- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 1, 2007

Lopez is pregnant

Roberto Cavalli has confirmed, perhaps inadvertently, that Jennifer Lopez is pregnant.

Asked what types of clothing he designs for celebrities, the fashion designer told People magazine: “Well Jennifer Lopez, at this moment, she requests something very special because she is waiting for the baby.

“It is so complicated because every week she is getting bigger,” Mr. Cavalli said in a story posted Tuesday on the magazine’s Web site.

Mr. Cavalli, known for his attention-getting designs, created free-flowing outfits for Miss Lopez, who has been on tour with her husband, Marc Anthony.

His comment came after weeks of speculation, tabloid baby-bump pictures and raised eyebrows. Miss Lopez, 39, has declined comment.

“She is a singer, she is a dancer,” Mr. Cavalli said. “Most of the time when I prepare something for the tour, the performer, they want something very soft so they can dance and so they can move free.”

Pushed to the edge

Heather Mills McCartneysaid yesterday that she has been threatened with death and has preserved a box of evidence in the event that she is killed.

Mrs. Mills McCartney, who is still negotiating a financial settlement in her divorce from former Beatle Paul McCartney, urged the public to stop buying tabloid newspapers.

“We’ve had death threats. I’ve been close to suicide. I’m so upset about this,” she said on an ITV television morning show. “I’ve had worse press than a pedophile or a murderer, and I’ve done nothing but charity for 20 years.”

The couple announced their separation in May and began divorce proceedings in July. They have a 3-year-old daughter, Beatrice.

“I am the one that is abused daily,” Mrs. Mills McCartney said.

“They make up such lies,” she said, becoming tearful. “They’ve called me a whore, a gold digger, a fantasist, a liar — the most unbelievably hurtful things — and I’ve stayed quiet for my daughter.”

She said she had taken precautions because of death threats.

“I have a box of evidence that’s going to a certain person should anything happen to me, so if you top me off, it’s still going to that person, and the truth will come out,” she said.

Mrs. Mills McCartney denied she was feeding material to the media.

“I’ve got 300 friends who came to my daughter’s party, and they are biting their tongues not to talk because they’re so loyal,” she said.

Gangster on the set

Almost every day that Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington filmed scenes for his latest movie, “American Gangster,” he was watched closely on the set in New York City by an old man in a wheelchair — the drug lord he was portraying. Both Mr. Washington and former Harlem heroin kingpin Frank Lucas emerged from the experience saying how impressed they were with each other.

No repeats

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday ruled out making a cameo appearance in the hit television cartoon series “The Simpsons.”

Mr. Brown’s predecessor, Tony Blair, voiced a yellow cartoon version of himself in a 2003 episode of the show titled “The Regina Monologues.”

“I think Tony Blair did that. I don’t think that is for me,” Mr. Brown told GMTV, insisting he also would not appear on music talent contests or ballroom dancing shows.

In “The Regina Monologues,” the Simpson family travels to London and is greeted by Mr. Blair, although dimwitted dad Homer Simpson mistakes him for the fictional bumbling British eccentric Mr. Bean.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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