Scoop: Was Kate ‘too fast’ for Lance to handle?

After their romance got off to a whirlwind start, why did Kate Hudson and Lance Armstrong call it quits so soon? According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, the cycling star felt “smothered’’ by the “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” actress.

Although hippie-chic icon Kate comes off as a free spirit, a source said she’s actually “just too needy’’ for the Tour de France champ.

Lance, adds the source, was put off by Kate coming on “too strong, too fast.” (Ironic considering Lance’s motto is “live strong,” and he’s super-fast.) He allegedly “sens[ed] Kate was way too desperate, a woman who clearly can’t be on her own without a man in her life at all times.’’

Come to think of it, we haven’t seen Kate stay single more than five minutes in quite some time. Whether or not this report is true, maybe she could use some “me time.”

A-Rod: Compromise?

Despite the bitterness with which the press portrays their high-stakes divorce battle, Alex and Cynthia Rodriguez are privately trying to reach an agreement amicably, according to a report.

Even though his attorneys just filed papers responding to her divorce petition, which seek to enforce the prenuptial agreement, the estranged spouses have “been talking on the phone and are working things out for the sake of their daughters” (Natasha, 3, and infant Ella), a source told the New York Daily News.

Along with wanting to avoid the embarrassment of having his alleged infidelities luridly discussed in court (hello, Peter Cook), A-Rod is said to be concerned about his relationship with the girls — and has allegedly already mapped out a visitation plan with C-Rod.

“They’re always going to be in each other’s lives,” another source said. “When he breaks the home run record, they’ll be sitting there in the front row.”

It’s a pretty far cry from one big happy family, but we hope they really are keeping things civil for the kids’ sake.

Party foul

Chaos broke out early Saturday when a gunshot was fired at a star-studded Atlanta party hosted by hip-hop superproducer (and Janet Jackson beau) Jermaine Dupri. One-named A-listers such as Diddy, Usher and Nelly ran for the exits.

Fittingly, TMZ cameras caught the erstwhile Puff Daddy’s bodyguards hustling him out of Club Dream with a bottle of Champagne still in hand.

The paparazzi site reports that the bad scene started when a crowd at the nightclub heard that patrons were being overcharged to enter the VIP area with the aforementioned luminaries. A tussle with security ensued, and the shot was fired as people were being ejected. None of the stars present are reportedly involved in the investigation of the incident.

“A loud noise went off, and everyone started ducking. It sounded like a pop noise,” an onlooker told the New York Daily News, adding, “The DJ said it wasn’t a gunshot, just a bottle popping or the stereo making noise.”

Well, DJs are good at spinning things — ba-dum-pum.

Blonsky beat-down

And in other celebrity-related violence news, a brawl broke out Friday at an airport in the Caribbean between the families of a newly minted movie star and a wannabe reality star. (You can’t make this stuff up, people.)

“Hairspray” lead actress Nikki Blonsky and her father were reportedly arrested after a scuffle with the family of “America’s Next Top Model” wannabe Bianca Golden.

Evidently, the fight broke out when Nikki’s family was saving a block of seats at the airport, where Bianca’s family wanted to sit. (Seriously?) A police sergeant from Turks and Caicos told People that “things got out of hand in an argument over seats in the departure lounge, and several people were involved in an altercation. There were some injuries involved.”

To wit: TMZ reports that Bianca’s mother was airlifted to a Florida hospital with a head injury. Nikki is free on bail, but her father will remain in jail until Aug. 8.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s episode of “When Celebrities Attack!”

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

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