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."
Ever since she used the term "conscious uncoupling," Gwyneth Paltrow has had her personal life under a microscope. But Paltrow is no stranger to oversharing, bringing the details of her lavish lifestyle to her weekly GOOP newsletter (much to the ire of working moms everywhere). Thankfully for celebrities like Paltrow, there is more than one bright side to splitting up.
That's why even in the midst of a very public divorce, GP is still sitting pretty -- compared to the rest of us, at least. Here's why your day-to-day just doesn't measure up:
You have to work all year round. Paltrow has said she only makes one movie a year, for which she cuts a multi-million dollar paycheck. How many vacation days have you saved up so far?
You don't have time to know what "macrobiotic" means.Following Paltrow's customized diet would drain both your bank account and your sanity.
You wear "real" clothes.Your monthly clothing budget looks more like your water bill than your mortgage. Paltrow is BFFs with A-list designers like Stella McCartney.
Your gifts suck.When the holidays roll around, you and your girlfriends play white elephant with a budget in the double digits. In her 2013 GOOP gift guide, Paltrow recommended a set of PJs for your BF that would set you back almost $450 -- before the custom monogram.
Your personal trainer is your DVD player.And by making house calls to check your form, you mean your toddler climbing on your back during plank. Paltrow is a Tracy Anderson protege and her business partner.
Your self renewal process is (fingers crossed) a morning shower.Paltrow famously endures multiple detoxes each year to heal and cleanse -- every day is a detox for you because you don't have time to eat until dinner.
You're still trying to get a reservation at Babbo.When Paltrow wanted to learn the finer nuances of Italian cooking, she went on a road trip with chef and owner Mario Batali.GIPHY
You and your girlfriends enjoy a cocktail or two.Paltrow told the The Guardian in 2006 she didn't "like" drunk women and had no "drunk friends." Guess you'll be stuck hanging out at those lame places for drunk people: bars, clubs, concerts, events, etc. (Okay, maybe this is a reason your life is better.)
You only have one closet.For someone like Paltrow, who is constantly acquiring new pieces for her wardrobe, space is at a premium. So she calls in the experts at Vault Couture to catalogue and store her garments off-site. By browsing her online "vault" she can select items for rapid global delivery whenever she wants. Yes, she basically has the Clueless closet.
Your vacations are anything but transformative.Even though she described the accommodations at Mii amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona as "nothing to write home about" in the December 11, 2013 issue of GOOP, she still suggests shelling out between $2,265 and $2,500 for a three-day therapeutic journey in a double-occupancy room. Per person.
You're stuck living within your means.Perhaps justifying her anything-but-normal life, Paltrow told Elle UK in 2009 "I am who I am. I can't pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year." We could give her some tips.
You've consumed your share of subpar dairy.At the iTunes Festival in 2011, Paltrow declared, "I'd rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin." Who knew Cheese Whiz was a gateway drug?
If this sounds like you, don't fret. At least no one has to know.
Bob Hoskins' daughter marked Father's Day on Sunday (15Jun14) by writing an emotional tribute to her late father. The Who Framed Roger Rabbit actor passed away in April (14) at the age of 71, prompting an outpouring of grief among his fans and fellow stars.
Hoskins' actress daughter Rosa has now shared her sadness in the aftermath of her dad's death by writing a moving tribute to the veteran star in honour of Father's Day.
In an article for Britain's Style magazine, she writes, "Father's Day was never particularly special in the Hoskins household. Dad didn't believe in token Hallmark (card company) holidays... In fact, he had no interest in celebrating himself or his achievements...
"Dad was never... dazzled by fame or superficial glamour - to use his words, 'It's all cobblers!' Despite his success, what he cherished most was spending time with us at home. Make no mistake, he loved his job and relished every role... He loved his job, but he loved us more."
Rosa goes on to explain how Hoskins' family gathered around him in the final few weeks before his death from pneumonia.
She adds, "During his final months, I was with him every day. I sat next to him and put my hand in his... Although our long goodbye was pain like I've never known, we had the opportunity to express pure love. His last words to me were, 'You are the most beautiful girl in the world, I love you so much.'"
Hoskins was also father to another daughter, Sarah, and two sons, Alex and Jack.
Actress and playwright Amanda Peet is adding children's author to her resume after signing a deal to release her first kids' book. Picture book Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein, co-created by her friend Andrea Troyer, centres on a young Jewish girl who questions why Father Christmas never visits her home over the winter holidays. The story, which will be published by Random House next year (15), was inspired by Peet's own two kids, who wondered why they didn't have a Christmas tree.
Jennifer Lawrence and her boyfriend Nicholas Hoult are preparing to move in together after making an offer on an English country house, according to a U.K. report. The Oscar-winning actress has been dating her X-Men: First Class co-star on and off since 2011, and she is now reportedly stepping up the relationship by moving from her native America to set up home with the Brit.
The couple has reportedly made an offer on a seven-bedroom barn conversion near Hook in Hampshire, England, according to Britain's The Sun.
They reportedly decided to buy the property after viewing it together over the Christmas holidays (13), but it is not known if their offer on the $2.1 million (£1.3 million) home has been accepted.
The house is close to Hoult's parents, who live just a few miles away.
"We moved into Gwen Stefani's old house... Over the holidays we were collecting holiday cards meant for her. So I have some of her mail, I was wondering if you could pass this on to her. I really wanted to open it but I hear it's against the law." Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson asks U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to pass on mail he's accumulated over the past few months belonging to her friend, Gwen Stefani. The singer and her husband Gavin Rossdale moved out of the Los Angeles mansion in 2007, and Ferguson and his new husband Justin Mikita purchased the home last November (13).
Relations between Charlie Sheen and his ex-wife Denise Richards appear to have hit a new low following a series of recent spats. The former couple seemed close in recent years following its bitter break-up and custody battle, and Richards even took in the actor's twin sons when their mother, Brooke Mueller, was admitted to rehab last year (13).
Sheen and his ex also teamed up when Richards confessed the four year olds had become too much for her to handle and they needed psychiatric help for a series of behavioural issues.
But the former couple fell out at the end of last year (13) after she allegedly pulled the plug on plans for him to join her and their daughters, Sam and Lola, over the holidays, and Sheen started attacking the actress on Twitter.com.
In one tweet sent 10 days before Christmas, he posted a picture of a baseball bat given to the couple as a wedding souvenir chopped into pieces, alongside the caption: "The lie is over. I'm done being treated like a relative with a one-way ticket."
Richards responded by asking her ex to "keep it classy dude," adding, "Our kids don't need to be privy to this, U are welcome 2 spend xmas w/ (with) us Hope u still come. U were & are welcome 2 see them... Please 4 our kids stop this (sic)."
But now it seems Sheen is keen to start 2014 as he ended 2013 - by blasting his ex on Twitter.
In a tweet posted on Tuesday (14Jan14), he writes, "Hey denise I own the farm. yet you are only pig in the pen to sling mud bile & sh**e every inch your evil cloven hoofs trample (sic). c #Oink."
Meanwhile, rumours persist that Sheen is hoping to evict Richards from a property he owns close to his own home in Hollywood.
Actress Julianna Margulies experienced a nightmare return home from her recent family winter vacation - flights were delayed, her luggage went missing and when she finally got back to New York, she discovered her apartment had been flooded during the holidays. The Good Wife star's Manhattan home looked very different to the one she shows off in the pages of the new Architectural Digest magazine, which ironically hit the streets the day the star returned from a trip to Colorado.
She tells U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, "We went skiing for Christmas this year. We went and stayed at the Marriott in Denver... We were fine and then they lost our luggage, and that's fine. It happens... The whole time I kept saying to my son, 'We have our health'.
"Then we walked into our brand new apartment with this (magazine) in the mail - and everything was flooded. The whole place had completely flooded from the guy upstairs. His radiator exploded."
But Margulies is staying upbeat about the drama, adding, "At least we have pictures (of what it used to look like)."
The holidays have officially come and gone, which means that Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back with new episodes (and two shiny Golden Globe nominations). Onscreen, Boyle has also returned after taking a bullet to the butt to protect a fellow officer. Unfortunately for the rest of the precinct, he's still in a cast, which means that he's riding around on a mobility scooter and causing chaos everywhere he rolls. However, Holt is insistent that they all try and make his first day back special, even if that means taking an "adventure in diarrhea" and letting him pick lunch or holding him up to help him use that bathroom.
Meanwhile, Diaz has finally caught the perp she's been chasing on fraud charges, but he claims to be able to help Jake catch the "Pontiac Bandit," a car thief he's been chasing for years. He convinces her to drop the collar to catch his criminal, which turns out to be the wrong course of action when Doug Judy (guest star Craig Robinson) reveals himself to have been the "Pontiac Bandit" all along, and escapes. And in the midst of all of this, Holt has two puppies that he's desperately trying to give away to someone in the precinct before their cuteness starts to undercut his authority.
With the 99th precinct back to it's usual, insane antics, who managed to stand out this week and become the MVPs of "Pontiac Bandit?"
Captain HoltIt's pretty obvious at this point in the season that we love everything that Andre Braugher does on this show, but his trademark deadpan delivery was heightened this week by the absurd addition of two "small dogs." Watching him carry those puppies around and attempt to discipline his officers despite the cute additions was a great twist to the usual Holt storyline. - After Boyle runs over Holt's foot with his new scooter: "I am in... incredible pain."- Holt attempts to explain the presence of the puppies: "My husband's dog Cheddar had relations with the neighbor dog, Karate, and produced these two smaller dogs." Holt could not be less comfortable around puppies if he tried. - Watching Jake struggling to do solve a basic math equation: "Do you need a math tutor? Because the department will provide one for you."- Holt wants to give the puppies to Terry, and introduces them with, "This is Richard, and this is Dan. They are puppies." Then, when Terry turns the offer down, Holt holds them up to his face and lets him know that "All three of us are disappointed in you."- On Gina: "She live-tweets everything. Ruined Downton Abbey for me."
Gina LinettiUsually, when Gina doesn't have a subplot of her own, she tends to disappear into the background with just one or two quips to remind us of her presence, which is a shame, because Chelsea Peretti is one of the show's greatest assets. This week, however, we still got plenty of Gina, even after she escaped to the evidence room to get away from Boyle and his enthusiastic clumsiness. - When Boyle spills hot coffee down his cast, Gina decides to counteract that by pouring an entire container of milk down after it. - Before escaping to the evidence room, she left a note on her desk that simply said "Gone Leaving."- "I've redirected all of Captain Holt's calls to my cell phone, my battery is at full charge, and I have loose diner mints in my purse. This is my home now."- Only Gina would come up with a secret escape plan to avoid Boyle and then live-tweet her afternoon.
Jake Peralta, Rosa Diaz, and Doug JudyPeralta and Diaz haven't had too many scenes together thus far, but Andy Samberg and Stephanie Beatriz have great chemistry, and so it was great to see them get an entire story arc together. The fact that they went to the Academy together was a great way to explain the bond between them — they have always felt like the most natural pairing on the show — and it added some emotion and depth to their chase. Robinson is a perfect guest for this show, adding the right amount of goofiness to the plot. Hopefully, the open ending will give the show an opportunity to bring him back in the future. - Jake, testing out if he should change his name: "Does that sound better? Jack Peralta: Crocodile Hunter!" Diaz: "Yes."- Jake: "The Pontiac Bandit!" Doug: "We called him Bill, but whatever."- After finding out that Doug's mother thinks he's an architect with "all-white employees," Jake quips, "Why don't you just tell her you're an astronaut?" Doug: "Because space is scary! Look what it did to Sandy Bullock!"- Diaz practically bent over backwards trying to avoid letting Doug kiss her, and it was hilarious. - In order to keep Jake from looking like a cop on their sting, Doug puts him in a giant white tuxedo. Diaz's reaction? "You look like a Boyz II Men Easter album."- Jake, on the suit: "Is it triple-breasted somehow?"
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a fractured pelvis in a skiing accident in Switzerland. The 59-year-old leader was skiing in the Swiss region of Engadin, near top resort St. Moritz, over the Christmas (13) holidays when the accident occurred.
She has been ordered to rest over the next three weeks and has cancelled a number of official appointments while continuing her work from home.
Her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, says, "It goes without saying that as chancellor, she is capable of acting as well as communicating fully."
Merkel's skiing accident happened around the same time her fellow countryman, Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher, was left in a coma after hitting his head on a rock on the slopes in Meribel, France. He remains in a critical condition.