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Richard Gere weds in secret

Richard Gere has reportedly married his Spanish girlfriend, Alejandra Silva.

The 68-year-old and his new bride secretly tied the knot in a small civil ceremony and plan to celebrate the nuptials at their New York estate on May 6, according to MailOnline.

The couple has been dating for three years, following the end of the Pretty Woman star's second marriage to actress Carey Lowell, the mother of his 17-year-old son Homer.

Gere was also previously married to Cindy Crawford from 1991 to 1995.

Recent reports suggested Gere was planning to wed the 35-year-old next month in Washington D.C. after the pair became engaged in November.

This is the second wedding for Silva, who split from her first husband Govind Friedland in 2014. She also has a son - five-year-old Albert. She and Gere went public with their romance in June, 2015.

The newlyweds are humanitarian activists, and have attended several events together in Spain in support of a homeless charity called the RAIS Foundation.

Silva briefly discussed their relationship with Spanish magazine Hola! in 2016, and called Gere her hero.

"I was a little lost, without light, and meeting him gave sense to my life. I felt like someone was stretching out his hand and showing me the true path," she gushed.

Gere, who was a longtime friend of Silva's family, previously said of his rumored wife-to-be: "Our karma was attracted when we saw each other."

Alejandra told Hola! the couple is planning to start a family in the future.



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Madonna loses lawsuit

Madonna has lost her bid to prevent the auction of her old personal belongings, including a love letter she received from rapper Tupac Shakur while he was in jail.

Art consultant Darlene Lutz had teamed up with bosses at Gotta Have It! Collectibles last July to put a number of the singer's old items, including a note sent to Madonna by her ex-boyfriend, the late Tupac, up for sale.

However, the Material Girl hitmaker objected to the money-making move and obtained a temporary restraining order blocking the sale, alleging the collectibles had been wrongfully taken from her after moving out of her Miami home in 2004.

She then filed suit in New York in August in an effort to halt the auction indefinitely.

Lutz fought back, insisting the lawsuit should be dismissed because she had been given the belongings by Madonna herself while they were friends, but the singer maintained she was unaware the items, which also included a hairbrush containing strands of her hair, and a pair of her unwashed panties, had been in Lutz's possession until she learned of the online sale.

Now Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gerald Lebovits has ruled in Lutz's favour, declaring Madonna waited too long to try and reclaim the pieces of memorabilia.

Under the statute of limitations, the singer had until 2007 to make a claim for the goods, reports the New York Post.

"Mere ignorance or lack of discovery of the wrong is not sufficient to toll the statute," he wrote in his ruling, released on Monday.

He also pointed to an apparent release Madonna had signed in 2004 after settling a dispute with Lutz over some artwork, which banned the pop superstar from taking future legal action.

"Sophisticated parties having negotiated an extraordinarily broad release with their eyes open with the aid of counsel cannot later invalidate that release by claiming ignorance of the depth of their fiduciary's misconduct," he explained.

Madonna has yet to comment on the court decision, but Lutz's attorney, Judd Grossman, is celebrating what he's called a "complete win" for his client.

"From day one it was clear that this case should never have been filed and that Madonna did so solely to exact personal revenge on an old foe," he said. "Darlene Lutz has now been totally vindicated."



The Rock a dad again

Action man Dwayne Johnson has become a father for the third time.

The Rampage star and his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, reportedly welcomed little Tiana Gia Johnson on April 17, according to E! News, but the proud dad only went public with the new arrival on Monday, when he shared the first photo of father and daughter online.

"Skin to skin. Our mana (Polynesian term for 'spirit')," he captioned an Instagram picture of himself cradling the newborn. "Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world."

"Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar," the former wrestler gushed.

"I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia's delivery, it's hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there."

Dwayne went on to share a little advice for his male fans about new fatherhood, encouraging them to be "as supportive as you can" during the labor process.

"But, if you really want to understand the single most powerful and primal moment life will ever offer - watch your child being born," he explained. "Its (sic) a life changer and the respect and admiration you have for a woman, will forever be boundless."

Addressing his little girl directly, he then added, "And to my third and youngest daughter, Tiana Gia - like I did when your two older sisters Simone Alexandra and Jasmine Lia were born, you have my word, I'll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life.

"Your crazy dad has many responsibilities and wears many hats in this big ol' world, but being your dad will always be the one I'm most proud to wear. Oh and one more thing... you're gonna love rollin' in daddy's pick up truck..."

Dwayne also shares two-year-old daughter Jasmine with Lauren, while Simone, 16, is his daughter from his first marriage to Dany Garcia.



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Avril: worth the wait

Avril Lavigne has assured fans that her highly anticipated comeback album will be worth the wait.

The Complicated singer last released new music in 2015, the same year she went public with her battle with Lyme disease. She has kept largely out of the spotlight since then but has been working on her long-awaited sixth album for the past three years.

She made her first red carpet appearance in two years last week when she attended the 25th annual Race to Erase MS Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and the singer, who serves on the charity's board, assured E! News at the event that everyone's patience will pay off.

"I know my fans have been waiting for a long time and some of them are unhappy," she said. "They're like, 'OK, what is going on with this album?' But trust me, I'm doing everything I can and I just want it to be ready and everything to be perfect and a lot of like, care has gone into this. All the waiting and the hard work on my end will pay off, I promise."

The 33-year-old, who last released an album in 2013, went on to confirm that she is producing the record and it will be finished in two weeks. It will also be more emotional and reflect on all her personal struggles in the past few years, which also includes her 2015 split from husband Chad Kroeger.

"I've been writing songs that are really just powerful and true and honest and sincere and I think people will really be able to relate to it," she explained. "I've gone through a lot of personal stuff in the past two years and so I've really drawn from that. I mean, I always do but this album is so different... It's more of a vocal record and just like, hearing the lyrics and really hearing the emotion in the vocal. It's very piano-driven, too."

Avril's sixth album will be released later this year.



'Queer - not bi, not straight'

Kehlani has explained to her fans why she identifies as "queer" rather than gay in an honest discussion about her sexuality on Twitter.

The 22-year-old singer decided to set the record straight about her sexual orientation after being flooded with questions from fans.

"Cuz i keep geddin asked.. i'm queer," Kehlani began a series of tweets on Sunday. "Not bi, not straight. i'm attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non binary people, intersex people, trans people. lil poly pansexual papi hello good morning. does that answer your questions?"

She then added that there's one group she finds the least attractive, tweeting: "And since we on that... i'm the LEAST attracted to straight men, y'all really adorable sometimes tho. bisexual men really are little gifts from god tho."

The Honey singer, who sparked romance rumours with Demi Lovato when she pulled the singer in for a kiss as they wrapped their tour earlier this year, also answered why she prefers to use the word "queer" rather than "gay."

"I felt gay always insisted there was still a line drawn as to which 'label' of human i was attracted when i really jus be walking around thinking ERRYBODY FINE," she wrote.

However, Kehlani was forced to defend herself when one fan pointed out that "queer" is a LGBT slur.

"Damn i didn't know that!!" she replied to the follower. "if there's anyone out there i've ever offended with the word, i'm sorry! i'm with the reclaiming of the word but if there's any1 day loves me dat isn't, i sorry i lurvvv u."



Rod respected the ladies

Rod Stewart has insisted that he always behaved like a gentleman with women in the 1960s and '70s.

The rocker was a hit with the opposite sex when he first became famous with The Jeff Beck Group and Faces in the '60s, and he and bandmate Ronnie Wood always had women throwing themselves at them, but Rod insists he always treated them with respect.

However, speaking at the BFI Southbank in London after a screening of film Rod The Mod, he acknowledged that he wouldn't have been able to get away with some of his behaviour if he was trying to hit the big time now.

"Ronnie (Wood) and I were talking about this at our anniversary party last year and were saying how women literally used to throw themselves at us. It really was, 'Oh, not again tonight, Ronnie,'" he recalled. "I can only speak from my perspective, but as a rock 'n' roll singer, I used to show off with the girls. I would never touch a girl unless she wanted me to.

"Things have changed. You could get away with a bit more in those days than you can now and things have changed for the better."

The 73-year-old also insisted that he would never dream of swearing at a woman, and only does so when he's having an argument with his wife Penny Lancaster.

Penny, who he married in 2007, is his third wife, and he reckons he's better at marriages now that he's older and understands women better.

"I have been married three times, and I say this with all honesty, I have got a great woman now," he gushed. "But I have got a diamond by my side now. She really is and I can't say any more than that."

The rocker had plasters on his right hand during the talk, and he revealed it was because he had recently undergone surgery to remove sun spots.

"I have just had a little operation on my hand. I had a couple of sun things there and they burnt them off," he said.



2 quartets for price of 1

Chamber Music Kelowna presents its final offering of the 2017-18 season May 1 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

Two powerhouse ensembles, the Dover and Pacifica Quartets will combine to perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, Opus 20.

The evening will include additional works by Schoenberg and Shostakovich.

Prior to the concert, a pre-concert chat will take place in the Salloum rehearsal hall at 7 p.m.

Mendelssohn’s Octet was composed in 1825 when the composer was only 16 years old.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased through the RCA box office at 250-717-5304 or at rotarycentreforthearts.com.

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant style, and daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet is recognized internationally as one of the finest ensembles performing today. The members of the quartet live in Bloomington, Indiana, where they serve as quartet-in-resident at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

The PacificaQuartet was artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009-2012) and received a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2009.

The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a sweep of the Grand Prize and all three Special Prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. The quartet won the grand prize at the Fischoff Competition, and special prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition.

The New Yorkerdubbed them “the young American string quartet of the moment,” and The Strad raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and tautensemble.”



Eminem - 10 years sober

Rap superstar Eminem is celebrating a decade of sobriety.

The Lose Yourself MC, real name Marshall Mathers, took to Twitter on Saturday to share his achievement with fans, after marking the milestone on Friday.

"Celebrated my 10 years yesterday," he captioned a photo of himself holding up his sobriety chip.

Fans were quick to heap praise on the hip-hop hitmaker for the achievement, which also earned Eminem a congratulatory message from his longtime friend and collaborator, Royce Da 5'9".

"Happy sobriety birthday to my mentor @Eminem," he tweeted. "Keep fighting the good fight homie... I love you for life."

Eminem, 45, has been open about his drug demons in recent years, after overcoming addictions to prescription pills like Vicodin, Valium, and Ambien.

During his first headlining set at California's Coachella music festival last weekend, he dedicated his song Not Afraid to those battling similar struggles, as he gave thanks to his fans for standing by him during the tough times.

"I'm 10 years sober this week and I could not have done this s**t without y'all, so this song's for you," he told the audience, which burst into applause.

Eminem will have the opportunity to toast his sober milestone onstage on Sunday night, when he repeats his set as he brings the second weekend of Coachella to a close.

He was joined by surprise guests 50 Cent and Dr. Dre during his first show on April 15.

The Weeknd and Beyonce served as the other headliners on the two weekends' Friday and Saturday nights, respectively.



Mike Myers pays tribute

Mike Myers, Rob Lowe and Warwick Davis are among the stars paying tribute to Verne Troyer.

The actor, who was best known for starring as Mini Me in the Austin Powers films, passed away on Saturday afternoon, aged 49.

His death comes almost three weeks after he was hospitalized following an incident at his home in Los Angeles.

Mike, who worked with the late star in 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and 2002's Austin Powers in Goldmember, paid tribute to Verne in an emotional statement.

"Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honour of working with him," he said. "It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed."

Warwick, who starred alongside Verne's character Griphook in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, took to Twitter to send his condolences.

"So sad to hear that my friend @VerneTroyer has passed away. We shared a mutual respect for each other's work, and I always admired his good humour and lovely nature in the face of adversity. Now, for the first time, he'll be looking down on us all, and laughing! #RIPVerneTroyer," he wrote.

Rob, who played a younger version of Number Two in The Spy Who Shagged Me, shared on Twitter: "Sad news. Loved working with Verne on Austin Powers 2. Great guy, so funny and infectious positive energy."

Rapper and actor Ludacris wrote: "R.I.P. Verne Troyer aka Mini Me. You made it to that #1 Spot. Glad we got to make history," while 80's pop star Vanilla Ice tweeted: "#RIPVerneTroyer sad to loose (sic) a #LEGEND and friend -- LONG LIVE my little Buddy @VerneTroyer #VerneTroyer."

The diminutive actor's death was announced on his official Instagram and Facebook pages on Saturday.

"It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," the post read. "Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday."

His family's statement did not give a cause of death but it added: "Depression and suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it's never too late to reach out to someone for help."



A Kim and Kanye movie?

Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West are reportedly at the centre of a bidding war between movie bosses over the rights to make a story of their romance.

Hollywood is said to be keen to immortalize the story of the showbiz couple, who wed in 2014 after a two-year romance following Kim's brief second wedding to Kris Humphries.

"Kim and Kanye have had no shortage of offers to make a biopic," an insider close to the stars told Heat magazine. "But they were either for low budget productions or bigger studios dropping hints that never materialized. But now the likes of Warner Bros. and Sony are wooing them, so they figure a movie could be a huge hit if it's done right.

"The key is to not make it cheesy and highlight the positive aspects of their relationship. But they also know that they can't sugar-coat the fact that they've had their problems."

Both Kim, 37, and 40-year-old Kanye have had their fair share of colourful romances before they finally got together. Kim enjoyed an on-off romance with athlete Reggie Bush, while Kanye famously dated Amber Rose. Since marrying the pair have become parents to three children, North, Saint and most recently, daughter Chicago, who they welcomed via a surrogate mother. But movie bosses may not be prepared for the level of control that the pair will be demanding.

"Kanye wants his music to play a central part. He loves singing to Kim and the kids and seeing them in the audience at his concerts. So whoever gets to play him will have to be very talented in that regard," the source commented.

And it's not just Kanye who is concerned will how they will appear onscreen; Kim is reportedly worried about issues such as surgery and how her famous family will be portrayed.

"She knows there's a need for certain dramas to be included, but she and Kanye are insisting on a lot of control over the script, which is why it will take some time before it's formalized. But they're keen to make it happen this year," the insider added.



Maren stressing over album

Singer Maren Morris' life has become "stressful" as she prepares to record her second album.

The country star took the music industry by storm with the release of her 2016 debut Hero, and as she gets ready to begin cutting tracks for her sophomore effort, the My Church hitmaker admits her nerves are getting the better of her.

However, Maren is finding solace in the support of her new husband, fellow country musician Ryan Hurd, whom she wed in Nashville, Tennessee last month.

"I'm about to record my second album, that's a really exciting and stressful time because it's a big deal," she explains to Fox News, "and he (Ryan) keeps me straight and we're just so happy to be married now and we've got our dogs waiting at home for us, so it's a good life."

Despite her mixed emotions, Maren is excited about her new music, revealing the upcoming record is a breakthrough for her as an artist.

"I think (it's) much more positive," she shares of her fresh tracks. "Not that Hero was a negative album, but I was going through a break-up at the time so that's kind of where my headspace was when I put it out. This one, you know, I fell in love during all the writing processes of this record.

"So a lot more love songs... it's more grown up and yeah, I've just been putting in fake track lists in my head of all the songs that I've written and it's so exciting because it's like switching things around and there's so many different facets of the sound so it's country, it's R&B, but you know it's just a couple years later in my life than the last one."

Maren loves genre-bending and hopes to do more musical experimentation soon.

"I think that's the direction that music is turning now, it's very genre-less, it's boundless," she says. "I feel so excited to be able to do what I do but also on the side get to have these amazing realms of creative freedom in other genres, too."



Her heartbreaking message

Avicii's ex-girlfriend has shared a heartbreaking tribute to the Swedish DJ who tragically died at the age of 28.

The Wake Me Up hitmaker, real name Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman, on Friday, according to his representative.

His ex Emily Goldberg has now shared her grief through a series of photos on Instagram.

"'Come on babe, don't give up on us. Choose me, and I'll show you love.' Those are the lyrics from a song Tim wrote for me. I wish I could have lived up to them," she captioned the sweet snaps.

"For the two years we were together, he was closest confidante, and my best friend. Now I can't look at Bear without knowing I'll never see his face again. I'm still collecting my thoughts and thank you all for the kind words and texts. Wake me up when it's all over, because I don't want it to be real."

She later posted a screenshot of a text message between her and Avicii which showed the two telling each other that they loved one another.

Avicii's rep announced the unexpected news of his passing in a statement early on Friday.

"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman, this Friday afternoon local time, April 20.

"The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given."

According to TMZ, the star's older brother, David Bergling, has arrived in Oman to try and determine what happened to the DJ.

The gossip website revealed Avicii, who previously battled inflammation of the pancreas linked to excessive drinking and a burst appendix, was in good spirits in the days before his death, and even posed for several photos with fans at the luxury Muscat Hills resort where he was staying, though he looked gaunt in the snaps.



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