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Shania Twain Post-Heartbreak
HAPPIER THAN EVER!
On Aug. 28, in honor of her 44th birthday, Shania Twain posted a video diary on her Web site of her recent travels—and details of her personal life, which she has largely kept private since her painful split from husband Robert “Mutt” Lange in May 2008. “I feel very much alive and well,” she wrote in a note accompanying the video (which includes footage of Twain skydiving in Florida, riding horses in Egypt and biking in London). Her videographer? Frédéric Thiébaud, 39, whose ex-wife Marie-Anne’s reported affair with Lange led to the end of both marriages. Twain calls him her “constant companion,” but Thiébaud’s Christmas gift to her—shown on the video—speaks volumes. Having arranged a picnic on a glacier in the Swiss Alps, he greets Twain’s plane standing inside a red heart painted in the snow, under the words I LOVE YOU.
Avril Lavigne & Deryck Whibley
After months of divorce rumors fueled by public fighting, nights spent partying without each other and Avril Lavigne‘s friendship with Brandon Davis (inset), Lavigne, 24, and husband Deryck Whibley, 29, emerged together on Aug. 29 at a Beverly Hills supermarket. But despite having spent days apart—she in New York and Texas, he in L.A.—the pair didn’t seem thrilled to be reunited: “She seemed distant,” a source says. So, what of a split? At press time, reps for both had no comment.
Which Artists Should Team Up with Country Stars?
Following Taylor Swift and T-Pain’s duet at the CMT Awards and Ne-Yo’s Tweets about collaborating with Carrie Underwood, what other duos would you like to see jamming?
47% TAYLOR SWIFT AND TIMBALAND
29% KEITH URBAN AND U2
14% SUGARLAND AND KANYE WEST
10% BRAD PAISLEY AND BOB DYLAN
‘TAKING EACH DAY AS IT COMES’
It’s been six months since Liam Neeson’s wife, Natasha Richardson, 45, died after a ski accident. On Aug. 26 the Irish actor, 57, told Good Morning America‘s Diane Sawyer that he and his two sons Micheal, 14, and Daniel, 13, are “doing good…. We’re taking each day as it comes.” Neeson—currently starring in Five Minutes of Heaven and soon heading to Vancouver to film The A-Team—revealed he recently became a U.S. citizen, in part because of the “extraordinary condolence letters from American people.”
IS MISCHA RECORDING A FOLK ROCK ALBUM?
A new report claims that Mischa Barton, 23, who was recently involuntarily hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation, “hopes to release a CD of original folk-rock songs” next year. But despite Barton’s romances with musicians Cisco Adler and Luke Pritchard, her rep refutes the report: “Although she’s a big music fan, she’s never had aspirations to [record] herself.”
The Gossip Girl star, 22, will play a troubled ex-girlfriend in the Ben Affleck-directed thriller.
THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH
The G.I. Joe actor, 29, will star as a commander in this Roman epic based on a children’s novel.
The Mad Men actor, 38, joins Vanessa Hudgens in this 1950s action fantasy.
Taking the pulse of celebrity love lives
SHIA LABEOUF & CAREY MULLIGAN
At N.Y.C.’s Extra Virgin café Aug. 23, LaBeouf, 23, playfully bumped the brim of his hat on Mulligan’s forehead before the Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps costars kissed. “It didn’t seem like they cared who was watching,” says an observer. Adds another: “They looked happy!”
JOHN KRASINSKI & EMILY BLUNT
The Office star, 29, and the British actress, 26, are set to wed, his rep confirms. The two began dating last November.
MINKA KELLY & DEREK JETER
“They’re not engaged … yet!” a source close to Jeter says of the New York Yankee, 35, and his Friday Night Lights star girlfriend, 29. But friends expect it could happen “soon.”
STARS AND (BLACK & WHITE) STRIPES
Hollywood brought their favorite plus-ones to parties in L.A. True Blood costars Anna Paquin and fiancé Stephen Moyer celebrated her Nylon cover Aug. 24 inside the Mondrian hotel, where they hung poolside with an affectionate Eliza Dushku and her beau Rick Fox. Three days later Eastwick‘s Lindsay Price and her boyfriend, How I Met Your Mother‘s Josh Radnor, held hands at Stoli’s Moskova Affair in the Hollywood Hills. The duo, with Brody Jenner and girlfriend Jayde Nicole, enjoyed a performance by an acrobatic dance troupe.
• 8/26, L.A.: Miranda Kerr (near right) and Melissa Rycroft helped Victoria’s Secret launch its Dream Angels Heavenly Enchanted fragrance collection. • 8/28, L.A.: Diana Ross sang “Happy Birthday” to son Evan, who turned 21—and her close friend Michael Jackson, who would have turned 51 on Aug. 29—at Guys & Dolls. Evan paid homage to the late King of Pop by wearing one white glove. • 8/28, N.Y.C.: Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgley (above right) hit Heineken’s U.S. Open Official Player Party. • 8/29, L.A.: Rihanna got cozy with singer Aubrey “Drake” Graham at h.wood after partying with pal Katy Perry.