MTV News Round-Up 30/01/04
*** Kelly Osbourne has admitted to suffering a nervous breakdown last summer. In a year she described as "12 months of hell", her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer, her brother went into rehab, her boyfriend dumped her and her record company dropped her. "I got sent home from Europe because I was so exhausted and emotionally f****d", she said.
*** Jennifer Lopez says her split from Ben Affleck has left her broken-hearted. According to her, it was Affleck's reluctance to make a commitment that led to the break-up of their 18-month relationship. J-Lo is quoted as saying: "I put enormous effort into my relationship with Ben, but in the end I realised I needed to put my personal and professional life back together".
*** Jay-Z has reportedly told partygoers at the Taj club in Manhattan that he and girlfriend Beyonce Knowles would be getting married in the near future. Jay-Z has previously said the 'Crazy In Love' singer is "the most important part of my life".
*** The co-producer of Dr. Dre's new album says that it will be the most-advanced rap release ever. Scott Search told MTV that the album, entitled The Detox, would not be out until 2005, but it would be worth the wait.
*** The White Stripes' tour notched up two more shows in Blackpool this week. Despite converting the town's famous ballroom into a primal rock venue, countless red-and-white-clad couples ballroom-danced hand-in-hand to 'Apple Blossom' and 'In the Cold, Cold Night'. Though Tuesday's show was light on conversation, Jack had the word "Noxious" written on his arm.
*** Police have diffused "a potential riot" at a Metallica gig in Australia. Ticketless fans pushed down a fence at the stadium in an attempt to see the band play. A reporter for an Australian music website says the show "was the ultimate blokes' night out" with the audience being "maybe 90% male".
*** Madonna and Guy Ritchie are to appear in court over claims they stole the idea for their 2002 film remake of 'Swept Away'. Director Vincent D'Onofrio alleges Madonna and Ritchie took his idea for a remake of the 1975 Italian comedy.