- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Collins’ costly split

The third time certainly was not the charm for Phil Collins, who’s facing yet another pricey divorce.

After six years of marriage and two children, the musician’s former wife, Orianne Cevey, 35, has received a $46.7 million cash payout from Mr. Collins, 57, says People.com, citing a report by Britain’s Daily Mirror.

The record settlement — Britain’s biggest ever in a celebrity divorce — tops by about $2 million what Paul McCartney gave Heather Mills earlier this year.

In all, according to a Daily Telegraph tally, the former Genesis drummer’s three divorces have cost him $84 million — nearly a third of his estimated $280 million fortune.

Group opposes Lavigne

Malaysia’s Islamic opposition party has urged the government to cancel a concert by Avril Lavigne, saying the Canadian singer’s onstage moves are “too sexy,” an official told Associated Press on Monday.

Last year, Christina Aguilera skipped Malaysia during an Asian tour that included neighboring Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines, and pop superstar Beyonce scratched a planned Malaysian concert, moving it to Indonesia.

Miss Lavigne, a Grammy-nominated rock singer, plans to start her monthlong Asian tour with a performance in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 29.

Star-studded send-off

About 3,000 fans and friends attended Monday’s memorial service for music legend Isaac Hayes near Memphis, Tenn., AP reports. Mr. Hayes died Aug. 10.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and actresses and fellow scientologists Anne Archer and Kelly Preston were among those who spoke. Richard Roundtree, who starred in the 1971 movie “Shaft,” whose theme song was penned and performed by Mr. Hayes, was also there. Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise and Wesley Snipes attended a private service on Sunday.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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