grammy Awards Glory | Grammy Awards 1999, Shania Twain

15 Years Ago: See Céline Dion, Shania Twain & Will Smith in All Their '99 Grammy Awards Glory

Originally posted 01/22/2014 06:00PM

We can look back at it 15 years later as a festival of hilarious fashion, but the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, held on February 24, 1999, was a glimpse into the future of the music industry.

The 1999 Grammys were billed at the time as the "Diva Grammys,", celebrating the industry's female icons past and present.

The decade's twin titans, Whitney Huston and Mariah Carey, sat the night out, but the belting style they helped popularize was everywhere.

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What If Lauryn Hill Were a Character on Orange Is the New Black?

What If Lauryn Hill Were a Character on Orange Is the New Black?

Originally posted 11/29/2013 06:00AM

Lauryn Hill fans had much to be thankful for this week, as the Grammy-winning hip-hop star performed a Thanksgiving eve show at N.Y.C.'s Bowery Ballroom.

This was Hill's first onstage appearance since serving three months in federal prison for tax evasion. In fact, the minimum-security, all-female facility in Danbury, Conn., where Hill was incarcerated just happens to be the same one that inspired Netflix's hit series Orange Is the New Black. While the show is set at a prison in Litchfield, N.Y., it's based on the Danbury institution, where author Piper Kerman also did time.

So, we got to thinking: If Hill appeared on Season 2 of OITNB, how would the former Fugee fit in at the Litch? Here are some plotlines we imagined for her.

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Lauryn Hill Finishes 3-Month Prison Term for Tax Evasion

Lauryn Hill Released from Prison after Tax-Evasion Term

Originally posted 10/04/2013 05:30PM

Lauryn Hill was released from a federal prison in Connecticut on Friday after serving a three-month sentence for tax evasion.

"She was released several days early based on a number of factors the Bureau of Prisons takes into consideration, including good behavior," her attorney Nathan Hochman tells PEOPLE. "She will now start today a one-year period of probation with three months of home confinement during that year."

The Grammy-winning singer was convicted in May of failing to pay nearly $1 million in taxes. She told the judge she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes, but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business.

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Lauryn Hill Begins 3-Month Prison Sentence | Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill Begins 3-Month Prison Sentence

Originally posted 07/08/2013 12:50PM

Grammy award winning singer Lauryn Hill reported to prison on Monday, entering the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., for a three-month sentence.

The punishment, which includes an additional three months of house arrest after she checks out of prison, was sent down in May after she was found guilty of failing to pay nearly $1 million in taxes.

She recently posted an open letter on her Tumblr page, where she ranted about slavery and the IRS. "I shuddered during sentencing when I kept hearing the term 'make the IRS whole' ... make the IRS whole, knowing that I got into these very circumstances having to deal with the very energies of inequity and resistance that created and perpetuated these savage inequalities," she wrote.

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Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months In Prison | Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months In Prison

Originally posted 05/06/2013 05:45PM

Lauryn Hill was sentenced Monday to three months in prison and an additional three months in home confinement for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million in earnings.

The Grammy-winning singer, a South Orange, N.J., resident, pleaded guilty last year in the case.

During a forceful statement to the judge Monday, Hill, 37, explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business, echoing a defense she wrote last year in a long post online.

"I needed to be able to earn so I could pay my taxes, without compromising the health and welfare of my children, and I was being denied that," Hill said Monday, without explaining what exactly triggered her actions.

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Lauryn Hill: Rohan Marley Is Not My Baby's Father | Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill: Rohan Marley Is Not My Baby's Father

Originally posted 07/28/2011 12:25PM

Lauryn Hill is speaking out about her new baby – and warning people not to make assumptions about his father.

Hill, who welcomed her sixth child last weekend, responded to speculation that Rohan Marley, Bob Marley's son and the father of her other five children, is her new son's dad. And by mentioning the five children they have together, she seems to rule Marley out as the parent of her youngest child, who's reportedly named Baby Boy Marley.

"Mr. Marley and I have a long and complex history about which MANY inaccuracies have been reported since the beginning," the soul singer, 36, writes on her official Web site. "To speculate without the facts can only cause people to form WRONG conclusions."

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Lauryn Hill Welcomes Sixth Child | Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill Welcomes Sixth Child

Originally posted 07/26/2011 10:55AM

Singer Lauryn Hill gave birth to a baby boy over the weekend, her sixth child, according to several reports.

A source close to Hill, 36, said there were complications with the birth on Saturday night because the baby's umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, but that Hill and her son are both "fine" now.

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Lauryn Hill Making a Comeback at European Festival | Lauryn Hill

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Lauryn Hill Making a Comeback at European Festival

Originally posted 04/21/2009 10:45AM

After a nearly 2-year hiatus from the music scene, hip-hop singer Lauryn Hill will return to the stage this summer, according to a report by Billboard.

The former Fugees singer is scheduled to perform at the five-day Stockholm Jazz Fest in July, according to festival spokesman Gunnar Lagerman. This will be Hill's second time headlining the Swedish festival, which is expected to draw up to 30,000 people. Other confirmed artists include tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins and Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil.

Hill, who gave birth to her fifth child with Rohan Marley last January, hasn't performed publicly since 2007
– Tiffany McGee

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