PEOPLE: Michelle Williams, fiance, go separate ways; Tyler Perry picks up $400K worth of customer layaway tabs at two Walmarts; Golden Globe-nominated director jokingly goes after competition


Michelle Williams not destined for wedding

Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams has called it quits with her fiance.

The star announced Friday that her engagement to 40-year-old pastor Chad Johnson is over. The 38-year-old wrote on Instagram that "things didn't work out." Williams says she doesn't want to "destroy another relationship."

The couple announced their engagement in April. They appear in the reality show, "Chad Loves Michelle," on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Tyler Perry pays off $400K worth of layaways

Customers at two suburban Atlanta Walmart stores received a holiday surprise when they found out actor Tyler Perry had paid for their layaway items.

Perry, who intended the gift to be anonymous, confirmed the move in a video posted to Twitter.

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He spent $434,000 on items at a Walmart in East Point and another store in Douglasville. That covered all but one penny of the balances.

In the post, Tyler said customers had to pay only one cent to get their purchases. He says he's just "really, really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this."

Golden Globe nominee takes aim at 'Mary Poppins' sequel

"Vice" director Adam McKay says he's competitive with only one movie in the best comedy or musical film category: "Mary Poppins Returns."

Speaking from London about his film's leading six Golden Globe nominations Thursday, McKay deadpanned that "we will take 'Mary Poppins' out." He added: "Dick Cheney is going for her."

McKay's film about the former vice president also got nominations for stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell, as well as for his directing and screenplay.

"Vice" hits North American theaters on Dec. 25.

Today's birthdays: Singer Chad Stuart of Chad and Jeremy is 77. Singer Ralph Tavares of Tavares is 77. Actress-singer Gloria Loring is 72. Drummer Walter "Clyde" Orange of The Commodores is 72. Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is 67. Actress Susan Dey is 66. Actor-director Kenneth Branagh is 58. Actress Nia Peeples is 57. TV chef Bobby Flay is 54. Drummer Meg White of The White Stripes is 44. Rapper Kuniva of D12 is 43. Actor Alano Miller is 39. Actress Raven-Symone is 33.


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