A forthcoming book claims that Diana Ross slept her way to the top.
Page Six reports that an authorized book tracking Miss Ross’ rise states she did some dirty things to become the diva she is today.
In The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success and Betrayal, Mark Ribowsky (the author) said that Diana let some execs touch her in the morning in order to grab the spotlight.
"The Diana Ross few knew outside of the Motown colony was on a fast track to rise to the top from the first day she got to Motown; not incidentally, that was also the first day she knew who[m] she wanted to sleep with to keep up the momentum," Mark wrote in the unauthorized biography. "That, of course, turned out to be [Motown founder] Berry Gordy.”
He claims that Diana only hooked up with Berry after a few other Motown romances. Diana’s people didn’t respond when Page Six reached out to them, and Berry hasn’t offered any comment either.
Mark also wrote that Diana stepped over the other girls when she wanted to go solo, saying that she was "quietly twisting the knife in the other Supremes." However, groupmates Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong managed to get their revenge in 2000 when Diana tried organizinga Supremes reunion tour; Mark claims she only offered them a small slice of the $15 million that she stood to rake in.
"[They] backstabbed [Diana],” he wrote, “the pair refused to recede into her spotlight. [Diana] then tried to replace them with two nominal Supremes of the ’70s, but Supremes fans were interested only in the original configuration of the group and the tour was called off."
See what else Mark has to say about Diana’s success when The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success and Betrayal hits stores in July.
– Sonya Eskridge