Scoop: Rihanna opens up on Chris Brown incident

Rihanna is finally talking about the fateful February night when an argument with then-beau Chris Brown left her bruised and him in legal trouble. The singer, who is preparing to return to the music scene with a new album, will open up to Diane Sawyer in a TV interview Thursday night. And in this month’s Glamour magazine, she reflects on how the shocking incident changed her life.

“I am stronger, wiser and more aware,” declares the “Umbrella” singer. “You don’t realize how much your decisions affect people you don’t even know, like fans.”

“My story was broadcast all over the world for people to see,” RiRi points out. “The positive thing that has come out of my situation is that people can learn from that. I want to give as much insight as I can to young women, because I feel like I represent a voice that really isn’t heard. Now I can help speak for those women.” Props to Rihanna for turning a terrible experience into a “teachable moment.”

‘New Moon’ Romance?

Robert Pattinson insists he and “Twilight” co-star Kristen Stewart haven’t brought their onscreen romance into real life … but we can think whatever we want.

“It doesn’t make any difference what you say [to the tabloids],” complains the “New Moon” star to Vanity Fair magazine. “I’ve literally been across the country [from Kristen], and it’s like ‘Oh, they were on secret dates!’ It’s like ‘Where? I can’t get out of my hotel room!’” 

We’ll just go ahead and take that as a tacit OK to keep speculating on their relationship.

Kate’s Heartache

It’s almost exhausting to keep up with the pace of Kate and Jon Gosselin’s public confessions. A night after her estranged husband apologized to her — at an onstage speaking engagement, not in front of her — for flaunting girlfriend Hailey Glassman, a tearful Kate took to the airwaves to vent her heartbreak. 

“I still wake up every day and I think the phone will ring and it’ll be … the old Jon,” the reality star confessed on the TLC special “Kate: Her Story.”

Asked whether she still loves Jon, the mom of eight responded, “A part of me always will. It’s hard to be married
to somebody for 10 years and try to say, ‘No, I don’t love them anymore.’”

Wait a minute. Didn’t Jon say that Kate refused to go into couples counseling with him? So … why is she now using TV interviewers as her therapists?

Ashlee: ‘Embarrassingly Bad’?

Why was Ashlee Simpson axed from “Melrose Place”? The singer-actress is said to have been blindsided by the news that her character would be written off the show at the end of the first season. One rumored reason for her firing was that Heather Locklear wanted to be the series’ main attraction. But other sources offer a different explanation: that, simply put, she stunk.

“They hired her because they needed a good name to help create buzz. But she was embarrassingly bad,” a source on the set snarked to Us magazine. “Producers cut her down as much as possible.”

And apparently her abrupt exit from “Melrose” didn’t clue her in, since Ashlee is reportedly concentrating on landing more roles.

“She’s reading scripts. Acting is her focus now,” a source said. “If she had an album, she’d have to tour and be away from [young son] Bronx. She wants consistency.”

We don’t know whether to cringe at the idea of Ashlee doing more acting … or just be relieved that she’s not putting out another album.

After all, at least she can’t lip-synch lines of dialogue.

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


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