- The Washington Times - Monday, February 27, 2006

Nic nixes nuptial news

Nicole Kidman says she and Keith Urban are not tying the knot next month.

The Oscar-winning actress has been dating the country singer for a year, and the duo made their first official public appearance at the Grammy Awards earlier this month. But there have been countless rumors that the couple will marry in Australia on March 11.

“Everything about that story is nonsense,” Digitalspy.com quotes Wendy Day, Miss Kidman’s Australian publicist as saying. “I know of no wedding date. I know of no wedding plans.”

Instead, Miss Day said Miss Kidman — who was previously married to Tom Cruise — will be a presenter at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony and will begin work on a new film in early April.

Michael confesses

George Michael said his arrest for suspected drug possession in London this weekend was “my own stupid fault, as usual.”

According to Associated Press, the singer, 42, was arrested Saturday after he was found slumped at the wheel of his car at Hyde Park Corner in central London. He was released on bail and is scheduled to return to a police station next month.

“I was in possession of class C drugs which is an offense and I have no complaints about the police who were professional throughout,” Mr. Michael — who rose to fame as half of the 1980s pop duo Wham! — said yesterday.

Class C drugs, the lowest category of illegal drugs, include marijuana, anabolic steroids and some amphetamines.

The bust is the latest legal embarrassment for the singer, who has sold more than 80 million records worldwide during a 25-year career. Mr. Michael was arrested in 1998 for “performing a lewd act” in a Los Angeles public restroom. He was fined $810, the New York Daily News reports — and, for the first time, publicly admitted that he is homosexual.

U2 lauded

The members of U2 have been honored with Amnesty International’s “Ambassador of Conscience” award for 2005.

The ceremony, held Sunday, was attended by Michelle Bachelet, the president-elect of Chile (and that country’s first female leader), whose inauguration is next month, AP reports.

“You are a reminder to all of us that the world is not changed only by politicians and governments,” Miss Bachelet told the musicians. “The world is changed by all of us.”

The award was given to Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton and manager Paul McGuinness. After Sunday’s ceremony, Bono met with relatives of political dissidents who disappeared during the 1973-90 dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

It was not the only distinction for Bono during U2’s stop in Chile Sunday night. He also received the country’s highest award for the arts, which is named after the late Chilean Nobel Prize laureate Pablo Neruda.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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