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A Holiday Baby
Camila Alves, Matthew McConaughey’s wife, gave birth to their third child, Livingston Alves McConaughey, on Friday in Austin. According to the Huffington Post, McConaughey and Alves have two older children, Levi, 4, and Vida, 3. The couple was married at their Austin home on June 9.
Cat Ommanney of “Real Housewives of D.C.” fame gave birth to her third child, a daughter, named Zara Isabella, also on Friday. She announced the baby’s arrival on her Facebook page, and was flooded with congratulations from friends and fans alike.
Ommanney, who is a British ex-patriot, is back in Europe, having divorced her husband, photographer Charles Ommanney, in 2010. Her new boyfriend, Rick, is Zara Isabella’s father.George H.W. Bush is recovering
People Magazine reports that the 88-year-old former president has been moved out of the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital in Houston, and into a regular patient room.
According to Business Insider, Bush was initially hospitalized in early November, suffering from bronchitis, and released on Nov. 19. But Bush spiked a fever and had to be readmitted on
Though his condition is steadily improving, the cause of the fever remains a mystery.
“Is he sick? Yes,” said Bush aide Jean Becker in a statement released this week. “Does he plan on going anywhere soon? No. He has every intention of staying put. He would ask me to tell you to please ‘put the harps back in the closet.’ ”Brandy’s engaged
The 33-year-old singer flaunted her engagement ring on Instagram while vacationing with her new fiancé, music executive Ryan Press, in Hawaii. The photos, which can be seen at Us Weekly, show her and Press smiling poolside. This will be Brandy’s first trip down the aisle. She and her ex, Robert Smith, have a 10-year-old daughter named Sy’rai.13-year-old singer gets record deal
Thirteen-year-old pop singer Madison Beer just landed a record deal with Island Def Jam. According to the New York Post, Beer’s agreement states that she will receive a $50,000 advance for her first album as well as 12 percent of net sales. A YouTube video of Beer singing a cover of Etta James’s “At Last” went viral after Justin Bieber tweeted a link to her videos. Bieber, who is an Island Def Jam artist, also went on to call Beer a “future star.”
However, the deal isn’t finalized yet. Because of Beer’s age, a judge must approve the contract before things really get set in motion.
— Compiled by Lauren McEwen from wire and Web reports.