Samantha Burke, who is pregnant with Jude Law’s fourth baby, was “terrified” to tell him the news, her mother revealed today. Speaking to London’s Evening Standard, Lea Burke said her daughter Samantha, 24, was “in shock” when she found out she was pregnant. She said: “This was in no way planned. Hell no. She was in shock when she found she was pregnant and terrified to tell him. It was tough for her, she was going back to school so she had to change plans. She’s decided to come back home – it is too expensive to stay in New York and she can be with her family.”
Law, who is starring in Hamlet in London’s West End, now faces possible paternity payments of thousands a month. The 36-year-old actor had a fling with Burke while he was playing Dr Watson in director Guy Ritchie’s version of “Sherlock Holmes” while filming in New York last winter.
Burke’s mother said of Jude Law: “I don’t know him [Law] but my daughter said he is very nice. She likes him as a person and they spent time together when she was living in New York. She treats him like a normal guy and he liked hanging out with her.”
Samantha Burke has appointed lawyers and is allegedly seeking a “substantial” sum to help raise the girl due in October, but her mother refused to comment on this.
‘There was something missing in my life’: Madonna explains her attraction to Kabbalah in an Israeli newspaper column
Madonna can now add something new to add to her resume: Israeli newspaper correspondent. An article in Friday’s edition of Israel’s biggest daily, Yediot Ahronot, contains an article written by the Material Girl. It describes her spiritual awakening upon discovering Jewish mysticism, called Kabbalah, after which, she writes, ‘all the puzzle pieces started falling into place.’
In the article, Madonna, who was raised Roman Catholic, describes hearing about Kabbalah for the first time at a dinner party in Los Angeles while pregnant with her daughter Lourdes, who is now 12. She had recently completed a starring role in the movie “Evita,” but ‘still felt like something was missing in my life.’ She attended her first Kabbalah class after years of practicing yoga and reading about Buddhism, Taoism and early Christianity. ‘I heard what he had to say and I knew at this moment my life would never be the same,’ she writes in the article. ‘Life no longer seemed like a series of Random events,’ she writes. ‘I also began to see that being Rich and Famous wasn’t going to bring me lasting fulfillment and that it was not the end of the journey.’
Jewish tradition has long held that Kabbalah is so complicated and so easily misunderstood that students may only begin to approach it with a strong background in Jewish law and only after age 40. The discipline’s elements include the study of mystical texts, prayer and meditation in an attempt to draw closer to the divine. The criticism appears to have had no effect on Madonna’s popularity among Israelis. Originally scheduled to give one concert in Tel Aviv, Madonna added a second after the first show quickly sold out.
Madonna has taken the Hebrew name Esther and came to Israel on private pilgrimages in 2004 and 2007 along with other Kabbalah devotees. She is bringing her Sticky & Sweet tour to Israel in September, which no doubt explains the timing of the article. Madonna’s last concert in Israel was in 1993, during her Girlie Show tour.
Here’s the description of spiritual awakening from the Material Girl:
So I went to the class and sat in the back and I listened to a man named Eitan teach the class.
I heard what he had to say and I knew at this moment my life would never be the same.
I began to go to the classes regularly and sit in the class with my notebook. No one bothered me. I took notes.
I met with Eitan privately and asked a lot of questions. The thing that was encouraged the most was to enquire further.
All the questions I had about life began to be answered and I realized I had finally found a “belief system” or philosophy that incorporated Science and Spirituality.
I was learning about Physics, Astronomy, Nature and the laws of Cause and Effect.
All the puzzle pieces started falling into place.
Life no longer seemed like a series of Random events. I started to see patterns in life. I woke up. I began to be conscious of my words and my actions and to really see the results of them.
I also began to see that being Rich and Famous wasn’t going to bring me lasting fulfillment and that it was not the end of the journey; that it was the beginning of the journey.