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KIM & KANYE REAL LOVE?
It’s not hard to believe Kim Kardashian, 31, and Kanye West‘s new relationship is a carefully choreographed PR ballet (Keeping Up with the Kardashians premieres May 20; he tours the U.K. next month), but a source close to West, 34, says the rapper has been infatuated with the reality star for years. “He is constantly talking about her.” (And singing-she’s in his new song “Theraflu.”) Another source suggests “he’s more into her than she is into him,” but that level of devotion may be what she needs after her tough split from Kris Humphries, 27. “Kanye is very sweet to Kim and treats her well.”
5 THINGS THEY HAVE IN COMMON
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CHRISTINA AGUILERA‘S MAKEUNDER
When The Voice went live April 2, most people noticed the Face. Known for her heavy makeup, Christina Aguilera, 31, was noticeably toned down. “She was hesitant about the pale lip but in the end really loved it,” says makeup artist Jake Bailey. As for her leaner look: “She’s had time to unwind and focus on working out,” says stylist Simone Harouche. “Physically, she looks amazing.”
Not all eyes are on Aguilera: Jennifer Love Hewitt, 33, said newly single Adam Levine, 33, was “hot” on Ellen, adding, “We would be cute.”
Jaleel White, 35, earned a new nickname on-set after he reportedly let loose on his DWTS partner Kym Johnson when he stepped on her foot and she expressed pain. “We’re getting along,” says White, who is now on good terms with Johnson.
ONE DIRECTION’S SUPERFANS!
Perhaps the littlest known barometer for pop culture phenoms is the line that forms outside the SNL studio. On April 7, One Direction out-lined Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga (May 2011) and Jimmy Fallon and Michael Buble (December 2011). More than 200 “Directioners” waited as many as four days for only 11 tickets to see the Brit boy band. Lisa Capozzi, 19, traveled from Massachusetts and was first in line: “The nights were freezing, but we would do it again in a heartbeat!”
OMG, IT’S LIAM!
Capozzi snapped a pic with One Direction heartthrob Liam Payne as he left SNL rehearsals on Friday.
J.LO & CASPER ‘SHE HAS COME ALIVE AGAIN’
What a ride! It’s been nearly six months since Jennifer Lopez began dating Casper Smart, so the pop star surprised him with a special gift for his 25th birthday: a new custom Dodge Ram truck. The couple celebrated with friends on April 6 over Italian food at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, where she “gave a touching toast,” says a source. “He looked very happy and kept kissing Jennifer … [She] really went out of her way to make Casper’s birthday special.” Since November he has been a constant presence in her life-attending American Idol tapings, working on their “Dance Again” video-and in the lives of her twins, Max and Emme, 4. “No one would be surprised if she decides to marry him,” says the source. Her rep shot down wedding rumors, but Lopez, 42, has had motherhood on her mind: “Jennifer would still love to have another baby.”
MORE STARS WHO GIVE CARS …
Lopez arrived at her 2003 birthday party in a $320,000 Rolls-Royce courtesy of then fiance Ben Affleck.
MIKE COMRIE & HILARY DUFF
Duff, 24, was shocked to get a Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV (worth over $100K) for her 20th: “[I expected] shoes!”
MARIAH CAREY & NICK CANNON
Cannon celebrated Carey’s 41st by helping design her pink Porsche Cayenne, which starts at $50,000.
ALICIA KEYS & SWIZZ BEATZ
Swizz gave Keys, 32, two cars in 2011-an Aston Martin DBS, which runs around $280K, and a custom Lotus (above).
THE ROYAL EDITION
Real or WAX?
CAN YOU TELL THE REAL DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE FROM THE NEW ROYAL REPLICAS?
ANSWERS: (1) Real; (2) Real; (3) Wax; (4) Real; (5) Wax
HERE SHOPS THE BRIDE
It’s about 3,600 miles and worlds apart from N.Y.C.’s bridal mecca Kleinfeld’s, but it’s a safe bet Justin Timberlake‘s fiancee, Jessica Biel, 30, still got the star treatment in Paris April 6. The actress spent 90 minutes at the Elie Saab showroom before heading to Giambattista Valli’s boutique for a two-hour visit. A source says Valli, who has dressed Biel for years, makes “the most fabulous wedding dresses.”