Being a big “Jon Plus Kate Plus 8” fan (if you hadn’t noticed), I have to say I find it very difficult to see pictures and read stories that Jon is having a great time enjoying his new life with his new girlfriend. The couple just filed for divorce last month, and he has 8 children at home, so it feels a bit, for lack of a better word, icky. Here is the latest; Jon is vacationing in France on the French Riviera with his 22 year old girlfriend, Hailey Glassman. Jon is 32. There are pictures of the couple, holding hands, drinking champagne and looking quite cozy. I wonder what his kids are going to think years from now when they see these pictures of their dad. I understand Jon and Kate are getting a divorce and things didn’t work out between them but this seems a bit over the top so soon. Here is the irony about his new girlfriend, (did I mention she is just 22???) she is the daughter of the doctor who gave Kate her tummy tuck a few years back. Anyway it is hard to look at him as the devoted father when he is out in France with his new gal pal.
Production of the new fall TV series “Parenthood” based on the movie by the same name, which starred Steve Martin back in 1989, has had a setback. Maura Tierney, from ER, is one of the stars and she is having some medical issues that are not being shared at this time. She has had to take time off to deal with whatever her problems are. The series was supposed to premier the end of September but now will not make its debut until midseason. The previews that I have seen so far for the NBC show look funny. I hope Maura is back soon and that she is going to be ok. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are the executive producers, so with that team you know this show will be a good one.
Carrie Underwood, along with John Rich and Jake Owen will be performing for the troops in an August concert at Fort Campbell Kentucky. The concert will be for both the soldiers as well as their families and is being done to honor the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division. Underwood is only dong a handful of concerts this summer because she has been working hard getting her new album ready which she hopes will be out later this year.
I think in the coming months there is always going to be some Michael Jackson news to report, so here is latest which is actually coming from Michael’s big sister, LaToya. She is saying that she believes that Michael was “murdered” and that it was a conspiracy by the people who he was surrounded by. She feels that Michael was taken advantage of and that the people in his inner circle did everything they could to isolate Michael and to keep him away from his family. LaToya says, “It will all come out. You will be shocked.” She also shares that, “He had needle marks on his neck and on his arms and more will emerge in the next few weeks. I cannot discuss that any further as I may jeopardize the investigation.” LaToya is on a mission to find out who killed her brother by supplying him with the drugs. The other issue that has LaToya all wound up is Debbie Rowe and her wanting custody of the kids. She says this about Debbie Rowe. “These are not Debbie’s kids. They don’t even know she’s their mother. Like everyone else in his life, she was motivated by money. She has always said she’s not their mother. My understanding is that she will now go after the kids. I know a few things about Debbie, and I will prevent that from happening.” Good for you LaToya on all accounts!
Another Hollywood wedding took place this weekend. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan got married in Malibu at the same place famous couple Fergie and Josh Duhamel wed. Haylie Duff was in the wedding party along with Emmanuelle Chriqui from “Entourage”. Channing stars in the new G.I Joe movie coming out August 7th along with Dennis Quiad and Sienna Miller.
The custody battle for Michael Jackson is about to begin and one can only imagine that it is going to get ugly. Debbie Rowe is now stating that she wants her biological children Prince Michael and Paris. She even says she would take Blanket too if the court would grant her that so as not to break the children up. She seems to be a bit all over the place since last week she told a British newspaper that “she did not want to see your children again” and that she never consummated her marriage to Michael Jackson. With all the controversy swirling around questioning if she is really their mother and if Michael is really the father to the children, she says she would be willing to take a DNA test to prove that she is indeed their biological mother. She is one of the people that says that Michael was not the biological father that she was impregnated by an anonymous sperm donor. See, it is just getting downright ugly. She even says that she has had no relationship with the children. How could she want to rip them away from the only family they know and have left? Rowe says that she would get a restraining order against Joe Jackson the children’s grandfather to keep him away from them if she were to get custody. If those aren’t fighting words I don’t know what are. Stay tuned, you know there is going to be much more on this subject. Those poor children, hopefully the family is keeping them away from all the media and hopefully they are oblivious to all that is going on around them in terms of these custody issues.
Lil Wayne is ill and has had to postpone 7 concerts that he was set to perform in Europe. His doctor says he MUST rest and he is taking those orders seriously. He apologizes to his fans and does plan to reschedule, so hold on to your tickets.
The Beckhams, David and Victoria, are back together in their underwear for their most recent ad for Emporio Armani. These two do not even look real but they are beautiful. I have to admit though I could do without all those tattoos up and down David Beckhams arms, they are a bit much for me in my opinion. Other than that the two sizzle together.
This weekend is the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. This is the biggest African – American music festival in the country and it is celebrating its 15th year. Coca Cola is the major sponsor and they are expecting more than 200,000 people to attend throughout the weekend. Some of the performers include Beyonce, Ne-Yo, Anita Baker, Jazmine Sullivan, Solange and many more performers will take to the stage. Coca Cola wants to give back to the community and will be giving two $15,000 donations to two new nonprofit organizations.
In light of Melissa Rycroft’s recent engagement announcement, guess who else is back on the news. Jason Mesnick from “The Bachelor”, who dumped Melissa on national television, and his girlfriend Molly Malaney, who he chose instead, also televised on national television. The two had said that they are also definitely going to get married someday. Although they are not currently living together, Molly is planning on relocating to Jason’s hometown of Seattle in the near future.
The untimely death of Michael Jackson is still the top headline of the day. Everything else has pretty much come to a halt in terms of celebrity news. Now what is starting to come out are the concerns about his self destructive lifestyle and that perhaps his death was caused by an accidental drug overdose. Although nothing official has come yet from the autopsy people who loved him and respected him have spoken up about their concerns for him and his health over the years. Lisa Marie Presley was very candid on her MySpace blog today as she reflected on the death of Michael Jackson and the time she spent with him. She recalls a very eerie conversation with him when they talked about Elvis’s death. She writes, “At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, ’I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, the way he did’. Lisa Marie goes on to talk about how during their relationship together, which she insists was not a “sham”, that she really tried to “save him from the inevitable, which is what just happened. His family and his loved ones also wanted to save him from this as well but didn’t know how and this was 14 years ago. We all worried that this would be the outcome.” Lisa Marie also says that she “became very ill and emotionally/spiritually exhausted in my quest to save him from certain self-destructive behavior and from the awful vampires and leeches he would always manage to magnetize around him. I was in over my head trying. The hardest decision I have ever had to make, which was to walk away and let his fate have him, even though I desperately loved him and tired to stop or reverse it somehow.”
Another dear friend of Michaels, Elizabeth Taylor twittered that, “My heart…my mind…are broken. I loved Michael with all my soul and I can’t imagine life without him. We had so much in common and we had such loving fun together. I was packing up my clothes to go to London for his opening when I heard the news. I still can’t believe it. I don’t want to believe it. It can’t be so. He will live in my heart forever but it’s not enough. My life feels so empty. I don’t think anyone knew home much we loved each other. The purest most giving love I’ve ever known. Oh God! I’m going to miss him. I can’t yet imagine life without him. But I guess with God’s help…I’ll learn. I keep looking at the photo he gave me of himself, which says,’ To my true love Elizabeth, I love you forever’. And I will love HIM forever”.
The big question on everyone’s minds is Michael’s three children and who will care for them. For the moment it seems like Katherine Jackson, the children’s grandmother will be the one to be their guardian. Katherine, is the matriarch of the family, and has had all her grandkids around her over the years, but she is 79 years old. The nanny will also continue to care for the children and she has been like a mother to them. Recently the children have finally been seen without their veils and masks and they are beautiful children. The oldest is Prince Michael and he is 12 followed by sister Paris Michael who is 11 and are both from the same mother, Debbie Rowe, who was married to Michael for a short time. The third child, 7 year old Blanket is from a surrogate. Michael was the only parent to those children, so it is devastating to think about what they must be going through right now.
The only thing to say is that it is just sad sad sad and a terrible loss of someone at such a young age. For so many of us he was just a part of us and our culture. He is part of the memories so many of us have of growing up and he will be missed.