Showbiz Roundup: Shhh, did you hear?

Girl Avowed

Nadine Coyle gave Radio 1 presenter Scott Mills a super-scoop this week by announcing on his radio show she was engaged. The 25-year-old Girls Aloud singer accepted American NFL player Jason Bell’s proposal last week in Los Angeles and was happily showing off her new cluster diamond engagement ring. “He surprised me with a ring while I was in my pyjamas!” she gushed. “If I had known I would have had a blow-dry or at least had a manicure or something! He was really nice about it. He got down on two knees, not one knee because he had played football for a while so he was all banged up. It was really, really nice. He’s probably dying now.” No doubt the news will help promote the Irish singer’s new single Insatiable, which is due out November 1, but let’s just pray American footballers do a better job of keeping it in their pants than British ones do, right Cheryl, Abbey, Toni, Coleen, Chantelle, etc etc?

Drew Bids Farewell To Baby Fat

She’s unlucky in love, endured a tumultuous childhood under the spotlight and once battled drug and alcohol abuse, but Drew Barrymore will have you know she’s got it going on when it comes to her body. In a new interview with US Harper’s Bazaar, the 35-year-old actress says she’s never looked better and is loving showing off her svelte physique in cut-away Givenchy gowns. “I feel like some of my baby fat is going away,” she says. “That’s not just physically, it’s psychologically. I think that your body is in tune with your mind and your spirituality and your heart. If things are going better, I just think you look better.” But Drew refuses to give up her food vices, admitting: “I love to lie in bed, watch TV, be a total sloth, and eat my favourite food: Kraft macaroni and cheese. Last night I was watching The Next Food Network Star, eating mac and cheese, and feeling grand.” The question on everyone’s lips however is what’s going on with her on-off lover/boyfriend/fiancé/friend Justin Long, but Drew managed to keep us guessing: “I couldn’t love, respect, admire, and enjoy that individual more than I do. It would be physically impossible for me to have any more giggly joy at this person.” Giggly joy? We’ll have what she’s having, thanks.

Gemma: I’m Not Just Tits And A**!

Our girly crush on Gemma Arterton just won’t stop. The Tamara Drewe star has lashed out at Hollywood movie bosses claiming they all just see her as a “piece of ass”. In a new interview with GQ, the 24-year-old Bond girl, said: “I read so many scripts and they’re all the same. Either the character is just someone to be in the background or they’re there to help the man, to be the love interest, like I’ve done in Prince Of Persia or Clash Of The Titans. I’m looking at working with people I get on with, that respect me, that don’t just see me as a piece of ass – which I have experienced as well. I’ve nearly walked off very big films before, and I would, because I don’t want that in my life. I want to enjoy the work I do.” Kent-born Gemma, who trained at Rada, also admitted she wasn’t happy with the current poster for her latest hit flick Tamara Drewe, featuring the actress sporting denim hotpants: “There are pictures of me everywhere in those f*****g hot pants. It’s weird and still baffling, but I see it as not me. It’s the character. That’s how I get my head around it.” Let’s hope she lands the role of Nicola Six in Michael Winterbottom’s film adaptation of Martin Amis’s novel London Fields. “What I want to do is find characters who are the focus, like Nicola Six; sexy and real women, not perfect, not pin-ups.” The feminist movement is alive and well, ladies.

Scarlett’s One Lucky Gal!

Gorgeous actress Scarlett Johansson might be totally glowing in her new campaign for Mango, but it’s not all down to airbrushing. The 25-year-old’s hunky hubby Ryan Reynolds proffered some rare comments on their extremely private marriage of two years in a new interview, saying she’s “the best part” of his life. Awww. While scoffing rumours they’re adopting and/or planning to start a family, he did admit keeping their private life private has become “a covert operation” – the perfect example being their 2008 nuptials at a secret wilderness retreat in Vancouver. “I believe anyone should have the right to have a private wedding ceremony,” he tells US GQ. “I think if anything’s sacred it should be that. I’m a little bit more wary of having my relationship turning into a soap opera.” When asked how he felt being called “my Canadian” by Scarlett when she accepted her Tony Award in June, he grins: “I think that’s just a cute moment between a husband and wife.” *Swoon*

Penelope & Javier Have Made A Beautiful Baby Together

Spain will have a big reason to celebrate early next year with the arrival of a teeny tot sired by their most famous big-screen exports – Penelope Cruz and hubby Javier Bardem. The happy couple confirmed this week the news that Pen, 36, is indeed four month’s pregnant, which would explain the noticeable bump she was sporting recently with Johnny Depp on the Puerto Rican set of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Pen and 41-year-old Javier, who tied the knot in July this year in a top-secret wedding in the Bahamas, fell in love on the 2007 set of Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but romance was a long time coming. The Oscar-winning actors have been friends for almost 20 years and first worked together on the Spanish film Jamon Jamon when Penelope was just 19. Let’s hope their relationship is a lot less fiery than that of their on-screen couple in Vicky Cristina Barcelona in which Pen’s character tries to shoot him!

Kelly’s hot new figure… and man!

Kelly Osbourne has a lot to be happy about right now. Not only has she been showing off her svelte new figure at New York Fashion Week but it seems she has also bagged herself a Hollywood boyfriend as well. The 25-year-old is reportedly dating Gossip Girl hottie Chace Crawford. A source close to Chace has said: “Kelly is really unique and opinionated, something that Chace finds very cool, she also looks stunning but in a very unique and hip way, they could be Manhattan’s new hip couple. Neither one of them are bothered about red carpets in a traditional sense, she grew up with all that debacle and he’s a Texan boy at heart.” All the positive attention will be helping Kelly’s self esteem as she has admitted in the past that she has lacked confidence. Well that and Chace on her arm…

by Justine Harkness
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Justine Harkness

Justine Harkness

Now based in Los Angeles, Justine had worked for publications from Now to Look, OK! to Loaded, in the UK as well as for weekly magazines in Australia. She has written everything from in-depth celebrity interviews to covering every showbiz party, hotspot, the three ‘Fs’ (fads, fashion, fitness), awards ceremonies, travel (to Mustique, no less), you name it, for all the big magazines. A regular showbiz and lifestyle expert commentator for radio and TV, including BBC, Sky and all the terrestrial channels. There’s more, but there always is. She lives in Santa Monica with her ridiculously fluffy kitten Cookie (‘We should have called her Queen Latifah,’ she shrugs), chasing the latest celebrity stories. Justine’s mantra in life is: ‘In vodka we trust.’ She successfully out drinks many, yet is a bit of a hippy at heart. Just don’t ask her about grammar.

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