DIDDY SPEAKS ABOUT DEATH OF KIM PORTER
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean “Diddy” Combs is making his first public statements since the loss of Kim Porter, his longtime former girlfriend and mother of three of his children, saying they were “more than best friends” and “more than soul mates.”
Porter, a former model and actress, died at her Los Angeles home Thursday at age 47. Authorities haven’t given a cause.
Combs had been silent until yesterday, when he said on Twitter that he’s been trying to “wake up out of this nightmare.”
Combs said he and Porter had an “unexplainable relationship” and “super black love.” He tweeted, “We were more than best friends,” and “we were more than soul mates.”
Porter and Combs were together with occasional breaks from 1994 until 2007. Together they have a 20-year-old son and 11-year-old twin daughters.
JUSTIN BIEBER MARRIED?
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are confirming their long-rumored marriage. On Instagram, at least.
The 24-year-old Canadian singer posted a picture on Instagram earlier this week of him holding hands with the 21-year-old model with the caption: “My wife is awesome.”
Baldwin followed up by changing her Instagram username to “Hailey Bieber.”
The young couple got engaged this summer in the Bahamas after about a month of dating. Bieber also confirmed that via Instagram. He posted a photo of Baldwin kissing him and called her the love of his life.
Baldwin is the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin. Bieber released his last album, “Purpose,” in 2015.
JUSTIN BIEBER - EGGING CASE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Bieber has agreed to settle a long-running lawsuit filed by a former neighbor whose house the pop singer egged.
A document filed Friday shows the case has been resolved in its entirety. No details were given about the terms.
Jeffrey and Suzanne Schwartz filed a lawsuit in early 2015 that alleged they suffered emotional harm because of the egging and other actions by Bieber when he lived next door.
The 24-year-old pop singer has already served probation in a criminal plea deal after the 2013 incident and paid $80,000 in restitution for the damage he caused.
The lawsuit alleged Bieber spit in Jeffrey Schwartz’s face and terrorized the family with loud parties, drug use and aggressive driving while living in a gated community in the celebrity enclave of Calabasas. It sought more than $25,000 in damages for assault and battery, trespassing and infliction of emotional distress claims.
ARETHA FRANKLIN DOCUMENTARY
NEW YORK (AP) — Three years ago, Alan Elliott was at the Telluride Film Festival, prepared to unveil the holy grail of musical works: A documentary on the making of Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace,” which had been lost to the archives until Elliott spent decades restoring it so it could finally be seen.
But then, through lawyers, he got word that the Queen of Soul herself was trying to prevent the film from being shown. Elliott’s business partner, Tirrell Whittley, recalls the moment as “deflating.”
“It was disappointing. ... You try to figure out what is it that happened,” Whittley said.
But as determined as Elliott and Whittley were to get the documentary to the world, they decided not to fight Franklin, hoping the time would come when it could be released.
That time has arrived, three months after Franklin’s death from pancreatic cancer, with the blessing of her family.
HIP-HOP PERFOMER KILLED BY POLICE IN SALT LAKE CITY
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Advocates are demanding answers in the killing of a 30-year-old hip-hop artist by Salt Lake City police.
KTVX-TV reports that dozens of people demonstrated on Saturday to protest the shooting of Cody Belgard.
The group Utah Against Police Brutality and the Rose Park Brown Berets say Belgard was shot while fleeing.
Police say Belgard, who performed under the name “See Smoke,” was shot by police after he tried to ram a police car.
Authorities say Belgard was believed to have been a driver in a vehicle that previously fled police.
Police say officers shot Belgard after he ignored officers’ commands.
The West Valley City Police Department will lead an investigation into the shooting.