People And Entertainment


March 30, 2009

Madonna avoids adoption questions

Madonna dashed from the airport to an impoverished Malawi village to discuss a school she is planning to build, saying nothing to the hordes of reporters on her trail Sunday about whether she is planning to start the process of adopting a second Malawian child.

The singer, casually dressed in a white fedora, walked in Chinkhota, a village near the capital of this AIDS- and poverty-stricken southern African country, holding the hand of her 12-year-old daughter, Lourdes. Dozens of reporters looked on.

The 50-year-old Madonna refused to answer questions about reports that she was in Malawi to adopt a 4-year-old girl. She said it was "amazing" to be back in the country where she runs a charity organization and from where she adopted her son David, 3.

Madonna was expected to appear Monday in court in Lilongwe to sign adoption papers.

If the adoption goes through, Madonna would become a single mother of four. She also has an 8-year-old son, Rocco, with former husband and British film director Guy Ritchie and her daughter Lourdes from a previous relationship.

She and Ritchie, who were married in 2000, obtained a preliminary divorce decree in November 2008.

Gossip king celebrates

For someone who mocks celebrities on his popular blog, Perez Hilton sure has a lot of famous friends.

Christina Aguilera, the Jonas Brothers, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian were among some 200 well-wishers who attended the gossip king's 31st birthday party Saturday night.

"I'm not thrilled with the number 31," Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, said on the pink carpet in front of the Viper Room nightclub. "But I am super excited that, right now, I'm happier in my life than I ever have been before."

Hilton bragged that the first gift he received was from High School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron.

"He sent me a bottle of champagne to my hotel room, which made me squeal like a little school girl," he gushed.


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Musician Eric Clapton, 64.

Rapper MC Hammer, 46.

Singer Norah Jones, 30.

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