Frank Zappa's daughter Moon Unit has finalised her divorce from her musician husband Paul Doucette. Matchbox Twenty star Doucette will pay $8,000 (£5,000) a month in spousal support for five years and $6,000 (£3,750) a month in child support, according to TMZ.com.
The former couple has agreed to split the earnings from more than 50 songs written or co-written by Doucette, while the divorce documents also reportedly outline details for the upbringing of their nine-year-old daughter Mathilda.
The pair married in 2002, and Zappa filed for divorce in December, 2011.
Frank Zappa's widow has opened up about the unusual names the couple picked for its four children, revealing the late rock legend considered calling his eldest daughter Motorhead. The eccentric trailblazer and his wife Gail fell in love after meeting in 1966, and they later became parents to two daughters, Moon Unit and Diva Muffin, and sons Dweezil and Ahmet Emuukha Rodan.
Gail insists the bizarre names all have a special meaning within the family - Dweezil was a pet name which Zappa came up with, while Ahmet was the title of an imaginary butler, and Diva was given her moniker because she was a noisy baby.
Explaining Moon Unit's name, Gail tells Britain's The Times, "He said, 'You can name it Moon or Motorhead.' So of course, I know it's going to be Moon. You know, you're not (truly) related to your partner in life until you have a child together. So we became a family unit and that's the significance of Moon's middle name."
Zappa lost his battle with prostate cancer in 1993 when he was 52.
On the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death, his widow Yoko Ono made a vow that she would never leave the Manhattan apartment the couple lived in.
Lennon was gunned down by crazed fan Mark Chapman in front of the Dakota apartment building after arriving from a studio session with his wife on Dec. 8, 1980. Since then, Ono says she hasn't removed any of the ex-Beatle's clothes from his closet and hasn't remodeled, Reuters reports.
``Because his things are still there and he lived there, I feel his spirit very strongly,'' Ono said. ``All the memories of John are here, and I don't want to leave the place we created and things that he touched.''
Ono also said it would have made Lennon smile to know that the Beatles were still topping the charts 30 years after the band split. The band's latest release, "1," a compilation of all the Beatle's No. 1 hits, has reached No. 1 in 28 countries and is the fastest-selling album in history, having moved 12 million copies in less than a month.
In other Lennon news, a controversy is brewing over a 1 a.m. ET curfew imposed by New York City officials, which would limit Beatles fans' annual vigil to Lennon in Central Park.
Last year, police were able to disperse the crowd peacefully as the curfew time neared; however, this year they're expecting more than 1,000 people to pay tribute to Lennon in a small area of Central Park named "Strawberry Fields" and marked with a mosaic reading "Imagine" in Lennon's honor, Reuters reports.
Fans want the curfew lifted, but Mayor Rudolph Giuliani isn't budging.
``We don't keep the park open at night,'' Giuliani said at a news conference Thursday. ``It's a dangerous precedent to set. They can have their memorial until the park closes, and then when the park closes, the memorial is over."
A BUDDHIST WEDDING FOR MADONNA? Why not? She's already done the Hindu look. Reuters is reporting that Madonna and director-boyfriend Guy Ritchie will have a Buddhist ceremony when they tie the knot in a Scottish castle on Dec. 22.
The wedding site at Dornoch Cathedral near is a favorite wedding spot for the rich and famous.
Word is that Madonna, 42, wants a very peaceful ceremony without the glitz and helicopters that buzzed overhead at her first wedding in 1985 to actor Sean Penn.
So this time, the glitzy presence of white stretch limos are out, so are hats. The pop singer thinks they're old-fashioned. Uh, OK.
ZAPPA DAUGHTER THREATENED: A man who allegedly threatened to kill singer Moon Unit Zappa was arrested, The Associated Press reports. Mark Brownfield, 40, alleges that Zappa and her father, the late Frank Zappa, stole his lyrics for Zappa's 1980s hit "Valley Girl."
Brownfield mailed a package to the FBI's Santa Ana, Calif., office with documents on Oct. 30 in which he made the threat. He remains held without bail and awaits arraignment on Monday.
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As well as appearing on several of her father's records, Zappa has also performed on Julie Brown's Trapped In The Body Of A White Girl, The Vandals' Fear Of A Punk Planet and Gumby's Gumby.
Zappa has written regularly for The New York Times and published a novel, America, The Beautiful, in 2001.
"Professionally, having a famous dad has been nightmarish - a total hindrance. Because there's an association with my family. People think I'm wacky and they already think that before I walk in the room." Zappa quoted on The Independent, May 17, 2004.
As an adult, has almost always omitted her middle name professionally, preferring to be billed as Moon Zappa.