British comedian Russell Brand knew late singer Amy Winehouse for years, and says he’ll always remember her as “sweet and peculiar but most of all vulnerable.”
Brand, who posted a touching message on his website Sunday about the friend he simply called “Winehouse,” said they “shared an affliction, the disease of addiction,” reports USA Today.
“When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new,” he wrote. “Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it’s too late, she’s gone.”
The soulful 27-year-old singer, who won five Grammys in 2008 for her hit album “Back to Black,” was found dead in her London apartment on Saturday.
Brand, 36, a recovering addict himself, said he knows all too well the lifestyle Winehouse lived and recalled how they first met years ago in Camden, England.
“I was myself at that time barely out of rehab and was thirstily seeking less complicated women so I barely reflected on the now glaringly obvious fact that Winehouse and I shared an affliction, the disease of addiction,” Brand wrote.
Brand said that he always knew then that the “Rehab” singer was going to be a star.
“She wasn’t just some hapless wannabe, … who was never gonna make it, nor was she even a ten-a-penny-chanteuse enjoying her fifteen minutes. She was a (expletive) genius”
Now eight years sober, Brand said he hopes this incident helps change “the way we view this condition.”
“Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant. It is not preventable today,” Brand wrote. “We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease. Not all addicts have Amy’s incredible talent … All we can do is adapt the way we view [addiction], not as a crime or a romantic affectation but as a disease that will kill.”
Katy Perry has filed a lawsuit against an Australian magazine for putting her marriage in jeopardy by claiming she had an affair with a record producer. NW magazine published an article last month, alleging the “Fireworks” singer had an intimate relationship with producer Benny Blanco.
The article claimed that Perry had an affair with Blanco after she exchanged I Do’s with British comedian Russell Brand.
The 26-year-old singer launched the suit at the Victoria Supreme Court against the magazine’s publisher, ACP Magazines, saying the article was entirely invented.
Her writ, obtained by the Daily Mail, reads: “By reason of the publication of the article, the plaintiff (Perry) has been gravely injured in her reputation and feelings (and) has suffered distress, embarrassment and humiliation.”
She cited several inaccuracies in the report, including quoting a “friend” named Angela Summers and another source called Marlon David. Perry says she doesn’t know those persons.
She alleged NW did not check the story with her and it refused to apologize “although it was clearly inaccurate.”
Perry is seeking damages and aggravated damages.
Russell Brand has stopped making religious jokes because they upset his wife Katy Perry. The ‘Firework’ singer ‘ who married the British comedian in India last year ‘ is the daughter of Christian ministers Keith and Mary Hudson and says her spouse is now respectful of her faith in his humour. She said: “Russell has made very blasphemous jokes in the past, but he’s making fewer all the time because he knows that I am very sensitive about this subject.’Katy, 26, also criticised Madonna for staging a mock crucifixion on stage for her ‘Confessions’ world tour in 2006 and admitted she can’t understand why it seems to be acceptable to poke fun at Christianity. She added: “You can be frivolous and fun without needing to get involved in that. And I don’t know why that only happens to the Christian religion. I don’t see people simulating sex with statues of Buddha, for example.”For me, spirituality is something very important and I don’t like it when people take it lightl. At times, I don’t understand why there are artists who play that card, like when Madonna gets up on a cross to sing.”
Katy Perry took her grandmother to Las Vegas to celebrate her 90th birthday. The ‘Firework’ singer and her new husband, British comedian Russell Brand, took her father Keith’s mother Ann to the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in the famous US gambling town, where they celebrated with a meal at Strip House steak restaurant. Katy – whose real name is Katy Hudson – tweeted: “Happy 90th birthday grandma HUDSON! You’re the reason why!” Katy also had another reason to celebrate while she was in glitzy city – as this week it was revealed that her song ‘California Gurls’ was the biggest selling digital song of 2010, after it was downloaded 4,398,212 million times in the US and sold eight million singles, digital tracks, mobile tracks and videos worldwide. Katy, 26, is close to her family and has even previously revealed that she like to borrow her grandmother’s clothes. She said: “It doesn’t matter who makes it, where it comes from, whether it’s your grandmother’s closet or it’s a couture showroom. If it looks good on you, wear it!”
Michelle Obama Top Choice As Ideal 2011 Red Carpet Celebrity. First Lady Michelle Obama is the top choice of professional event planners to walk the red carpet at an event in 2011, according to a new survey conducted by BizBash. She beats Lady Gaga, Angelina Jolie, and even ex-President Bill Clinton and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin in the list. Mrs. Obama was chosen over a list of celebrities in the survey, which asked readers their top choice to walk the red carpet at one of their events in the coming year. The First Lady garnered 25 percent of the votes. Following her is Clinton, who took 13 percent, while Palin got 2 percent at 10th place. BizBash editor-in-chief Chad Kaydo said, “I suspect our readers choose the first lady because of her personal style, but also because she has an authenticity about the projects that she gets behind.” “If you saw her at an event, you would feel she genuinely believed in its purpose. And unlike Jersey cast, she doesn’t go wherever she can pick up a check.” Rounding up the top 5 are Lady Gaga, Betty White and Angelina Jolie. BizBash publishes magazines and websites, as well as produces trade shows for the event industry. The top 10 celebrities professional event planners want for their party:
1.Michelle Obama (25%)
2.Bill Clinton (13%)
3.Lady Gaga (12%)
4.Betty White (9%)
5.Angelina Jolie (8%)
6.Kim Kardashian (6%)
7.Katy Perry and Russell Brand (5%)
8.James Franco (4%)
9.”Gossip Girl” cast (3%)
10.Sarah Palin (2%)
11.tie – The Jonas Brothers and “Jersey Shore” cast (1%)
Katy Perry does ‘magic’ in the bedroom. Katy Perry does ‘magic tricks’ in the bedroom. The ‘Firework’ hitmaker married renowned womaniser Russell Brand in October and says she always makes an effort for her spouse. She said: ‘ have secrets and magic tricks, of course. I can’t share them because then you’d all know. But let’s just say I’m not shy. And I never wear sweats. Ever.’ The brunette beauty also plans her schedule carefully so she and Russell can spend quality time together away from the pressures of their working commitments. She added: ‘ also make sure we have time. We’re both busy but this is a huge part of my life. I call the shots on my schedule. I put in breaks. There are weekends for Russ and weekends for me and my friends. Neither of us ever wants to lose ourself or the other in fame.’ Though Katy and Russell are currently residing in Los Angeles, they are house-hunting in the ‘Get Him to the Greek’ star’s native London as the US singer wants a British passport. She told our source: ‘We have a place together in America but we want to find somewhere here. I want a British passport.’
Katy Perry is looking forward to creating her own Christmas traditions. The ‘Firework’ hitmaker already has some festive rituals she is planning to share with husband Russell Brand ‘ who she married in October ‘ but is hopeful the couple can come up with new things to do over the season. She said: ‘There will be me and Russ and a pink Christmas tree and a tofu-urky. We’ll open one present the night before because that’s the tradition in my family. And we’ll do something new. We’ll start our own new tradition because we are a family now.’ As well as creating new festive traditions with her husband, Katy is also excited about starting a family with Russell. he told Grazia magazine: ‘ don’t want to miss out on any experience. I want lots of children. It’s all very possible.’ The brunette beauty also explained why she and Russell have not made their wedding pictures public, insisting the couple want to keep their romance private. She added: ‘We never wanted it to be a public event which is why we didn’t sell pictures, so we had some privacy. This relationship is real, it’s not a photo opportunity, it’s two people who have found what they want.’
Katy Perry feels like she married her celebrity crush. The ‘Firework’ hitmaker ‘ who wed British comedian Russell Brand in India in October 2010 ‘ is now ‘over’ her crush on 16-year-old pop star Justin Bieber because she is so in love with her husband. She said: ”ve said Justin Bieber was my celebrity crush quite a few times, but I think I’m over it now. I think it’s probably safe to say I married my celebrity crush.’ The 26-year-old beauty is well known for her sexy outfits on-and-off the stage, but believes a fun-loving attitude is the most important trait to come across sexy. Asked by Maxim magazine what makes a woman sexy, she says: ‘The way she presents herself and the air she has about her. You can feel her power and her confidence. ‘Also, the way she uses her ability to communicate, her brain and personality. I think that’s really sexy because you all know the hottest woman can be the biggest bitch, and that’s cool.’ Discussing her music contemporaries, Katy confesses she loves many of the women in pop at the moment. She said: ‘ love what Gaga is doing, and I love what Kesha is doing. I’ve known Kesha forever.’
Katy Perry and Russell Brand have put themselves on a diet. The pair ‘ who tied the knot at the luxury Aman-i-Khas resort in Rajasthan, India, last month ‘ are determined to get fit and feel healthier, and so have cut out all wheat and dairy until the end of this year. A friend of the couple said: ‘Katy and Russell are taking care of themselves and are on a mission to get fit. As well as cutting out wheat and diary, they’re on a diet of raw vegetables, tofu and pulses.As well as their special diet, the British comedian ‘ who is vegetarian – and his pop star wife also appear to have picked up some health tips during th r recent stay in India.The source explained to the Daily Star newspaper: ‘They’re both drinking loads of pineapple juice and are obsessed with Indian green tea which is full of anti-toxins and great for weight loss.’However Katy’s and Russell’s new health kick may not last until the New Year as the pair are said to be planning a fun filled family Christmas in London.The insider revealed: ‘Katy and Russell are trying to get their families together for their first Christmas as husband and wife. Katy thinks a white Christmas in London would be romantic.’They are hoping to have a proper knees-up with the whole of Russell’s family. Katy’s mum and dad are hoping to come to London as well.’
Katy Perry wanted a breast reduction Katy Perry once wanted a breast reduction. The ‘Firework’ singer’s massive boobs hurt her back when she was a teenager and she considered having them made smaller, but as she has gotten older she has learnt to love her heaving bosoms. She told America’s Harper’s Bazaar magazine: “I had really bad back problems and was a little bit thicker. Then I grew up and lost the baby fat and said, ‘Hey, this isn’t all that bad.’ ‘ The 26-year-old brunette beauty also praised new husband Russell Brand ‘ who has battled drug addictions and was previously famed for his womanising ways ‘ as a ‘great man of God’ who is great parent material. She added: “I always knew I wanted a great man of God, someone who was going to be an inspiration for people and also be a lovely husband and father. We’re at different places in our lives, but we can still grow together. He’s thought-provoking, articulate, a real advocate. I also definitely wanted to have a laugh. I have all that in him.” Meanwhile, it has been claimed that many of Katy and Russell’s 70 wedding guests fell ill after the ceremony in India because of the extreme changes in temperature they experienced. A source said: ‘The only bummer to the wedding is that it was so hot in India and they had all the tents air conditioned, so a lot of people got sick from going in and out of the heat and cold.’ In addition to the sick guests, one of the animals involved in the wedding procession also caused health concerns after it emerged the elephant Russell rode on suffers from panic attacks when separated from its family. The source added to RadarOnline.com: ‘One of the cutest things is that Russell rode into the ceremony on an elephant, but there was another elephant walking beside his because apparently they’re fraternal twins and can’t be separated or else they’ll both have panic attacks.’ According to the insider, Russell’s mother was the only member of his family present for the celebrations.