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Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs are divorced

Meanwhile, Gwyneth Paltrow talks about Chris Martin, Beyoncé and Jay Z holiday in Cambodia and Amal Clooney receives arrest warning from Egypt

By Andrea Tim | Published: 5 Jan 2015

Idina & Taye divorce
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Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs call it quits
Broadway sweethearts Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs have divorced after being married since 2003. The couple privately finalised matters on 3 December 2014 after separating in December 2013. A source told TMZ that the split was amicable and the exes intend to raise their 5-year-old son Walker Nathaniel Diggs together.

Taye told Redbook magazine last June that they were not surprised at how fans were upset about their separation. "I'd be lying if I said there weren't times when I thought, oh, man, people are going to trip out [if we split]," he said. "Maybe they thought it was cute that we met in Rent."

Idina and Taye were part of the original 1996 cast of the award-winning rock musical. They also shared the stage in Wicked when Taye temporarily took over from Norbert Leo Butz to play Fiyero opposite Idina's Elphaba.

"There weren't a lot of couples like us in the theatre community – and I know there aren't a lot of performers as talented as she is… and then you have the whole mixed [race] thing. It was easy for people to root for us," he added.

Gwyneth Paltrow talks Chris Martin split
For Academy Award-winning actress and Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow, her breakup with husband Chris Martin was anything but dramatic.

"I had built my life on trying to be all things to all people, and I just couldn't do it anymore," she said in an interview with Marie Claire. "And I really had the sense that I wasn't allowed to have needs, and I had to prove my specialness or self-worth by doing all this stuff and taking care of everybody else, and I just sort of hit a wall."

But she says that with two children, Apple and Moses, together, it was essential the pair worked things out anyway.

"We've worked really f**king hard to get to [this] point," she said of her relationship with Chris now. "But we're very, very close, and it's so nice. I feel like it's, in a way, the relationship we were meant to have."

Meanwhile, Gwyneth is still dating Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk, while Chris continues to be linked to Jennifer Lawrence after the pair were recently spotted having dinner together.

Beyoncé and Jay Z visit Angkor Wat
Last week Iceland, this week Cambodia for supercouple Beyoncé and Jay Z. The pair were spotted doing touristy things – because aren't we all the same in foreign lands? – as they took a trip to Siem Reap's Angkor Wat temple over the weekend. (Cue strong reactions from fans were also there at the same time but had no clue.)

 

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Queen Bey seems to have been taking lots of photos, so fingers crossed she'll post some holiday snaps on Instagram soon. The Mirror reports that the couple had also been in Thailand and Burma before they hit Cambodia. If they're making a full Indochina round, do you know what this means? In addition to Laos and Vietnam, they could very well come to Malaysia too. We're definitely crossing our fingers now.

Amal Clooney received arrest warning from Egyptian authorities
Celebrity relationships aside, lawyer Amal Clooney has revealed Egyptian officials warned her she was risking arrest for reporting about the country's flawed judicial system.

"When I went to launch the report, first of all they stopped us from doing it in Cairo," Amal told The Guardian. "They said: 'Does the report criticise the army, the judiciary, or the government?' We said: 'Well, yes.' They said: 'Well then, you're risking arrest.'"

The human rights barrister had contributed to an International Bar Association report that found Egypt's judicial system was not independent, citing the influence of executive power and a lack of transparency among other issues. Recommendations presented in the report included "ending involvement of Ministry of Justice in assignment of judges." Amal is currently representing one of three al-Jazeera journalists who were jailed under the system.

"That recommendation wasn't followed, and we've seen the results of that in this particular case where you had a handpicked panel led by a judge who is known for dispensing brutal verdicts," she added. "And this one was no different."

Watch a video of the report below.


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