Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz Announce Wedding Plans

Swizz Beatz in a very open interview to OK Magazine recently dispelled rumors that the couple is getting married this weekend, but says that it’s coming and coming pretty fast. As for wedding planning, Swizz makes sure that he’s not going to just “show up”, but that he’s going to have a big hand in planning the festivities.

“Yeah, you know, I’m a planner! I like getting into the detail of things. I’m inspired by fashion, I’m inspired by art, I’m inspired by architectural things so [I like] being involved with the wedding. I’m not the person who sits back and goes, okay, well I’ll just show up. I’m actually spearheading certain plans but it’s a nice blend, a nice partnership.”

While this may have some women swooning over how he’s such a “perfect” guy, let’s not lose sight of his wife and kids that he kicked to the curb to be with Alicia. No one is perfect, but let’s not get caught up in romance. I’m happy for them, but it seems a little too quick to be a fairy tale story. We all love happy endings, but one very positive thing is that he’s keeping the kids at bay and doing his best to keep the environment positive around the kids from both women at all times. Congratulations, but slow the train for your own mental health.

Al Gore and Tipper Call It Quits

As you’ve probably already read, Al Gore and Tipper Gore are calling it quits after 40 years of marriage. The kids are grown and out of the coop and I can’t stand the site of you anymore, so off we go. What goes through people’s minds when they grow apart after 40 years of marriage? What exactly is there left to run to? Are they planning on going clubbing to whoop it up now that they’re free of each other?Or are they simply buying some silence?

At some point in your life, you hit that wall in marriages like we all do. Just trying to attain some solace or silence from one another. Especially when you hit your 60’s.  There’s nowhere to go, no one to run off with.  In case they didn’t know, to deal with it, you take what’s commonly referred to as a solo vacation.  Take a couple weeks off and hit the streets of Italy, Greece, France, etc. Relax, paint a picture, sit silently on a beach counting the crashing waves, and rejuvenate.  You don’t throw away 40 years of your life.

The email sent out to friends and family by the Gore’s (and to some with apparent big mouths who then submitted it to the website POLITICO) went something like this;

“We are announcing today that after a great deal of thought and discussion, we have decided to separate.  This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration. We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further.”

Photo obtained from POLITICO at http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38001.htmlIt doesn’t take much to know that there’s something else brewing in the background. An admitted affair, total disdain, something abusive, etc. But because they’re refusing to comment is leaving them in an awkward position of allowing their pundits to make up their own stories. The Republicans simply want answers for some sort of party leverage (whatever that may be).  Maybe to show that Democrats are human too. Gasp!

The truth will eventually come out, but for now, everyone will just have to sit and wonder what in the world could have happened so devastating to disrupt a 40 year marriage. What do you think?

Pregnant Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz To Wed

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

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Well, the rumor mills they are a spinning and sometimes you just have to wonder what goes on in people’s minds. Alicia Keys, one of the most talented and beautiful women in music is rumored to be pregnant with her first child courtesy of a hip hop master Swizz Beatz.  Swizz Beatz apparently also proposed to her and she accepted.  Rumors are swirling that the two will be married in July in Dubai or France that will be attended by an exclusive guest list.

The main problem with this is that Swizz Beatz is fresh out a divorce that isn’t really all worked out yet with regular arguments about child support still coming up.  Photos are all over the place as late as September of last year with him and his wife and child that appear to be happy and calm.  But his relationship with Alicia was announced back in May of last year even though he tried to keep it on the “down low”.

The other big question is what exactly is Alicia thinking with Swizz Beatz as her choice for husband material. A woman who could have pretty much any man that she wants has chosen a man that was married with kids.  Sure, that happens all of the time, but why voluntarily subscribe to all of the drama when your choices are all over the map? And the pregnancy rumor started when she appeared at a radio station interview in a maternity shirt.  So a July wedding would make perfect sense to make sure the baby is born in wedlock.  But again, just what the heck is going on here? What do you think about this craziness?

Tiger Woods Ticks Off Ernie Els

Photo from Creative CommonsThe first time since the bizarre unraveling of one of the most covered stories of 2009 and even into 2010, Tiger Woods is set to make a public apology (which we’ll post a link to here after it’s over, of course).  It is being done at the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA tour, to a very limited amount of people described as a group of friends, family and colleagues, and only a few members of the press.  The remainder of the uninvited will have to watch via satellite over a mile away.  Not surprisingly, Tiger will not be taking questions.

While that alone may seem like news itself, the timing of the event is greatly in question as a possible swipe from Tiger Woods to Accenture.  This weekend is big for Accenture since they are the sponsor for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona that will be in the middle of its third round when Tiger makes his apology.  As you may recall, Accenture was the first to cut Tiger from their sponsorship roster when the scandal broke.

Photo obtained from Creative CommonsNone were as annoyed as Ernie Els.  The former U.S. Open and British Open Champion didn’t mince words as he told Golfweek magazine,  “It’s selfish. You can write that.  I feel sorry for the sponsor.  Mondays are a good day to make statements, not Friday.  This takes a lot away from the golf tournament.”

Tiger’s agent Mark Steinberg said that the announcement will be done well outside of their TV window and that Accenture officials were notified in advance that this was occurring and there were no issues.  Even PGA commissioner Tim Finchem said that it most likely would have a positive effect by drawing crowds in to see what “this game of golf is about.”  Besides the fact that people will watch simply to hear the inevitable commentary.

Regardless, Tiger has to win back the hearts and minds of fans again and even PGA officials agreed that there has been a huge financial hit with Tiger out of the mix.  A near 50% drop.  When he eventually decides to come back, the level of his fame will have severely dwindled along with a greatly diminished draw.

The saddest of it all is the children that have watched the rise and fall of their hero, which is a crying shame.    There probably isn’t a way to recuperate from that aspect and it’s the worst of all of the fallout from this fiasco.   Tiger’s image is tarnished and it could have been salvaged if he either waited to get married until he got it all out of his system, or simply maintained control of himself.  Either way, hindsight is 20/20.

Ian Ziering Engaged

Ian Ziering Engaged to Erin Kristine LudwigBeverly Hills 90210 actor Ian Ziering announced his engagement on his Facebook account when he changed his status from “In a Relationship” to “Engaged”.  Ziering, now 45 years old, was previously married to Nikki Schieler Ziering and they were divorced in 2002.  In and out of various relationships, Ian hooked up with Erin Kristine Ludwig on Labor Day in 2009.   Gee, that’s so long ago.

At least she has met the one of his prerequisites, which is to have 3 or more letter I’s in their name.  That is just weird. None of my dozens of close friends have more than 2, but yet he has three in his name (Ian Ziering) his ex-wife Nikki has a whopping FIVE in her name when she was married to him (Nikki Schieler Ziering). And when he gets married to Erin, she will also upgrade from four to five I’s (Erin Kristine Ziering) and if she does that multiple name thing and does Erin Kristine Ludwig-Ziering, then she’ll have them all beaten with SIX.  Is it strange that I noticed that?  Must be a German thing.

Anyway, their shooting for a Spring wedding.  Erin a nurse and Ian is obviously a well known teen star from the original Beverly Hills 90210 back in the 90’s (when he wasn’t even a teen) and he made a comeback on the 4th season of Dancing With The Stars with dancing partner Cheryl Burke.  Everyone seems to think the couple is happy together and well, the “I’s” have it.  Sorry. I had to do that one more time.

Reality TV Always Ends in Divorce

kate-gosselin-wedding-ringWedding rings aren’t cheap and they signify something a tad more important than just being jewelry.  While Jon Gosselin is off partying with Lindsay Lohan’s father in the Hamptons for some reason, his wife Kate has put her ring back on.  Apparently Kate is trying to keep herself together and her kids heads on straight.  She is the only glue in these kids lives, so why she’s still wearing the ring is a mystery.

On the flip side, LeeAnn Rimes who was caught in a scandalous affair with costar Eddie Cibrian has separated from her husband and has decided to finally take her wedding band off.  As a result, Cibrian’s wife has apparently decided to take a marital break also since the affair was uncovered by the press.

While divorce seems to be the hip new trend in Hollywood, many people have begun to notice that when you invite cameras into your home, divorce is closely behind.  Just ask Jon and Kate (Jon and Kate Plus Eight), Hulk Hogan (Hogan Knows Best), Nick and Jessica (Newlyweds), Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro (Til Death Do Us Part), Britney and Kevin (Chaotic), Travis and Shanna (Meet The Barkers), Whitney and Bobby (Being Bobby Brown), and Danny and Gretchen (Breaking Bonaduce).  There are very few marriages that have withstood the glare of the lights and walked away unscathed.  Hail Snoop!

While Americans have an insatiable appetite for reality television that invades the lives of interesting characters, at what cost is enough too much?  Is it necessary that we see how celebrities live, what they eat, what brand of toilet paper they use, and to see every argument and failure?  Is it to prove to ourselves that they are just like us by watching them fail in various aspects of their lives?  Is it to live vicariously through them by following them on shopping sprees, drinking binges and temper tantrums?  What is the fascination that keeps the ratings skyrocketing and ruining lives and marriages one after the other?  While to some degree TV and movie stars are “asking for it” and give up their privacy to some extent when they sign on for the job, where is the line to be drawn and will we ever be able to draw it?