Plus Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Ferguson and more celebrities making news the week of May 28, 2010
John Travolta, 56, and Kelly Preston, 47, are expecting their third child. Their daughter, Ella Blue, is 10. Son Jett died after a seizure in 2009 at the age of 16.
Bono, 50, underwent emergency back surgery May 21 in Munich, Germany, and was released from the hospital May 25. The U2 frontman, who will undergo eight weeks of rehab, is expected to make a full recovery, but the band’s summer tour — scheduled to kick off June 3 — has been postponed.
On May 24, a judge in Beverly Hills ordered Lindsay Lohan, 23, to wear an alcohol-detection bracelet and submit to random drug tests. Lohan, who missed a May 20 progress hearing related to her 2007 DUI, is due back in court July 6 to determine if she has violated her probation. She could face up to 180 days in jail.
Sarah Ferguson, 50, the Duchess of York, was caught on film accepting money in exchange for granting an undercover reporter access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, during a sting operation by British tabloid News of the World. ”It is true that my financial situation is under stress,” Ferguson said in a statement. ”However, that is no excuse for a serious lapse in judgment.”
Just five months after the death of his wife, actress Brittany Murphy, screenwriter Simon Monjack was found dead in his L.A. home May 23. He was 39. The coroner’s office considers his death a possible heart attack, but at press time, the investigation was ongoing. —With additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Colin Farrell, 34
Clint Eastwood, 80
Morgan Freeman, 73
Zachary Quinto, 32
Angelina Jolie, 35
Jesse James Swears He’s Sorry. We’re Not Buying It.
As far as mea culpas go, it was pretty darn weak. In a Nightline interview that aired May 24 — and was hyped for days on Good Morning America — Jesse James, 41, attempted to explain to ABC reporter Vicki Mabrey why he cheated on wife Sandra Bullock, 45. ”It’s still hard for me to talk about,” said the man who volunteered to talk about it. ”I don’t think I know for a fact now what it was, you know. I mean, it was me trying to self-sabotage my life.” In the end, he came across as exceedingly therapized and media-coached. (It’s hard to believe that the term self-sabotage was in his vocabulary before March.) Now the question is whether Bullock, who adopted son Louis with the intention of raising him with her husband, will forgive the man who says, ”I still really love her and care about her.” It’s difficult to imagine that the humiliated Oscar winner will find his televised tears endearing. But will the public buy his apology? Certainly James — who claimed that he’s become ”the most hated man in the world” — tried to appeal to those of us with hearts by stopping the interview (filmed in L.A. May 12) to break down in tears, admitting he took ”a pretty amazing life and marriage and threw it away.” Perhaps the best James can hope for is that we stop hating him…and go back to not caring about him at all. Shouldn’t be too hard. —Jessica Shaw