Neil Di­a­mond still sparkles af­ter 50 years

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NEIL DI­A­MOND MAY have been in the mu­sic busi­ness for around half a cen­tury now, but his pop­u­lar­ity isn’t wan­ing. Not only did his lat­est al­bum, Home be­fore dark, hit the top spot in the US, but he’s soon to re­ceive the pres­ti­gious 2009 MusiCares Per­son of the Year Award. The ac­co­lade will be pre­sented to him in Los An­ge­les dur­ing Grammy week.

They say we girls stick to­gether, es­pe­cially when it comes to the sen­si­tive mat­ter of break-ups — and here’s proof the rich and fa­mous are no dif­fer­ent. While any­one in­ter­ested mulls over Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s mat­ri­mo­nial de­spair, Madge’s close pal, Gwyneth Pal­trow, has made it clear she will re­main a loyal pal. At the UK pre­miere of Pal­trow’s new movie, Two Lovers, the ac­tress said, “She’s a very dear friend. I sup­port her in all the ways I can. I’m just here for her and on the other end of the phone. I speak to her a lot.” She also talked of what it was like shoot­ing this movie, “Go­ing from be­ing a mother at home for a long time, which is the great­est joy of my life, to feel­ing like an artist again... that was a gift.” I’m sure ev­ery new mum “feels like an artist again” when they re­turn to the of­fice.

Af­ter two years of mar­riage, it took just 75 sec­onds for Matt Lu­cas to get a di­vorce from hubby Kevin McGee, on the grounds that McGee had be­haved “un­rea­son­ably”. The le­gal is­sues over the break­down of their civil part­ner­ship don’t end there though; the pair who tied the knot in 2006 are now bat­tling it out over who will get cus­tody of their beloved pooch, Milo.

For­mer S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens has claimed that ap­pear­ing on Strictly Come Danc­ing has done “won­ders” for her physique. Stevens says that the fact that she has gone down to a size 10 dur­ing train­ing has caused dif­fi­cul­ties for the pro­gramme’s cos­tume de- part­ment. “Be­ing in Strictly is a dream come true and has done won­ders for my fig­ure and gen­eral fit­ness,” Stevens told Heat mag­a­zine.“I’m in bet­ter shape than ever and it’s so much more fun than go­ing to the gym!” A source at the BBC added:

“Rachel has slimmed down a lot. Wardrobe has had a night­mare — they’re do­ing con­stant re­fits be­cause her body shape’s changed so much.”

Olive Baron Co­hen may only be a teeny one-year-old but her celeb friend list is al­ready looking pretty im­pres­sive. Her par­ents, Ali G cre­ator Sacha Baron Co­hen and wife-to-be Isla Fisher threw a coun­try and west­ern-themed bash for the tod­dler, and at­ten­dees in­cluded Jen­nifer Anis­ton, Ben Stiller and Court­ney Cox.

I’ve lost count of how many times Amy Wine­house has been on the verge of go­ing into re­hab. There’s been talk of the drug­gie singer get­ting help for her trou­bles ev­ery­where from Is­rael to down the road from where her hubby is banged up, but now she ap­pears to be back in a Cen­tral Lon­don clinic be­ing treated for a chest in­fec­tion. Pic­tured with rot­ting teeth and a scarf around her head, the sad sight is of a singer looking any­thing but a star right now.

Os­car-winning sib­lings the Coen broth­ers topped the UK box of­fice last week with their new flick, Burn Af­ter Read­ing, whilst Shia LaBeouf’s lat­est of­fer­ing, Ea­gle Eye, made it to

num­ber two.

The X Fac­tor fi­nal­ist Laura White is dat­ing TV boss Mathew Fir­sht, ac­cord­ing to The Sun. Laura has been at­tempt­ing to keep the re­la­tion­ship se­cret so as not to prej­u­dice her chances in the se­ries, says the news­pa­per. Fir­sht has close con­nec­tions with X Fac­tor supremo Si­mon Cow­ell and his com­pany also or­gan­ises audiences for Cow­ell’s other show, Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent.

Lara Lew­ing­ton is Five News show­busi­ness and weather pre­sen­ter

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