Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters, 78, marries for fifth time: ‘Finally a keeper’

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Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters, 78, marries for fifth time: ‘Finally a keeper’

Musician Roger Waters has married for the fifth time, with the Pink Floyd star revealing that his new wife is “a keeper”.

The 78-year-old former bass guitarist of Pink Floyd announced he had tied the knot again on Twitter and Instagram, where he shared photos from his wedding to Kamilah Chavis.

In one of the pictures, Waters, dressed in a tuxedo, can be seen slipping a wedding ring onto Chavis’s finger, with the bride pictured in a sheer white lace wedding gown.

The photos also see the newlyweds embracing and cutting their wedding cake, as well pictures of the pair posing in their wedding attire on a dock leading to the water, with Waters captioning the pictures: “I’m so happy, finally a keeper.”

Pink Floyd star marries for fifth time - Getty Images

© Getty Images: Pink Floyd star marries for fifth time: - Getty Images

The wedding took place near the water at Waters’ Bridgehampton estate in New York, according to the DailyMail, which reported that the musician, who had a net worth of $68m in 2018, according to Forbes, purchased the home in 2010 for $16.2m.

Chavis and Waters have been together for a few years, with the musician telling InfoBae in 2018 that they met at one of his concerts years prior and that she worked in transportation at the time, driving the car that was shuttling him from place to place, according to a translation of the article.

Waters said that something about Chavis had attracted him, and that he eventually “seduced” her by complimenting her “beautiful” cheekbones.

“I saw a little reaction, and that was the beginning,” he said.

While speaking with the outlet, the Pink Floyd star confirmed that they were not married, but that they had “been together for a couple of years” and he was “happy”. They later appeared together on the red carpet at the 2019 Venice film festival.

Prior to his marriage to Chavis, Waters was married to Judith Trim, from 1969 to 1975, and then to his ex-wife Carolyne Christie, who he shares two children with, from 1976 to 1992.

He later married his third wife, Priscilla Phillips, who he shares a son with, in 1993, before divorcing in 2001. He was married to his fourth wife, Laurie Durning from 2012 to 2015, with Page Six reporting that, during the divorce proceedings, Waters said the marriage had “brok[en] down irretrievably”. 

Reference: Independent: Chelsea Ritschel

Cher launches lawsuit against Sonny Bono‘s widow

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Cher launches lawsuit against Sonny Bono‘s widow

The 75-year-old pop star has filed paperwork in Los Angeles against Mary Bono, a former US Representative, alleging that she's withheld royalties from Cher's hit songs with Sonny during the 1960s.

Cher claims she's entitled to royalties from hit singles such as 'I Got You Babe' and 'The Beat Goes On'.

The pop icon - who was married to Sonny between 1964 and 1975 - is seeking as much as $1 million in damages, according to Deadline.

Although the high-profile couple went their separate ways, they agreed at the time that they would share the revenue from the songs they recorded as a duo.

Cher in a blue dress: Pop star Cher

© Bang Showbiz Pop star Cher

In the lawsuit, Cher alleges that Mary has "undone" Cher’s ownership of the rights and royalties.

As a result, Cher claims to have lost out on a significant some of money.

Cher previously opened up on her relationship with Sonny, admitting he was a father-like figure to her at one point in time.

The chart-topping star explained that she could "never ever talk back" to Sonny, who died in January 1998 at the age of 62.

The 'If I Could Turn Back Time' hitmaker said: "I couldn’t stand on my own two feet and talk back to him. That was my problem. I could just never ever talk back to him, and so I never got any of my needs met that weren’t what he felt they should be."

The pop star admitted that the birth of her son Chaz in March 1969 proved to be a major turning point in her life.

Cher - who also has Elijah, 45, with her second husband Gregg Allman - explained: "After I had Chaz, I started to grow up and he wouldn’t allow it, and I was starting to really … He was starting to kill my spirit." 

Police arrest husband of murdered Olympian Agnes Jebet Tirop as he tries to flee country

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Police arrest husband of murdered Olympian Agnes Jebet Tirop as he tries to flee country

Agnes Jebet Tirop's husband has now been arrested as he tried to flee to a neighbouring country after being named as a "suspect" in the Kenyan Olympian's tragic death.

The Kenyan Olympic star, who was the women's 10km road race world record holder, died a week before her 26th birthday after she was allegedly stabbed in the neck and stomach with a knife.

Following her death, police had treated Tirop's husband Emmanuel Rotich as a "suspect" as he was “still at large.”

The sub-county police commander for Keiyo North, Tom Makori, had called for him to go to a local police station.

“We are now urging Emmanuel Rotich, [the] husband to the late Kenyan athlete, to present himself to the nearest police station or security agency to assist police with their investigations,” Makori said.

“We have not arrested the suspect by Thursday, but we have some information which can lead us for his arrest.“

Since that plea, it has been confirmed by DCI Kenya that the husband has now been arrested and is currently getting interviewed at Changamwe police station.

Earlier in the day, Rotich had reportedly rammed his getaway vehicle into a lorry by Athi River as he tried to escape to a neighbouring country.

On Wednesday, crime scene investigators were at Tirop's home after her body was discovered - with police saying she had been reported missing by her father the night before.

Agnes Jebet Tirop's husband has been arrested following her death

© @DCI_Kenya/Twitter Agnes Jebet Tirop's husband has been arrested following her death

"When [police] got in the house, they found Tirop on the bed and there was a pool of blood on the floor," Makori had said on Wednesday.

"They saw she had been stabbed in the neck, which led us to believe it was a knife wound, and we believe that is what caused her death.

"Her husband is still at large, and preliminary investigations tell us her husband is a suspect because he cannot be found. Police are trying to find her husband so he can explain what happened to Tirop."

Tributes poured in for the 10km road race world record holder following her death, with World Athletics president Sebastian Coe saying: “Athletics has lost one of its brightest young stars in the most tragic circumstances.”

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach added: “I’m deeply shocked by the tragic death of Agnes Tirop, a young and bright talent.

“Her performances at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 gave hope and inspiration to so many people.”

Tirop was found dead just a week before getting ready to celebrate her 26th birthday

© Getty Images for ADIDAS Tirop was found dead just a week before getting ready to celebrate her 26th birthday

The death sent shock waves through her native country, with Athletics Kenya releasing a statement saying they were “distraught” at the loss of “a jewel."

"Athletics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bonze medalist Agnes Tirop," it read.

"Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletic giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track.

"We pray that God may grant strength to her family and friends at this difficult time."

Tirop won bronze medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships in the 10,000m and won the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.

Furthermore, Athletics Kenya representative Milka Chemwos shared some more kind words about one of athletics' brightest talents.

Chemwod said: “The girl was so jovial, in fact we travelled with her to Nairobi the day that we were returning back home from Tokyo.”

The athlete competed as recently as early October and finished second in the Giants 10K race in Geneva. 

Reference: Mirror: Jonathan Spencer

Lourdes Leon reveals mother Madonna has ban on ‘handouts’ and she paid for home and college alone

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Lourdes Leon reveals mother Madonna has ban on ‘handouts’ and she paid for home and college alone

Lourdes Leon has said that her mother, Madonna, does not give financial “handouts” to her children.

In a conversation with actor Debi Mazar, for Interview, the model said: “We don’t get any handouts in my family. Obviously, I grew up with extreme privilege. There’s no denying that.”

Leon, who bought her apartment without financial assistance from her mother and also put herself through college, added: “I think my mom saw all these other kids of famous people, and she was like, ‘My kids are not going to be like this.’”

She also discussed some of the lessons her pop star mother has instilled in her: “My mom is very insistent on making me think about what I want to be known for beyond my looks. That’s not what I want people to remember me by. It’s not real.”

Elsewhere, Leon described her mother as a “control freak” and revealed one of the best bits of advice she ever gave her: “It’s not about the money or your face or how hot you look. It’s about what you’re bringing into the world and what you’re going to leave behind.”

She revealed in a previous interview with Vogue that she was not given handouts.

“People think I’m this talentless rich kid who’s had everything given to her, but I’m not,” Leon said.

The model, who has grown up in the spotlight, also spoke about social media: “Instagram is not real. It’s the biggest lie of all time. People create personas on Instagram that are nothing like who they are in person, and it’s the scariest thing to me, because I’m the same everywhere.”

Leon made her runway debut in 2018 and made her second appearance this year at New York Fashion Week for Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Vol 3 show. 

Reference: Moore: Sam Moore

Chloë McCardel swims Channel for record-breaking 44th time

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Chloë McCardel swims Channel for record-breaking 44th time

Australian marathon swimmer celebrates achievement 12 years after setting out on her first crossing

It has taken her 12 years, more than 450 hours in bitingly cold water and at least 1.5m strokes – but finally the Australian marathon swimmer Chloë McCardel has become the queen of the Channel by swimming the stretch of water between England and France for the 44th time.

Wrapped in an Australian flag as she celebrated her record-breaking swim, McCardel said she had been waiting a long time to celebrate. 

“I’m so thankful, I’ve had so much support from people across the UK and Australia to get me through this last 12 years,” said the swimmer, who has battled a chest infection and suffered breathing difficulties in the run-up to her last swim.

“So many people helped along the way to make my dreams come true and hopefully I can inspire the next generation of open water swimmers and young people to go after their dreams.”

McCardel, 36, surpassed the men’s world record of 34 Channel crossings last year, and on Wednesday, passed the current record of 43 crossings held by British swimmer Alison Streeter.

It’s been a hell of a journey. She has suffered from hypothermia, spending days in Canterbury ICU after one crossing – and battled boredom, pain and jellyfish. She has done a number of double and one triple crossing, spending just under 37 hours in the water. But whatever the experience, the stretch of water kept calling her back.

“The first time I really felt like I’d found where I belonged,” she told the Guardian before the final swim. “Like my whole life has been heading to this one point. But I have a love-hate relationship with the Channel. On the bad days it’s like the French shoreline or the wind is tormenting me. But I’m drawn to it – it’s got this incredible, almost magical pull. I call it my spiritual home because I have literally been called back here every year.”

McCardel hopes her feat of endurance, skill and sheer grit will inspire other women. She speaks openly about being a survivor of domestic violence, and credits swimming with helping her begin to recover from PTSD.

Australian Chloë McCardel sets world record for most swims across the Channel – video

“After going through so much trauma, swimming the English Channel helped rebuild my confidence, which was shaken a lot. My sense of identity and my sense of self worth was shaken,” she said.

The feat of crossing the Channel a record number of times occasionally seemed crazy even to her, she admitted. Swimming for a day and a half non-stop really shouldn’t be possible. She suffers from pain in her tendons, ligaments and muscles, her body is constantly telling her to stop. “There’s no logic behind it. It is basically like, how much punishment can your mind and body take before everything breaks?”

The rules of the Channel Swimming Association are strict: she cannot wear a wetsuit or anything that could provide protection – even a thermal swimming cap. After hours in the fiercely cold water, her brain starts warning that she is dying of cold.

To distract herself during the 44 gruelling swims she used visualisation techniques, imagining in intense detail how it would feel to finish, what that would look, smell and taste like and practises gratitude, thinking of all the people who have helped her. “If your mind is stuck in the moment, time moves super slow,” she says. “The idea is to take myself out of the present if I’m in a lot of pain, and take myself to a happier place.”

McCardel only learned to swim when she was 11, but soon started swimming competitively. At 19, she decided she wanted to be the best in the world at something, and took up marathon swimming. She went on to do the longest unassisted ocean swim in history – an astonishing 77 miles (124km) from South Eleuthera Island to Nassau in the Bahamas. She is entirely self-funded, and set up her own business to help other wannabe Channel swimmers achieve their dreams of a solo or relay swim, while also working as a motivational speaker and coach.

As the end of her epic challenge grew nearer, she did worry about experiencing a sense of loss – but said she had been very careful “not to wrap my whole self-worth up into one thing”.

With the feat completed she plans to grow her business and spread positivity about endurance and adventure through her keynote speaking. Whatever plaudits now pour in, she knows she will have earned them.

“It’s been a really tough journey,” she said. “But I’ve persisted.”

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