By Beth Perry Charlotte Triggs
August 28, 2006 12:00 PM


For JESSICA SIMPSON, the weekend of Aug. 11 was all about working. And working it. On Friday night she hit the stage at West Hollywood’s the Factory for a 20-minute set from her new album A Public Affair. Then, on Saturday night, she turned up at L.A. hot spot Hyde Lounge for a triple date with her hairdresser Ken Paves and his boyfriend, pal CaCee Cobb and her new squeeze, Scrubs‘ Donald Faison (see page 16)—and a new guy of her own. “Jessica was very touchy-feely with him,” says a club source who claims the two kissed at their table. “It seemed like she really liked him.” Still, Simpson’s rep insists she is “not dating anybody.”


How has LANCE BASS’s life changed since he came out of the closet to PEOPLE in July? “My [boyfriend REICHEN LEHMKUHL] and I were always out and about, but now people pay attention,” the ‘N Sync-er, 27, told Insider at Jaime Pressly and Hill Harper’s Adopt-a-School Initiative in L.A. Aug. 12. “But it’s great to be yourself—we’re the most normal people you could imagine.” A usual date? “We go to the beach, the movies, the pool,” says Lehmkuhl, 32, who won The Amazing Race in 2003. “We love to just keep it mellow.”


Forget Dr. Phil. OPRAH WINFREY has another protégé in town. She recently taped an appearance for chef RACHAEL RAY‘s chat-fest. The show (produced by O’s Harpo productions) debuts this fall.

Love match? ANDY RODDICK and MARIA SHARAPOVA spent Aug. 12 at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara “kissing and holding hands,” says a guest.

On Aug. 9 Rock Star: Supernova‘s TOMMY LEE flew the eight remaining contestants to Las Vegas, where he turned them loose with $500 each.

Law & Order: Fashion Police. After giving birth to son August, MARISKA HARGITAY still has baby weight to lose, but she’s eying an Emmy gown that will celebrate her transitional belly. “I might have an arrow pointing to it: ‘August lived here!'”