And now, a Canadian power couple
Avril Lavigne and Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger are engaged after only six months of dating, according to People. They first met in February when they co-wrote a song for Lavigne's upcoming album. "A romantic relationship blossomed as they spent time writing together," a source told the magazine. Kroeger proposed Aug. 8, sealing the deal with a 14-carat diamond. This will be his first marriage and Lavigne's second. She divorced Sum 41 lead singer Deryck Whibley in 2009. The news may have been notable in Hollywood, but it positively set off tremors in Canada, the performers' native country. The Toronto Star even called them Canadian musical royalty and bestowed the ultimate honor on them — a celebrity nickname. Allow us to introduce "Chavril."
It's Taylor's world, we just live in it
Taylor Swift is arguably the biggest pop star on the planet, she's dating a Kennedy and her latest single, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, broke a digital sales record Wednesday, selling more than 623,000 downloads in the week after its release, according to Reuters. So maybe it's understandable if Swift, 22, thinks she can do whatever she wants. The Boston Herald reported over the weekend that the pop-country star, who is dating Conor Kennedy, son of Robert Kennedy Jr., crashed the Kyle Kennedy-Liam Kerr wedding reception at Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel. Mother of the bride Victoria Gifford Kennedy said she asked Swift to leave — twice. Gifford Kennedy told the newspaper that Conor was invited to the wedding but he didn't RSVP. "They texted me an hour before the wedding and asked if they could come," she said. "I responded with a very clear, 'Please do not come.' They came anyway." Gifford Kennedy explained that she didn't want the singer to steal the spotlight from her daughter. "I personally went up to Ms. Swift, whose entrance distracted the entire event … and asked as nicely as I could for her to leave," Gifford Kennedy told the Herald. "It was like talking to a ghost. She seemed to look right past me." Swift's rep, Paula Erikson, says that's not true, saying the singer was an invited — and welcome — guest. Then again, Swift does write songs about crashing weddings (Speak Now). Well, Swift did appear to be quite close to Conor. Photos this weekend showed the couple in Cape Cod, where Conor visited the grave of his mother, Mary Richardson Kennedy. According to E! Online, Swift reportedly helped her boyfriend clear brush from the grave. That's got to score points with the family, right?
PRINCE HARRY DISCOVERS THAT WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS DOESN'T NECESSARILY STAY IN VEGAS. BRITONS SHRUG.
Britain's Prince Harry has been caught on camera doing something embarrassing — again.
Celebrity gossip website TMZ on Tuesday posted photos of the 27-year-old royal cavorting nude with an unidentified woman in a VIP suite in Las Vegas. It's hardly the first time the prince — who allegedly disrobed as part of a game of strip pool — has been filmed in a compromising situation. The third-in-line to the throne was famously photographed wearing a Nazi uniform for a costume party, and in another photo-gaffe he was seen cupping the breast of a female TV presenter. Some would argue footage in which he was heard to utter a racial slur while teasing a fellow army cadet from Pakistan was more serious.
If the reaction of Britons to Harry's Las Vegas adventure was anything to go by, the nude photos will do little to tarnish his generally positive, party-prince image. Interviews with Londoners up and down the capital's Prince of Wales Road yielded few critics of Harry's antics.
Said Craig Martin, 38, a construction worker: "He's the prince. He can have any bird he wants!"
Down the road, caregiver Shirley Ashard laughed at the news of Harry's naked adventure, dismissing questions about the propriety of running around a plush hotel room in the buff with a boys-will-be-boys shrug.
"I've got kids. They do things like that," the 59-year-old said. "He's a lad, for God's sake."
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said it wasn't likely that Harry's reputation would suffer. Seward said his party-boy image was part of his approachable, normal persona.
"Of course it's stupid, but it doesn't make people dislike him — quite the opposite," she said.
"It shows that he is a guy who gets into trouble and he's the one people love to love. It could only happen to Harry — but we love him for it."
She did think, though, that Harry might get a talking-to from Prince Charles. "I would think his father would speak to him," she said.
Prince Harry's office confirmed Wednesday that the photos were of the prince but declined to make any further comment.
The blurry, low-resolution photographs appear to have been snapped from inside a hotel suite, and it isn't clear that the prince was aware that they were being taken.
That could be a violation of the royal's privacy. It might also explain why Britain's scandal-hungry tabloids — normally avid consumers of titillating photos — were steering clear of the images.
Jolie staying true to friend Curry
Angelina Jolie is putting her foot down, and it's the right one, we'd bet. The actress reportedly told NBC that if the network wants to talk with her or fiance Brad Pitt, the interview will have to be conducted by deposed Today show co-host Ann Curry. Take that, Matt Lauer! "Angelina reached out to (Curry) after she was fired from her gig on the Today show and was very clear (that) if any news program from NBC wants an interview … Ann will be the only one to do it," a source told RadarOnline. Brangelina developed a friendship with Curry because of "the work Ann has done on bringing awareness to Darfur," the source says. Of course, the Hollywood power couple champions the same cause. We can understand Angie's loyalty. We can also understand if Angie, who plays the evil queen in Maleficent, Disney's upcoming live-action take on Sleeping Beauty, helped one of her brood get started in showbiz. Disney announced Wednesday that Jolie's 4-year-old daughter Vivienne will make her big-screen debut in Maleficent.
Jolie staying true to friend Curry
Angelina Jolie is putting her foot down, and it's the right one, we'd bet. The actress reportedly has told NBC that if the network wants to talk with her or fiance Brad Pitt, the interview will have to be conducted by deposed Today show co-host Ann Curry. Take that, Matt Lauer! "Angelina reached out to (Curry) after she was fired from her gig on the Today show and was very clear (that) if any news program from NBC wants an interview … Ann will be the only one to do it," a source told RadarOnline. Brangelina reportedly has developed a friendship with Curry because of "the work Ann has done on bringing awareness to Darfur," the source tells RadarOnline. Of course, the Hollywood power couple also champions the cause of the people in Darfur, a region in violence-torn Sudan. We can understand Angie's loyalty. We can also understand if Angie, who plays the evil queen Maleficent in Disney's upcoming live-action Sleeping Beauty tale, helped one of her brood of six get started in showbiz. Disney announced on Wednesday that Jolie's 4-year-old daughter Vivienne will make her big-screen debut as a young Princess Aurora alongside her mom in Maleficent. Now where did the studio get that idea? Let's get Ann Curry on it!