Celebrity Roundup: January 6, 2012

By Sam Lansky 01/06/12

Rapper Ludacris to open "Chicken & Beer" restaurant at airport, Kim Richards misses Housewives reunion to be in rehab, and British pop star Sarah Harding in violent quarrel with addict lover.

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Ludacris Plans to Open “Chicken & Beer” Restaurant at Atlanta Airport [The Washington Post]
Rapper Ludacris is headed for the big time with a new venture into the lucrative world of celebrity restaurants, albeit an unconventional one: he announced plans to open a restaurant at Atlanta’s busy Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, called "Chicken & Beer." Because if there’s one thing frazzled travelers need, it’s to be bloated and drunk when they fly.

Russell Brand Threatened to Call Off Wedding to Katy Perry Over Her Partying [New York Daily News]
Recovering addict Russell Brand and his pop star wife Katy Perry’s marriage was short-lived. But it almost didn’t exist at all: new reports allege that in the weeks leading up to the wedding, Brand almost called off the ceremony altogether due to their differing lifestyles (Perry likes to party, whereas Brand is now a teetotaler).

Kim Richards Misses Housewives Reunion to Be in Rehab [Gather]
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards checked herself into rehab last month—to absolutely no one’s surprise—but the fact that she appears to have missed the taping of the reunion show? A little shocking. Her sister Kyle reports that Kim is still in treatment, meaning Thursday’s taping of the climactic reunion episode should be Kim-free. Brandi Glanville should count her blessings.

British Pop Star Sarah Harding Gets Into Violent Squabble Post-Rehab
Girls Aloud songbird Sarah Harding went through treatment for alcoholism in 2011, but things don’t seem to be improving one day at a time for the English chanteuse. A quarrel with her lover Theo Van Dries, a recovering cocaine addict, turned violent in an Austrian hotel room, leaving Harding with bruises all over her body.

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