NO, J.LO: Hip-hop mogul Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, 32, put to rest rumors this week that he and his former girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, 31, had reunited in the wake of J.Lo’s much-publicized split from her husband, Cris Judd, 32, after less than nine months of marriage. “Contrary to reports, Mr. Combs and Ms. Lopez are not together. However, he wishes her well during this difficult time,” said Combs rep Nathalie Moar, as reported by Reuters. The high-profile romance between Lopez and Combs, who was known as “Puff Daddy” at the time, came to an end with a Valentine’s Day 2001 statement from him that their relationship was over.
KING WILLS: As far as Prince Charles, 53, is concerned, the son also rises. His son. According to a survey of young Britons conducted by the BBC and reported by Reuters on Wednesday, Charles’s son, Prince William, who turns 20 next month, should succeed Queen Elizabeth II, 76, as England’s next monarch instead of him. The phone poll — conducted of 1,000 people between June 7 and 9 — revealed that 35 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds thought William should become king, compared to the 27 percent who favored Prince Charles. Among all respondents, however, 47 percent supported the notion of Charles’s stepping into the shoes his mother has been occupying for the past 50 years.
BRITNEY ACCUSED: Philadelphia songwriters Michael Cottrill and Lawrence Wnukowski are suing Britney Spears, 20, alleging that two of the songs — “What U See (Is What U Get)” and “Can’t Make You Love Me” — on her multiplatinum second album, “Oops! . . . I Did It Again,” were based on one of their tunes, “What You See Is What You Get,” reported the AP. Their suit, filed late last week in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, names Spears, Zomba Recording Corp., Jive Records, Wright Entertainment Group and BMG Music Publishing. The AP received no response to its request for comment from the Spears camp.
OPRAH OVERTIME: Oprah Winfrey, who reportedly shelled out $20 million to help launch the Oxygen cable channel, will star on the network in an original, daily half-hour prime-time addendum to her popular syndicated talk program, reported the AP. The program, kicking off on Sept. 16, will be called “Oprah After the Show” and is scheduled to air weeknights at 7:30 ET, and be rerun at 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. and at 8:30 a.m. the following day. The talk-show queen plans to tape the Oxygen show every day after she finishes her daytime one. “We’re going to kick off our shoes, take questions from the audience and see where the conversation takes us,” Winfrey, 48, said in a statement.
SIR MICK: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who turns 59 on July 26, is to be knighted by England’s Queen Elizabeth II, The Sunday Times of London reported — and editorialized, “At last, His Satanic Majesty is called to the palace.” Other London papers carrying the news said it was Prime Minister Tony Blair who lobbied on behalf of a knighthood for Ol’ Rubber Lips. Jagger has fathered seven children by four women, which may have prevented him from being recognized earlier by Her Majesty. Reportedly he was placed on the Queen’s list after he joked in a TV documentary last year about how Paul McCartney and Elton John had been knighted and he hadn’t.