September 25, 2006 12:00 PM

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NICOLE DECLARES ‘I AM NOT ANOREXIC’

Nicole Richie appeared on national TV Sept. 12 to tell the world, “I am not anorexic. I am not bulimic. I do not have an eating disorder.” As part of an exclusive hour-long interview on The Tyra Banks Show, the Simple Life star responded to tough questions from Banks about her alarming weight loss. When Banks showed Richie pictures of herself looking frail, Richie admitted she is “definitely very thin” but does not “have a disease.” She insisted she loses weight “under stress”—and blamed the paparazzi in part for causing that stress. “Photographers follow me every day looking for … a picture with a bone sticking out.” The public scrutiny of her weight, she says, “is horrible, especially when you’re trying to do something about it.” Richie said she is seeing a nutritionist and has weekly sessions with a therapist. In one of her final questions, Banks asked, “What does Nicole Richie see in the mirror?” Richie responded, “I think I look okay. I definitely wouldn’t mind gaining a few more pounds.” How many? “I don’t know the numbers.”

The Great Suri Debate

Now that we finally know what Suri looks like, an even greater question is emerging: Who does she look like? “I think she has Tom’s eyes,” Katie Holmes gushed to Vanity Fair. No, no, countered Cruise: “She has Kate’s lips and eyes.” Scoop consulted Dr. Irving Biederman, director of the University of Southern California’s Image Understanding Laboratory, who used the Face Recognition System (FRS) software to settle the matter. “Tom was right. She does resemble Katie more,” concluded Dr. Biederman after comparing “major landmarks” on Suri’s face (hairline and eyebrows, for example) to those of her parents. “The baby and Katie have a lot of forehead. Tom doesn’t.” But that shock of thick black hair? That’s a gift from both Mom and Dad.

PEOPLE.COM POLL

DID SEEING SURI IN VANITY FAIR IMPROVE YOUR OPINION OF TOMKAT?

YES 31%

NO 69%

heart monitor

NOT ENGAGED

Denise Richards & Richie Sambora

Reports of an engagement for Denise Richards and Richie Sambora are “completely false,” says their rep. There is, however, a massive diamond on her right hand. A source close to Richards tells Scoop the rocker bought Richards the bauble as a gift.

K-I-S-S-I-N-G

Travis Barker & Paris Hilton

A match made in reality-TV heaven? Paris Hilton and Travis Barker were seen holding hands at L.A.’s Hyde Lounge on Sept. 7. Four days later she and the rocker (who recently split from wife Shanna Moakler) made out at N.Y.C.’s Butter, says an onlooker. Still, Hilton’s sister Nicky tells Scoop the two are “absolutely not” dating. (Barker’s rep had no comment.)

ON A BREAK

Heather Locklear & David Spade

David Spade and Heather Locklear looked chummy as ever at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills Sept. 8, but sources says they’ve put their relationship on hold. “It’s a mutual decision,” a Spade source tells Scoop. A Locklear pal insists the two were never an item: “They’ve always been friends.”

SPLIT?

Orlando Bloom & Kate Bosworth

Reps won’t comment, but Orlando Bloom and Kate Bosworth have broken up, according to a source, who adds, “There was no drama.” The actress was even spotted getting “very affectionate” with a mystery man at N.Y.C.’s Café Habana Sept. 6, says an onlooker. As for Bloom’s love life, he tells Scoop, “It’s nobody’s business.”

NICK LACHEY: Simple Pleasures

Now that his divorce from Jessica Simpson has wrapped up, Nick Lachey is looking forward, not back. “I’m in a great place,” he tells Scoop. “You never know where life is going to drop you. There’s always a better day coming up.” These days, in fact, Lachey, 32, has plenty to sing about—like, say, girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo, 25. The singer, whose 37-city solo tour kicks off Sept. 20 in Albany, N.Y., talks to Scoop about some of his favorite things on the road—and off.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS

“There’s always room on the tour bus!”

RITUALS

“Warming up is something I do every night … like an athlete [before a game]. And I [always] drink noncaffeinated herbal tea and honey.”

YOUNGER BROTHER DREW

“He’s my best friend…. We always support each other. And I love holding [my 6-month-old niece Isabella]. But I don’t get to see her as much as I’d like.”

SONG PICKS

To sing: “What’s Left of Me.” To hear: Ditties about … Snickers? (Lachey will judge November’s $25,000 Snickers’ Satisfaction Sing-Off, in which wannabe pop stars compose odes to the candy bar.) “It’s not every day you can compose a song with ‘nougat’ in it.”

CHAIN RESTAURANTS

“I usually don’t eat before I perform. I find that burping is not good on stage! [After a concert], we go to [T.G.I.] Friday’s or Outback.”

THE CINCINNATI BENGALS

“I’m a die-hard fan. I actually routed the tour so that I can make as many home games as possible.”

HIS DIAMOND-RIMMED WATCH

“[Wearing it on stage] is force of habit.”

SOURDOUGH SNYDER’S PRETZELS

“The big ones. I’ve loved them ever since I was a kid. And I always have Miller Lite [backstage]…. The important thing about touring is to feel at home.”

Scoop EXTRA

“Shiloh’s got horrible diaper rash,”

new dad Brad Pitt says in the October Esquire. “We’ve tried everything … [but] haven’t found the magic ointment.” PEOPLE to the rescue! More than 900 readers wrote in with suggestions. The overwhelming favorite? Boudreaux’s Butt Paste (buttpaste.com). For more help, you—and Brad—can visit people.com.

MARTHA STEWART AND DONALD TRUMP ARE AT IT AGAIN!

The Paris and Lindsay of the over-60 set?

FEUD OF THE WEEK

“Donald is out of control. By the time he’s finished, he will have fired everyone around him…. And poor Donald will be sitting there on his little pedestal all by himself”

—Stewart, on Trump’s recent firing of Carolyn Kepcher, to Access Hollywood

“She’s upset that my show became the hottest show on television and her [version of The Apprentice] didn’t make it. She should just get on with her life”

—Trump, firing back, to PEOPLE

PEOPLE.COM POLL

SCOOP ASKED, YOU ANSWERED

LONG

59%

SHORT

41%

HOW DO YOU LIKE JESSICA SIMPSON‘S HAIR?

HOW DO YOU PREFER LINDSAY LOHAN?

80%

ONE-MAN WOMAN WITH HARRY MORTON

20%

WILD CHILD WITH A BEVY OF BOYFRIENDS

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE IS HOTTEST…

BRINGING THE SEXY BACK?

77%

AS A HIP-HOP HUNK?

23%

SHOULD MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY AND PENELOPE CRUZ GET BACK TOGETHER?

51% YES!

49% NO!

AFTER HER DUI BUST, PARIS HILTON SAID, “EVERYTHING I DO IS BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION. IT … HURTS MY FEELINGS.” FEEL SORRY FOR HER?

88% NO

WHICH SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE-INSPIRED SHOW ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?

30 ROCK

32%

STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP

68%

VOTE ON NEXT WEEK’S QUESTIONS AT WWW.PEOPLE.COM/POLLS

Q + A

MANY LIVES OF THE ROCK

COLLEGE ATHLETE!

The defensive tackle’s Miami squad won the 1991 national championship.

WRESTLER!

After seven WWF championships, Johnson hung up his spandex to pursue acting.

THESPIAN!

As a movie star, he knows the drill: “Gridiron Gang is the best!” he says.

ROCK SOLID

The wrestler turned actor dishes about his troubled youth—and the decision to go straight

In Gridiron Gang, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays a tough-love probation officer who whips juvenile offenders into shape with a rigorous football program. As it turns out, the ex-University of Miami footballer has plenty in common with the kids.

Did the film resonate with you?

I was one of these kids who was arrested multiple times for fighting and theft. But I was lucky, because I had someone in my life who cared about me: my arresting officer. He said, “Listen, you’re gonna stop screwing up, and you’re going to play football for your high school team.” He saw potential in me.

Did you learn your lesson?

I continued to get in trouble until I was about 17. The defining moment was the last time I was arrested [for brawling]. My mom came to get me, and I was waiting for a big tongue-lashing. But she was just crying. There were no more words. Life was difficult enough for us back then—two evictions, repossessions, electricity being turned off. I realized that I was throwing more crap into her world. I just couldn’t do that to her anymore.

You were injured on the set of your next football flick, The Game Plan.

I ruptured my Achilles tendon 10 weeks ago and I’m still recovering. I’ve been through my share of pain. I’ve had a complete shoulder reconstruction, four knee surgeries and three ruptured disks. But when you rupture your Achilles, it’s different. It’s beyond pain.

You’re becoming the go-to guy for sports movies. What’s your all-time favorite?

[Laughing] Aside from my own?

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