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Rita Ora will sing for Pope Francis during an event honouring the life of Mother Teresa.
The singer and actress is one of the performers selected to appear at a concert being held at St Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy on 3 September (16), the day before the late Albanian Roman Catholic nun and missionary will be officially declared a saint.
Rita, who was born in Kosovo to Albanian parents, will sing the hymn What Child Is This? at the celebration, which will also feature famous Albanian singers such as Ermonela Jaho, Inva Mula and Saimir Pirgu, as well as traditional instrumental music.
Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night (30Aug16), Rita shared her excitement about travelling to Vatican City for the historic event.
“I looked at the guest list and I saw P.O.P.E….Pope?!” she exclaimed. “It’s a real honour and I don’t know if anyone’s done the whole Vatican venue thing before, it’s a bit interesting that the Vatican’s someone’s venue but it’s going to be fantastic.”
Rita added that she’s only now starting to come to terms with the significance of the event, and isn’t sure what she would say if she had the opportunity to speak with the Pontiff.
And while the 25-year-old claims to be more a “spiritual” rather than religious, she is thrilled to have been invited to the Vatican, the heart of the Catholic Church.
“It’s massive, I’m really looking forward to it,” she smiled.
Pope Francis announced in March (16) that Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, would be proclaimed a saint on 4 September (16).
Mother Teresa, who spent part of her life helping the poor in the Indian city of Calcutta, was born in 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia to an Albanian family from Kosovo.
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Black Eyed Peas have remade their hit single Where Is The Love? with the help of stars including Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Usher and Jamie Foxx.
The group rose to international prominence when they released the song, about global issues including poverty, war and inequality, in 2003 featuring vocals by Justin Timberlake and their newest member Fergie.
Thirteen years on, Black Eyed Peas are releasing an updated version the track with new vocal contributions from artists including Jessie J, Mary J. Blige, Nicole Scherzinger, Tori Kelly and Jaden Smith.
will.i.am announced the project on Instagram by sharing a list of musicians with the hashtag #WHEREStheLOVE and its Wednesday (31Aug16) release date.
The rapper plus bandmates apl.de.ap and Taboo told ATTN: they felt the world needed to hear the song again following a string of tragic events across the globe such as the terror attacks in Paris, France in November (15), the recent deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling and police officers in Dallas, and the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
"I remember when the attack in Paris happened, people would say, 'We need Where Is The Love? again,'" will.i.am said in a video. "And then Belgium happened, then Turkey, and then Orlando, and then Philando and Alton before him, and then Dallas. Everyone was calling on us like 'we need that song again.'"
According to clips on his Instagram, the trio took to the streets of Los Angeles on Tuesday night (30Aug16) to plaster stickers featuring a question mark around the city, mirroring their actions in the original 2003 music video.
A website, wheresthelove.com, has also been created to encourage fans to donate to funds created in memory of Castile, Sterling and the Dallas police officers, plus the foundation set up to honour Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian boy who drowned while his family were trying to flee to Europe.
They hope the track inspires the new generation to stand up for change. will.i.am adds, "I hope this inspires the millennials to go all out, scream from the tallest mountain, care like your freedom depends on it, pay attention like that is at risk."
Snippets of the stars, including reality star Kendall Jenner, DJ Khaled and Justin Timberlake once again, recording their vocals for the song were also included in the ATTN: video.
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Orlando Bloom texted his ex-wife Miranda Kerr to warn her before pictures of him naked paddle boarding hit the Internet.
The 39-year-old actor was on holiday with girlfriend Katy Perry in Italy, and the pair enjoyed a spot of paddle boarding in the sea. While Katy opted for a geometric bandeau bikini, Orlando decided to forgo clothes to be at one with nature, going entirely naked except for a baseball cap and sunglasses.
After the pictures were published by various newspapers, they caused a stir online with fans desperate to catch a glimpse of the uncensored versions.
Now Miranda, who shares five-year-old son Flynn with the actor, has revealed Orlando dropped her a message to warn her prior to the images being released.
“Oh my God, he text me and was like ‘um, I’m really embarrassed, some photos are coming out, just thought I should let you know.’ And I was like, hmmm… right, what were you thinking? Seriously?!” Miranda said during an interview on Australia's The Kyle and Jackie O radio show on Wednesday (31Aug16).
Miranda then joked with the hosts that she is planning to send her former spouse a pair of swimming shorts or trunks.
"I’m going to send Orlando a pair of both because he, you know, might like either of those,” Miranda, who is an ambassador for Bonds Swim, laughed.
Miranda and Orlando were married for three years before their divorce in 2013. While Orlando's relationship with Katy appears to be going from strength to strength, Miranda has also found happiness again, and is engaged to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel.
The model was asked about her fiance's choice of swimwear on the radio show as well, with host Kyle Sandilands asking if Evan is a fan of "budgie smugglers" - Australian slang for Speedos.
"I’m just going to leave that one,” Miranda answered. "Let’s just say the board shorts fit him better. There’s more space in the board shorts.”
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Actress Kaley Cuoco bonded with her new boyfriend over their shared love of horses.
The Big Bang Theory star has been linked to professional equestrian Karl Cook since April (16), when the 30-year-old began sharing photos of her new man on social media.
Kaley has since started to open up more about Karl in the press, and she tells People.com their love has blossomed because they have so much in common.
"When you share something so special, some sort of connection - for us, it's horses, but anything two people share - you have that common goal and you know that you want the same things in life, day to day, and in the future," she gushed.
"It just sets you on a better path. Having a lot in common is really important and we definitely have a lot in common. I think that that's what makes us so strong and really happy."
The couple's dates frequently revolve around horse-related adventures, and Kaley confesses one recent outing was particularly "dorky".
"It's funny, he's either the one riding or it's me, so we're rarely doing it together," she explains. "But recently we did go on a little trail ride date. It was adorable. We hadn't really done that yet. One is usually cheering for the other so that was kind of cute to go out together. We totally held hands. It was very dorky!"
They even rode into the sunset together, which she admits was "a storybook ending" to their sweet date.
Kaley's love life has completely turned around in the past year - in September, 2015 she announced her separation from tennis player Ryan Sweeting after less than two years of marriage. Their divorce was finalised in May (16).
She also briefly dated Arrow star Paul Blackthorne late last year (15).
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Selena Gomez is taking an indefinite break from her world tour in order to focus on getting well while she continues to fight her lupus battle.
The Come & Get It singer was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease in 2014 and subsequently checked into a rehab facility to receive treatments and undergo chemotherapy.
Gomez didn't reveal her secret until last October (15) when she released her album Revival, and the 24 year old has been promoting the record since May (16) by performing concerts as part of her Revival Tour.
Although she just wrapped up a leg in Australia earlier this month (Aug16) and is slated to head back onstage in Canada this weekend (03Sep16), the pop star announced on Tuesday (30Aug16) she is taking time off from the concert series and other professional commitments to refocus on her health, specifically treating her anxiety, panic attacks and depression, which are all side effects of having the disease.
"As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways," Gomez tells People in a statement. "I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges. I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off.
"Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues."
Kenneth M. Farber, the co-CEO and co-president of the Alliance for Lupus Research, praised the singer for coming forward with her battle, telling the publication, "it is not commonly known that depression, anxiety and panic attacks can be side effects of lupus. We are so proud of Selena for taking care of herself and bringing awareness to this sometimes very misunderstood illness."
When Gomez was initially fighting lupus in 2014, she cancelled a number of tour dates for what her team then cited as "personal issues", and her subsequent rehab stay prompted her representative to deny suggestions she had a substance abuse problem.
A source close to the star insists that same speculation is untrue in this case yet again, telling People magazine her break from the Revival Tour is "absolutely not related to alcohol or substance abuse" and she was prompted to take a hiatus after she "hadn't felt like herself" over the last couple of months.
"She decided to clear her calendar for the year in order to have this be her priority for future happiness and didn't want to leave any promoters at bay," the insider adds. "She feels relieved that she can now make more sense of why she was feeling the way she was and is optimistic about the future."
It is unclear how long Gomez will be out of the spotlight. She was originally scheduled for three dates in North America in September (16), a few stops in Europe throughout October (16) and there were even more shows planned in Asia and Latin America until right through the middle of December (16).
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Embattled star Chris Brown was arrested late Tuesday afternoon (30Aug16) on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
Police Lt. Chris Ramirez confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that the Forever singer is currently in custody at a police station in downtown Los Angeles, following a lengthy search at Brown's Tarzana, California home.
The drama began early Tuesday, when beauty queen Baylee Curran called the police and accused the singer of pulling a gun on her during a heated argument at his Tarzana house.
She told TMZ.com Brown flew into a rage after noticing her admiring a piece of jewellery. She and a friend managed to escape unharmed, and when cops arrived on the scene to investigate, they were denied entry into Brown's mansion to look for the alleged weapon.
Detectives filed papers for a search warrant, which was granted hours later, allowing them to enter the R&B star's home around 1pm local time, following a stand-off Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Bob Green described as "long and protracted".
At least six members of the star's entourage exited the property as cops gained entry, and Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, arrived just before the warrant was served, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The 27-year-old eventually surrendered peacefully and was spotted talking to authorities outside his home, and hours later, Brown was officially taken into LAPD custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, which is a felony.
Brown, who took to Instagram prior to his arrest to insist he had done nothing wrong, has had a myriad of legal troubles over the years.
Among the long list of charges is his infamous conviction of felony assault in 2009 after violently attacking then-girlfriend Rihanna.
He received five years probation, which finally ended in 2015 after a number of violations for drugs and altercations prompted officials to extend the sentence.
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Actress and DJ Ruby Rose has ended her latest romance after less than two months of dating.
The Orange Is the New Black star became linked to Harley Gusman, the vice president and head of marketing at skincare company Truly Organic, in June (16), when the two ladies were spotted enjoying a dinner date in Hollywood.
Things appeared to be going well as Gusman was also Ruby's date to Taylor Swift's Fourth of July holiday bash in Rhode Island last month (Jul16), while they jetted off to Ibiza in early August (16) for some fun in the sun.
However, it appears the couple has since called it quits.
"It just didn't work out," a source tells People.com. "They weren't on the same page."
Rose has yet to comment on the report, which emerges weeks after the 30-year-old star jumped to her girlfriend's defence after she was attacked online for her looks.
The actress took to social media in July (16) and revealed an online user had told Harley's mother she should have terminated her child when she was pregnant, prompting Ruby to demand Twitter trolls leave her loved ones alone and direct any hate towards her instead.
"Trolls.. TROLL ME," she tweeted. "Do not troll family members of my friends it's so sad and disgraceful. There is enough hate in the world. Stop."
Gusman was Rose's first girlfriend since she ended her engagement to Phoebe Dahl in December (16). Ruby and Phoebe, cousin of British supermodel Sophie Dahl, had dated for two years before they became engaged in 2014.
Last week (ends26Aug16), Rose hooked up with rumoured ex Jessica Origliasso in Los Angeles, prompting speculation the former flames may have rekindled their romance.
The Veronicas star posted a snap of herself with the actress and DJ and her twin sister Lisa on social media, alongside the caption: "You know you've loved the right people in life, when they still check in with your mama, and care about them like their own. @rubyrose your sweet heart & beauty are only matched by your deep compassion. Here's to another 10 years of friendship X I love you."
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Ashton Kutcher will do his utmost to protect daughter Wyatt from the "nonsense" that is showbusiness.
Wyatt, who turns two on 1 October (16), will grow up with two famous parents - Ashton and his wife Mila Kunis. But the 38-year-old actor isn't planning to encourage the tot to follow her mum and dad into Hollywood.
Asked during an interview with Entertainment Tonight if he would allow Wyatt to get into showbusiness, Ashton replied with a vehement "No!" before clarifying: "When it is a choice that she is making, then I think it is fine. As long as it’s not a choice that she is making, it is my job to protect her from all this nonsense."
Something Wyatt will have to contend with growing up is social media, with sites like Twitter and Instagram only growing in popularity. However, with that popularity comes an increased level of discrimination, with famous faces like Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones recently targeted with offensive messages from followers.
When it comes to tackling this issue, Ashton is of the opinion that "we have to change us" before any changes can be made to the social media world.
"I think people want to blame social media for a lot of things, but social media’s just a reflection of the world we live in. If we want to change social media, we have to change us,” he said.
Ashton also referenced businessman-turned-politician Donald Trump's bid for the position of U.S. president this November (16), adding: "It’s tough when you have people that are campaigning for the highest position on the planet that are justifying other people’s prejudice with their campaign and it creates separatism, it creates divisiveness and I think it creates a lot of animosity."
Ashton was one of the first famous names to jump on the Twitter bandwagon, and has learned along the way what he can and can't say. Now, the actor has something of a monitoring system when it comes to using the site.
"The thing that I’ve learned is to monitor myself and realise that there’s a responsibility that comes with having a very large voice on social media,” he said. "You’re throwing meat in the cage and it doesn’t matter how well-intended you are, somebody is going to tear it up. You get thick skin really quick."
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Natalie Portman refuses to show her five-year-old son her Star Wars movies for fear of traumatising him.
The 35-year-old starred as Padme Amidala, mother to Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, in the prequel movies by George Lucas. But Natalie's character's story came to an end in 2005 movie Revenge of the Sith, when she died after giving birth to twins.
During a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Natalie was asked if son Aleph, who she shares with French husband Benjamin Millepied, has seen her Star Wars movies yet.
"He has not, but he knows about it, of course,” she explained. "It’s kind of a shame because you know when I made it, I was like, ‘This is going to be the coolest thing, one day when I have kids, I can show them.’
"And boys of course are obsessed with it and know all about it before they’ve seen it. Then I realised: I die in the movies. I feel like it’s kind of a scary thing to show your kid."
The Oscar winner started her Star Wars movie career in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, followed by 2002's Attack of the Clones and her 2005 conclusion.
All three movies served as prequels to the Star Wars movies in the 1970s, starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
In Revenge of the Sith, Portman's character Padme marries Anakin Skywalker, played by Hayden Christensen, and falls pregnant. As Anakin joins the Dark Side, Padme is broken-hearted and gives birth to twins Luke and Leia before dying.
Anakin later battles Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Ewan McGregor, and is horrendously injured, but is nursed back to health to become iconic villain, Darth Vader.
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Jessica Alba found her "purpose in life" when she started her business The Honest Company.
The 35-year-old actress set up the company alongside professional partners in 2012 and it was valued at $1.5 billion (£1.14 billion) last August (15). The success of the business has been welcomed by the Mechanic: Resurrection star, but the commitments also mean she has had to be a lot pickier about the movie roles she takes on.
"I’m trying to figure out my time management," Jessica said, according to Britain's Daily Express newspaper. "I have a company to run and a family so it is really a case of how much time can I set aside for a film."
The Honest Company sells everything from household items to beauty products and cosmetics which do not contain harmful substances. Having the opportunity to pass on her love of all things natural to fans old and new is something Jessica relishes, and has given the mother-of-two a new lease for life.
"I feel like I have figured out my purpose in life and that is working towards getting people knowledge and products in order to live a happier and healthier life," she smiled.
Her work with The Honest Company hasn't been without controversy though, as some consumers have been left far from satisfied with what they claim is false advertising regarding the brand's all natural baby food and cleaning products, while the business' sunscreen has also come under scrutiny for its alleged ineffectiveness.
The various complaints have sparked a series of individual and class-action lawsuits in the past year, but Jessica insisted in a recent interview that plaintiffs are only suing for free publicity.
"Obviously, we want our customers to have the best experience with our brand," the actress explained on U.S. breakfast show Today. "But if an organisation wants to bring awareness to their cause, I'm an easy target and our brand is an easy target, obviously because I get (a) different kind of attention than other brands would, and so it's just sort of what happens."
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Mel C has officially ruled herself out of the Spice Girls reunion due to take place next year (17).
The 42-year-old, along with Victoria Beckham, have both declined to take part in the Wannabe hitmakers' 20th anniversary reunion in 2017, organised by Emma Bunton, Geri Horner and Melanie Brown.
Now Sporty Spice, real name Melanie Chisholm, has penned an essay for Love magazine explaining her difficult decision to bow out of the lucrative reunion.
Insisting the reunion shouldn't take place without all five members on board, Mel added she believes the band should have called it a day following their performance at the closing ceremony for the London Olympic Games in 2012.
"I’d love to play huge arenas across the world, sing our brilliantly bonkers pop songs and relive our former glory," Mel wrote. "It is of course a very lucrative opportunity too. But we were a five-piece band. Didn’t we reach a peak with the Olympics? There’s a lot to be said for bowing out on a high note.
"For me, the absolute pinnacle of my Spice existence was being watched by a billion people around the globe belting out Spice Up Your Life on top of a black cab at the 2012 London Olympics. Anything less than the full line-up just didn’t feel like we’d be doing justice to the band or the fans."
It was after numerous meetings with Emma, Geri and Mel B she made her difficult decision. "The hardest part for me was letting people down, the girls, the fans, civilisation?! Unfortunately something didn’t feel quite right and I had to follow my gut," she added.
The mother-of-one had a brief solo career after the Spice Girls split for good in 2000, but is well aware that her success on her own will never match up to her Spice Girls fame.
"I am under no illusion that my solo work will ever come close to a fraction of the impact that we make as the Spice Girls. I love the band, I am beyond proud of my past and will always embrace and celebrate being a Spice Girl, it’s what I am," she wrote.
There have been countless bands who have reunited in recent years following success in the 90s, including Take That. But Mel is of the opinion that the Spice Girls shouldn't be pressured into reforming and should instead be remembered by fans for their incredible achievements.
"I will be a Spice Girl until I die. But the continuous speculation on whether we will reform to celebrate 20 years of Wannabe has been particularly exhausting. But is it a new rule that bands have to reform? Why can’t we just be remembered for our incredible achievements in the nineties," she shared.
However, she will support her fellow bandmates, no matter what.
"I love the girls dearly. We have a very unique bond that will never be broken and I will continue to support them all as much as I can," Mel concluded.
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Gene Wilder once turned down a chance to appear on The Late Late Show in true Willy Wonka style.
The late actor, who died from complications from Alzheimer's disease on Sunday (28Aug16), at the age of 83, is known to people around the world as fictional chocolate factory owner Wonka. His portrayal of the eccentric confectionery boss in the 1971 movie, based on Roald Dahl's famous novel, cemented his place in cinema history, and U.S. talk show host James Corden wanted to emulate the movie when he first took over The Late Late Show in 2015.
After meeting Gene backstage while on Broadway, the pair exchanged emails and James asked the movie icon if he'd join him in the sketch, depicting the Brit landing the presenting job by winning a golden ticket. While Gene wasn't keen to take part, his message still managed to make the 38-year-old Into the Woods star smile.
"(The email read), 'Dearest James, I don't do or go where you were hoping, but I'll be looking for you. With my love, Gene," James shared on his Monday night (29Aug16) show.
"Even the way he said no was so poetic, even his emails sounded somehow like Willy Wonka. The truth of it is, he was just this magical person and he made everybody around him feel this incredible feeling of joy. It's what I felt when I watched him. It's what I felt when I met him."
Celebrities and fans alike have been sharing their sadness at Gene's passing, with his Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory co-stars Julie Dawn Cole, who starred as Veruca, and Denise Nickerson, who played Violet, both commenting on the passing.
"Such very sad news. Words not enough. Treasured memories," posted Julie, while Denise added: "All of us have lost OUR Willy Wonka. Love, Violet".
In a statement released by Gene's family, his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman explained that Gene passed away as one of his favourite songs, Ella Fitzgerald's version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, started to play.
Jordan ended the announcement with a line from Gene's most famous film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams."
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