Rapper French Montana has his record label boss Sean 'Diddy' Combs to thank for introducing him to his new girlfriend, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian. The Pop That hitmaker went public with his romance with Kim Kardashian's younger sister earlier this year (14) and he helped her celebrate her 30th birthday last month (Jun14) by showering her with $100,000 (£58,824)-worth of gifts, including a brand new SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle).
They conducted their first joint interview together on Thursday (24Jul14), when they appeared on New York's Power 105 radio station with host Angie Martinez, and Montana admitted mutual friend Combs played matchmaker for the pair.
He said, "Khloe's cool as hell. Puff (Combs) is the one who put us together."
The rapper also revealed he will be making a number of appearances on his girlfriend's family reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, alongside Khloe's new brother-in-law Kanye West, adding, "They called me a couple of times for the new season, they got me. They got Kanye on there (too)."
West wed Khloe's sister Kim in May (14).
Khloe's relationship with Montana is her first since filing for divorce from her sports star husband Lamar Odom in December (13).
Late actor Gary Coleman's longtime friend and business associate Anna Gray has reassured his fans that the former child star was cremated weeks after his death in 2010, and they should ignore all reports to the contrary. Despite claims that the Diff'rent Strokes star's remains had not been buried a year after his death, Gray insists Coleman's lawyer Robert Jeffs oversaw his cremation and now she is in possession of his ashes.
In a statement obtained by WENN, Gray writes, "I realized that Gary's fans may be thinking that he's floating along out there in limbo. He isn't. When Gary finally came home with me, I did post something on Facebook, so those who had actually met him in my life knew he was home and fine with me for nearly two years.
"For what it's worth, I went back to Provo (Utah) to meet with Robert Jeffs, who was the interim executor for Gary's estate, to receive the last of Gary's possessions. This was in December of 2012. It was at that time that I was also given Gary's ashes. After trying to sort through what was left of his physical possessions, I brought Gary back to Oregon with me. So Gary is with me and my family now, safe and sound."
But Coleman's friend insists she'll never reveal where she plans to scatter the star's ashes.
She adds, "In my desire to protect Gary from any further intrusions on his privacy (and to protect the others in my family), I never made any official statement regarding his final resting place... (and) I now realize that a lot of folks may still be wondering if Gary was finally taken care of. He was.
"As to his FINAL resting place, I'm afraid I can't give the world any physical location on that b/c (because) it was Gary's wish that I choose the final disposition myself and that I never share that location with anyone whatsoever. My own husband will never know where Gary is once I've made the choice and laid Gary to rest.
"Gary's last and most horrible fear was that even in death he wouldn't be allowed any peace. It was Gary's wish NOT to be visited and remembered. Obviously, Gary will never be forgotten. I hope that in time folks will remember only how he made them smile, not all the BS (bulls**t) that got dumped on him throughout his life. He was a much better man than most folks ever knew. That's the legacy I hope to give him, that he was a very good man."
Gray was named executor and beneficiary of Coleman's estate in his 2005 will. He signed a handwritten codicil to the document after marrying Shannon Price in 2007, but that amendment became ineffective after Coleman and Price divorced in 2008.
Price unsuccessfully filed to enforce the codicil after Coleman died by arguing they had become common-law husband and wife after the split. She claimed the only reason they didn’t officially get re-married was because they wanted to avoid publicity.
As a result, Gray was eventually entitled to claim the star's ashes and his possessions, as per his will.
A lawsuit filed against Oprah Winfrey, accusing her of blocking hikers' access to trails near her property in Colorado, has been dismissed after it was lodged in the wrong courthouse. The talk show icon purchased 66 acres of land close to the town of Telluride in March (14), but in May (14), local resident Charles D. Goodman, who owns a neighbouring property, launched legal action against Winfrey, claiming the star and her associates had failed to protect access to footpaths on the estate.
He alleged Winfrey, the land's former owners and officials in the town of Mountain Village had made a secret deal to close access to the hiking trails, but San Miguel County District Court Judge Steven Patrick tossed out the suit this week (ends18Jul14) after ruling the complaint should have been filed in Mountain Village Municipal Court.
The judge also warned Goodman that re-filing the suit would probably end in failure again, because there was little case law to support his claims.
Winfrey is reportedly planning to build a mansion and guest house on the property.
Sir Paul McCartney made the best of his recent ill health as the break from work allowed him to spend more time with his wife and take his first proper vacation in years. The Beatles legend was hospitalised in Japan in May (14) after he fell sick with a virus, prompting him to cancel the rest of his Asian tour and push back his planned dates in the U.S.
McCartney returned to his native U.K. to recover, and was later pictured bouncing back to health on a sun-soaked vacation with his wife Nancy Shevell in Ibiza, Spain before restarting his American tour on 5 July (14).
The 72-year-old musician has now revealed he actually enjoyed his sick leave as he relished the chance to rest and recuperate.
He tells Rolling Stone, "People say to me, 'Aw, that must have been terrible for you.' Well, no, actually. No one ever tells me to rest! It was like summer holidays in school or something. I thought, 'Yeah, I can get into that'. I just took it really easy at home in England..."
McCartney reveals he had time to read a film script written by his son, experiment with some new music, and take up jogging before heading off on a vacation.
He adds, "My son-in-law had a film script - plenty of time to read that. I started jogging a bit. The weather was great, so that was cool. And then I went into my recording studio and did some music that I didn't have to do, some experimental stuff. That was a really nice musical awakening, and it made me feel better... One part of this rest program was, I said to Nancy, 'Hey, we can take a holiday! A real holiday, where we go away.' So we went away to Ibiza."
Comedian Katt Williams has been hit with an assault and battery lawsuit by his tour manager. Lawyer Mark Williams, no relation to Katt, filed documents in Los Angeles on Thursday (17Jul14) claiming his client was left with multiple injuries following an altercation with the funnyman in May (14).
In the papers obtained by TMZ.com, he alleges Williams became furious and hit the complainant with his "diamond rings which served as a brass knuckles weapon... with such force and power that he was rendered unconscious for a period of 90 seconds".
The lawsuit does not give details on where or why the alleged fight occurred, but the lawyer lists concussion, a loose tooth, and unspecified facial and head injuries as a result of the bust-up.
The lawsuit is the latest blow for Williams, who has been involved in a number of run-ins with the law involving his Rolls-Royce - earlier this week (15Jul14), he was reportedly under investigation for assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly hitting a fan with his car following an altercation at LAX airport in Los Angeles, and last week (begs07Jul14) his security guard allegedly used a stun gun on a stranger who was kicking the star's car outside an L.A. comedy club.
Actor George Clooney is determined to continue his feud with a British tabloid by rejecting an apology from the newspaper's bosses.
The Ocean's Eleven star slammed Mailonline.com - the website of the Daily Mail newspaper - for publishing a false story about his upcoming marriage to Amal Alamuddin, suggesting his future mother-in-law was unhappy with her daughter's choice of suitor.
Editors at the tabloid issued an apology this week (beg07Jul14), insisting the story was "not a fabrication" but accepting it was "inaccurate".
However, the Hollywood heartthrob is refusing to draw a line under the feud and has publicly rejected the apology.
In a new article for USA Today, published on Friday (11Jul14), he writes, "I thank the Mail for its apology. Not that I would ever accept it, but because in doing so they've exposed themselves as the worst kind of tabloid."
Clooney is expected to wed human rights lawyer Alamuddin later this year (14).
Socialite Nicole Richie has taken responsibility for setting up her brother-in-law Benji Madden with his new lady love Cameron Diaz. The Good Charlotte rocker and actress Diaz sparked rumours of a new romance when they were spotted spending time together in May (14), and reports suggested they had been introduced by mutual friend Richie.
Now the fashion designer, who is married to Benji's twin brother Joel, has opened up about her matchmaking project.
During an appearance on U.S. chat show Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday (08Jul14), Richie was asked if she approved of the new couple's budding romance, to which she replied, "I approve of anything that's going to make Benji happy. I am a devoted sister-in-law. I'm happy for anyone who is happy, and I want everyone to be surrounded with love."
When questioned if she was the one who officially set Madden and Diaz up, Richie admitted, "Yes. I'm going to take responsibility for everything!"
Diaz recently took their relationship to the next level by introducing the rocker to her whole family during a reunion in Florida over America's Independence Day holiday weekend (04-06Jul14).
Singer Solange Knowles is adamant there is no ill feeling over her infamous elevator bust-up with her rapper brother-in-law Jay Z, insisting: "We are all good."
The pair hit headlines in May (14) when surveillance footage emerged showing Knowles lashing out at her sister Beyonce's husband as they left a party at a New York hotel.
Halo hitmaker Beyonce later issued a statement insisting her husband and sister "each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred", and now Solange has spoken out to reveal the famous family has moved on from the scandal.
She tells Lucky magazine, "What's important is that my family and I are all good. What we had to say collectively was in the statement that we put out, and we all feel at peace with that."
R&B singer Mya felt compelled to speak out and slam rumours of a long-running affair with Beyonce's rapper husband Jay Z after receiving a number of death threats from the hip-hop supercouple's die-hard fans, according to her manager.
The Lady Marmalade hitmaker found herself at the centre of cheating allegations at the end of last month (Jun14) after a blind gossip item posted on MediaTakeOut.com hinted that she had been Jay Z's mistress for the past 11 years.
One fan asked Mya about the accusations directly via Instagram.com on Thursday (03Jul14), prompting her to respond, "Never did, never was, never will (have an affair with Jay Z)."
She went on to insist she has "too much" respect for herself and the institution of marriage to embark on an affair with a married man. Now Mya's manager, Mike Killmon, has revealed the R&B star wanted to silence the salacious rumours publicly because she had become the victim of multiple death threats.
Killmon tells the New York Daily News, "At first it (the rumour) was just ridiculous, but then some die-hard (Beyonce and Jay Z) fans start (sic) making threats. She really couldn't care less about the rumours, but she wanted to set the record straight when the after-effects started to become troublesome."
Jay Z and Beyonce started dating in 2002 and wed in 2008. Speculation about the status of their marriage began surfacing in May (14) after surveillance footage of Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles attacking Jay Z in a New York elevator emerged online.
A joint statement released after the "unfortunate incident" claimed the hip-hop mogul and his sister-in-law had "apologized to each other" and "worked through" their disagreement, although it failed to mention what the argument had been about.
R&B star Mya has slammed rumours suggesting she and rapper Jay Z have been secretly dating behind Beyonce's back, blaming gossip-hungry bloggers for spreading the false speculation. The Lady Marmalade hitmaker found herself at the centre of cheating allegations this week (begs30Jun14) after a blind item posted on MediaTakeOut.com hinted that she has been Jay Z's mistress for 11 years.
The online report didn't refer to Mya by name, but described the woman as a "very short-named R&B singer who hasn't had a hit in awhile", and went on to state: "She basically lives off the generosity of Jay Z and a couple of other guys".
One fan asked Mya about the accusations directly via Instagram.com on Thursday (03Jul14), and the singer, who collaborated with the 99 Problems rapper on her 2000 song Best of Me (Part 2), responded, writing, "Never did, never was, never will (have an affair with Jay Z).
"Illegitimate, thirsty sources with no facts and that's the 'media' for you-especially today. I play second to no one, pay my own bills, have my own label, own management company, rely on God only and respect myself & marriage too much for nonsense.
"False rumors are crafted for ratings & numbers. And miserable, unhappy people need someone to judge to deter the attention away from their own misery and feel better about their miserable lives. If they did it to Jesus, they'll do it to anyone. God bless."
Jay Z and Beyonce have been dating since 2002 and wed in 2008. Speculation about the status of their marriage began surfacing in May (14) after surveillance footage of Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles attacking Jay Z in a New York elevator emerged online.
A joint statement released after the "unfortunate incident" claimed the hip-hop mogul and his sister-in-law had "apologized to each other", although it failed to mention what the argument had been about.