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Hailey’s Sooo Last Week … Now, Meet Morgan Christie!
JON’S ‘NEW BREATH OF FRESH AIR’
Just weeks after splitting from Hailey Glassman, 22, Jon Gosselin has moved on. Morgan Christie is a Greenwich, Conn., native who “grew up very privileged,” says an old pal. “Morgan is sweet and nice,” adds a source of the Emory University alum, 25, who plans to apply to law school. “She’s a new breath of fresh air for Jon.” After meeting Christie while vacationing in Park City, Utah, where she has relatives, Gosselin, 32, has been spending a lot of time with her, and had dinner with her family at a local Ruth’s Chris Steak House on Jan. 10. “If he’s not with his kids,” the source says, “he’s with Morgan.”
Brad & Angelina’s
SEXY DATE NIGHTS!
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie took a break from the kids last week and visited some posh—and romantic—Manhattan eateries on their own. On Jan. 2 Pitt, 46, and Jolie, 34, split a bottle of Bordeaux at Le Périgord, where, says an employee, “You could tell by the way she gazed at Brad, she adores him.” Four nights later they shared a six-hour feast at Alto, where Pitt sought help translating the menu and “ate and drank a lot,” says an observer. The couple were the last to leave—at 1:30 a.m.!
PLUS THE TRUTH BEHIND BRAD’S BEARD: According to a source, Pitt (above, leaving Alto with Jolie) is developing the film The Lost City of Z, in which he’ll play a bearded 1920s explorer. “He despises glue-on beards and avoids them at all costs,” says the source.
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THE MUSIC OF LOVE!
Let’s fill the world with silly love songs—lovestruck musicians are tuning up the wedding bells
RUSSELL BRAND & KATY PERRY
Back in London after a New Year’s Eve engagement while on vacation in India, singer Perry, 25, debuted the ring given to her by British comedian Brand, 34. A jewelry expert says the ring is a 3-plus carat round diamond set on a yellow-gold band.
MARILYN MANSON & EVAN RACHEL WOOD
After a rocky four years, Manson, 41, and Wood, 22, are engaged. He reportedly proposed at his Paris concert Dec. 21.
JAMIE CULLUM & SOPHIE DAHL
Jazz singer Cullum, 30, and model-turned-food-writer Dahl, 32, wed Jan. 9 in their native England.
A.J. MCLEAN & ROCHELLE KARIDIS
Backstreet Boy McLean, 32, proposed to makeup artist Karidis, 28, onstage in Las Vegas Jan. 8.
MICHAEL BUBLE & LUISANA LOPILATO
After a year of dating, Canadian crooner Bublé, 34, popped the question to Argentine actress Lopilato, 22.
Charlie Sheen & Brooke Mueller
ON THE ROAD TO RECONCILIATION?
In the aftermath of the Christmas day blowup that led Brooke Mueller, 32, to dial 911 and cry, “My husband had me with a knife,” Charlie Sheen’s wife has reversed course. “Neither Brooke nor her twin sons have had any contact with Charlie since the incident,” says a source. “But she is very eager to see Charlie and have the children see their father.” Adds her lawyer Yale Galanter, who has filed a motion to modify a protective order against Sheen: “They want to try and save their marriage.” Their next hearing is set for Jan. 20.
JERSEY HITS FLORIDA
Fist pumps were flying Jan. 9 at Opium Hard Rock in Hollywood, Fla. Raking in a reported $10,000 appearance fee, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi “took to the dancer pole, showing the crowd her skills,” says a witness, before leaving the club at 2 a.m.
George Clooney & Elisabetta Canalis
‘I LOVE’ BEING WITH GEORGE
It’s undecided whether George Clooney will leave awards season with any statues in hand, but he will certainly head into it with something lovely on his arm—his girlfriend of five months Elisabetta Canalis. When asked at the 2009 New York Film Critics Circle Awards in New York City Jan. 11 how she felt about walking the red carpet with her leading man, the Italian TV host, 31, told PEOPLE, “I love it!” Clooney, 48, who won best actor for his performances in Up in the Air and Fantastic Mr. Fox, gamely joked back, “She’s homely, but what do you do?”
GET READY TO PARTY!
Awards season is here and that means fabulous fashion and celeb-packed parties! Kicking things off was Audi’s Decades of Fashion bash in L.A. Jan. 10, where stars including Anna Paquin, Diana Agron, Kim Raver and Dita Von Teese turned up to celebrate—and wear—dresses by designer Gianfranco Ferré.
Ashley Tisdale threw a baby shower for big sis Jennifer, who’s expecting a girl next month, at cohost Melanie Meyer-Whalley’s Beverly Hills home Jan. 9. Vanessa Hudgens, Haylie Duff and Brooke Burns enjoyed a mashed-potato bar, while Ashley gave Jennifer Smartipants cloth diapers and Juicy Couture baby clothes.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
• 1/6, L.A.: Katie Cassidy (below, at the People’s Choice Awards with Kellan Lutz) rocked a dress with “the perfect elements: short, shoulders, colors, future,” says her stylist Johnny Wujek. • 1/7, L.A.: Rex Lee celebrated his 41st b-day at the G2 Lifestyles Picture Perfect Fitness party at KISS Lounge. • 1/10, N.Y.C.: Actress Adrienne Bailon toasted Angie Martinez with a shot of Three-O “Bubble” Vodka at the Hot 97 radio host’s b-day party at Quo, which also drew lovebirds Beyoncé and Jay-Z as well as DJ Cassidy. • 1/10, L.A.: New mom Ellen Pompeo hit the Pepsi Refresh Project Café bash.