- The Washington Times - Monday, June 19, 2006

Down Under nuptials

Nicole Kidman and fiance Keith Urban yesterday returned to their native Australia to be married.

“We are very happy to be back in Australia,” they said in a joint statement carried by Australian Associated Press. “We have come home to celebrate our wedding with our family and friends.”

Australian media have widely speculated that Miss Kidman, who turns 39 today, and Mr. Urban, 38, will wed Sunday at a Catholic church in a northern Sydney suburb close to where Miss Kidman (who was born in Hawaii) attended high school.

The Oscar-winning actress was photographed leaving a private jet as she arrived in Sydney early yesterday. Last month, she told People magazine that she and Mr. Urban were planning to marry. “He’s actually my fiance,” Miss Kidman said after hosting a gala event in New York. “I wouldn’t be bringing my boyfriend.”

Paul Freundlich, Mr. Urban’s publicist, later confirmed the couple were “happily engaged.”

Mr. Urban and Miss Kidman were first seen together last year. The actress and her first husband Tom Cruise divorced in 2001 after 10 years of marriage. The couple have two children, Isabelle and Connor.

Katie Holmes, who is engaged to Mr. Cruise, gave birth to their first child, a daughter, Suri, in April.

Show of support

Ringo Starr says he’s talked to Paul McCartney and offered his help as the ex-Beatle goes through a troubling split with his wife Heather Mills McCartney, the Denver Post reports, citing a story from the Sun in London.

“I talked to him three weeks ago. I just said ‘I’m here if you need me.’ That’s all you can be,” Mr. Starr said.

Mr. Starr, Mr. McCartney and the wives of former Beatles John Lennon (Yoko Ono) and George Harrison (Olivia Harrison) are expected in Las Vegas later this month for the opening of a Beatles-themed show by Cirque Du Soleil.

Slowing their roll

The Rolling Stones have canceled another date on their summer tour, in the German business capital Frankfurt, because of guitarist Keith Richards’ fall from a palm tree, reports Agence-France Presse.

The veteran British rockers had already called off July shows in the German cities of Nuremberg and Leipzig due to scheduling conflicts when they delayed the European leg of their “A Bigger Bang” tour to allow Mr. Richards to recuperate.

They tried to find a new date for the Frankfurt concert, scheduled for July 14, to no avail, AFP reports. “There was a problem finding free dates at the Frankfurt stadium that worked for the tour,” German tour promoter Peter Rieger said in a statement.

Mr. Richards, 62, was hospitalized in New Zealand last month with a brain hemorrhage and had to undergo an operation to drain blood from his brain following his plunge from a palm tree on the South Pacific Ocean island of Fiji.

The rescheduled concerts, announced on the band’s Web site, kick off in Milan July 11 and will include a gig in Berlin on July 21, two in London (Aug. 20 and Aug. 22) and will end in Horsens, Denmark, on Sept. 3.

Expanding brood

Angelina Jolie says she and Brad Pitt, who have three children including a newborn daughter, are planning to adopt another child.

“Next, we’ll adopt,” Miss Jolie tells CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an interview scheduled to air at 10 tonight on “Anderson Cooper 360.”

The Jolie interview will air as part of CNN’s entire day of programming devoted to World Refugee Day, AP reports.

Miss Jolie, 31, gave birth to daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt in Namibia last month. The couple have two older children, 16-month-old Zahara, adopted from Ethiopia, and 4-year-old Maddox, adopted from Cambodia.

“We don’t know which — which country. But we’re looking at different countries,” the actress tells Mr. Cooper. “And we’re — I’m just — it’s gonna be the balance of what would be best for Mad and for Z right now. It’s, you know, another boy, another girl, which country, which race would fit best with the kids.”

Both Maddox and Zahara’s surnames have been legally changed to Jolie-Pitt after Mr. Pitt, 42, announced his intention to adopt the children.

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

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