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) can’t too.”

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

Amy 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

Mariah Carey says her failed marriage was like being kidnapped in a “golden cage.”
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 support us.”

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

Janet 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 appreciative.”

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.”