“I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we’re over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time. Yours always, Adele xx,” she wrote.
Adele’s broken heart from a breakup was the catalyst for her multi-platinum debut album, 21. The album sold over 22 million copies worldwide to date and continues to peak at #1 on the Billboard charts. Adele’s boyfriend, Simon Konecki, runs the water charity Drop4Drop.
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According to published reports, actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing after 5 years of marriage.
“This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family,” Holmes’s attorney Jonathan Wolfe told People magazine. “Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”
Cruise, 49, and Holmes, 33, were married in Italy in 2006 after a whirlwind (read: Dopamine-fueled) romance. It was the third marriage for Cruise.
The couple have a 6-year-old daughter, Suri Cruise. Cruise also has two grown children he adopted with ex-wife, actress Nicole Kidman.
George Zimmerman’s father testified that the male voice heard on a 911 tape was Zimmerman’s. “It was absolutely George,” said Robert Zimmerman after hearing a brief segment of the 911 call.
The prosecution asked him if he ever heard Zimmerman screaming before. “Oh, lots of times, he said. Robert Zimmerman also said he heard Zimmerman screaming “in a similar manner” at their home in Virginia.
Zimmerman is back in court hoping to be released on bond a 2nd time. A judge revoked his $150,000 bond earlier this month for lying about donations from the public.
Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara asked the judge to allow George Zimmerman to “apologize for what he did to you.” O’Mara requested that Zimmerman not be cross examined by the prosecution. After conferring with Zimmerman, O’Mara declined to put Zimmerman on the witness stand.
Update 1, 12:213 p.m. ET
O’Mara just concluded his closing argument. He told the judge that Zimmerman and his wife “did not trust you” to disclose the $130,000 that they had.
The biggest news at Thursday’s NBA draft — besides the 1st and 2nd picks emerging from Kentucky — was the drama involving current Golden State Warriors’ head coach Mark Jackson.
According to The Smoking Gun Jackson was the target of an extortion plot by a stripper with whom Jackson carried on an extramarital affair.
The extortion attempt culminated this week with the arrests of the stripper, Alexis Adams, and her alleged co-conspirator, ex-convict Marcus Shaw.
Adams and Shaw are accused of trying to extort a six-figure payment from Jackson in return for not “disseminating/selling graphic photos of Jackson to the ‘vultures of the media.'”
The bond hearing for neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman is under way at this hour in Sanford, Florida.
A judge will decide if he should be freed on bond a 2nd time. Zimmerman is charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman’s $150,000 bond was revoked earlier this month for not informing the judge about $205,000 in public donations collected by his personal website.
Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, called a forensic finance specialist Adam McGill to the stand to help explain why Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, lied about the $205,000.
According to Migill, the reason Zimmerman transferred the cash into his bank account in $10,000 increments was because of “PayPal rules” — which doesn’t explain why Zimmerman’s wife transferred the money from Zimmerman’s bank account into hers in the same $10,000 increments.
In a bond hearing in April, Shellie told the judge she had no idea how much money had been collected. She was later arrested and charged with perjury.
O’Mara says Zimmerman has $11,000 in cash and goods to his name. The bulk of the donations is being held in a trust set up by O’Mara.
Update 6, 11:35 a.m. ET
O’Mara presents the 911 audio with screams heard in the background. O’Mara calls Robert Zimmerman, the defendant’s father, to the stand to testify that the voice heard on the audio is Zimmerman screaming.
Update 5, 11:25 a.m. ET
The court is in a brief 5 minutes recess. The defense has no other witnesses.
Update 4, 10:54 a.m. ET
The defense offered evidence of Zimmerman’s injuries. A paramedic testified that Zimmerman’s head was “45% covered in blood,” and he possibly had a fractured nose. The prosecution countered that the scalp is full of veins and bleeds profusely. The paramedic agreed. The prosecution added that Zimmerman went to work the next day and he only went to a doctor when his employer asked for a doctor’s note.
Update 3, 10:28 a.m. ET
Zimmerman’s expert witness says $24,386 was spent on Zimmerman’s living expenses and paying off debts (including American Express credit card).
Update II, 10:26 a.m. ET
O’Mara says $200,000 was donated in 11 days to defray living expenses, not to pay Zimmerman’s defense.
Update I, 10:18 a.m. ET
The financial expert said the money moved from Zimmerman’s account to his wife’s totaled about $132,000. The expert wasn’t able to explain why $43,000 ended up in the bank account of Zimmerman’s sister.
This story is developing…
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Reatity TV personalities Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were spotted filming a segment of her reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, on Thursday in Santa Monica. The two were seen heading into the Laser Away center. No man accompanies his bestie to a laser appointment unless he’s getting skin treatments himself. So expect to see Kanye getting laser treatments in an upcoming episode of the show.
Speaking of KUWTK, Oprah Winfrey is set to make a guest appearance on the show.
Director Tyler Perry responded to critics panning his new movie Madea’s Witness Protection.
In an anxious letter emailed to thousands of members of his personal website, Tyler begs his fans to “have my back,” and he stresses about “some of the things I have to deal with” behind the scenes.
Noting that the 1st weekend is “so important,” Perry urged his loyal fans to “take your family, friends, social and church groups to see MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION this weekend.”
Perry held private screenings for a few hand-picked movie critics. But word is filtering out that Tyler’s movie might be for his most loyal fans only.
One critic called attention to the number of times Perry’s name appears on the movie poster. The critic referred to the poster as “a display of self-aggrandizement not even Orson Welles would have attempted.”
Read the full text of Tyler Perry’s email after the break.