Chris Brown Says, "I Ain't A Monster"; Danny Boyle Buys Slumdog Kids Homes

  • Chris Brown has publicly addressed the Rihanna assault for the first time in a short YouTube video. He says he’s working on a new album, Grafitti, and he’ll release a new single this summer. He says: “Everybody that’s haters, they’ve just been haters…”
  • “All my real fans, I love y’all. I ain’t a monster.” [TMZ]
  • Kanye West has released the music video for his song “Paranoid,” which stars Rihanna. [Perez Hilton]
  • Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle and producer Christian Colson flew to Mumbai after seeing pictures of Azharuddin Ismail and Rubina Ali picking through the debris of their demolished homes. Boyle said a home had been bought for Ismail, and that they would soon buy one for Ali. Boyle said, “We’ve been trying for a long time to move them into legal accommodation.” Ali’s father, Rafiq Quereshi, countered, “It has been five to six months. Everything is available in Mumbai if you have the money. If you really want to get us a house, you can get us a house in two days.” [Reuters, E!]
  • Kate Gosselin‘s estranged brother Kevin Kreider, who has given interviews to numerous media outlets in the past few weeks, has reportedly been offering to talk about what it’s like behind the scenes at Jon and Kate Plus 8 for $30,000. It’s not clear which news outlets paid him, but he insists he and his wife Jodi Kreider are, “speaking out now because we want to be the voice of our nieces and nephews… We’re seeing it turn tide, that they’re being viewed as a commodity.” [E!]
  • Susan Boyle supposedly watched fellow Britain’s Got Talent finalist Shaheen Jafargholi perform on a TV at a London hotel bar, and when one of the judges complimented the 12-year-old, Boyle yelled “fuck off” and waved two fingers (a dirty gesture in the UK) at the screen. A rep for the show said, “As far as we are aware Susan was not at the bar during Shaheen’s performance. She started watching the show there but left early and watched some of the acts in her room as she was being asked for interviews in the bar by journalists.” [Newser]
  • A representative for Susan Boyle said, “Susan was in the bar with friends but was getting hassled by a journalist. The four of them left before Shaheen’s live performance to watch it in the room instead.” [The Daily Mail]
  • American Idol scandal: AT&T provided free phones so fans could text message their votes at two Arkansas parties supporting winner Kris Allen in Arkansas. They even showed people how to “power text,” which lets you send 10 votes at a time and is forbidden in the show’s rules. AT&T says they were invited to parties organized by locals, but no free texting services were offered to Adam Lambert supporters. [Perez Hilton]
  • Terri Seymour has requested a restraining order from Janice Thibodeaux, the woman who attacked her outside the American Idol finale last week. She says, Thibodeaux, “attacked [her] from behind, putting her into a headlock, wrenching her neck and choking her with the full force of her 200 pound frame,” and could have killed her if the cops hadn’t intervened. [TMZ]
  • Suri Cruise will only eat with chop sticks. “Suri doesn’t like to eat with anything else,” says a source. During a recent visit to Le Pain Quotidien, “She wouldn’t touch her sandwich and pastries without them!” [Star]
  • Justin Gaston says he doesn’t live with girlfriend Miley Cyrus, but in an apartment in North Hollywood with two roommates. But he may wish he lived with the Cyrus clan. When asked to describe his dream life Gaston says, “[I’d be] one of those little lapdogs that gets petted all day… You know, they wake up, get fed, get attention. I like attention. I’d like to be one of those little dogs. Is that weird?” [People]
  • Michael Lohan was arrested last month because his former fiancee Erin Muller says he threatened to killer her when she tried to end their relationship in March. Lohan appeared at court on Long Island yesterday, but fled when he saw members of the media. He’s due in court today because he has been charged with falling behind in child support payments. [The Daily Express]
  • Mel Gibson‘s pregnant girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, already has an 11-year-old son from her relationship with Timothy Dalton. “It [seems] very important to Oksana that Mel and her son bond,” says a source. “Mel is fun to be around and great with kids.” [People]
  • A fan made it past security backstage at Beyonce‘s concert in London and tried to speak to Beyonce. A source says, “He cried out her name with his arms outstretched before security bundled him back out again. He said he wanted to see Jay-Z to give him a demo tape.” [The London Paper]
  • Melissa Joan Hart is on the new cover of People in a bikini because she lost 42 pounds after having a baby. Plus, dieting to be on the cover of the mag is pretty much the only career move former teen stars have left. She says, “Everyone still thinks I’m huge, but I’m not anymore!” [People]
  • Jennie Garth has revealed that she has a leaky valve in her heart, which was discovered seven years ago. “A lot of people have it,” she explains. “They don’t know they have it … [It] leaks blood.” She says that sometimes she can feel it too. “It sort of flutters open and shut sort of a thing … It’s weird because sometimes when I’m resting I can feel a little weird fluttering.” It may get more complicated in the future, but for now it is not dangerous. [People]
  • Andy Garcia‘s brother-in-law has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Ramon Puentes Jr. was convicted in the Fuel Farm Case, a large scheme to siphon jet fuel from the Miami Airport’s fuel depot. Garcia and Puentes’ wives are sisters. [UPI]
  • Justin Long says Alison Lohman, his Drag Me To Hell co-star got “banged up really bad,” while filming the movie. He said: “I have never seen an actress work so hard and she would always have a different bruise, it was like the bruise of the day, ‘What’s on the menu today?’ and she would be like ‘check this out, it looks like Uzbekistan and I don’t know how I got it.'” [The Star]
  • The State‘s lost comedy album has surfaced online. “We would love to do more,” said David Wain, who was a member of the comedy group. “The State is an 11-headed beast though. Getting anything to happen requires divine miracles – just in terms of scheduling and logistics.” [Rolling Stone]
  • Lauren Conrad says she’s looking forward to living “a little more unplanned,” when she leaves The Hills. She says, “It’s hard to look at somebody who used to be your best friend and say, ‘We can’t be friends. Too much has happened… I’m trying to move on, but they won’t let me. And when someone keeps pushing you into the same position, well…you get upset.” [ONTD]
  • Amy Winehouse won’t return to London unless she can find a St. Lucian chef to move to the UK and cook for her. A friend said Amy told her, “there’s no way she’ll come back unless she can find a chef she likes and who is prepared to move country. She really doesn’t look after herself when she is back in London, and is always skipping meals.” [This Is London]
  • Mackenzie Phillips, who entered rehab for the 10th time in September 2008, will appear on the third season of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew as a “sober coach.” As you may recall, last season’s sober coach was Gary Busey. [TMZ]
  • Morrissey has called off yet another London concert. His rep said: “Morrissey is on continued doctor’s orders not to sing, to ensure a complete recuperation.” [The Mirror]
  • Katie Price already had estranged husband Peter Andre’s things put into storage, and today a locksmith’s van was spotted outside their home. [The Sun]
  • Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York is blogging each week about The Real Housewives of New Jersey. She says Teresa, “is clearly living vicariously through her daughter.” Jacqueline’s daughter is spoiled and “her mother is a sweet doormat who doesn’t seem to want to take a position on anything.” As for Dina, she says she’s, “willing to bet she’s had some minor work done on that pretty face of hers.” Is Bethenny not aware that she’ll definitely have to meet these women, or that they could be at her front door in about an hour? [E!]
  • Cameron Diaz cuts a lonely figure as she takes a solitary swim in Hawaii.” Poor Cam is so lonely since she broke up with Paul Sculfor. Jennifer Aniston is probably free to hang out with her, as she’s just been sitting around thinking about how much she misses Brad Pitt for the past few years. [The Daily Mail]
  • Phylicia Rashad plays matriarch Violet WestonWell in the play August: Osage County. When asked why she plays so many matriarchs, she said: “Consider what you’re asking. How many women in the world are matriarchs? Many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many. It’s not a role foreign to women, is it? So there. [Laughs.] So there.” [N.Y. Magazine]
  • Joy Behar says she likes Fred Armisen‘s Saturday Night Live impression of her. “I think he’s right on. I think he’s got me down. He gets the fidgeting. I’m a constant fidgeter. It’s probably why I don’t weigh 200 pounds, because I keep working it off by moving constantly and fidgeting and fixing my hair. And this phrase, ‘So what? Who cares?’ — I realize that I say that a lot and that it’s basically a philosophy of life.” [The Star Tribune]
  • Marilyn Manson has a new album, The High End of Low. He says: “Track two is called “Pretty as a Swastika.” It’s something I said to a girl because of her complexion – with black hair, red lips and pale skin. I mean, it was a complex and poetic comment that soon led to intercourse, so I felt no reason for it to be seen as confusing, hateful and destructive. The record label [told me], Take it off the album. Rather than do so, I decided to produce it on the inside of the sleeve with a different name, so it’ll be sold in Wal-Mart or wherever stores sell guns but are afraid to deal with lyrics. So I put “Pretty as a ($)” because all of their motivations are based on money.” [Time]
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