|Thurs, February 28, 2013 at 1:04 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Young Money star Nicki Minaj recently discussed the never-ending rumor mills involving her name and came clean on the various plastic surgery accusations.
According to the self-proclaimed Barbie, she has never gone under the knife for any of her facial features.
In an interview with Extra, Nicki told correspondent Renee Bargh: "I've never had surgery on my face. They'll see contour and they'll think you had surgery on your nose, no no no, look at RuPaul's drag race and you'll see how you can make your nose look any shape you want. When people see my makeup they think all types of crazy things that I'm doing to my skin, but it's makeup." (Hollywood Life)
Last year, Minaj deflected plastic surgery-related questions about her teeth.
Underneath the pneumatic bosom and bottom (rumoured to be surgically enhanced, which she denies), the gold bangles, the screaming pink and green make-up, there's a rather delicate beauty - lovely big features in a small face. She refuses to talk about her body these days and looks aghast if it's suggested anything might have been worked on. "Your teeth are beautiful," I say. "Thank you," she says. "Are they natural?" She gives me a ferocious stare "Are your teeth natural?" she replies. "You can tell they are," I say. "They're disgusting." (The Guardian
|Thurs, February 21, 2013 at 2:07 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
A week after canceling her Born This Way Ball tour due to a painful labral tear in her right hip, Lady Gaga took to Twitter to give fans an update on Wednesday's surgery.
In the morning, she alerted fans on Twitter about the impending trip under the knife, writing, "Going in for surgery now. Thank you so much for sending me love and support. I will be dreaming of you."
Later in the day she gave her Little Monsters an update on the procedure on the Little Monsters site, praising them for helping her through the procedure. "Monsters, You really gave me a lot of strength today," she wrote.
"Everything happened so fast, but when it came time to face it I reflected on the many stories and experiences you've shared with me about your lives. Meeting you backstage, reading your letters, watching you communicate with fans from around the globe to form a community that supports one another -- You have completely blown my mind."
Gaga, 26, said that as she was wheeled into surgery she thought about all the "pain and perseverance" her Monsters have gone through, as well as their unique family situations, school environments, health issues, homelessness, identity struggles, she marveled, "sometimes you are so brave that it terrifies me. I wonder how it's even possible. So I thought to myself, 'I'm alive, I'm living my dream, and this is just a bump in the road.' I'm grateful because this is temporary, and for some it is not. You have changed my life. I love you and am proud to be a part of your lives. If you can do it, I can do it too, and if we stick together we can get through anything."
Before the surgery, Dr. Alexis Colvin, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York City (but who is not treating Gaga) told MTV News that the injury is not uncommon in very active people the singer's age.
"It could be from repeated twisting and turning from dancing. She's like an athlete, but she sings," said Colvin. Depending on the extent of the damage, Colvin said a patient is typically on crutches for two to four weeks, and then can be back performing within three-to-six months depending on how the physical therapy goes. The good news is that given her age and athleticism, Colvin suspected a successful surgery means that Gaga should be able to bounce back with no problem.
|Wed, July 20, 2011 at 10:01 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
R&B star R. Kelly has been hospitalized after emergency throat surgery in Chicago, forcing him to give up performing for an unknown period while he recuperates, the singer's spokesman said Wednesday.
Kelly, 44, had complained of throat pain and was rushed on Tuesday to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where surgeons the same day drained an abscess on one of his tonsils, spokesman Allan Mayer said.
The Chicago native will be "laid up indefinitely" as he heals, he said.
Last year, the self-proclaimed Pied Piper of R&B released a critically acclaimed retro-soul album, titled "Love Letter," and recently completed the U.S. leg of a worldwide tour. It isn't clear when Kelly might be well enough to resume doing concerts again, Mayer said.
Kelly alluded to discomfort in his throat last week in a tweet, which was also posted on his official website, saying optimistically, "I feel like my throat is coming back. I've been in bed sweating like crazy."
Kelly won a Grammy in 1997 for his gospel-tinged "I Believe I Can Fly," and is also known for his musical melodrama "Trapped in the Closet," a multipart saga about an ever-expanding cast of characters.
The medical issue comes soon after reports that Kelly faces a $2.9 million foreclosure on his suburban Chicago mansion.
Crain's Chicago Business reported that JPMorgan Chase filed a foreclosure lawsuit last month in Cook County Circuit Court. It states Kelly hadn't made monthly mortgage payments since June 2010.
The Olympia Field home's appraised value fell 26 percent in a year, to $3.8 million in 2010, Crain's reported.
Kelly's spokesman has declined to discuss the home but has said the singer is not in financial trouble
|Fri, April 29, 2011 at 1:05 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
"Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin sang two songs on "The View" on Thursday in her first national TV performance since a mysterious ailment that sidelined her last year.
Franklin, 69, who says she has lost 85 pounds since last year, performed a new single "How Long I've Been Waiting" and, with the studio audience standing and clapping, she also sang her classic hit "Respect."
Last November, the soul singer canceled all her concert appearances for six months on doctors' orders and later underwent major surgery. She has never made public the nature of surgery, or the reason for it.
Franklin however has a new album called "Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love" out on May 3 and a number of concerts scheduled for this summer.
"I'm feeling wonderful, fabulous," she said on Thursday. "I have got more energy. I have changed my diet"
Franklin sang at her own 69th birthday party in March at a lavish gathering of friends and fellow musicians in New York.
The legendary singer of 1960s hits like "Chain of Fools" and "Baby I Love You" sang at the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama in January 2009.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jill Serjeant)
|Thurs, December 02, 2010 at 3:28 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
DETROIT - Soul singer Aretha Franklin underwent a "highly successful" surgery on Thursday for an undisclosed health problem, the "Queen of Soul" said in a statement released by her spokeswoman.
In early November, Franklin, 68 and a multiple Grammy Award winner, canceled her concert and personal appearances until May 2011 on the orders of her doctors, No reason was given, and her representatives have declined to disclose her illness.
"I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country," Franklin said in a statement following her surgery.
The Detroit Free Press reported on Thursday afternoon that the "Respect" singer was "in good spirits and resting comfortably," citing Franklin's cousin, Brenda Corbett.
City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson had organized a prayer vigil for Franklin on Wednesday in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue by Detroit's city hall.
"We are not prying into the circumstances, the details of the surgery," Watson said. "We just wanted her to know that we stand with her in prayer and love and support."
Franklin, who sang at U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, was admitted to a Detroit hospital in October for undisclosed reasons and released a few days later.
The singer also canceled two concerts in the summer after sustaining minor injuries in a fall at her home.
She is a living legend of U.S. soul music with a string of hits in the 1960s and '70s that included "Chain of Fools," "I Say a Little Prayer" and "I Never Loved a Man."
Source: David Bailey/Bob Tourtellotte, Reuters