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Between rock and a hard place: Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler embark on an angry public split
Meet the Barkers, indeed. Seems that married life for Travis Barker, 30, and Shanna Moakler, 31, was far from the kooky, cuddly spectacle seen on MTV. In a MySpace.com rant Aug. 14—a week after the two separated—the rocker accused his wife of partying hard, not spending enough time with their kids (Landon, 2, and Alabama, 7 months) and—gasp!—sleeping too much. “My No. 1 priority is my children,” he tells Scoop exclusively. “[She] didn’t have that same feeling.” As for his post (excerpted below), “I was hearing things in the press that Shanna was saying …. I wanted my fans to hear from me.” Moakler fired back to PEOPLE: “[His] airing of our dirty laundry in the media is not conducive to the well-being of my children, and I want no part of it.” Still, Travis says he will keep his “Shanna” tattoo and she can keep the 4-carat Cartier engagement ring. “It would break my heart,” he confesses, “not to be friends with her at some point.”
TRAVIS’S TO DO LIST
He describes his average day on MySpace.com
• 5:30 a.m.
(SHANNA SLEEPING) I wake up and get my babies. We play wit dinosaurs.
• 7 a.m.
Our oldest gets up. (SHANNA SLEEPING)
• 11 a.m.
• 2 p.m.
(SHANNA IS JUST NOW GETTING UP) SHANNA GOES TO GET NAILS DONE
• 6 p.m.
Dinner wit the babies (SHANNA IS M.I.A.)
• 3:30 a.m.
MY WIFE GETS IN…. [She] HATES MY FRIENDS … MY WORK, HATES ME.
For more on this story, go to People.com/travis
It’s long been a matter of he screamed, she screamed for Charlie Sheen, 40, and estranged wife Denise Richards, 35, who split for the second time in January. Finally, the storm seems to have passed. Lawyers for the two announced Aug. 14 that their clients had “amicably resolved any outstanding issues” surrounding their divorce. (Most notably, the pair agreed to a custody arrangement and to terminate a restraining order that prevented Sheen from coming within 300 yards of Richards and daughters Sam, 2, and Lola, 1, unless it was during his supervised weekly visits with the girls.) While the divorce has not been finalized—one possible sticking point could be financial support—things are moving in the right direction, says a close source: “At some point, people quit fighting in the press and start talking to each other.”
Courteney on Jen: “NOT ENGAGED”
Though there have been recent reports that Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn were planning to tie the knot, that was certainly news to Aniston’s best friend Courteney Cox Arquette. “Unless it happened in the last 20 minutes … it did not happen,” she told Access Hollywood on Aug. 14 (echoing vehement denials from Aniston and Vaughn’s respective reps). “They are absolutely not engaged.” That’s not to say the pair’s pals are against the idea of a marriage: “He’d never be nervous to propose because she’d say yes in a second—she’s lost it on him,” says a source close to Vaughn. “She’s changed him a lot for the better…. He’s grown up, and it’s a good thing. Vince has morphed into an adult.”
BARBIE & ME
Who wore it best: The certified celeb or the 11½-inch plastic fantastic fashion icon? You make the call
RHAPSODY IN NEW YORK BARBIE
JUDITH LEIBER BARBIE
SOUTH BEACH BARBIE
KEN BY PHILLIP BLOCH
Tom on the Spot
The day of his 30th high school reunion, Jon Henningsen expected to see familiar faces—but nothing like this. As he was driving home from the Aug. 12 event with wife Lisa on L.A.’s Highway 101, the accounting administrator’s car was sideswiped, setting off airbags and sending it spinning across five lanes of traffic. When the smoke cleared, “this face appeared and I instantly recognized him. It was Tom Cruise. He put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Are you okay? Is anyone hurt? Help is on the way.'” Cruise, who was passing by on his way home from the airport with Katie Holmes and his son Connor, 11, waited on the scene for close to an hour, even after the highway patrol and paramedics arrived. “What a gentleman,” says Henningsen, who, after realizing he and his wife were okay, turned to Cruise and said, “That was a Days of Thunder moment, huh?”
“THE BODY DOUBLE”
Supermodel showdown: Elle Macpherson, 42, was dubbed The Body in her native Australia two decades ago, but is Heidi Klum, 33, moving in on her moniker? “They call me The Body,” Klum boasts in a new Victoria’s Secret ad. (In the ’90s, she was known as The Body—back in Germany it was Der Körper.) Macpherson’s rep told the New York Daily News she was “flabbergasted” by the nickname power play.
SO WHO IS THE REAL BODY?
People.com readers took sides in the battle of the bikini bods.
Heidi Klum 66%
Elle Macpherson 34%
Q + A
Under the Gunn
What’s beneath the pinstripes and the cool demeanor? Scoop set up a consultation with Project Runway‘s tough taskmaster Tim Gunn
As Project Runway‘s resident fashion expert, Tim Gunn is known for his gentle critiques, distinctive tone and the catchphrase “Make it work!” (By the way, that motto was not made for TV—”that’s a Tim-Gunnism from Parsons,” says Gunn, who chairs the school’s department of fashion design. “I first used it six years ago.”) Scoop went in search of carefully tailored answers.
Your personal style is … conservative, but with an edge. Then again, it’s my definition of edge. I used to be strictly Brooks Brothers and Ralph Lauren: Oxford button-down shirt, tie and the tassel loafer. And I thought, this will not do anymore; I look like somebody’s old grandpa. So I bought a black leather blazer. For me, that was a huge statement.
If you weren’t in fashion, you’d be … an architect.
In person, Heidi Klum looks … more fabulous than she does on television. She takes your breath away.
Okay, okay. But without makeup, Heidi Klum looks … like an 18-year-old girl. An 18-year-old knockout. In that regard, she’s pretty hateable! I once said to her, “What do you do, go home and bathe in blood?”
The biggest misconception about the fashion world is … that’s it’s glamorous. Some people think—poof!—these beautiful dresses suddenly appear and—poof!—the models are on the runway and—poof!—you’re flying off to Saint-Tropez. [It] really isn’t like that. It’s blood, sweat and tears.
The silliest fashion trend in Hollywood is … I’m trying to wrap my brain around all the possibilities.
The best-dressed woman in Hollywood is … Angelina Jolie, because of what she’s like day in and day out. She just seems to know what to do.
The star most in need of a makeover is … at the moment, Mel Gibson.
People would be surprised to know you … live alone and like it.
Another name for Project Runway could be … Project Catfight.