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ELIN’S ‘BEATEN DOWN’
After a five-month hiatus, and amid new tabloid reports of yet another affair, Tiger Woods, 34, finished a respectable fourth in his comeback at the Masters Golf Tournament April 11 (Phil Mickelson won; see box). But wife Elin, 30, wasn’t there to see it. Back home in Windermere, Fla., “she didn’t even turn on the TV,” a friend tells Scoop, “because the last thing she wanted to see was his face.” On April 7 another report emerged alleging her husband had previously strayed with a 22-year-old neighbor. On top of that, Elin became “violently angry,” a source says, about her husband’s new Nike television spot, in which the voice of his late father, Earl, asks, “Did you learn anything?” as Woods stares into the camera. (The out-of-context sound bite was reportedly culled from a 2004 documentary.) “She just hates it,” the friend says. “She thought it was disgusting that he would use his infidelity to sell shoes.” And Elin’s stressors aren’t limited to her marriage. Her mother, Barbro Holmberg, was reportedly treated at an undisclosed location in the U.S. for a serious illness last week. (Holmberg’s secretary denied this to Swedish newspaper Expressen, saying she’s home and “not ill at all.”) Elin, who was spotted boarding a plane April 11, “seems beaten down,” says the friend, and may be ready to move on. Adds the friend: “She’s so far beyond hurt now, she’s numb. She’s mourned the loss of this marriage.”
GOLF’S INSPIRATIONAL MARRIAGE
When Phil Mickelson snagged his third Masters title April 11, his wife, Amy, was right there. For Amy, 37, who’s been fighting breast cancer since last May, and Mickelson, 39 (whose mother, Mary, was also diagnosed with the disease last year), it was a joyous moment. “She’s an incredible wife and an incredible mother,” said Mickelson, dedicating his win to Amy. “She has been an inspiration for me this past year. To cap it off with this victory, I can’t put it into words.”
Glee‘s Jane Lynch …
Jane Lynch has something her Glee character, meanie head coach Sue Sylvester doesn’t: true love. After months of speculation, the actress, 49, confirms that she’s engaged to psychologist Lara Embry, 40. “It’s just the greatest thrill in the world to find somebody that you want to be with every day,” she tells PEOPLE.
E-MAIL: MY CHEATING HUSBAND
After Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, 43, discovered her husband, agent Michael Nilon, had allegedly cheated, she e-mailed his colleagues at Hollywood agency CAA: “[He’s] been having an affair with some slut in Chicago.” On April 9 the star said, “My focus…is on my kids [Jax and Jaid, 2] and healing.” Nilon has moved out of their home.
Inside Britney Spears‘
First a somber frozen yogurt date with boyfriend Jason Trawick. The next day Britney Spears was seen crying while driving. But on April 11 she was all smiles on her way to a Palm Springs party. What gives? “She’s only happy when her sons are with her,” a source tells Scoop. “Other days she’s an emotional wreck.” Not true, maintains another source: “She had a really busy week. She’s back in the studio. She went to [a party] to have some fun. She and [Trawick] are on and off all the time. She’s just living her life.”
STAR-SPANGLED GRADUATION DAYS
Meryl Streep will deliver the commencement address at N.Y.C.’s Barnard College next month. Also set to inspire the class of 2010: Avatar‘s Stephen Lang (Jacksonville University, May 1) and actress Marcia Gay Harden (University of Texas at Austin, May 22). Stars, take your podiums!
BARNARD COLLEGE, MAY 17
WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY, MAY 23
VASSAR COLLEGE, MAY 23
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, MAY 12
Miley’s Ex Justin Gaston
IT’S KIND OF ‘AWKWARD’ BETWEEN US
It’s been almost a year since Justin Gaston, 21, split with Miley Cyrus, 17, and while he says they’re “still friends,” don’t expect to see them hanging out. “She’s got a new boyfriend, so that might be a little awkward!” he laughs, referring to Miley’s romance with actor Liam Hemsworth. “[But] Miley is a great girl.” As for his love life? The singer and star of the reality web show If I Can Dream (he’s also performing with Brooke White on American Idol April 14) says with a sigh: “Being in a relationship is like a full-time job; I’m just going to do the music thing!”
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
• 4/7, L.A.: Mischa Barton at Nylon magazine’s 11th-anniversary bash at Trousdale. • 4/8, N.Y.C.: James Van Der Beek and girlfriend Kimberly Brook stopped by the Eldridge launch of h.wood.tea. • 4/10, Las Vegas: Gwen Stefani watched husband Gavin Rossdale rock an acoustic set at Condé Nast Traveler‘s Hot List party at Haze nightclub. • 4/10, Las Vegas: Avril Lavigne and Brody Jenner got matching lightning-bolt tats at Mario Barth’s King Ink at the Mirage hotel. • 4/10, N.Y.C.: Iyaz performed his hit “Replay” at Quo. • 4/11, N.Y.C.: Audrina Patridge and Ryan Cabrera were on-again at Juliet Supperclub.
Janet Jackson and Busta Rhymes joined Q-Tip at the W South Beach hotel on April 10, where they celebrated the artist’s 40th birthday at nightclub WALL. Leonardo DiCaprio joined the festivities with on-again girlfriend Bar Refaeli. They were all huddled up in a corner booth till 4 a.m., sipping Grey Goose and tequila cocktails. “Leo didn’t leave Bar’s side all night,” says a source.
There was plenty of girl power at New York’s City Center on April 12. Meryl Streep, Brooke Shields, Jessica Simpson and Hilary Duff enjoyed a performance by Aretha Franklin at Good Housekeeping‘s “Shine On” fund-raiser to help build the National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C.
KATE HITS MIAMI
Single-and-mingling Kate Hudson, 31, enjoyed a week in Miami with son Ryder, 6. Over dinner with pals at Fontainebleau’s Chinese eatery Hakkasan, she was “radiant and confident,” says a source. And no A-Rod in sight.