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Aug 4, 2009

Rihanna’s Heliport Landing

Following a short trip out of town, Rihanna was all smiles as she stepped off a helicopter at the 34th street Heliport in New York City on Monday (August 3).

The Barbadian beauty is fresh off of a weekend in the Hamptons, as she looked refreshed while heading from her chopper to an awaiting car.

In related news, Rihanna’s ex Chris Brown is set to appear in “Larry King Live” on August 5 to discuss the assault charges he racked up.

Late last month, Chris made a video apology, saying, “I felt it was time you heard directly from me that I am sorry ..... I have told Rihanna countless times, and I’m telling you today that I am truly, truly sorry, and I wasn’t able to handle the situation both differently and better.”

Kim Kardashian: Enjoying the Single Life

Kicking off her week with a swanky dinner out, Kim Kardashian was spotted at the celebrity-popular Mr. Chow restaurant in Beverly Hills last night (August 3).

The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” hottie looked super sexy in a black ensemble as she made her exit from the eatery, carrying then heading off to party with a few of the Pussycat Dolls at Madame Royale.

Earlier in the day, Kim hooked up with her gal pal Brittny Gastineau for some pampering at their usual haunt Beverly Hills Nail Design.

As for her recent breakup with Reggie Bush, it appears Kim is taking it in stride. She wrote to her fans, “Hey guys, I just wanted to let you all know that I truly appreciate all the love and support I’ve been receiving over the last 48 hours. I just want you all to know I’m doing okay, and I really appreciate your support. I’ve been reading all your comments and I really have the best fans ever! I love you guys!”

Nelly Furtado Rocks Mexico City, Talks New Album

Gearing up for her next album Mi Plan, Nelly Furtado was spotted rocking the stage at Mexico City’s Hard Rock Live last night (August 3).

The “Promiscuous” songstress looked to be in fine form as she worked the crowd while performing a hit-laden set list complete with plenty of sexy dance moves.

Speaking of her upcoming album, Nelly told press that this time around, she’s singing only in Spanish as it has given her a new creative boost.

“I’ve always sung in, well, three languages for the past five years. I’ve been singing in Portuguese and English since I was 2 years old, so I really love being a universal artist. I love being a world artist, so it’s just my next step really. The Spanish project is just my next step to get to [being] 80 years old onstage, singing something. This is my next step in the puzzle.”

She added, “The songs are all about amor. They are all about love, and it’s my first album with more love songs. They’re really like songs that everybody can relate to about love and life and everyday living, just the things you go through. So basically, I found that once I started writing songs in Spanish, I had a new voice.”

Happy 17th Birthday Dylan and Cole Sprouse!

They’re arguably the two best-known child stars in recent years, and today identical twin brothers Cole Mitchell and Dylan Thomas Sprouse celebrate their 17th birthday.

The “Suite Life” actors were spotted out for a swim during their fabulous Hawaiian vacation yesterday (August 3), looking like they were having a marvelous time.

And of course, the Disney studs were gracious enough to take a break from their beach activities to sign a few autographs for fans that spotted them.

Dylan and Cole have been enjoying their Maui getaway as a much-needed and well-deserved rest from their usually-crammed schedules.

Beyonce and Lady GaGa Top 2009 VMA Nominees List

Leading the competition with nine nominations each, Beyonce Knowles and Lady GaGa are on top of the pack when it comes to the 2009 MTV VMAs.

Competing head to head in the video of the year and best female video categories, Beyonce told press: “I’m excited and honored to be tied for most nominated for the VMAs.”

The “Irreplaceable” singer adds, “I’ve been blessed this year to have ‘Single Ladies’ become a video people really connected with and responded to. I’ve spent so much time watching all the great versions people created all around the world. It’s beautiful to feel you touch people and bring a song to life with a video.”

Among the other leading nominee recipients are Britney Spears, who scored seven bids, as well as Kanye West and Eminem, who both locked up four nominations.

To be hosted by Russell Brand for the second year in a row, the VMAs are scheduled to take place on September 13 in New York City.

Carey Hart Talks About His Relationship With Pink! VIDEO

Carey Hart, a freestyle motocross rider, discusses his relationship with wife, Pink. Hart even talks about their future and plans for children. See video below.

Pink and Carey Hart recently reunited after some time apart. Carey Hart talks about how he and Pink have slowed their partying ways.

“I don’t really really drink anymore,” Pink’s husband of more than three-and-a-half years told us at Red Bull’s event to honor action-sports icon, Travis Pastrana. “[Pink]’s actually gotten really good about it, too. Her tour is so intense that she’s the same way as me. She can’t deal with the hangovers…If she has an off-night, she falls from her trapeze, so that’s not so good.”

Carey says he and Pink do want children but further down the road. “It’s a long ways down,” Hart said. “She still has another 18 months of touring, and I’m pretty heavy in competing again in all my businesses, so it’s definitely going to happen, but just not any time soon.”

Michael Cera & Charlyne Yi Break-Up

Michael Cera, star of “Juno” and “SuperBad” has broken up with his girlfriend of three years, Charlyne Yi. Read more on adorable and single Michael Cera below.

Cera and Yi have dated for three years finished a film together called “Paper Heart”, to be released August 14.

Star Magazine reported:

Talk about awkward! Michael Cera has dumped his longtime love Charlyne Yi, 23 - just as the co-stars are beginning a lengthy promotional campaign for their comedy Paper Heart.

“Charlyne is beyond sad,” says a source. “And the breakup is so much harder because she’ll have to see him on tour.”

The three-year relationship fell victim to Michael’s skyrocketing career, says the source. His shoots kept them apart for long stretches of time- and it didn’t help that Michael, 21, has become a bit of a heart-throb.

“He’s been with her since before he was super-famous, and now all these girls fawn all over him,” says the source. “He’s just itching to date other people. As hard as it will be for Charlyne, he’ll probably be out with someone else very soon.”

We doubt Michael Cera will be single for long. Any of you ladies like cute nerdy guys?

Drake Collapses On Stage

Rapper Drake had to pull out of the 30-minute set at The Young Money Presents: The America’s Most Wanted Music Festival. Drake’s doctors had advised against him performing but he was determined. Drake collapsed on stage… Read more and see the video below.

Drake was recovering from a torn ACL, but actor turned rapper wanted to perform anyway. Drake took to the stage but slipped and collapsed.

In a post on his page Saturday, Drake writes, “All is well… on the bus laying down… getting surgery this week, but I’m walking.”

Boxer Rob Newbiggin Undergoing Sex Change…Will Continue Boxing As “Mercedes"

Rob Newbiggin, 44, is a British boxer who is being driven out of his town after revealing he will undergo a sex-change operation. Rob Newbiggin will fight as a woman, calling himself “Mercedes”. Read more on Rob Newbiggin below!

Rob Newbiggin will begin his life as a woman following his sex-change operation. But Newbiggin says, “I have lost every friend I have ever had in the world in this town” after a tabloid revealed his plans.

Newbiggin says the tabloid made him out to be “some kind of freak.”

“My friends don’t want to know me. I’ve got people winding their windows down shouting abuse at me while I go for my run — that’s why we are having to relocate. I have to think about my kids,” Newbiggin said.

Rob Newbiggin’s wife Emma totally supports her husband, and will stand by him through the sex change. “Emma has been my rock,” Newbiggin said. “She understands what I’m going through and we are going to stay together.”

Newbiggin feels it won’t matter if he is seen as mother or father, as long as he is a good parent “And I think I’ll be a better parent as a woman. I haven’t provided enough financial stability in my male life for my children.”

Newbiggin is scheduled to fight Michael Gomez on August 14 in his last male fight, but following this fight he will apply for a female license from the Boxing Board of Control so that he can continue his 20-year boxing career.

Rob is also an artist at Dobbies Garden Centre on Bentham’s Way. He is well known for his ural entitled ‘The Scene in the Park’ in Botanic Gardens which raised thousands of pounds for Derian House Children’s Hospice, with people paying to have their faces featured in the mural.

With his hormone replacement therapy well under way, Rob hopes to complete the transformation within six months.

From Liverpool’s Echo:

The 44-year-old father-of-three said he was born with the physical characteristics of a man, but had high levels of oestrogen in his body and was put up for adoption.

He moved to Southport with his new family at the age of four.

Rob said: “My dad said I had to act like a man because people would not accept me as anything else, so I started boxing at the YMCA at about the age of 12.

“He was trying to protect me. I did not find out I was adopted until I was 16 and then about how I was born, but then it all starting making sense. From the age of 10, I was dressing up and watching girls – I preferred girls’ company.

“I have never drunk alcohol and while all my friends were going out chasing girls and getting drunk, I was a bit of a recluse.

“My dad started steering me into painting, which I enjoyed. I was still boxing, but I was not into all that bodybuilding stuff.

“Most men want to bulk up but I was relieved when I lost weight.

“I have lost two stone since last year but I am keeping up my strength for my fight against Michael Gomez.

“It will be over six rounds at the Ritz in Manchester on August 14.

“It will be my last fight as a man, but I am hoping to get a licence to fight as a female.”

Rob, who is married to Emma, 27, now plans to leave Southport to start a new life as Mercedes.

He added: “At the end of it, I will be the woman I want to be, but it will be a huge sacrifice because I’m going to have to leave.

“I cannot stay here now – I thought people would be more supportive, like Emma, but I was wrong.”

Over the next year, Rob will have to take female hormones and undergo a psychological assessment before the surgery.

He said: “While I am going through the transformation my kids will not see me as Mercedes.