- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Breaking her silence

As the world ponders the future of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie — now officially seen as a couple due to yesterday’s announcement of Miss Jolie’s pregnancy — one half of another celebrity twosome is finally owning up to the status of their relationship.

In the upcoming Cosmopolitan, due on newsstands Tuesday, the multitalented Beyonce Knowles acknowledges her longtime relationship with rapper and record label CEO Jay-Z (as if we already didn’t suspect as much), ETOnline.com reports.

Yet contrary to published reports, she isn’t in the family way, nor is a wedding in the offing.

“Right now the tabloids are saying I’m pregnant, and they’re naming the baby. It’s hilarious,” Miss Knowles tells Cosmopolitan.

“I don’t know when I’ll want to get married. I never pictured myself as a bride, but after my sister’s wedding, I did start thinking about what kind of wedding I’d want. I don’t think I want a big one.”

Miss Knowles, who stars with Steve Martin in a big-screen remake of “The Pink Panther” that opens next month, has been dating Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter for four years. While marriage may not be in the immediate future, she does tell the magazine she’s interested in children — in due time.

“I baby-sat for my nephew last week,” Miss Knowles says, “and [motherhood] is not as glamorous as it looks.”

She also has no regrets about keeping her romance with Jay-Z under wraps.

“I don’t try to hide it; there’s nothing to hide,” Miss Knowles says. “People see us, but we just don’t talk about it and I think that’s absolutely helped us.”

It’s when couples start to reveal details that the trouble starts, she believes. “The minute you start talking about it, that’s all people want to talk about,” she says. “Then the really big rumors start happening.”

Once is not enough

Well, at least one celebrity twosome is tying — make that retying — the knot in the foreseeable future.

Kim Mathers has applied for a license to marry Marshall Bruce Mathers III, aka Eminem, the Macomb County, Mich., clerk’s office said yesterday. The license was to be ready today.

According to Associated Press, the couple has 33 days from the application date to remarry in Michigan, but information on the wedding has been scant since the rap superstar announced last month that the two would get back together.

The couple originally married in 1999 but divorced in 2001 amid an ugly legal fight that included a custody battle over their young daughter, Hailie. They reconciled in 2004.

White sidelined

Because of “an acute vocal chord problem” afflicting singer-guitarist Jack White, the White Stripes are postponing scheduled tour dates in Japan, Associated Press reports.

The band had been booked to play four concerts beginning today in Tokyo and ending Monday in Nagoya, Japan.

The White Stripes will resume their tour Jan. 20 at the Big Day Out Festival in Auckland, New Zealand.

Mr. White fronts the garage rock duo from Detroit with Meg White. They are nominated for a Grammy for best performance by a duo or group with vocals for their single “My Doorbell.”

Grammy kudos

David Bowie, blues pioneer Robert Johnson and the late comedian Richard Pryor are among the recording artists slated to receive lifetime achievement honors during next month’s Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy said Tuesday.

Eric Clapton’s ‘60s rock group Cream, country singer-songwriter Merle Haggard, opera diva Jessye Norman and ‘50s folk quartet the Weavers, are also due to be honored.

The awards are meant to recognize artistic contributions in the recording medium over a lifetime.

Mr. Pryor, the lone nonmusician being honored this year, recorded several comedy albums throughout his career. He died of a heart attack last month.

The awards will be presented Feb. 7, and the 48th annual Grammy Awards show will air live from Los Angeles on CBS the next day.

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

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