January 6, 2012 in City

Deschanel hoping to be single girl again

From Wire Reports

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Zooey Deschanel has filed for divorce from her rocker husband of two years.

The actress filed for divorce in Los Angeles on Dec. 27 from Ben Gibbard, citing irreconcilable differences. The former couple announced they had broken up in November.

The 31-year-old actress stars in the Fox sitcom “New Girl” and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance. Gibbard is the lead singer of the rock band Death Cab for Cutie, which released the album “Codes and Keys” in May.

Deschanel and Gibbard were married in September 2009 and have no children together.

Deschanel’s publicist has said that the couple’s split was “amicable.”

Amaro still plans to become nurse

She’s got a $5 million recording contract, but Melanie Amaro still sees herself as a nurse someday.

The 19-year-old was studying nursing in college before her winning run on Fox’s “The X Factor.” Although she’s just signed a deal with Epic Records and is about to start working on her debut album, she said she still wants to pursue the field of nursing at some point.

“To be honest, I still do want to do nursing because I want to help people,” she said in an interview Wednesday. “But I think as of right now I want to pursue what I absolutely love, which is my singing first. … I’ll just probably take classes while I’m on the road or something. I don’t know. Whatever comes my way.”

Amaro won the talent competition last month on the strength of her big voice and ballad-style singing. But Amaro says people shouldn’t expect just slow, anthem-like songs on her debut.

“I’ll still have the big ballads, but then I’m hoping to throw something out there that fans won’t expect so they’ll be like, ‘Oh my God, there’s different stages of her or different genres that she can do,’ ” said the Sunrise, Fla., resident.

The birthday bunch

Bluegrass performer Earl Scruggs is 88. Actress Bonnie Franklin is 68. Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 61. Singer Jett Williams is 59. Rock musician Malcolm Young (AC-DC) is 59. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 57. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kathy Sledge is 53. TV chef Nigella Lawson is 52. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eric Williams (BLACKstreet) is 52. Movie composer A.R. Rahman (Film: “Slumdog Millionaire”) is 46. Movie director John Singleton is 44. TV personality Julie Chen is 42. Actor Danny Pintauro (“Who’s the Boss?”) is 36. Rock singer Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) is 26.

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