Rapper/actress Queen Latifah appears to have gone public with her romance with choreographer Eboni Nichols after the two women were photographed kissing on vacation. The Chicago star, 44, hasalways refused to comment on speculation about her sex life, recently insisting, "That's not anybody's business".
However, it appears she is finally ready to come clean about the nature of her relationship with Nichols after enjoying a romantic holiday in Sardinia, Italy with her earlier this month (Aug14).
Pictures obtained by editors at the National Enquirer show the rumoured couple hugging and locking lips on a beach outside the Hotel Cala di Volpe in Porto Cervo, and a source tells the publication, "They enjoyed a few drinks and soaked up the sun, then went for a walk along the beach and kissed just before sunset.
"It was clear they enjoyed each other's company, and Queen didn't care who was watching."
Latifah, real name Dana Owens, has been linked to Nichols since allegedly splitting from personal trainer Jeanette Jenkins in 2011.
Authorities in China have shut down the 2104 Beijing Independent Film Festival. Officials blocked the entrance to the festival in Songzhuang on Sunday (24Aug14) just as the event was getting underway, and refused to let film fans and those involved enter the Li Xianting Film Fund centre setting for the 11th annual event.
A notice, which read "Announcement. The festival is hereby called off" and signed by the Xiaopu Village Committee, was attached to the door of the premises.
A series of films and promotional sessions scheduled for the day were cancelled.
It is still not clear why the festival was axed.
Rita Ora was convinced she would have to scrap her second prizegiving performance in as many weeks after her collaborator Iggy Azalea fell off stage two days before the MTV Video Music Awards.
The R.I.P. hitmaker had to axe her set at the Teen Choice Awards earlier this month (Aug14) after her ex-boyfriend, DJ Calvin Harris, refused to grant her permission to sing their collaborative track I Will Never You Let You Down. She had also booked an awards appearance with Azalea at the VMAs, but Ora feared she would have to scrap that performance too after the Australian rapper took a nasty tumble during a benefit concert two days before the big show.
However, Azalea was not seriously hurt and the pair was able to take to the stage together to perform their track Black Widow on Sunday night (24Aug14).
Ora tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Bless her. I was just happy she was OK because, God forbid, we couldn't perform together after all that. Can you imagine? We've been doing three performances a day together to make sure when we release this song it was about unity. To us, this is a duet about female empowerment. We wanted to do a song where it's two blondes coming together as a unit."
Justin Bieber had a brush with police officers in Los Angeles this week (beg25Aug14) following an alleged dispute between a fan and his bodyguards.
The troubled pop star was reportedly dining with his on/off girlfriend Selena Gomez at the Dave & Buster's eaterie in the city's Hollywood & Highland Center on Monday night (25Aug14) when Bieber's bodyguards confronted a fan who had taken a video of the singer on her cell phone. The female devotee is said to have refused to hand over her phone to the security team, and police were subsequently called to the scene.
Officers of the Los Angeles Police Department attended but determined no crime had been committed. No arrests were made.
Officer Sara Faden tells the Los Angeles Times, "There's been no theft, no scuffle and no crime occurred."
Nicki Minaj has praised the dancer who was bitten by a snake during rehearsals for the rapper's set at the MTV Video Music Awards, revealing the brave stage star refused to let the injury stop her performing.
One of the hip-hop star's dancers was hurt by the reptile while practising a routine for Minaj's rendition of new single Anaconda, and she was hospitalised to treat the nasty bite. The snake was subsequently removed from the stage show, and Minaj reveals the bitten dancer refused to axe her performance at the prizegiving in Los Angeles on Sunday (24Aug14).
Minaj tells MTV.com, "One of dancers got bitten by a snake, and she handled it like a trooper. She went to the doctor, she's fine, she actually still performed."
Drummer Sheila E has confirmed she and and Prince were engaged in the 1980s. In her new memoir, The Beat of My Own Drum, the percussionist details the night the When Doves Cry hitmaker proposed to her during a concert in Europe in 1987, according to the New York Daily News.
She writes, "(He turned around half way into Purple Rain and mouthed), 'Marry me?'
"He blew me a kiss, turned to the audience, and took the most amazing guitar solo ever. For the rest of that year my relationship with Prince was a dream... We were with each other all day and all night."
Following the engagement, the couple split its time between Los Angeles and his native Minneapolis, but decided to keep the impending nuptials secret.
However, by the 1990s, the couple's relationship had deteriorated following numerous infidelities and the death blow for the romance came when Prince allegedly refused to allow Sheila to attend her grandmother's funeral.
She explains, "He was my boss, he reminded me. He signed the paycheques."
Paramore's performing skills were tested at the Reading Festival in England on Friday night (22Aug14) when their set was wrecked by a power failure. The speakers blew in the middle of a speech by singer Hayley Williams, and the American act had to improvise while engineers spent 15 minutes resolving the sound problem.
Williams and her bandmates sat down at the front of the stage and she told fans at the front, "The system is down but they're working on it. We're just going to pretend this never happened."
The power was finally restored to a single microphone, prompting the band to play an acoustic version of their ballad Only Exception.
Williams refused to let the sound issues ruin her night, telling fans, "I'm never going to forget this. Alright Reading that was unbelievable."
Full power was restored a few minutes later, allowing the band to wrap up their set with a medley of hits like Misery Business and Proof.
After the show, Williams wrote in post on Twitter.com, "The power outage in the middle of the set tonight was possibly the best thing that could've happened during our 1st headliner @ Reading (sic)... To be able to have a 100 per cent candid & vulnerable moment w/ (with) that many people & at such a high pressure show was so satisfying."
Queens Of The Stone Age headlined the first day of the weekend event, while former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way helped open proceedings with his first-ever solo festival show.
Punk trio Blink-182 headlined Reading's sister festival in Leeds, England.
Provocative hip-hop star M.I.A.'s three-year battle with America's National Football League officials over the rude finger gesture she flipped during the 2012 Super Bowl half-time show has been resolved. The star found her herself in big trouble after extending her middle finger during a performance with Madonna and league bosses took her to arbitration claiming she had breached her contract and tarnished the sport's reputation.
The Paper Planes hitmaker fought back, but the NFL bigwigs refused to back down, demanding over $16 million (GBP9.4 million) in damages.
News of the settlement, which has been confirmed by M.I.A.'s lawyer, comes days after reports suggesting the NFL chiefs have asked potential 2015 half-time performers like Coldplay, Katy Perry and Rihanna to pay them a portion of their post-performance revenue.
Next year's headliner has yet to be announced. Bruno Mars performed a half-time show at the Super Bowl earlier this year (14).
Mariah Carey's husband Nick Cannon has confirmed reports suggesting the couple has separated, revealing they have been living apart for months. Sources told People.com that TV presenter Cannon has been "staying in hotels" ever since the couple started experiencing a rough patch in its six-year marriage, but spending special family days together for the sake of twins Moroccan and Monroe.
The source adds that things "have been bad for a while", and now Cannon has told U.S. show The Insider, "There is trouble in paradise", adding, "We have been living in separate houses for a few months."
He refused to go into specifics but dismissed rumours that infidelity was to blame for the marriage breakdown.
He adds, "My main focus is my kids."
The couple wed in 2008 after a whirlwind courtship.
Actor Thomas Gibson's former manager is suing the star for commissions he insists he is owed following their split earlier this year (14). Frontline Entertainment Management's Craig Dorfman claims he is due 10 per cent of the $4.8 million (GBP2.8 million) annual salary his former client picks up as the star of TV series Criminal Minds.
According to documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by Deadline Hollywood, Dorfman has represented Gibson since 1996, and supported him through a series of career crises.
Dorfman claims Gibson has now breached an oral agreement made in 2003 by failing to pay him 10 per cent of his salary.
He alleges that his former client demanded the commissions be reduced to 7.5 per cent, and when Dorfman refused, he was terminated. He is seeking at least $480,000 (GBP282,000) in damages.