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Kylie on Madonna

You look great in your new video. Do you have a specific workout or a diet routine?
work out very sporadically. I see [people like] Madonna and Gwyneth [Paltrow] and I just go, wow! First, I don’t know how [they] find the time, and second, that’s dedication. I don’t have that in me. My boyfriend likes to go to the gym. He’s always asking me to go, but I always tell him I have other things [to do].

Going back to Madonna for a minute, she has given you props before. Are you guys friends?
We have mutual friends and I’ll get a message — “Madonna says hi” — or I’ll send one to her, but we haven’t really connected. I’m sure that will happen one day just randomly. I’ve got the utmost respect and admiration for her, she’s a legend. So to be in the same kind of stratosphere as her is amazing. I mean, I was there with my white scrubs on [at her concert] when I was 14!

Madonna had a Glee episode dedicated to her. Would you want a Kylie Glee episode?
(Laughing) Yeah. Of course!

US Magazine

25 Years Ago: Madonna at Live Aid

On July 13, 1985, 72,000 people packed London’s Wembley Arena to witness stars including Sting, David Bowie, U2, Queen and Elton John perform in an epic event which is now etched in history.

Across the pond, an estimated 99,000 packed the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia to take part in a simultaneous event, which – combined with the London concert – lasted a total of 16 hours. The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Run DMC, Bryan Adams and Led Zeppelin were among those who performed, while Phil Collins famously jetted over the Atlantic via Concorde to perform, just hours after taking to the stage during the UK concert.

A widely ambitious international satellite television venture meant that the concerts were broadcast in around 60 countries, to an astonishing two billion viewers worldwide.

Live Aid was a massive success, with reports stating that it raised between Dh200 and 250 million for Ethiopia, while the legacy of the concerts still live on to this day.

25 Years Ago: Madonna at Live Aid25 Years Ago: Madonna at Live Aid


Carlos Leon Says Madonna is Fearless When It Comes Exercise

The fitness instructor – who used to date the ‘Material Girl’ singer and is the father of her 13-year-old daughter Lourdes – admits the 51-year-old star is willing to try any type of workout plan especially if it’s new and trendy.

He said: “Madonna and I worked out together when we were a couple. It was a mix and match of me following her programme and her following mine. She is always very curious about what’s new, what’s hot. She is the type of person who will do anything exercise-wise. Right now she is using big elastic bands for resistance training and her cardio comes from dance.”

Madonna is famed for well-toned physique and Carlos says she knows it’s something she needs to have for her career.

He told The Times newspaper: “I think Madonna knows she sets the bar pretty high for people who see her image in the papers. But bear in mind she has a cook, a trainer, she appears on stage for two hours when she’s on tour. She makes her body her business, she really does.”

Extras’ interest for Madonna’s film directing debut

Members of the London Welsh Centre have rushed for the chance to be cast as extras in a film directed by Madonna.

W.E., explores two parallel love stories, including that of Edward VIII and the American divorcee for whom he abdicated in 1936, Wallis Simpson.

It is understood one scene features Edward’s shock at living conditions in Welsh mining villages.

The movie, co-written by Madonna, will be her first full-length feature as director.

Shooting for W.E. – which started this week – takes place in the UK, France and the US

The opportunity to appear in a Madonna film attracted plenty of interest from London Welsh Centre members.

A spokesperson for the centre, which was contacted by a casting agency, said: “I’ve had about 15 phone calls this morning, and yesterday was bedlam because everybody wants to be in a film with Madonna.”

The centre said Welsh-speakers were needed as extras to create scenes based on Edward’s visits to the south Wales valleys in the 1930s.

Edward toured Welsh mining communities during his reign, and is said to have been sympathetic to the miners and their families, exclaiming: “Something must be done”.

This was said to have caused unease in government circles with his comments interpreted as interference in political matters.

Edward is the only British sovereign to abdicate voluntarily, when he stepped down to marry Simpson.

This was because as king and supreme governor of the Church of England, he could not marry a divorcee.

It caused a personal and political storm which caused a crisis in the monarchy.

However, the relationship of Edward and Simpson is only part of the film’s plot.

W.E. features a modern-day parallel story in which Australian actress Abbie Cornish plays a New Yorker who becomes obsessed with Edward’s decision to abdicate for his lover.

Madonna has also cast James Fox to play King George V, and his son Laurence Fox as Bertie, Edward’s younger brother.

Andrea Riseborough, who played former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in BBC drama The Long Walk to Finchley, will play Simpson.

British star James D’Arcy, who starred opposite Billie Piper in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, has been cast as Edward VIII.