Hollywood: Whistle-whistle, Britney’s Tune Is Out; divorce, wedding bells in ‘Bachelor’ drama


RNews offers you a summary of the week’s latest international entertainment news.

Britney is “done with the music industry”

The American pop star, Britney Spears, says she “will never return to the music industry” after rumors about a new studio album spread last week.

However, the pop star said on Instagram that she will never make music again.

“Just so it’s clear, most of the news is rubbish. They keep saying I’m turning to random people to make a new album… I’ll never go back to the music business!”

Certain news sources have claimed artists such as Julia Michaels and Charlie XCX have been earmarked as possible collaborators.

Britney added that these days she only makes music for fun and that she has written more than 20 songs for other artists in the past two years.

“I’m a ghostwriter and, frankly, I enjoy it that way,” says the singer, who is known for hits such as “Baby One More Time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again”.

Britney’s memoirs, The Woman in Meappeared on the shelves last year and was an instant hit worldwide.

She wrote at the time: “Forcing my music career forward is not my main focus right now. It’s time for me to stop being someone other people want; it’s time to find myself.”

Who is SA star Tyla?

Tyla, a young South African pop star, suddenly made a name for herself worldwide in 2023 with her hit track, “Water”.

In the US, this seductive earworm made Tyla the first South African solo artist to top the Billboard charts in 55 years. She also ended the year with a Grammy nomination for best African music performance of the year.

What else do we know about this young singer and songwriter?

The 21-year-old Tyla’s real name is Tyla Laura Seethal. She was born and raised in Johannesburg and is of Indian, Zulu, Mauritian and Irish descent.

The international success of “Water” earned her fourth place on the BBC’s Sound of 2024 list. This list predicts which artists will dominate the music industry in the coming 12 months.

The song also landed in the top five songs on charts around the world, and was also the most streamed Afrobeats song on Spotify for 2023. The music video has also already been viewed more than 95 million times.

Tyla told the BBC she knew she had a hit the moment it was written and produced.

“I found myself playing the song over and over again. Usually artists get tired of their own songs, especially if they listen to them too many times, but I never got tired of ‘Water’.”

About things like the Grammy nomination she is “grateful and blessed”.

“My goal has always been to be one of the world’s biggest pop stars.”

‘Bachelor’ drama: One couple divorces, another gets married

Rachel Lindsay, the first black ‘Bachelorette’ on the American television reality series, The Bacheloretteand her husband, Bryan Abasolo, announced on Tuesday that they will be parting ways.

Rachel and Bryan had been married for just over four years.

Bryan alleges irreconcilable differences in the documents filed Dec. 31 in Los Angeles Superior Court. He is also suing Rachel for alimony and also wants the former ‘Bachelorette’ to cover his legal fees.

“After more than four years of married life, Rachel and I have made the difficult decision to part ways and start anew,” he said in a statement on his Instagram account.

Bryan is a chiropractor and is known to Bachelor Nation fans as “Dr. Abs”.

“Sometimes loving yourself and your partner means letting go instead.”

Rachel, a writer and lawyer, was named the first black ‘Bachelorette’ in 2017 after previously appearing on the 21st season of The Bachelor participated.

She chose Abasolo at the end of her season as ‘Bachelorette’ and they got married in August 2019.

The couple has no children.

Meanwhile the first The Golden Bachelorcouple, Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist, tied the knot on Thursday in a ceremony broadcast live on television.

Gerry is the first The Golden Bachelor-participant and is 72 years old. He works in the financial sector.

The couple almost cooed during the wedding ceremony which was led by Susan Noles, another contestant on Turner’s season.

“I promise that if you are my life partner, I will make you the happiest woman in the world. I promise to choose you as the one I love every day, and I will never take your heart for granted. I promise to trumpet the ‘I love you’ every day, and whisper it softly to you in the evening.”

What else is happening in Hollywood?

Three big trees in the international film industry fell this week: Glynis Johns, actress from Mary Poppins and Oscar winner, died on Thursday at the age of 100, while award-winning Mexican actress Ana Ofelia Murguía died at 90 earlier this week.

Furthermore, the British actor, Tom Wilkinson, is known for films such as The Full Monty, Shakespeare In Love and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, died on Saturday at the age of 75. He was apparently at home with his wife and family when he suddenly died.

Elvis Presley, the king of rock ‘n’ roll, will soon be back on stage. Thanks to artificial intelligence (AI), a new Elvis Presley show will be presented in London later this year. The show, called “Elvis Evolution”, involves a life-size digital Elvis performing on stage.

A sudden digital boom of Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend, Minnie, is underway worldwide after the 1928 short, Steamboat Willie,’s copyright expired on January 1 this year. This means the older versions of the characters can now be used in any way by anyone in the US to create new stories and artwork.

Additional sources: BBC, US News, NBC