Thursday gossip round-up: Britney Spears off of ‘X-Factor’

She just wasn't crazy enough.

After mixed reviews and speculation that the show’s producers were planning to oust her, Britney Spears has decided to leave “The X Factor” after one season, according to Us Weekly. Spears earned $15 million for her stint as a judge for the singing competition series, and sources say Simon Cowell and the shows other bosses were less than thrilled by what they got for their money. Cowell “wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney,” a source says.

Taylor Swift
has recently broken up with One Direction’s Harry Styles, so naturally it’s time for rival boy band the Wanted to chime in on Swift’s love life. “I think she should stay single for a bit,” the Wanted’s Jay McGuiness tells E! News. Fellow band member Nathan Sykes agrees, adding that Swift should “write a whole album about [being single].”

Queen Elizabeth gave her granddaughter-in-law quite the birthday present. On what just happened to be Kate Middleton‘s 31st birthday, the monarch decreed that decreed that her next great-grandchild’s title will be prince or princess and be referred to as His or Her Royal Highness, according to the BBC. A previous rule had allowed the male child of the Prince of Wales could be a prince, but a daughter couldn’t be a princess. “All the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should enjoy the style, title and attribute of Royal Highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names,” the Queen’s ruling, called a Letters Patent, states. In addition, those in line for the throne are now allowed to marry Roman Catholics.

Lily Allen and husband Sam Cooper welcomed their second daughter, Marnie Rose, earlier this week, the singer announced via Twitter. “Quite overwhelmed by the well-wishing going on,” she wrote. “Thank you everybody!” In the weeks leading up to the birth, Allen had tweeted about trying to move things along by eating several helpings of curry. Marnie shares a birthday with Elvis Presley and David Bowie.

Josh Brolin is taking his New Year’s day arrest for public intoxication in stride. “New Year’s — that’s what happened,” he says during a visit to “Good Morning America.” “I’m the one guy who’s out there, and they go, ‘Hey, there’s Josh. Let’s grab him.’ You know, it was New Year’s. It was a pretty innocent thing. It was a fun thing.” If Brolin is upset about anything, it’s the grim-faced mugshot that was released from his arrest. “They don’t show you the other shot where I turn and have a huge smile on my face,” he says. “So you know, whatever.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

'Barack Obama cheats on Michelle' claims Japanese politician…

A senior Japanese politician has marred Barack Obama's official visit to Tokyo with bizarre claims that the President cheats on his wife Michelle. Kazuyuki Hamada,…

International

British Royal family devastated by freak NY death…

The British royals have been left devastated by the death of Mark Shand, younger brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, after a freak fall in…

Local

DA: Homeless man severely beat by men in…

Two former college football players pleaded not guilty to the alleged severe beating of a homeless man in Allston earlier this year.

National

Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact.

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 9

It was only an hour-long episode, but there's a lot to cover this week. The drama of Survivor strikes again as the identity of the…

Going Out

Thursty: Revamped Audubon is back in action

Having been a long time fan of Trina's Starlite Lounge in Inman Square, one of my only complaints about the place is that there's only…

Entertainment

Here's what to do in Boston this weekend

MUSIC Huun Huur Tu Friday, 8 p.m. First Church in Cambridge 11 Garden St., Cambridge $28, 617-876-4275 www.worldmusic.org This group comes from the tiny nation…

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox top Yankees, 5-1

John Lackey shines, Pineda ejected in Red Sox win

NHL

Bruins - Red Wings Game 4 preview: Boston…

Bruins - Red Wings Game 4 preview: Boston greedy for more dominance

MLB

Fantasy baseball: Searching for early season prospects

It’s relatively rare for a mediocre 30-year-old hitter to suddenly go nuts offensively for 162 games. That’s why minor league prospects are so exciting.

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."