French magazine Paris Match spoke with David LaChapelle in a Q&A, where the famed photographer talked about why he didn’t go through with directing Madonna’s ‘Hung Up’ video. “I had written the scenario, was paid for the concept. But after ‘Rize’, when I started to analyze what made me happy or not, I understood that she was not the person with who I wished to collaborate,” he explained. “She is nice when you are alone with her, but when you work for her, she can be very… I don’t find the word… nasty. She is with people she employs. I didn’t want to be tortured.”
Madonna Battles For Second Malawian Baby
November 21, 2006 – The Sun reports Madonna is embroiled in an astonishing tug of love over adopting another Malawian baby, this time an 18-month-old orphan girl named Jessica Kondanani. But the Material Girl’s hopes may be dashed by an Australian couple who say they are adopting the tot instead. “We were already in the process of adopting Jessica and we hope we will be successful,” 34-year-old Angela Wilmot said. “We heard that Madonna was interested in a child, who we now hear is Jessica – but we are quite far down the line with our adoption.” Read more.
Madonna’s Adoption Challenged
November 21, 2006 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Monday night, “A human rights group is still challenging Madonna on her first adoption. They claim she lied on the adoption papers. You hear about this? Yeah. Apparently under occupation she included ‘actress.'”
Sharon Stone Fires Back At Celeb Adoption Cynics
November 19, 2006 – Sharon Stone, a mother of three adopted sons, criticized the media for their treatment of celebrity moms like Angelina Jolie and Madonna. “They just sensationalized the adoptions for a story,” the actress told Ben Widdicombe of The New York Daily News. “If someone wants to do the right thing, they won’t stop because they give a sh** about what the press thinks.”
Madonna’s New Children’s Book A Sales Failure
November 18, 2006 – Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reports Madonna’s new children’s book ‘The English Roses: Too Good to Be True’ has sold just 9,000 copies, according to Nielsen Bookscan. Despite the Material Girl’s appearances on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’, and ‘Dateline’, the controversy surrounding the adoption of David Banda made book promotion difficult. The first book in the children’s series, ‘The English Roses’, has sold 350,000 copies since its September 15, 2003 release. Read more.
Madonna, Nelly Furtado & Shakira Win At World Music Awards
November 16, 2006 – The World Music Awards took place on Wednesday (November 15) in London, England with hostess Lindsay Lohan. Madonna took home ‘World’s Best Pop Artist’ award. Nelly Furtado took home ‘World’s Best Pop/Rock’ award. Shakira won ‘World’s Best Latin Artist’ award. Check out the full list of nominees, presenters, and winners at WorldMusicAwards.com.