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Sir Elton John offers to introduce Vladimir Putin to Russia’s gay community

The singer's statement follows the Russian President's call for gay tourists visiting the country during Sochi 2014 to "leave the children in peace"

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Model and burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese gets a kiss from Jean-Paul Gaultier

Paris Fashion Week: Jean Paul Gaultier tries to transmogrify haute couture at spring/summer 2014 show

You felt you were witnessing a trite, tired form in its death throes

The Wanted have announced time apart after their world tour later this year

The Wanted split up: Boy band announce break

The boy band have announced they are taking time apart after their tour

Dave Lee Travis, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, arrives at Southwark Crown Court, pictured on 17 January.

Dave Lee Travis trial: BBC DJ 'asked journalist to pose in photographs at his home'

The alleged victim's flatmate also gave evidence, and claimed she was "stressed" and "upset" after the reporter visited Travis' home

Sophie Ellis Bextor is confirmed to appear in this year's Strictly Come Dancing
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Pharrell Williams will perform alongside the likes of Katy Perry and Rudimental at the Brit Awards 2014

Brit Awards 2014: Pharrell Williams to perform

The rapper will join Arctic Monkeys and Bruno Mars at the February event

10 things you really should do before you leave university for good

There's more to these three years than drinking and sleeping, and you owe it to yourself to find it

Winter Olympics 2014: Twin toilets at Sochi Games venue sparks Twitter storm

Photo showing a twin toilet in the Sochi Biathlon Centre has been met with jokes and disbelief across Twitter

Hugh Jackman at the UK premiere of 'The Wolverine' in 2013. The film star has denied feeling frustrated when people say Wolverine has overshadowed his career

Hugh Jackman: Wolverine has not eclipsed my career- I could still play any character

Hugh Jackman speaks to Stephen Applebaum about the secrets to a long showbiz marriage, and why he still feels guilty about money

Damon Albarn of Blur will release his debut solo album on 28 April

Damon Albarn to headline first BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Manchester

The Blur frontman will unveil his debut solo album at the two-day event

Liam Gallagher battles Aussie Open heat with freshly shaved head (and bomber jacket) in bizarre tennis-related PR stunt

The Beady Eye singer showed off his backhand – and a closely shaved new haircut – in the Hot Shots area of Melbourne Park

Dutch brass band to play gay anthem YMCA at Sochi Winter Olympics

Kleintje Pils say the performance will be a 'signal'

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