Brangelina to sue tabloid over split story

They’re putting the rumours to bed.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have begun legal proceedings against the News of the World, after the tabloid published an article alleging the couple had parted ways.

In January, the paper reported the couple had met with a divorce lawyer to quietly divide their assets, hash out a custody deal and financially provide for their six children, in advance of what was claimed to be a messy separation.

The story – and the various incarnations of breakup rumors that followed – gained traction with mainstream news outlets, fueled by speculation that the duo had not appeared in public since December.

Keith Schilling, the couples London-based lawyer, said: “The News of the World has failed to meet our clients’ reasonable demands for a retraction of and apology for these false and intrusive allegations.”

A statement from Los Angeles attorney Sorrell Trope, who was identified by the NOTW as the divorce lawyer representing Brangelina, denied ever meeting the pair: “I have had no contact from them … Angelina Jolie and/or Brad Pitt. I have never met your … clients or had any involvement with either of them.”

In the meantime, Brad and Angie reaffirmed their relationship status at the Super Bowl yesterday, with very public displays of affection. In other words, heavy duty, damage control.

Click on the thumbnails after the jump, to check out the pics of the affectionate couple… (more…)

February 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Celebrity. 1 comment.

Kanye West not banned from Haiti telethon

Moral of this story, never upset a Disney tween.

Rumour has it, Kanye West has been barred from taking part in George Clooney’s televised telethon – Hope for Haiti: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, this Friday.

According to PopEater, the rappers outspoken nature is the reason for the snub. During a televised goodwill event for Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005, West ranted that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” and at the 2009 MTV VMAs, the 32-year-old, surprisingly stormed the stage to interrupt Taylor Swift as she was accepting an award, reducing the starlet to tears.

A source for the gossip site said: “After what he said on the Katrina telethon and the way he behaved at the MTV Video Music Awards, everyone agrees it’s just best that he does not participate. Kayne has to make everything about himself. He will do anything to steal the spotlight and, well, this night it’s just not about him.”

But a rep for MTV quashed whispers that the Love Lockdown singer is banned from the show: “That’s absolutely not true. We did reach out to Kanye.”

A cavalcade of stars are confirmed to be participating on Friday night’s telethon for Haiti’s earthquake victims, including Madonna, Jay-Z, Brad Pitt, Chris Rock, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Will Smith, Muhammad Ali and Robert Pattinson.

Barred or not, if Kanye was to make an appearance, we imagine it would go a little something like this…”Haiti i’m really happy for you, and i’ma let you finish, but I was the biggest disaster of 2009 of all time.”

OK, I know what your thinking… that meme was a fail. My reply to that… *Kanye shrug*

Check out the benefits airing times, channels and ways to donate  after the jump… (more…)

January 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Celebrity. 2 comments.