Celebrity news this week includes the untimely death of Paul Walker, Justin Bieber's hurricane relief efforts, Jay-Z and Beyonce's new diet and much more...
Paul Walker's tragic death.
"The Fast and the Furious" franchise's Paul Walker died at 40 on November 30 when the car he was riding in hit a post and exploded. An autopsy revealed that Walker died of trauma from the impact as well as thermal injuries from the ensuing fire. His family, friends, the acting community and fans were left stunned and saddened, including co-star Vin Diesel, who visited the crash site and used a police car's speaker to thank fans for showing their love for the late actor, and who posted about his 'brother' on Facebook. "'To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die.' — Thomas Campbell. Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now... and the profound impact your full life has had on it, on us... on me... I will always love you Brian, as the brother you were... on and off screen." Universal Studios announced they would donate some of the profits from the home video release of "The Fast and the Furious 6" to Walker's charity. The studio also placed a temporary hold on production of "The Fast and the Furious 7" in light of Walker's passing.
Amanda Bynes released.
Actress Amanda Bynes ("She's The Man," "Easy A") has been released from the facility where she was being treated for schizophrenia and a bi-polar disorder, according to a report by TMZ. Bynes is in the care of her mother, and will live at her home while receiving out-patient therapy. Bynes has been ruled competent to stand trial on her DUI charge, which is still an outstanding issue for her.
Nigella Lawson admits cocaine use.
Testifying at the fraud trial of her former employees, Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, "The Taste's" Nigella Lawson admitted to having tried cocaine a handful of times, but denied being a habitual user. She claimed that rumors of her cocaine habit were perpetuated by ex-husband Charles Saatchi, who had threatened to destroy her if she failed to clear his name following an incident earlier this year in which he was photographed with his hands on her throat outside of a restaurant.
Justin Bieber joins Philippines relief.
Pop singer Justin Bieber is contributing to the relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan by offering fans a chance to hang out with him in the studio when he records a new album. Rolling Stone reported that Bieber fans who donate money through Prizeo.com will be entered in the draw for a trip for two to Los Angeles for the meeting with Bieber sometime in the new year.
British singer Rita Ora cast in Fifty Shades of Grey.
Christian Grey's adopted sister, Mia, will be portrayed by British singer Rita Ora in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie version. Ora took to Twitter to share the news:
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) December 2, 2013
It's a girl for Brooke Anderson.
"Entertainment Tonight's" Brooke Anderson, along with husband, Jim Walker, welcomed a baby girl they named Lily Georgina into the world on Saturday November 30, according to People. Healthy 'Lily George' weighed in at 7 lbs. 8 oz. and joins 4 year-old older sister, Kate Victoria.
Diane Lane and Josh Brolin's divorce is final.
Actors Diane Lane ("Man Of Steel," "Unfaithful") and Josh Brolin ("W.," "Wall Street") have finalized their divorce after separating earlier this year, People reported. Brolin apparently spent time in a rehab facility last month after several altercations in public. The pair married in 2004.
Simon Cowell's girlfriend is divorced.
The X Factor's Simon Cowell's girlfriend, who is pregnant with his child, is officially divorced from her husband and Cowell's former friend, Andrew Silverman. E! News reported that Lauren Silverman agreed to joint custody of their 7 year-old son in the settlement, which was finalized in New York Civil Court on Wednesday December 4.