Actress/model Kelly Brook has vowed to work on her temper amid the fallout from her domestic violence confession. The Piranha 3D star hit headlines earlier this month (Sep14) when it emerged her new memoir, Close Up, contains recollections of how she previously punched two ex-lovers in the face.
The victims were identified as Hollywood star Jason Statham and British rugby ace Danny Cipriani, and Brook was subjected to even more criticism when she tried to laugh off the incidents during an appearance on a U.K. TV show last week (ends14Sep14).
However, she has now admitted her behaviour was unacceptable, and she blames it on being brought up in a home where her mother and father often came to blows.
Brook tells Britain's Daily Mail, "I think if you come from a background where you're disrespected that's how you retaliate, it's natural. It's obviously something I need to work on because I don't want to go around punching people... I have a real tolerance threshold, but sometimes these boys just push your buttons and it's a wake-up call: 'This cannot continue.'"
Latin singer J. Balvin and actors Erik Hayser and Juan Diego Covarrubias have been named among People En Espanol's top 10 sexiest men of 2014. Musicians Luis Coronel and Maluma, actor/singer Lenny De La Rosa, and TV personalities Danilo Carrera, Guad Venegas and William Valdes also made the cut, but the coveted title for Sexiest Man of the Year went to new Real Madrid soccer ace James Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the World Cup quarter finals this summer (14).
Gushing about her husband to the magazine, Rodriguez's wife Daniela Ospina says, "(He's) a very attractive man. But what I most like is the way he is, his personality. It's what I really love."
British actress/model Kelly Brook has come under fire from anti-domestic violence campaigners after she described punching her ex-boyfriend Jason Statham. Brook made the revelation in her new book Up Close, revealing she smacked the actor in the face after she caught him flirting with Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow at Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie in 2000.
She wrote, "He started to swing his hips from side to side and do a little jive with his arms, saying: 'Gywnnie, Gwynnie, Gwynnie. Sexy, sexy, sexy!' He turned round, only to be met with my fist in his face."
Brook also described hitting another ex-boyfriend, rugby ace Danny Cipriani, after she discovered he had given his phone number to a stripper in Las Vegas, and her comments have sparked outrage among campaigners against domestic abuse.
Mark Brooks, chairman of ManKind, a charity which supports male victims of abuse, tells Britain's The Independent newspaper, "I am extremely disappointed that there is no public backlash against the actions of Ms Brook as if the genders were reversed then there rightly would be. It would then lead the news agenda, politicians would be speaking out and social media would be alive with comment.
"Sadly, because men are the victims there is a deathly silence which shows how far we need to go before all victims of domestic abuse are treated the same."
Sandra Horley, of U.K. domestic violence charity Refuge, adds, "Domestic violence is always unacceptable. Regardless of age, background, gender or sexuality, there is no excuse for using violence against a partner."
Country star Carrie Underwood is set to become a first-time mum.
The Before He Cheats hitmaker, who is married to ice hockey player Mike Fisher, took to her Instagram.com account on America's Labor Day holiday on Monday (01Sep14) to share the exciting news with her followers.
She posted a photo of herself with her two dogs, sporting shirts revealing they are going to become a "big brother" and "big sister", and in the accompanying caption, she wrote, "In honor of 'Labor' Day, Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn't be happier..."
Underwood and Fisher wed in 2010.
Superstar Diana Ross blessed her son Evan's marriage to Ashlee Simpson on Sunday (31Aug14) by personally officiating the ceremony at her Greenwich, Connecticut home. The couple tied the knot in front of friends and family over the weekend, with Ashlee's newlywed sister Jessica Simpson serving as matron of honour as the bride's niece Maxwell, two, and nephew Ace, 14 months, took on the roles of flower girl and ring bearer, respectively.
Ashlee's own son, five-year-old Bronx Mowgli, with her rocker ex Pete Wentz, walked his mum down the aisle.
Further details about the ceremony have since emerged, with Ross presiding over the nuptials herself and later treating the wedding party to a rare performance of her 1981 hit Endless Love.
A source tells People.com, "When Diana got up to sing at the reception, she surprised everyone, even her kids! She was the only one on the dance floor and everyone rushed to see her."
Ross wasn't the only celebrity wedding officiant this weekend (30-31Aug14) - actress Essence Atkins also helped to marry her best pal Gabrielle Union and her new husband, basketball star Dwyane Wade, at a lavish ceremony in Miami, Florida.
Actress Essence Atkins added wedding officiant to her resume over the weekend (30-31Aug14) by presiding over the nuptials between her best friend Gabrielle Union and basketball ace Dwyane Wade. The Bad Boys II star decided against having bridesmaids accompany her down the aisle in Miami, Florida on Saturday, and instead turned to her close pal and former Deliver Us from Eva co-star Atkins and her husband, Jaime Mendez, to lead the ceremony.
Speaking before the weekend celebration, Atkins revealed she got ordained some time ago, but admitted Union and Wade's wedding was going to be her first time serving as an officiant.
She said, "I'm actually officiating the ceremony... My husband and I are officiating the ceremony. My husband did the ceremony for (actor) Alfonso Ribeiro about two years ago and then they (Union and Wade) asked us to do it together, so we are officiating."
Guests at the Chateau Artisan castle ceremony reportedly included comedian Kevin Hart and Wade's basketball star pals LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen and Carmelo Anthony, while R&B star John Legend was on hand to serenade the newlyweds.
Rockers Mr Big have found their drummer Pat Torpey's replacement after Parkinson's disease forced him to cut back on his onstage duties ahead of the group's upcoming world tour. Ace Frehley's longtime sidekick Matt Starr will step up for the band.
He says, "I'm grateful to announce I will be filling in for Mr Big drummer Pat Torpey on their upcoming tour. Pat is an exceptional drummer and an inspiration for many reasons. I am humbled to have the opportunity to sit in his chair. I will remain the drummer for Ace Frehley."
Torpey is expected to hit the stage for the band's acoustic sets for as long as his condition allows him.
Earlier this summer (Jul14), Torpey told Blabbermouth.net he has been fighting symptoms of Parkinson's disease for the past two years, but his diagnosis was only confirmed recently.
He said, "I intend to fight the disease with the same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability."
Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross have tied the knot.
The couple exchanged vows on Sunday (31Aug14) during a private ceremony at the Greenwich, Connecticut mansion of the groom's mum, Diana Ross, according to multiple reports.
The bride's newlywed sister Jessica Simpson served as Ashlee's matron of honour, almost two months after her own wedding to husband Eric Johnson, while her kids Maxwell, two, and son Ace, 14 months, took on the roles of flower girl and ring bearer, respectively. Bronx Mowgli, Ashlee's five-year-old son with ex-husband Pete Wentz, walked his mum down the aisle.
This is actor Ross' first marriage and the second for Simpson, who was married to the Fall Out Boy rocker from 2008 to 2011. Ross proposed to Simpson in January (14) after just six months of dating.
The bride's father, Joe Simpson, was clearly thrilled about the big day, posting a tweet hours before the nuptials, which read, "Today my little girl gets married. Congrats Ashlee and Evan."
Reports suggest Simpson wore a pearl-embellished white wedding dress and $750,000 (GBP441,000)-worth of Neil Lane rubies.
Actress Gabrielle Union wed sports star Dwyane Wade in an intimate ceremony in Florida on Saturday (30Aug14). The Bad Boys II star wore a Dennis Basso gown as she exchanged vows with the basketball ace in front of a small gathering of family and friends at the 'Chateau Artisan' moated castle in Miami.
R&B singer John Legend performed for guests, who were also treated to a 1930s-style juke joint-themed reception, according to People.com.
Union and Wade, who have been dating since 2009, have both been married before - the actress divorced U.S. football star Chris Howard in 2006 after five years of marriage, while Wade's union to Siohvaughn Funches, the mother of two of his sons, lasted from 2002 until their divorce in 2010.
The Miami Heat star also fathered another boy with longtime friend Aja Metoyer during a brief split from Union last year (13).
Soccer ace David Beckham escaped unscathed after losing control of his motorcycle in Los Angeles on Thursday (28Aug14).
The British sportsman and father of four, 39, was leaving Shamrock Tattoo in West Hollywood when he reportedly swerved to avoid the paparazzi and ended up falling off his custom-built Super Vintage '93 Knuckle bike on Sunset Boulevard.
The red-faced sports star and model had to recruit pals from the tattoo parlour to help him wheel the motorbike back to the store, according to TMZ.com.