Citing irreconcilable differences, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, 45, filed for divorce from his wife, Perla Ferrar Hudson, 37, on Aug. 30 in Los Angeles. The couple wed in October 2001 and are parents to London, 8, and Cash, 6. The top-hatted rock star is seeking joint legal and physical custody of his sons.
ON THE MEND
Actress Brooke Shields, 45, broke her right hand recently while rehearsing for the musical Leap of Faith in Los Angeles. Shields’ rep described the injury as “a minor break which did not affect the production schedule.” Shields’ cast will be off before previews of the play begin on Sept. 11.
On Aug. 25 in Los Angeles, Leonardo DiCaprio, 35, was granted a restraining order against a Chicago woman who claims to be married to the actor and carrying his baby, named Jesus. The Inception star has never met Livia Bistriceanu, 41, but says she has shown up at his home and workplace. “Given this obsessive and harassing behavior,” DiCaprio said in court papers, “I am frightened of Ms. Bistriceanu and feel that my personal safety is in jeopardy.” The alleged stalker was ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from the actor and barred from possessing any firearms. • George Michael, 47, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drugs and possession of marijuana on Aug. 24 in London. The charges stemmed from a July 4 accident in which the pop star plowed his Range Rover into a Snappy Snaps photo shop, after which officers found him slumped over the wheel. The judge suspended Michael’s license for six months and warned him he could face jail time when he is sentenced Sept. 14. The singer has a checkered driving record and was arrested last year for colliding with the back of a truck. In an open letter posted last week, Michael apologized to his fans, revealing he enrolled in a drug detoxification program after his July crash and is currently receiving outpatient counseling several times a week.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Aug. 25 that director Francis Ford Coppola, 71, will receive the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award on Nov. 13 in Hollywood. Previous recipients of the honor include Walt Disney, Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg. The Godfather director, a five-time Oscar winner, told the L.A. Times, “I was created by Hollywood. I feel very much the offspring of the Hollywood tradition, and I always loved it.”
JULIO’S SECRET MARRIAGE
After two decades of unwedded bliss, Julio Iglesias, 66, tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Dutch model Miranda Rijnsburger, 44, on Aug. 24 in Marbella, on the Costa del Sol, in Spain. Aside from two witnesses, the only attendees at the private Catholic ceremony were the couple’s five kids, ages 3 to 11. Iglesias has three adult children, including singer Enrique, from his previous marriage. The newlyweds have lived together in Miami since the mid-’90s but now plan to settle on the Spanish coast.