71-year old Diamond married one of his managers 42-year old Katie McNeil. The pair got married yesterday in LA in front of a small group of family and friends.
We guess that he must be pretty smitten with Katie as his last divorce to wife Marcia Murphey cost him around £100m, making it one of the most costly divorces in showbiz history. It is thought that only Mel Gibson’s 2011 divorce from wife Robyn last year was more costly at an estimated £260m.
The pair met when Katie was acting as the executive producer of the 2009 film Neil Diamond: Hot August Night NYC. Neil was described as being ecstatic at the thought of marrying Katie. They got engaged last September and have lived together in Diamond’s big LA mansion for some while.
Neil Diamond has been a hugely successful artist for many years with an estimated 160m records being sold over a career which began in the late 1950’s. He best known songs include Song Sung Blue, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Love On The Rocks and Cracklin’ Rosie, all of which got to Number One.
He has received numerous awards over his long career including the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year. He is still touring and has US tour dates booked in this year from June until September.
The 4 coaches have now chosen 5 acts each after having to eliminate half of their original picks. Will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones, Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue had a tough weekend and they all had some difficult decisions to make before settling on their final 5 acts.
Although most of the acts getting through were what the public expected there were some unexpected casualties along the way including Deniece Pearson, the former singer with 80’s pop group Five Star who used to be known back then as Denise Pearson.
We are likely to see some good scraps over the next few weeks as the acts have to perform on live television. There are already a few acts who are bubbling to the top of the pile and the bookies have 3 acts edging ahead of the opposition even at this early stage. Ruth Brown and Becky Hill have both made a strong impression but the early frontrunner in the contest is the London gospel singer and singing teacher, Jaz Ellington.
Having moved through the early battle stages of the competition where the coaches took sole responsibility for the acts going through, we now move onto the stage where the public get a chance to vote on their favourite acts and share joint responsibility with the coaches. In the live final the act getting crowned The Voice will be chosen by a public vote. During these final stages all of the acts get a chance to perform with their coaches.