Rihanna leaving her hotel and going out for dinner at Da Silvano in New York City, New York on April 30, 2013
*Rihanna will return to Dallas and Houston to make up for shows lost earlier this month due to illness.
The singer’s Diamonds World Tour added the new Texas dates to the back-end of the itinerary. As it now stands, the Live Nation-produced tour should see Rihanna swing into Dallas’ American Airlines Center on Nov. 11 and Houston’s Toyota Center on Nov. 14.
Tickets for those earlier missed performances will be honored, while refunds will be available at the point of purchase for tickeholders unable to attend.
RiRi missed a handful of U.S. shows on this giant tour. She canceled a gig in Boston, just the second city on the tour. And a follow-up performance was also canned in Baltimore. On both occasions, the singer missed due to illness – or more specifically, laryngitis. Live Nation was then forced to ditch the advertised April dates in Texas, again.
*Rihanna and Chris Brown are reportedly not expecting a baby, contrary to recent rumors.
Talk of a bun in the oven popped up after the singer canceled four upcoming concerts with illness and was captured by paps visiting a doctor.
However, Hollywood Life is reporting that insiders close to Rihanna insist she’s just suffering from the flu and laryngitis (again), and is not pregnant.
“[Rihanna] is just sick, and that’s really it,” said the source. “I know, that’s not a good enough reason because everybody wants some drama and the rumors that she’s pregnant to make the rounds, but sorry, not this time. She’s not pregnant!”
Singer Rihanna performs at Staples Center on April 8, 2013 in Los Angeles
*Rihanna has missed another show on her Diamonds World Tour, this time passing up Monday night’s Houston performance due to an unidentified illness.
The pop star canceled a show last month in Boston, just the second city on the tour. A follow-up performance was also canned in Baltimore. On both occasions, the singer missed due to laryngitis.
Promoters Live Nation have “postponed” — and not canceled — the Houston date. “Unfortunately, as a result of illness Rihanna is unable to perform this evening at Houston’s Toyota Center. Fans are instructed to retain their tickets to this event pending rescheduled show date information,” the Live Nation statement reads.
The Diamonds tour is due to move on to the American Airlines Centre in Dallas on Tuesday night. At time of publication, the Dallas show was still listed as going ahead, reports Billboard.
Rihanna explained her latest ailment with a message on Instagram. “I was sick since San Diego! I kept working because I thought two days off after the Vegas show would be enough time to recover and I f**ked up, those were two days off from hell and today is not different! I’m sad and disappointed about it! I had all kinds of plans for Houston!” she wrote.
In other Rihanna news, Vogue has apparently put an end to speculation that the singer was the new face of Chanel. The magazine writes that Rihanna hasn’t yet revealed her partner in a “top secret ad campaign” but noted “it’s definitely not Chanel.”
*Former South African leader Nelson Mandela is said to be “in good spirits” and “making steady progress” as he recovers from a recurring lung infection.
The civil rights icon, 94, was hospitalized on Wednesday night (March 27) as he battled the illness, four months after he spent almost three weeks under doctors’ care for the same condition in December.
President Jacob Zuma urged his fellow country folk to pray for the ailing politician, nicknamed Madiba, earlier this week, but he now insists there is no cause for alarm as Mandela is doing well.
A statement issued today read: “Mandela is in good spirits and enjoyed a full breakfast this morning. The doctors report that he is making steady progress. He remains under treatment and observation in hospital.”
Zuma adds to the BBC, “The country must not panic, Madiba is fine.”
*Former South African President Nelson Mandela was admitted to the hospital just before midnight Wednesday due to his recurring lung infection, the South African president’s office said today.
“Doctors are attending to him, ensuring that he has the best possible expert medical treatment and comfort,” the government’s statement said.
Mandela, 94, spent 18 days in the hospital in December for a lung infection and gallstones.
“We appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba and his family and to keep them in their thoughts,” South African President Jacob Zuma said in the statement. “We have full confidence in the medical team and know that they will do everything possible to ensure recovery.”
The anti-apartheid activist was admitted to a Pretoria hospital March 10 for routine medical tests and to “manage existing conditions in line with his age,” a spokesman for the South African president’s office said.
*Former Temptations member, Damon Harris, is in the fight against prostate cancer.
The singer, 62, has been fighting the disease since 1999, but now spends a lot of time under careful watch and chemotherapy at the John Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Although many would like to be optimistic about the outcome, he’s preparing for the worse.
“Look, cancer is what it is. I know my time is now very short, and I’m just thankful to have God and to be able to somehow have the care that I have,” he told the Sentinel.
Harris joined the group with his falsetto voice in 1971, replacing Eddie Kendricks who had left.
Not only has the cancer and treatment taken a toll on his body, but also his finances. His savings is all spent and he now lives check to check.
According to NewsOne, Harris’ friends and booking company has set up a fund-raiser to help the entertainer pay for his expenses. If you’d like to contribute, you can send your donation to:
RTJP Company, LTD., c/o the Damon Harris Fund, 717 Market St., Box 411, Lemoyne, PA 17043