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South African police arrest six for murder of rapper, AKA

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By Francesca Hangeior

South African police have apprehended six suspects connected with the murder of popular rapper, Kiernan Forbes, mostly known as AKA, and his close friend, celebrity chef and entrepreneur Tebello “Tibz” Motshoane.

The duo were murdered on February 10, 2023, while walking with a friend outside a popular Durban restaurant hours before he was to perform at a nearby club.

AKA started his musical profession as part of the rap group ‘Entity’ before he ventured into a lone career.

Until his demise, he won several awards in South Africa and was lauded globally. He earned Black Entertainment Television and MTV Europe nominations and he was honoured posthumously in the 2023 BET Hip Hop Awards.

According to the police, the suspects are to appear in court on Thursday.

“It was clear that AKA was monitored from the airport and Tibz was not the intended target in the murder on Florida Road in Durban. We know they were paid for this,” KwaZulu-Natal provincial Police Commissioner, Lt Gen Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, said Tuesday night.

South Africa Police Minister, Bheki Cele confirmed that the murders of AKA and his friend said to have been caught on Closed-Circuit Television cameras, shocked many residents of the country, which has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

“I hope South Africans will sleep better after this,” he said.

South Africa has one of the world’s highest murder rates with a number of entertainment stars among the victims.

Recall that in 2007, reggae singer Lucky Dube was dropping off his teenage son at a relative’s home when gunmen shot him three times during a failed attempt to steal his car.

The southern African nation recorded almost 84 murders a day between October and December, according to police statistics released this month.

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Why I hid my illness for 17 years – Celine Dion

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Canadian singer, Celine Dion, has made a shocking revelation about her health, sharing that she has been living with Stiff Person Syndrome for 17 years.

In an interview with Hoda Kotb on the Today Show, the Canadian singer opened up about her secret struggle with the rare neurological disorder.

Dion revealed that she began experiencing symptoms in 2008 but didn’t disclose her diagnosis until 2022.

She revealed that she was secretly battling the illness while managing her late husband, Rene Angelil’s cancer battle and raising their children.

She shared that she was driven to speak out about her illness because keeping it hidden from her fans and loved ones had become a heavy burden.

Celine Dion remains determined to continue performing, vowing to return to the stage, even if she has to “crawl” or use her hands to communicate.

She said: “We did not know what was going on [with me]. I did not take the time… I should have stopped, took the time to figure it out.

“And like it wasn’t enough, my husband as well is fighting for his own life. I had to raise my kids, I had to hide, I had to try to be a hero – while feeling my body leaving me,’ she continued. ‘[I was] holding on to my own dreams.”

Dion’s journey with Stiff Person Syndrome is documented in her upcoming documentary, “I Am: Celine Dion,” set to release on June 25.

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Rapper Nicki Minaj sparks divorce rumors after posting cryptic ‘single’ tweet.

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Nicki Minaj has sparked divorce rumors after posting a cryptic single tweet.

The 42-year-old American rapper, who wed high school sweetheart Kenneth Petty in 2019, took to X on Monday to share the cryptic tweet ‘yes single.’

The tweet made fans to question whether the rapper was addressing her relationship status or hinting at new music.

‘So are we getting a new single or are you single,’ one fan asked, as another shared: ‘We love you no matter what, idc if you’re single or dropping a new single.’

Yet another congratulated Nicki on her apparent self-promotion tactic, posting, ‘Dear rap girlies , this is how you pull a PR stunt. literally two words and she ate.’

The post comes after her husband Kenneth petitioned a court to approve him leaving the U.S. in April, as he remains on probation for his 2021 conviction of failing to register as a sex offender.

Petty, 46, stated in court documents reviewed by TMZ that it’s crucial for him to join Nicki on her European Pink Friday 2 tour to accompany their three-year-old son.

The probation officer overseeing Petty’s case, stemming initially from his first-degree attempted rape conviction in April 1995, ‘hasn’t raised any objections to his travel request,’ the outlet reported, citing court docs.

Petty made headlines last September when he received a 120-day house arrest sentence for violating probation after posting social media clips containing aggressive messages towards Migos rapper Offset.

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American Singer Ray Cyrus Files For Divorce 7 Months After Wedding

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American country singer Billy Ray Cyrus has filed for divorce from his wife Firerose 7 Months after the wedding.

Billy is asking the court to grant him an outright annulment, claiming the marriage was obtained by fraud. TMZ also reported that Billy has given Firerose a deadline of May 24 to get out of their house as he’s currently putting up $500/night over a period of ten days for temporary housing.

In court documents obtained by the publication, Billy said he would pay Firerose $5,000/month for her to obtain suitable housing in Tennessee for 90 days, or until the divorce is finalized, whichever occurs first.

He listed their date of separation as May 22, 2024. He also cited irreconcilable differences as well as “inappropriate marital conduct” as reasons for divorce.

The divorce marks the end of Billy Ray’s third marriage. He was married to Cindy Smith from 1986 until 1991 when they divorced. His second wife is Tish Cyrus, and they were married for 3 decades and had three kids together. Tish filed for divorce in April 2022.

Billy Ray and Firerose got engaged in August ’22, having met back in the day on the set of “Hannah Montana.” They also released music together in ‘2021, and in October 2023 they got hitched.

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