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Despite rumors that bombshell actress Carmen Electra is dating rocker Joan Jett, her rep tells Us magazine’s Web site that “they are just friends.”

And speculation about a romantic Palm Springs getaway at the Dinah Shore Weekend is unfounded: While Carmen is scheduled to perform at the event, an insider told the site Joan isn’t attending.

Is Katie crying to Victoria about Tom?

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Reports claim that Victoria Beckham, shown at Katie Holmes' and Tom Cruise's wedding, is sick of Cruise trying to get her to become a Scientologist.

Is the fairy-tale marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes turning into a horror story? A new report in Us claims Tom has been acting like a real ogre, controlling his young bride’s every move.

“Katie has been crying over the phone,” a source told the magazine. “She’s frustrated. Tom is denying her every single thing.”

The actress’ closest confidant is said to be Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham: “Once, Katie and Victoria talked on the phone for four hours,” the source said.

But a religious rift could allegedly drive away Katie’s one source of support. Tom is said to be annoying the erstwhile Spice Girl with his constant proselytizing for Scientology.

“Victoria is sick and tired of Tom being on her back about Scientology,” another source told Us. “Victoria is an old-fashioned British woman who believes in God. She finds it quite rude that Tom is bugging her so much. Not too long ago, Tom left 18 messages in one hour to get [her and husband David Beckham] to join the church.”

A rep for the actor countered, unsurprisingly, “This is completely false. Tom does not and never has encouraged anyone to adopt Scientology.”

Britney: On the Case

Now that Britney Spears has completed her treatment at Promises, it’s time for her to take care of some business.

First, the recently rehabbed diva’s divorce proceedings with estranged husband Kevin Federline are progressing toward a rapid conclusion, reports TMZ.com. Despite buzz that FedEx could score a settlement of $19 million, the gossip site claims that the real figure is closer to a paltry $1 million, thanks to an iron-clad prenuptial agreement. The couple will reportedly share custody of their two sons equally for now,but Britney will eventually take on primary custody.

And in other Spears legal news, TMZ also reports that Britney won an injunction in a British court barring “[a] person or persons … who has/have been leaking information about Ms. Spears’ time in a rehabilitation clinic from further disclosures invading her privacy.” Allegedly, an insider is shopping a tale from Britney’s Promises stint to a U.K. tabloid.

Xtina: ‘Keep It Sexy’

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Christina Aguilera is really a romantic softie when it comes to hubby Jordan Bratman.

Christina Aguilera has an in-your-face sex-symbol image, but in her personal life, the singer falls for downright cutesy moves. Husband Jordan Bratman “always leaves Post-its bymy bed when I wake up in the morning telling me how much he loves me,” Christina confides to People magazine’s Web site. “All that gushy stuff, but it feels good. He’s the best.”

To keep romance alive, the blond chanteuse says, “We make sure that we always have fun together and keep it fun and sexy.”

“We go out to romantic dinners a lot,” she adds. “We do anything your average couple would do, but with an interesting twist.”

And the honeymoon phase won’t end anytime soon. While they “do plan on having a family … in the next few years,” for now Christina says, “We’ll have fun trying in the meantime!”

Punk Love

Another artist who’s gushing about married life: Avril Lavigne, who has been wed to Sum 41 rocker Deryck Whibley for less than a year. “We have a really good, strong relationship,” she tells Jane magazine. “There’s a lot of trust.”

Avril is so confident about the marriage, in fact, she adds, “I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to him.”

Maybe that’s because she’s helped him steer clear of bad choices: “He doesn’t do drugs. Clearly, he used to, because he talked about it, but I wouldn’t be with someone who did, and I made that very clear to him when we first started dating.”

Love seems to have softened the onetime tomboy, who wore a conventional white gown at her wedding: “I wanted to be a princess, OK?” Fair enough.

Five quick takes

– Rapper Lil’ Jon is honored for “Biggest Bling” in the new Guinness Book of World Records.

– “Factory Girl” actress Sienna Miller was spotted taking driving lessons in London.

– Singer Nick Lachey is in the recording studio working on his third solo album.

– “Desperate Housewives” actor Jesse Metcalfe is in rehab for an alcohol problem, his rep said.

– Katharine McPhee hosted Self magazine and VH-1’s Hollywood’s Hottest Bodies event at NYC’s Tenjune.

Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer who has a celebrity astrology blog at www.celebastroblogy.com.

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