CELEB GOSS: Petition calls for Bieber deportation

Picture: REUTERS

Picture: REUTERS

Online petition for Bieber to be deported

Thousands of Americans have signed a petition calling for President Barack Obama to revoke Justin Bieber’s visa and deport the singer to his native Canada following his arrest last week.

The 19-year-old pop star was charged in Miami Florida on Thursday with driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence and driving without a valid licence.

The petition was launched on Whitehouse.org hours after Bieber’s arrest.It states: ‘‘We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked.

‘‘He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nation’s youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.’’

The campaign has garnered more than 40,000 signatures, but must reach 100,000 before White House staff will agree to review it and ‘‘ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts’’.

The White House petition is not the only campaign that has been launched following his arrest - 17 additional petitions calling for the same action have appeared online.


Lawson will not be charged over drug use

Nigella Lawson. Picture: AFP

Nigella Lawson. Picture: AFP

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has dodged a bullet in an investigation into her drug use admissions, with the police deciding not to take any further action.

The British cook revealed in December that she had used cocaine and marijuana. 

Lawson made the admission while giving evidence in the fraud trial of her two former aides, Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, in December.

The sisters were found not guilty at a court in London.

The Metropolitan Police Service subsequently said a team would examine the evidence concerning Lawson.However, Scotland Yard officials have now closed the investigation, saying a prosecution would not be in the public’s interest.

‘‘There are serious public interest concerns about the message any prosecution would send out to potential witnesses and victims in the future,’’ said a police statement on Monday.

‘‘Whilst witnesses clearly cannot simply admit to any offence under oath without consequences, this has to be balanced with the requirement for victims and witnesses to tell the truth. Further police activity may deter victims from being candid with police and in court for fear of future investigation.’’


Margot Robbie loses blonde locks 

Actress Margot Robbie has dyed her blonde locks brown in preparation for her new movie Z for Zachariah.

The ex-Neighbours star shot to fame as Jordan Belfort’s second wife The Duchess in the Wolf of Wall street where she filmed saucy scenes with Hollywood a-lister Leonardo DiCaprio.

Her star has been on the rise since then and the down-to-earth Aussie replaced Amanda Seyfried in the lead role in Z for Zacharia earlier this month.

‘‘First day on set for Z! She ain’t a Duchess no more,’’ Robbie wrote as she posted the photo of her new look onto celebrity social media website WhoSay.

The movie, which will be filmed in New Zealand, is based on the post apocalyptic science fiction novel by Robert C O’Brien about a small town girl who survives a nuclear war.


Deschanel teams up with Tommy Hilfiger

Zooey Deschanel has collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger to create a capsule collection.

The 34-year-old actress and the US fashion designer have teamed up to design the To Tommy, From Zooey range of 16 pieces. 

The line is dominated by feminine dresses.

The pair met some time ago at the home of a mutual friend in Santa Monica. 

Hilfiger has told WWD that they immediately bonded over clothing.

‘‘She was wearing this vintage jumpsuit,’’ he said. ‘‘I complimented her on it, and she told me how she loved vintage. Somehow, the conversation went from loving vintage to possibly doing a capsule collection with her.’’

Sketches reveal the collection includes a red pleated mini dress and a blue sporty dress with red and white patterns.

Hilfiger said he wanted to capture the essence of Zooey’s personality.‘‘(We focused on) what she likes and what she doesn’t like, the kind of fabrics and what kind of colours. We really see eye to eye on a lot of what she loves,’’ he said.

‘‘They are ’60s-inspired short dresses. There is a lot of red, white and blue, but done in a Zooey way with interesting detail and flirty fabrics.’’

The range will make its debut in the US at Macy’s in the coming months, with pieces priced between $US98 and $US199 (about $A112 and $A228). 


Grammys stage used for mass wedding

The Grammy Awards turned into the big day for 34 couples as Madonna and other stars presided over a mass wedding to celebrate gay marriage.

Same-sex and opposite-sex couples exchanged rings before the Grammys stage, which was turned into a brightly lit church with a gospel choir.

The couples’ wedding serenade was Same Love by hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, which has been embraced by marriage equality campaigners.

The duo were joined halfway through their song by gay icon Madonna, who sang the high-energy chorus of her 1986 song Open Your Heart.

The marriages were made official by Queen Latifah, who is authorised to perform weddings in California.