Stephen M. Silverman
April 15, 2005 04:00 PM

BRITNEY’S BABY: Britney Spears and her husband Kevin Federline are to become parents, she announced on her Web site Tuesday. “The time has finally come to share our wonderful news that we are expecting our first child together,” said Spears, 23. “There are reports that I was in the hospital this weekend, Kevin and I just want everyone to know that all is well. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.” A source tells PEOPLE that, despite the hospital visit, the expectant mom’s condition was not serious. “It was a minor scare,” said the source. “She was fine.” The happy couple also has some other good news: Their still-untitled reality show on UPN is set for a May 17 premiere.

THE GODMOTHER: Jennifer Aniston joined her former Friends costar Courteney Cox Arquette in Birmingham, Ala., for the baptism of Cox’s and husband David Arquette‘s 10-month-old daughter, Coco. Aniston was named one of Coco’s godmothers during a “wonderful gathering” of about 110 friends and family members at St. Stephen’s Episcopal, said the Rev. Doug Carpenter, who led the ceremony and had also married Cox and Arquette in San Francisco in 1999. “There were no cameras during the ceremony, but afterward, everyone wanted their pictures taken with the stars,” he said, adding that Aniston, Cox and Arquette “seemed to enjoy that.”

MARTHA’S MAGS: Despite a court ruling Monday denying her bid to end her five-month house arrest early, Martha Stewart – who can’t spend more than 48 hours per week outside her home – saw two of her publications, Martha Stewart Weddings and Kids: Fun Stuff To Do Together, win their first National Magazine awards. “My deepest appreciation to the … judges and to all of you in this industry who have honored us today,” Stewart, 63, said before the banquet crowd at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel. Later this month, Stewart will begin filming promos for her version of The Apprentice and film actual segments for the show starting in May.

DONALD?S DECISION: Donald Trump, who fired Chris Shelton on Thursday night?s episode of The Apprentice, says he feels “very badly” for the 22-year-old, who was arrested for disorderly conduct last weekend. “He’s got a problem,” Trump said at a press conference earlier in the week. “He’s got an anger management problem. We talked about it on the show. He truly is an angry guy.” Shelton was taken into custody over a dispute about a cocktail-lounge entry fee at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Fla., and placed behind bars at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department, according to police records. He posted $250 bail and was released by 11:30 a.m.

PHOENIX REHAB: Gladiator and Ladder 49 actor Joaquin Phoenix, 30, checked into an undisclosed rehabilitation facility for treatment of alcoholism two weeks ago, his publicist said on Tuesday. “He was uncomfortable with the way that he was living his life and found the courage to deal with the disease,” said a statement from his Los Angeles-based publicist, Susan Patricola. No further details were provided. Joaquin’s brother, actor River Phoenix, died of a drug overdose in 1993 at age 23.

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