Word on the virtual street is that Kanye West has dumped his fiancee Alexis Phifer, telling his lady love, “I just don’t think it is going to work out anymore.” Apparently not. The couple have been together on and off since 2002 after they met when Alexis was working as an assistant to Kanye’s stylist. He proposed in 2006, and the two were reportedly working on the rapper’s new fashion line – called Pastelle – together. We’re sad to see this cute couple split, but we’re even sadder to hear how Kanye kicked her to the curb: the super-rich star had the nerve to ask for her engagement ring back!
A little while ago, Alicia Keys told Blender magazine that she thought gangsta rap was a tool used by the government: “Gangsta rap was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other,? the singer said. After those remarks enraged many, Keys back-pedaled, saying she was misrepresented in the article, but that’s not stopping 50 Cent from taking aim at Keys.
“That statement changes my perception of Alicia Keys totally,” the rapper is now saying. “But the magazine is standing behind it, which means they probably have a tape of her in conversation saying it. It’s just not really a bright comment anyway.” And in a tactic not employed since 50 left the playground, he added: “If she don’t like that, (then) I don’t like that classical music sh*t she be doing.” So there.
Sandra Bullock, Hubby, Hit by Drunk Driver
The celeb-pair was struck by a drunk lady while driving near Boston where Sandy is shooting. Everyone’s okay, and the drunk is locked up. Phew.? [Us]
Eli Manning Off the Market
Don’t worry football fans – he didn’t leave the Giants, he just got married to his high school sweetheart. He’s a regular Zack Morris!? [Us]
Justin and John Step Out to Support Cameron Diaz
Cam’s ex-men joined the actress at her father’s memorial service. Now those are some classy former flames.? [People]
Enrique Iglesias Can?t Get Married
Girlfriend/tennis hottie Anna Kournakova refuses to marry her boyfriend of a billion years. Could she be our hero, baby?? [Yahoo]
Kim K. Gets Paris Back for Butt Comments
KK snagged her fam a bunch of free Ed Hardy clothes while on vacation in Mexico, but made the company promise not to give any to her frenemy Paris. They look better on chicks with trash bag butts, anyway! [NYP]
Is the honeymoon already over for Jay-Z and Beyonce? Though the first couple of Hip-Hop haven’t even confirmed they’re married, there might be dark clouds on the horizon. At Jay’s show at the Hollywood Bowl the other night, the rapper had Beyonce’s ’03 hit “Crazy in Love” turned off, just as fans were getting into it. “F*ck that. Sorry Bey but f*ck that – let’s play something else,” the rapper reportedly said to the crowd and his new wife, who up until that point had been standing stage side, cheering on her man.
After Jay stepped off-stage, his new bride laid into him, according to a source at the U.K.’s The Mirror. “She was gesturing wildly and not looking happy. Like any good husband would, Jay-Z groveled and tried to get out of it with compliments.” Sounds like Jay’s 99 problems just hit 100.
Foxy Brown is being released from prison at this VERY MOMENT, and she wants her fans there to greet her. That means you! The rapper has served eight months of her year-long sentence at NYC’s Riker’s Island facility, and she needs her fans decked out in shirts and holding signs as she strolls away so she can be reminded of what a HUGE star she still is. Huge, damn it! She and her reps are planning to turn her release into a spectacle, even though her jailers are not happy about the hoopla, which they have deemed too massive for their tiny parking lot. They issued a statement which demands that, “There will be no fan gatherings or press opportunity in or adjacent to the Rikers Island parking lot.”
Nice try, prison peeps! You get to lock Foxy up for 8 months, we get to crowd your parking lot and cramp your style. If you’re in NYC, hop on the MTA Q101 or Q100 bus and show your girl some love!
Blergh. Clearly, we’re going to have to sit through months of Ashlee Simpson awkwardly dancing around the baby issue with vague comments about the status of her uterus. On the Today Show this morning, the singer told Matt Lauer that “only time will tell” if she’s pregnant and that she’s “giving birth” to her album, Bittersweet World. Clearly Papa Simpson has coached Ashlee on the whole “baby buzz means album buzz” thing, because no one was paying attention to what Ashlee was putting out before her baby belly came into question. And while we’re being cranky we want to point out that giant, 100 carat engagement rings don’t exist in a bittersweet world. How about changing the album title to something like Really Effing Lucky? Harumph!
Is there anything Madonna can’t do? In the above clip, the Queen of Pop defines the concept of multi-tasking: vacuuming while on the set of her new video, and of course, looking fabulous.
And if you’ve got any interest in seeing the Material Mom look fabulous in person, enter our contest to win tickets to see her perform live in New York. All it takes is four lines…
When you go to see the Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band you always get the feeling that it’s some kind of little family up there on stage. No question, the guy up front is important, but the whomp put down by the collective efforts of everyone flanking him is crucial to delivering that signature sound. Well, the whomp won’t be exactly the same any more. Danny Federici, the group’s organist and keyboard player, has succumbed to the cancer he’s been battling for three years. He was 58. For four decades he’s been at the Boss’ side, adding to the energy, creating an array of great colors and flourishes. His accordion work on “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” is one of rock’s most memorable sounds. He and Springsteen played together their entire adult lives. “He was a pure natural musician. I loved him very much … we grew up together,” writes Springsteen on the band’s Web site. Check our video list of great E Street songs.
There are a couple of nice Federici clips, including “Sandy,” for you after the jump. VH1 Classic celebrates his life with a block of Springsteen programming starting tonight at 8pm/7c. Full listing after the jump.
Solange Reaches Out to Jamie-Lynn
Beyonce’s little sister/young mother drops some sage advice to mom-to-be Jamie-Lynn. She says, “decide what’s best for you.” Sounds like a Spears-ish trait already.? [Us]
Britney Spears Coughs Up More Cash for Lawyers
B’s gotta pay her lawyers and conservators a whole lotta cash, and owes some guy named Andrew Wallet around $100,000. How appropriate.? [Us]
Nicole Kidman Wants Kids Out of Scientology
So do we, Nic. So do we!? [NYP]
Katie: Robotic Looks, Great Hair!
For someone with dead eyes, she looks really good. Though definitely a bit too skinny. Judging celebs from afar is fun!? [JustJared]
Lindsay?s Dad Can?t Stop the Crazy Talk
LiLo’s a pain in the ass, yet her dad is continuously worse. He won’t shut up about his daughter doing “missionary work” even though her peeps have denied his claim. Parents are so embarrassing!? [NYDN]
You know how Akon toiled in a Georgia jail for four years for his illegal work as the head of a car-heist ring? His tales of thievin’ and fighting behind bars after facing up to 75 years for a felony charge are a common theme in his songs and interviews, but it turns out it never really happened! The Smoking Gun did a whole lotta research on the Kon’s shady past, and while the rapper does have a lengthy rap sheet, the only felony he ever received was for a gun possession charge, for which he got just three months probation. In fact, the longest Akon’s ever spent in jail was just a few months, after he was busted for stealing a BMW. His rep as a “ringleader of a notorious car theft operation” – which he loves to boast about – is a total sham, presumably created by the rapper to appear tough to his millions of fans. Turns out that after all his bogus tales of life as a notorious felon, this might be his biggest con job of all. [Smoking Gun]