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Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren ‘SHE KNOWS THEY’RE DONE’
One day after Tiger Woods, 33, publicly copped to his infidelities in a statement on his Web site, Elin Nordegren, 29, paid a visit to the gas pump close to their home near Windermere, Fla.—without her wedding band. On Dec. 15 she was out to lunch, holding daughter Sam, 2, on her hip and clearly displaying her ringless finger. “She plans to leave Tiger,” a source close to Nordegren tells Scoop. Adds another: “She’s made up her mind. There’s nothing to think about; he’s never going to change.” Indeed, a high-profile Florida divorce lawyer confirms that the Swedish-born former nanny and mother of two (Sam and son Charlie, 10 months) has inquired with attorneys about renegotiating the pair’s prenuptial agreement—a contract that currently has payout terms contingent on the length of their union. Over the past two weeks, Nordegren has endured mother Barbro Holmberg’s Dec. 8 hospitalization; a Dec. 11 visit from the Florida Department of Children and Families (a routine follow-up on a tip, an insider there says, that found nothing amiss with the Woodses’ children); and witnessed a seemingly endless stream of mistresses emerge, including Theresa Rogers on Dec. 14. Despite Woods’s Dec. 11 announcement that he’s taking an indefinite hiatus from professional golf to focus on being a “better husband, father and person,” his wife appears resolute. Sometime after the holidays, she may make her final decision, the Nordegren source says, and possibly take refuge in her new home in Sweden. Says the source: “He would have to become a different person for her to stay.”
BABY, BABY, BABY … OH, BOY!
Three first-time moms all had sons within days of each other—watch out for the Hollywood Boys’ Club!
FIRST BABY TOGETHER, BORN DEC. 8
Gisele Bündchen & Tom Brady
The couple haven’t yet named the newborn; Brady doesn’t mind a name from 29-year-old Bündchen’s native Brazil. But only “a name that I can pronounce!” he joked.
BABY MASON, BORN DEC. 14
Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick
The reality star, 30, reconciled with Disick after learning she was pregnant. She gave birth to Mason Dash Disick (7 lbs. 6 oz.) hours after her show’s season premiere.
BABY HANK IV, BORN DEC. 11
Kendra Wilkinson & Hank Baskett
The former Girls Next Door star, 24, and the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver kept Baskett’s family tradition alive, naming their son (who weighed in at 9 lbs. 5 oz.) Hank IV.
LOOK WHO’S DATING NOW!
SHE’S BACK TO DATING!
JESSICA SIMPSON & BILLY CORGAN
Jessica Simpson, 29, was out with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, 42, in New York City on Dec. 4, but “it’s not that serious” yet, a Simpson pal says of the unlikely pairing. “They’re starting to date. He’s a nice guy—smart, talented and spiritual.”
BENJI MADDEN & HOLLY MADISON
They’ve flirted over Twitter and had coffee together in L..A. Dec. 3—but don’t call Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden, 30, her boyfriend just yet. “I like him,” Holly Madison, 30, tells Scoop. “He’s my mysterious adventure buddy.”
CHRIS PINE & OLIVIA MUNN
It’s heating up between Star Trek‘s Chris Pine and Iron Man 2‘s Olivia Munn, both 29. After a visit last month to the set of his film Unstoppable, says a source, Munn joined Pine for dinner in L.A. Dec. 8. “They kissed and held hands,” an observer tells Scoop.
THE RETURN OF THE PANTSUIT
Brace yourself, this ever-so-sensible ensemble is making a comeback
RENEE & BRADLEY HOUSE HUNTING? IT’S GETTING SERIOUS!
Romantic jaunts—now, nesting? After spending time together in Vancouver, where Bradley Cooper, 34, was filming The A-Team, he and girlfriend Renée Zellweger, 40, returned to L.A., where they spent the weekend at Cooper’s pad. Following brunch Nov. 21, they looked at a Pacific Palisades home. “It seemed they were looking for a house together, and both kept pointing to things they liked,” says an onlooker. “Renée looked interested in the house and took photos.”
Are They in It for the Long Haul?
65% IT’S JUST A FLING
35% THEY’LL BE NESTING BY NEW YEAR’S
Whitney Houston ‘BEING BACK IS LIKE BEING HOME AGAIN’
In the January issue of IN STYLE, cover girl Whitney Houston, 46, discusses her musical return and raising daughter Bobbi Kristina, 16, who will travel with her mom when she tours. “I want her to count on me to try to understand what she’s going through. No damnation, no condemnation,” Houston says. “We have our moments when we clash, but we have a good relationship.”
PARTY LIKE MAD!
Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks and her actor husband, Geoffrey Arend, toasted their first holiday as newlyweds with a bash at their L.A. pad Dec. 12. Sandra Oh was there, as was Neil Patrick Harris. And while Christmas tunes played from an iPod, the hostess caught up with costars Jon Hamm, Mark Moses and Michael Gladis.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
• 12/9, L.A.: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel met up at Summit on the Summit: Kilimanjaro, a climb to raise awareness of the global clean water crisis. • 12/10, L.A.: Eva Longoria Parker hit the Friends Without a Border Gala at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where papa-to-be Robin Thicke performed. • 12/11, Miami: A solo A-Rod hit an Armani Exchange dinner at the Delano. • 12/11, Miami: Kelly Osbourne and fiancé Luke Worrall danced at LIV in Fontainebleau. • 12/12, L.A.: Seth Macfarlane hosted a bash for the release of Family Guy‘s Star Wars parody DVD.
The Duggars’ BABY DRAMA
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, stars of TLC’s 18 Kids and Counting, were happily expecting to welcome their 19th child in three months. But in early December, when Michelle, 43, was rushed to the hospital because of gallbladder issues, it was found she had preeclampsia, which occurs in pregnant women and is dangerous to both the mother and the unborn child. Doctors at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences performed an emergency cesarean on Dec. 10. Weighing a meager 1 lb. 6 oz., daughter Josie Brooklyn Duggar is now in stable condition.
Despite the fact that premature babies may encounter eyesight, digestive, respiratory and developmental issues, Dr. Robert C. Hamilton, a Santa Monica pediatrician (who has not treated the Duggar baby), tells Scoop that the outlook for baby Josie is “encouraging. The survival rate for a premature baby born at 26 weeks is 82 percent.” Meanwhile, a statement from TLC said, “the most important thing right now is for mom and baby Josie to get as much rest as possible. The family is grateful for all the prayers and well wishes during their recovery.”