Eminem speaks out about his daughter
Plus, news about U2, Boyz II Men, Jennifer Lopez, Samuel L. Jackson, The Source Hip-Hop Awards, Oprah Winfrey, Katie Holmes, Ice Cube, Frances McDormand, and others
SOUND BITES Whether you think of Eminem as a brave rebel, a menace to society, or a cynical exploitation artist, he thinks of himself as a loving daddy, and that 5-year-old daughter Hailie thinks of him that way, too. So he tells Britain’s Q magazine. Sure, he may rap about killing his estranged wife, Kim, but he says Hailie ”knows at the end of the day Daddy is not what he says in his songs. When I say I’ll murder my baby’s mother, maybe I wanted to do it, but I didn’t do it. Anybody who takes it literally is a bigger idiot and 10 times sicker than I am.” He adds, ”Everything that I am doing right now is for Hailey. The money. The money — it’s for her college.”
It’s a good thing for U2 that Europe is a small continent. That makes it not so difficult, during the current European leg of the band’s ”Elevation” tour, for Bono to fly home to Dublin every night, where his father is dying of cancer. Lately, the band has been performing its song ”Kite” as a tribute to the ailing Bob Hewson. It’s also been playing ”In a Little While” as a tribute to Joey Ramone, who died of cancer earlier this year while listening to the song….
Now that they’ve completed the terms of their deal with Universal Music, Boyz II Men have signed a multi-album deal with Arista Records. That means the quartet will reunite with Antonio ”L.A.” Reid, now Arista’s president, who produced many of the band’s early hits and cowrote the group’s song ”End of the Road,” which held the top spot on the pop chart for a record-breaking 13 weeks. The foursome will head into the studio in September to record an album for release in the first half of 2002.
RING-DING So, is Jennifer Lopez engaged or what? The star keeps acting coy, saying, ”You’ll have to wait and see,” but as the Magic 8-Ball says, all signs point to yes. There’s the diamond ring on her finger. There’s the party invitation that was reprinted in the National Enquirer, saying, ”Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd have announced their engagement.” And there was the party itself, held Saturday at Morton’s restaurant in Hollywood, with J. Lo and dancer-choreographer Judd joined by such guests as Lopez’s ”The Cell” costar Vince Vaughn, Jude Law, Kim Delaney, photographer Herb Ritts, and about 135 others. And still, yesterday, when asked if Lopez is engaged, her publicist continues to say, ”No comment.” If Lopez and Judd walk down the aisle and still offer, ”No comment,” you’ll know something is fishy.
Speaking of J. Lo, her thriller ”Tick-Tock,” in which she’ll play an FBI agent, is looking to add Samuel L. Jackson to the cast. Director Steven Norrington (”Blade”) hopes to shoot by the end of the year.