Amy Winehouse is laid to rest, Anthony Kiedis cries over Justin Bieber, and Gene Simmons finally pops the big question…the Mantenna is always and forever!
Amy Winehouse is Laid to Rest
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Today at a private funeral ceremony in North London, friends and family of late pop star Amy Winehouse said their final goodbyes to the singer following her passing over the weekend. Back to Black mastermind Mark Ronson and Kelly Osbourne were on hand for a cremation at Golders Green followed by a funeral service at Edgwarebury Cemetery. Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse read a eulogy that stated: "Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much." Ironically, Mitch also stated that Amy recently "just completed three weeks of abstinence" and had been her happiest "for years" in the final days leading up to her untimely death. No cause of death has been released as of yet. A toxicology report is expected in the near future after an autopsy proved inconclusive.
Anthony Kiedis Cried Over Justin Bieber
You heard it right, people. Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis actually cried over popper Justin Bieber. Yeah, that Justin Bieber. In a recent interview with Q Magazine, the frontman revealed during an in-flight movie, he got a tad bit overemotional over one of the biggest pop stars in the world and his insane fans. Kiedis stated: "I sat on an airplane recently, coming from Hawaii to Los Angeles, with Rick Rubin just across the aisle, watching the Justin Bieber movie, Never Say Never. I cried twice during that film and I want the world to know that!" Kiedis continued, "They were doing this very cheesy giveaway of concert tickets to 16-year-old girls. The cheesiness didn't matter -- it was the reaction of the kids. When you saw those little girls crying deliriously, I lost it." No comment.
Gene Simmons Finally Pops the Question
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After 28 years together, KISS bassist Gene Simmons has finally asked former Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed to be his wife. The self-confessed ladies man asked Tweed for her hand in marriage during an episode of his reality television show Gene Simmons' Family Jewels. Simmons got down on one knee during a vacation in Belize and said, “I come with so much baggage, but you're the only friend I've got. You're the only one I love...and you're the only one I ever will love. I've never said those words to anybody. And I don't ever want to...funny, I used to watch movies where they say I can't live without you, but for me it's true. Please marry me.” Rather sweet, huh? Fans will have to tune into Tuesday’s show to see whether an obviously beaming Tweed says yes or not.
Bill Gates Wants to Reinvent the Toilet
The humble toilet has been around since the 1700s and is used by untold numbers of people with little thought or care. Now the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation want to “reinvent” it. The foundation has launched a challenge to overhaul the humble porcelain pot and is giving out grants worth up to $41.5 million. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the foundation's global development program, said in a statement, “No innovation in the past 200 years has done more to save lives and improve health than the sanitation revolution triggered by invention of the toilet. But it did not go far enough. It only reached one-third of the world. What we need are new approaches. New ideas. In short, we need to reinvent the toilet.” The toilet in its current form is inaccessible to 2.5 billion people who do not have the necessary infrastructure, funds, or water to support it. As a result, some 1.5 million children die every year from the spread of diarrheal diseases. So far eight universities have been granted funds to help come up with a working prototype within a year.