Grapevine: Chris Rock denies adopting girl

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Chris Rock denies adopting South African girl

Comedian Chris Rock and wife Malaak Rock are divorcing, and details of a 7-year-old South African girl, Ntombi, who lived with them, are being revealed. The child started living with the Rocks in 2008 when she was 6 months old. She grew up there and was enrolled in a New Jersey school, according to TMZ. Since the divorce proceedings, the comedian has kept in touch with his two biological daughters, but has not seen the South African girl. Rock’s rep told TMZ he doesn’t have an adopted child. TMZ say sources say Ntombi was brought to the U.S. by Malaak and it’s unclear if she was ever legally adopted.

Bieber cancels appearances

TMZ reports that Justin Bieber canceled his Tuesday “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” appearance due to some personal issues. A source claims the issues are emotional and mental but not related to drugs or alcohol. He was supposed to take a segment to air during the Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS but he backed out of that, too. Biebs tweeted an apology to Colbert: “My apologies to @colbertlateshow as I won't be able to make it to nyc tomorrow for the show. I look forward to making it up to you soon.”

Super famous women party together

While Adele was in New York City for her appearance on “Saturday Night Live” and her concert at Radio City Music Hall (which airs Dec. 14 on NBC), she palled around with some famous friends: Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone. The Daily Mail reports Stone and Lawrence dined at Mexican restaurant Cosme and waited for Adele to finish her appearance on the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” The Mail reports that Lawrence and Adele had dinner together on Friday night, as well. The pair have a lot to celebrate. Adele’s third studio album, “25,” has smashed music industry records and Lawrence is finally through with the “Hunger Games” film series with “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” debuting last week with $101 million at the box office.

Charlie O’Brien is retiring from radio

Detroit radio veteran Charlie O’Brien is packing it up and retiring from CKWW Windsor, he’ll tell his listeners this morning, on his 6 a.m.-noon show on the 580 AM “Motor City Favorites” station. O’Brien, 65, started in radio in 1971 in London, Ontario. He was hired by the legendary CKLW, “The Big 8,” out of Detroit-Windsor, in 1976. “I’ve been fortunate to play records for a living and entertain every day on air,” said O’Brien. “Working at two of the greatest radio stations, CKLW and CHUM Toronto, with some amazing broadcasters, is more than I could have dreamt of.” The Windsor resident will take the time he’ll have now to continue his passion for photography — he is a common sight at concerts, shooting artists such as Brian Wilson — and his “ongoing struggles” to master piano.

Cynthia Robinson of Sly and the Family Stone died

Trumpeter and co-founder of Sly and the Family Stone, Cynthia Robinson, died recently. The news was posted on her Facebook page Tuesday. The posts asks those looking to help to donate to the Cynthia Robinson Cancer Care Fund to help pay for medical costs. Robinson, a California native, was 69.

Also ...

Josh Groban will bring his “On Stage” tour with special guest Sarah McLachlan to DTE Energy Music Theatre on Aug. 13. Tickets, $26-$145.50, go on sale Dec. 11.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will perform at the Fox Theatre April 29. Tickets, $25-$125, go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 4.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Susan Whitall contributed

Wednesday’s birthdays

Bruno Tonioli, 60

Amy Grant, 55

Billy Burke, 49

Christina Applegate, 44

Rome Flynn, 24