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Here’s our edited roundup of the news stories you need to know about this week – the what, who, where and whens…


Being told to get a babysitter to look after you so you don’t get into trouble has to be the most damaging thing to happen to anyone’s street cred. And if you are a wannabe bad boy, it pretty much puts an end to any hardcore exterior you try to portray, which is why we are shocked that baby-faced singer Justin Bieber has hired a firm to watch over him.

A resident in the new neighbourhood Bieber has moved to in an attempt to stay low, said: “He hired a firm from New York who’s going to watch him. They stay with him and keep an eye on him. They’re like mentors or watchdogs to see that he complies with the rules.”

Bieber currently has several legal cases against him. From egging his former neighbour’s house to getting into a brawl with Orlando Bloom, it’s best for everyone that the Dennis The Menace-esque star keeps his head down for a while.



A host of celebrity well-wishers have taken to Twitter to send their prayers to acid-tongued comedian Joan Rivers who is in a coma following complications during a routine procedure at her doctor’s office.

The 81-year-old star was rushed to hospital after she stopped breathing during a vocal cord procedure. The emergency came just hours after the comedian joked in a Manhattan show about her own death.

Her only child Melissa Rivers, 46, rushed to her side, saying in a recent statement: “My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world. Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery.”

One of the famous names to send well wishes to Rivers was her old pal Donald Trump, who we couldn’t help but feel also used it as an opportunity to plug his own show at the same time. Here’s his tweet, what do you think?

Donald Trump Twitter



A slice from Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ 1981 wedding cake was bought for US$1,375.

According to auctioneer Nate D. Sanders’ auction catalog page for the cake, “the 33-year-old slice is housed in original white and silver presentation box dated Buckingham Palace 29 July 1981, with Prince of Wales feathers and CD monogram.”

The cake box included a gift card reading: “With best wishes from / Their Royal Highnesses / The Prince & Princess of Wales.”



According to the New York Post, Gwyneth Paltrow is being sued by author Charles Platkin, who claims that her newsletter Goop stole the name Diet Detective from him.

Gwyneth, who is currently also having to deal with he fact that her estranged husband is dating a woman (Jennifer Lawrence, no less) who is nearly 20 years her junior, has refused to comment on the law suit.



In an attempt to fix their on-going monetary issues, fashion brand Abercrombie have made the executive decision to drop its iconic logo from its merchandise.

In the seventies an Abercrombie & Fitch logoed T-shirt was a sign of coolness, today it is considered less so with the teen market preferring more wallet-friendly high street brands H&M and Zara.

The move contradicts Abercrombie’s CEO, Mike Jeffries statement in 2006: “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny.”

Now the brand is having to swallow humble pie and target a more generic market in order to keep afloat in the competitive industry.