Charlotte Church has slammed Pope Benedict XVI after his criticism of the Harry Potter books, where he suggested they were “a subtle seduction, which has deeply unnoticed and direct effects in undermining the soul of Christianity.” The singer told The Sun, “I’m from a Catholic family. But I don’t like this new Pope. He even wants to ban Harry Potter! He says it is because of witchcraft and other bad stuff! If he bothered to sit down and read it he’d understand the morals of it.”
ContactMusic.com reports that Charlotte Church is urging the media to back off Britney Spears so she can enjoy her new marriage and pregnancy in peace. “Good luck to her. She’s had a hard enough time, just leave her be,” Church said. “If she wants to be a mum and retire then, fu**ing hell, I mean, she entertained us for so long, she was lush, leave her be. Everything I see of her in the press, I think, ‘That’s just someone being normal’.”
The New York Daily News reports that the romance between Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony may be cooling after reports surfaced Anthony has been bunking at Lopez’s Miami estate – in the guest house, for the sake of appearances. “At this point, I’d say they’re just collaborators,” a friend revealed. “If she wasn’t working on this album with him, I don’t think they’d be spending so much time together.”
February 26, 2004 – The New York Post reports that with the stench of their notorious bomb ‘Gigli’ still thick in the air, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s new flick, ‘Jersey Girl’, is being released by Miramax on March 26th with almost no mention of J.Lo. Miramax officials insisted that the company’s plan from Day 1 was to downplay J.Lo, because she appears in the movie for only 12 to 15 minutes, in what the officials call “a cameo.” Miramax spokeswoman Amanda Lundberg said. “She’s not the star of the movie [and] the marketing materials reflect her role in the film.”
Charlotte Church Labels J.Lo ‘Boring’
February 26, 2004 – Handbag.com reports that Charlotte Church calls Jennifer Lopez’s life “boring”. The classical singer said, “J.Lo, although she’s gorgeous, she works out three hours a day, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink and doesn’t eat certain foods. That sounds really boring to me.”
Contributed by tiffified: Hello magazine reports Charlotte Church is talking bad about Britney Spears. She says, “Britney, she’s gorgeous – but she wears far too much make-up.” She also takes a personal blow to Christina Aguilera by calling her “a slag” and says that Jennifer Lopez has no life. Read more.
Jen And Ben Stay At Hard Rock Hotel In Vegas
June 2, 2003 – The Las Vegas Sun reports Jennifer Lopez and fiance Ben Affleck spent time at the Hard Rock Hotel last week. The couple had a quiet dinner at Nobu, but then hotel security was called to protect them from onlookers when they hit the high-stakes blackjack tables for an hour.
Big Al Chats With J.Lo
June 2, 2003 – Big Al from the Kidd Kraddick show got Jennifer Lopez on the phone while she was filming in Canada. Al gave J.Lo big compliments for her role in ‘Maid in Manhattan’. Lopez says the album has been going very well, she says her new video for ‘I’m Glad’ was her favorite. Lopez says no wedding date has been set, and she adds that Ben Affleck has been active in the planning. Audio has since been removed.
The Sun reports Charlotte Church is secretly plotting to turn her back on stuffy opera to have a serious go at becoming a pop star, looking at emulating Dido. “She desperately wants to be taken seriously in the rock world,” a pal said. “She is looking for songs which will appeal to the mainstream pop market and has been talking to writers about coming up with Dido-style tracks. She said she wants a big strong ballad that is atmospheric and dramatic – a bit like ‘Thank You’.” Read more.
Atomic Kitten, Pink, Charlotte Church, and Mis-Teeq were amongst the stars who attended the Julien Macdonald show for London Fashion Week on Wednesday (February 19) at The Round House.
The Scottish Daily Record reports Charlotte Church has come down on the dress habits of Britney Spears when she was 16. Church says, “I think Britney was a bad role model for 12-year-olds and under. When she was 16 she seemed to behave much older.” As for now, she’s OK with Britney’s wardrobe saying, “Now that she’s nearly 20, it’s cool to dress the way she does. But at 16, I don’t think she was the best role model.”