Not surprisingly, Paris Hilton already has managed to catch a break on her jail sentence. The heirhead, who had been set to serve 45 days starting June 5 for driving with a suspended license, will now do only 23, thanks to her “good behavior” — which included such admirable acts as showing up for her court date. Oh, please!
Lohan goes ballistic on her new boy toy
Looks like things have already turned turbulent for Lindsay Lohan and her new boy toy, U.K. star Calum Best. After a romantic weekend in the Bahamas, the high-profile couple returned to NYC, where, on Monday, sources told the New York Post they had a “screamfest” in their hotel.
“Calum’s clothes were torn,” an eyewitness recalled, “and after a few minutes, they got back into the elevator and went back to their room.”
What caused the drama? Rumor has it that Calum has, shall we say, a wandering eye. Witnesses told the Post that on a Saturday club outing, he was “collecting numbers from all the models” when LiLo wasn’t looking.
And the New York Daily News adds that last week, room service discovered a shirtless Calum with another woman on his bed at 4 a.m. The caddish Brit allegedly urged the hotel employee to tip himself out of a pile of bills, declaring, “It’s Lindsay’s money. I don’t care.” Classy!
“All her friends wish Calum would go back to London,” the Post quotes a pal of La Linds saying. “He’s just using her.” We tend to agree.
Apparently, Britney Spears has really been feeling the love from crowds at her recent spate of comeback mini-concerts. The fresh-from-rehab singer posted a positively spiritual message on her Web site thanking fans for their support.
“The reason for this letter is to let everyone know that their prayers have truly helped me,” the online message declares. “I am so blessed that you care enough about me to be concerned and will continue to live in this brighter state with all of you by my side during this trying time.” (Doubtless, she’s referring to the situation in the Middle East.)
“We are all the lights of the world and we all need to continually inspire others and look to the higher power,” the blissed-out Britney continues. “You are all in my prayers. Godspeed. Love, Britney.”
“Higher power,” eh? Well, it sure sounds like she’s taking those AA meetings to heart.
Nicole: Too Late?
Paris Hilton is the poster child for spoiled brats on “The Simple Life.” But a new report on TMZ.com claims that while shooting the series’ fifth season, co-star Nicole Richie’s diva behavior surpassed her pal’s.
Per the Web site’s sources, Nicole was frequently late — and, on arrival, would announce her intention of leaving early, telling the crew, “You’ve got me for anhour or two.”
(Well, clearly she had more important things to move on to, like shopping and … er … did we already mention shopping?)
The celebutante’s work ethic allegedly hit a low during the season’s final shoot, when, according to TMZ’s insiders, she waltzed in “several hours late” with rocker BF Joel Madden in tow and had a huge argument with producers, who were forced to call her agent to keep her from bolting.
Nicole’s rep responds that her client acted like a professional during the shoot and dismisses the report as rumor.
Joe Loves John
Joe Simpson was famously at odds with his daughter Jessica’s husband, Nick Lachey. But when it comes to her new boyfriend, John Mayer, he’s nothing but supportive of the relationship.
“If Jessica is in love, I love the things she is in love with,” her impresario papa proclaimed to People at a Tuesday event in NYC. “I want her to be happy. I’m always a fan of his. I love him; he’s got great music.”
So what makes this couple different than the ill-fated “Newlyweds” songbirds?
“There is no competition,” Joe explains. “He’s a guitarist; that’s his thing. Jessica is a singer. She doesn’t play guitar, so there’s no competition.”
So, apparently, if Nick had just learned to strum a few chords, he could have saved himself a lot of grief from his in-laws. Who knew?
Five Quick Takes
– Many consider ousted “American Idol” contestant Melinda Doolittle to be this season’s best singer.
– Glam couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore event-hopped in New York City on Tuesday night.
– The “Dancing With the Stars” cast partied for Apolo Ohno’s 25th birthday Monday in L.A.
– “The Office” star Jenna Fischer fractured her back falling on marble stairs in New York City.
– Reportedly, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott don’t actually own the inn they run on “Inn Love.”
Happy Birthday for May 18
» Actor Spencer Breslin (“The Kid”) is 15.
» Musician-surfer Jack Johnson is 32.
» Singer Chantal Kreviazuk is 33.
» Actress-comedian Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) is 37.
» Singer Martika (“Toy Soldiers”) is 38.
» Hip-hop artist Rob Base is 40.
» Actor Chow Yun-Fat is 52.
» Country artist George Strait is 55.
» Musician Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo is 57.
» Musician Rick Wakeman of Yes is 58.
» Ex-baseball player Reggie Jackson is 61.
“There’s no craziness going on. I’ve known him for years. We got mutual friends. He saw what was happening and he just wanted to make sure I was cool.”
— Eve, explaining Sean Penn’s late-night jail visit after her DUI bust, to sohh.com
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