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Britney Spears sued for $10 million

By Andrea Petrou on June 6th, 2011

Britney Spears is being sued for $10 million.

The ‘Toxic’ hitmaker and her father Jamie Spears – who is co-conservator of the star’s estate – is the subject of legal action by licensing firm Brand Sense Partners, who allege breach of contract and are claiming they have stopped receiving the 35 per cent commission that was agreed as part of their deal to launch Britney’s fragrance line.

The company have filed a request with Los Angeles Superior Court asking for the singer to be ordered to appear for a deposition in relation to the suit, as they say repeated attempts have been blocked because of her conservatorship.

According to documents obtained by, Britney was given notice to appear for a deposition on April 29 but couldn’t make it, which sparked lawyers on both sides exchanging “over a dozen emails and phone calls counsel in an attempt to cooperate and find a mutually agreeable date for the deposition.”

Though Britney’s lawyers state the star cannot appear in a deposition because someone else has control of her affairs, Brand Sense insist they want her to do so as she signed the original paperwork.

Their documents state: “Ms. Spears is competent to testify, and she is the key witness in this case. She has direct knowledge of the operative agreement at the heart of this dispute and has signed each of them.”

The company argue that the ongoing attempts for a deposition are causing their legal bills to increase and are seeking “sanctions in the amount of $4,500 which represents their reasonable attorney’s fees.”

A hearing is set for July 11, when a judge will decide if Britney has to appear for the deposition.

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Jessie J thinks she is “unusual-looking”

By Andrea Petrou on June 3rd, 2011

Jessie J thinks she is “unusual-looking”.

The ‘Price Tag’ hitmaker – who revealed earlier this year that she hates being recognised – does not rate herself as being “classically pretty”, and has taken “a long time” to feel confident about her body.

She said: “I’ve never really thought of myself as anything. I don’t think I’m classically pretty, I think I’m unusual-looking.”

“I had my teeth whitened just before the Brits. Being a singer, people are always taking pictures of my mouth, and I thought it would be nicer for people to look at white and not yellow teeth!

“It’s taken me a long time to feel confident in my body. I had to get used to the fact that I have no boobs. Now I embrace it. I always get my feet done to make myself feel better even if people can’t see them.

“I was addicted to blusher, but in an unhealthy way, where I looked burnt! And I do love a drag-queen eyebrow. I don’t pluck mine, I just tidy them up every now and then.”

The 23-year-old ‘Do It Like A Dude’ singer – who admits she could not live without lipstick – explained she looks like a different person on her days off.

She added to Britain’s Cosmopolitan magazine: “I’m totally unrecognisable! I’m happy to expose the fact that I don’t look like I do when I wear makeup. People think as soon as you get signed you look great all the time, but it’s not the case.

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Kylie Minogue laughs off Pippa Middleton bottom similarities

By Andrea Petrou on June 3rd, 2011

Kylie Minogue has laughed off suggestions that her bum is better than Pippa Middleton’s.

The 43-year-old star – who is well known for her love of bottom-grazing shorts, most famously displayed in gold hot pants in the video for her hit ‘Spinning Around’ – thinks her behind is great but is not sure how it compares to Pippa, who famously grabbed headlines in a tight Alexander McQueen dressat her sister Kate’s wedding to Britain’s Prince William.

The ‘Aphrodite’ hitmaker said: “How I fare against Pippa Middleton is anyone’s guess – but I think I’m doing okay!”

The Australian singer is used to attention being focused on her famous bottom, particularly after the unveiling of her famous fourth Madame Tussauds waxwork in 2007 – and revealed that her modest attitude doesn’t just end with her figure.

The ‘In Your Eyes’ singer remained quiet about her sister Dannii’s relationship woes with English former rugby player Kris Smith.

Kylie added to “I would like to think the attention they are getting is because people love them so much and love to see them as a family unit.”


Jessie J would rather be comfortable than sexy.

By Andrea Petrou on May 27th, 2011

Jessie J would rather be comfortable than sexy.

The ‘Price Tag’ hitmaker – who is openly bisexual – insists she doesn’t wear tight catsuits on stage to project a raunchy image, but chooses them because they fit well on her body.

She said: “I’m not very confident actually, I’ve never been like that. That’s just not the kind of person I am.

“I don’t wear catsuits to be sexy. It’s funny, people say to me, ‘Your stuff is so sexual’ but here I am in a long-sleeved catsuit covering everything.

“Fashion should be about what makes you comfy and I like dressing like a superhero.”

The ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ singer loves having “fun” with her wardrobe but knows there are certain looks that don’t suit her.

She added to more magazine: “I think it’s fun to dress up with the earrings and lipstick and big shoes. I’ve always been someone who loves bold things.

“I could never go on stage in a pink frilly dress – that’s not going to fit with my music or me.”

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Jennifer Lopez admits first fashion foray was a huge disappointment.

By Andrea Petrou on May 19th, 2011

Jennifer Lopez admits her first foray into fashion was a huge disappointment.

The singer-and-actress teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger’s brother Andy to launch her own clothing range, Sweetface, in 2001 but now admits it wasn’t what she expected as she felt “trapped” by it.

She told the New York Times newspaper: “I just felt like I never got a fair chance to do it right. And on top of it, I felt like I was trapped in a situation I couldn’t get out of, and my name was stamped on things that I didn’t believe in.”

Although the line closed, Jennifer didn’t let it put her off designing another line – this time she has teamed up with Tommy and her husband Marc Anthony to create a fashion collection with Kohls.

They are all confident the line will be a success because Jennifer has lots of control over it.

Tommy said of the new range: “The difference this time around is that Jennifer is fully engaged with a company that is professionally staffed to really develop anything she wants, from towels to knee-high suede boots. Literally, her wish is their command.”


Jessie J thinks she “oozes” Britishness.

By Andrea Petrou on May 9th, 2011

Jessie J thinks she “oozes” Britishness.

The ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ hitmaker – who has written songs for US superstars including Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys – believes she is “representing” the UK and loves her home country and its attitude.

She said: “I definitely like to think I’m repping for the UK.

“I think I ooze British. I’m very sarcastic and I like to take the mickey out of myself. And I definitely do that very British thing of, take things with a pinch of salt, stiff upper lip, you know what I mean?

“Nothing comes easy but we like it that way.”

The 23-year-old singer has previously been open about her bisexuality, and thinks it is a sign of her generation about the easy-going nature of sexuality.

She adds to Stella magazine: “I’ve been with guys and I’ve been with girls. And I kind of think it’s about the person not the genitals.

“A lot of people are like, ‘Oh she doesn’t know what she is.’ But I definitely think my generation is more easygoing about it.

“I mean, I think it’s harder for boys to be bisexual. I think if a girl’s bi there’s more acceptance because guys like it.”

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Jennifer Hudson is “not mentally” ready to accept her slim figure.

By Andrea Petrou on April 27th, 2011

Jennifer Hudson is “not mentally” ready to accept her slim figure.

The singer-and-actress has shed 80lbs in just under two years and while she has done it slowly and sensibly, Jennifer still finds it difficult to embrace her new physique.

She said: “I’m still not used to my new self yet, so I’m figuring out who I am right now. Like, how do I want to be perceived? Who am I? Along with a physical change, it is also a mental change, so my mind has to play catch up with what everybody else sees. I haven’t got there yet. I go shopping and pick up an outfit in an extra-large or large. Physically I might be right, but not mentally.”

Although she is yet to fully accept her new figure, Jennifer – who has a 20-month-old son, David Jr., with fiance David Otunga – is enjoying wearing different clothes.

She told LOOK magazine: “It’s much more fun getting ready now and it doesn’t take as much time. I’m rediscovering my own style.

“My stylist is Eric Archibald and if he doesn’t get that ‘Oh my God!’ factor from me, he loses his mind. He has to have a sip of coffee or champagne and come back to me! We have to have that ‘Oh my God’ moment for everything, and feel good about it.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow puts on weight

By Andrea Petrou on April 4th, 2011

Gwyneth Paltrow has been left with “bulging problems” after being banned from working out.

The 38-year-old actress – who was told she couldn’t adhere to her usual exercise regime when she took up the role of alcoholic singer Lisa Canter in new movie ‘Country Strong’ – admitted she “panicked” when she found out she wouldn’t be able to work out.

She explained: “At first I was a bit panicked about it, so I’d start working out a little bit. A lot of people lie the other way and say, ‘Yeah, I work out five times a week,’ when they actually don’t, whereas I was saying, ‘No, no. I didn’t work out,’ when actually I was on the treadmill.

“It was then that I was like, ‘Right, I have got to stop.’ But it wasn’t until we were finishing the movie that my body completely fell apart. My body was doing OK right up until the end. Then it just started falling to pieces, so now I am left with bulging problems.”

The blonde beauty explained she is aware there are “no free rides” when it comes to achieving a svelte physique, and she stays in shape by undergoing “horrible, long exercise”.

When asked how she stays in shape, the mother-of-two added: “Exercise! Painful, horrible, long exercise. I know from experience that there are no free rides in this world.”

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Style spotlight: Jennifer Lopez

By Andrea Petrou on March 29th, 2011

At the MTV awards in 2009

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Jessica Simpson wants women of all ages to wear her clothes.

By Andrea Petrou on March 28th, 2011

The singer-and-actress – whose fashion empire is set to make $1 billion this year – says the clothes and accessories are aimed at a whole range of females as well as a variety of occasions.

She told WWD: “This will give the consumer something to dress up in, to feel like a lady, to feel sophisticated, yet it has some sort of funk and flair to it. It has a lot of style to it. It’s not your average suit or skirt. It has lots of fun details. We wanted to change things up for the everyday working girl who wants to feel her age. It could be for a girl’s first job, or an internship. She could be in her 20s, 30s, even 40s. My mom would wear it, and she’s over 50.”

Despite her busy career, the 30-year-old beauty says her fashion range will always come first because it has made her a role model.

She said: “It all works together. I really don’t look at myself as just one thing. I’m kind of scattered and like to have my hands in a lot of different projects. It makes me who I am. It’s what defines me. What I wear, what I sing, the songs I write, the projects I choose all have to represent Jessica Simpson.

I wouldn’t take certain jobs if they were to take away from the positive role model that the Jessica Simpson Collection has allowed me to establish.because this is my number-one priority.”


Carey Mulligan is dating British singer Marcus Mumford

By Andrea Petrou on March 28th, 2011

Carey Mulligan is dating British singer Marcus Mumford.

The ‘Never Let Me Go’ actress is said to be enjoying a romantic weekend with the Mumford and Sons folk musician in Buckinghamshire, south east England, after flying to the UK from her New York base to be with him.

The pair were spotted getting friendly at an intimate gig in Nashville last month and have reportedly been spending time together since in the 24-year-old singer’s London home, as well as enjoying a break together in the Orkney Islands in Scotland last week.

A source told The Daily Mail newspaper: “Marcus invited Carey to watch him play a secret show in the basement of his friend Mike Harris’s home in Nashville. She sat in the front row and while he was singing Marcus looked down at Carey and she blushed. It was clear they had chemistry.

“Afterwards they went to the City House restaurant and dined with friends but they sat together and acted like a couple.”

Now the 25-year-old actress – who has previously dated ‘Transformers’ star Shia LeBoeuf and was last month linked to actor Eddie Redmayne – is said to want to see even more of her new beau and may even accompany him and his band when they tour the US.

The source said: “Carey’s hoping they can spend more time together when Marcus flies back to America next month for a major tour with his band.

“He’s hired a vintage train instead of a tour bus and has asked Carey to join him for the trip. It’s early days but they seem to enjoy each other’s company.”


Nicole Scherzinger signed up to host the US version of ‘The X Factor’

By Andrea Petrou on March 22nd, 2011

Nicole Scherzinger has been signed up to host the US version of ‘The X Factor’.

Simon Cowell has reportedly signed up the former Pussycat Dolls singer – who is managed by his rival, ‘American Idol’ boss Simon Fuller – to present the show after negotiating a deal with Nicole’s American label CAA to ensure she has a clear schedule when the series launches later in the year.

However, with the 32-year-old beauty originally tipped for a role on the judging panel of the US ‘X Factor’, her “natural” ability in front of the camera convinced the 51-year-old music mogul to offer her the coveted hosting job instead.

An insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Never has there been so much behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing as with ‘X Factor’ USA. “Having lined up Nicole as a potential judge, Simon decided to try something different and unexpected, and have a non-mainstream presenter present.

“Nicole’s had screen tests and is a natural in front of the camera. Autocue does not faze her at all. As an established singer, both as a solo artist and in a group, Nicole will be great with the contestants and knows what she is talking about.

“The approach was made a few weeks ago. And although she has still not formally signed, it’s all looking very positive.”

With Nicole having bagged the presenting job, Simon is still attempting to convince Fox bosses to sign up Cheryl Cole for the judging panel, amid concerns the ‘Promise This’ singer is relatively unknown in the US.

The source added: “On the judging front, things are changing almost daily, but Simon has put his neck on the line to sell Cheryl to network bosses. After being stonewalled initially, Simon believes he has convinced them to sign off her deal.”

Simon and record producer L.A. Reid are the only judges confirmed to appear on the panel so far, while Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Paula Abdul have all been linked to the two female roles.

An as-of-yet-unnamed male star will also co-host the series alongside Nicole.

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Get the look: Jessie J’s rock chick style

By Andrea Petrou on February 7th, 2011

In tie dye skinnies

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Manuil Yamalyan/

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Style spotlight: Jessie J

By Andrea Petrou on January 18th, 2011

Performing at Britain's Next Top Model love

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Mag watch: Cameron Diaz and Lady Gaga’s edgy editorials for V magazine

By Kimberley Foster on July 6th, 2009


From Catwalk Queen

It is another nod to Madonna, with a hint of Gwen Stefani in this latest cover for V magazine, starring Cameron Diaz. The actress steps out of comfort-zone for an edgy photo-shoot taken by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Reminiscent of Madge’s iconic True Blue phase, Cam experiments with short peroxide hair, fake tattoos and cone bra fashioned out of gaffer tape.

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