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Rihanna's wake-up call

Last updated on: October 28, 2010 12:29 IST

Rihanna's wake-up call



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Pop star Rihanna has opened up about her time with former boyfriend Chris Brown, saying he was a 'wake-up call'.


Over a year after Brown pled guilty to Rihanna in February 2009, the 22-year-old singer tells the December issue of Marie Claire UK that she doesn't regret the traumatic experience.


'God has a crazy way of working, and sometimes when stuff happens you feel like, ''What did I do to deserve this?' Why was it backfiring on me?'' quoted Rihanna as saying in the interview.


'But I needed that wake-up call in my life. I needed a turning point, and that's what God was giving to me,' she added.


Rihanna said that breaking up in full view of the public eye was difficult to cope with.


'All this terrible stuff they say to you, it breaks you down. [But] once you're back on your feet -- if you ever make it back on your feet -- that's the ultimate achievement,' she said.


But she admits it was not easy to break up with Brown, 21, who later pled guilty to a felony and accepted a plea deal that included more than 1,400 hours of community labor in addition to five years probation.

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Image: Rihanna on the cover of GQ


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Country sweetheart Taylor Swift joined the growing bandwagon of A-list stars as she became the latest to get the wax treatment in the Madame Tussauds museum.

The Love Story singer worked with the studio artists at Madame Tussauds last year for the creation of her replica, which is posed holding a Taylor Guitar and is decorated with more than 2,000 Swarovski Crystals, Contactmusic reported.

The 20-year-old singer unveiled her double at Madame Tussauds in New York's Times Square on Wednesday.

Swift joins pop singer Rihanna, actress Eva Longoria Parker and British comedian Russell Brand as the museum's most recent waxwork figures.


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Spanish pop singer Enrique Iglesias has admitted that shooting the Heartbeat music promo with Nicole Scherzinger was like having 'tantric' sex.


Considering the two are among the hottest stars in the music industry, their coming together in the video accompanying their duet caused a stir.


Iglesias, however, defended their saucy behaviour and said their goal was to emulate tantric sex, a method where lovers enjoy passion without penetration.


Also, girlfriend Anna Kournikova didn't mind because it is work.


'Nicole's beautiful. It was great working with her. People have said it's steamy but for me it's more of a look but don't touch thing -- what do you call it, tantric?' quoted Iglesias as telling Closer.


'It's all about the foreplay kind of thing. I've done videos like that in the past but luckily Anna doesn't get jealous, because it's work,' Iglesias added.

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The iconic Aston Martin, driven by Sean Connery in two James Bond films, has been sold for 2.6 million pounds at an auction in London.


An American car enthusiast paid the amount to buy the most famous car and then vowed to take it for a spin around the streets of London.


The silver 1964 Aston Martin DB5, previously owned by American broadcasting boss Jerry Lee who paid 12,000 dollars in 1969, was initially expected to fetch more than 3 million pounds.


The unique car, which boasts an ejector seat, revolving license plates and bullet-proof shield, featured in the Goldfinger and Thunderball.


Harry Yeaggy, who bought the car, is likely to display it at a car museum in Ohio.


Yeaggy later told reporters that it has been 'a last-minute decision' to fly into London for the auction and that he had spent a little more than he had planned.


'I thought a European would buy it. But I guess they didn''t appreciate Bond as much as we do,' the BBC quoted him as saying.


'We're going to drive the car round the streets of London tonight. We're going to have a bit of fun with it,' Yeaggy said.


The car, which is said to be in an excellent condition, is the only surviving example of two Aston Martins used in the early Bond films, after the other was reported stolen in 1997.


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Stone said Indian cinema was 'very prolific and vital' and he had used that vitality in his 1994 film Natural Born Killers.


'Indian cinema is very prolific. I can't keep up. I used that vitality in Natural Born Killers. I love that the films switch from comedy to romance and then to tragedy. I love that,' the BBC quoted Stone as saying.


Stone is in Mumbai to receive a lifetime achievement award at a prominent film festival.


On whether he would make a film in India, Stone said he would love to 'if there was a great story'.


'If there was a great story, if I had Danny Boyle's luck, I'd make Slumdog Millionaire. There was a good detective story [based in India] written two years ago but ,' he said.

Image: Oliver Stone

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Source: ANI