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Jeweler Confirms That Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied Secretly Married












Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied were suspected of wearing wedding bands when they attended Sunday’s Academy Awards in Hollywood. Jeweler Jamie Wolf confirmed to Us Weekly that the couple is indeed married. “I designed the rings worn by Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman,” Wolf told Us. “They were made with recycled platinum and conflict free diamonds.


There are no details on when and where the actress and the choreographer were married. Portman’s rep and manager did not reply to requests for comment from Us.

The couple fell in love on the set of Black Swan, and announced in late December 2010 that they were engaged and expecting a child. Their son Aleph was born in June 2011. Seen out and about at different award shows last year, the couple showed up looking ever more affectionate and in love at this year’s Academy Awards.

Since the couple is notoriously private, I doubt we’ll be seeing any wedding pictures. However, Natalie and Benjamin make a beautiful couple! Congrats to them!

Photos via: WireImage.com (top); Adriana M. Barraza/ WENN.com (bottom)

Kelly Clarkson Admits She Cheated With Teleprompter During National Anthem

When Kelly Clarkson performed the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, girlfriend nailed every single freakin’ note AND she remembered all the lyrics…unlike some people (ahem Christina). But get this, Kelly decided she wanted to “cheat” a little bit by using a lyric prompter so that she wouldn’t get skinned by the media if she accidentally flubbed.

And she even admitted that she begged her manager for a lyric prompter. She told The Bert Show, “I tried to cheat. I told my manager, ‘People are killing her (Aguilera)! Just have them up somewhere on video, we’ll make it look like it’s for the crowd!’ I felt so sorry for her – they killed her. Honestly, we’re human and how often do you sing that song? Never!”

But the teleprompter wasn’t exactly a lifesaver for Clarkson. She explained, “They didn’t do it right… I’d sing the line and it would come up with a delay. I was like, ‘Now it’s messing me up!’ so then I shut my eyes. You’d have thought the lyrics were on my eyelids, I had my eyes shut the whole time.”

I’d say she rocked it, teleprompter or not. I guess it’s best to be safe than get mutilated by the media!

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Jennifer Hudson: Witness In William Balfour Trial?

Jennifer Hudson is on a witness list for the upcoming trial of William Balfour, the man who is accused of killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

The trial is slated to begin on April 9th. We are not quite sure whether Jen will actually testify but it is very possible.

According to the Chicago Tribune,

the singer told investigators she has known Balfour since childhood because their families lived only a few blocks apart and the two attended the same elementary school. She also said that she advised her sister against marrying him, according to the report.

Jennifer Hudson reportedly told police there was tension between the two families over Balfour’s relationship with Jennifer’s sister and that Balfour allegedly went to Julia Hudson’s workplace and threatened to kill her because he thought she was having an affair.

Whether Jen serves as a witness or not, I cannot imagine how tough this is going to be for her and the rest of her fam. It has been YEARS since her family members were killed but can you imagine having to go through it all again? Those memories are going to come back and cut to the core once again.

I just hope that if this guy is guilty (which he probably is) that he gets the punishment he deserves.

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Rihanna, Vivica A Fox, Jordin Sparks, Willow Smith for Whitney Houston Biopic?

We had reported last week that Meagan Good was a frontrunner for a lead role in a Whitney Houston biopic. Heck, the girl was approached by Whitney herself! So why wouldn’t she get the role if that is what Houston would have wanted?

Well The Daily Mail is saying that RiRi, Vivica A. Fox, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson AND Willow Smith are being considered to play a role of Whitney Houston in a biopic that is said to be taken control of by Clive Davis. And from what we are hearing, Clive wants to get this project going as soon as possible.

Willow Smith could certainly land the role as a young Whitney, but who would take on the young adult Whitney and the grown Whitney? There’s going to be some heavy competition for those roles. TRUST!

Last week, Meagan Good confirmed to E! Online that she was a frontrunner to play the late great saying, “We were fairly in the beginning stages … We were supposed to meet today, actually.”

No offense to RiRi because I love her to death, but I don’t think she could nail a Whitney Houston portrayal.

So who would you like to play Whitney Houston in a biopic?

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Trey Songz Shuts Interviewer Down When She Slams Chris Brown

Trey Songz always seems like a nice guy. You know, the friendly, easygoing and chill guy that would seemingly be fun to chat with. And he is. But, when you go in slamming his friends, he don’t play! Let’s just say that a reporter from San Francisco Wild 94.9 radio station found out real quick that Songz is going to defend his friends until the end!

Check out the uncomfortable half-minute exchange between said reporter and Trey Songz below. I have it all written out but you’ve got to see the actual video!

REPORTER: OK, another rumor going around about Chris Brown picking up on the ladies…his supposed line is ‘Hey, can I get your number? I promise I won’t beat you!’ How do you pick up on the ladies?

TREY SONGZ: I’m not cool with that question.

REPORTER: …About your pick-up line?

TREY SONGZ: Naw, with this, right there. That’s my homie. We not gon’ talk like that.

REPORTER: Oh, OK…my bad…


Katy Perry’s Interview magazine cover: Fug or Fabulously Fierce?

Katy Perry covers Interview magazine for March 2012 issue.

Let me just say this…normal works for Katy Perry. The super duper normally Rainbow-Brite infested singer covers the March 2012 issue of Interview magazine and we say, “got damn!”

Sure Katy normally is an out of the box ensemble assembler, but this Amy Winehouse-esque makeup and hair ratting job is fabulous!

Via the magazine’s website, they show off the cover and a sneak peek into the interview. They write, “If you haven’t already heard, Katy Perry is our March covergirl. We’re pretty excited (!), especially as she’s interviewed by one of our favorite comedians, Kristen Wiig. Above is a sneak peek of Katy’s cover, shot by Mikael Jansson and styled by Karl Templer. More to come later in the week…”

The issue will hit newsstands on March 1st!

What do you think? Is Katy smouldering or too damn made up?

Dancing With the Stars Cast Season 14 Announced!

The Dancing With the Stars cast season 14 has been announced AND we have the pro dancers they have been paired with here as well. Come March 19th you will see the following put on some dancing shoes and the the tight ensembles. And yes, I’ve already chosen my favorite.

Jaleel White: He’s an actor but he’s best known for his geeky glasses, high-pitched voice and his hiked up pants on Family Matters.

Gavin DeGraw: He is a singer-songwriter. Why he is doing this show is beyond me.

Jack Wagner: He is an actor most recognizable for soap The Bold and The Beautiful and the ex boyfriend of Heather Locklear.

William Levy: He is said to be the Latin Brad Pitt. He’s a former model and actor who is big on the Mexican soap opera circuit. He will serve as our eye candy for the season.

Donald Driver: He is a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers.

Katherine Jenkins: She is an opera singer.

Sherri Shepherd: Sherri is a talk show host on The View.

Melissa Gilbert: She is an actress best known for her role on Little House on the Prairie.

Roshon Fegan: He is an actor on Disney Channel’s Shake It Up.

Maria Menounos: TV anchor on Extra.

Martina Navratilova: Martina is a tennis legend.

Gladys Knight: Gladys is a soulful singer.

And here are the stars and pro dancers pairings:

Pros & Stars:

Anna Demidova & Jack Wagner

Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Melissa Gilbert

Peta Murgatroyd & Donald Driver

Cheryl Burke & William Levy

Val Chmerkovskiy & Sherri Shepherd

Mark Ballas & Katherine Jenkins

Karina Smirnoff & Gavin Degraw

Tony Dovolani & Martina Navratilova

Chelsie Hightower & Roshon Fegan

Derek Hough & Maria Menounos

Kym Johnson & Jaleel White

Tristan McManus & Gladys Knight

Who are you hoping takes home the Mirror Ball trophy???? This girl is TEAM DEGRAW!

Image via Wireimage.com

Birthday Bitches

Jason Aldean is 35.

Charles Durning is 89.

Gavin MacLeod is 81.

Tommy Tune is 73.

Joe South is 72.

Frank Bonner is 70.

Kelly Bishop is 68.

Stephanie Beacham is 65.

Bernadette Peters is 64.

Mercedes Ruehl is 64.

Gilbert Gottfried is 57.

John Turturro is 55.

Cindy Wilson of The B-52′s is 55.

Rae Dawn Chong is 51.

Robert Sean Leonard is 43.

Pat Monahan of Train is 43.

Rory Conchrane is 40.

Ali Larter is 36.

Bobb’e J. Thompson is 16.

Chris Brown Could Be A Thief But Rihanna Supports Him

It’s going to happen, you guys. Rihanna and Chris Brown will soon be Chrianna. Not only is she collaborating with her ex, she is backing her man 100% with that crazy phone incident that could land Breezy in jail. Our friends at Radaronline.com are saying that

Rihanna is standing by Chris Brown as he awaits the decision on whether he’ll be charged in the theft of a cell phone. As we previously reported, Brown has been accused of stealing Christal Spann’s iPhone after she says she snapped a picture of the singer sitting in the back of a Bentley. Brown allegedly snatched the phone, and said, “b*tch, you’re not gonna put that on the Internet,” and then drove off.

“Chris told Rihanna that he absolutely 1000% didn’t steal that phone, and Rihanna has told him she believes him. Rihanna has also told Chris that she will stand by him during the investigation, and whatever the future holds. This was extremely humbling to Chris given their tumultuous past, and he told her how much he appreciated her unwavering support to him, despite the criticism she has endured for recording songs with Chris and welcoming him back into her life,” a source close to the situation tells us.

“Chris wouldn’t need to be convicted in the Miami case to cause problems with his probation, just charged,” the source tells RadarOnline.com. “The conditions of his felony probation are very, very strict. Chris must obey all laws and not be arrested for any other crimes. This could be a huge nightmare for his probation if he is arrested and charged.”

And get this, Rihanna doesn’t give a crap what anyone thinks. You can try to rip out her weave to knock some sense into her. The girl isn’t going to budge. She is going to do what she wants even if it is (to many of us viewed as) the wrong thing.

Rihanna “has made it very clear to everyone around her that she doesn’t want to hear anything negative about Chris. She isn’t interested in listening to the fears her friends have about the the two young singers spending time together,” the source says.

We can hate all we want but ultimately it’s not going to matter what we say or do. Bitch is gonna have her cake and eat it too even if it is tainted.

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Jessie and The Toy Boys Release “Runaway” video

Jessie and The Toy Boys are back with a brand new video for their DJ Skeet Skeet produced track, “Runaway.” The video was inspired by the recent overturning of Proposition 8 in California, which is an extension of the song’s theme of pressure in society to be something that we’re not. And I absolutely LOVE it when a band shows their passion for a cause and promotes it through their music. Jessie and company definitely showcases passion and artfulness in this track.

Of the video Jessie explains, “The song is ultimately about breaking free and following your heart. I wanted to make a music video that told a similar story in relation to gay marriage. I was honored to have the beautiful and brave Mollie Thomas star in my video, and I hope that together we are able to bring about more awareness to an issue that is near and dear to both of our hearts and spread a message of equality.”

Jessie and the Toy Boys will be releasing their debut album This Is How Rumors Start later this year.

For more on the band, visit jessieandthetoyboys.com. You can also follow them on Twitter here.

SWAG GIVEAWAY: Rembrandt Deeply White Swag Bags Oscar Style

Last night was the Oscars festivities, the ceremony and the glitz and glam of the red carpet. But before the celebration, there were style lounge events that featured various products and services to appeal to the celebrities interested in swag. And WE were lucky enough to get our hands on a couple of Rembrandt swag bags to give away to TWO of our Celebrity VIP readers.

At the Feinstein Academy Awards Style Lounge at the Mondrian in West Hollywood, actors Jason Ritter of Parenthood, Donald Faison of the Exes and Scrubs, Jesse Metcalfe of Desperate Housewives and the upcoming Dallas, Marcia Gay Harden, Anne Heche of Hung, and Dancing with the Stars’ Chelsie Hightower and Karina Smirnoff were all spotted checking out the latest REMBRANDT® products!

Inside the swag bag is a REMBRANDT® DEEPLY WHITE™ 2 Hour Kit—a fast, enamel-safe way to whiten your smile—and some DEEPLY WHITE™ paste and rinse. Whether you have your own event to prep for or just want to give your smile star-wattage, REMBRANDT® has got you covered!

Enter to win our giveaway below. And as always, all of our contests are free to enter.

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Rihanna Versus Jay-Z

As Rihanna and Chris Brown inch closer and closer back to being, as Beyonce would term it “Dangerously in Love”, rapper and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z is reportedly none too pleased about their reconciliation.  According to reports, he is not happy that the two are said to be seeing one another again. Rihanna and Brown have recorded the song Birthday Cake together and of course fans are lining up on both sides of the fence.

I have a few words of advice for Rihanna, since she obviously has not a clue on what to do. If I was an award-winning pop singer with Jay-Z in my corner and I had to choose between a long career in the business or a short career and possibly loss of life with a woman-beating, misogynist pig…it would be quite easy to decide.

What kind of role model is Rihanna for all those millions of girls that rush to buy her many singles? Not much of one! She may not come to her senses until it’s too late. Perhaps Jay-Z can get Tina Turner on the phone to have a long talk with Rihanna. She definitely needs an intervention before she ends up in a casket!

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Angelina Presents Her Greatest Weapon

So now that the Oscars have been handed out, now we can get to the fun part of breaking the awards show down to what really matters most.

The fashion, of course!

Everyone keeps writing me and asking me what was up with Angelina’s pose as she was presenting last night, and to me, it was really quite simple what was going on.

The Academy Awards knew exactly what they were doing when they asked Jolie to work the stage. It doesn’t matter if she looks hungry. It doesn’t matter if she wasn’t up for an award.


What’s important, you may ask?

Well, she flashed showed you, did she not?

When Angelina Jolie took to the center stage last night to present, she stood proud and put it on display. What I refer to as Jolie’s ‘steeltrap thundercat strut’.

On anyone else, the dress would have been called basic black, but make no bones about it, folks…there was alot going on behind that slit.

AngieJo was trying to tell the world that the source of all her power emanates from within there. Do you know how many men have fallen over themselves for that? How many roles have been recast with her as the star because of what lies beneath? How many children have been produced because men have been thinking about that?

Let me stop now and you all can let this marinate for a hot minute…

CELEB SPOTTING: Cheryl Hines Pampers “Suburgatory” Cast At Launch Party for New Skincare Line Puristics

On February 16th, Cheryl Hines celebrated the wrap of the “Suburgatory” season by pampering cast members at a lunch party in Los Angeles for new anti-aging skincare line Puristics. “Suburgatory” stars Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Rex Lee, Abbie Cobb, Kara Pacitto, Jane Levy, Carly Chaikin, Katelyn Pacitto, and Allie Grant all turned out to get pampered and relax at the celebration which took place in Los Angeles, CA. The cast was in high spirits, laughing throughout the night while catching up and receiving manicures.

The Puristics skincare line is due to hit shelves next month (March 2012).

Joe Jackson Making Profit Off King of Pop perfume: Tacky or Tender?

Joe Jackson may be getting some heat from the media on his decision to launch a new King of Pop tribute line of perfumes and profit from his venture, but La Toya is saying that it’s okay. And she thinks that peeps need to back off and mind their own got damn business.

On The Wendy Williams Show, Toya said, “We wouldn’t have a Michael if there wasn’t for Joseph Jackson. He gave Michael to us… He is wonderful, so when you say, ‘He’s Joe Jackson, he’s Michael Jackson’s father, how could he do this (profit off his son’s name)?’ That’s his father, that’s his son.”

She even defended her Pops when it came to the forefront that he was attempting to sell the perfumes in a mall. She added, “He did have a big opening (for the fragrances) and I guess the next day he decided to go out and sit there (at the mall kiosk). After all, come on, he’s 84 years old. Michael wouldn’t have minded at all… He really wouldn’t. He would say, ‘Go for it.’”

Unfortunately for Papa Joe Jackson, he just may get his butt sued over the products from executives at Bravado (a firm that says they have the commercial rights to sell products under MJ’s name).

Check out a pic of Joe at the mall rolling in his ching.