Abia State-born, Ukeje Okechukwu Edwards, aka Mr. Raw, formally known as ‘Dat Nigga Raw,’ is one hip-hop artiste who has carved a niche for himself in the Nigerian music industry when he started rapping in Igbo. The RawDeal label boss in an exclusive chat with Showtime revealed what he has been up to.
“My major project right now is the artistes I want to push out on my label, Raw Deal. I will release their names when the time is right. I am trying to assist other upcoming artistes to make it entertainment wise .
The Nigerian music industry is still growing and we are heading somewhere because even in Africa, Nigeria is the biggest.When you talk about influential artistes in Africa, you will mention more Nigerian artistes.
It’s a plus, which means we are doing more. I started rapping in Igbo when nobody was doing it. It wasn’t that easy then for people to accept it, but now it makes a whole lot of sense. I actually feel entertained seeing other artistes do what I started. I feel great when I see people like Phyno doing what I started.
It has been almost a year since she kicked husband Lamar Odom out of their home for cheating,
– although Khloe Kardashian is moving on with new boyfriend French
Montana – it seems she still feels responsible for her
stuff will weigh on me for the rest of my life,’ she revealed to her
family in a new teaser for Keeping Up With The Kardasians on E! Online.
‘I’m going to cry!’
Khloe Kardashian, 30, gets emotional as she admits she still worries
about estranged husband Lamar Odom during family vacation in Thailand
The 30-year-old opened up about her ex-husband to stepbrothers Brandon and Brody while on vacation with the Kardashian-Jenner clan in Thailand in April.
marriage didn’t work out, not because of me, it wasn’t what I wanted,’
she explained. ‘So for the rest of my life I’m going to deal with that –
worry about him, think about him and want just to protect him.’
to the table in her dressing gown, but fully made up, the Jenner hunks
teased their sister affectionately until Brandon asked whether she had
spoken to Lamar.
It was certainly one way to alleviate some pre-show jitters.
for ever busy Lady Gaga, the 28-year-old did not shy away from sharing a
curious photo of herself biting into what appeared to be a tobacco pipe
shaped into a miniature saxophone.
the photo was captioned ‘About to hit a high note,’ the singer did not
specify exactly what she was enjoying a ‘hit’ of in the photo shared on
‘About to hit a high note’: Lady Gaga shared a
snapshot of herself with a curiously placed miniature saxophone in a
photo posted on Friday
The singer looked relaxed and slightly drowsy as she took the snapshot while holding the miniature saxophone against her thumb.
her curly black wig, the Alejandro singer appeared to have opted for a
light application of make-up, including a slick of pink lipstick and a
bit of foundation.
though the contents of the saxophone remained a mystery, Gaga has been
open about her struggles with marijuana addiction in the past.
The resemblance: Gaga’s saxophone ornament
certainly appeared to look like this smoking pipe designed into the
shape of the instrument
In 2013, the singer admitted to smoking ‘up to 15 joints a day’, the Daily Mirror reported.
Grammy winner utilized cannabis to alleviate the pain felt following a
hip surgery she previously underwent, and confessed to smoking marijuana
to ‘numb’ the pain.
was just numbing, numbing, numbing myself then sleeping it off, then
getting on stage, killing it in pain, then getting off and smoking,
smoking, smoking, not knowing what the pain was,’ Gaga said.
Lighting up: The singer hit the stage of Amsterdam in 2012 and smoked cannabis in front of her audience
2012 the singer lit up marijuana while performing on stage in
Amsterdam, though admitted she smokes ‘a little bit at night’ after
getting assistance from the performance artist Marina Abramovic, the
for Gaga, the Grammy winner is still in the throes of her ArtPop tour,
and will be hitting the stages of Las Vegas on Friday.
top of her tour, Gaga has been recording alongside legendary crooner
Tony Bennett to release a collection of jazzy tunes, Cheek To Cheek.
The album – which has seen its release date pushed back numerous times – will finally hit stores on September 23, according to Billboard magazine.
In demand: Gaga – pictured in New York City on
Wednesday – is also working on a jazz album alongside Tony Bennett
entitled Cheek To Cheek, which will be released on September 23
The video for Don Jazzy’s hit song ‘Dorobucci’ birthed amidst wild online reactions. While some believe it was a cool production some have not stopped condenming many aspects of the video.
Charles Novia, the opinionated filmmaker took to his twitter handle to express his opinions about the video.”The cinematography was cool, concept was skewed. Video only sizzled at the beginning when Donjazzy had his bit.
A song composed and hitting all nooks in Nigeria gets its video shot in South Africa. There was a lack of charisma too in the ensemble segments. Only Don Jazzy and Tiwa Savage had screen presence, others looked overwhelmed. It was a good visual effor2t for a fantastic audio hit but it could have been better. Maybe a Sesan or Clarence could have interpreted better.”He said
Chi Ibe a writer also has this to say:” Tiwa Savage appears bored by the whole proceedings, Dr Sid is…well, Dr Sid and D’Prince look like they are hanging on tightly to Don Jazzy’s coattails. If there is any bit of excitement at all in terms of delivery, it comes from the new acts, especially Reekado Banks and Di’Ja. The whole video goes by in a repetitive blur of boring shots”.
Backlash, it hasn’t failed to thrill some fans on the social media scene as they have unofficially called it 2014’s best video.
The former Chelsea midfielder is expected to seal a short-term loan move to the Premier League champions before his transfer to newly-founded American club New York City FC
Frank Lampard is set to join Manchester City on a short-term loan deal, Goal understands.
The former Chelsea midfielder has agreed to join newly-founded MLS team New York City FC following his departure from Stamford Bridge but their season does not start until March 2015.
And now the 36-year-old is poised to link up with the Premier League champions, who own the American franchise alongside baseball giants the New York Yankees, as he looks to maintain his fitness.
Lampard is likely to remain at the Etihad Stadium until mid-January and it is understood City plan to register the midfielder for their Premier League and Champions League campaigns.
The England international scored 211 goals for Chelsea in 649 matches and is believed to be keen to avoid a potential match-up with his former employers. City face the Blues at the Etihad Stadium on September 21.
Lampard won three Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge and is looking forward to linking up with New York.
Upon completing his move, he told reporters: “New York ticks all the right boxes for me. It’s very exciting.”
He will join David Villa at the MLS franchise and the Spain international has also made a short-term move ahead of his move, joining Melbourne City on a three-month deal.
After a successful Nigeria release of “Single and Married” movie in 2012, Silverbird Distributions Limited will on Friday, August 15, release the sequel to award-winning movie titled, “Single, Married and Complicated.”
The movie which will be released simultaneously across cinemas in Nigeria with a red-carpet premiere holding at Silverbird cinemas, Lagos. It will showcase a parade of stars from Nollywood, Ghollywood and other entertainment icons from various sectors alongside her fans and supporters who have been anticipating the release of the movie since its first part hit the cinemas two years ago.
The star-studded movie features Yvonne Nelson, Chris Attoh, Eddie Watson, Anita Erskine, and Tana Adelana who were part of the original movie while John Dumelo, John Gardiner, Alexx Ekubo and Eazzy join the cast to make it an even more interesting sequel.
Interestingly, the steamy romantic comedy produced by Yvonne Nelson Productions is written and directed by award-winning Ghanaian director, Pascal Amanfo, whom the leggy actress described as “a natural follow up of all to give a sweet finish to a great tale.”
According to her, the movie could be likened to its original because it is no holds barred movie loaded with excitement and that movie enthusiast should brace up for a thrilling experience in the cinemas. It is a captivating movie based on an everyday story that the ordinary African can relate to. It is once again told in a narrative format, with Anita Erskine as the narrator.
Los Angeles – Kate Hudson says Heath Ledger was her best ever on-screen kiss.
The 35-year-old actress – who has sons Ryder, 10, from her marriage to Matt Bellamy, and Bingham, three, with fiance Matt Bellamy – has shared smooches with some of Hollywood’s hunkiest leading men including Matthew McConaughey and Billy Crudup but admitted her late Four Feathers co-star was her favourite.
Speaking on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Kate said: “I would say my favourite one was Heath Ledger. That was pretty excellent.”
“He was just so beautiful and sweet and gentle. I would say that, I look back at all of the… and that was really… he was lovely.”
Heath died from an accidental overdose in 2008 at the age of just 28.
When speaking of her favourite on-screen kiss, Kate didn’t upset her Wish I Was Here co-star and director Zach Braff, who was right beside her, even though she didn’t mention him.
The caller who posed the question to her made sure that Zach wouldn’t feel left out by saying: “Who’s been your best kisser from all your movie stars, or your co-stars? Excluding Zach, cause I’m sure Zach is a good kisser.”
A grateful Zach replied: “Thank you, darling! Thank you for saying, present company excluded.”
Nollywood actress, Anne Idibia and Tuface’s “True love” has come out to give her opinions concerning family, marriage and her own very childhood.
In her assertion the screen diva said divorce is the worst punishment any parent could subject children to. Because it’s the children that will face the consequences of their actions.
Divorce shouldn’t be considered as an option when couples face-off. It is advisable to settle rather than divorce. Why did you get married if you cannot forgive and reconcile with your partner?
I don’t wish my kids to pass through my experience regarding divorce. I always use my parents-in-laws as an example and I try to emulate them in my marriage. After all these years, they are still deeply in love with each other. Even at their age, they still enjoy each other’s company and that is amazing.
She also went back memory lane recalling her days of small beginnings.”I attended so many auditions after my secondary education and I also did some modeling jobs for a while, earning as little as N2000.
The highest fee I ever earned was N5000 but I wasn’t discouraged. I worked with Dakova and KC Jabari and I also did ushering jobs at events. I was an usher at Queen Onokala’s first album launch. I was also second runner-up of Queen of All Nations Beauty Pageant. It was after the beauty pageant that I made my Nollywood debut.”
Most people don’t bring their mothers to nightclubs.
But Kris Jenner awkwardly tagged along with newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at Ibiza hotspot Amnesia in San Rafael Friday night.
The 58-year-old momager opted to show more cleavage than her 33-year-old daughter for once.
Third wheeling: Kris Jenner awkwardly tagged
along with newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at Ibiza hotspot
Amnesia in San Rafael Friday night
The 37-year-old rapper held hands with his 33-year-old bride as the fame-hungry matriarch shadowed the couple collectively known as ‘Kimye.’
The Bound 2 video vixen showcased her curvaceous figure in a silk halter gown and accessorised with diamonds and a plaited hairstyle.
‘I feel as though we’ll always be in the honeymoon period,’ Kim told MailOnline of her marriage.
‘We always say we really like to treat each other like it’s our birthday. I try to treat him like it’s his birthday every single day. I think we’ll always be like that.’
Demure for Kim! The 58-year-old momager opted to show more cleavage than her 33-year-old daughter for once
Lurking: The 37-year-old rapper held hands with
his 33-year-old bride as the fame-hungry matriarch shadowed the couple
collectively known as ‘Kimye’
Understated: The Bound 2 video vixen showcased
her curvaceous figure in a silk halter gown and accessorised with
diamonds and a plaited hairstyle
former sex tape star continued: ‘We always try to make life as fun and
enjoyable as possible. We do travel, and work really hard, when we’re
together – and even when we’re apart, we’re always on the phone 24/7 –
just trying to make that time as memorable as possible.’
Earlier, the Kardashian clan celebrated Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci’s 40th birthday and Kanye reportedly performed at the bash.
Tisci created the bridal wear for the reality star, the 21-time Grammy winner, and baby North for their Florence wedding at the Forte di Belvedere on May 24.
‘Birthday boy’: Earlier, the Kardashian clan
celebrated Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci’s 40th birthday and Kanye
reportedly performed at the bash
Favourite designer: Tisci created the bridal
wear for the reality star, the 21-time Grammy winner, and baby North for
their Florence wedding at the Forte di Belvedere on May 24
at the black-attired party, Kris cosied up to Canadian pop star Justin
Bieber, who joked he was the father of her teenage daughters Kendall
in 2011, the cocky 20-year-old appeared on an episode of Khloé &
Lamar and, in June, the divorcée bought Bieber’s Calabasas mansion for
had a tough 2013 – which included the end of her 22-year marriage to
Olympian Bruce and the cancellation of her Fox daytime talk show.
‘Who’s your daddy?’ While at the black-attired
party, Kris cosied up to Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, who joked he
was the father of her teenage daughters Kendall & Kylie
Ballers: Back in 2011, the cocky 20-year-old
appeared on an episode of Khloé & Lamar and, in June, the divorcée
bought Bieber’s Calabasas mansion for $7.2 million
Struggles: Jenner had a tough 2013 – which
included the end of her 22-year marriage to Olympian Bruce and the
cancellation of her Fox daytime talk show
according to USA Today, Kim’s self-titled Glu Mobile game has amassed
2.8 billion minutes from players and earns an impressive $700,000 daily.
The ninth season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians currently airs Sunday nights on E!
The Black Skinhead hitmaker will next take his Yeezus Tour to San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival on August 8.
Success: Meanwhile, Kim’s self-titled Glu Mobile
game has amassed 2.8 billion minutes from players and earns an
impressive $700,000 daily
Reality TV royalty: The ninth season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians currently airs Sunday nights on E!
Back on the road: The Black Skinhead hitmaker
will next take his Yeezus Tour to San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music
and Arts Festival on August 8
JOSE MOURINHO is ready to give a massive boost to the promotion dream of Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka.
HELPING HAND: Mourinho has already loaned a young defender to the Championship side
Mourinho has already loaned defender Kenneth Omeruo to Championship club Boro for the next nine months.
Now Karanka, who was his assistant at Real Madrid, hopes the old pals’ act will help him land up to three more of Chelsea’s young stars.
Nathaniel Chalobah, who was on loan at the Riverside with Omeruo last season, is one of the targets.
But Mourinho may also consider loaning out George Saville, Patrick Bamford, Nathan Ake and Christian Atsu.
Emilio Nsue, 24, is also destined for Middlesbrough after being freed by Real Mallorca at the end of last season.
It’s difficult to find a damsel who has not fallen in love before now. But Nollywood actress, Lydia Owan seems to be making a case for herself.
The actress who is on the verge of making a name for herself in the entertainment industry is telling whoever that cares to listen that she has never experienced what it means to fall in love despite her charming looks.
In a recent chat, the Ogoja-born sexy actress opened up on her love life, saying that she has not fallen in love before now. “No, I have never been in love before. I won’t tell you why I haven’t fallen in love before.”
But I think it is my personal life and I would like it to remain personal,” she hinted. However, is Lydia indirectly telling everyone that falling in love is not essentially
meant for her?
Los Angeles – Chloë Grace Moretz is dating Brooklyn Beckham.
The 17-year-old actress has reportedly been in a relationship with the 15-year-old model, who is the eldest son of Victoria and David Beckham, for three months, after being introduced to him at Paris Fashion Week.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “They were introduced through mutual friends, and have the same social circle back in Los Angeles.
“They speak all the time and enjoy hanging out together, just doing what teenagers do.”
The couple were first spotted skateboarding together in Santa Monica in June and Brooklyn’s famous parents are said to be huge fans of the Kick-Ass beauty.
The insider said: “Both David and Victoria have given them their blessing.”
But their romance is not thought to be serious, as Brooklyn lives in London and Chloë recently insisted she is too young to be in a committed relationship.
She said: “It’s a tough age to fall in love: people change so quickly. I don’t want to have to feel like I have to watch my step, ’cause I’m 17 and I shouldn’t have to.”
The Carrie star, who is close friends with Taylor Swift, also isn’t happy that so many of her pals are already in long-term romances.
She told the September issue of Flare magazine: “I’m like, ‘Dude, you’re wasting away your entire high-school years, and now you’re going to waste away your college years. You’re going to spend your entire life in a relationship and then you’re going to get married…and then you’re dead! So you lived your life in a relationship!’ That’s not my style.”
Chris Brown has reportedly been dumped by girlfriend of three years Karrueche Tran.
it appears the 25-year-old spent his Friday trying to distract himself
from the breakup with some time well-spent on a luxury yacht off the
coast of the French Riviera.
he wasn’t smoking cigarettes while lounging on the back of the massive
vessel, the Don’t Wake Me Up singer was seen speeding around the
Mediterranean waters on a black jet ski.
Getting over her: It appears Chris Brown spent
his Friday trying to distract himself from his recent breakup with
Karrueche Tran with some time well spent on a luxury yacht off the coast
of the French Riviera
Karrueche, who has been dating the bad boy singer on-and-off since 2011, has reportedly ended their
romance after growing sick of his wild ways, according to TMZ.
reports that the 26-year-old model was left furious after the R&B bad boy
‘liked’ two images of him and his ex-girlfriend Rihanna on Instagram.
She is also said to be tired of his ‘immature’ behaviour and his desire to party nonstop since his release from prison in June.
The beauty is reportedly so serious about their latest split that she has changed her number so he can’t contact her.
Laughing with friends: When he wasn’t smoking
cigarettes while lounging on the back of the massive vessel, the Don’t
Wake Me Up singer was seen speeding around the Mediterranean waters on a
black jet ski
Safety first: Chris made sure to practice safe riding by wearing a red life jacket during the water activities
Speeding through the surf: Chris wore gray
shorts, a black and gray striped tank, tall black socks, and red bandana
while out on the jet ski
Her reasons: TMZ reports that Karrueche was left
furious after the R&B bad boy ‘liked’ two images of him and his
ex-girlfriend Rihanna on Instagram
in grey shorts, a black and grey striped tank, tall black socks, and
red bandana, talked and laughed with friends as he prepared for his
afternoon ride on Friday.
Say Goodbye recording artist put safety first, making sure
to wear a life jacket as he ripped through the turquoise blue waters.
He’s on a boat: Chris has been spending the week on this luxury yacht in the Mediterranean
Not phased by the break up? The Say Goodbye singer partied with champagne at the VIP Room in St Tropez on Thursday night
Saying his goodbyes: The Deuces crooner also performed during the evening
Brown has spent the last week of July partying and performing in various spots around the Mediterranean.
The award winning artist was seen having a fun time at the VIP Room in Saint Tropez on Thursday, which comes as no
surprise when considering he recently revealed on
Twitter that his single Loyal was certified platinum.
catchy song produced by DJ Mustard which features his longtime
collaborators Lil’ Wayne and Tyga managed to shift one million units
despite Chris’ jail time.
Proud of his latest achievement, he tweeted: ‘1,000,000 units! #Loyal has now reached platinum sales. Thank you Team Breezy!’
certainly been enjoying his down time after spending two and a half months in
jail for parole violation, as part of his assault conviction in 2009
for beating Rihanna.
Although he was sentenced on May 9 to another 131 days, he was given an early release due, in part, to overcrowding at the jail.
Over it: She is also said to be tired of his
‘immature’ behaviour and his desire to party non-stop since his release
from prison in June
Soaking up the sun in St Tropez: Chris went for a swim in a reptile print swimsuit on Wednesday
Moving on: Karrueche Tran, 26, flaunted her bikini body on July 25 while relaxing at the beach in Miami with friends
Mosunmol Abudu has no doubt carved a lasting niche for herself in a world where men are known to have called the shots. She is undeniably wealthy and is regarded by many as the “Oprah Winfrey of Africa” due to her Moment with Mo Talk show.
Her EbonyLife channel alone on DSTV is worth billions of naira. In this edition, we lead you into the world of a media guru who is living her dreams in splendor:
Mo Abudu as she is fondly called hails from Ondo Town in Ondo state of Nigeria. She was born in Hammersmith Hospital in London, United Kingdom in September 1964 to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Akintunde. She is the eldest of three sisters who lost her father at the age of 11.
Mo Abudu spent her childhood in United Kingdom where she worked her way through college. She attended the Ridgeway School, Mid Kent College and West Kent College. She got her Master’s degree in Human Resources Development from the University of Westminster in London. The TV goddess started her professional career as a Recruitment Consultant in 1987 with the Atlas Recruitment Consultancy firm in the UK.
Mo rose to the position of a Branch Manager within a few years. She was headhunted by Starform Group in 1990; Starform is a very successful business information group in the UK. They manage the prestigious Corporate Credit Management Exhibition. Mo successfully managed the exhibition from 1990 through 1992. She assumed responsibility for the research, design and production of several conferences and seminars whilst at Starform.
She returned to Nigeria in 1993 and was also hunted by Arthur Andersen. She worked in the capacity of Head of Human Resources and Training for Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited (Exxon). She successfully completed her responsibilities by the year 2000.
Mo saw in Nigeria, a growing need for a trained and highly motivated talent pool that would take Nigerian businesses into the 21st century. Taking advantage of her reputation, she resigned from a job at ExxonMobil after a decade to start Vic Lawrence & Associates Limited popularly known as VLA.
Mo Abudu is arguably the first woman on the African continent to own a pan-African TV channel called EbonyLife TV. According to reports, “the channel is worth N2b.” EbonyLife TV is a channel on DSTV which has over 15million viewers in 44 countries including United Kingdom and United States of America. It has strong backing by Cross Rivers State government.
This is in line with the state government’s strategy for development. EbonyLife TV is helping to build a thriving Film, TV and Music industry through strong international partnerships that can develop local talent and empower the next generation by building an Entertainment and Media hub at Tinapa that would represent Nigeria as well as Africa.
Another powerful move which the channel has made is acquisition of the services of 13 independent producers to produce film content for TV, a project which a film expert estimates will cost about N2.5 million per production.
In 2013, Forbes gave her an award as the first African woman to launch a Pan-African TV Channel. The honour came to Mo due to her consideration as an industrious and illustrious personality popular within and outside the industry. She was called “Africa’s Queen of Talk.” An enviable position, the award, no doubt, firmly affirms and establishes Mo Abudu as someone who has indeed treaded grounds that many may have considered an uphill task even for some of the highest flying African women.
According to reports, She is involved in a number of business activities. In addition, Mo is co-owner of the Protea Hotel, Oakwood Park, Lekki Expressway, Lagos. The hotel is worth over N2b. Set on over a hectare of land, and comprising of state-of-the-art conferencing and leisure facilities, the Protea Hotel, Oakwood Park is a 5-star hotel and no doubt among the best Proteas in Nigeria. Mo is also the Founder of Vic Lawrence & Associates, now one of Nigeria’s leading Outsourcing firms and media.
Her special TV program “Moment with Mo,” over the past years of its existence, has hosted an impressive list of guests. The TV program has hosted presidents, Nobel Laureates, celebrities governors, and even the US Secretary of State, Mrs. Hilary Rodham-Clinton, when she visited Nigeria.
The TV show is Africa’s first and only syndicated daily talk show. It airs across 48 African countries and on cable TV in the United Kingdom. She developed other TV properties to include “The Debaters,” a highly intellectual, but vastly motivating, innovative and entertaining reality TV show that gives the youth of Africa a voice; Naija Diamonds, an award winning documentary series, Celebrating the Unsung Heroes of Nigeria.
Mo is also a philanthropist. She has a foundation known as Inspire Africa Foundation in partnership with Moreno Construction, The Harbour, which has completed a one hundred-bed home for street children in Lagos.
Cars, dresses and perfumes
Mo Abudu is known to look stunning and out of the world on the red carpet. According to reports, she gets her dresses after it is launched on the runway abroad. Similarly, her perfumes are truly feminine and expensive. She loves beautiful expensive cars and has many of them in her garage including a black Mercedes Benz SUV priced over N20m.
Kim Kardashian seems to have no qualms about showing off her naked body.
wish friend Riccardo Tisci – who designed her wedding dress when she
tied the knot with Kanye West in Italy this May – a happy 40th birthday
on Friday, the 33-year-old former Playboy model posted a very
‘I love you soooo much!!! Can’t wait to celebrate with you tonight!!!!’ the E! star captioned the photo.
She shocks again: On Friday Kim Kardashian
posted this image of herself nearly naked with a Happy Birthday wish to
her friend Riccardo Tisci
The reality star wore nothing but a pair of sheer black pantyhose that seemed to have a rip in them.
The Calabasas native held her arms strategically to hide her breasts.
She was not wearing a bra or even a tank top.
daughter of Kris Jenner looked far from bashful as she smiled while two
men hoisted an oversized lace-trimmed white veil over her head.
That veil looked like the exact same one she wore to say ‘I do’ to the Stronger singer.
Kim has gone topless several times before, most memorably in Playboy magazine and more recently for West’s Bound 2 video.
Los Angeles – Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult have reportedly split up again.
The on-again, off-again couple agreed to part ways recently because of their busy schedules.
A source told E! News that their break-up “was very amicable”.
The insider added: “They spent a lot of time apart because of work and it was difficult on their relationship.”
The Hunger Games actress, 23, and Nicholas, 24, split in January 2013 after two years together, but reunited last summer after filming the new ‘X-Men’ movie together.
The Oscar-winning beauty recently admitted she wasn’t ready to settle down with the British actor, who was spotted having lunch with Kristen Stewart at Daiwa in Tsukiji Fish Market in Los Angeles on Thursday, but she insisted she trusted him completely.
Asked about rumours they were engaged, she told Marie Claire magazine: ”We’re so young that it would almost be like if we lived in the same city, what would happen? We’d be living together.
“At least this way he’s in the same boat as I am: We can go out and have our own lives and know that we have each other.”
She added: “When we’re busy, we agree to mutually ignore each other. Not completely, but neither of us gets mad when the other doesn’t text back or call. Life’s super busy. Obviously you know what they’re doing, and you trust them.”
They are the billion dollar couple whose marriage has been a carefully orchestrated affair – even down to the announcement of their first child live on TV.
But as rumors continue to swirl surrounding an impending split between Jay Z and Beyoncé, sources tell MailOnline the rapper is desperate to save his marriage and plans to whisk his superstar wife away on a five-week ‘make or break’ vacation in between their final tour dates.
A source revealed that Jay Z is trying to persuade Beyoncé – who is now looking at apartments in both New York AND LA – to join him, saying: ‘Jay wants to save the marriage, they have their final US tour date in San Francisco on August 6 and then they have two dates in Paris from September 12 – that’s it.
‘He adores his daughter Blue Ivy and he wants a sibling for her, but Beyoncé isn’t sure what she wants to do – their marriage is in flux, that’s the truth. Jay just wants them to spend some time alone together to try and work it out.
The end of the fairytale? Beyoncé looked
emotional as she donned a white wedding gown while performing at Safeco
Field in Seattle with husband Jay Z on Wednesday night
Separate lives: Jay Z is said to be desperate to
save his marriage to Beyoncé – and wants to whisk her away for a make
or break vacation. The couple put on a good show in Seattle on
Smiles: Despite their grins as last night’s gig, Beyoncé still changed the lyrics of her song, Resentment, further fueling rumors of marital strife – and is not wearing a wedding ring (ringed)
‘And it’s not just throwing away a marriage – it’s throwing away a brand. But it may be that Bey has just had enough. She has some trust issues with Jay.’
The couple are currently on the West Coast on their On The Run Tour, from which they stand to earn up to $120 million.
The source said their marriage has not been the same since they became parents and settled down to family life with their daughter, now two. The stress is said to have led them to a point where Beyoncé yet again hinted at marital strife.
At their concert at Seattle’s Safeco Field on Wednesday night, she once more changed the lyrics to her 2006 song, Resentment – and was clearly seen without a wedding band.
During the song, which is about a cheating scandal, she altered the track to reflect the current length of her romance with the rapper, singing: ‘Been ridin’ with you for twelve years. Why did I deserve to be treated this way by you?’
The original lyric should read: ”Been ridin’ with you for six years.’
She also changed the line, ‘Like I couldn’t do it for you like your mistress could” to ‘Like I couldn’t do it for you like that wack b***h could.’
And for now, Beyoncé keeps on staff her veteran bodyguard Julius De Boer, who remains one of her closest ‘confidants’ and ‘knows everything,’ according to the source.
Indeed, it was was Julius, a Dutchman, believed to be a divorced father-of-one, who prevented
Beyoncé’s younger sister Solange Knowles from attacking Jay Z in her new infamous elevator attack at a bash following the Met Ball in May.
Despite reports that the furious row between Solange and Jay was over his close friendship with singer Rihanna, a source claimed that his relationship with his former protégé is not believed to be romantic.
If the most powerful couple in music do divorce, one thing is for certain – Beyoncé has certainly got control of all of her hard-earned cash.
In December 2013, following the surprise release of her self-titled visual album, she made it clear: ‘I started my own company.’
Referring to Parkwood Entertainment, the entertainment and management company she founded in 2008 after parting ways with her longtime manager, father Matthew Knowles, she told fans at a private screening at New York’s School of Visual Arts Theatre: ‘When I decided to manage myself it was important that I didn’t go to some big management company.
‘I felt like I wanted to follow the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire and show other women when you get to this point in your career you don’t have to go sign with someone else and share your money and your success – you do it yourself.’
According to a longtime New York attorney, the couple would certainly have a pre-nup in place following their Manhattan wedding on April 4, 2008
Raoul Felder, a noted matrimonial and family lawyer, told MailOnline: ‘If these people didn’t have a pre-nuptial agreement they ought to see a psychiatrist – not a lawyer!
Confidante: Beyoncé’s longtime bodyguard Julius
De Boer, who stopped Solange Knowles from attacking Jay Z in the
infamous elevator row following the Met Ball in May, is said to be her
confidant. He’s seen here, top right, ushering the superstar, her sister
and husband out of the party
By her side: Julius De Boer is currently on
tour with Beyoncé and Jay Z. He’s seen with Bey at the Met Ball and
again as she leaves a Midtown Manhattan office building in June
favorite hue is Jay Z Blue’: Beyonce posted a heartwarming Instagram
snap on Monday of her husband cradling their daughter Blue Ivy on a
Apartment hunting: Sources reveal that apart from looking at New York properties, Beyoncé is also looking in Los Angeles as well. The couple are seen on stage in Seattle on Wednesday night
‘But there are some who believe that true love conquers all, sometimes people are romantic – look at Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, people can be irrational.
‘I don’t think this is the case here however, you’re dealing with two people who are extremely savvy, it’s all about business.’ The pair own a string of properties, including the 8,309-square-foot penthouse at 195 Hudson Street in Tribeca, Manhattan in September 2004 for $6.85million – and now valued at considerably more.
And Mr Felder said: ‘In cases where there is lots of money, it’s much easier to resolve. When there’s a lot of money on the table, it’s easier to draw a line. Money is a strange commodity, the more you have, the less important it is.
‘And with the pre-nup, that really ends any arguments.’
The lawyer pointed out the couple could file in any state where they own a home – not just New York, so they could pick a state with minimal exposure to ensure they maintain control.
Asked about a potential custody arrange for Jay and Bey’s daughter, Mr Felder said: ‘This would be no ordinary divorce, there would be no father fighting to keep his child in state, these people have private planes – they could be living in Timbuktu!’
For the moment, the couple are not believed to be shopping around for divorce lawyers – and sources maintain that a split, if it happens, would not be announced until the end of the tour at the Stade de France in Paris in September.
On the rocks? Beyonce – pictured
in The Hamptons with husband Jay Z and Blue Ivy – has hinted at marriage
troubles as she changed the lyrics in a song about cheating during her
performance on the couples On The Run tour in Ohio last month- and again
in Seattle on Wednesday night
Surfboard, surfboard: Beyonce shared a photo of
herself laying across the flat ocean rider she famously sings about in
Drunk In Love in an Instagram snap on Saturday – again, without a
wedding band on her finger
Bachelorette pad? Beyoncé is believed to have viewed this Chelsea apartment, on sale for $21.5million without Jay Z
what will be extremely telling will be any appearance the couple make at
this year’s VMAs on August 24, in Inglewood, California.
Beyoncé leads the VMA nominees with eight bids, including Video of the Year for ‘Drunk in Love’, her collaboration with Jay Z.
It was at the 2011 VMAs, Bey famously announced
she was pregnant with Blue Ivy by popping open her sequined blazer and
rubbing her belly for the crowd while Jay Z and Kanye West high-fived
each other – and now the Daily News reports MTV wants Bey to open the awards WITHOUT her husband.
What is indeed certain is Beyoncé’s
bid to keep up appearances – this week she posted a cute Instagram snap
of Jay and Blue Ivy, with the note: ‘My favorite hue is Jay Z Blue’ –
although privately it seems she’s most definitely making plans for a
fresh start without Jay.
As the New York Post
reported this week, the superstar has been secretly shopping for new
digs without Jay Z- viewing a $21.5 million Chelsea penthouse early last
month just weeks after the elevator incident.
4,045-square-foot West 19th Street property is still a far cry from the
couple’s sprawling loft, and a source said: ‘She was very quiet, as if
she was looking on the sly.’
Working: Beyonce shared this image of her
and Jay Z during their Chicago show, featuring her sitting on a higher
platform than him
And MailOnline has learned that the superstar singer has also been looking at properties in Los Angeles.
Calling time on the marriage, a source told the Post: ‘There’s still something there, even though it’s not going to last.
Business is always part of the equation. They know they’re the king and
queen of hip-hop – and really, all of music. Neither wants to lose
The insider also
alleged: ‘Knowing them as I do, obviously there’s a little something to
certain rumors. When your man or your woman isn’t getting it done for
you, and I’m talking emotionally, not necessarily sexually… they keep
LAGOS — The Lagos State Police Command, yesterday, disclosed that it was close to apprehending the 33-year-old man who allegedly strangled his lover, a 39-year-old mother of four in her apartment at Green Estate, Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos, two weeks ago.
This is just as it has identified the fleeing suspect as one Kelechi Williams.
All was reportedly going on well for Williams and his international business woman lover and Chief Executive Officer /Managing Director of Edmark International, identified as Njideka Lizzy Nzewe, until July 19, 2014.
According to reports, the late Njideka who was to travel to the United States of America on July 24, 2014, with her kids, had gone to the bank in the company of Williams to withdraw N4 million.
However, at about 2.30 am, Williams allegedly tied her hands, strangled her and thereafter, made away with over N8 million, her phones and her Range Rover SUV.
Police sources told Vanguard that the twine used to strangle the mother of four was found on her neck when they arrived.
Police sources further hinted that homicide detectives at Area ‘E’ Command, Festac Town, were closing in on the suspect.
“During investigation, we discovered that Williams have several other names. He fled to Ghana immediately he committed the act.
“Detectives embarked on forensic auditing investigation of his social media networks and with the assistance of INTERPOL, they have been able to locate his hideout,” Police sources said.
Preliminary investigations. as gathered, showed that Williams was one of the deceased’s staff. They were said to have been going out for some years, in the process of which he proposed marriage to Lizzy.
But she reportedly turned down the proposal on the ground of age difference.
Police sources explained: “During investigation, it was discovered that when the deceased business expanded, she employed Williams to manage the Ghana and West Coast branch of her company. Each time he comes to Nigeria, he exports goods to Ghana and circulate same to West Coast. During such visits, he stayed with Lizzy at her private apartment. That could be the reason why it was easy for him to snuff life out of her.
“On the day he killed Lizzy, he drove to the gate and told the unsuspecting guard that he was going to cash money from the ATM.”
Police sources further disclosed that during investigation, the fleeing suspect was discovered to be on the wanted list of policemen in Angola and South Africa, over undisclosed offences.
Contacted, spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braide, explained that the deceased was a single mother.
She said: “He strangled the woman with a rope inside her apartment. He locked up the place, packed her money, phones, international passports and about N8 million, which she intended to leave for him to run the business while she would be away.
“Lizzy’s brother, who was supposed to meet her so that they could move her things to her new home in Satelite Town, came over. But after several calls without response, the man became worried when he noticed that everywhere was locked.
“He, therefore, alerted the police at Festac Police Station, which prompted policemen to force the door to the woman’s apartment open and met her lifeless body on the floor. Investigation is on-going . We will get him.”
She is one of the world’s top singers, so it’s no wonder Jennifer Lopez is passing on her fashion sense to her son Max.
Thursday, the mother and son duo stood out with their matching vibrant
shoes, with Jennifer sporting neon green heels and Max in bright yellow
pumps as they headed out in Los Angeles.
45-year-old pop princess showcased her toned pins in all its glory in a
multi-coloured floral mini, as she protectively walked beside her
Like mother like son! Jennifer Lopez steps out with son Max in vibrant coloured shoes during an outing in California on Thursday
She teamed the retro inspired number with a chunky gold bracelet, a pale pink designer handbag and a stylish pair of sunglasses.
mother-of-two wore her highlighted brown hair sleeked into a high bun
and added a pop of colour with glossy pink lipstick and lime green nail
Her son looked adorable in a crisp white T-shirt and beige knee-length shorts, which he accessorised with black aviators.
Los Angeles – Ne-Yo is suing his former accountant for $8m.
The Closer hitmaker, real name Shaffer Smith, has filed a new lawsuit against his one-time “manager, confidant, trusted adviser and friend” Kevin Foster in Manhattan’s Federal Court in New York City, claiming he swindled him out of $4.5m.
In court documents, obtained by the New York Daily News, the 31-year-old star says he agreed to let the accounting company Foster was working for handle all of his “business management and accounting need, ensuring he “was financially situated as to maintain his accustomed lifestyle for the remainder of his life”, after they were first introduced in 2005.
Foster subsequently left the firm to start his own company and Ne-Yo accompanied him, as they had “developed a personal relationship, with Smith eventually placing complete trust in Foster’s handling Smith and his companies’ finances and affairs”.
But the Sexy Love singer claims he later discovered that Foster had moved some of his money without his permission and when he hired another accountancy firm, they “uncovered instances of Foster engaging in self-dealing and inappropriate conduct”, which allegedly included forging Ne-Yo’s name on loan documents and investing the star’s money into a struggling water company, without telling him that he was the president and CFO of the venture.
The Grammy Award-winning singer is seeking the return of the $4.5m, in addition to the $3.5m fees he paid Foster since 2005.
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