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ELTON JOHN

I am sick to death of Brexit!

Elton John has slammed the UK’s ongoing Brexit crisis, saying that he is “ashamed” of his country for its handling of the negotiations. Whilst performing in Verona on Wednesday (May 29) on his last ever world tour, ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’, John said: “I’m ashamed of my country for what it has done. It’s torn people apart.

“I’m sick to death of politicians, especially British politicians. I am sick to death of Brexit. I am a European. I am not a stupid, colonial, imperialist, English idiot.”

It’s not the first time John has spoken out over Brexit. Last year, as reported in The Guardian, John said: “I don’t think people in Britain were told the truth to start with… They were promised something that was completely ridiculous and wasn’t economically viable.”

He went on: “[Brexit was like] walking through Hampton Court maze blindfolded, being turned around 16 times and trying to find your way out.”

R. KELLY

Things continue to go from bad to worse for disgraced r’n’b’ star

The Chicago singer’s career has slowly unravelled over the past couple of years, as allegations of sexual assault, abuse and even of him holding young women against their will in a ‘cult’ have surfaced.

Although Kelly has denied every accusation, in February 2019 ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four women were brought against him. He has since been released on bail.

Now, a further eleven counts have been added to his charge sheet, relating to sexual assault and abuse of a minor between the age of 13 and 16.

The maximum prison sentence for criminal aggravated sexual assault is 30 years. Kelly will appear in court in Chicago on June 6th to answer the new charges.

His lawyer Steve Greenberg confirmed that the new charges were related to one of the four women who currently alleges abuse, rather than a new accuser…

BOY GEORGE

Biopic in the works.

A big screen biopic about the life of Boy George is in development.
Following the success of recent films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, which chronicled the lives and careers of gay icons Freddie Mercury and Elton John, respectively, the Culture Club star is now getting ready for his close-up.

To be overseen by executives at MGM Studios, the film will be written and directed by Sacha Gervasi.
“Boy George is a trailblazer and a true original,” the My Dinner with Herve filmmaker, who has daughter Bluebell with Spice Girl Geri Horner, told Deadline. “In the London clubs of the ‘80s, George was impossible to miss, and everyone knew he would be a star long before the world had ever heard a note of Culture Club’s iconic songs.

“As you can imagine, George’s life story is wickedly entertaining, yet also poignant and inspiring. I’m both honoured and excited to be the one to guide it onto the big screen.”

George, born George O’Dowd, has been open about his tough upbringing in an Irish working-class family and his substance abuse issues, which will both feature in the movie, as well as his success as the singer with Culture Club.

He has written two bestselling autobiographies, which Gervasi will mine for his project.
Following the announcement, George took to Twitter to share his excitement.  “An @MGM_Studios movie about a boy from Eltham, who bunked the bus, skipped School and went on to sell 150 million records. It’s just amazing. Yes. I know there’s more!!!!!” the 57-year-old wrote.  MGM studio heads are also set to start work on a new Aretha Franklin movie, with Jennifer Hudson portraying the soul legend.

CHER

Apologizes after dreaming up Trump prison rape.

Cher has apologized to fans for making light of prison rape in her latest rant against U.S. leader Donald Trump.
The pop superstar took to Twitter on Wednesday night (29May19) after Special Counsel Robert Mueller staged a news conference about his investigation into the President’s alleged election tampering.

Mueller revealed federal rules prohibited him and his team from charging a sitting President with a crime but added, “If we had the confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”

Cher ran with the comment and called for an abrupt end to Trump’s presidency, tweeting: “I Would *love* 2 See trump Impeached, Brought 2 Trial, *locked* Up In *prison* & Toy Boy Big Bubba…!! I WANT WHAT’S BEST 4 DEMOCRATS AND DEMOCRACY.”

She later deleted the tweet and early on Thursday, she issued an ‘apology’ that read: “This is Not Apology, It’s a Cher ‘wtf (what the f**k) Moment’. Don’t Usually Delete My Twts, But Sometimes I Need 2 Check Myself. What I Thought Of As Stupid Joke ‘On Paper’,Went 2 Far. Think trump Belongs In Jail, but Big Bubba Joke Was Wrong. If I Twt, I Have a Responsibility.”

She later added: “HE’S LIAR, RACIST, ANTI-SEMITE, WHO TOOK FROM POOR, 4 NON EXISTENT UNIVERSITY, LIED ABOUT BUILDING CONDOS & PPL (people) LOST THEIR (money)… HE’S CRIMINAL, & US TRAITOR, WHO’S UNFIT 4 OFFICE. HE’S DICTATOR (IN-WAITING) WHO PULLED(plug) ON DEMOCRACY.”

Cher then took aim at Trump again after reports suggesting the President’s late rival, war hero and Senator John McCain’s name was covered on his own battleship, so the President wouldn’t see it during a tour of Japan.

“OK,JUST WHEN YOU THINK trump CANT SINK ANY LOWER?? Trump DIDN’T WANT ‘USS JOHN McCAIN’ IN HIS SIGHT WHILE HE WAS IN JAPAN.. HE WENT SO FAR AS TO HAVE TARP (tarpaulin) THROWN OVER THE WAR
HERO’S NAME. I DID NOT SHARE JSM (McCain) POLITICS, BUT I HAD ‘RESPECT’ FOR HIM. HE WAS HERO. Trump HAS ‘HERO’ ENVY.”

KATY PERRY

Laments lack of ‘characters and personalities’ in pop music.

Katy Perry thinks the pop music landscape has changed since she released her debut album – and not necessarily for the better.
Opening up about the changes she’s seen over the past decade, the star told The Sun the music industry’s now a “totally different playing field” to when she released her breakout hit I Kissed A Girl in 2008.

“I feel a little bit like 2008 was a time, and now 2019 is a totally different time, and all of the change that has happened in between that, it’s a totally different playing field,” the Firework hit-maker confessed. “I mean, you have to rewire and relearn. I would say that, as an observer, and a big fan of music, there are fewer characters. Lots of songs come out, but fewer characters and personalities.” Katy, who released her new single Never Really Over on Friday, went on to share her plans to give up touring for a while to focus on making music that feels more “authentic”.

“I don’t really want to go on tour right now. I can’t make a record while I’m on the road because one thing suffers,” the 34-year-old star reflected. Speaking with Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio host Brooke Reese in a separate interview, set to air on 2 June, the Roar singer said she’s spent a lot of time reflecting on the past decade of her career and is now making a conscious effort to “be her best self”.

“You can be in the best position of your life and in the healthiest place in your life and then you get one text message that just makes you fall to your knees… (and) you’re like, here comes that wave of nostalgia from the past,” the star shared. “But there is acceptance in that all these things that you did in the past led you to this place. And you had to go through all that to get here.”

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