Pop superstar Ricky Martin has credited Australian swimming champion Ian Thorpe with inspiring millions of gay youngsters around the world by opening up about his sexuality. The five-time gold medallist 'came out' as gay during a recent TV interview, and Martin, who made a similar revelation in 2010, has praised Thorpe for giving hope to all those still struggling with personal issues.
Martin tells Australia's Herald Sun newspaper, "(Thorpe) has no idea what he's doing for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community around the world. He is so powerful... I'll say it now, and I've said it on many occasions. There are millions of little boys and girls around the world struggling with their sexual identity. To have someone as powerful as him, and as successful as (Thorpe) saying: 'It's OK to be who you who you are, and be happy'. Kudos, Ian, I'm very proud of you."
Martin 'came out' as gay in 2010 after years of rumours about his sexuality, and the Livin' la Vida Loca singer insists Thorpe was very brave to acknowledge his sexual preferences publicly.
He adds, "Some people die without being able to accept themselves. It took me 35 years."
Singer Gina Glocksen has given birth to a baby girl. The former American Idol star welcomed her first child with husband Joe Ruzicka in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday (10Jul14), reports People.com.
The couple appears to have drawn inspiration from popular fantasy book series Game of Thrones for the newborn's first name - they have called her Daenerys 'Dany' Josephine.
Author George R.R. Martin's novels feature a character called Daenerys Targaryen, who is played in the hit TV adaptation by British actress Emilia Clarke.
Glocksen has since debuted the little girl online in a pair of photos on Instagram.com.
British royal Prince Harry has recruited Coldplay star Chris Martin to create a new anthem for his upcoming Invictus Games. The singer is composing the music that will serve as the theme for the Paralympic-style competition for wounded servicemen and women, which will begin in September (14).
It appears Coldplay are favourites of the royals - Harry's brother William recently revealed that Martin's band is his favourite act.
"Parenting has been nothing but a beautiful way of complementing my life. I'm only starting. I want a little girl!" Singer Ricky Martin would love to give his five-year-old twin boys Valentino and Matteo a little sister. The kids were born via a surrogate mother in 2008.
Mick Jagger's son James has been cast in his dad's new rock 'n' roll drama, opposite Andrew Dice Clay, Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde. The untitled TV project from the Rolling Stones frontman, Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter follows the exploits of a record executive played by Cannavale in 1970s New York City.
Wilde will play his wife, while James Jagger will portray the lead singer of a punk band, and actor-comedian Clay will play a cocaine-snorting radio station boss.
Production on the pilot is currently underway in New York, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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The upcoming Aaliyah biopic will shed light on the star's alleged secret marriage to R&B singer R. Kelly when she was just 15, according to the film's producers.
Disney star Zendaya Coleman is to play the tragic star in a new TV movie titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, and it has now emerged the project will detail the singer's controversial relationship with her music mentor Kelly.
The pair was alleged to have wed in secret in 1994, when Aaliyah was 15 and Kelly was 27, but it was never officially confirmed. A marriage certificate later surfaced, appearing to show Aaliyah's age falsely listed as 18, and her parents are rumoured to have had the illicit union annulled.
Executive producer Debra Martin Chase tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Aaliyah's personal and professional relationship with R. Kelly will be explored with care in the film as we set out to depict her life with the utmost respect. Above all else, it's our hope to inspire an entirely new generation with her music and larger-than-life talent."
The movie will cover the singer's life from the age of 10 right through until her death in a plane crash at the age of 22 in 2001.
"I was singing You'll Never Walk Alone (at an event) for Martin Luther King Jr.'s wife Coretta Scott King, and I promise you I flew up. I did. I levitated. But there's a rumour that I crack chandeliers with my top notes. That's not true." Soul singer Patti Labelle on the truth and rumours about her live performances over the years.
British actor/singer Martin Kemp has wished Tom Hardy luck in portraying both Kray twins in a new biopic, insisting he found it tough playing just one of the crime lords back in the 1990s. Hardy will play infamous criminals Ronnie and Reggie Kray, who ruled London's organised crime scene in the 1950s and 1960s, in a new movie about the notorious gangsters.
Kemp played Reggie alongside his brother and Spandau Ballet bandmate Gary as Ronnie in 1990 drama The Krays, and he has wished Hardy luck taking on the challenge of playing both characters.
Kemp says, "He's gonna play both parts, interesting. I had enough trouble playing one part. Tom's a great actor. That's his decision so I wish him luck."
The World Music Awards kicked off more than an hour late on Tuesday (27May14) after opening act Mariah Carey was late taking to the stage, according to a report. The Hero hitmaker opened the show in Monaco with a performance of new song Meteorite prior to picking up the Pop Icon Award, but she was delayed by around 60 minutes, prompting organisers to push the evening's schedule back.
Editors at Britain's The Sun newspaper report stars including Miley Cyrus were kept waiting, and the singer poked fun at Carey's tardiness in her acceptance speech as she picked up a prize, telling the crowd, "Thank God! I thought this party was never going to get started." Cyrus, who brought her younger brother Braison as her date for the event at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club, was named the World's Best Female Artist and her controversial Wrecking Ball music promo landed the trophy for World's Best Pop Video.
Ricky Martin was honoured with the Latin Legend accolade and Welsh singer Dame Shirley Bassey was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Cyrus closed the show with an emotional rendition of Wrecking Ball, while other performers included Jason DeRulo, Fall Out Boy, Flo Rida and British rapper Tinie Tempah. The complete list of winners will be revealed when the show airs in the U.S. on Wednesday (28May14).
Coldplay star Chris Martin became an honorary member of Kings Of Leon on Sunday (25May14) when he joined the U.S. rockers onstage at Radio 1's Big Weekend festival in Glasgow, Scotland. The Yellow singer was all smiles as he teamed up with Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill for part of the group's opening set, just hours after his band had closed out Saturday night (24Jun14) at the festival.
The impressive weekend line-up also included appearances by One Direction, Calvin Harris, Lily Allen, Paolo Nutini, Katy Perry, The Vamps, Rita Ora and John Newman, who was thrilled to be a part of the big event.
Speaking backstage, the singer said, "It's crazy, Kings Of Leon have just come onstage... and One Direction yesterday at 1pm - it's opening up strong straight away. To be given a main stage opportunity the first year I've done it solo is incredible and I've kind of got to make the most out of it.
"I've played Glasgow and I've got a weird curse about travelling to Glasgow where my bus breaks down or we're always late or something, but we always manage to get here, and every time we do get here you know it's always an incredible gig, so thank you to Glasgow."