New mum Amy Lee has revealed she has no plans for Evanescence for "the foreseeable future". The singer has just released the Aftermath soundtrack for the War Story movie and admits fans of her group needn't hold their breath as they await new material - because it could be some way off.
She tells Rolling Stone, "The situation is we're not doing it now. I don't like to make predictions about the future, because I'm honestly open-minded, and I would never want to say I'm done with any of it, because it's a huge part of me. I've loved my time with Evanescence, I wouldn't want to just throw it away, but, for the foreseeable future, I don't have any plans to do anything with the band.
"It's really important to me to take some time to show some different sides of myself... There does need to be other outlets for me to make music."
And Lee admits that motherhood has made her rethink her life as a touring rock star, adding, "The days of living on the road and an album cycle be this giant daunting thing of working in the studio for six months then going on the road for a year or two, they're behind me (sic)."
Lee became a first-time mum in July (14) when she gave birth to son Jack Lion.
British pop star Holly Johnson has opened up about living with HIV, insisting he is amazed he is still alive 23 years after his diagnosis. The former Frankie Goes to Hollywood frontman was diagnosed with the illness in 1991 and thought he would be the latest in a long line of famous faces who fell victim to AIDS.
However, the development of medications to control the illness means Johnson is living with the disease, and he has now detailed the effects it has on his life.
He tells The Observer Magazine, "A considerable amount of effort goes into it. I live like a nun. I don't drink, I don't smoke, I haven't done for years. I take copious amounts of vitamins and medications. I do everything possible to support my health.
"But I'm in the same boat with millions of people who have other illnesses. Unfortunately the drugs have side effects. I've developed type 2 diabetes now because of that, and I have to take more medication for that.
"But I'm not whining about it, and I never will. Because I'm so lucky in many respects. Many beautiful friends who were my gay extended family have gone... (Freddie Mercury) wasn't the only friend who died in 1991. Or 1990. Or 1985 even. It got closer and closer to me as the years went by. So I was fully expecting that I was next."
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Olivia Wilde co-hosted an indoor charity cycle event in New York City on Friday (19Sep14).
The Tron: Legacy actress teamed up with her colleague Barbara Burchfield, the co-founder of Wilde's Conscious Commerce charity website, to launch the fundraiser at the Soulcycle indoor exercise studio in Manhattan.
The event was in aid of The Global Citizen Movement, which aims to end poverty worldwide by 2030, and all proceeds were pledged to Global Citizen's charity partner, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Conscious Commerce is Wilde and Burchfield's fundraising website which they call an "experiment in living (and shopping) with a conscience".
Australian actress Tessa James is undergoing treatment for cancer. The former Home and Away star has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, and is set for chemotherapy over the next few months.
James, 23, had been living in the U.S. to pursue her acting career Stateside after leaving the Australian soap opera in 2011, but she has now returned to her native Australia to be with her rugby player husband Nate Myles.
A statement released by James' representatives reads, "Tessa will be undergoing chemotherapy over the next few months. Tessa and Nate would like to thank all for their well wishes and would ask for privacy during this very difficult time."
James was previously seen onscreen in another Australian soap, Neighbours, before joining Home and Away.
Legendary Bond girl Honor Blackman has taken a swipe at her former co-star Sir Sean Connery for accepting a knighthood and backing Scottish independence while living abroad. The actress, who played Pussy Galore in 1964 007 movie Goldfinger, once turned down the offer to be appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Now she admits she is baffled why her former onscreen colleague accepted his honour from the British Establishment in 2000 while he lives overseas.
Blackman tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I think they were quite shocked when I declined. But since I'm a republican I thought it would be somewhat hypocritical to pop up to (Buckingham) Palace.
"Not like Sean, who accepts a knighthood but never comes here... and supported a yes vote in the (Scottish independence) referendum. But I don't think he thinks deeply about politics."
"I've stopped and started at various points. It's like living my life all over again. I wrote several chapters two years ago and thought, 'Oh, God, I am so bored with my life'. But I'll try to do it." Barbra Streisand promises fans she will do her best to complete her memoirs in the near future.
The Allman Brothers star Gregg Allman is to be feted with a Living Legend award at the upcoming Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ceremony. The rocker will join Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper, among other recipients of the trophy, on 4 November (14) in Hollywood.
He says, "I am so very honoured to be receiving this award from Classic Rock. The magazine is one of my favourites and they are always so generous to me and the Brothers."
Publication editor Sian Llewellyn adds, "Gregg has touched the lives of rock fans all over the globe for over four decades. I'm thrilled that we can call him Classic Rock Magazine's Living Legend 2014."
The accolade comes during a difficult year for Allman - his movie biopic Midnight Rider was stalled in February (14) following the death of a camera assistant on the set of the film. Sarah Jones was filming in Georgia, when she was hit and killed by a train. Allman attempted to pull the film from production altogether after the fatal accident.
Soul singer Bobby Womack left sizeable debts behind following his death in June (14). The If You Think You're Lonely Now hitmaker's widow Regina has filed court documents showing an unpaid loan of $400,000 (£250,000) and child support payments amounting to $250,000 (£156,250) for two sons living in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Editors of TMZ.com report Womack left little to his family after his death, with documents showing he had $52,000 (£32,500) in cash and $7,250 (£4,531) in assets, including a car and jewellery.
Royalties and music rights for the singer are valued at $350,000 (£218,750).
Beyonce and Jay Z are planning to swap New York for Los Angeles by moving to California, according to a U.S. report.
The couple has been living in the Big Apple for the last few years but spent the summer renting a home in California, and a new report now suggests the pair is planning a permanent move to America's West Coast.
Editors of TMZ.com report the stars have been spotted viewing a sprawling $85 million (£53 million) mansion in Beverly Hills. The house boasts eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a 16-car garage and a 24-seat movie theatre.
Singer Jewel's homeless nightmare began after she was fired for not agreeing to sleep with her boss at a computer warehouse. The Standing Still hitmaker famously lived well below the poverty line when she was a struggling young singer, and lived out of her car in between gigs until she landed a record deal.
And she reveals her tough times started when she snubbed the advances of her boss.
She recalls, "I was answering phones in a computer warehouse and my boss took me aside one day to have a talk with me, I thought about my sales performance, but he propositioned me and when I wouldn't sleep with him, he wouldn't give me my pay cheque and I couldn't pay my rent and I got kicked out."
She initially thought that living in her car in San Diego, California would be fine, but she struggled to get back on her feet when she fell ill.
Jewel tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "I got bad kidneys and I got really, really sick; I actually almost died in the parking lot on an emergency room because they wouldn't see me because I didn't have any (medical) insurance.
"Luckily a doctor heard me get turned away and I had blood poisoning; I was gonna die in my car... He came out and gave me antibiotics.
"Then my car got stolen... which totally sucked."
But Jewel's fortunes turned around and she made a point of naming those who had helped her and shaming those who didn't.
The doctor who saved her life remained her medical guru as she built her career. She explains, "He lives in Hawaii now; he treated me for many, many years for free all through my homelessness, and then when I was building my career and then I was finally able to pay him."
And she even mentioned her disgusting former boss on her first record, adding, "I said thank you for firing me because that got me to writing songs and it ended up getting me discovered... He apologised."