Congrats are in order for Avril Lavigne and her new fiance, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger. Not just for they’re engagement, but for managing to keep their six-month relationship totally on the DL. Seriously, we thought maybe she was still in that on-again-off-again thing with Brody Jenner — but it looks like their January breakup really stuck. According to People, fellow Canadians Chad, 37, and Avril, 27, worked together on a song in February. Her rep confirmed to the mag that Chad popped the question on August 8, with a 14-carat diamond ring. Lavigne was snapped at the Las Vegas Magic Fashion and Apparel convention yesterday, where she was promoting her Abbey Dawn line, and she wasn’t yet showing off the rock.
This will be Avril’s second marriage — she divorced Sum 41′s Deryck Whibley in 2009 — and the first for Kroeger. We’re now fascinated to hear the song that started this whole thing, so hopefully it makes the cut when Lavigne releases her next album.
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It looks like this upcoming cycle of American Idol might be the craziest yet! No really, we mean literally insane. Not only did producers make calls to Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, but now it’s known that Kanye West is one of the many celebs in talks to judge the twelfth season. Considering the sheer volume of people in various stages of negotiation with Idol, including Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Nick Jonas and Enrique Iglesias, we’re kind of thinking that the suits reached out to Kanye as a real Hail Mary play.
But amazingly/awesomely, sources close to the show tell TMZ that Yeezy showed interest in appearing on the program. Or at least he didn’t laugh so hard that Cristal came out his nose. “He’s on the fence,” the source says, but he’s considering the gig as long as producers “at least match Mariah’s salary.” That ain’t cheap at $18 million, but we have a funny feeling they’ll manage to pony up the cash for Kanye freakin’ West. Worst case they’ll take it out of Ryan Seacrest’s monster paycheck.There’s no official word from Kanye’s reps yet but we’ll keep you informed. For our money, Kanye West could totally be the greatest Idol judge OF ALL TIME.
‘Ye’s friend Nicki Minaj is reportedly very close to signing a similar judging deal, which is causing some serious drama with confirmed judge Mariah Carey. Apparently Mimi was so upset that she hung up on producers who called to tell her they were considering Nicki as a potential candidate! It seems that Mariah was told that she would be the only woman on the panel, and it isn’t helping that she’d have to share the stage with a woman 13-years younger.
If you thought Lindsay Lohan was going to give up her crown to Amanda Bynes so easily, we would ask you to please think again. It was weird enough when we heard Lindsay has flipped out at Clint Eastwood‘s daughter’s birthday party (we know), but now the host of an all-night Hollywood party is claiming Lohan’s friends stole “several expensive watches and some sunglasses” during the festivities. According to TMZ, Lindsay allegedly brought her brother Cody and two male buddies to the party Sunday night. When the host noticed his belongings were missing, he held the party goers, alerted authorities and told police he suspected Lilo’s friends of thievery. Yup, while Amanda is racking up car accidents at a very similar rate, Lindsay still cannot be challenged when it comes to down-right bizarre accusations.
We do want to be clear, though: it’s Lindsay’s friends who stand accused of stealing, not her. On the other hand…when’s the last time you heard about Amy Adams or Jessica Chastain paling around with the criminal element? Not never. It probably doesn’t help that Lindsay, you know, stole that jewelry last year. Bynes, you are really going to have to step up your game if you want the heavyweight hot mess belt. Luckily the belt looks amazing paired with hyper-long extensions and cut-off Daisy Dukes, so you know it’ll look fierce no matter who’s wearing it.
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It’s official: the evil demon spirit that used to inhabit the body of Lindsay Lohan is now taking over Amanda Bynes. That’s the only way to explain how the former All That star suffered yet another car accident in L.A. last night. According to TMZ, Amanda’s was rear-ended at 8 PM as she was driving her rental car through the San Fernando Valley. The other driver claims that the collusion was the result of Amanda’s wreckless driving. For those of you keeping score, this brings her personal total to 1 DUI, 3 hit-and-runs, 1 flee from police (and a partridge in a pear tree). Ouch.
But wait, you say. What if paranormal activity isn’t responsible for all of this motor mayhem? What if she just sucks at driving? We could see why you’d think that. The L.A. traffic drove us literally to the brink of tears when we tried to drive out there. But then we saw these pictures of a disheveled Bynes leaving a CVS. The leopard print, the oversized glasses, the sullen skin pale from too many days sleeping off hard nights. It reeks of Lilo! What do you want, evil spirit!? Let our former child actresses go!
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Sometimes we forget Demi Lovato is still just a little college-sophomore-aged baby. She’s been through more than your average 40 year old! Either way, we want to wish the “Skyscraper” singer Happy Birthday as she turns 20 today. What were we doing when we were 20? Oh, yeah! We got that job judging The X Factor and filmed that documentary and…oh wait, no. Those are all still Demi. The girl has had a solid year to say the least, but we wanted to present a delicious snack platter of five Lovato highlights for her 20th. Note: we had to narrow it down to five. If we didn’t, we’d have to include everyday Demi happened to catch a glimpse of her hair in the mirror.
Apparently American Idol just hired a bunch of new employees from MENSA, because getting Nicki Minaj in one of those judge’s chairs is the smartest reality show casting decision since Honey Boo Boo got that show on TLC…last month. “I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it,” a source squealed to Us Magazine about Minaj’s decision to join Mariah Carey on A.I. “A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening.” While the wigs alone will be worth the trip (both Nicki’s and Mariah’s), Minaj has demonstrated a number of qualities that tell us she’s going to be the new Simon, but with less cleavage. Qualities like:
When someone like Oprah does an amazing interview of someone like Rihanna for TV, it’s got to be really hard for the network not to want to tease all the good parts in advance. So, when we saw the clips of the Rih driving Oprah around her hometown in Barbados, spinning around like a little girl, crying openly about what happened between her and Chris Brown, we worried that maybe we’d seen all the juicy bits already. Not so. This episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter featured a good hour of heartfelt conversation/therapy, and a whole lot of it lived up to the promise of showing us a different side of the pop star. Here are the highlights of what we learned:
- Rihanna’s grandmother, who passed away in July, taught her about “forgiveness.” She also advised her to “Marry someone who loves me more than I love them.”
- It was actually Oprah’s question about Rihanna’s grandmother that prompted Rihanna to tear up and say, “I hate this part.” In the promos, that was totally edited to look like her reaction to a Chris Brown question. But it wasn’t totally dishonest because she teared up during that too.
- As passionate and quick to react as she can seem on Twitter, Rihanna can be really thoughtful and deep too, saying things you might never have thought of yourself but immediately know to be true. This is her describing why she hides her vulnerability: “I don’t want people to think I’m weak or think of me as a victim so I don’t like to tell people when I’m going through something because it’s human nature to always keep that in mind when you see the person. You can see them now and you always remember that problem that they went through.” And this is her talking about her feelings for Brown: “I thought I hated Chris and I realized it was love that was tarnished.”
Wow, this could not have gone worse, could it? According to Olympic soccer badass Hope Solo, her Dancing With The Stars partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy was downright punishing in his teaching methods last fall. Then it just gets worse from there. “He manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly,” she wrote in her new memoir Solo: A Memoir of Hope, all of which lead up to an incident before last fall’s Halloween show. Revealed Solo, “He wanted my head in a specific position. To achieve that, he slapped me across the face. Hard.” We can all agree that’s horrible, right? Hope then explains that she didn’t report Maksim to DWTS officials because “she didn’t want to end [his] career.” What…what did you think was going to happen when you wrote it in a book, permanently and for all to see?
So what’s the best way for Maksim to reply to Hope’s allegations? Correct! The answer is: send a few ambiguously outraged tweets. “Always hated hypocrites and liars … but when someone is both AND an opportunist, I just feel bad for them. Can’t win at someone’s expense,” the dance pro declared on Twitter. We wonder what kind of hypocrisy Chemerkovskiy might be referring too. Also, what “opportunity” could Hope possibly gain from revealing that her dance partner hit her for no reason whatsoever? What…what is he even talking about? This whole situation is not good. Not good at all.
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Bravo to Robert Pattinson and MTV News for an excellent interview last night that managed to include neither food nor awkward questions about his love life. “This isn’t Oprah or Dr. Phil,” Josh Horowitz promised, probably disappointing all of the other gossip sites of the world. Which is why we just know that Rob’s answers to questions both silly and serious about Cosmopolis and the rest of his career are going to be picked apart for clues about how he feels about Kristen Stewart. We’re going to make a preemptive strike here and list those statements, just so any willful misinterpreters know we’re onto them.
1. Rob has shot a gun “many times, just recently.” Is he working off frustration and picturing Rupert Sanders’ face at the shooting range? Um, OR he is preparing to play an army interrogator in Mission: Blacklist and any other action movie he wants to do after that.
2. “I’ve been writing a lot of [music] recently.” Oh, the breakup must have inspired him to write all sorts of sad songs! OR, his crazy busy movie schedule is finally letting up enough so that he has the free time to return to his other passion.
Through the years, we’ve followed the highs and (very) lows of Kobe and Vanessa Bryant’s relationship. But despite how we may view this twosome, the only opinions that matter are their own, right? In a recent interview with The Cut, Vanessa, who’s always been icily quiet, reveals that she’s living the life you’ve only dreamed of with her gold medal-winning husband. Well, Mrs. Bryant, we highly doubt your life is all you’re proclaiming it to be, but in fairness, we’re game for combing through the history of your relationship to put this debate to rest. (You’re welcome.)
Kobe drops $4 million on a beautiful ring for his beloved wife.
The NBA star purchased the bauble after being accused of sexually assaulting a hotel staffer in Colorado.
Vanessa recently traveled to the London for the Summer Olympics, where she planned to wear “the flats with my red blazer, white T-shirt, and skinnies to support Team U.S.A..”
Kobe was seen getting cozy with Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice during a women’s cycling event at the Games, fueling rumors the two were an item.
Winner: Low. Hearing about your husband and another woman while you and your children are in town to cheer him on is the lowest of the low.