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HEATHER LOCKLEAR ‘OUT OF CONTROL’
For those close to Heather Locklear, the news was not unexpected: On Jan. 12 the actress was taken to the hospital after reportedly consuming a dangerous mixture of pills and alcohol. “Everybody knew she was in trouble,” says a source who knows the actress, adding that her family and ex-husband, musician Richie Sambora, 52, with whom she has a daughter, Ava, 14, had been “monitoring the situation” since her split from longtime boyfriend Jack Wagner last fall. Celebrating her 50th birthday in September also amplified her anxiety. “She’s so, so insecure,” a friend says of the actress. “She’s obsessed with her looks.”
Though sources don’t believe the near overdose was intentional, one says “she seemed to be spiraling out of control” since splitting from Wagner, 52, who had just proposed in August. “She was desperate to hold on to him.” During their relationship, Wagner tried to keep a handle on her issues-she sought treatment for anxiety and depression in 2008 and was arrested for DUI that same year-but it was a struggle. “Heather had always been a big drinker and she’d been functioning for so many years, she didn’t think she had a problem,” says the friend. “Once she started dating Jack, he didn’t want people around her that were contributing to that behavior, but he assumed everyone around her was like that.” Over time “she seemed disconnected,” says the friend. “She ended up with not many people to lean on.” Though the friend says Locklear tries to shelter Ava, her daughter seemed aware of this incident, tweeting, “It’s going to get worse before it gets better.” However, adds the friend, “Ava was never in any danger.” For now Locklear is “weighing her options,” says the source, who thinks she may opt for rehab with prodding from family. “She has some very good people around her right now. She’s figuring out what to do next.”
KATY & RUSSELL MOVING ON-AND OUT
Nearly two weeks after Russell Brand, 36, filed for divorce from Katy Perry, 27, the newly blue-haired singer has finally stepped back into the public eye, first at an Adidas shoot in Santa Barbara, Calif., Jan. 12, and again Jan. 16 at LAX, where she flew to Indonesia to perform one of two concerts in southeast Asia. Meanwhile Brand returned to L.A. from London Jan. 13, one day after a moving truck brought items from the couple’s home to a house in West Hollywood, where he spent the weekend. Asked at a Jan. 15 press conference for his upcoming FX series Strangely Uplifting if he was happy, he replied, “Yes, I am.”
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BLUE IVY’S BABY GIFTS!
Who needs teething rings and rattles when you have kid lit from Oprah Winfrey? With the help of her parents’ celeb pals, Blue Ivy Carter is on the path to being the smartest and most fashionable Hollywood baby, and she’s not even a month old yet!
BOB MARLEY ONESIE
Beyonce’s bestie Kelly Rowland bought this Rasta wear.
“Beyonce saw the crib and loved it!” said an observer who saw the singer buy it at Maison 24.
BOOKS FROM OPRAH
B.I.C. will get a head start on education with a trunk full of children’s lit sent by Lady O.
It was not the most pleasant reunion for Demi Moore, 49, and Ashton Kutcher, 33, who found themselves within a few feet of each other at the CAA/Grey Goose pre-Golden Globes bash in West Hollywood Jan. 13. Moore was sitting with daughter Rumer Willis, 23, and Madonna, 53, when Kutcher arrived and chatted up Willis for a reported 20 minutes before moving on. The couple split in November after six years of marriage.
WHITNEY HOUSTON WILL HIT THE BIG SCREEN WITH JORDIN SPARKS IN A REMAKE OF THE 1976 MUSICAL LOOSELY BASED ON THE SUPREMES
MOTHER AND CHILD
“I had an amazing time working with Whitney. What an incredible woman,” says Sparks, who plays the title role. Houston calls her costar “so talented.”
“Derek [Luke] and I were freezing in this scene!” says Sparks (on location in Detroit). “We had warmers in our gloves, pockets and shoes!”
POWER OF THREE
“I was ready to dance!” Sparks says of performing with onscreen sisters Tika Sumpter (left) and Carmen Ejogo. “I loved our makeup for this look.”
“I could identify playing a single mother in this film as I am one in real life,” says Houston. “I loved making this movie. We felt like one big family.”
NOT RELATED, BUT THEY COULD BE!
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