While Russell Brand and Katy Perry’s split on Friday put a damper on our celebratory mood over the weekend, we are happy to report that other famous couples are doing their best to renew our faith in romance. Here’s a little round-up of all the happy relationship news that happened over the weekend:
Johnny Weir and his lawyer boyfriend Victor Voronov got married. The figure skater tweeted, “I’m married!” on Saturday morning, and later toldReal Housewives of New York vet Jill Zarin that they’d have a wedding this summer.
American Idol finalist James Durbin married his longtime girlfriend, Heidi Lowe, on Saturday in Santa Cruz. Their 2-year-old son, Hunter, was the ring bearer, and 85 guests attended the festivities, People reports. Read more…
The Queen of Soul is readying herself to walk down the aisle a third time this summer in Miami. Aretha Franklin is officiallyÂ engaged to her main man, Willie Wilkerson, her rep announced just yesterday. “Ms. Franklin is considering Donna Karan, Valentino and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown.” Straight to the best, of course. Before any rumors start, Aretha also stated, “No, I’m not pregnant.” It’s all about the love here, peeps. Congratulations to the happy couple!
La La Vazquez Anthony asked the most important diva-related question of all time tonight on the VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul red carpet: which performer is destined to be the next Aretha Franklin? Keeping in mind that each performer is talented in his or her own way, plus there will never be another Aretha Franklin, the clearly crowd favorite seemed to be the one and only Mary J. Blige. That being said, you can’t deny singers like Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott and Jessie J offer some strong, sassy, well-coiffed competition. What do you think? Who should be graced with the title of The Next Aretha?
We’ve all been concerned and waiting to hear updates about Aretha Franklin ever since she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She had surgery for her condition late last year and had released a hopeful statement during her recovery which read, “The surgery was highly successful. God is still in control. I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country. God bless you all for your prayers!”
Aretha’s latest interview with JET has been more revealing (in a manner of speaking) about how she’s been coping with the situation. She’s definite in not divulging personal details but succinctly says her condition has been “resolved”. She explained, “I am not going to even deal with that. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to talk about my health with anybody other than my doctors. The problem has been resolved.” She refused to discuss her personal life, stating, “I am not one to do a lot of talking about my personal health or business. Not too much, not too much. There are a lot of people who will talk about anything, as long as there is somebody listening. But I am not one of those people. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not Aretha.”
With all this privacy shrouding her responses she did want to send out a proper message to her fans. Aretha capped off the interview with gratitude towards them saying, “I know my fans are concerned. Let them know I am feeling great and coming along.I want to thank my fans and friends and supporters who have prayed for me and sent me beautiful cards and flowers. Please continue to respect my privacy as I continue to recover.” We wish her our best.
Following the surgery, Franklin released a statement reading, “The surgery was highly successful. God is still in control. I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country. God bless you all for your prayers!”
Those were hopeful words, but this new information suggests that her troubles are far from over.Ã‚Â Her old friend the Rev. Jesse Jackson urged fans to keep the faith, telling the Associated Press that the Queen of Soul’s “spirits are high, and her faith is strong. She’s conscious, communicating and taking daily walks up and down the hall.Ã‚Â She has amazing strength—body, religion and faith. It’s what he keeps her going.” We’re praying she keeps strong and fights this.
Good Housekeeping may be celebrating more than 125 years in the magazine business, but last night’s anniversary party hardly looked like a home for the elderly. Young actresses like Jessica Simpson, Hilary Duff, Michelle Trachtenberg and Kristin Bell got glamorous for the NY, joined by older stars like Meryl Streep, Marlee Matlin, Aretha Franklin and Brooke Shields. See the celebrity sewing circle in the gallery below.
With all due to respect to Aretha Franklin‘s contraceptive diaphragm and Brooke Shields‘ big blue cowpie, the Best Celebrity Hat Of The 2009 Kentucky Derby has to go to Star Jones‘ feather-brain, just for her ability to stand upright while wearing it. And now you know what it looks like when a swan explodes.
Check out some of this year’s hat-related highlights in the gallery below.
Welcome to The Rant, where we let Scandalist scribe Kate Spencer blow a gasket. In this episode, Kate rants about bad hat fashion at Barack Obama‘s Inaugration — including Aretha Franklin‘s enormous bow accoutrement and the fur mountain that topped Jay-Z‘s head.
Look who we just spotted enjoying President Barack Obama‘s (!!!) inauguration! It’s Diddy, Beyonce, and a dude in a giant fur hat. Oh wait, that’s Jay-Z, sporting the first fashion faux pas of the Inauguration. We almost gave that title to Aretha Franklin‘s bow hat, but she rocked it too hard to deserve a diss, even if that bow almost did eat her head.
Also spotted: Oprah Winfrey, Adrien Grenier, Rachel Leigh Cook, Sting, Trudie Styler, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Anne Hathaway, the Bush twins, Malia and Sasha Obama, and of course our new President Obama and Vice President Biden with their wives Michelle and Jill! Pics below. [Photo: Getty Images]