INSIDER: Today's celebrity gossip from around the world
NATALIE PORTMAN has said that being a mum is the hardest job and more intense than any role she has played.
The Black Swan actress was being interviewed by her Thor: The Dark World co-star TOM HIDDLESTON for Elle magazine and told him about her experiences of being mum to two-year-old son Aleph.
She said: “I love being a mum, but it’s much more intensive work than being an actress – going to work feels like you’ve got a day off.
“Not that I want a day off from being a mum, it’s just perhaps I had this impression before that mums don’t work. But they work more than anyone.”
*SIMON COWELL has said he isn’t bothered about The Voice US winning an Emmy.
The X Factor mastermind’s rival show in America picked up the gong for outstanding reality TV show at the recent Emmy Awards, but Cowell told The Hollywood Reporter he “couldn’t give a s***”.
He said: “The only thing I care about are the ratings >fr 1,8
But NIGEL LYTHGOE, who recently exited Cowell’s former show American Idol, was more riled by the win, tweeting that Idol was: “The first, the best and the programme that changed the face of TV.”
Cowell also revealed he would be debuting a “four-chair challenge” round on this year’s US X Factor, similar to the boot camp twist shown on the UK version over the weekend, where judges were able to swap chosen contestants in their final six until they had seen all auditionees.
*SHARON OSBOURNE has admitted that she was obsessed with plastic surgery in the past, but will never go under the knife again.
The X Factor judge wrote in her new book, Unbreakable, that having cancer and seeing her son Jack diagnosed with multiple sclerosis had put her off any more surgery.
According to The Sun, she wrote: “I don’t think I’m as bad as some women like Jocelyn ‘’Bride Of“ Wildenstein. But I won’t be having any more cosmetic procedures.
“There are two main reasons. My family – and Ozzy especially – are terrified about me going under a general anaesthetic unless I absolutely have to.
There’s only so much the human body can take and mine does not need any more stress placed on it in my endless pursuit of youth.
“Second, my cancer, mastectomy and – more importantly – Jack’s illness when he was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis put everything into perspective for me.”
Sharon continued: “When you witness your own or your child’s body having to fight a genuine threat, choosing to put it through the mill for the purposes of vanity seems beyond idiotic.”
*CRAIG REVEL HORWOOD has admitted that even he finds the X Factor chair swap twist too nasty.
The Strictly Come Dancing judge is known for being the harsh one on his judging panel, but he told Digital Spy that he found the new twist, which saw X Factor contestants told they were going through to the next round and then replaced by other contestants later, “inhumane”.
He said: “That hurts people’s feelings. It promises false hope. That’s not very nice to do to people that want to be in the business. You give them hope and dangle a carrot and then you rip it away from them. I think that’s inhumane.”
Craig continued that Strictly was a much more cheerful programme: “It’s something the whole family can watch without malice. People’s careers aren’t based on it. Their whole careers on X Factor are hanging on everybody’s word, it’s not the same.
“People in these times want to have a nice happy Saturday night entertainment show that’s full of laughs, that’s classy and good value entertainment.”
*THE WANTED’s JAY MCGUINESS has shaved one side of his head – and bandmate MAX GEORGE has given his hair clippings away to a fan.
The boyband singer, who usually has a head of long curly hair, showed off his punky new under-cut at the SD2 Festival in Brighton at the weekend, where Max threw locks of Jay’s hair into the crowd, wrapped up in a sock.
Fan @Soph_thfc, who claims on her Instagram account “boybands complete me”, tweeted a picture of herself holding the sock full of locks and wrote “I HAVE THE SOCK AND JAY’S HAIR”.
The Wanted tweeted her back, saying: “Take good care of it!”
*JAMES CORDEN has revealed what he thinks the future of Gavin And Stacey will be, and said that he’d love to work with RUTH JONES again.
The comic actor played Gavin’s best friend Smithy in the sitcom, which he wrote with co-star Ruth, who played Stacey’s best friend Nessa.
He told Digital Spy: “I would be devastated if Ruth and I never wrote something else together. I would be so upset and shocked. Whether that’s a Gavin And Stacey special, I just don’t know.
“We still send messages to each other. ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if Nessa did that?’ All those ideas are there. And it feels like those characters are still alive somewhere else. It would be interesting and intriguing to dip in on them.”
The third and last series of Gavin And Stacey aired in January 2010 but James said he was unsure whether a fourth series would ever happen.