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Following the announcement that his wife of 28 years, ROBYN, had just filed for divorce, MEL GIBSON spent a few days relaxing in Costa Rica. “He went to eat ice cream and then went shopping,” said a local shopkeeper in Samara, where the Oscar winner, 53, owns a $25 million estate nearby. Accompanied by a friend, a laid-back Gibson made like any other tourist April 15, also stocking up on beach gear at a souvenir shop.
Back in L.A., the mood was considerably more tense. With his reps claiming Mel and Robyn separated nearly three years ago, attention has intensified on the actor’s relationship with Oksana Grigorieva, 39, a Russian musician signed to Gibson’s label. Public records indicate that Grigorieva, an ex of actor Timothy Dalton’s, has been living in a house owned by a trust linked to Gibson’s production company. And a woman bearing her likeness visited the Boston set of his film Edge of Darkness in the fall, went on a Costa Rican vacation with Gibson and some of his family members earlier this year and was spotted several times at a Russian restaurant in L.A. with Gibson and some friends. Gibson’s rep declined comment on the relationship.
For his part, Gibson ended the week at his church in L.A., where he attended Sunday services without his family. “He was drinking coffee with guests,” one churchgoer said of the actor. “He seemed very relaxed.”
In between being a doting mom and urging adults to get vaccinated against pertussis (a.k.a. whooping cough) in a new public service announcement, Jennifer Lopez found time for some baby banter:
On twins Max and Emme: They’re walking now and babbling. Everything’s about them and making sure that they’re happy.
On more kids: Marc [Anthony] is like, “What are we waiting for?” I’m like, “We gotta wait ’til Mom’s ready!”
On her post-baby body: I’m in the best shape of my life! And best mind-set!
Slumdog Star for Sale?
Rafiq Qureshi, the father of Slumdog Millionaire star Rubina Ali, 9, has denied a News of the World report that he was prepared to put his daughter up for adoption for $400,000. The newspaper claims he demanded money from reporters posing as wealthy people from Dubai who said they wished to adopt a child. Qureshi, 36, tells Scoop he feigned interest out of politeness: “In India … you try not to offend people by refusing to help. I felt sorry for them, but I was never going to give her up.”
Taking the pulse of celebrity love lives
JOSH HARTNETT & SOPHIA LIE
Josh Hartnett, 30, sure is a ladies’ man! On April 17 he held hands with Ford model Sophia Lie after their lunch at N.Y.C.’s Café Habana—just a day earlier he ate with ex Helena Christensen at the Spotted Pig. The week before that he went out with music consultant Lauren Harman in Miami.
RYAN SEACREST & JASMINE WALTZ
After meeting her at West Hollywood hot spot Guy’s, Ryan Seacrest, 34, took bartender and aspiring actress Jasmine Waltz, 29, to Paris for a mid-April getaway. “They’ve been together for a few months,” says a source.
ASHLEY TISDALE & SCOTT SPEER
Ashley Tisdale has a new beau, video director Scott Speer, following her split from V Factory band member Jared Murillo. Tisdale, 23, walked arm in arm with Speer, 26, after a Malibu lunch date April 18. “They’ve been friends for a long time,” says a source. “She’s easing back into the dating world.”
WOW, SHE’S POPULAR!
On April 17 at the Los Angeles home of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson celebrated her 30th birthday with a star-studded crowd (on-again, off-again beau Owen Wilson was absent), including Justin Timberlake (sans girlfriend Jessica Biel), Eva Mendes, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Gwen Stefani and Jessica Alba. Says a source: “Justin had everyone doing the electric slide!”
THEY CAME TO TOAST KATE!
Kutcher & Moore
UGLY BETTY BABY SHOWER
COSTARS HELP ANA ORTIZ GET READY FOR BABY NO. 1—A GIRL!
The actress, 38, had one request for her April 19 shower in New York City: “I didn’t want anything too princess-y. It’s New York. She’s going to be a hip kid.” Mission accomplished. The day was so cool even the guys stuck around. “The food was good and there were beautiful women,” said costar Tony Plana. “There was no incentive to leave!” Ortiz was given lots of organic baby goodies, but Eric Mabius thinks she’s already prepared: “Noah and Ana have all the tools necessary to raise a perfect baby.”
5 Questions for …
The California native talks about mastering cop lingo on her new show, The Unusuals, and the pros of moving to New York City (um, her boyfriend lives there!)
1 Any downside to your new role?
Having to say “perp” 16 times an episode! Cop lingo is weird.
2 You’ve moved to N.Y.C. How’s it going?
I love it. My boyfriend [Arrested Development‘s David Cross] lives here! He’s pretty special.
3 Your former Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants costar Blake Lively also shoots in N.Y.C. Any girls’ nights out?
Our friendship is the running joke of text [messages]. I’ll be like, “I’m going to this thing tonight. Want to go?” She’s like, “Sure!” Then we send a text at the same time: “I just got out of work. I’m not going.” And she says, “Oh, good. I’m tired!”
4 Have you seen any Broadway plays?
America [Ferrera] and I saw God of Carnage. Marcia Gay Harden is one of the most underrated actresses alive today. Everyone talks about Meryl Streep, but what about Marcia? She is amazing!
5 Do you keep a journal?
I try to write every day—even if it doesn’t mean anything!