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Michael Bublé has “no plans to retire” as he dismisses rumours

<p>He’s known for his melodious voice and for bringing along the Christmas cheer, but Michael Bublé broke many hearts after it was reported that he will be retiring from music. Thankfully, those rumours have been dismissed.</p> <p>In an article from the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6272425/Michael-Buble-QUITS-music-following-son-Noahs-life-changing-cancer-battle.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a>,</em> the media outlet reported that the singer would be quitting his music career to focus on his five-year-old son who is currently battling cancer, but a representative has put an end to those claims.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BLoIek9jPFg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BLoIek9jPFg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Feliz día de la madre !! Happy Mother's Day @luisanalopilato !! #myhero #bestmommy #bestfriend</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/michaelbuble/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Michael Bublé</a> (@michaelbuble) on Oct 16, 2016 at 7:25am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 43-year-old will be releasing his album,<span> </span>Love, on November 16 which is why he sat down for an interview with the UK publication, and while discussing his music, he also spoke about the challenges his family has faced after discovering his son has the life-threatening condition.</p> <p>“This is my last interview,” Bublé told the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6272425/Michael-Buble-QUITS-music-following-son-Noahs-life-changing-cancer-battle.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>. “I’m retiring from the business. I’ve made the perfect record and now I can leave at the very top.”</p> <p>While it does seem as if Bublé has intentions to quit his career, his publicist Liz Rosenberg set the record straight after social media went into a frenzy.</p> <p>“Michael Bublé has absolutely no plans to retire,” she told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thisisinsider.com/" target="_blank"><em>INSIDER</em></a>. “I wasn’t sitting in on the interview, but this must have been taken out of context.”</p> <p>“Perhaps as he discussed the different emotions he’s been through these last few years, that thought might have gone through his mind.</p> <p>“I assure you with a new album coming out, TV appearances, and a possible tour, he is not retiring.”</p> <p><span>Bublé’s upcoming album, Love, will be the singer's 10th record. He has dedicated it to his well-wishers and fans, who he says have helped him and his family out through this very difficult time.</span></p> <p>“On behalf of my family and I, there’s no way that you can know how much it meant to us – how much your prayers, how much your thoughts, how many times you got us through. For me, this is kind of a really small way of being able to thank you, to tell you how much I love you,” Bublé announced.</p>

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Nicole Kidman sings emotional duet with husband Keith Urban

<p>Aussie actress Nicole Kidman and musician Keith Urban continually stun fans with the adorable affection they continue to lavish on each other after 12 years of marriage.</p> <p>Now, the loved-up duo have joined forces to sing an emotional song for a special cause.</p> <p>In a video that Nicole uploaded to Instagram, the couple sat down at a piano to sing Urban’s hit song, <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Female</em>.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BozKFN4laYt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; 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font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BozKFN4laYt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Nicole Kidman (@nicolekidman)</a> on Oct 11, 2018 at 9:23am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“To honour International #DayoftheGirl,” Kidman wrote alongside the video.</p> <p>The Day of the Girl is a United Nations initiative which raises awareness of gender inequality in areas such as education, nutrition, legal rights and medical care.</p> <p>Although Kidman has previously expressed her lack of confidence in her musical ability, she put aside her insecurity for the special song.</p> <p>“I went down (to sing vocals) and I did it because he asked me to,” Kidman told <em style="font-weight: inherit;">ET.</em></p> <p>“Keith knows I have no confidence when it comes to singing,” she added. </p> <p>“So I’ll sing for him and that’s it.”</p> <p>Last month, Kidman shared a photo of her husband rocking out in a hotel bathroom with headphones in.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; 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Nothing like the acoustics in a hotel bathroom.”</p> <p>The power couple share two children together, Sunday Rose, 10, and Faith Margaret, seven. </p>

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Inside Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s $4.2M country retreat

<p>Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban put their country home up for sale for a cool $5 million in 2016, and with many bumps and bridges such as price cuts and negotiations, it is reported that the couple have finally managed to sell their Tennessee property for $4.2 million.</p> <p>The spacious home features four bedrooms, six bathrooms and is surrounded by woods and greenery in what is considered to be a beautiful sanctuary outside Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee.</p> <p>The couple purchased the 36-acre gated estate back in 2007 for $3.5 million.</p> <p>While the home appears to be rustic from the outside, the interior is modern and fresh as it’s decorated with luxury items, while still keeping the feel of the rooms subtle and modest.</p> <p>With features such as steeply pitched vaulted ceilings and skylights, the house is given an air of comfort and cosiness.</p> <p>The rustic interiors are contrasted with otherwise modern centrepieces, such as stainless-steel accents and granite counters.</p> <p>The walkway leading towards the master bedroom is covered with floor-to-ceiling windows, bringing plenty of light into the home. But the bedroom doesn’t compromise on privacy, as it’s tucked away in a perfect nook.</p> <p>The property also contains a large fitness room and an office space that looks over the scenic views of the yard.</p> <p>On the large block of land is also a separate cottage, that would be deemed fit for guests, caretakers or live-in staff.</p>

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Why Jimmy Barnes abandoned son David Campbell as a baby

<p>Jimmy Barnes has opened up about the biggest regret of his life, abandoning his son David Campbell when he was young.</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://www.who.com.au/"><em><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Who</span></strong></em></a> magazine, the Aussie musician revealed why he decided to run away from his responsibilities when his eldest son, now 45, was born.</p> <p>The 62-year-old Cold Chisel star said it wasn’t his “beautiful boy” he was running from, but rather the pain from his difficult childhood and the belief that his son would be better off without him.</p> <p>In the interview, Jimmy discussed the trauma he experienced growing up witnessing his father “bash” his mother.</p> <p>“I guess I ran away from the responsibility of [being a parent]. I just felt like I was dying [felt overwhelmed] I thought there were no prospects, no hope,” he said.</p> <p>“It was just a matter of time before I died. That's why I was trying hard to flee.”</p> <p>David, who is now the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Today Extra</em> co-host, was left in the care of his maternal grandmother.</p> <p>Until the age of 10, David believed that Jimmy was just a “family friend” and his mother, Kim, was “his sister”.</p> <p>Jimmy candidly revealed that leaving his son was not the first time he ran away from a situation in his life.  </p> <p>The rock star had to flee his South Australian family home growing up to escape the domestic violence, abuse and alcoholism that ran rampant.</p> <p>The singer, whose family moved from Scotland to Australia when he was five years old, said his parents migrated to escape their own problems.</p> <p>"[My parents] were running away from stuff without dealing with it ... they came 12,000 miles and had the same problems [in Australia] they had in Glasgow. If anything their problems got worse," he said.</p> <p>"I thought it was a normal childhood ... it was abusive and violent and frightening, and it was traumatising."</p> <p>Jimmy has since repaired his relationship with his eldest son and is now a happy grandfather to David’s three children, Leo and twins Betty and Billy Campbell.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BSVNoa8gLX_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by David Campbell (@davidcampbell73)</a> on Mar 31, 2017 at 10:44pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Although he regrets missing out on David’s childhood, Jimmy questions if his influence would’ve been the best thing for his son back then.</p> <p>"I wasn’t together enough to be present in David’s life when he was born. I wasn’t together enough, even when we did approach it," he said.</p> <p>“Knowing David as I do and looking at his children and seeing the beauty and the purity of their youth, it’s probably selfish of me to regret not having that time with him.</p> <p>"When you get down to it, we are who we are now it is difficult to have any regrets because I don’t know if I could love David anymore."</p>

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The day my son became a lifelong Bruce Springsteen fan

<p><em><strong>Tony Wilson is the author of more than a dozen books for both adults and children. His bestselling book The Cow Tripped Over the Moon is dedicated to his son Jack. </strong></em></p> <p>Our son Jack, aged five, is one of Australia’s biggest Bruce Springsteen fans. He has cerebral palsy, which affects all four limbs, and cortical vision impairment, which means he struggles to see further than a metre.</p> <p>He has inherited his Bruceness from me. I received a copy of Born to Run from my uncle when I was 11 – a dubbed tape containing my first taste of true rock ‘n’ roll, and it was love. My wife, Tamsin, is a respecter of Bruce, if not a devotee. She’s been to two live shows now. She thinks they are great, if a fraction long.</p> <p>But Jack’s obsession takes mine to a different level. He watches ‘Bwuce’ all day on YouTube. Jack is no ‘greatest hits’ fan. He requests specific gigs, tracks, guest artists (Bwian from The Gaslight Anthem with Bwuce!). He knows all of the E Street Band by name.</p> <p>We were so unsure whether to take him to see Springsteen when he played in Melbourne in February 2017. On the one hand, he is seriously obsessed. On the other hand, his lack of vision and his sensory processing issues mean he can’t cope with loud music. He’s made screaming exits from the school fete and dozens of other similar scenarios. He hates it if it’s raining too loud on the roof. So, we thought he’d have no chance of coping; my prediction was two minutes, max.</p> <p>All day he said he didn’t want to go. “Maybe I’ll see Bwuce later,” he said over and over. Then he’d cry, begging not to go. “I want to see Bwuce another time! Not today!” We tried to reassure him, “Just give it a try,” but he was insistent. I started to consider who else might go in his place.</p> <p>Tamsin was the one who convinced me to give Jack a shot. “Let’s just get him close to the stadium, and if he doesn’t get upset, we’ll just keep going. It’s his favourite thing in the world. We’ve got to try.”</p> <p>The concert</p> <p>We set up plans for our inevitable failure. My brother Ned offered to wait outside AAMI Park in Melbourne. The plan was that if Jack was upset, I’d run him out, and Ned would take him home.</p> <p>Jack flinched at the first blast of noise as we exited the train. I felt a flutter of concern. But Jack regrouped.</p> <p>“Is that Bwuce?”</p> <p>“No, that’s Jet,” I said.</p> <p>“Is there clapping at Jet?”</p> <p>“Yes, there will be clapping at Jet.”</p> <p>“Will Bwuce be on soon?”</p> <p>“Yes, after Jet.”</p> <p>“And Steven Van Zandt?”</p> <p>“Yes, he’ll be on guitar.”</p> <p>“And Patti?”</p> <p>“Yes, she’ll be there, too.”</p> <p>“Bwuce’s wife, Patti?”</p> <p>“Yes, she’s Bruce’s wife.”</p> <p>“And Nils?”</p> <p>And so, we name-checked the whole E Street Band as we crossed the railway yards, on the one-kilometre walk from Jolimont Station to AAMI Park.</p> <p>It got louder and louder, but he seemed to be coping. Then a nervous moment. Security told me I couldn’t take in a backpack. It wasn’t a standard backpack. It was a child carrier of the type you buy at camping shops. Usually, they are used with toddlers, but because Jack is slim hipped, and still unable to walk, we use it in situations where a pusher or wheelchair don’t work. With the noise of the concert, we guessed Jack would appreciate being close.</p> <p>I explained Jack’s cerebral palsy. “Without this I reckon he hasn’t got a chance,” I said.</p> <p>“Fair enough,” said the most sensible security officer on earth, then he ushered us in.</p> <p>We found our way to the back of the stadium, using lifts and ramps that took us halfway around the venue. We found our spots. Plenty of room. Not too loud at all. The calm before the storm. Springsteen was still 40 minutes away.</p> <p>“Will Bwuce play ‘American Land’?” Jack asked, which is Bruce’s thumping Pogues-ish ode to American immigration. Jack’s favourite.</p> <p>“Maybe,” I said.</p> <p>“Will he play ‘Badlands’?”</p> <p>“Definitely.”</p> <p>Then it started. The “MELBOOOURNE”, the clapping, the drums, the music. ‘American Land’ it was.</p> <p>Jack shrieked as he does for the YouTube songs. He called Bruce’s name. He called Steven Van Zandt’s name. He jiggled, he rocked, he had a ball.</p> <p>For 12 songs. One hour and 10 minutes.</p> <p>Then he broke. ‘Youngstown’ broke him, and he asked to go home. We tried to stay on another couple of songs, hoping a favourite track might revive his exaltation, but it wasn’t to be. I messaged Ned, still patiently waiting for us outside the stadium. “Outside in 10?” Then we did a handover on Swan Street. Jack, with the noise behind him, was euphoric again. I returned to the show. Jack earbashed Ned all the way home about what he’d experienced. Then he told it all again to Tamsin.</p> <p>His first words to me when he woke up the next day were: “I’m a Bwuce Springsteen fan. I’m a Bwuce Springsteen goer.”</p> <p><em>Written by Tony Wilson. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/entertainment/day-my-son-became-lifelong-bruce-springsteen-fan?items_per_page=All">Reader’s Digest</a>. 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5 incredibly bizarre stories about the resting place of famous musicians

<p>The life of a musician is often dramatic and strange, but one would expect things to settle down once they pass. Not for these musicians, who even after their death, unusual events have haunted them. Here are five of the strangest occurrences to happen to a musician after their death:</p> <p><strong>Ian Curtis’s memorial stone was stolen in 2008 </strong></p> <p>When Joy Division singer Ian Curtis passed away in 1980 at the mere age of 23, his body was cremated, and his ashes were buried at Macclesfield Cemetery. Where his ashes laid, a stone engraved with Curtis’s death date and also the title of Joy Division song “Love Will Tear Us Apart” was placed at the memorial.</p> <p>But 28 years later, in July 2008, it was stolen. Speaking to the BBC, a police spokesman said: “There is no CCTV in the area and there are no apparent leads as to who is responsible for the theft. This is a very unusual theft and I am confident that someone locally will have knowledge about who is responsible or where the memorial stone is at present.”</p> <p>While a new stone was later made and placed at the site, the old one has not returned, with Joy Division and New Order drummer, Stephen Morris saying “people go around nicking road signs, but a person’s gravestone is very personal and the person who took it needs help.”</p> <p><strong>Frank Sinatra is buried with a roll of dimes </strong></p> <p>While it is a common occurrence for musicians to be buried with objects after their death, Frank Sinatra has been given several things in his grave. A pack of cigarettes, a lighter, a bottle of bourbon whiskey and the most unusual, a roll of 10 dimes.</p> <p>The roll of dimes was included by his daughter Tina, and the running joke behind it was that if he ever managed to escape his resting place, he would be able to call his friends from a payphone. But the real story is a lot more sentimental. Speaking with Larry King Live after the passing of her father, Tina said “it came from Frankie’s kidnapping [the 1963 abduction of Frank Sinatra Jr] … He never wanted to get caught not able to make a phone call, so he always carried 10 dimes.”</p> <p><strong>Frank Zappa and Roy Orbison are buried in unmarked graves in the same cemetery </strong></p> <p>Pierce Bros Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles is the final resting place of many famous people. Some of the stars buried there are Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Truman Capote, Burt Lancaster, Hugh Hefner, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Gene Kelly, Jack Lemmon and Carl Wilson.</p> <p>But also buried at the famous grave site is Frank Zappa (1940 – 1993) and Roy Orbison (1936 – 1988), who happen to both be resting very close to each other, and both in unmarked graves. And while people constantly raise the question as to why that is, Orbison’s son Alex told Reuters in 2010, “It’s definitely not intentional. It’s not like we don’t want people going by there or whatever. It’s been put to the backburner for so long.”</p> <p>He then said that the original plan was to relocate the grave which they still may end up moving forward with. “In the very beginning, it was just too painful to deal with anything. As my Mom would say, it’s always just something that’s in the works.” Barbara Orbison – Roy’s second wife – passed away and was buried next to her husband in a marked grave.</p> <p>When it comes to Zappa, no one knows why his grave is unmarked with people speculating that being remembered was never in Zappa’s list of priorities, or that his family didn’t want the tombstone to be the victim of vandalism.</p> <p><strong>Fans leave cabbages at Serge Gainsbourg’s grave</strong></p> <p>It was the year 1991 when French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg died. Then-president Francois Mitterrand said, “He was our Baudelaire, our Apollinaire … He elevated the song to the level of art.” Gainsbourg’s resting place is the Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris, the same as Baudelaire. Fans who regularly visited his grave would bring gifts as a token of appreciation, such as cigarettes, metro tickets – a tribute to his song Les Poinconneur des Lilas (The Ticket Puncher of Lilas) and strangely, cabbages. It is said that cabbages are frequently left at Gainsbourg’s grave to honour his 1976 album L’Homme a tete de chou (The Man with a Cabbage Head).</p> <p><strong>There are two heads in Joseph Haydn’s tomb</strong></p> <p>Finally, the strangest story of all is what happened to classical composer Joseph Haydn’s head after he passed away in 1809. Haydn’s head also has its own dedicated <em><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Haydn">Wikipedia page</a></em>. Haydn’s body was located in the Hundsturm cemetery in Vienna until his employer Nikolaus I, Prince Esterhazy asked for him to be moved to the city of Eisenstadt in 1820. When they opened Haydn’s grave, they discovered that someone had removed his head and stolen it. It wasn’t until 1954 when they finally found Haydn’s head, but while they added the skull to his grave, no one removed the substitute skull that was added in 1820, meaning Haydn is currently resting with two heads.</p>

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Iconic rock stars and their famous daughters

<p>Growing up in the era of legends such as Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger, it’s hard to believe that the rock stars who sold over 100 million records, have married and divorced supermodels and had their fair share of screaming fans now have daughters with their own successes to celebrate.</p> <p>Here are the most iconic rock star father-daughter duos of all time:</p> <p><strong>Rod Stewart and Kimberly Stewart</strong></p> <p><strong><img width="468" height="579" src="/media/7820118/1.jpg" alt="1 (183)"/></strong></p> <p>The Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’s eldest daughter Kimberly was originally known to be the socialite by Paris Hilton’s side, but the former model has left that life behind. You’ll now find her devoting her time to her seven-year-old daughter Delilah and trying her hand in fashion design.</p> <p><strong>Paul McCartney and Stella McCartney</strong></p> <p><strong><img width="500" height="333" src="/media/7820119/2_500x333.jpg" alt="2 (105)"/></strong></p> <p>Stella McCartney is a name very few haven’t heard of, and that’s because she’s managed to make a name for herself outside of her father’s fame. The British fashion designer is an animal rights advocate and is found using her platform to encourage animal-free alternatives when it comes to fashion.</p> <p><strong> Mick Jagger and Georgia May Jagger</strong></p> <p><strong><img width="500" height="333" src="/media/7820120/3_500x333.jpg" alt="3 (39)"/></strong></p> <p>Known for her famous gap tooth, Georgia May Jagger has made waves in the modelling industry with her unique looks and her talent in front of the camera. The model has fronted campaigns for Rimmel, Chanel, Versace and Thomas Sabo to name a few.</p> <p><strong>Phil Collins and Lily Collins</strong></p> <p><strong><img width="500" height="333" src="/media/7820121/4_500x333.jpg" alt="4 (16)"/></strong></p> <p>Phil Collins daughter Lily Collins may not have turned to music, but she’s mastered the art of acting. The 29-year-old has appeared in countless films and television programs to date. Starring alongside Sandra Bullock in the Oscar-winning film The Blind Side, Lilly has gone on to star in productions such as To the Bone, The Last Tycoon and Mirror Mirror.</p> <p><strong>Steven Tyler and Liv Tyler</strong></p> <p><strong><img width="500" height="375" src="/media/7820122/5_500x375.jpg" alt="5 (16)"/></strong></p> <p>Starring in movies such as The Incredible Hulk and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Liv Tyler is a sought-after actress and former model. Liv was also the spokesperson for Givenchy’s line of perfume and cosmetics.</p> <p><strong> Lionel Richie and Nicole Richie</strong></p> <p><strong><img width="499" height="300" src="/media/7820123/6_499x300.jpg" alt="6 (6)"/></strong></p> <p>While Nicole Richie had a rough start in life during her time on the reality show The Simple Life, one that featured her best friend at the time Paris Hilton, she is now completely transformed. She is the face of cosmetics brand Urban Decay and she runs her own jewellery line House of Harlow 1960.</p>

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“Greatest of all time”: World reacts to Aretha Franklin’s death

<p>Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has died from advance pancreatic cancer at home in Detroit, aged 76.</p> <p>The music icon was surrounded by family and friends when she died at 9.50am on Thursday local time.</p> <p>“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul,” her family said in a statement issued by her publicist.</p> <p>“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.</p> <p>“We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”</p> <p>Her family thanked friends and supporters from all over the world for their prayers.</p> <p>“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received,” the statement read.</p> <p>“We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”</p> <p>The death of the legendary singer, known for such enduring hits as <em>Respect</em> (1967), <em>Natural Woman</em> (1968) and <em>I Say a Little Prayer</em> (1968), sparked an outpouring of love and tributes for the remarkable woman from around the world.</p> <p>Diana Ross said she was “sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.”</p> <p>Smokey Robinson said in a statement: “This morning my longest friend in this world went home to be with our father. I will miss her so much but I know she’s at peace.”</p> <p>Barbra Streisand shared a photo of herself performing with Franklin in 2012, writing: “It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world.”</p> <p>John Legend tweeted: “Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I’ve ever known.”</p> <p>Barack and Michelle Obama said in a statement: “Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade-our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.</p> <p>“She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.</p> — Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) <a href="https://twitter.com/DianaRoss/status/1030100713093967873?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance – a benefit for <a href="https://twitter.com/ejaf?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ejaf</a> at St John The Divine Cathedral. She was obviously unwell, and I wasn’t sure she could perform. But Aretha did and she raised the roof.</p> — Elton John (@eltonofficial) <a href="https://twitter.com/eltonofficial/status/1030101482731962369?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha &amp; I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world <a href="https://t.co/Px9zVB90MM">pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM</a></p> — Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarbraStreisand/status/1030096939109556229?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p> </p> <p>US President Donald Trump opened a Cabinet meeting at the White House today by expressing his “condolences to the family of a person I knew well”. He said Franklin “worked for me on numerous occasions,” and her “legacy will thrive and inspire” many generations.</p> <p>“She was terrific — Aretha Franklin — on her passing,” said the President, who also tweeted about the singer. “She’s brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come. She was given a great gift from God — her voice, and she used to well. People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. So just want to pass on my warmest best wishes and sympathies to her family.”</p> <p>Clive Davis, the music mogul who helped revive Franklin’s career in the 1980s, said he was “devastated” by her death.</p> <p>“She was truly one of a kind,” he said in a statement. “She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world.</p> <p>“Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness.”</p> <p>Berry Gordy, founder of the Motown record label, said in a statement: “A national treasure to everyone. But to me personally, Aretha Franklin was my dear, dear friend, my homegirl, and I loved her a lot.</p> <p>“From seeing her as a baby singing and playing at the piano at her father’s home, to her giving a rousing performance at the White House, she has always been amazing. No matter how the music has changed over the years, she remained so relevant.”</p> <p>In her decades-long career that spanned multiple genres, Franklin’s powerful voice that stretched over four octaves defined her place in American music history.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. <a href="https://t.co/bfASqKlLc5">pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5</a></p> — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1030129887623958538?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">What a life. What a legacy! <br />So much love, respect and gratitude.<br />R.I.P. <a href="https://twitter.com/ArethaFranklin?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ArethaFranklin</a> <a href="https://t.co/400K1U5IHI">https://t.co/400K1U5IHI</a></p> — Carole King (@Carole_King) <a href="https://twitter.com/Carole_King/status/1030096175993475079?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">One of the highlights of my career was singing with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ArethaFranklin?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ArethaFranklin</a> at The Tony Awards. It was an out of body experience for me. One of greatest singers of all time. You will be missed by all. <a href="https://t.co/L8dIIhyR9Y">https://t.co/L8dIIhyR9Y</a></p> — Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealHughJackman/status/1030098224156209153?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The choir of angels now have the greatest voice of all time to lead, praise and join in to sing before Jesus. I wanted to share this photo because it shows just how soulful Aretha was without uttering a word. To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement. <a href="https://t.co/R2lxjXwDO8">pic.twitter.com/R2lxjXwDO8</a></p> — Faith Hill (@FaithHill) <a href="https://twitter.com/FaithHill/status/1030110318826074112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!</p> — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1030116078125568006?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul <a href="https://t.co/jW4Gpwfdts">pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts</a></p> — Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulMcCartney/status/1030103284881805312?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2010, <em>Rolling Stone</em> magazine named her the greatest singer of all time, male or female.</p> <p>The Hall of Fame issued a statement titled “Lady Soul”, which read: “The first woman inducted into the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin was an artist of passion, sophistication and command, whose recordings remain anthems that defined soul music. Long live the Queen.”</p>

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is “seriously ill”

<p>Legendary singer Aretha Franklin is “seriously ill” and receiving hospice care in Detroit, Michigan, according to US media.</p> <p>“Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her” in Detroit and “the family is asking for prayers and privacy”, reports <strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.showbiz411.com/2018/08/12/exclusive-aretha-franklin-queen-of-soul-gravely-ill-in-detroit-winner-of-18-grammy-awards">Showbiz 411</a></span></em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">.</span></strong></p> <p>The US Today show reporter Charles Croucher also shared an update on the singer’s health.</p> <p>"We know she's battled cancer since 2010 and struggled with health on numerous occasions recently. But it seems like things are in a bad state for the Queen of Soul. She is loved around the world... 18 Grammys and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She performed on stage and on the big screen in movies as well, but it's that voice and that power that people remember so fondly," he said.</p> <p>The 76-year-old cancelled concerts earlier this year due to health concerns. She last performed at an event for Elton John's AIDS foundation in November 2017.</p> <p>“Aretha Franklin has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months,” her management <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://ew.com/music/2018/03/17/aretha-franklin-cancels-upcoming-concerts/">said in a statement</a></span></strong> in March.</p> <p>Last year, the Queen of Soul said she was <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/retirement-life/2017/02/aretha-franklin-announces-retirement/">planning to retire from touring</a></span></strong> following the release of her new album. At the time, she said she wanted to spend more time with her grandchildren.</p> <p><em>Showbiz 411</em> claims Franklin is battling cancer after being diagnosed in 2010.</p> <p>However, Franklin has previously denied that she has cancer.</p> <p>The 18-time Grammy winner did confirm that she underwent surgery for an unspecified health scare in 2010.</p> <p>“He (the doctor) said, ‘The surgery that you just had is going to add 15 to 20 more years to your life’,” Franklin told <em>Access Hollywood</em>.</p> <p>Franklin is widely considered one of the greatest vocalists of all time and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.</p> <p>Some of music’s biggest stars, including Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott, tweeted their love and support to Franklin.  </p>

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Barbra Streisand celebrates 20 years of marriage to James Brolin

<p>Legendary singer Barbra Streisand has celebrated her 20<sup>th</sup> wedding anniversary to her 77-year-old actor and husband James Brolin with a sweet message on her Instagram account.</p> <p>The couple, who were set up on a blind date, married on July 1, 1998 – two years after their infamous meeting.</p> <p>“Has it really been 22 years since our blind date @jamesbrolin_?” the <em>Woman In Love</em> singer wrote.</p> <p>“Married for 20 years. Happy anniversary honey. Bee. X.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.48665955176094% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BksWqg8hBi6/" target="_blank">Has it really been 22 years since our blind date @jamesbrolin_ ? Married for 20 years. Happy anniversary honey. Bee. X</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" href="https://www.instagram.com/barbrastreisand/" target="_blank"> Barbra Streisand</a> (@barbrastreisand) on Jul 1, 2018 at 7:51am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 76-year-old songstress previously told <em>W Magazine</em>, “I met him at a dinner and expected a bearded mountain-man type, and he had cut off all his hair and was clean-shaven.”</p> <p>Barbra continued, “I asked him, ‘Who screwed up your hair?’ He later told me that’s when he fell in love with me. My fella likes to hear the truth, which is unusual.”</p> <p>The singer is also soon to become a grandmother again with her stepson, actor Josh Brolin and his wife Kathryn Boyd expecting their first child together, a baby girl.</p> <p><img width="499" height="340" src="/media/7819570/screen-shot-2018-07-03-at-62754-pm_499x340.jpg" alt="Screen Shot 2018-07-03 At 6.27.54 Pm"/></p> <p>Josh recently told <em>People</em> about his step-mum, “My wife got her a bracelet that said ‘Grandma’ on it and she started crying.”</p> <p>He continued, “She is one of those … it’s annoying but in a really great way, [with] emails every day and like, ‘Hey, I thought of this name, what do you think of that? … When can I come over and feel the baby?’”</p> <p>The actor, who already has two adult children, son Trevor, 30, and daughter Eden, 28, concluded, “She is really into it and I love that she is into it. I mean, it’s like very typical Jewish grandmother who is saturated by this event. It’s awesome.”</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p>

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In photos: A rare glimpse into Elvis Presley’s life before he became the king

<p>The year was 1956 when the soon-to-be king Elvis Presley released his first, self-titled album and made his film debut in Love Me Tender.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>Earlier that year, recording company RCA hired Alfred Wertheimer to photograph the 21-year-old star. Wertheimer shot nearly 3,000 photographs that year of the young up-and-comer whose meteoric rise to fame was still come. </p> <p><img width="634" height="423" src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/05/03/00/2825905500000578-0-image-a-1_1430608312330.jpg" alt="The Kiss: Alfred Wertheimer's work, including this iconic shot of Presley before a show, provided an intimate look at the young star" class="blkBorder img-share" id="i-fd9d4bea48ed4df6"/></p> <p><img width="634" height="423" src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/05/03/00/2825908900000578-0-image-a-2_1430608375827.jpg" alt="Unguarded: 'He got there right when he was still a human being,' Wertheimer's niece Pam told the New York Times, since in later years Elvis would be kept sequestered from the press" class="blkBorder img-share" id="i-6386a087dcfcf95c"/></p> <p><img width="634" height="955" src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/05/03/00/2825906F00000578-0-image-a-4_1430608517232.jpg" alt="Crooner: Wertheimer is responsible for some of the most famous - and only - photos of the King, as his zealous manager Colonel Tom Parker hid his talent from the press in later years " class="blkBorder img-share" id="i-66daec5cfb8d0baa"/></p> <p><img width="634" height="423" src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/05/03/00/282C708800000578-0-image-a-5_1430608662916.jpg" alt="Unrecognized: The face that sparked the screams of millions of fans was still rarely recognized when Presley (right) dined in a restaurant in Jefferson, Virginia, in 1956" class="blkBorder img-share" id="i-6cdff5bb73802943"/></p> <p><img width="634" height="951" src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/05/03/00/2825909900000578-0-image-a-6_1430608665492.jpg" alt="On their feet: After Elvis's death in 1977, Wertheimer said the calls for his work came pouring in with renewed interest in the singer's early life" class="blkBorder img-share" id="i-8382e3ea1b83a21d"/></p> <p><strong>Related links: </strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/news/news/2015/04/elvis-presleys-grandson-ben/">Elvis Presley’s grandson is the spitting image of him</a></strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/news/news/2015/04/10-facts-about-the-beatles/">10 things you might not know about the Beatles</a></strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/news/news/2015/04/100-year-old-maths-teacher/">A 100-year-old maths teacher is still working at the school she attended in the 1920s</a></strong></em></span></p>

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Jimmy Barnes’ struggle to overcome “nightmare” childhood: “It shocks me I managed to live through it”

<p>Legendary rocker Jimmy Barnes has revealed in a new interview that he turned to self-harm for decades, as a way to overcome and deal with his “nightmare” childhood.</p> <p>“It shocks me I managed to live through it,” the singer told <em><a href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/movies/jimmy-barnes-shares-first-look-at-working-class-boy-film-about-his-harrowing-childhood/news-story/d5303bbd2ed71384e115c1751a6c4550">The Courier Mail</a></em>.</p> <p>Jimmy shared his tumultuous upbringing in his 2016 best-selling memoir, <em>Working Class Boy</em>, where he revealed his childhood was filled with family violence, alcoholism and poverty, and in the prologue of the book, he shared that he had attempted suicide in his hotel room in Auckland in 2012.</p> <p>The singer wrote that he woke up in his large hotel suite, where he was staying with his wife of 37 years, Jane, not remembering that he had tried to take his own life by drinking the contents of the hotel minibar dry.</p> <p>“Tied around the clothes rail is the dressing gown cord, just where I must have left it,” Jimmy shared in the memoir.</p> <p>“The rail, the cord and me with the cord around my neck waiting to die. But I didn’t. It’s not that easy to die, apparently,” he wrote.</p> <p>Now a documentary film with the same title as his book has been made.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcouriermail%2Fvideos%2F10156098314482702%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>“If it all hadn’t come out in the book, at some point it would have all washed over me and dragged me down,” the Cold Chisel front man admitted to <em>The Courier Mail</em>.</p> <p>“It probably would have a long time ago if I hadn’t been constantly trying to dodge the past having the distractions of drugs, drink and rock ‘n’ roll,” the 62-year-old added.</p> <p>“I’m surprised none of that didn’t kill me sooner.”</p> <p>Working on the documentary meant Jimmy had to return to his childhood home in South Australia, as well as Scotland, where he was born. His son David Campbell also makes an appearance in the film.</p> <p>The revered rocker said it was emotionally overwhelming returning to his “nightmare”.</p> <p>“When we were standing in the paddock across the road from the house we grew up in … it was like looking at a nightmare,” he told <em>The Courier Mail</em>.</p> <p>“I remembered being dragged down the road, our parents fighting over us – you could feel it, taste it again,” he added.</p> <p>“The director Mark Joffe was trying to talk to me and I couldn’t hear him … I looked at the street and almost every house I looked at had something about it that made me afraid,” Jimmy explained.</p> <p>“After writing about it and reliving it for the shows, to go there again made it more intense, more real but in a way, it helped put a bit of closure to it.”</p> <p>Along with son David Campbell, the documentary also features his wife Jane, plus Cold Chisel bandmates Don Walker and Ian Moss, who share their reflections.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t tell anybody else to get to where I am by doing what I did, but I can’t regret any of it, it has made me who I am,” the rock singer says in the trailer of the film.</p> <p>“And I’m starting to like who I am.”</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p>

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Bryan Adams sets the record straight on rumoured romance with Princess Diana

<p>It is well-known that “Summer of ‘69” singer Bryan Adams was close to Princess Diana.</p> <p>Appearing on US talk show <em>Watch What Happens Live</em> this week, host Andy Cohen addressed whether there was any truth to the long-time rumours that there was a romance between the Canadian rocker and the people’s princess.</p> <p>During a game called Plead The Fifth, the 58-year-old rocker was asked by the host, “There are many rumours that you and Princess Diana were once romantically involved. Her butler [Paul Burrell] said that he used to sneak you into Kensington Palace. How would you characterise your relationship with Princess Diana?”</p> <p>The singer responded, “Great friends. And she didn’t sneak me in, I would just roll up.”</p> <p>When host Andy hinted that maybe they were “friends with benefits,” Bryan replied, “She was just… we were good friends.”</p> <p><img width="500" height="334" src="/media/7819463/2-bryan-diana_500x334.jpg" alt="2 Bryan Diana (1)"/></p> <p><img width="500" height="334" src="/media/7819464/3-bryan-diana_500x334.jpg" alt="3 Bryan Diana"/></p> <p>The hit-maker’s former long-time girlfriend, model and Bond girl <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-201400/Diana-affair-rock-star.html">Cecilie Thomsen, reportedly claimed</a> she knew Bryan was having an affair with Diana in 1996, and that it didn’t make their “stormy relationship” easier.</p> <p>“I knew Diana had an affair with Bryan,” the Danish actress stated in an interview in 2003.</p> <p>“Bryan knew Paul Burrell very well and Paul was part of the inner circle around Bryan, and he also introduced him to Diana. The first time Bryan met Diana I wasn’t invited,” Cecilie continued.</p> <p>“Ours was a stormy relationship and Bryan’s affair with Diana didn’t make it easier.”</p> <p>Over a decade earlier, before they had even met, the “Everything I Do” crooner penned and released a song about the princess called “Diana”, about her marriage, how the royal drove him “wild” and how she was the “queen” of his dreams and pondered what she was doing with a guy like her husband Prince Charlies in the lyrics.</p> <p> </p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p>

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Nicole Kidman reveals old-fashioned secret to 12 years of happy marriage with Keith Urban

<p>This week, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban shared loving tributes to each other in celebration of their 12th wedding anniversary.</p> <p>While Keith shared a photo of Nicole standing behind him doing some “celestial synergised soul dancing”, the actress posted rare footage of their Australian wedding.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 36.640625% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkeOI0ZgPMW/" target="_blank">A post shared by Nicole Kidman (@nicolekidman)</a> on Jun 25, 2018 at 8:07pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Remembering 12 years ago today at a church in Manly, Australia. Still feels like it was yesterday. I’m a lucky woman. Happy Anniversary Baby,” she wrote.</p> <p>Since their 2006 wedding, the famous couple regularly have melted the hearts of fans all over the world, as they proudly showcase their love for each other despite their intense work schedules.</p> <p>So, what is the secret to their years of happiness together?</p> <p>In a new interview, the <em>Big Little Lies</em> actress pinned their success on keeping their romance old-fashioned and not texting each other.</p> <p>When they are away from one another, Nicole revealed that the pair will choose to ring each other or do a video call.</p> <p>"That is <em>so</em> not our relationship," Nicole said about texting at Create &amp; Cultivate and Neutrogena Everyday Is A Sunday panel.</p> <p>She said the couple prefer “voice to voice and skin to skin” interactions when keeping in touch, and revealed that they will hop on a last-minute flight if they miss each other while they are away.</p> <p>"The reason it started at the beginning was because I didn't know how to text [laughs] and it just kind of worked for us," she said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 49.02777777777778% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkdsZFbl406/" target="_blank">A post shared by Keith Urban (@keithurban)</a> on Jun 25, 2018 at 3:12pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"We talk all the time and we FaceTime but we just don't text because I feel like texting can be misrepresentative at times. And I've had the thing where I reread texts and I'm like, 'What does that mean?' and then read it to somebody and go 'Can you interpret that?' I don't want that between my lover and I."</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>Nicole also said it was important for her and Keith to have “fun together” in each other’s company.</p> <p>"If there is one person I can hang out with, it's him and the girls and that's it. That's so much enough for me," she continued.</p> <p>"We'll get on planes and fly overnight rather than have a night apart. We will do anything to make it work. Jetlag is always a challenge though!"</p> <p>Congratulations on the sweet milestone Nicole and Keith! </p>

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Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie claims she is broke

<p>Lisa Marie Presley claims her former business manager squandered her entire share of late father Elvis’ $US100 million ($AU135 million) fortune.</p> <p>In new court documents obtained by the Daily Mail, Presley alleges that Barry Siegel whittled her $US100 million trust down to just $US14,000 ($AU19,000) in poor investments, while assuring her that finances were in “good shape”.</p> <p>In her filing, Presley claims Siegel and Provident Financial Management billed her $US4.9 million ($AY6.6 million) to manage her trust, which amounts to a salary of over $US700,000 ($950,000) per year for Siegel.</p> <p>“Had Siegel disclosed the trust’s true financial condition to Presley and restricted spending to the trust’s ‘income’ rather than its principal assets, Presley would have lived comfortably on an annual budget of between $US1.5 ($2 million) and $US2 million ($2.7 million) per year, after taxes,” the documents claim.</p> <p>“On this budget, Siegel’s lucrative compensation package would have amounted to between 40 to 50 per cent of Presley’s post-tax annual budget — an amount she undoubtedly would not have agreed to had she been aware of her true financial condition.”</p> <p>Siegel and Provident Financial Management hit back at Presley with a countersuit alleging her financial woes are the result of her own exorbitant spending. They’re seeking $US800,000 ($1 million) in damages and argued that Presley, who is in the middle of a difficult divorce to fourth husband Michael Lockwood, is pinning her trouble on them.</p> <p>Lockwood, 57, an unemployed musician, demanded $US40,000 ($54,000) a month in spousal support from Presley, who claimed she was $US16 million ($21 million) in debt.</p>

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Why you’re better at whistling than singing

<p>As far as mammals go, we humans are pretty good at using our voices. We sing, talk, lie — and imply — with the subtle dips and rises of our voices.</p> <p>We learn to use our voices by imitating the sounds that we hear, this is part of how infants learn to speak.</p> <p>Speaking even has a kind of sing-song element known as tone of voice that allows us to emphasize some words over others, ask questions or express emotions. So you might expect that humans should be expert singers.</p> <p>We are, so far as we know, the only ape that sings. But that also makes us the only ape to sing poorly.</p> <p>And it turns out, we’re better at whistling a tune than singing one.</p> <p><strong>Off key</strong></p> <p>Even opera singers, who are probably about as good at singing as humans can be, are sometimes off the mark.</p> <p>Unlike the voice, most instruments have a set of keys, holes or buttons that let it make a fixed set of sounds. If the instrument is well-tuned, all of those sounds will be notes in a musical scale.</p> <p>Other instruments like the violin or trombone make a continuous range of sounds, just like the voice. They can also sound off key, by making the same kind of mistakes as a singer does.</p> <p>Still, it turns out that <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20445911.2015.1132024">instrumentalists play closer to their musical targets than singers</a></strong></span>. That is, singers are more likely to miss their note than violinists, for example.</p> <p>That’s a bleak outlook for <em>Homo vocal virtuoso,</em> but is this really a fair competition?</p> <p>Violins and trombones are built for the express purpose of making musical sounds. With an appropriately tuned instrument, placing a bow over the strings in a certain way ought to be pretty consistent in the sound that it makes.</p> <p>Should we really expect the same thing from the voice?</p> <p><strong>The human kazoo</strong></p> <p>The pitch of your voice comes from your larynx (sometimes called the voice box). It’s a collection of cartilage, muscle and membrane that sits in your throat, conveniently located between your lungs and mouth.</p> <p>When air passes between a pair of membranes in the larynx, they vibrate like a comb and wax-paper kazoo. Just like the kazoo, when these membranes are stretched, they make a higher pitch, and when they are relaxed, they make a lower pitch.</p> <p>Try holding your Adam’s apple and saying “zzzzz.” Did you feel something? To make the “sssss” sound you swing these membranes out of the way so they don’t vibrate any more. Try it, no more vibration, right?</p> <p>But the voice has a disadvantage. The larynx is controlled by a complicated and interconnected set of muscles. Whether one muscle raises or lowers the pitch of your voice can depend on what the other muscles are doing.</p> <p>Also, these are muscles! They get tired if you use them too much. They change as we grow, learn and age.</p> <p>Instruments, on the other hand, are professional tools that get regular tuning.</p> <p><strong>Lips versus larynx</strong></p> <p>To <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/5/4/171544">give singing a fair chance</a></strong></span>, we compared it to whistling instead of instruments.</p> <p>Just like singing, whistling makes a continuous range of pitches by passing air over a quivering mass of cells, except that when we whistle, we trade larynx for lips.</p> <p>In the lab, we had people listen to simple melodies then try to sing or whistle the melodies back. We compared the pitches of target notes with the pitches that people actually sang or whistled.</p> <p>Humans spend hours each day controlling the pitch of their voices — conveying love, sadness and anger. Despite all this practice, people were closer to the target note when they were whistling.</p> <p>Even in a fair contest, the voice didn’t measure up.</p> <p>Studies of <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/3143327.pdf?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents">chimpanzee</a></strong></span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10071-015-0889-6">gorilla</a></strong></span> and <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/srep30315">organgutan</a></strong></span> communication have showed that apes can do more with their voices than you might think, but they don’t come close to the skill and variety of the human voice.</p> <p>This tells us that the human skill with the voice evolved after our ancestors split from other apes. These studies also tell us that control over the lips evolved much earlier, and we think that this might explain our findings.</p> <p>Maybe evolution hasn’t had enough time to tune the larynx. It could also be that the larynx is tuned just well enough for speech and for many of us, singing just asks a little too much.</p> <p><strong>Whistled speech</strong></p> <p>If we have this long-since evolved skill with the lips, then why don’t we speak in whistles?</p> <p>The answer is that the voice carries a lot more information than just high and low pitches. We use the placement of our lips and tongue to amplify some parts of our voice and dampen others. This is how we build up the sounds that we use to speak.</p> <p>Whistles on the other hand are very simple sounds, and there is not much room for the rich acoustic tapestry of speech.</p> <p>However, some people have found a way to whistle their languages, such as in the mountains of the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.hellocanaryislands.com/silbo-whistling-language-la-gomera/">Canary Islands</a></strong></span>, the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.canal-u.tv/video/cerimes/documents_sur_une_langue_sifflee_pyreneenne.9134">French Pyrénées</a></strong></span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-whistled-language-of-northern-turkey">Northern Turkey</a></strong></span> — and maybe even in <strong><a href="http://www.soundboard.com/sb/R2D2_R2_D2_sounds" target="_blank">a <span style="text-decoration: underline;">galaxy</span> far far away</a></strong>.</p> <p>Whistles may carry less information than the voice, but they will carry much further. That can be handy when your friends are out of earshot — or rather voice-shot.</p> <p><em>Written by Michel Belyk, Joseph F Johnson and Sonja A. Kotz. Republished with permission of <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.theconversation.com" target="_blank">The Conversation.</a></span></strong></em><img width="1" height="1" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/95346/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-advanced" alt="The Conversation"/></p>

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10 classic songs from the past we never get tired of hearing

<p>Only the greatest songs can stand the test of time and revive memories and emotions from decades prior. We asked the Over60 community the songs from the past they never get sick of hearing. Here are the songs you picked.</p> <p><strong>1. <em>Unchained Melody</em> by Righteous Brothers</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zrK5u5W8afc?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>2. <em>Stairway to Heaven</em> by Led Zeppelin</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/D9ioyEvdggk?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>3. <em>Bohemian Rhapsody</em> by Queen</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fJ9rUzIMcZQ?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>4. <em>You’ll Never Walk Alone</em> by Gerry &amp; The Peacemakers</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OV5_LQArLa0?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong> 5. <em>Sounds of Silence</em> by Simon &amp; Garfunkel</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4zLfCnGVeL4?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>6. <em>Spicks and Specks</em> by the Bee Gees</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jNfFZULPcgk?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>7. <em>Itchycoo Park</em> by The Small Faces</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/14ViwvgtvbA?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>8. <em>Bridge Over Troubled Waters</em> by Simon &amp; Garfunkel</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DXF5lVpN1ys?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>9.<em> Pretty Woman</em> by Rob Orbison</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dDVvZdZ_CLk?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>10. <em>There’s A Kind Of Hush</em> by Herman’s Hermits  </strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WBRSBgc2htI?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>What song from the past do you never get sick of hearing? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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