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Mariah Carey’s ex-fiance James Packer calls relationship a ‘mistake’

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 10:14 AM

Singer Mariah Carey and billionaire James Packer in happier times on vacation in Portofino, Italy on June 26, 2015.
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Singer Mariah Carey and billionaire James Packer in happier times on vacation in Portofino, Italy on June 26, 2015.(Photopix/GC Images)

A year after calling off their engagement, James Packer is talking about his breakup with Mariah Carey for the first time.

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“I was at a low point in my personal life,” Packer said about his time with Carey.

“She was kind, exciting and fun. Mariah is a woman of substance. But, it was a mistake for her and a mistake for me.”

The couple first got together in 2015 and had plans to get married. Nine months after getting engaged, however, they called everything off in October 2016 while they were vacationing in Greece.

Carey, who was reportedly “blindsided” by the breakup, famously went on to burn her wedding gown in her “I Don’t” music video by tossing it into a fire.

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Mariah was totally blindsided by James. She read the news in Woman’s Day Australia that said he dumped her,” a source told Us Weekly. “Mariah knew they were having problems, but all relationships have issues — it wasn’t the kind of thing where she thought she’d read in the paper that she got dumped. She was devastated; she was shocked.”

A representative for the singer later confirmed the news in a statement that read, “Mariah and James had a fight in Greece, and have not seen each other since. The fight was not because of any cheating allegations or excessive spending by Mariah. James is one of the most successful businessmen in the world. They are trying to work it out. Right now, they’re not sure if they will stay together.”

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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain cremated in France, remains returning to US

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 5:41 PM

Journalist, filmmaker, author, explorer, raconteur and chef Anthony Bourdain is dead at 61. CNN confirmed that Bourdain committed suicide in France, where he was filming an episode of his show, “Parts Unknown.” Bourdain visited Austin multiple times to shoot episodes of his TV shows and speak at the Paramount Theater and South by Southwest. He notably dined at El Azteca, Tamale House, Franklin Barbecue, and more. Chefs, food-lovers, writers, and fans in Austin and around the world are reacting to the new

Award-winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has been cremated in France and his remains are returning to the United States on Friday, according to news reports.

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Bourdain, the host of CNN’s popular, Emmy-winning “Parts Unknown” for 11 seasons, was found dead in in Kaysersberg, France, a week ago. The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide after he was found unresponsive in his luxury hotel room by close friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert.

Bourdain, 61, was in France filming another episode for his show.

He was cremated in a private service in France, according to People magazine and other outlets who cited anonymous sources. Since his divorce from Octavia Busia in 2016 was not finalized, she is legally his next of kin. The couple had a daughter, who is now 11.

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain attends The (RED) Supper hosted by Mario Batali with Anthony Bourdain on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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Funeral arrangements for Bourdain have not been made public yet.

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Beyonce, Jay-Z ‘On The Run 2’ tour date announced, quickly removed

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 1:38 PM

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Beyonce and Jay-Z appeared to have a sequel to their successful 2014 “On the Run” tour Monday, but not before the date was removed.

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Variety reported that a date for the “On the Run 2” tour was announced on Beyonce’s Facebook and Ticketmaster pages for one date on July 30. The posts with the date for the performance, which was to be held at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, were quickly pulled. The date also appeared on Jay-Z’s Facebook page.

Complex reported that there were three listings for the date on Beyonce’s fan page.

The BeyHive quickly became excited, with some speculating that the long-rumored collaboration album between the singer and rapper was coming. 

On Friday, Us Weekly reported that the two could be announcing a joint album and world tour, citing a Feb. 28 report from Italian newspaper Il Giorno

In November, Jay-Z confirmed in a New York Times interview that he and Beyonce were working on a joint album, but Beyonce eventually released her solo album “Lemonade.”

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Jermaine Jackson spotted at iconic local music store

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 10:43 AM

Jermaine Jackson turned 63 on Dec. 11, 2017. Here, he is shown with Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, and Marlon Jackson perform at The Henley Festival on July 12, 2014 in Henley-on-Thames, England. (Photo by Zak Hussein/Getty Images)
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Jermaine Jackson turned 63 on Dec. 11, 2017. Here, he is shown with Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, and Marlon Jackson perform at The Henley Festival on July 12, 2014 in Henley-on-Thames, England. (Photo by Zak Hussein/Getty Images)(Zak Hussein)

It is not every day a member of the Jackson 5 strolls into your music shop and walks out the door with a guitar. 

Jim Hauer of Hauer Music, 528 Miamisburg Centerville Road in Centerville, now knows that more than most. 

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Jermaine Jackson, the fourth-born in the iconic musical family that also includes Michael and Janet Jackson, stopped by the music shop Wednesday and bought a 12-string guitar for his tour.

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Portrait of sibling American pop music group the Jackson 5 around the time of 'Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5,' their debut album, Los Angeles, California, 1969. Pictured are Marlon, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Michael Jackson (1958 - 2008) . (Photo by Lawrence Schiller/Polaris Communications/Getty Images)(Lawrence Schiller/Getty Images)

The music shop posted about the experience: 

“Jermaine Jackson- legendary Jackson 5- stopped by and purchased a beautiful 12-string guitar for his tour. It is hard to believe it has been nine years since Michael's passing. Jermaine and his brothers are going strong and touring the US; next stop Detroit. 

By the way, the huge rock on his hand was a special made ring to commemorate the Jackson 5 50th anniversary. Jermaine now lives in Nice, France. We do ship to France and other parts of the world.”

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Jackson was heading to Detroit for a show, according to a woman who answered the phone at the store Thursday. 

Jermaine Jackson is scheduled to perform Saturday with The Jacksons as part of a free outdoor Detroit Music Weekend concert celebrating the music of the Jackson 5. 

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American singer Michael Jackson (1958 - 2009) with his mother Katherine, sisters Janet and La Toya and brother Randy at the wedding of older brother Jermaine Jackson to Berry Gordy's daughter Hazel in Hollywood, 15th December 1973. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Giuliana Rancic returning as co-host of 'E! News' in September

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 5:14 PM

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TV personality Giuliana Rancic is returning as co-host of "E! News." (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)(Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

Nearly three years after her exit was announced, TV personality Giuliana Rancic is returning to E! News as a co-host.

E! Entertainment announced Friday that Rancic will co-host the weeknight show with Jason Kennedy this fall. Yahoo! Entertainment reported that she last co-anchored from 2005 to 2015. She first appeared on E! in 2002 when she was a correspondent at E! News.

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Variety reported that Rancic has made other appearances on the network since exiting E! News, hosting “E! Live From the Red Carpet” and other special events, like the network’s coverage of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

“Returning to host ‘E! News’ is every bit as thrilling to me today as it was 16 years ago when I joined the show and embarked on this wonderful career,” Rancic said in a statement. “Co-hosting alongside one of my best friends, Jason Kennedy, with one of the most talented teams in entertainment journalism, makes this move even more special. I can’t wait to reconnect with the ‘E! News’ audience and go on this journey together once again.”

During the time Rancic was no longer hosting the weeknight show, Maria Menounos stepped in as co-host. She left in July 2017 after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which has since been surgically removed.

Catt Sadler was a co-host on “E! News,” but left in December because of what she said was a “massive disparity in pay” between herself and Kennedy.

Rancic returns to “E! News” Sept. 4.

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