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Usher wants to be super-dad
Usher has another confession to make: he wants to be a good role model for his baby son, reports Bang Showbiz. The slick R&B singer - who has a nine-month-old boy, Usher Raymond V, with wife Tameka - says he is taking the responsibilities of fatherhood very seriously. He said: "I represent what he is to become. He's going to admire me, he's going to look up to me. He's going to say, 'I want to be like my father. I want be a man of valour’." Usher admits his relationship with his own father, who was also called Usher and died earlier this year, was not the healthiest but says he holds no grudges as it taught him how to be a good parent. He added: "I don't judge my father because I forgave him for anything he'd ever done to hurt me unintentionally. I've learnt you should never abandon that responsibility, which is to be there, reading with your child, being supportive of your child's growth." Usher has vehemently denied rumours that he and his wife had split, insisting that his player days are over and that he is now a family man. Little Usher #5 sure has a lot to live up to, with such a successful dad. But will he have to name his kids Usher as well?

'Unholy' rapper irks church
The International Pentecostal Church of Christ (IPCC) and rapper Jub Jub are involved in an unholy war over the star’s hit "Ndikhokhele Bawo", reports Sunday World. The IPCC claims the rapper, real name Molemo Maarohanye, did an ungodly thing by adopting a hymn without their permission. In a letter to the hip-hop star’s record company Bonzo Music, IPCC’s record company Gallo, says the song and its remix on Jub Jub’s album My Shine are substantial reproductions of IPCC’s original version, "Ndikhokhele Bawo". “[This] amounts to copyright infringement in terms of the Copyright Act of 1978,” states the letter. The IPCC demanded that Jub Jub stop reproducing and distributing further copies of My Shine and that he deliver all masters and other reproductions in his possession to them "to be destroyed". They also want a breakdown of all the money Jub Jub has made by the sale of the CD. IPCC producer and manager Thami Mdluli says: "We aren’t disputing the fact that the song is a hymn, but we composed our own version, which is the one Jub Jub and his company stole." Jub Jub and his label, however, are preparing to fight back. "Let them take us to court,” says the star. "I have a very hungry lawyer. They can’t be selfish with God just because my song became better and bigger than theirs." Jub Jub is at least brave, getting up the nose of a congregation as large and influential as the IPCC. And who wouldn’t want to back the little guy?

Sting to lock up his daughter?
Sting was left furious after discovering his teenage daughter had shared a tent with drug addict Pete Doherty at the Glastonbury music festival, reports Bang Showbiz. The Police frontman reportedly lost his temper when he was told 17-year-old Coco had become close to the troubled rocker at the event last month. An onlooker said: "I was standing next to Coco's tent after Pete had played his set, and one of her friends went to check on her. She unzipped the door, and Pete was lying outstretched in her tent. He looked very comfortable and was smoking something - the tent was full of smoke but it was impossible to tell what it was. He seemed pretty out of it, though." Of course, gossip as juicy as this can never remain a secret, and Sting was promptly informed of his daughter’s new friendship. Coco, naturally, has pop aspirations of her own and the Babyshambles frontman has become an unlikely mentor to the youngster, helping her with songs for her debut album, due later this year. The source added: "Coco has definitely inherited her dad's vocal skills and Pete has been raving about her talent. It's pretty clear he finds her attractive, which will only worry her dad more." Or perhaps Daddy Sting is feeling stung by the fact his daughter isn’t coming to him for musical advice? Ouch, indeed.

It’s official: Chris Martin has verbal diarrhoea
Chris Martin says people should call their babies 'Chewbacca' if they want, reports Bang Showbiz. He also went on to compare his children to dishes in a bizarre interview. The Coldplay frontman - who gave his own children the unusual names Apple and Moses - believes an unnecessary fuss is made over what parents name their kids. Chris said: "There's nothing weird about calling your baby Chewbacca, if that's what you want. It's no weirder than Sarah - it's just that people aren't so used to it. "People make a big fuss over names - the names of babies, albums, bands. What everyone forgets is a name is just a noise and if you like it then f**k what everyone else says - that's what it's called." Chris also revealed he is a hands-on dad and even loved changing his children's nappies. Chris added in an interview with Blender magazine: "Men should always change diapers. It's a very rewarding experience. It's mentally cleansing. It's like washing the dishes, but imagine if the dishes were your kids, so you really love the dishes." And somewhere Gwyneth Paltrow is cringing at the thought of naming her next child Sunlight…

Mariah shares kidnap fantasy
Mariah Carey says that she’s "always wanted to be kidnapped", reports Bang Showbiz. The singer harboured fantasies about someone abducting her during the darkest periods of her life. She said: "When I was in an unhappy place in my life, I always wanted to be kidnapped. I just wanted a way out, but I didn't have one." Mariah’s wish then came true when her new husband Nick Cannon "kidnapped" her to propose. She added: "He sort of kidnapped me and took me on a helicopter ride. Then he proposed." She insists she has never been happier than she is now, telling Elle magazine: "It's definitely the best place I've ever been in my life. If you really look at my life, I've never had a personal life. I put my career ahead of my personal life because I think I didn't know that I was deserving of both. That was just my own insecurity and land in which I live." Poor Mimi. Who knew life as wife on music mogul Tommy Motola was such torture? Her reputation as a diva with a screw loose appears to be something of the past, so here’s hoping her quickie marriage to Cannon lasts.

- Shaheema Barodien

Sources: Bang Showbiz, Sunday World

Usher aims for super-dad status, Sting’s daughter makes a dodgy new friend, kwaito star in war with church and Mariah shares her bizarre kidnap fantasies.

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