Jennifer Lopez is set to wed for the fourth time after becoming engaged to boyfriend Alex Rodriguez. The retired baseball star reportedly popped the question during a vacation in the Bahamas, and he announced the big news via Instagram on Saturday (09Mar19) "She said yes," the 43 year old captioned a photo of Lopez, 49, showing off her new diamond engagement ring. J.Lo also shared the photo, while her longtime manager, Benny Medina, confirmed the news, and the sportsman's representative, Ron Berkowitz, told People, "They are on vacation and got engaged today." The couple has been dating for just over two years, and Lopez recently celebrated their anniversary by taking to social media and posting: "You make my world a more beautiful safe and stable place... in the midst of our ever-changing, ever moving life." Alex added: "We are meant to be, and how much you mean to me cannot be put into words." Rodriguez invited J.Lo to dine with him after a chance lunch meeting at a restaurant in Beverly Hills in early 2017, and they reportedly had their first date at the Hotel Bel Air on 3 February. The former New York Yankees superstar and the singer/actress confirmed their romance in the spring of 2017 and they made their red carpet debut as a couple at the Met Gala in New York weeks later, in May. This will be Jen's fourth marriage and fifth engagement - she was married to Ojani Noa, Cris Judd and Marc Anthony - the father of her twins Max and Emme, while Ben Affleck broke off his romance with her in early 2004, days before they were set to wed. She also had a high-profile relationship with Sean 'Diddy' Combs. Rodriguez was previously married to Cynthia Scurtis, the mother of his daughters Ella and Natasha, from 2002 to 2008. He also dated Madonna and Cameron Diaz.
Mariah Carey, M.I.A. and Mindy Kaling are among the stars to send prayers to the people of Sri Lanka after a series of co-ordinated explosions killed more than 200 on Easter Sunday (21Apr19). Officials estimate at least 207 people died in the bombings of four hotels and three churches, where holiday services were being held, in and around the capital of Colombo and in the city of Batticaloa, where 450 others were injured. The news prompted a string of celebrities to take to social media to express their shock and sadness at the headlines. "Sri Lanka, my heart is with you. I'm praying for everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. Stay strong," tweeted Mariah Carey, as rapper M.I.A., whose parents hail from the South Asian nation. Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds shared, "heartbroken for the people of Sri Lanka. there are no words that could possibly bring comfort or understanding at times like these - I can only offer my deepest sorrow and love along with the millions of others mourning today." Ciara tweeted, "Praying for you Sri Lanka. My heart is crushed," and Kelly Rowland took to Instagram to write, "On this Resurrection Sunday, I'd like to take the time to simply send love and prayers to Sri Lanka...! Today, please take the time and say a prayer for Sri Lanka! Praying for my brothers and sisters through Christ!" Meanwhile, actress Mindy Kaling, whose family is of Indian heritage, shared a link to a Washington Post article about the tragedy, and urged fans to "think about including these people in your prayers" on Easter Sunday. "I'm Hindu, but Easter is one of the most moving and beautiful holidays," she posted. "I do believe in the power of prayer, even from strangers half the world away." There were also tributes from world leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump and former leader Barack Obama, as well as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
There aren’t many music honors that Taylor Swift hasn’t yet received, and another one is on the way: She’ll receive the “Artist of the Decade” award at next month’s 2019 American Music Awards, show producers Dick Clark Productions announced. She is already up for five nominations at the awards ceremony and will also be performing some of her hits from over the span of her career. Just last year, Swift exceeded Whitney Houston in raking in the most AMAs than any other female artist. This year, she will compete to surpass Michael Jackson in most AMAs ever for an artist, at 24 wins. She currently has 23. “She’s won more #AMAs than anyone this decade… She’s a five-time 2019 #AMAs nominee… AND she’s performing at this year’s #AMAs LIVE on Nov. 24…@taylorswift13 is our ARTIST OF THE DECADE!” said the American Music Awards in a tweet on Wednesday. Swift is nominated for her “You Need to Calm Down” video, as well as artist of the year, favorite pop/rock album for “Lover,” artist of the year, favorite pop/rock female artist and favorite adult contemporary artist.
Are Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez going to rekindle their romance? Never say never. “He loves her. He wants her back,” a Bieber source says of the singer, adding he “misses” Gomez. A rep for Bieber did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. After Gomez, 25, and the Weeknd split in October, she and Bieber, 24, reconciled and began hanging out but were never “officially” back together. Since the fall, the pair took several trips together, celebrated Valentine’s Day together and even traveled to Jamaica for Bieber’s father’s wedding in February. But in March, the singers — who have dated on and off since confirming their relationship in 2011 — pumped the brakes on their latest go of it. “They weren’t getting along and decided to take a break,” an insider told PEOPLE at the time. “It doesn’t seem like a big deal and they will probably be fine soon again.” After years of fueling headlines with some very public growing pains, Bieber appears to be in a much better place now, focusing on his family, friends and spirituality. And the Bieber source says Gomez is good for him, adding: “He’s definitely different around her.” Indeed, in February, a separate source told PEOPLE, “Their relationship is very special. They have both changed, their lives are so different and it really seems things could work out great this time. They have both hugely matured. Justin is very supportive of Selena feeling her best.”