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Mar162011

'Bachelor' Brad Womack on Emily Maynard: 'It Hasn't Been a Fairy Tale'

ABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- The current king and queen of reality TV don't have a fairy tale story after all.

One day after Brad Womack proposed to Emily Maynard on the season finale of ABC's The Bachelor, the couple revealed that they've got a long journey ahead before they say "I do."

"Though we are madly in love, it has been a bumpy couple of months for us and our priority right now is to focus on our relationship," Womack and Maynard said in a Tuesday statement to People magazine.

In an interview with featured in the magazine's latest issue, they said their relationship is plagued with problems. Womack, 38, and Maynard, 25, have broken up multiple times.

"It hasn't been a fairy tale," Womack said. "We were facing a lot of adversity."

"There have been numerous times where either she or I have said, 'To hell with it. It's just too difficult,' " he added. "We've thrown in the towel, broken up. But at end of every day I'd call and say, 'I know you might not like me today, but I love you.'"

"We'd break up at night and then in the morning we'd forget about it," Maynard added.

Watching The Bachelor and seeing Womack woo other women made Maynard jealous.

"He had a tendency to say the same thing to a couple girls," she said. "So I felt less and less special. I get that it's a show. But it's still hard. You're not sure what's real and what's reality TV."

Online rumors purporting that Womack spent Thanksgiving with "Bachelor" runner-up Chantal O'Brien didn't help matters. Womack said the stories were pure fabrication.

"She called me in tears and said, 'Please tell me [our relationship] isn't some hoax,'" Womack said. "I said, 'Babe, you can't believe everything you read.'"

In an effort to soothe Maynard's nerves and win her heart while the season played out on TV, Womack mailed her thousands of dollars worth of gifts. (He told People he "went broke sending flowers and shoes.") On The Bachelor, he fought hard to win her heart in ways viewers didn't see.

"No one knows, but I flew her father to South Africa, to the proposal site, from West Virginia," Womack said. "I made it very clear I would not ask her to marry me without his consent. It was off-camera. I looked him in the eye and told him, 'I'm very much in love with your daughter. This isn't for show.'" 

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Wednesday
Mar162011

G-Funk Singer Nate Dogg Dead at 41 

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Nate Dogg, who rose to fame as part of the West Coast's G-Funk rap scene, has died at the age of 41, reports MTV.  The cause of death was not announced, but Dogg, whose birth name was Nathaniel Hale, had been suffering from health issues following two major strokes, one of which left him partially paralyzed.  According to the Long Beach Press Telegram, his family announced his death on Tuesday.

Nate Dogg was a founding member of the rap group 213, which included a then-unknown Warren G and Snoop Dogg.  He was eventually featured on Warren G's smash "Regulate," and Dr. Dre's landmark 1992 album The Chronic. A four-time Grammy nominee, Dogg was also heard singing the hooks on Ludacris' "Area Codes," Eminem's "Shake That" and Dre and Snoop's "The Next Episode." His solo albums included 1998's G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2, which featured Tupac Shakur, Snoop, Warren G and Daz Dillinger.


Following Nate's death, Snoop Dogg tweeted, "We lost a true legend in hip-hop and R&B.  One of my best friends and a brother to me since 1986 when I was sophomore at Poly High where we met. I love you Buddy Luv. You will always be with me forever and a day, you put the "G" in G-Funk, you put the 1 in 213 and you put your stamp on everybody you ever did it with."  He added, "I miss you, cuz, I am so sad, but so happy I got to grow up with you and I will see you again in heaven, 'cause you know the slogan...All doggs go to heaven."

Ludacris and Daz Dillinger also tweeted their condolences at Nate's passing, as did Game, Xzibit, Dave Chappelle and Erykah Badu.

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Report: Lindsay Lohan Offered 60 to 90 Days in Jail

AL SEIB/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The judge presiding over Lindsay Lohan's grand theft case has reportedly told the actress he would sentence her to 60 to 90 days in jail if she accepted a plea deal. Lohan's latest legal trouble stems from accusations she stole a necklace valued at $2,500 from a Venice, California jewelry store Jan. 22.

RadarOnline reports a source close to the situation says Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz has told the Mean Girls star she would serve the sentence in county jail.

Judge Schwartz told Lohan at a hearing last week that she has until March 23 to take a plea deal.  If she does, she would plead guilty or no contest to a grand theft charge at a March 25 hearing.

Lohan has previously indicated she will not accept a plea deal.  If she doesn't change her mind, a hearing will be held April 22, during which another judge will determine if there's enough evidence for the star to stand trial for allegedly stealing the pricey piece of jewelry.

The judge would also determine whether the alleged theft violated the terms of Lohan's probation in her 2007 DUI cases.  She could face up to three years in state prison if convicted.

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Cops Stop Charlie Sheen's Porn Star Pal in Suicide Attempt

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Police apparently stopped the suicide of Kacey Jordan, one of the porn stars partying with Charlie Sheen during the epic Los Angeles bender that preceded his self-induced rehab.

Cops were called to the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago after Jordan reportedly tweeted suicidal messages, TMZ reports.

Jordan's Twitter feed shows a downward spiral from Monday afternoon into the evening.

"I've over done it... the more i do...i keep passing out... i just pray i wake up each time," read one post.

"I took a bunch of pills...drank a hotel size bottle of jack..." read another, while another declares, "those 16 hours i was i was with charlie sheen... messed me up... i can't get that image out of my head... i think i keep trying to feel his pain."

Cops showed up to her room, which was littered with broken glass, to find her with cuts on her hands and wrists.  Jordan reportedly tried to dismiss the tweets as a stunt, but she needed to be subdued when, according to TMZ, she swiped a corkscrew and tried to cut herself with it.  She's been hospitalized for a mental evaluation.

Tuesday, she tweeted "I'm Soooo bored in this hospital bed! I wanna have someone save me."

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Gilbert Gottfried Apologizes for Japan Jokes; Stars Chime in

Shawn Ehlers/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Comic Gilbert Gottfried is now apologizing for the jokes he posted last weekend on his Twitter page about the killer Japanese quake and tsunami, which got him fired from his decade-long gig as the voice of the Aflac duck.

In a statement, the comic said Tuesday, "I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy...I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families."

Some stars are saying the insurance company should have known what they were getting into with Gottfried, whose stand-up material is known for often crossing the line.

On his radio show Tuesday, Gottfried's pal Howard Stern said, "You couldn't ask for a more inappropriate human being than Gilbert Gottfried.  When the Aflac people hired him...they know this is an offensive guy, this is a guy whose humor is offensive.  He's made fun of every natural disaster I know...There's no reason for him to be fired.  They should have never hired him to begin with!"

Joy Behar expressed a similar sentiment on The View Tuesday.

Joan Rivers also sounded off about Gottfried Tuesday, saying "That's what comedians do!  We react to tragedy by making jokes to help people in tough times feel better through laughter."

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Lady Gaga's Japan Bracelets Raise $250K for Disaster Relief

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Just two days after Lady Gaga announced that she was selling bracelets to raise money for Japanese disaster relief, her fans responded by ponying up $250,000.

On Monday, Gaga tweeted, "Monsters, in just 48 hours, you've raised a quarter of a million dollars for Japan Relief...it's important that we help."

The bracelets, which read "We pray for Japan" in both English and Japanese, cost $5 each and will be shipped March 25.  Those interested can get them at her official online store.

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Katy Perry Donating Merchandise Sales to Japan Disaster Relief

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(AMSTERDAM) -- After urging her fans via Twitter to donate to the Red Cross following the earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan, Katy Perry is now making her own donation to the cause.

While at a tour stop in Germany on Monday, the singer requested via Twitter that fans buy a certain item from her merchandise booth to benefit relief efforts.

Perry wrote, "If u go by the merchandise stand, purchase a [Katy Perry] light-up wand.  All proceeds will go 2 to #Japanredcross.  And when I play... Firework, let's ignite the light for them tonight."

She added, "I will be doing this for future shows so be ready!!!"

On Tuesday, Perry tweeted to her audience in Amsterdam, "Remember that if u purchase a #CALIFORNIADREAMS light wand, all proceeds will go 2 #JAPANREDCROSS!  LET'S LIGHT IT UP FOR JAPAN!"

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Justin Bieber Wax Figures Unveiled Around the World

Island Def Jam(LONDON) -- Justin Bieber got waxed on Tuesday, as figures of the singer were unveiled at three Madame Tussauds locations around the world: New York, Amsterdam, and London.

Bieber was actually on hand in London to see his wax likeness unveiled, and later tweeted a series of photos of him posing with it, along with humorous captions like, "I knew my mom had more kids!"

The statues look very much like Bieber, except they feature his old haircut.

The clothes the figures were wearing were all donated by the singer himself.  According to Billboard, the New York statue wears a black vest and black Balenciaga pants, while the London statue is wearing red flannel.

The statues took nearly four months to complete.

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Tuesday
Mar152011

Ryan Phillippe to Be a Dad Again?

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan Phillippe may become a father again. The 36-year-old actor already has two children with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon, and now word is that his ex-girlfriend, pregnant model-actress Alexis Knapp, is claiming that she's carrying his baby. 

A source close to Knapp confirms to UsMagazine.com, "She's in the second trimester."  However, a Knapp source said, "She's not commenting on who the father is." 

Phillippe dated Knapp for a few months on and off last year before he broke it off in September.  He's currently dating actress Amanda Seyfried. 

Knapp's next film is the Miley Cyrus comedy So Undercover, which is out in October, followed by Project X in November.

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Tuesday
Mar152011

Dr. Phil Fights Back Against Dog Bite Lawsuit

Theo Wargo/WireImage for Turner(LOS ANGELES) -- TV's Dr. Phil McGraw is reportedly fighting back against a negligence lawsuit that claims his dog allegedly attacked and injured a former best friend.

RadarOnline reports lawyers for Dr. Phil have filed court papers seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed last month by Janet Harris on the grounds it violates an agreement to arbitrate any disputes.

Harris claims she was brutally mauled by Dr. Phil and wife Robin McGraw's dog, Maggie, a purebred Korean Jindo, at their Beverly Hills mansion without warning or provocation in late 2009.  Her lawsuit seeks compensation for medical treatment costs, general damages, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering.

Harris was a frequent guest on the Dr. Phil show as a skin care specialist. Dr. Phil's attorneys claim Harris signed an arbitration agreement in 2009 in which she agreed to resolve any and all disputes between her and Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw in "binding, confidential, private arbitration..."

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