Madonna’s son raised in Kabbalah faith
Madonna has angered the father of her adopted son David Banda by
raising him in the Kabbalah faith.
The singer – whose official adoption of the two-year-old
Malawian tot is soon to be finalised – and husband Guy Ritchie
have been taking David to weekly meetings at the London
headquarters of the Jewish sect.
A source close to Madonna – who has two other children, Lourdes,
11, and seven-year-old Rocco – said: “Madonna and Guy have been
taking David to Kabbalah and he is very much a part of their
Friday night ritual. David goes with Guy and the children,
Lourdes and Rocco, for prayers and teachings. Madonna turns up
later for the meal.”
However, David’s impoverished father Yohane Banda, who gave him
up for adoption after his wife died, is a devout Christian and
is worried about his son not being brought up in the same faith.
He said: “I expect my children to belong to the same church as
me. To follow in my footsteps.”
Of her religion, Madonna has previously said: “I believe in
Jesus and I study the Kabbalah, so I don’t see why he (David)
Yohane has also claimed Madonna has broken her promise to allow
him regular access to his son.
He is quoted as saying, “I was promised by Madonna that I would
be able to see my son. The government people that were coming to
see me also assured me that they would facilitate meetings with
my son. I miss him so much, because he is my only son, the only
gift of life from God – all the others have died.”
Amy Winehouse to divorce
Winehouse is set to divorce her imprisoned husband and “start
over” with a new lover, it has been claimed.
The troubled singer – whose spouse Blake Fielder-Civil is
currently in prison awaiting charges of grievous bodily harm (GBH)
and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice – reportedly
told Blake their marriage was over last week and she plans to
rebuild her life with Alex Haines.
A source said: “She can’t ever see Blake again for her own good.
If Amy wants to start over she needs to bury her past.”
The 24-year-old’s mother Janis has admitted she is “very
concerned” for Amy and hopes the star will soon split from Blake
and clean up her life.
Janis said: “If the divorce is true, I would welcome it. I’ve
said it before I wouldn’t shed a tear if the marriage ended.”
Meanwhile, friends of Amy’s new love Alex have laughed off his
“clean cut” image. Alex, who is Amy’s manager’s aide, is seen
drinking, dancing and wrapped up in toilet paper in a series of
photographs and a video released on social networking websites
MySpace and Facebook.
Other pals insist Alex, 22, has always wanted to be rich and
famous. One friend said: “I’m shocked he has ended up with Amy
but more surprised by talk of him being a good influence. He is
into clubbing and everything that goes with it. He knows how to
have a good time. He always said he would do anything to get
rich and would love to be famous.”
James Blunt to undergo surgery
James Blunt must undergo surgery on his finger if he wants to
play the piano again. The singer – who recently broke his little
finger after jumping into the crowd at a concert in Ashville,
North Carolina – has been told that doctors need to break and
then reset the digit again in order for it to function fully.
He is quoted by Britain’s The Sun newspaper as saying: “I need
it to be right but the idea of having them take a hammer and
smash my finger in two isn’t so thrilling.”
Blunt, who is still able to play the guitar, recently revealed
he was mobbed by excited fans after his stage dive. He said: “I
don’t know what made me do it. I jumped off stage at the end and
was chased by women, and men, in the crowd. I started running,
and the next thing I knew I had broken my finger. I don’t even
know how I did it. I can’t play the piano but I can still play
the guitar with my remaining fingers! I looked down and realised
my finger was pointing the wrong way.”
Marriage was a “golden cage,” says Mariah
Carey says her failed marriage was like being kidnapped in a
The singer, who was married to music mogul Tommy Mottola from
1993 to 1998, admits her biggest regret in life is tying the
knot too soon.
She said: “I think one of my mistakes was getting married so
young. I got married to Tommy Mottola under a lot of pressure. I
don’t know how you would describe my marriage. It was a
kidnapping in a golden cage. I look at the past and keep the
memories. There have been bad and good times.”
The 38-year-old star also revealed her mother showed the true
meaning of being a diva. Mariah added: “I learned the word diva
from my mother when most people didn’t know what it meant. I
know the real word diva. The true diva. She worked so hard to
The music star admits she loves being a sex symbol, explaining:
“I want to be lasciviously adored. Everyone likes to be loved.
You have to try and stay pretty.”
Janet Jackson honoured for gay work
Jackson was honoured for her work in the gay community last
week. The singer was presented with the Vanguard Award at the
19th Annual GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
Awards in Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre by openly homosexual US
talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
Upon receiving her award, Janet said: “I love it. I never
expected it in a million years so when I heard they wanted to
honour me, I was really taken aback. It’s just for the work that
I’ve done with AIDS and acknowledging the gay and lesbian
community through my music and so on. I’m just very
Janet has always been vocal about gay rights, and even wrote her
number one single Together Again as a tribute to a close friend
who died from AIDS. She added: “Even when I was younger, when I
was growing up, my mother was very religious but there were a
lot of kids who were dancers that she brought into the home and
now that I think about it, they were gay.
“They all called her ‘Mother’ and she treated every one of them
like they were her children. And that’s where it kind of
started, I suppose. I’ve been around the community all my life.”