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Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew 'most contented divorced couple in the world'

Happily divorced royals

Britain's Sarah Ferguson is "happy" with her relationship with her ex-husband Prince Andrew.

The Duchess of York has retained a close bond with her former spouse, despite them separating in 1992, and they still share a home, which has prompted speculation they will remarry one day.

And when asked about the prospect, the duchess didn't entirely dismiss the idea they'll be husband and wife again in the future.

"All I can say is that we're happy with the way we are right now," she told the Telegraph magazine.

The 61-year-old writer doesn't think any other divorced couple are as "content" as she and Andrew and she's "proud" of how they worked together to raise their daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

"We always say we are the most contented divorced couple in the world," she said. "We're divorced to each other, not from each other. We are co-parents who support each other and believe that family is everything. I'm proud of the job we have done together in bringing up our children and sustaining a strong family unit.

"Our bywords are communication, compromise and compassion."

Sarah also insisted there is no one else romantically in her life.

"I will say this, I feel very sorry for young people trying to date during this pandemic. It must be a nightmare! In answer to your question, there's no one in my life," she concluded.



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James Brown heirs reach settlement deal over his estate

James Brown estate deal

James Brown's heirs have reached a settlement agreement following a 15-year battle over his estate.

The Godfather of Soul's estate is estimated to be worth $100 million, with his children, grandchildren and an alleged ex-wife all fighting over the money following his death in 2006. Numerous lawsuits followed, but it's now been revealed that all parties reached an agreement on July 9, according to David Black, an attorney representing Brown's estate.

While the terms of the agreement are to remain sealed, the New York Times reported the deal will mean the heirs - not including Brown's former partner Tomie Rae Hynie, who was eliminated as an heir after it was found she was married to someone else when she "wed" the singer in 2001 - will be given termination rights over Brown's pre-existing publishing deals.

They are also reportedly set to "fulfill Mr. Brown's noble estate plan to fund scholarships", estate administrator Russell L. Bauknight said in a statement.

It's the second time the heirs have reached a settlement deal - they previously reached a settlement in 2009 which was overturned in 2013, with then-South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster arguing that it didn't adhere to Brown's wishes as stated in his will.



Adele steps out with rumoured boyfriend Rich Paul

Adele steps out with beau

Adele and sports star LeBron James' agent Rich Paul appear to have confirmed their new romance with a cozy dinner date in New York City.

The Rolling in the Deep hitmaker and the top sports agent were photographed on a double date at popular eatery Cipriani on Thursday. The photos show Rich wrapping his arm around the singer as they headed into the upscale restaurant.

Adele flashed a peace-sign to onlookers outside, and Rich, who went maskless over dinner, was all smiles, according to Page Six.

The pair was first spotted together at Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Phoenix, Arizona earlier this month.

At the time, TV host Brian Windhorst commented, "Rich Paul brings his girlfriend to the game to sit next to LeBron. His girlfriend is Adele."

Paul dropped a hint about his new flame in a New Yorker profile in May, during which he suggested he was getting close to a major pop star, although he told the reporter, "I'm not dating, I'm single."

In 2020, Paul was ranked number 10 on Forbes' list of the world's most powerful sports agents and number two among in the world of basketball. He was also featured on the 2020 Ebony Power 100 List.

Adele's divorce from ex-husband Simon Konecki was finalized in March. They share custody of their son Angelo, eight.





Britney Spears' agent slams conservatorship: 'This nonsense needs to end'

'Nonsense needs to end'

Britney Spears' longtime agent, Cade Hudson, has spoken out about the pop star's conservatorship for the first time, condemning the 13-year legal arrangement and the people behind it.

The talent agent has received death threats from fans who assumed he is part of her legal nightmare, but he's now making it clear he's on their side.

"I've kept my mouth shut for 12+ years on Britney," Hudson wrote in a private Instagram post. "Enough is enough. After getting thousands of death threats, getting water bottles thrown at my head in bars from bystanders telling me I'm brainwashing her... l'm now speaking up."

Recalling the pop star's public breakdown in 2008, which led to her father taking control of her life, he added: "I've kept my mouth shut out of the fear of losing my job as her agent and losing the career I worked my a** off for 15 years to build, out of threats from the man we all know who, but I won't even dignify mentioning his name (sic). I'm officially done being quiet."

TMZ speculates that the man he's referring to is the singer's former manager, Larry Rudolph, who recently resigned.

Cade also referred to "the person who was in her life (again legally can't name names) was also silenced by the people around her," adding, "You silencers know who you are. This person has her best interest at heart." It has been suggested he might be talking about Britney's first husband, Jason Alexander, who has stated he was tricked into annulling his 2004 Las Vegas wedding to the I'm a Slave 4 U singer.

"The system and the public failed her," the agent wrote. "Her new attorney (Matthew Rosengart) is the best of the best and knows that the work has just begun but it's progress & hope and that's all we can ask for now until action can be taken.

"Even if people don't see it now, it will come out. To the ones who should be worried, you know who you are too. The nonsense needs to end, and the healing process needs to begin. The lord tends to pay those people back in his own ways. So for the first time I'm publicly saying #FREEBRITNEY."

He concluded, "Time to get my girl and best friend back. @Britneyspears it's your time - the world is listening and is on your side. The world NEEDS you freed and back."



R. Kelly owes nearly $4 million in back taxes

R. Kelly owes nearly $4M

R. Kelly reportedly owes more than $3.8 million in back taxes.

The I Believe I Can Fly singer - who is currently in jail in New York awaiting trial for various sex offenses - has had a federal lien filed against him in Illinois, which, according to RadarOnline.com, states he has refused to pay $1,935,034.88 owed on his bill for 2008.

That's on top of a separate lien filed by the IRS in 2019 over $1.8 million owed on two previous tax bills - $648,998.25 for 2013 and another $1,229,739.18 for 2016 - which is still active and unpaid.

The total amount from the two liens is $3,813,772.31 .

Kelly is due to face trial for sex trafficking and racketeering next month but he was recently hit with problems in his case after three of his lawyers announced they were seeking to leave his legal team.

In June, Chicago-based lawyers Steve Greenberg and Michael Leonard asked to withdraw from the case, but it was later claimed by one of the remaining attorneys that they were both fired before they could quit.

And the third lawyer, New Jersey attorney Douglas Anton, was revealed shortly afterward to no longer be part of the team for the New York case.

Greenberg, who was due to serve on the defence for Kelly's second court case in Chicago, where he is facing charges including child pornography, wrote in a letter to the judge on the case: "Our reasons for withdrawal are significant and it is impossible, in our belief, for us to be able to continue to properly represent Mr. Kelly under the current circumstances."

And Anton has told Billboard he withdrew from the New York case late last year, though not under the same circumstances as Greenberg and Leonard.

The lawyer is still representing Kelly and taking part in his defense "behind the scenes," but not as an attorney of record.

The 54-year-old musician has already had both of his court cases delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with his Illinois trial now due to begin on Sept. 13.



Jennifer Lopez shares romantic birthday photo with Ben Affleck

J.Lo, Ben get smoochy

Jennifer Lopez shared the first official photo with on-again boyfriend Ben Affleck as they celebrated her 52nd birthday on Saturday with a kiss.

J.Lo and Ben appeared lovey-dovey in a snap shared on Leah Remini's Instagram on Friday, but neither star had shared any pictures confirming their rekindled relationship until now.

In celebration of her birthday, the Hustlers actress posted three sexy photos of herself in a skimpy bikini and one of her and Ben kissing on board a yacht with the caption, "5 2... what it do..."

Her next post, shared to both Twitter and Instagram, was a close-up of an enormous green ring with the caption, "Thank you @dolcegabbana."

It is not clear if this had anything to do with Affleck, who proposed to Lopez in 2002 with a pink diamond ring from Harry Winston, reportedly worth $1.2 million.

The Argo star was also photographed applying sun lotion to bikini-clad Lopez's backside.

Jennifer was first spotted with Affleck in May, shortly after ending her engagement to baseball star Alex Rodriguez.

According to TMZ, the new-again couple were yachting in St. Tropez on the French Riviera.

The pair also hit up celebrity hotspot L'Opera on Saturday night, and several social media users captured videos of Ben and Jen nuzzling and laughing as J.Lo's song, Jenny From the Block, played. Ironically, the couple appeared together in the video for Jenny From the Block, which was recorded and released when they were dating two decades ago.

One of the L'Opera guests, Dr. Daniel Campos, who had a table next to the the celebrity couple said the stars "truly looked in love" throughout the evening and weren't shy about showing their affection.

"Their entire crew came out dancing and singing, holding a sign that said 'Happy Birthday J.Lo', and we all sang along around J.Lo and Ben," Campos added. "I think they felt pretty comfortable there.

"Of course, there were bodyguards, but we all got up and danced, and there were not any pushing around or space restrictions. It was just like any other jet-setter couple celebrating something big."



Amanda Kloots dating again one year after Nick Cordero's death

Amanda dating again

Actress and U.S. TV host Amanda Kloots has started dating again one year after losing her husband, Nick Cordero, to COVID.

The Talk regular shared on Friday that she has met someone new, and she's dating at 39.

"It's quite terrifying and really out of your element, and it's just hard," she said.

Like her late husband Nick, who lost his battle with COVID-19 last year, her new love interest met Kloots while doing a Broadway show.

"It's all wonderful," she said of getting back on the market. "It's wonderful people I'm meeting, and it's been a great process so far. But I'll just say it's very hard without getting into too many details."

That doesn't mean she's forgotten Nick. She paid tribute to her late husband on July 5 - the anniversary of his death.

"Today hurts, there is no other way around it," she wrote on social media. "One year ago you left us and became our angel in heaven. You were surrounded by so much love... What happened was unthinkable, losing you was my biggest fear...

"We only had a few short years together but they were filled with so much love, laughter, adventure, dreams, change and growth. It was my 'Nick era' and I'll have it forever."



Andie MacDowell defied managers and kept grey hair

Andie keeping grey hair

Andie MacDowell is keeping her grey hair, even though her Hollywood team insists it's too soon for the beauty to ditch the dye.

The Four Weddings and a Funeral star rocked her curly salt and pepper locks on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in France earlier this month, and now she tells Vogue she's sticking with the natural look she first tried during the COVID lockdown last year.

"At the very beginning of quarantine, my hair started growing and every time my kids would see me, they kept telling me I looked bada** with my grey hair," the mom of three shares.

"When I pulled it up in a bun, all you could see was the salt and pepper, which is what I am, you know, dark and silver."

At first she wasn't too sure about showing off her true hair colour, noting she was "so cautious," but she quickly got over her doubts.

"Once I did it, it was just so clear to me that my instincts were right, because I've never felt more powerful. I feel more honest. I feel like I'm not pretending. I feel like I'm embracing right where I am," she says.

But her Hollywood career experts weren't so sure, and worried the stunner's more natural look might impact the roles she's offered.

"My managers had actually said to me, 'It's not time,'" she admits. "And I said, 'I think you're wrong, and I'm going to be more powerful if I embrace where I am right now. It's time because in two years I'm going to be 65. If I don't do it now, I won't have the chance to be salt and pepper.'

"I feel really comfortable. And in a lot of ways, I think it's more striking on my face. I just feel like it suits me."

And she takes encouragement from another hot Hollywood A-lister who's been grey for years: "I like to compare myself to George Clooney because why not?" she quips.



On a quiet weekend, ‘Old’ tops, ‘Snake Eyes’ sinks

‘Old’ tops at the box office

M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old” easily won a slower weekend at the North American box office, while the G.I. Joe pic “Snake Eyes” lived up to its name.

Although both fresh offerings from major studios, moviegoers turned out in modest numbers on a weekend where there was the notable distraction of the Olympics as well as rising concerns about the delta variant.

Universal on Sunday said that “Old” grossed an estimated $16.5 million. Paramount’s “Snake Eyes” origin story brought in an estimated $13.4 million in ticket sales.

While not wildly far apart in grosses, “Snake Eyes,” starring Henry Golding as the warrior-in-training, cost significantly more with a reported $88 million price tag, excluding advertising.

Meanwhile “Old,” starring Gael García Bernal and Vicky Krieps as the heads of a family whose tropical vacation turns into a horror when they begin to rapidly age, was independently financed for around $18 million. Including international grosses, “Old,” which is based on the graphic novel “Sandcastle,” grossed $23 million worldwide in its first weekend.

“It’s an extraordinary debut,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s head of distribution. “M. Night Shyamalan is an amazing filmmaker and one of the best in the industry.”

Disney and Marvel’s “Black Widow” crept ahead to third place with $11.6 million, bringing its global total to $314.9 million, while last week’s No. 1 film “Space Jam: A New Legacy” grossed $9.6 million, down 69% from last weekend. Both are available to watch at home too: “Space Jam” is streaming on HBO Max, while Disney+ subscribers can rent “Black Widow” for $30.

The entire North American box office weekend generated around $68 million in revenue, according to Comscore. It's a far cry from just three weeks ago when “Black Widow” alone made $80 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Old,” $16.5 million.

2. “Snake Eyes,” $13.4 million.

3. “Black Widow,” $11.6 million.

4. “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” $9.6 million.

5. “F9,” $4.7 million.

6. “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions,” $3.4 million.

7. “The Boss Baby: Family Business,” $2.7 million.

8. “The Forever Purge,” $2.3 million.

9. “A Quiet Place Part II,” $1.3 million.

10. “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain,” $830,000.

 



Arlo Parks tests positive for COVID

Arlo Parks has COVID

Singer/songwriter Arlo Parks has canceled two weekend shows after testing positive for COVID.

The Brit shared the "truly heartbreaking" test result in a note on Twitter on Friday (23Jul21), and announced she would no longer be appearing at a concert in Norwich, England on Friday night and at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk on Saturday.

"I'm now stuck in isolation, sniffling in bed, feeling very upset to have let all you angels down," she wrote. "I had butterflies in my tummy weeks in advance just picturing what it would be like to see your faces again.

"I'm so sorry to everybody who was looking forward to seeing me play - it's truly heartbreaking but safety and health must be our priority always."

"We will dance again - I trust that - but for now please stay safe, get vaccinated and wash your hands," she concluded.

The news comes a day after the Eugene hitmaker's Collapsed in Sunbeams album was nominated for a Mercury Prize.

"It feels like a real moment for me," she wrote on Thursday. "It's a dream come true and I don't say that lightly. It's something I would watch (award show) when I was a kid. I'd be on the internet at 2 in the morning, checking who was shortlisted and now I'm here. It feels really wonderful."

Arlo should be fully recovered for the Mercury Prize awards ceremony, which will take place on 9 September in London.

She's not the only act to pull out of a spot at the Latitude Festival this weekend due to COVID - Fontaines D.C. and Jake Templeman have also withdrawn from the event after positive tests. Fontaines D.C.'s headlining slot will be filled by Sleaford Mods.



Prince Harry and Meghan sign four-book deal with Penguin Random House - report

Harry, Meghan book deal

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly signed a four-book deal with Penguin Random House.

Prince Harry recently revealed he's set to release a memoir in "late 2022" and, according to new reports, he and wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex areset to write a further three books for the publisher.

A source told the Daily Mail newspaper: "The final contract was actually for a four-book deal, with Harry writing another. Meghan will write a wellness-type book and people are unsure what the fourth will be."

However, a separate insider told Page Six that there is only one memoir planned by Harry, which is the one already announced.

Harry said his memoir will be a "first-hand account" of his life so far and will see the royal touch on the "mistakes" he has made and the "lessons" he has learned.

In a statement, he explained: "I'm writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.

"I've worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope that in telling my story - the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned - I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.

"I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I've learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a first-hand account of my life that's accurate and wholly truthful."

The Duke has been writing the book alongside ghost-writer J.R. Moehringer, and the memoir does not yet have a name.



John Mulaney files for divorce

John Mulaney files divorce

John Mulaney has filed for divorce from Anna Marie Tendler.

The comedian, best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, submitted the paperwork to a court in New York on Friday (23Jul21), reported Entertainment Tonight.

It previously emerged that the stand-up star was planning to divorce his wife, after checking himself into rehab late last year amid his struggles with alcohol and drug abuse.

Anna Marie has confessed to being heartbroken about their split, but insisted she will continue to support John.

She explained: "I am heartbroken that John has decided to end our marriage. I wish him support and success as he continues his recovery."

John and Anna Marie tied the knot in 2014, but she recently moved out of their marital home after confirming their split in May.



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