Los Angeles (CNN) — R&B singer Robin Thicke and actress Paula Patton have separated, representatives for the couple told CNN.
Thicke and Patton, whose son Julian Fuego turns 4 in April, married in 2005. The couple met and began dating as teenagers.
“We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time,” the couple said in a joint statement released to the media.
They dismissed rumors swirling last year that their marriage was on the rocks. “I don’t know if I would still be alive in some ways if it wasn’t for Paula,” Thicke told Prestige Hong Kong magazine in September. “She’s been my rock, my muse, my inspiration and I love her. The whole way.”
They appeared together on the Grammys red carpet last month. He is currently on a national concert tour, while she was most recently seen in the film “About Last Night.”
Their reps gave no additional details, such as if a divorce filing is in the works.
According to reports circulating, Janet Jackson’s 2 year old marriage with Arab billionaire businessman Wissam Al Mana, is coming to an end.
“Janet Jackson’s marriage to super-wealthy Arab businessman Wissam Al Mana has collapsed, and a source says bitter divorce battle over his billion dollar fortune could be about to explode … She confided to a few close friends and (her mother) Katherine that she’s preparing to leave him. And she’s begun calling friends at all hours crying and saying how miserable she is … Janet is getting set to challenge the prenup and demand a flat lump sum payout from his fortune,” according to one tabloid.
If the reports are true, it will be the end of her third marriage. Before Wissam Al Mana (39), who Janet (47) wed in 2012, she was previously married to Réne Elizondo from 1991-2000 and James DeBarge from 1984-1985.
Janet’s NYC apartment is listing for $35,000 a month!
NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm X’s family and estate said Nicki Minaj’s use of a famous photo of the black nationalist with a rifle in his hands and juxtaposing it with a racial slur for her new song’s artwork is disrespectful and offensive.
In an exclusive statement to The Associated Press on Friday, Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, said Minaj’s use of the picture “in no way is endorsed by our family.”
“Ms. Minaj’s artwork for her single does not depict the truth of Malcolm X’s legacy,” Shabazz’s statement said.
Minaj apologized Thursday. She pulled the artwork after she was criticized on social media platforms for using the photo for the cover of her new male-bashing song, “Lookin (Expletive) (Expletive).” The title uses the N-word.
Minaj said the single cover was “never the official artwork.”
Mark Roesler, CEO of CMG Worldwide — which handles the licensing and merchandizing issues for the Malcolm X estate — called Minaj’s use of the photo “dehumanizing.”
“This is a family photo that was taken out of context in a totally inaccurate and tasteless way,” said his statement on behalf of the family.
L. Londell McMillan, the attorney for the Malcolm X estate and the black leader’s daughters — and estate administrators — Ilyasah and Malaak Shabazz, said in a statement Friday that those using the famous photo of Malcolm X need to remove it immediately.
“Failure to do so within the next 24 hours shall result in legal action,” said McMillian, who is also the lawyer for Malcolm X’s daughters, Attallah, Qubilah and Gamilah Shabazz. “The initial act and subsequent acts of distribution were improper and ill-advised. Any disparagement, infringement or disrespect of Malcolm X, and his name, image, likeness and proprietary rights will not be tolerated.”
Minaj’s representatives didn’t return emails seeking comment.
Minaj posted the artwork Wednesday on her Instagram page and website. The photo shows Malcolm X holding a rifle as he was trying to protect his family from death threats; his home had been firebombed.
“I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. … I have nothing but respect (and) adoration for u,” Minaj said on her Instagram page following the criticism.
The 31-year-old rapper-singer said later Thursday in an interview with radio station Hot 97 that she wrote the song to empower women because there are too many songs that attack females.
“It was almost parallel in my opinion because he has this big gun ready to shoot at a lookin’ (expletive) bleep, and that’s how I looked at it,” she said. “I looked at it as this is one of the most memorable people in our history, in black history, who voiced his opinion no matter what, and I understand how my intent was overlooked and I definitely didn’t want to offend his family or his legacy.”
In the song’s music video, Minaj is shooting guns.
Ilyasah Shabazz said Minaj’s use of her father’s photo is part of a larger problem in today’s culture.
“Situations like the recent portrayal of our father on the album cover for Ms. Minaj’s new single only highlight the fact that we as a society need to take more responsibility for what we’re teaching our children,” her statement said. “It is our family’s hope that the true legacy and context of Malcolm X’s life continues to be shared with people from all walks of life in a positive manner that helps promote the goals and ideals for which Malcolm X so passionately advocated.”
Malcolm X was assassinated 49 years ago this month at age 39.
The Queen Bee Lil’ Kim is expanding her hive, with the expectation of her first child!
Lil Kim made a huge splash at a New York Fashion Week event sporting a baby bump underneath her designer dress. The 39-year-old rapper surprised everyone when she arrived at The Blonds NYFW show on Wednesday night (Feb. 12) looking very pregnant.
Social media started to buzz after Instagram photos of the star and her bundle of joy started to make the rounds online. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton was one of the first attendees of the runway show to reveal the big news. He posed in an Instagram pic with Kim captioned, “Me and a very PREGNANT #LilKim at #TheBlonds show. Congrats, boo!!! #NYFW.”
Throughout the night the mommy-to-be sat comfortably in the front row with her belly quite visible in a The Blonds dress. It is unclear how far along the star is in her pregnancy. This would be the first child for the Brooklyn born rapper, who has been romantically linked to Notorious B.I.G., Scott Storch and Ray J over the years. Speculation online is already starting to swirl around identifying the father of the unborn child. It’s been reported that Kim broke up with her boyfriend, rapper Mr. Papers months ago.
Yes, the Crack Head Apocalypse is upon us, and it’s starting in Vancouver, Canada. Crack pipe vending machines have now been set up to ‘cut down’ on infections like HIV (?) and hepatitis being spread!
The group that backed a supervised heroin injection site in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to improve addicts’ health and safety has launched another project in the same neighborhood: crack-pipe vending machines that allow users to acquire new, clean pipes for a quarter.
And like Insite – the supervised injection site that has become a fixture in the neighborhood – the vending machines have put the Portland Hotel Society and its harm-reduction approach to drug addiction at loggerheads with the federal government’s tough-on-drugs agenda.
“Drug use damages the health of individuals and the safety of our communities,” Mr. Blaney added. “While the NDP and Liberals would prefer that doctors hand out heroin and needles to those suffering from addiction, this Government supports treatment that ends drug use, including limiting access to drug paraphernalia by young people.”
Portland Hotel Society’s Drug Users Resource Centre set up two vending machines in the Downtown Eastside about six months ago. Each machine holds about 200 pipes and they are restocked every five days.
“We packaged a crack pipe in polka dots and people were very intrigued by it and wondered what it was,” Kailin See, the director of the Drug Users Resource Centre. “It was a hit right away.”
The machines have had an impact on prices of the illicit equipment.
“This machine decreases the street value of a pipe,” Ms. See said in a recent interview. “There was a time when pipes were scarce and there was a lot of violence around acquiring a pipe, so we decided to saturate the market.”
In 2011, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority launched a free crack-pipe pilot program that distributed 60,000 pipes per year in the Downtown Eastside, driving prices down. Previously, pipes could cost as much as $10 – a price many users were not willing to pay.
“If a user has to choose between buying a rock for 10 dollars or buying a pipe, he is going to buy the rock,” said Clyde Wright, a resident of the Downtown Eastside.
Mr. Wright has been smoking crack cocaine for 25 years and said he always uses his own pipe. If he doesn’t have one, he can pick one up from the vending machine.
Makeshift pipes – fashioned from long glass tubes purchased from hardware stores – can have splintered glass that results in wounds and sores, making users more susceptible to diseases ranging from HIV to syphilis.
With high-quality shatterproof Pyrex pipes now available free through Vancouver Coastal Health or for 25 cents from the vending machines, crack users no longer have to turn to sharing pipes or buying them off the street.
“Studies have shown that individuals who use crack cocaine on a daily basis face all sorts of threats to their health, one of which is related to the use of substandard or shared pipes,” Dr. M-J Milloy, a research co-ordinator with the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, said in a recent interview. “To give them better access to more pipes will be shown to be a good thing.”
The Portland Hotel Society – also known as PHS Community Services – was a key player in launching Insite, which opened in 2003 and had to go to court to maintain an exemption from federal drug laws that allowed it to operate.
That court battle ended in 2011, when the Supreme Court of Canada ordered Health Canada to grant an exemption to Insite under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, saying in its ruling that “Insite has been proven to save lives with no discernible negative impact on the public safety and health objectives of Canada.”
I thought that first that this was some type of joke when I first saw this published, but this is truly some weird ‘ish, started by some French photographer!
Usweekly states that the famed newspaper slammed the sensational claims of a French paparazzo, and The Washington Post has no plans to publish a bombshell story about an alleged affair between President Barack Obama and Beyonce Knowles. The outlandish claim emerged in respected French newspaper Le Figaro, were which photographer Pascal Rostain (who is friends with former French First Lady Carla Bruni) promised: “It’ll go out tomorrow [Tuesday, Feb. 11] in the Washington Post . . . I can assure you that the world will talk about it.”
Rostain added: “We should not forget Marilyn [Monroe] or Monica Lewinsky. You can be the president of the first world power — that doesn’t make you any less a man.”
“It’s definitely not true,” a spokesperson for the Post told Poynter.com in an email.
The President, 51, and wife Michelle Obama, 50, recently celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary last October, and are parents to daughter Sasha, 12, and Malia, 15. They share a close friendship with Blue Ivy’s parents Beyonce, 32, and husband of nearly six years Jay Z, 44.
In the midst of public speculation about the state of his marriage (see here), rapper T.I. took to Instagram to publicly reprimand his wife, TINY for posting too many revealing pictures on social media.
The Family Hustle star wrote, “u have so much more going for u other than you a**. Although it is magnificent, I think u should spend just as much time showcasing those other things as u do ya #booty….Awesome pic tho. Luv,” as a comment under an image where his wife is lifting up her shirt showing off her backside.
Former XSCAPE singer, TINY responded, “I wasn’t showing off my a** in this pic it was about my waist…u just looking at the ass bae! U no I wasn’t saying getting my sh*t together about my a** now don’t u? But glad u like it bae.”
Rumors of marital woes surfaced after the couple failed to appear at the 2014 Grammy awards and posted messages alluding to trouble within their marriage soon after.
Check out some of the recent images TINY has posted to IG and tell us do you think T.I. was right for publicly reprimanding her.