Scoop: It’s over for Michael and Nicollette, again!

You gotta figure it’s a bad sign when a couple is engaged for three years, but never starts planning a wedding. Factor in rumblings of trouble with his family, and we weren’t the least bit surprised that “Desperate Housewives” Nicollette Sheridan and formerly mulleted crooner Michael Bolton ended their engagement. (Cue the “Guess she wasn’t desperate to be a housewife” jokes.)

A rep for the actress announced to People that the betrothal was dissolved “amicably,” adding the obligatory “They appreciate your respect for their privacy in this matter.” (We always find that amusing in a news release from a publicist.)

The starlet and the singer first started dating in 1992 and spent five years as a couple. They rekindled the relationship in 2005 and announced their engagement the following year.

Maybe the third time will be the charm in 2017?

Brad and George: BFFs

In case you didn’t know, Brad Pitt and George Clooney had a fabulous day in Venice, Italy, on Tuesday, yukking it up with reporters before a night of poolside partying.

First the two made fun of their reputations to reporters at a news event for their film “Burn After Reading.” Asked about marriage and kids, bachelor George dead-panned, “I am so surprised to hear that question. This honestly is the first time I’ve ever been asked that question. I’m getting married and having children today.”

“And until then, I’ll be sharing mine with him,” said dad of six Brad, adding, “I’ll have two more by next year.” (Honestly, we wouldn’t be surprised if that one wasn’t a joke.)

After the volley of predictable questions, Brad and George evidently felt the need to blow off some steam: Following a fundraising dinner, the dynamic duo after-partied at Hotel Cipriani until the wee hours. When they showed up at the poolside bar around midnight, according to People, Brad announced, “We’ve had a lot to drink.”

While George called it a night soon after 2 a.m., Brad stayed out till almost 3 a.m. Guess even a guy who’s with Angelina Jolie enjoys a guys’ night out.

Happy ending?

We can tell where Matthew McConaughey gets his free-spirited sensibility. His mom, Kay McConaughey, has a new book called “I Amaze Myself,” and, well, she amazes us too.

The very open Kay revealed to Us Weekly that Matt’s father passed away while the couple was being intimate, saying, “all of a sudden, it just happened.”

“I knew that something was wrong, because I didn’t hear anything from him. Just nothing,” Kay adds. “But it was just the best way to go!”

Oh yeah, she also mentions Matt was an accident. Good thing he inherited her inability to be embarrassed.

Jen’s vendetta?

How is Jennifer Aniston dealing with her split from John Mayer? According to OK!, after John made a point of telling reporters that he was the one who ended the relationship, Jen went on a “revenge tour.” (Seriously?)

“It’s like Jen is on nothing less than a revenge tour,” says a so-called “eyewitness” (of exactly what, we’re not sure). “While in the past, Jen shunned publicity and shrank from photographers’ lenses, now she’s openly encouraging the attention, smiling, showing off her body and creating photo ops!”

At dinner with former co-star Paul Rudd at NYC’s Nobu, “Jen was glowing, smiling and being very friendly as she ate tuna tartare, rock shrimp and spinach salad with a glass of wine. It was hard to believe this was a woman who just broke up with her boyfriend,” a “restaurant insider” told the tabloid.

So basically her revenge strategy consists of smiling? Uh, well played, Jen.

Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer and astrologer. She welcomes feedback at kitty@media-darling.com.

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