British pop star Boy George has defended his decision to attend the BRIT Awards last month (Feb14) sporting a fake bruise on his face, insisting the stunt garnered him "more publicity than people who won awards". The Culture Club singer hit headlines after he walked the red carpet at the music prizegiving in London wearing make-up designed to look as though he had been beaten up, and the stunt sparked criticism from many fans.
He subsequently wrote in a post on his Twitter.com page, "There's something sexy about a shiner and a quiff."
However, Boy George is unrepentant about the controversial move, and admits he was pleased with the amount of attention he garnered.
He tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "Why do you think I went to the BRIT Awards with a bruise on my eye? I got more publicity than people who won awards. I was on the news. Still got it! You don't have to do much these days. People are quite boring. Artists don't have opinions any more."
Pop star-turned-TV presenter Dannii Minogue has confirmed she is dating music producer Adrian Newman and insists she is "happy" with her new man. The pair sparked rumours of a romance in January (14) when they were spotted strolling hand-in-hand on a street in Sydney and soaking up the rays with Minogue's three-year-old son Ethan, her child with ex-boyfriend Kris Smith.
Now Minogue has confirmed the romance and admits she is smitten with the Australian songwriter/producer, who has worked with acts including The Veronicas, Jesse McCartney and En Vogue.
Minogue, who split from Smith in 2012, tells the U.K.'s Hello! magazine, "I am happy! There's nothing more to say on that. I'm happy."
Australian actress Wendy Hughes has died, aged 61. Hughes, who was one of Australia's most prolific TV and film stars, passed away in Sydney on Saturday (08Mar14). Reports suggest she had been battling cancer before her death.
She began her career in theatre before turning to TV and film. She enjoyed parts in Australian movies such as 1978's Newsfront and My Brilliant Career opposite Sam Neill. She found fame internationally with the release of acclaimed drama Lonely Hearts in 1982.
Her TV credits include roles in shows such as The Man From Snowy River and Return To Eden.
Hughes' former co-star Neill, who went on to find success in Hollywood, has paid tribute to his former colleague, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "Very distressed to hear Wendy Hughes, loveable, outrageous, beautiful, hilarious, talented, utterly gorgeous friend has died..."
The Jurassic Park star later added a picture of himself working with Hughes and added, "The very last time we worked together, how sad - never again. That lovely girl."
Australian stars Steve Peacocke and Bridgette Sneddon are engaged. The pair, who co-star on soap opera Home and Away, are set to walk down the aisle after nine years of dating.
A post on the show's official website reads, "We can confirm that Steve Peacocke and Bridgette Sneddon are engaged!"
The couple met while studying at the University of Western Sydney in 2005.
Bruno Mars' tour of Australia has been marred by illness after the star fell sick on the road. The singer kicked off his Moonshine Jungle dates Down Under last month (Feb14), but he has now been forced to axe his show in Brisbane on Friday (07Mar14) due to a bout of ill health.
A statement posted on the website of the gig venue, the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, reads, "Due to illness, Bruno Mars' sold out performance... at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre - Friday March 7 - will not proceed and has been rescheduled to Thursday March 13 at the same venue. All tickets held for tomorrow night's Brisbane show will be valid for the new date without need for exchange."
No details about the Grenade star's health battle have been revealed.
Mars' concert in Sydney on Saturday (08Mar14) was still on track as WENN went to press.
Australian actress Jodi Gordon is a first-time mother after welcoming a daughter on Sunday (02Mar14). The former Home and Away star, 28, gave birth to a little girl, her first child with her rugby player husband Braith Anasta, according to the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
No more details were available as WENN went to press.
The couple married in 2012 and announced their baby news in August (13).
Australian singer Jack Vidgen has undergone an operation to remove a tumour from behind his eye. The 17 year old, who shot to fame Down Under after winning Australia's Got Talent in 2011, underwent surgery on Wednesday (26Feb14).
Surgeons decided to remove the benign mass after discovering it during a scan on Monday (24Feb14).
Announcing his health scare on Facebook.com, the teen writes, "I have been trying to decide whether to go public with this. But you guys have been a big part of the last 3 years of my life so here it is.
"First off I had to have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging scan) on Monday - it showed there was a mass lesion (tumour) behind my eye. I then saw an ocular plastic surgeon who said it had to come out urgently."
He is now recovering at home in Sydney.
Rocker Bruce Springsteen had an intimate meeting with some of Australia's wildlife backstage at his concert in Sydney. The Born in the U.S.A. hitmaker and The E Street Band performed at Sydney's Allphones Arena earlier this month (Feb14), and the music legend had a brush with some of the country's iconic creatures before he took to the stage.
Staff from the Featherdale Wildlife Park, located on the outskirts of Sydney, brought several animals including a wombat and a diamond python to the venue ahead of the show to meet the rock icon.
One picture published in Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper shows the music star cradling a wombat, while others show Springsteen with a snake wrapped around his neck.
A Featherdale spokeswoman revealed the animals were brought in before the concert started and were not subjected to any noise from the gig: "We bought them in backstage before the show started."
Kylie Minogue surprised fans in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday night (26Feb14) by performing a one-song gig at a hotel in the city. She announced the show on Twitter.com shortly before she took to the stage.
Rapper 2 Chainz will not be performing at an upcoming music festival in Australia after he was denied permission to enter the country. The hip-hop star was due to perform at the Future Music Festival in Sydney next month (Mar14), but officials Down Under have refused to grant him a visa.
Organisers have now been forced to remove 2 Chainz from the line-up. They say in a statement, "We've been regrettably advised that 2 Chainz is unable to travel to Australia at this time. Both parties are disappointed - FMF (Future Music Festival) HQ loves 2 Chainz, and can't wait to get him down to Australia as soon as we can."
The rapper writes in a post on his Twitter.com page, "To my Aussie fans, due to reasons beyond my control I will not be at Future Festival this year... hopefully I can make it there soon!"
The festival will go ahead with sets from stars including Rudimental, Tinie Tempah and Deadmau5.
2 Chainz was previously forced to axe an appearance at another Australian music event, the Movement Festival, last year (13) due to visa issues.