Stephen Gately, Christina Hendricks, and Carly Simon were in the news the week of October 16
Joan Holloway is off the market. Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks, 34, wed actor Geoffrey Arend, 31, Oct. 11 in NYC.
Heidi Klum, 36, and husband Seal, 46, welcomed daughter Lou on Oct. 9 in L.A.
Soulja Boy, 19, was arrested Oct. 7 near Atlanta and charged with obstruction for running from police, who found the rapper along with a group of 40 others gathered at an abandoned home.
Carly Simon, 64, filed a suit Oct. 9 in L.A. against Starbucks over poor sales of her 2008 album This Kind of Love, which was signed to the coffee chain’s label, Hear Music. Simon claims Starbucks mismanaged her record’s release, having restructured its music arm just days before. A company spokesperson responded: ”[The label] more than fulfilled its obligations. Sales continued to lag as the title received tepid response from music consumers.”… Flight attendant Corrine Gehrls, 39, sued Oprah Winfrey, 55, Oct. 9 in L.A. for unspecified damages after being fired for alleged ”inappropriate intimate conduct” with a pilot aboard Winfrey’s private jet in June…. On Oct. 7, Shirley Dieu, 56, filed a lawsuit accusing Dr. Phil McGraw, 59, of false imprisonment, practicing without a license, brainwashing, battery, and fraud. Dieu claims she was held captive and deprived of food and sleep when she guested on the TV doc’s show in 2007. ”All of [her] claims are without merit. All guests of the show are treated with dignity and respect,” the show’s spokesperson told EW.
— With additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Stephen Gately (1976 — 2009)
On Oct. 10, 33-year-old Stephen Gately — one of the lead singers of the hugely popular ’90s boy band Boyzone — was found dead in his apartment on the Spanish isle of Majorca. (He was there vacationing with husband Andrew Cowles.) After days of fevered speculation in the British tabloids about the cause of death, the Spanish media confirmed that foul play was not a factor and that Gately died in his sleep from an accumulation of fluid in his lungs, according to the preliminary coroner’s report. Boyzone may never have made the leap across the pond that rival boy band Take That managed, but the quintet was at the center of the U.K.’s pop universe in the ’90s, spinning catchy hits tailor-made for teen girls. All told, the group sold more than 10 million records, and each of their 16 singles hit the top five before their inevitable breakup in 2000, which came shortly after Gately was forced to reveal he was gay in the British press. After striking out on his own with a solo album and a lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in London’s West End, Gately reunited with Boyzone in 2008 to release a new album and mount a wildly successful comeback tour. The news of Gately’s untimely passing shocked the international music industry. Gately’s close pal Sir Elton John said, ”Stephen was the kindest, gentlest soul,” and in a statement, Boyzone’s remaining members somberly bid their mate goodbye: ”We love you and will miss you forever, ‘Steo.”’
— Tanner Stransky