Well now, this definitely makes me feel like the world is a safer place!
Just months after having been arrested at the 2011 Juno Awards held in Toronto, Giovanni Palumbo, the lonely stalker who sent Shania Twain love letters and flowers, has been released from prison.
Palumbo was released on Tuesday and given three years of probation. According to the Toronto Star, during the testimony Polumbo looked “ pale, gaunt, disheveled and was unshaven.”
“He hung his head and even took to lying on the bench in the prisoner’s box, curling up in a fetal position,” described journalist Curtis Rush. “Even when freed at the end of the day, there was no joy on his face.”
Since the beginning of this debacle a few years ago, Polumbo has been ordered to not come within half a kilometer of the country singer, and had his license to practice medicine revoked. He also lost contact with his family over the years.
It’s a wonder what will happen to Polumbo next. Whatever it is, we definitely hope it’s away from Shania. Who knows what compelled him to do all of this. We know Shania is very talented, but his creepy actions might have pushed it just a bit too far. We wish the best for both of them.
Shania Twain is taking up residency in Las Vegas, reports CTV.
After a long hiatus from singing, Twain plans to perform a two-year residency at Caesars Palace beginning in 2012.
“I will call Celine (Dion) — somebody should warn her now,” Twain joked at a news conference in Las Vegas. ”I think Celine will be very insightful and very helpful.”
Since taking up residency in Vegas is always a great boost for careers and proved so with fellow Canadian singer Dion, Twain is hoping it will help her kickstart her singing as well. Her career came to a halt after her marriage ended with producer Robert Lange.
Tickets will reportedly range from $55-250 and went on sale Wednesday evening.
“I’m beyond excited,” said Twain. ”I feel like I’m on the top of the world. Honestly, I feel like I’ve climbed a very giant mountain and I’m just standing right on top with my arms open wide.
“This is really beautiful, really lovely, I’m very excited today.”
Good for her! I always said taking up residency in Vegas would be great for her, so I’m glad she made the smart decision. Not only can she spend time with her family on a stable schedule, but she will routinely get back into performing. I look forward to her return.
Shania Twain will be releasing a new single after a long hiatus, reports CTV.
The Canadian country singer will release her new single, titled ‘Today is Your Day,’ on June 12.
The song will first make an appearance on her new reality TV show ‘Why Not? With Shania Twain,’ which is featured on Oprah Winfrey’s network ‘OWN,’ and then will then be available on iTunes at 11 p.m. ET.
Twain has been missing from the music scene for quite a while now, after taking a long hiatus following the nasty split between her and former husband Robert Lange. This will be the first song Twain has written solo in six years.
Many, including myself, are excited for her return to music. I’m glad she took some personal time and found happiness again, so I couldn’t pick a better time for her to bounce back and return with full force!
Country music star Shania Twain bares all in her new memoir, revealing that the end of her 14-year marriage caused her to lose her singing voice.
In the new book, titled ‘From This Moment On,’ Twain shares that her inability to express her feelings finally caught up with her and affected her ability to sing.
“I’m going to have to go through some very serious physiotherapy and recovery to be able to sing again,” Twain told ‘Canada AM’ co-hosts Beverly Thomson and Seamus O’Regan today.
It’s been three years since Twain, 45, ended her marriage to Robert Lange, 62. The split came after Twain learned Lange had fallen for her best friend and close confidante, Marie-Anne Thiebaud. That’s just plain awful.
“It wasn’t difficult to write this book. It was difficult to share it with the public,” said Twain. ”I’m sure I’m not the only one in the world who has gone through the things I’ve gone through. I know I’m not alone.”
In the memoir, Twain writes how she was “freezing cold all the time” and would take five hot baths a day just to warm up. Even then, Twain would “wear a winter coat” over her pajamas.
After she learned of the affair, Twain recounts how she felt chilled to the bone yet she was dripping in sweat for one long, dark, week. She writes that she was “forcing the pain out of my pores so I wouldn’t drown in it.”
Twain is no stranger to heartache, unfortunately. She grew up in Timmins, Ont., in a household rife with financial difficulties and arguments. Twain’s mother battled depression, but was the driving force behind Twain’s music career. ”In the more desperate times she pushed me because she needed it more than I did,” said Twain.
Twain eventually married Thiebaud’s ex-husband, Frederic, on January 1, 2011 in Puerto Rico. Kind of ironic, but I’m glad she found happiness.
Since she disappeared for such a long time, I’m glad she’s making her triumphant return in a stable state. Hopefully she’ll regain her voice and make more music – Canada misses her!
What I want to know is who gave this guy his medical license?
According to the Toronto Star, While Shania Twain was inside the Juno Awards in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Sunday, Dr. Giovanni Palumbo was arrested outside the venue, while wearing a Shania Twain T-shirt and clutching her book, for violating conditions to stay away from her.
“Him being there within 20 meters of the victim was in breach. Therefore he was charged,” Constable Drummond said, according to RadarOnloine.com. “He went to court the next day.”
The Toronto Star goes on to report that Palumbo’s history of Shania-stalking includes having “written the superstar eight love letters, showed up at her grandmother’s funeral since he and Twain “are going to be family one day,” and mapped out the similarities he and Twain share, including the fact that they both went through separations in 2008. He has also mailed flowers and showed up near her cottage.” Talk about a creeper!
“He was charged with three counts of failed to comply recognizance,” Toronto Police Department Media Relations spokesperson Constable Wendy Drummond told RadarOnline.com.
“Allegations were that he was seen at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday, March 27 during the Juno Awards. He was also charged with criminal harassment.”
The stalker-doctor was arrested before 10:00 p.m. after someone from Twain’s “camp” noticed him hanging around the award show’s venue, as Palumbo tried to convince a Canadian reporter to set up a meet and greet with him and the country star. Never works buddy, but nice try.
“Twain, who lives in Switzerland with her husband Frederic Thiebaud, failed to show up to a March 7 hearing in Canada after charges arose that Palumbo criminally harassed her by sending love letters and flowers to her home overseas,” adds RadarOnline.com
According to the Toronto Star, Palumbo is to remain in jail until at least April 1, when he will have a bail hearing on the alleged breaches of a previous court order.
And at Sunday night’s 40th Juno Awards, the Montreal-based independent rock band cleaned up again and won four awards including Songwriters of the Year, Group of the Year and Album of the Year.
“Thank you, we are so happy,” Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler told the audience in accepting their first award of the night for Best Group.”I want to just give a shout-out to all the bands that we kind of came up with from Royal City to Hidden Cameras to The Unicorn to Wolf Parade and all the amazing Canadian bands and thank you so much.”
Arcade Fire homecoming victories for ‘The Suburbs” was a followup to winning Album of the Year at this year’s Grammies and winning Best International Group and Best International Album at this year’s Brit Awards.
“It’s a long way from Sneaky Dees — the first place we played in Toronto,” said Butler as they picked up their second award on Sunday’s show. The only category the band lost was to Daniel Lanois for Producer of the Year for his work on Neil Young’s “Le Noise” won.
That Saturday night win for “Le Noise” was just a prelude to Neil Young’s triumphant evening on Sunday. Representing the old Canadian values, Young was honoured with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for his founding both Farm Aid and the Bridge School Benefit concerts.
“What year is this?,” remarked Young after shutting out Justin Bieber for Artist of the Year. ”I was 16 one time. He’s fantastic. He’s got some moves, doesn’t he?”
Young, who has not attended the Junos gala in 29 or so years, also won Best Adult Alternative Album.
The mighty tour-de-force that is Justin Bieber picked up two trophies via-satellite for Juno Fan Choice Award and Best Pop Album. ”Thank you so much for being so supportive,” said Bieber from Rotterdam, where he is currently on tour. “You guys have been incredible. 2011 has been absolutely crazy.”
Unfortunately, the Juno host and local-rapper Drake who led the list of nominees with six, left with no hardware. He was up for essentially every major category: Album, Fan Choice, Artist, Album, Songwriter, Single and Rap Recording. The latter of the bunch he surprisingly lost to the up-and-coming Toronto artist Shad on Saturday night.
However, the former Degrassi star had a refreshing opening to the show that involved Bieber on Skype exchanging verses on the timeless Sarah McLachlan tune “I Will Remember You”.
“You my friend have the voice of a young rabbi,” said Drake. Afterward, he was joined by pianist Chilly Gonzalez for a lounge medley that included a tribute to Shania Twain.
“You’re from Timmins, I’m from Toronto, you worked at McDonald’s and I eat McDonald’s, we should be together … Man, I’d like to make you feel like a woman baby,” he sang out.
Later in the evening, Bryan Adams presented his friend Twain with the Hall of Fame Award. The montage tribute video of her career included appearances by Anne Murray and Taylor Swift, who both praised her for inspiration.
“This is just a very beautiful moment for me. I’m really so proud of Canada’s talent,” said Twain. “I sit here tonight in the audience and I watch these amazing new artists up here on the stage. I have more pride in what the country has created musically than I am even of my own success. This is a beautiful country. I feel like I should just be wearing the Canadian flag tonight.”
“I love our lakes,” and then Twain dropped what will likely be the joke of headlines tomorrow morning: “I love our bush.”
Another highlight of the evening was the Love Letter to Toronto that featured today’s young and hot artists performing hits of yester-year! That’s likely how the initial concept was explained… It was well executed though. From Sarah Harmer’s angelic rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Carey” from Blue to Dallas Green’s take on “Old Man” with Young gleaming from front row.
Gordon Lightfoot and the Band were also paid tribute to by Jim Cuddy, Sarah Slean, Kevin Hearn, Serena Ryder, Greg Keelor, the Sadies and Derek Miller.
Other performers on Sunday were Down With Webster, Hedley, Tokyo Police Club, Johnny Reid, Broken Social Scene, Chromeo and Arcade Fire.
Sources tell TMZ that the deal for Jennifer Lopez to be an “American Idol” judge isn’t officially dead, but they do have a backup plan. What do you think about Shania Twain as a judge?
Yes that’s right, if indeed a deal with Jennifer Lopez can’t be reached, producers plan to approach Shania Twain to fill the judging spot. Shania performed very well last season as a guest judge and mentor.
So what do we think? Lopez or Twain? We are going with Twain. She fun, she’s smart and she’s sexy. That’s a winning formula. And she’s not a huge bitch Like JLO.
We’ve all had our share of disloyal friends, but none tops grieving country-music star Shania Twain’s longtime friend and assistant. She says doing a reality show on Oprah Winfrey’s new cable network is another step toward her recovery after heartache, reports People.com.
“I feel like in a way I’m starting over, with everything,” Twain, 44, told Winfrey in an interview at an event in New York on Thursday. “This is a very personal experience that I think is important to share. This is an experience of recovery. I was in a very deep, dark slump, and I needed to find a way to get myself out of it. I had to force myself back out into life, back out into experiencing things.”
As the summer of love comes to a close, a few celebrities have squeezed in romantic updates and even one delicious scandal.
First of all, everyone’s favourite tall-awkward-funny-guy John Krasinski (The Office) announced his engagement to actress girlfriend Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada). The couple have been dating since November, but keep their relationship under lock and key, including any details about an upcoming wedding.
Another potential celebrity wedding was spotted in Los Angeles this weekend: America’s Next Top Model Tyra Banks was caught sporting an awfully large stone on her ring finger, possibly meaning an engagement to longtime boyfriend, businessman John Utendahl. Banks hasn’t revealed any details, but she sure isn’t shy about carting the ring around town.
Could Shania Twain’s former long-time secretary and house manager be the reason the singer and her husband Robert “Mutt” Lange split?
Several sources claim Marie-Anne Thiébaud, 37, was behind the couple’s recent marital break-up.
“Mutt and Marie-Anne left their spouses for each other and are still in a relationship,” says one source. However, the “other woman” denies she is the cause of the couple’s marriage problems.
According to E! News, Thiébaud said, “If you’re looking for a person that broke up a marriage, then you have the wrong person. I’m not that person.” Lange has also denied to “People” magazine that Thiébaud was the reason he and Twain have split, stating that an affair was “absolutely not the reason [for the breakup]… It’s literally just a growing apart, that’s all.”
Last week, Twain announced her split from her music producer husband after 14 years of marriage. The couple have a six-year-old son together named Eja.
According to People.com, Canadian songstress Shania Twain and her husband Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange are separating.
The couple have been married for 14 years and have a daughter together.
Twain and Lange married after dating each other for six months.
A spokesman for the family said that the separation was a private matter and that there would be no further comment.
Two Canadians — actor Kiefer Sutherland and country musician Shania Twain — will be given stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.
Next year’s recipients of the honour were announced Friday by Walk of Fame committee chairman Johnny Grant, reports the Canadian Press.
“It’s a privilege to honour these performers,” said Grant, adding that more than 200 nominations had been reviewed before a final selection of 23 honorees was made.
The list of recipients was ratified by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
In addition to the two Canadians, the following celebs will be getting a sidewalk slab of their own: Barbara Walters, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, rock DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, Michael Caine, Matt Damon, Lauren Shuler Donner, Jamie Foxx, John Goodman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert Altman, Erik Estrada, Jerry Stiller, Dick Wolf, Mariah Carey, The Doors, Crystal Gayle, Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, Tim Rice, Lily Tomlin and Stu Nahan.
Country singer Shania Twain will receive the Order of Canada on Friday.
Twain will be among 43 recipients honoured by Governor General Michaelle Jean.
CTV.ca says Twain was a last minute recipient.
The Governor General’s office said her nomination is the result of her remaining true to her Canadian roots (she is a native of Timmins, Ont.) and her dedication to eliminating child hunger (she supports several food banks and breakfast programs).
“According to the Governor General’s office, Officers of the Order of Canada have demonstrated an outstanding level of talent and service to Canadians”, reports CTV.ca.