BROOKE’S SPLIT: Looks like the show?s over for Rock Star: INXS host Brooke Burke and her husband, Garth Fisher, a plastic surgeon who has worked on ABC’s Extreme Makeover. The separation is amicable, the couple said, and they will continue to raise their two children together. In a statement to PEOPLE, Burke and Fisher said, “Although our careers have taken us in different directions the past few years, we have a great deal of respect for one another.” Burke, a popular pinup model and former star of action travel show Wild On, and Fisher have been together for seven years and married for four years.
ANISTON AUCTION: Mementos from a summer fling that Jennifer Aniston allegedly engaged in more than 20 years ago are about to be handed to the highest bidder. Michael Baroni, a California lawyer whom the Friends actress briefly dated when the two were teenagers, is selling letters, cards, pictures and other memorabilia the couple exchanged during the summer of 1984 in an Internet auction on eBay. The minimum bid for the star’s items: $100,000.
LANCE’S FAREWELL: Champion cyclist Lance Armstrong captured his record-setting seventh consecutive win of the Tour de France on Sunday. Flanked by his three young children, all dressed in yellow to match his yellow jersey, Armstrong held his trophy high and bid farewell to the Tour. He had announced even before the race that, win or lose, he would not compete in the grueling race again. “I know in my heart of hearts that (retiring) is absolutely the right decision,” he said. Armstrong was the first rider to win six Tours in a row and he bettered that record this year, as he created a legacy that is unlikely to be broken anytime soon.
CAMERON’S BRIEFS: It was a busy week with the legal system for Cameron Diaz. On Monday, John Rutter, a photographer who had taken topless pictures of Diaz in 1992 before she became a star, was convicted of trying to blackmail the Charlie’s Angels actress. Diaz, who was 19 when the photos were taken, said she had originally tried to work out a deal with Rutter. The 42-year-old photographer was found guilty of forgery, attempted grand theft and perjury. He faces six years in prison. On Friday, Diaz also had another legal victory. She earned an apology and libel damages from British newspaper The Sun, over a defamatory story it published in May that alleged Diaz and TV producer Shane Nickerson were having an affair and ran photos of them embracing. According to Diaz’s lawyer, the newspaper accepted the explanation that the incident “involved no more than Ms. Diaz giving a friend a goodbye hug.”
MTV NODS: Green Day, Gwen Stefani and Missy Elliott were among the artists leading the nominations for the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, the music network announced this week. Pop-punk trio Green Day led the pack, with eight nominations, while Stefani and Elliott each garnered six. Sean P. Diddy Combs will host this year’s always-exciting awards show from Miami. It will air Aug. 28.