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Miami Beach native talks love affair with Frankie Valli in book

 

If you ever meet April Kirkwood at a cocktail party, find a corner to chat. The Miami Beach native and Stuart resident is the author of The Endless Season, spilling on her decade-long relationship with Four Seasons leading man Frankie Valli.

“The book is an account of the best and worst years of my life with Frankie Valli and what I learned from giving my heart to a man who was never really mine,” says Kirkwood, who attended North Beach Elementary School and relocated with her family to Ohio at age 8.

They met in 1969 when she was a 12-year-old groupie hanging around backstage at the Big Girls Don’t Cry singer’s concerts. The two eventually hooked up when Kirkwood, now a mental health specialist who hosts Clear Channel radio’s The Voice of Love with April K, was 16.

Favorite memory? “Getting out of a limo with him and having people ask me who I was,” she tells the Miami Herald. “He kept me close to him and made sure I was OK when he was on stage. His imprint on me impacted every romantic relationship I have ever had.”

At 79, Valli is still topical. The Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys, about 1960s sensations The Four Seasons, hits big screens in June.

Toast to George

George Clooney doesn’t have any Mexican relatives as far as we know, but he does make a mean tequila and spends a lot of time in his vacation home in Mexico with his pal and business partner Rande Gerber, aka Mr. Cindy Crawford. You can celebrate the newly engaged ladies’ man on Cinco de Mayo Monday at Grille 401. The Fort Lauderdale spot is offering $5 drink specials on Clooney and Gerber’s Casamigos cocktails all day. Fiesta-goers also can partake in buy one, get one free drinks and half off appetizers during happy hour, 4 to 7 p.m. Nope, Georgie won’t be there. He’s too busy planning a wedding. Sigh.

Audience reaction

Embarrassing! The cameras caught country singer Luke Bryan at the iHeart Radio Music Awards in L.A. Thursday night looking positively miserable while watching Ariana Grande sing Problem. The frowny face couldn’t have been due to her outfit: a sequin dress and go-go boots. Bryan later tweeted a quasi apology: “Wow me concentrating doesn’t look good.” Grande is continuing her whirlwind look-at-me-please! tour, and it’s working. The Boca babe is back with old flame Jai Brooks, of the Australian YouTube comedy group The Janoskians. Another sign of the Ariana-pocalypse: Justin Bieber Instagrammed a photo of the two Thursday in the recording studio that drew an awe-inspiring 1,071,114 likes by Friday morning.

Pitbull kicked off the iHeart ceremony with some harsh words for a certain L.A. Clippers owner. “Now everyone that’s here is a who’s who, a what’s what, the anybodys of all anybodys — except of course for Donald Sterling,” he told the crowd.

Splitsville

Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima and former NBA star Marko Jaric have split, People reports. The couple have been raising their two daughters – Valentina, 4, and Sienna, 19 months – in Miami.

Madeleine Marr

Kid stuff

Cesar Zapata, best known as the chef at The Federal Food, Drinks and Provisions, and his sister Natalia Weissman, have teamed up with Russell Simmons and T.I. to launch GreenRoks, a multimedia gaming platform with an environmental and musical slant to educate kids about the environment subliminally while featuring new music and artistic talent. The company’s first game, Mission G-ROK, is available at the Apple store and currently No. 1 for kids ages 9-11.

We asked Ani Meinhold, Zapata’s partner at The Fed, if we can expect these games at the restaurant to keep the little ones busy. “Count on it! That’s exactly the point! It’s for super moms and super dads; games with a great message and a social agenda. None of this stuff with guns and blowing peoples’ heads off. More like killing sludge and recycling,” she said.

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