Category: Happy Birthday

Shakira warms back up to ex-boyfriend Antonio de la Rua. Where's Gerard Pique?

Shakira performs at Uruguay concert before suprising her ex-boyfriend

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Shakira may be warming back up to Antonio de la Rua after reports that the global pop star popped into her ex-boyfriend's 38th birthday party in Uruguay over the weekend.

The couple called it quits in August after 11 years together, but the "Waka, Waka" singer didn't go public with the news until January.

"Since August 2010, we made a mutual decision to take time apart from our romantic relationship," the singer wrote on her blog. "Throughout this time we have continued to work together hand in hand, have remained close and have kept the details absolutely private until now.

Shakira's current boyfriend Gerard Pique "We view this period of separation as temporary and as a time of individual growth as we continue to be partners in our business and professional lives," she wrote. "Our friendship and understanding of one another is unwavering and indestructible."

The Colombian-Lebanese "She Wolf" has since been dating FC Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué, right.

However, Shakira, who was on tour with her "Sale el Sol" album, headed for a Tuesday concert in Asuncion, Paraguay, is said to have coordinated with De la Rua's parents -- former Argentine President Fernando de la Rua -- and brother to attend the Sunday party for 100 guests at De la Rua's ranch in Punta del Este, Uruguay. He is said to have been assisting with her concert.

Celestrellas reports that the couple was "very warm toward each other, affectionate and close, embracing on more than one occasion, caressing, smiling and whispering secretly in each other's ear."

Watch out, Gerard ...

For the record, 11 a.m. March 12: This post originally placed the city of Asuncion in Uruguay. It is the capital of Paraguay. Thanks to commenter @Adrian for flagging the gaffe.


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-- Nardine Saad

Top photo: Shakira performs at a concert at the Pop Festival in Paraguay on March 8. Credit: Pablo Burgos / AFP / Getty Images

Right photo: Gerard Pique reacts during the international friendly soccer match against Colombia at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Credit: Emilio Naranjo / EPA

Paris Hilton, Cy Waits look at engagement rings -- and she has an app for that

Paris Hilton and Cy Waits might get engaged Engagement rumors are swirling around Paris Hilton and boyfriend Cy Waits since they were spotted shopping for engagement rings in New York last Friday.

The lovey-dovey twosome, dating for about a year, have been repeatedly photographed locking lips while Hilton travels to promote her new iPhone app. (The Ministry has discovered that the completely gratuitous app inserts the heiress into photos, tells you if you're "hot or not" and provides news and quizzes about Paris. Not sure if that's fab or frightening.)

Love has been on the celebutante's mind. When David Letterman asked her what was missing in the lives of Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan -- who like Paris have had their share of run-ins with the law -- she said "true love."

Barf. Watch the hilarious full interview after the jump.

She also told the prickly host that she plans to start a family in the next decade that will amount to three or four kids.

It's pretty obvious she's smitten with Waits, 35, who waited (im)patiently for her backstage at the "Late Show" and planned her Moulin Rouge-themed 30th birthday party. He also bought her a Lexus LFA -- and the spending spree didn't stop there.

"They shopped for engagement rings," a source told People. "They were really cute together. Paris was making comments about the rings and joking that her ring has to be at least 24 carats."

But Hilton and Waits left the luxury Jacobs & Co. with a different kind of ring: a $25,000 white gold and black diamond encrusted bauble. Not too shabby, eh?

Her rep told the mag that they were shopping for "something special" for her birthday. We guess the Lexus wasn't enough. Maybe he was trying to make up for the stolen $3,200 absinthe-laced cake?

The tiny-dog-toting Hilton, currently on probation after pleading guilty to obstruction and cocaine possession, celebrated her big day multiple times in multiple cities, including Los Angeles and New York.

But it isn't all Champagne kisses and caviar dreams for these lovebirds.

Waits has an Aug. 22 court date to face felony criminal charges stemming from a traffic stop in which police reported a "vapor trail" of marijuana wafting from the couple's black Cadillac Escalade. That same traffic stop landed Hilton in trouble as well.

He was subsequently dropped as managing partner at Wynn and Encore's Tryst and XS nightclubs because of the charges. No wonder his loving lover plugged his new company on Letterman.

You know what they say: The couple that allegedly breaks the law together stays together. Best wishes, kiddos.


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-- Nardine Saad

Photo: Paris Hilton and Cy Waits arrive at her 30th birthday party at LAVO in New York on Feb. 17, 2011. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press


'Jersey Shore's' Snooki promotes safe sex on her birthday

Snooki birthday

When you party like the "Jersey Shore" crew does, you can never have too much protection. Luckily cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi found a brand partner who came equipped: The MTV reality star had LifeStyles condoms sponsor her 23rd birthday at New York club Pacha on Saturday.

Which isn't to say that playing it safe was anything but dull: There was a stripper pole at the club and partygoers got not only condoms but also, um, other adult accessories.

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Kim Kardashian turns 30 in Las Vegas with Khloe, Kourtney and friends

Kim Kardashian celebrates her 30th birthday Kim Kardashian said goodbye to 29 on Friday night in Sin City, surrounded by her mom, sisters and closest pals.

For her 30th birthday bash, Kardashian checked in with matriarch Kris Jenner and siblings Khloe and Kourtney to The Palazzo's Siena suite, where the girls primped and prepped for a night out at Tao Asian bistro.

Kelly Rowland, Lala Vazquez, Brittny Gastineau, rapper Trina and Mr. "Girls Gone Wild" Joe Francis joined the family for a dinner of sea bass and sushi, followed by a massive party at the adjoining nightclub. Hosted by video game Fallout: Vegas, the bash saw Kardashian in a body-hugging silver number by John Richmond -- with a pair of spiked Christian Louboutins she got for the occasion from Khloe and husband, Lamar Odom

Kim has mixed feelings about the milestone birthday, she told People: "It sounds so old ... it sounds so old. And then the other half of me is like, I feel so accomplished, and it's really no different than 29."

Jenner took the opportunity to remind Kim that she'd had four children by the age of 30, and if Kim happens "to find a husband and have 1,000 kids, I'd really be happy." 

Kardashian celebrated until 2 a.m. at Tao, where Rowland took the mic and serenaded her friend with her single "When Love Takes Over."

Sound like a day to remember? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Kim Kardashian poses with her  birthday cake. Credit: Denise Truscello

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Obama celebrates his birthday with Oprah Winfrey

Barack-obama-birthday-oprah From our Division of Fabulous Parties: The best bashes are usually exclusive ones, like the small private party for President Barack Obama's 49th birthday.

With First Lady Michelle Obama abroad in Spain, the POTUS hit his hometown of Chicago for dinner at Graham Elliot, with a guest list that included Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King and senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

"We were humbled and honored that the president decided to join us for dinner on such a special occasion," chef and proprietor Graham Elliot told People magazine, revealing that he was almost late to cook the celebratory meal.

Elliot, who will judge Fox's upcoming cooking show "Master Chef," was late getting to his restaurant from the airport after a promotional trip -- thanks to Air Force One holding up civilian traffic.

He made it in time to whip up his modified Continental classic dishes for Obama, Winfrey and King as well as presidential pals Eric Whittaker and Marty Nesbitt

Sound like an ideal birthday for the prez? Tell us in the comments section below.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey during his 2008 presidential campaign. Credit: Associated Press.

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Kim Kardashian hosts sister Kourtney's 31st birthday in Las Vegas

Kim kardashain birthday2 Kourtney Kardashian got a little playtime in Las Vegas this weekend, as she celebrated turning 31 with sisters Kim and Khloe in tow. 

At MGM's Wet Republic on Saturday, the women partied with locals, sang "Happy Birthday to You" and lounged in their swanky Bombay Sapphire private cabana with raspberry Collins cocktails.

Kourtney recently graced the cover of Life & Style magazine, chatting about how she earned back her pre-baby body back after delivering Mason, now 4 months old.

She said she's limited her caffeine intake to a single shot of espresso per day and cut out sugars.

"I was eating a lot of dried fruit, and I didn't realize how much sugar that added. And now I'll eat raw almonds instead of salted ones," she told the mag.

Her exercise regime is cardio-heavy, with lots of running and squats to keep her booty "up there." 

"Frozen yogurt tastes so chemically to me because I've been eating salads and salmon and chicken," she said of her post-baby cravings.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, from left, pose with the birthday girl's three-tiered Bombay Sapphire cake. Credit: Handout 

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Valerie Bertinelli completes Boston Marathon ahead of her 50th birthday

Valerie bertinelli marathonActress and Jenny Craig spokeswoman Valerie Bertinelli celebrated her upcoming 50th birthday by completing the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Clocking in at five hours and 14 minutes for the 26.2-mile trek, the star raised more than $17,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

"I’m still in awe of the fact that I just ran the Boston Marathon,” Bertinelli told friends and supporters after the race.

Bertinelli lost 40 pounds with Jenny Craig in 2007, maintaining her figure through 2009 when she entered her first marathon in Sonoma Valley. Before the big run in Boston, Bertinelli carb-loaded with a pasta dinner. then stopped to visit with Dana-Farber patients.

"I was more motivated than ever to do this for them. In fact, throughout the course of the run, there were many moments where I needed that extra push, and thinking of them and seeing their faces was all I needed," Bertinelli said in a statement. 

The "One Day at a Time" actress turns 50 on Friday.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Bertinelli crosses the Boston Marathon finish line on April 19, 2010. Credit: Darren McCollester / Getty Images

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'Twilight's' Jackson Rathbone turns 25 in Las Vegas


Sin City is the perfect spot for any vampire to celebrate his birthday -- or unbirthday, as it were.

Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper Hale in "The Twilight Saga" franchise, celebrated his 25th in Las Vegas over the weekend, hosting a blowout bash at the Bank nightclub inside the swanky Bellagio. 

Rather than taking in one of Vegas' mainstay acts or popping bottles in one of the city's other countless dance venues, Rathbone trotted out his band 100 Monkeys on Friday night. Party-goers tell us that Rathbone, clad in an oversized black hat, beige henley and red bandanna, rocked the crowd but then took time to greet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos (as seen above).

On Saturday, Rathbone kept the party going (his actual b-day was Monday) with a steak dinner with pals at Bellagio's Fix steakhouse, then decamped to R&B crooner Ray J's hosted bash at the Mirage's Jet nightclub.

-- Matt Donnelly

[For the record, 4:56 p.m., Dec. 22, 2009: An earlier version of this post said Jackson's actual birthday was Sunday. He was born on Dec. 21, 1984, and the 21st this year fell on Monday. Thanks to commenter tierneyoraclair for making sure we get it right. And yes, for a few seconds, this correction said Jason instead of Jackson, but hey, you didn't see that, did you?]

Photo: Jackson Rathbone poses with female fans at the Bank at the Bellagio. Credit: Shadow

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Adam Levine, Seth MacFarlane help Brent Bolthouse celebrate his 40th birthday

Bolt While most of the world met Brent Bolthouse as Heidi Montag's boss in her pre-surgery and pre-Spencer days on "The Hills," the night-life denizen has been producing events and branded venues in Los Angeles since 1989.

Celeb pals and social types hit Hollywood on Thursday night to ring in his 40th birthday with cocktails and several impromptu musical performances.

The former Lingerie Club on Sunset Boulevard, with its stripped ceilings and warehouse chic, reopened for one night in honor of Brent -- also welcoming actor Dylan McDermott, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane and producer Brett Ratner.

Musical guests included Maroon 5's Adam Levine, who belted out the Guns N' Roses hit "Paradise City"; super producer Linda Perry; and Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, who officiated with "Happy Birthday" while rocking a serious handlebar mustache.

The stunt vocalists were backed by Camp Freddy, the not-really-a-band that features rotating talent such as Dave Navarro and Travis Barker

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: The birthday boy, Brent Bolthouse, posing all mysteriously in 2008. Credit: Randall Slavin

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