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May 9, 2009

Gwen Stefani: Balancing Family with No Doubt

Taking a break from her career comeback duties, Gwen Stefani spent the day with her two boys while out at The Grove in West Hollywood on Saturday (May 9).

The “Hollaback Girl” singer toted her youngest son Zuma in her arms as Kingston made a mad dash straight for paparazzi upon hopping out of the car.

The family outing (sans hubby Gavin Rossdale) comes just after Gwen and her No Doubt bandmates made their much-awaited return to the stage on the Today Show earlier this week.

Also appearing on “American Idol” during the course of the week, Gwen was asked by host Ryan Seacrest why the group is touring for the first time in over five years despite not releasing a new album.

Stefani quickly replied, “My fault, my fault, my fault. I had all the babies and all that and then I was home. ... I just said let’s just go on tour. I don’t want to be home writing. I just want to get out there, see everybody, get inspired and kind of do it backwards.”

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden: Happy to Be Home

They’ve been busy in Miami, Florida as of late with the launch of the House of Harlow 1960 jewelry line, but yesterday (May 8) Nicole Richie and Joel Madden were spotted settling back into life in Los Angeles.

The “Simple Life” cutie made sure to make time for her little girl Harlow Winter before heading off to her usual Pilates class followed by a trip to Sharky’s restaurant.

Meanwhile, Joel met up with his brother Benji Madden for a little boy time, working out and hitting up a local café for an iced coffee beverage.

Following their day apart, Nicole and Joel teamed back up in the evening to catch a flick along with a female friend.

Amy Winehouse’s Comeback Gig Cut Short

It was her first concert of 2009, but Amy Winehouse’s comeback gig last night (May 8) as part of the St. Lucia Jazz Festival was truncated due to weather.

The “You Know I’m No Good” songstress looked to be in bad shape as she fumbled through the first half of her set list, resulting in massive boo-ing from the crowd.

And at one point, heavy rains poured down on the festival site, causing Winehouse and her band to stop the set. Amy tried to continue with the performance, but was finally forced to retire as a lighting rig had failed and some of the sound equipment stopped working.

Amy’s rep Chris Goodman told press that she was disappointed with the conditions as she’d hoped to repay people in St. Lucia for their kindness and hospitality towards her.

Beyonce Breezes Through Berlin

Drawing an end to what was a fun-filled stay in Berlin, Beyonce Knowles was spotted preparing to fly out of Tegel Airport on Saturday (May 9).

The previous evening, Miss Knowles stepped out to Puro club, decked out in a sexy white ensemble as she performed alongside her younger sister, Solange.

And though she’s currently in the midst of her “I AM...” world tour, Beyonce may be looking at a little downtime following the rigorous tour.

“My priorities are slowly changing. So after this tour I might be tired and want to take two years off,” she tells the June issue of Marie Claire. “I’ve worked hard enough to be able to do that. I’m in a very good place.”