Rihanna might have overdone it a bit by scheduling a grueling 10-month tour, and now all the work and fun times are catching up with her. She's suffering from exhaustion, and she had a meltdown backstage before a recent show. Now, out of genuine concern that she might lose them money if she falls apart, her record company, Mercury, has reportedly ordered her to be on a round-the-clock "health watch," whatever that means. They've also given her a curfew.
Apparently they're concerned that she won't be up for filming a tour DVD that's planned for later this month, so they're taking steps to help her pull herself together. Part of this "health watch" includes trying to hire Mariah Carey's trainer Patricia Gay to get her into better shape. Hmm, intense workouts aren't the most obvious cure for a case of extreme exhaustion, but maybe Mercury knows something we don't. In any case, let's hope RiRi can take care of herself and get some rest. [Huffington Post]
Rumors have been swirling of trouble in marital paradise for Katy Perry and Russell Brand, but perhaps all our worry has been for nothing. Brand appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and insisted all was well with their union:
There are always rumors, aren't there? In the end you have to just not engage with Internet technology, which is difficult because a lot of the nude women websites I quite enjoy.
Good one, guy. He then went on to say, "Yeah. I am really happily married." So there you have it. Now we can all step away from our internet technology and go find ourselves a pop star to marry. [Us Weekly]
If you've been spending all of your time today lost in thought about what motivated Taylor Swift to change her hairstyle and get bangs, here is your answer, courtesy of one of her "pals": "She got it cut on a shoot. She just decided to go for it! Very fun!" Whoa, and here we all were thinking it was some kind of commentary on beauty and the unreasonable expectations placed on women by the media, but it was all just done on a whim? What a letdown! Anyway, random thought that came to me while I was thinking about Taylor Swift's new bangs: remember when she was dating Jake Gyllenhaal? Now that seems like some strange, magical fantasy that happened in a faraway land. [E! Online]
Kanye West may not have been nominated for Album of the Year and Record of the Year Grammys, but he has apparently always known he would be a success, no matter what:
I always joked that I was like—OK, I'm doing music, but there is a bigger plan for me at a certain point. I wasn't given this power for no reason and now it's starting to open up. I'm on a pursuit of awesomeness. Excellence is the bare minimum.
From now on, let's all start judging everything based on the Kanye scale, where "excellence" is a one and "awesomeness" is a ten. [Digital Spy]
Jessica Simpson has a hunch, as many expectant mothers do, about the sex of her baby: "I think it's a girl. But I don't know yet." Her fiancé, Eric Johnson, disagrees and is sure it's a boy. [People]
Luckily we won't have to wait too long to see who's right. They're due to find out what type of baby is cooking in there on Monday. Apologies in advance if the suspense causes you to lose any sleep over the weekend. [Us Weekly]
George Clooney knows he's got it good, and at a recent Hollywood Reporter round table, he advised his fellow actors to quit complaining:
I cut tobacco for a living in Kentucky—that was hard work. I sold insurance door to door—that's hard work. Acting is not hard work. … I've known a tremendous number of talented actors who didn't get opportunities. Is it hard work? It's long hours, but nobody wants to hear you complain. I remember I was selling women's shoes at a department store, which is a lousy job.
He may not be of the 99 percent, but at least he is with us. He also said something similar a few weeks ago, so there must be some Hollywood whiners that are really getting on his nerves lately. [Huffington Post]
Prince Harry has left the cocktail waitresses of America behind and has gone back to jolly old England—before he left, he took a helicopter tour of LA. Then when he got home he appeared at a charity concert where he ran into his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy. He was quite gentlemanly about the meeting, and he greeted her with a friendly kiss. [People]
Stockbrokers aren't the most loved men in the world right now, but that doesn't stop Hugh Jackman's wife Deborra-Lee Furness from fantasizing she's married to one—and she says Jackman is more than willing to help her out in that department: "I was always saying I'd marry somebody sensible, like a stockbroker. So he dresses up for that fantasy for me occasionally." Buy low, sell high, girlfriend! [New York Post]
Brooke Shields would like to have another child, but she might have to twist her husband's arm really hard to make it happen:
I would die for one. Unfortunately, my husband is not as amenable. So I either have to trick him or lie to him to get knocked up. He said to me the other day, "I'm beginning to think that if I don't give this to you, you'll do it on your own."
Shields jokingly continued that he shouldn't test her, but she also said her husband might not be the only obstacle in her way: "I'm older so my eggs probably need a chisel." [E! Online]
Meanwhile, famous trainer and very loud talker Jillian Michaels is set to adopt a baby girl from Haiti. She met the child and fell in love with her on a trip to Haiti, and now she's got to go through the complex process of getting her here, which could take up to a year. [Yahoo!]
Many have learned lessons from Jay-Z, but now his music and career are the subject of an actual college class taught by Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown University. The course is titled "Sociology of Hip Hop: Jay-Z," and it requires more than just listening to your favorite songs—there are readings and even exams. [Yahoo!]
Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy went for a rainy walk in England, and he put a plastic bag over his head to avoid some photographers. [Just Jared]
Human battery Regis Philbin, who is currently on a book tour, says he's too busy to miss his old job on "Live." [Cincinnati Enquirer]
Daniel Radcliffe is terrible at keeping his apartment clean, and his girlfriend has given him two years to get himself into "a fully-functioning human being around the house." That seems like a very generous time frame. [Daily Mail]
Christie Brinkley apparently owes the IRS more than 500,000 dollars in back taxes. That's a lot of dough, but she's pretty rich and probably good for it. In fact, she didn't even realize the taxes were owed, and now that she does she has her people working to resolve the situation immediately. [E! Online]
The crazy, end-of-days-like winds that have been sweeping through L.A. caused a big tree to fall down onto a car in front of Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart's house. They are both fine. [People]
Things are not very chill in Bob Marley's family right now. His widow and children are suiing his half-brother, claiming he cannot use Marley's name for a music festival in Miami. [CBS News]
Actor Bill McKinney died today from cancer at the age of 80. He was in a lot of things—including seven Clint Eastwood movies—but his role in Deliverance, as the mountain man in the horrifying "squeal like a pig" scene, is probably what led to his image being burned into the deepest recesses of your brain tissue forever. [TMZ]