Pop superstar Cher found it “difficult” to turn down the chance to perform at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia because she has never been asked to appear as an ambassador for the U.S.
The Believe hitmaker and gay icon recently revealed she had been asked by a friend to appear at the sporting event, but she declined the opportunity because she was not comfortable performing in a country where “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” is banned.
She tells E! News, “It was hard. I have so many Russian friends. I have lots of Russian fans and I have so many people there that I love… So that was difficult.
“I wanted to, you know, no one’s ever gonna ask me to come and either be the American ambassador or sing in the middle (of the Olympics) or do something in the opening, so it was hard, but also, you guys (gay fans) are my heart, you know, I can’t do it…
“The Russian people that I know are great and don’t agree with this (anti-gay legislation)… They just don’t agree with it.”
Cher isn’t the only celebrity to speak out against the new legislation – Lady Gaga and Madonna used their shows in Russia last year (12) to condemn the ban and voice their support for the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (Lgbt) community.
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Could a member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan be taking Miranda Kerr’s Angel wings? Kendall Jenner, the half-sister of Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, says she would “love” to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel.
“It’s always been kind of a dream of mine,” the 17-year-old model told E! News. “It’s a very great thing to do, and it’s something I’d love to do.”
If the lingerie giant is open to Jenner becoming an Angel, she could be chosen to replace Kerr. Insiders say Kerr’s 3-year contract “was not renewed” after its recent expiration. She was allegedly ousted because she is “not a big seller for VS” and she has a “difficult reputation.”
Kerr, who has a 2-year-old son with husband Orlando Bloom, has not commented. VS Chief marketing officer Ed Razek also refused to comment on her status as an Angel, but he did say Victoria’s Secret has “no plans to stop working with her.” Razek also said Kerr has been invited to walk in the 2013 show.
Current Angels include Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, Alessandra Ambrosio and Doutzen Kroes among others.
Demi Moore appears to have gotten her groove back. The Hollywood star attended a private bash in Beverly Hills on Tuesday (April 17, 2012) to celebrate the launch of her friend Amanda De Cadenet’s new show ‘The Conversation’, which Moore executive produces.
Following her hospitalization and subsequent stint in rehabilitation, Moore has rarely been spotted in public in the past couple of months, but she looked fit and healthy at the soiree on Tuesday. De Cadenet spoke to E! News about the upcoming show and what it was like to work with Moore saying, “I’d been doing these interviews for about a year and Demi is one of my best girlfriends and a great sounding board for me.She’s got 10 years on me, and so she is more ahead of me in the game of being a woman. She is an amazing resource for me, and so she has a vast life experience that I love to experience and to hear”. Demi checked out of Utah’s Cirque Lodge in March after spending around a month in the treatment center. She had checked in just days after being hospitalized following a seizure-like episode during a party at her Benedict Canyon-area home.
Kate Middleton set the rumor mill buzzing with her recent visit to a UNICEF distribution center in Copenhagen, Denmark. Wearing a red coat belted at the waist, the Duchess sampled UNICEF supplies along with husband Prince William. When William offered her a taste of peanut paste – something pregnant women are advised not to eat — Middleton refused and reportedly gave him a “knowing look.”
She then fueled the pregnancy speculation when she repeatedly cradled her stomach. “It was very odd. Kate would not stop touching her tummy –it was very noticeable. She continually patted it and held her hands against it,” a witness told the Daily Mail. “She must have been doing it without realizing, and at one point she had both her hands cradling her stomach.”
A rep for the couple refused to comment on the rumors. “We do not comment on speculation about whether the Duchess is pregnant or not,” the rep told E! News.