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Angelina and Brad are engaged

Plus: P Diddy deals with trespasser; Tim Roth to preside over Un Certain Regard; Madonna says Malawi's new leader is amazing; JK Rowling publishes adult book and more.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are engaged.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are engaged.

After six children and several years together, Brangelina are finally making it official.

On Friday, a spokeswoman for the couple said Brad Pitt had proposed to Angelina Jolie, and that their engagement "is a promise for the future". The famous Beverly Hills jeweller Robert Procop, who has designed an entire collection inspired by Jolie, worked with Pitt to design the ring, which took a year to design. A news release describes it as featuring a long diamond amid a "galaxy of smaller stones".

Pitt "wanted every aspect of it to be perfect, so we were able to locate a diamond of the finest quality and cut it to an exact custom size and shape to suit Angelina's hand", the jeweller said in a statement.

"Brad was always heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design evolution. The side diamonds are specially cut to encircle her finger. Each diamond is of the highest gem quality."

Jolie was seen wearing the ring on Wednesday at a private viewing of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Chinese Galleries. She attended the small gathering with Pitt and their son Pax.

Tim Roth to preside over Un Certain Regard

Cannes Festival organisers say the British actor and director Tim Roth will head the jury for the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard competition.

The panel, led by the 50-year-old actor – perhaps best known for his roles in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction – will view 20 movies that will be selected for the contest.

The secondary Un Certain Regard competition was set up in 1978 to recognise aesthetics and original ideas in film. The prize will be awarded on May 26 during the Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 16-27.

Trespasser in P Diddy's house

A fan who allegedly broke into Sean "Diddy" Combs's mansion in the East Hamptons on April 1, while the hip-hop star was away, has been arrested, reports E! Online.

Quamine Taylor, 30, from Queens, New York, made himself at home for 24 hours – eating Combs's food, trying on his clothes and falling asleep in one of the mansion's bedrooms – before eventually being foiled by a caretaker, who refused to believe that he had permission to be there.

Taylor told The New York Post in a prison interview published on Friday that he has been going to the house from time to time since 2001.

Madonna happy with Malawi's new leader

Madonna says she's happy that Malawi's former vice president, Joyce Banda, became the president on April 7. Banda is the country's first female leader.

Madonna adopted two Malawian children and started the charity Raising Malawi in 2006. It assists orphanages and other aid programmes in the country.

The singer called Banda "amazing".

"She was really into girls being educated in Africa, which is a good thing," Madonna said in an interview on Thursday. "So I'm glad."

The pop star made the comments at Macy's in New York for the launch of her fragrance, Truth or Dare.

New novel for adults by JK Rowling

It may lack wizards and witches, but JK Rowling and her publisher are hoping her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, will have the magic touch.

The book's title was announced on Thursday by Little, Brown & Co. It will be a "blackly comic" tale of rivalry and duplicity in a small English town and will be available worldwide on September 27.

The book, aimed at a grown-up audience, will be Rowling's first post-Potter effort and will be set in a seemingly idyllic English town called Pagford.

The publisher said the 480-page novel will be sold as an e-book and audio download as well as in traditional hardback form.

Lady Gaga criticised for tweet about food

A tweet sent by Lady Gaga last week is continuing to cause controversy on Twitter. Her comment, "Just killed back to back spin classes. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger", which was followed with the hashtag #PopSingersDontEat, met with instant disapproval from many of her 22 million plus followers, who have accused her of promoting a negative attitude towards food and body image, the Press Association reports. Gaga, who has yet to respond to the backlash, launched her Born This Way Foundation in 2011 with the aim of fostering "a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated".

Courtney Love's accusations untrue

Both Frances Bean Cobain, the biological, estranged daughter of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, and Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters' frontman, denied Love's accusations that Grohl attempted to seduce the 19-year-old Frances.

Love accused Grohl, a former bandmate of Frances's father, on her private Twitter account last week. Frances responded to Love's allegations by saying Twitter should ban her mother. "While I'm generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn. I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way."Grohl responded to the accusations in a statement: "Unfortunately Courtney is on another hateful Twitter rant. These new accusations are upsetting, offensive and absolutely untrue."