Russell Brand Says Goodbye To Tragic Amy
It was sad news that talent but troubled singer Amy Winehouse passed away this past weekend.While many people were shocked, it wasn’t entirely unexpected given her history of drug and alcohol abuse. Even her mother said that ‘it was only a matter of time but her passing so suddenly still hasn’t hit me.’ Now bad boy of comedy turned Hollywood movie star Russell Brand, 36, has penned a poignant note to say goodbye to the 27-year-old singer that he’d been friends with for eight years.
‘When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it’s too late, she’s gone.’ Brand knows only too well how hard it is to struggle with addictions as he too had used heroin everyday for 11 years. In recalling first meeting Amy, Russell says: ‘I was myself at that time barely out of rehab and was thirstily seeking less complicated women so I barely reflected on the now glaringly obvious fact that Winehouse and I shared an affliction, the disease of addiction.’ He went on to admire her talent saying she had: ‘a voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine. We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease.’ Such an eloquent farewell from someone who know the disease of addiction that she suffered.
Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Hit London Town
Brangelina and their brood are in town! The famous Hollywood couple and their six children are staying in Teddington on the outskirts of South West London while Brad completes filming of his upcoming zombie movie World War Z in Surrey. The family have thrilled locals in nearby Richmond by popping out to the cinema, a local florist and Brad, 47, even picked up a coffee at Starbucks in Teddington. Over the weekend Brad and Angelina, 36, left Maddox, nine, Pax, seven, Zahara, six, and Shiloh, five and twins Vivienne and Knox, three, at home so that they could have a lunch date at the Dorchester Hotel in central London. Brad must have been glad to have Angelina back in town after she flew out with Shiloh and Zahara for some girly time in LA while Brad looked after the twins, Maddox and Pax in London.
Jen’s Love Life Hots Up
Meanwhile Brad’s ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, who has also been in London, has been putting on some personal displays of affection of her own with new beau Justin Theroux. Jen, 42, was in town for the premiere of her new movie Horrible Bosses with Justin by her side. The pair were seen leaving the movie’s afterparty at celeb hangout Shoreditch House hand-in-hand, the first time the couple have been pictured as a couple being openly affectionate. And it appears that the relationship is moving at great speed with Life & Style magazine reporting that Jen had introduced Justin to her dad, actor John Aniston. Not only that, despite only being together for two months, the couple have been house-hunting in LA. A source close to the couple apparently told People magazine they ‘are looking for a new house to move into together.’ Lets just hope Jen’s are not moving too fast on this relationship!
J.Lo’s Birthday Fun In Miami
Newly single singer Jennifer Lopez has put her breakup with husband Mark Anthony behind her and headed to Miami with family and friends to celebrate her 42nd birthday in style. The actress and singer took twins Emme and Max with her for some rest and relaxation, as well as some fun, in the east coast city. She also managed to fit in some retail therapy with a shopping spree at Bel Harbour where she bought some outfits for the twins and herself from designer shops Hermes, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Pucci. Saturday night she celebrated her birthday with a lavish dinner at Scarpetta restaurant inside the Fontainebleau hotel. J.Lo and her party of 16 guests including mum Guadalupe and sisters Lynda and Leslie, enjoyed sumptuous Italian food and champagne. ‘Jennifer looked radiant in a purple and silver evening dress,’ a source told People magazine. ‘And when they brought out her birthday cake after the meal, she began to sing. She was very happy. The whole group had a blast, staying for hours. They closed down the restaurant.’ We’re just glad J.Lo is smiling again.
Leighton Sues Mum Over Plastic Surgery
Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester didn’t have the most auspicious start in life. She was born while her mum Constance was serving time in federal prison for her part in a drug smuggling ring and raised by her grandparents. However since her success as an actress, she has managed to forgive and forget saying: ‘you can’t judge anyone—especially your parents—for what they’ve done in their past, because people change. Look, I could’ve turned out a lot worse!’ However she has re-evaluate her opinions after discovering that the $7,500 a month she sent to her mother for medical care for her younger brother Lex had been spent on far more frivolous things. It seems that instead of using the money to help Lex’s severe medical condition, Constance splashed the cash on cosmetic surgery for herself including botox and hair extensions. According to TMZ.com, Leighton cut off her mum who is now threatening to sue her daughter for $3 million dollars saying Leighton verbally promised to give her $10,000 a month for life. Leighton is counter-suing revealing her mother’s misuse of the money she sent and asking to judge to rule once and for all that there was no verbal contract. We know who we believe!
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