NEW YORK (AP) -- Russell Watson's success on the music charts has earned the British tenor the attention of his nation's tabloids -- attention he says he can do without.
"In the U.K., sometimes press can be naughty, I will say. For certain newspapers are always looking for ulterior motives," Watson told The Associated Press.
"They come to talk to you about your next album, but really they haven't. They've come to delve into things that are going on, like my relationship and things like that. It's very difficult."
The 27-year-old Watson is separated from his wife, with whom he has a young daughter. He said his celebrity doesn't give the press the right to delve into his marital woes.
"There's so many legalities going on at the moment, that it just wouldn't be fair to start blabbing everything now, and talking about my personal life to the press," he said. "Because at the end of the day, my personal life is exactly what it stands to be, it's my personal life and it should be kept that way."
Watson's debut album, "The Voice," is a best seller on Billboard's classical crossover chart.
Ward enjoys being in her 40s
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sela Ward, star of ABC's "Once and Again," considers herself a "late bloomer."
"If I can hold a banner for women in their 40s that says life isn't over and sexiness isn't over, then great," the 45-year-old actress tells Ladies' Home Journal in the September issue. "So far, my 40s have been the best time of my life."
Although she once worried about how to make herself look more youthful when she went on auditions, "Now, I think you do great violence to yourself as a woman by lying about your age, because it undermines your self-esteem."
Ward won an Emmy for her role as Lily Manning, a divorced mother with two children, on "Once and Again," which is entering its third season. She has just finished "Behind the Sun," an independent film in which she plays Billy Bob Thornton's ex-wife.
She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, venture capitalist Howard Sherman, and their two children, Austin Ward, 8, and Anabella, 3.
Owners of Garcia guitars at issue
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) -- A Marin County Superior Court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that disputes the ownership of five of Jerry Garcia's guitars.
Grateful Dead Productions, the Novato-based company representing the surviving band members, had asked the judge to dismiss Doug Irwin's lawsuit for custody of the guitars, known as Wolf, Tiger, Rosebud, Headless and Wolf Jr. The guitars could be worth millions on the collectors' market.
Irwin, a custom guitar maker, says he's the rightful owner of the guitars he built for the late rock 'n' roll superstar. Garcia left the guitars to Irwin in his will. But the company claims it bought the instruments and they were not Garcia's to give away.
Judge Michael Dufficy ruled last week that Grateful Dead Productions had not proven the three-year statute of limitations had expired on Irwin's claim to the instruments.
Irwin, who did not file his claim for the guitars until March of this year, claims he was given informal assurances that he would get the instruments.
Garcia died in 1995.
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