Showbiz Roundup: Shhh, did you hear?

Lily Allen’s preggers!
She’s courted controversy all her life, but this time we’re happy to report Lily has made the headlines this week for a feel-good reason, announcing she is three months pregnant with boyfriend Sam Cooper’s baby. The 25-year-old singer said via her spokesperson: “It brings me great pleasure to tell you that Sam and I are expecting our first child.” Lily and 32-year-old builder Sam, who have been scouting around Gloucestershire for a new family home, are “both absolutely delighted”. The news follows months of speculation, after she recently pulled out of a music festival in Spain and noticeably shunned cigs and booze at last month’s Wireless festival, where she supported Jay-Z. But Lil, who suffered a miscarriage in 2008, has made no secret of her dreams of becoming a mum, admitting recently she hoped to be pregnant by the end of this year and plans to retire from music to do so. “I’d want to be really hands-on for the first two or three years of having a little one,” she said in May. “I don’t want to leave them.” In the meantime, it’s full steam ahead until she is forced to stop work. Lily, who is performing at the Big Chill this weekend, has been busy setting up a vintage clothing line, Lucy In Disguise, with her sister. Might be time to extend that to a baby range?

The House Of Lourdes
It’s impossible to imagine what life would be like if Madge was your mum, but since the 13-year-old entered into business with her mum, details of Lourdes ‘Lola’ Ciccone’s day-to-day life have slowly trickled through the Madonna firewall. Lola can speak four languages – English, French, Spanish and Italian – and cycles two miles through Central Park with her books in her backpack every day to attend the exclusive French-medium school Lycee Francais. Showing the same self-discipline as her mum, she exercises every day and follows a macrobiotic diet. Every Saturday she gets up at 6am for a two-hour dance lesson, then piano lessons, acting classes… Then, of course, she has to keep tabs on her new fashion line, Material Girl, while performing with her mum onstage and in her vid for . Now Lola is due to leave Lycee for a place at the esteemed La Guardia High School of Music & Art, which boasts former star pupils as Al Pacino and Liza Minnelli. “She worked really hard to get into LaGuardia,” says an insider. “She’s incredibly bright and got top grades all through school. Madonna is so proud of her, but determined to not let the industry go to her head. Even if she’s sent designer freebies, they’re either sent back or given to charity.”
Note to self: check out the charity shops near Madge next time I’m in the Big Apple.

Apologises for breastfeeding boob
New mum Gisele Bunchen has been forced to eat some humble pie after she outraged GPs and angry mums on the internet by calling for six months of breastfeeding to be made compulsory by law. The world’s highest paid supermodel, who had a home birth in December after meditating through eight hours of labour, has been forced to apologise on her blog, writing: “My intention in making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law. It comes from my passion and beliefs about children. Becoming a new mom has brought a lot of questions, I feel like I am in a constant search for answers on what might be the best for my child.”
The 30-year-old Brazilian, who married her quarterback hubby Tom Brady in Feb 2009, found herself under fire after she said in an interview with US Harper’s Bazaar last month: “I think there should be a worldwide law that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months… Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?” Although many experts endorsed breastfeeding, they were quick to point out that not all mums can breastfeed, with only 20% of British mums breastfeeding at six months. And let me assure you, dear reader, babies born from mums who can’t provide breast milk can actually grow up to write fabulous showbiz stories for awesome websites like Belle About Town! Like I did.

The Warlord, The Supermodel & The Missing Blood Diamond
Mobile phone weaponry is a thing of the past, as Naomi Cambell’s notorious reputation advanced to new levels of bad girl credence this week. Looking every inch a supermodel in a demure cream twin-set, the 40-year-old took to the stand in front of a war crimes tribunal at The Hague in the Netherlands this week, which not even the most cynical of us could have imagined! Having been subpoenaed to appear at the trial of ex-President of Liberia Charles Taylor, Naomi admitted she did indeed receive a blood diamond as a gift from the dictator, despite her previous public denial she hadn’t. The bestowal occurred 13 years ago following a presidential dinner party in Pretoria, attended by Nelson Mandela, Quincy Jones, Jemima & Imran Khan, Mia Farrow and Charles Taylor, with whom onlookers say Naomi enjoyed a ‘flirtatious exchange’. In her testimony, Naomi said: “When I was sleeping I had a knock on my door. I opened my door and two men were there and gave me a pouch and said, ‘A gift for you’. They were very small, dirty looking stones. At breakfast I told Miss Farrow and Miss White [Carole White, her former agent] what had happened and one of the two said, well that’s obviously Charles Taylor, and I said, yes I guess it was.” Not realising possession of such diamonds is illegal, Naomi says she gave them to Jeremy Ractliffe, the head of Mandela’s charity, and told him to ‘do something good with them’. Even more bizarre, the charity has denied ever receiving the stones. Undeterred, a somewhat brazen Naomi told the court she had no idea who Charles Taylor was, had never heard of Liberia and, predictably, “This is a big inconvenience for me.” Er, they only want your help in putting away a man charged with rape, murder, slavery, terrorism, pillaging and turning kids into soldiers, luv.

Angie’s Fury Over Explosive New Book
A recurring pattern in celebland is when the going gets tough, it’s time to make a care-free casual public appearance showing the world you haven’t a care in the world. Posh, Jen, Angelina, they all do it. And with this week’s US release (not available in UK due to our strict libel laws) of Andrew Morton’s new explosive book Angelina: An Unauthorised Biography, Angelina made sure she was spotted out doing ‘normal stuff’ with the family, seemingly oblivious to the allegations in Morton’s tome. This week she put on a dignified appearance on a shopping trip with Pax, 6, Zahara, 5, and Shiloh, 4, in a toy store in Berkeley, California, where they left with a bag of toys, including a manicure kit for Pax. However insiders say she is furious and no wonder – the book makes claims of heroin use, hiring hitmen, S&M parties and even psychiatric hospitals. It also alleges she had flings with a string of attached men, including Brad (well before he split from Jen), Billy Bob Thornton (who was engaged to Laura Dern), Ethan Hawke (while he was married to Uma Thurman) and Mick Jagger (during his marriage to Jerry Hall). Morton also claims she had secret liaisons with Colin Farrell, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ralph Fiennes. Brutal! We’re not sure if a manicure will help, Ange.
By Justine Harkness
[picture credits: mysunshine; Douglas Cason; PNP/ WENN; WENN/SCHROEWIG; Adriana M. Barraza / WENN;; POP/ WENN]
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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