Monthly Archives: December 2012

‘LostProphets’ Singer Arrested & Charged With Child Sex Offences

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LostProphets‘ singer and frontman Ian Watkins was arrested in a shocking move by South Wales Police yesterday. He is currently facing 6 criminal charges, including conspiracy to rape a 1 year old baby with a woman.  He also stood accused of conspiring to engage in sexual activity with 2 children aged under 13; possessing and distributing indecent images of children, and possessing extreme animal pornography.

His bandmates Jamie Oliver, Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson and Luke Johnson issued a brief statement on their website last night: “Following charges made today against Ian Watkins, we find ourselves in a state of shock. We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It is a difficult time for us and our families, and we want to thank our fans for their support as we seek answers.”

Yesterday he appeared at Cardiff‘s ‘Magistrates Court‘, and was denied his lawyer’s plea for bail, meaning that he will be remanded in custody until his next court appearance on December 31.

Steal Her Style: Mollie King’s Burgundy Leather Coat At The Polo

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Mollie King at the 'Hennessy Gold Cup'

Mollie King at the ‘Hennessy Gold Cup’

Mollie King from ‘The Saturdays‘ shone at this month’s ‘Hennessy Gold Cup‘ in Berkshire in a long-length burgundy coat, complete with leather look collar. She hung out with fellow celebrity Amanda Holden at the well-known polo event in the woolen ‘Sandro‘ creation, and you can bag a similar one thanks to ‘Missguided‘ for just £25.99!

Arveta leather trim blazer in burgundy

Arveta leather trim blazer in burgundy

Andre’s Brother Dies From Cancer

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Peter Andre has been crushed by the death of his brother Andrew, who was sadly killed following a year-long fight against kidney cancer over the weekend. He died after being released from hospital, and had his entire family at his bedside.
Michael Andre broke the news on his Twitter page yesterday, writing: “R.I.P. my beautiful brother. My brother Andrew lost his battle with cancer in the early hours of Sunday morning. We were all with him, holding him, till his very last breath. Absolutely devastated. So I thank you all so much for your kind words and messages you’ve sent. I’m sure he is reading them with me…. Thank you again.” Pete also issued a statement via his spokesperson about the 54-year-old’s death: “Pete just can’t speak at the moment. Everyone was at Andrew’s side — his wife, daughter, Pete and their parents — the whole family. Andrew woke up, looked around at everyone to say goodbye, and then fell asleep. He passed away in his sleep. It was very peaceful. This is the first member of Pete’s immediate family to pass away and he is obviously devastated. The whole family is in shock and need time and privacy to grieve.”

Jessie J Postpones 2013 Arena Tour

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Jessie J has been forced to postpone her February 2013 tour until next October due to growing concerns that her sophomore album would not be completed in time.

She tweeted an explanation and apology to her fans: “I could do my UK tour in Feb but my album will not be out before hand so if I did new songs you wouldn’t know them… I have personally moved it back to make sure you ALL get a BIGGER and BETTER show and will know the music I’m performing. My album is not finished and I am giving myself more time to finish it. I understand some of you are disappointed as am I. Music and art cannot be rushed. I promise It will be worth the wait. Thank you for supporting me.”

Gwen: “I Never Had To Grow Up”

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Gwen Stefani has been interviewed by Jonathan Van Meter for the January 2013 edition of ‘Vogue‘ magazine about never having to grow up, and the responsibilities that motherhood entails.

“I’ve never had to grow up in a way. When you think about it, we were in college together, and then we made our first record, and then we just took off and stayed in this bubble. Time kind of stops when you’re in a band. It’s this suspended childhood, and it’s really awesome, that part of it. But then when you have a family of your own, it forces you to go into the adult world a little bit more.”

“I did my first solo record and went on tour while I was pregnant. I would want to throw up during certain songs. Certain outfits would make me sick. It was torture. I toured until I was 4.5 months pregnant, showing. I came home and had Kingston, and when he was 8 months old, I went back on the road. I nursed him for 14 months, so I would literally do my hair and makeup, go back to the bus, nurse him, put him down, and walk out onstage. And I did that for 100 shows. I did the solo thing, but I felt like I was trying to play a character in a way, this ‘Alice in Wonderland‘ pretend version of myself. But this, being in ‘No Doubt‘, is really who I am.”

Lady Gaga Wins Michael Jackson’s Outfits From Estate At Auction

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Lady Gaga bought a piece of history earlier this month when she purchased 55 collector’s pieces from Michael Jackson‘s estate at a Beverly Hills auction. The quirky (yet fantastic) singer’s purchases included the original ‘Bad‘ jacket and a crystal glove, which she can be seen wearing in the accompanying photo, along with her number 462 bidding paddle.

Gaga wrote on Twitter after the fund-raising event: “The 55 pieces I collected today will be archived & expertly cared for in the spirit & love of Michael Jackson, his bravery, & fans worldwide. Study the greats and become greater.”

Kelly Clarkson Gets Engaged

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Brandon Blackstock proposed to girlfriend Kelly Clarkson over the weekend after a year of dating. In a special announcement on her Facebook page, the popstar wrote: “I’M ENGAGED! I wanted y’all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever. Everyone has been asking about my engagement ring, so here it is 🙂 It’s a yellow canary diamond with diamonds around it and Brandon designed it with Johnathon Arndt! They did an amazing job! I can’t wait to make Brandon‘s ring with Johnathon as well!”

Latino Singer Killed In Plane Crash

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It is widely believed that hugely successful Latino singer Jenni Rivera was killed by a plane crash on Sunday. Officials lost track of the aircraft (which was headed to Mexico City) mere minutes after it departed from the runway, and the plane nose-dived, causing a catastrophic impact.

The 43-year-old mother of 5 boarded the flight with her 6-piece entourage, who are partly visible in the following photo, the last of her to ever be taken. Police have not yet recovered a body from the scene, but have found a dress worn by the singer onstage, her driver’s license, and a pair of her heels, so her chances of survival are looking very slim.

Fellow celebrity tweeter Eva Longoria wrote her condolences to the singer’s family online: “My heart breaks for the loss of Jenni Rivera & everyone on the plane. My prayers go out to her family. We lost a legend today.” J Lo also added: “So sad! Praying for Jenni Rivera‘s children and family and the passengers families. Que dios los bendigan!! Descansen en paz.”

Taylor Swift’s Man Requirements

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As a student magazine purchasing it quite a rarity for me, but tonight I couldn’t resist picking up a copy of Taylor Swift‘s January cover of ‘Cosmopolitan‘. In it she dishes on her boyfriend requirements, and making the same mistake twice:

“I really don’t have any rules about dating when it comes to height, age, career choice, anything like that. It doesn’t matter. It’s really more about strength of character. When it comes to age I’ve been all over the map!”

“I think that idea of love I hope for is that you learn a lesson and you don’t have to learn it twice. But the song ‘I Knew You Were Trouble‘ is about when I knowingly made the same mistake twice. I couldn’t resist it – there’s that temptation to push yourself into a risky situation with someone who is going to hurt you, and that’s what that song is about: not trusting your own instincts and ignoring all the red flags.”

Kim Kardashian’s Kitten Mercy Dies

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Reality Queen Kim Kardashian‘s adorable Persian kitten, a present from boyfriend Kanye West, has died out of the blue from a mysterious illness. After realising that she was allergic to the cutie recently, she passed her on to sister Khloé‘s assistant, Sydney Hitchcock.

Kim blogged over the weekend: “It is with deep sadness that I have to tell you all that my kitten, Mercy, has passed away. My heart is completely broken. When I first got Mercy, I had never lived with a cat before and so I had no idea that I was allergic. I thought that it might pass, but after a few weeks I decided to go visit two separate allergists, one of whom said my allergies wouldn’t get any better unless I started taking injections. I had fallen SO in love with Mercy that I wanted to try everything I could to keep her, but I didn’t think it was safe to resort to injections, and it wasn’t fair on Mercy, because I couldn’t play with her or give her as much attention as I wanted to. Mercy deserved a mom who could really give her the time and affection she deserved. I knew that Sydney, Khloé’s assistant, who had recently lost a cat she had loved and cared for for 17 years, would be the perfect mom for Mercy and Sydney was so excited to have Mercy as her own!”

Sydney gave Mercy a loving home, but after a couple of weeks Mercy got really sick and Sydney had to rush her to the vet. They discovered she had a stomach problem that we weren’t aware of. Her stomach had filled with fluid and the doctor said she had a rare stomach cancer and that there was nothing we could do for her. Poor little Mercy died the very next day. It broke not only my heart that little Mercy died at only 4 months old, but Sydney’s too. Mercy was a gentle and loving kitten and we are all going to miss her so much. Thanks to Sydney for making Mercy’s short life one filled with love. RIP Mercy.”