Scoop: Nicole, Joel reportedly near split

Are Nicole Richie and Joel Madden headed for a split? According to a report in Star, during a recent spat, the new mom shouted, “We’re through!” and took baby daughter Harlow to stay at her mother’s house. 

But despite the couple’s alleged battles over issues like “marriage and moving,” the former “Simple Life” star isn’t ready to throw in the towel — she ended up moving back in. “This was her way of sending Joel a message,” a friend explained to the tabloid. “Nicole loves him, but things need to change.”

At a NYC Fashion Week party Sept. 6, the rift was evidently, well, evident.

“She was just in a miserable mood, and there was obvious tension,” an onlooker dishes. “I didn’t see her talk to Joel the entire night, and it seemed like he was avoiding her too. Nicole was just so angry!”

And the following night, as Joel’s band Good Charlotte performed, the rocker was apparently drawn to onetime “O.C.” star Mischa Barton, who was “dancing seductively” in the front row. “He kept checking out Mischa and smiling at her,” another source told the tabloid.

Funny — just yesterday Scoop! shared a report that Mischa was “dancing provocatively” for Josh Hartnett Monday night in London. We know she has a lot of time on her hands, but seriously, does the girl do anything else?

Alec’s Anguish

In his new book, Alec Baldwin speaks out about the infamous voicemail in which he lashed out at daughter Ireland — “I snapped,” he admits — and reveals that he became suicidal after the recording went public.

According to excerpts from “A Promise to Ourselves” published in the New York Daily News, the “30 Rock” star says that after his voicemail rant was leaked to the media and Alec was vilified as a verbally abusive father, he had thoughts of taking his own life. 

On a New England road trip, “I began to think about what little town I would repair to in order to commit suicide,” he confesses.

“What semi-remote Massachusetts state park could I hike deep into and overdose there? When I returned to New York, the thought of jumping out the window of my apartment was with me every night for weeks.”

But thankfully, thinking of Ireland’s best interests helped Alec overcome those dark urges. Let’s hope he got some counseling and some family therapy, too.

Miley: Church PDA?

Miley Cyrus’s new beau is significantly older — he’s 20, she’s 15 — and he’s an underwear model, to boot! But the “Hannah Montana” star’s parents approve of Justin Gaston, OK! reports. As a matter of fact, dad Billy Ray Cyrus, the host of “Nashville Star,” actually introduced the onetime contestant to his daughter.

The senior Cyruses joined the tween icon and her beau at church services this past Sunday–and they didn’t even seem to mind a little PDA in the holiest of settings.

“Miley and Justin were really playful with each other,” an observer at the church says. “And for being with her parents, they were extremely touchy-feely.  Miley had her hands on Justin’s stomach. They definitely seemed like a couple. Her parents, Billy Ray and Tish, really gave them space.”

Whoa — if this is how they behave in church, we’re thinking Ma and Pa Cyrus might want to give them a little less space in private.

Ain’t Missing You

Apparently Kevin Connolly isn’t into “staying friends” with his former girlfriend, Nicky Hilton. The “Entourage” star crossed paths with his ex while she was doing press at a Las Vegas nightclub opening, Page Six reports. And while the socialite seemed eager to see him, the feeling wasn’t mutual.

“Nicky saw Kevin and did a 180, skipping all the TV camera crews that had been waiting patiently to speak to her,” sources said. But Kevin merely shrugged and rolled his eyes.

Maybe he just forgot who she was … kinda like the rest of us have.

Lynne Spears: “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda”

Lynne Spears isn’t blaming herself for daughter Britney’s recent spiral into trainwreckage. Asked on Wednesday’s “Today” whether she wishes she’d done things differently earlier in the pop princess’s career, the “Through the Storm” author responded, “Shoulda, woulda, coulda.”

If she’s really not sure how to finish those sentences, we’d be happy to do it for her. 

Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer and astrologer. She welcomes feedback at

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