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PASSAGES: Sting Overstated Love Claims

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RECANTED: Sting, 51, who once claimed he and wife Trudi Styler were advocates of tantric sex and could make love for hours at a time, has confessed on Britain’s ITV that, in fact, he “sexed up” claims about his love life in order to impress Bob Geldof on a drunken night out. Said Sting: “I think I mentioned to Bob I could make love for eight hours. What I didn’t say was that this included four hours of begging and then dinner and a movie.”

DELAYED: The DUI trial for ex-Supreme Diana Ross, 59, was rescheduled to Dec. 9 after her attorneys asked for more time in preparing her defense, reports Arizona’s Daily Star newspaper. The singer’s trial had been scheduled to start Tuesday. Tucson police arrested her on Dec. 30, 2002.

QUOTED: “I don’t want to be a serial divorcee. I don’t want that job.” — Catherine Zeta-Jones, 33, about the possibility of assuming in real-life the husband-hunting role she plays in her new screwball comedy “Intolerable Cruelty,” to reporters at the Venice Film Festival

INJURED: “60 Minutes” newsman Mike Wallace, 85, is on the mend after slipping on a jetty, falling and hitting his head while on vacation last month in Martha’s Vineyard, reports the Associated Press. After checking into the hospital for a few days of observation, doctors reportedly pronounced Wallace healthy, but the correspondent said that “my hearing, memory and sight have suffered.”

DROPPED: New York Federal Judge Robert Sweet for a second time on Thursday threw out a lawsuit brought by chunky teenagers Ashley Pelman and Jazlyn Bradley against McDonald’s, reports New York’s Daily News. The two blamed the fast-food giant’s offerings for causing weight problems in kids. The jurist said the teens failed to connect their injuries to their consumption of the McDonald’s menu. The fast-food company called the ruling a “total victory.”