Beyonce’ father gets married

NEW YORK — Beyonce has a stepmother.

Her father and former manager, Mathew Knowles, got married recently. His representative told The Associated Press that he has wed former model Gena Charmaine Avery in Houston, Texas. The pair had been engaged for a year and a half.

The 48-year-old Avery is a realtor. The 61-year-old Knowles guided his daughter to superstardom with the group Destiny’s Child and later in her solo career; she released her father as her manager in 2011.

Knowles, head of Music World Entertainment, still manages several gospel acts including Grammy-winner Le’Andria Johnson.

Statue of Mr. Darcy rises from London lake

LONDON — It’s Colin Firth, but not as we know him. He’s 12 feet tall and made of fiberglass.

A statue of brooding Mr. Darcy, the character played by Firth in “Pride and Prejudice” has been installed in London’s Serpentine lake.

The figure shows Darcy emerging from the water in a soaked shirt, recreating a scene from the 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel.

The scene helped turn Firth into a sex symbol and is regularly voted among Britain’s most memorable TV moments.

Lead sculptor Toby Crowther said the work took the lake scene as a starting point but also drew on other depictions of Austen’s romantic hero.

The statue was placed in the Hyde Park lake Monday to promote a new TV channel dedicated to British drama.

Kris Jenner tries variety with talk show co-hosts

LOS ANGELES — Kris Jenner isn’t going it alone on her new talk show: Joan Rivers and Sean “Diddy Combs” will be among the co-hosts sharing the stage with Jenner.

The show’s producer said Monday that Jenner will be paired with a different co-host for each episode of the daytime show, titled “Kris.”

Others in the lineup include Kathie Lee Gifford, Morris Chestnut, NeNe Leakes, Tom Bergeron and Ryan Seacrest, who produces “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” which features Jenner and other family members.

The talk show gets a trial run starting next week on selected Fox stations.

Associated Press