CELEB GOSS: 5 Seconds of Summer to make VMAs debut

5 Seconds of Summer, Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood, Michael Clifford and Luke Hemmings . Picture: GEOFF JONES
5 Seconds of Summer, Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood, Michael Clifford and Luke Hemmings . Picture: GEOFF JONES

5 Seconds of Summer to make VMAs debut

Aussie chart-toppers 5 Seconds of Summer will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The rock/pop group consisting of Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin will perform at the awards ceremony in August. Guitarist Clifford took to Twitter to express his excitement.

‘‘So excited to announce we’re playing the VMAs!!! literally such an amazing opportunity,’’ he posted along with a love heart emoji.

‘‘Thank you guys so much.’’

It’s a VMAs debut for the Sydney musicians, while Usher, a two-time VMA winner, will also perform after a three-year absence.In a statement, 5 Seconds of Summer said it was a huge honour.

‘‘We always love coming over to the States. We can’t wait to play on such a big stage!’’ they said.

Previously announced Ariana Grande will also be making her VMAs debut at the ceremony, which is on August 24 in Los Angeles.


Bieber vows to focus on work after egging

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has vowed to focus on his music after he was convicted of vandalism for egging a neighbour’s house.

The singer pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour vandalism charge on Wednesday, stemming from the egging incident in January.

Bieber, who was sentenced to five days of community service and ordered to pay $US80,000 in damages, has now spoken about the matter through his legal team, insisting he’s determined to put the furore behind him.

‘‘Justin is glad to get this matter resolved and behind him. He will continue to move forward focusing on his career and his music,’’ a statement released by his lawyers says.

Bieber has since moved out of the gated community in Calabasas, California, after a series of problems with his neighbours, and he is now living in a rented apartment in Beverly Hills.


Kardashian’s lawyer blasts affair claims

Kim Kardashian’s lawyer has challenged a prisoner to take a lie detector test amid allegations he bedded the reality TV star while she was engaged to basketball player Kris Humphries.

Andrey Hicks, a fake hedge fund manager who was sentenced to 40 months in prison for fraud in March last year, claims he’s in possession of an email Kardashian allegedly sent him in 2011.

Hicks says that in the email the reality TV star acknowledges the alleged affair in Monaco and admitted it was ‘‘a mistake’’.

However, lawyer Marty Singer is convinced the note is a fake and he has fired off a scathing letter to Hicks, labelling the prisoner a ‘‘greedy capitalist who went to jail for a greedy scheme’’.

In the message, obtained by editors at TMZ.com, Singer blasts Hicks as ‘‘a swindling convict and a liar’’ and encourages the prisoner to take a polygraph test.

Kardashian wed Humphries in August, 2011 after a whirlwind romance, but the marriage ended just 72 days later.

They were divorced last year, just four months before Kardashian got engaged to US rapper Kanye West.Kardashian and West wed in Italy in May.


Poppy Montgomery pregnant with third child

Australian-American actress Poppy Montgomery is expecting her third child.

The former Without a Trace star and her husband Shawn Sanford will welcome a new sibling for their 14-month-old daughter Violet Grace later this year.

Montgomery, who is already six months pregnant, confirmed the happy news during an appearance on TV talk show The View, which taped on Wednesday and will air in the US on Friday.

‘‘I’m so happy. I’m hoping to get all of the privileges now of a real pregnant person. I want to be respected and given lots of royal treatment,’’ she gushed.

‘‘I haven’t told anyone yet, so people just think I have enormous boobs. I was like, 'I wonder if they think I went and got a boob job?’’’

The 39-year-old Sydney-born actress has a six-year-old son, Jackson, from her previous relationship with actor Adam Kaufman, while Sanford has two other children from a prior marriage.


Jimmy Kimmel becomes dad to baby girl

Comedian and US late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel has welcomed his first child with his new wife, three days shy of their wedding anniversary.

Molly McNearney gave birth to a daughter named Jane on Thursday. Kimmel, 46, took to Twitter to share the happy news.

‘‘Congratulations to my beautiful and very tough wife mollymcnearney on delivering our baby girl this morning’’.

This is the third child for Kimmel, who also has a grown-up son and daughter from his previous marriage.