Thursday gossip round up: Bodyguard claims he’s biological father of Michael Jackson’s son Blanket
Carey Mulligan and musician Marcus Mumford are reportedly getting married this weekend during a ceremony in the English countryside, according to Radar Online. “Carey and Marcus are counting down the days till they tie the knot. She is absolutely walking on air and can hardly contain her excitement,” a source says. “They don’t care that some of their friends think they are rushing things.” The couple have been engaged for nine months and dating for about a year, though they first got to know each other as pen pals when they were teenagers. “It’s going to be an amazing weekend as they will be surrounded by their closet family and friends,” the source says.”It’s a dream come true for Carey.”
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie know how to celebrate a happy occasion. The newly engaged couple reportedly packed up their family and took a private jet to Ecuador and then a luxury yacht to the Galapagos Islands, where they’re vacationing at the Royal Palm Hotel, according to People magazine. “We were informed that they arrived at the airport in Baltra yesterday,” a source says. “Then they made their way over to a villa in the Galapagos Islands.” Pitt apparently popped the question at Christmas after spending a year working on the design of the engagement ring.
Though they’ve only been dating six months, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are reportedly ready to settle down in the suburbs, according to Us Weekly. The two actors “have been looking around different areas of Connecticut,” a source claims, citing a recent trip the pair took to the posh suburb of New Canaan to sightsee. “They love getting out of the city and appreciate a slower pace.” Another source says that moving in together is the next logical step, given how close they’ve become. “Ryan is practically living with her already,” the source says. “When he’s at her apartment, it feels like home.”
Britney Spears has reportedly accepted a $15 million offer to become a judge on the U.S. version of “the X Factor,” joining L.A. Reid and boss Simon Cowell, according to TMZ. Spears would take over one of the seats left vacant by Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, who left after the first season. Scherzinger and Abdul reportedly earned a combined $4 million for their work on the show. “I would love to have her on the show,” Cowell previously said of Spears. “I think she’s a fascinating person.”
Madonna admits she may need to enforce some stricter parenting measures at home after a photo was published of 15-year-old daughter Lourdes smoking a cigarette. “I think I need to be, maybe, tougher,” she says during an interview with the “Today” show. “I’m probably not as tough as I should be.” It probably doesn’t help that Madonna herself is seen smoking in her latest music video, but she insists that’s just a prop and that she is not a smoker.
Michael Jackson‘s former bodyguard, Matt Fiddes, claims the late singer’s youngest child is actually his biological son — and he’s willing to prove it. Fiddes says Jackson even told him the truth after baby Blanket was born. “I sat there and asked the question, ‘Is Blanket my child?’” Fiddes tells the Daily Star. “He said, ‘He’s my child, Matt, but I used your sperm to produce him.’” Standing in his way, though, is Michael’s mother, Katherine Jackson, who has sole custody of the child. “Katherine’s worried we will come after the estate and will tell the kids the truth,” Fiddes says. “But to me the truth is the big issue, and that’s why I want to take it further. I’m a self-made man, I don’t want or need their money. All I want is access if he’s my child, to take him out, and spend some time together.”