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Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin announced Monday that he and Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko are engaged. The hockey player broke the news on Twitter. The two have been together for a year, and Ovechkin has been spending more time with Kirilenko while the NHL lockout continues.
Kanye and Kim are expecting
Rapper Kanye West, 35, announced at his Atlantic City concert Sunday that girlfriend Kim Kardashian is pregnant, according to E! Online. The news that Kim, 32, is pregnant with her first child was confirmed by members of the Kardashian family on Twitter. On Monday, Kim wrote a blog post on her Web site expressing her happiness. “It’s true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby,” the reality TV star wrote. “We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us.”
In a recently released recorded conversation with former music executive Joe Smith, Yoko Ono dished on what led to the breakup of the Beatles. The Huffington Post reports that Ono told Smith in 1987 that Paul McCartney was the one trying to keep the Fab Four intact, but his bandmates didn’t like McCartney’s approach. “Paul was the only one trying to hold the Beatles together. But the other three thought Paul would hold the Beatles together as his band. They were getting to be like Paul’s band, which they didn’t like,” Ono said.
“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts may not return to the morning news program until June, according to E! Online. Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant in September.
Rapper Jay-Z has joined Jeymes Samuel of the Bullitts to write the score for the film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” the Huffington Post reports. Samuel confirmed the news through his Twitter account, saying he and the “Watch the Throne” artist are “working tirelessly” on the score.