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HAUNTED BY FAN’S SUICIDE
Paula Abdul is so disturbed by the apparent suicide of a fan and former American Idol contestant outside her home Nov. 11 that she has said she will move out, says a source. “She is too freaked out to stay in the house—Paula is definitely moving,” the source tells Scoop.
Paula Goodspeed, 30, of Thousand Oaks, was found dead of what police believe is a drug overdose in her car outside Abdul’s Sherman Oaks home. Abdul, 46, had been concerned about the aspiring singer for some time. “Paula has been scared for her life, especially the past six months,” says the source close to Abdul. During that time, Goodspeed sent flowers (she signed the note, “Love, J.T.,” a reference to Abdul’s beau, restaurateur J.T. Torregiani), as well as nearly weekly letters. She had also parked outside Abdul’s home several times. Cops confirm they’ve been called to the residence because of Goodspeed “on multiple occasions over the last several years,” according to LAPD Capt. James Miller. But Goodspeed’s niece Sonja McIntyre says her aunt’s visits to Abdul’s house were harmless: “She was showing me where she lived. We liked looking at the huge condos out there.”
Dr. Susan Lipkins, a psychologist specializing in conflict and violence in young adults, says Goodspeed doesn’t sound like a typical stalker. “Stalkers that most other stars have to deal with are violent and angry,” says Lipkins. “What we see is a woman who imitated Paula Abdul, who wanted to be her.” Goodspeed had a license plate that read “ABL LV” plus a photo of the singer hanging inside her car.
Will this tragedy affect Idol? Some industry experts argue it shouldn’t change a thing. “TV shows can’t be held responsible when a person is mentally ill,” says TV Week editor Joe Adalian. And Lipkins believes Idol should use a psychologist during auditions to ensure contestants are stable. But broken dreams are a different story. “Paula Abdul encourages people to believe in themselves,” says Lipkins. “This message was especially appealing to Goodspeed, which may be why she had such a hard time realizing that Abdul was not in fact her friend.”
‘I HAVE BAD DAYS’
“I have really good days, and then I have bad days,” Spears shares in her upcoming documentary For the Record, airing on MTV Nov. 30. “Even when you go to jail y’know there’s the time when you’re gonna get out. But in this situation, it’s never ending … If you do something wrong in your work, you can move on, but it’s like I’m having to pay for it for a really long time.”
Jennifer Hudson, 27, continues to cope privately with the October murders of her mother, brother and nephew, but her Secret Life of Bees costars have kept her close at heart. “She’s hanging in there,” Queen Latifah told Scoop. Adds Alicia Keys: “She’s going to make it through.” Hudson’s estranged brother-in-law William Balfour, 27, is a “person of interest” but hasn’t been charged.
Shania Twain, who split last spring from producer-husband Robert “Mutt” Lange, 60, emerged publicly for the first time since May to a standing ovation at the CMAs Nov. 12. “It’s good to see all of you too,” the entertainer of the year award presenter, 43, said. Nashville’s biggest names shared her sentiment. “I’m so glad she’s here,” Martina McBride told Scoop. Echoed Brad Paisley: “I told her, ‘It’s great to have you here.’ I hope she comes back.” In fact, a comeback may be in the works: A source confirms Twain is writing songs, and the CMAs “was the one of the best nights she ever had in Nashville.”
“The Jonas Brothers [are] by far the biggest, most exciting thing that’s ever happened in our house!”
—LISA RINNA at a private Jonas Brothers concert Nov. 14, launching American Eagle’s 77kids clothing line
Kate & Jason
ARE THEY AN ITEM?
Rumors about Kate Hudson‘s love life never seem to end. Just last week Scoop shot down reports that she and NBA star Baron Davis are an item. Now the rumor mill is churning again, fueled by a report claiming that Hudson, 29, and Transporter 3 star Jason Statham, 36, were spotted throwing back dirty martinis at the Hotel Bel-Air Nov. 10. But a rep for Hudson denies the two are dating, telling Scoop, “It’s not true.”
Nicole Richie and Rachel Zoe
It’s water under the Balenciaga for Nicole Richie and her former-stylist-turned-reality TV star Rachel Zoe, who severed their relationship two years ago amid reports that they clashed over Richie’s weight. But at the Vogue-sponsored Alberta Ferretti store opening in L.A. Nov. 12, they chatted like old friends. “It was a little awkward at first, everyone was watching them, but they reconnected,” a partygoer tells Scoop. “They looked at ease.”
THE People POLL
Will You Watch Another Season of The Hills?
“There’s going to be a fifth season,” reveals Audrina Patridge (above left, with Lauren Conrad). Will People.com readers tune in to the MTV hit?
‘PROUD TO BE GAY’
Comedian Wanda Sykes, 44, publicly acknowledged that she’s gay—and has been married since Oct. 25—at a Nov. 15 rally to protest California’s Proposition 8, which rescinded the state’s existing right to same-sex marriage. “If we had equal rights,” Sykes told a crowd of more than 1,000 in Las Vegas, “we shouldn’t have to be standing out here demanding something that we automatically should have as citizens of this country.”
ALICIA KEYS’ BIG NIGHT
A crowd of 1,500 took in performances by Keep a Child Alive co-founder Alicia Keys and her famous friends in New York City Nov. 13 at the 5th annual Black Ball—after bidding in a live auction that raised over $2.4 million for AIDS-affected children and families in Africa.
• 11/14, L.A.: Travis Barker rang in his 33rd birthday at Nobu Malibu with ex-wife Shanna Moakler and their kids Landon, 5, Alabama, 2, and Moakler’s daughter Atiana, 9. • 11/14, L.A.: Katherine Heigl and hubby Josh Kelley double-dated with her best pal, Grey’s Anatomy costar T.R. Knight, and his beau Mark Cornelson at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. • 11/14, L.A.: After her Tonight Show appearance, Miley Cyrus ate at Arnie Morton’s The Steakhouse in Burbank with mom Tish Cyrus and boyfriend Justin Gaston.
5 Questions for …
Post-Joe Jonas and armed with a new album, the teen country star gets the last word: Love still rules
1 So, post-split from Joe Jonas, how are you?
I have good days and I have bad days. I’m trying to limit those days where I wake up and all I think about is that.
2 Are you ready to date again?
I feel it’s best for me right now to be alone and write about what I’ve gone through. That’s how I deal with it. I would hate to jump into something so quickly and have it not be the right thing, because I don’t think I could take that right now.
3 You added the breakup song “Forever and Always” to your album at the last minute. Why?
I’d never had that happen to me before that way, with that abruptness. I thought to myself, “This needs to be said.” It’s a song about watching somebody completely fade away in a relationship and wondering what you did wrong and wondering why things have changed.
4 Do you still believe in love?
Of course! You know what? I’m going to meet somebody someday who is so wonderful, and I’m not even going to remember the other guys. Later on I definitely want to fall in love and get married and have kids. I believe in love completely, wholeheartedly.
5 You’re 18 but still choose to live at home with your parents. Why?
They give me space, but I’ve still got people to talk to when I get lonely. My three closest friends [Kellie Pickler, Selena Gomez and Abigail Anderson] aren’t in Nashville most of the time, and I’m afraid of what happens to people when they get lonely.