England striker Jermain Defoe returned to England today just 24 hours after leaving after the shock death of his father, Jimmy, from throat cancer. His team is currently in Poland for the ‘Euro 2012‘ games, and were getting ready for their 1st training session when Jermain made the hasty decision to fly home from Krakow. His father, who famously managed to live off £50 a week in state benefits, lived just a few miles away from his famous son, but they lived 2 very different lives.
Jermain‘s club ‘Tottenham Hotspurs‘ have released a statement: “Jermain Defoe has returned home from the England squad base in Poland this morning after receiving the sad news of the passing away of his father overnight. Everyone at the club sends their sincere condolences to Jermain and his family.” The ‘FA‘ said: “Jermain will re-join the England ‘Euro‘ squad in due course. There will be no replacement player called in. We would ask all media to respect Jermain and his family’s privacy at this difficult time.”
The grieving player himself tweeted just an hour ago: “I want to thank the fans, my family & friends, the England boys, the ‘FA‘ & the manager for their support. I can’t tell you how much it means to me, I love you all, may God bless you. A special thank you to Royal Marsden‘s doctors & nurses who looked after my Dad, very special people.”
Alexandra Burke has become the new face of the ‘MUA‘ ‘Lip Boom‘ collection. The range features a lipstick on 1 end, and a highlighting gloss on the other to give a shiny effect. They will be released in 8 different shades, including Alexandra‘s ‘X Factor‘ catchphrase ‘OK.com‘. They’ll be available at ‘Superdrug‘ stores from May 9, and will be priced at £3 each.
‘Make Up Academy‘ (‘MUA‘) announced on Twitter yesterday: “The news is out! @alexandramusic has launched her very own ‘Lip Boom‘ range.” Alexandra reflected upon the success of the launch evening yesterday, writing: “Tear in my eye. I’m proud of myself. For once I can actually say it… thanks so much to those who have supported me all the way. My heart is yours…Had an amazing time at my launch tonight! Thanks to everyone who came out&supported me. Means so much. Tonight was unreal. I’m so happy!”
Alexandra Burke has been called in at the last minute by ‘X Factor‘ bosses to replace Kelly Rowland as the fourth judge on the panel for tonight’s show.
‘ITV‘ confirmed her replacement earlier on to ‘The Daily Mail‘: “It is true that Alexandra is replacing Kelly tonight, but we have no further information at present.”
Kelly spoke to ‘The Sun‘ yesterday about her throat infection: “I have no idea what is wrong with me, but I have the worst sore throat. I’ve been in tears all week. It got so bad that I stopped eating and drinking and got so dehydrated the doctor put me on a drip.”
Her spokesperson added: “Kelly is devastated she won’t be here for this weekend’s show. She is extremely ill with a viral throat infection and her doctors aren’t permitting her to fly. Kelly will be returning to the show as soon as she has recovered.”
Alexandra struggled to hide her delight about her appointment on her Twitter: “#XFACTOR – Let’s go!!!!!!! @kellyrowland get well soon bubs! Your girls are gonna smash it! Xx It’s all about girl power tonight! Let’s get it IN! #XFACTOR.”
Beyoncé debuted her third fragrance, ‘Pulse‘, on the top of New York’s Dream Hotel last night. She wore a tailored sequined blue blazer and black peep-toe Loubs, and told the waiting press that she is having an amazing time shopping for maternity wear.
In her short speech, she said: “I love the idea of a signature scent that lets a woman leave her mark wherever she goes, so I always try to make my scents appropriate for any occasion. I am having so much fun. It has been the most fun time now that it has been announced and I don’t have to, you know, it was really difficult to conceal. But now that I can be proud and excited about it, I’m having so much fun shopping – it’s great.”
It doesn’t seem that motherhood will slow her work schedule down though: “I want to create a boy band. I want to continue to produce and do documentaries and music videos. I eventually want to start directing for other artists. Once I know that I have my stuff together and I trust that, I can do it for other artists. I see so many male artists building these empires and passing their knowledge on to other artists and development. I see myself doing the same thing and hopefully other younger artists when they grow up and they have been around for 15, 20 years, they can do the same thing.”
The only thing that she dislikes about her pregnancy is her heightened sense of smell: “My nose, I smell everything from a mile away. Usually it is food, it is onions or something that I just can’t tolerate,” she told ‘The Associated Press‘.
Among the stars in attendance was Alexandra Burke, who she sang a duet with when she won ‘The X Factor‘, who’s currently in the city working on her second album.
New BFFs on the block, Alexandra Burke and Vanessa White, have spent the last few days holidaying together in Miami. Whilst Alex was more keen on diving straight into the sea, Nessa opted for a more chilled out break, sunbathing with the rest of their group of friends on the beach. The two girls, who have both just finished their tours of the UK, showed off their very gym-toned bodies, attracting lots of attention from the boys no doubt! Speaking about her trim figure, Alex said: ‘I try not to get into the frame of mind of wanting to be skinny. I’m happy being a size eight. I’m heavier on my hips and smaller on the waist. I’ve barely got any boobs but I make up for it with my legs…I remind myself that guys don’t like skinny girls, they like something to get hold of. Her pal Vanessa later posted a picture of herself sipping a cocktail on a sunlounger with the caption: ‘With love from MIA!, and later posted: ‘I can’t breathe right now! Havnt laughed this much in a lonng time!!! Don’t wanna come home now 😦 xx’
Looks like the two of them have had a fab hol!
Nessa enjoying her well-earnt break with a Pina Colada...