ABC claims there were ‘reasonable grounds' for suspecting Porter of rape
The ABC says it did not defame the former attorney-general but it can prove there were reasonable grounds for suspecting him of raping a woman in the 1980s when he was a teenager.The ABC did not defame Christian Porter in an online story at the centre of a Federal Court lawsuit because it did not name him and did not assert that he was guilty of raping a young woman in the 1980s, lawyers for the broadcaster have said as it prepares to fight the case in court.
Billy Porter has been working British producer-and-songwriter MNEK on new songs for his musical comeback. © Bang Showbiz Billy Porter
The Emmy-winning actor - who has released four albums and collaborated with Shapeshifters in 2020 - has been in the studio with MNEK in London working on fresh songs.
Speaking at the BRITs, he said: "I've just been working with MNEK, a couple of days ago, just a little breadcrumb, I'm working on my new music."
Gallery: Bono hated his nickname!? 10 things you never knew about the rock star (BANG Showbiz)
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Happy Birthday, Bono! The U2 frontman turns 61 on May 10, 2021, and to celebrate we take a look at some hidden facts about the singer. The rocker has become one of the most influential musicians in history and has earned 22 Grammy Awards for his work. Here are 10 things you never knew about Bono...
He hated his nickname
Bono was born Paul David Hewson but was given a number of nicknames during his childhood. He was part of a street gang called “Lypton Villiage” who first dubbed him "Steinhegvanhuysenolegbangbangbang", then just "Huyseman", followed by "Houseman", "Bon Murray", "Bono Vox of O'Connell Street", and finally just "Bono". Bono hated the nickname at first but soon learned that "Bono Vox" is an alteration of Bonavox, a Latin phrase that translates to "good voice".
He met his wife at 12 years old
Whilst attending the Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Bono met his future wife Alison when they were just 12 years old. They ultimately tied the knot in 1982 and have welcomed four children. However, the couple could not afford a honeymoon, but Island Records founder Chris Blackwell gave them use of the Goldeneye estate he owned in Jamaica.
His mother died when he was 14
In 1974, Bono’s mother Iris suddenly passed away after suffering a cerebral aneurysm whilst at her father's funeral. The experience forged a tight bond with drummer Larry Mullen Jr., who also lost his mother at a young age. He went on to write several songs about his mother, including ‘I Will Follow’, ‘Lemon’, and ‘Tomorrow’.
He’s in the movie business
Bono made his first leap into the film industry in 2000 as an executive producer for ‘The Million Dollar Hotel’. He later made a cameo appearance in the 2007 musical ‘Across the Universe’, where he played Dr. Robert. The rock star is set to voice the lion rock legend Clay Calloway in ‘Sing 2’ later this year.
He played guitar, sang and wrote songs for U2
Bono initially sang, played guitar, and wrote the band's songs during the early days. He said of his early guitar playing: "When we started out I was the guitar player, along with the Edge—except I couldn't play guitar. I still can't. I was such a lousy guitar player that one day they broke it to me that maybe I should sing instead. I had tried before, but I had no voice at all. I remember the day I found I could sing. I said, 'Oh, that's how you do it.'" However, when The Edge’s guitar playing improved, Bono became the lead vocalist of the rock band.
He put on an English accent
During the early days of U2, Bono unintentionally developed an English vocal accent as he would mimick his musical influences. His vocal style soon evolved during the band's exploration of roots music for their album, ‘The Joshua Tree’. Bono claimed his maturation came from "loosening up", "discover[ing] other voices", and restraining his singing.
He’s helping to end COVID-19
Bono has been a passionate activist for a range of issues and has made various appearances to raise awareness. In 2021, he lent his voice to One's animated series ‘Pandemica’, which was created to raise awareness of the importance of vaccines in ending the COVID-19 pandemic.
He took piano lessons with his children
In 2006, the rocker decided to take up piano lessons with his children’s piano teacher to improve his songwriting. He said: "My kid's piano teacher DAWN has been teaching me the piano. And every time she gives me a lesson, I write a new song. So next week, when [the band] meet up, I have all these songs to play for them."
Billy was super-excited to be at the BRIT Awards, because he has been craving the return of live music whilst in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Singer Billy Otto slams Byron Baes after being offered $200-a-day
Billy Otto has slammed Netflix's controversial reality show Byron Baes for allegedly being misled by producers. The Byron Bay rocker claimed he was told the show was a positive and empowering documentary but he was disappointed after seeing the press release on April 8.'The way that it was pitched to me was that it was really going to zone in on interesting people in Byron Bay and creatives and even creative influencers,' the 33-year-old told The Daily Telegraph.
He said: "I'm excited to be here, I don't know a lot of the Brit artists so I'm looking forward to learning about them.
"I'm most looking forward to the performances, that's what's most fun for me at award shows, the performances."
Meanwhile, Billy and Zachary Quinto are to play gay parents in new Disney+ series ‘The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder’.
The pair will portray Randall Leibovitz-Jenkins and Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins respectively, the adoptive parents to the 14-year-old Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, set to be voiced by Keke Palmer.
Prince Harry 'volunteered' to go through therapy on camera .
The Me You Can't See Director Dawn Porter, from the US, has spoken to Town and Country magazine about what led Prince Harry to go through therapy on camera.The American documentary filmmaker, who is known for her works including Trapped and Gideon's Army, has revealed how she convinced the Duke of Sussex, 36, and Oprah Winfrey to open up in the new five-part AppleTV+ docuseries and what led the royal to go through therapy on film.