Mantenna - Monday, December 27

December 27, 2010

Obama quits smoking, LeAnn Rimes finally gets engaged, and Teena Marie passes away...the Mantenna is wanted dead or alive!
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Obama Quits Smoking

President Barack Obama has finally quit smoking. The leader of the free world has now been cigarette free for nearly a year. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told CNN, “I can report that it's been probably about 9 months since he last smoked a cigarette. He's done enormously well in quitting." Obama has long struggled with quitting. On winning the presidency he promised the First Lady he’d give up the cancer-sticks. It was a promise he struggled to keep. Gibbs said it was the passing of the landmark healthcare reform bill that finally got the President to quit. [Huffington Post]

Alanis Morissette Has a Baby

Alanis Morissette received the ultimate Christmas present… a baby boy. The 36-year-old singer gave birth to her first child on Christmas Day. A rep released a statement, saying, “Alanis Morissette and Mario Treadway welcomed a baby boy, Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway, on December 25th. All are healthy and happy.” Congratulations to mother and child. [NY Daily News]

LeAnn Rimes is Finally Engaged

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After many false starts and reports, LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are actually engaged. The couple’s rep released a statement, saying, “Yes, they were engaged over the holidays and are very happy.” The couple met on the set of the Lifetime original movie Northern Lights and controversially fell in love while both married to other people. Rimes took to Twitter to thank her fans for their well wishes. She tweeted, “Thank you for all your well wishes!! We are extremely excited and look forward to a beautiful future. It's been an incredible last few days, I was shocked!!! We are blessed, our families are so happy and our lives are filled with love.” [People]

Teena Marie Dies

The "Ivory Queen of Soul," Teena Marie, who pumped out legendary pop smashes such as "Lovergirl," "Square Biz," and "Fire and Desire" with Rick James, has died at the age of 54. The confirmation came from Teena's publicist, Jasmine Vega, as well as her manager Mike Gardner. A statement from Pasadena police said her death appeared to be from natural causes. More to come... [CNN]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Tuesday, December 21

Monday, December 20

Friday, December 17

Thursday, December 16

Wednesday, December 15

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