“Look how beautiful things are and how nice it feels when [I’m around her],” 50 Cent said of Bette Midler at the spring picnic for the latter’s New York Restoration Project in Fort Tryon Park this week. Tyra Banks smooched a tall, dark, and handsome man on the corner of Spring and Lafayette Streets, then hopped into an SUV with him. Since going public about his relationship with Alicia Keys, rapper Swizz Beatz wants his divorce proceedings banned from public view, asking that the Manhattan Supreme Court issue a gag order, which is interesting, because no one really cared in the first place. Josh Lucas once broke up with a girl via text message. Friends told actor Malachy McCourt to break a leg onstage, and he did. He’s currently recovering in Rockland County.
Spencer Pratt, under his stage name “the Great White,” dropped his first rap track on iTunes, titled “I’m a Celebrity.” Brilliant lyrics include, “Baby I get paid/first Tweet of the day, I put my swag on/I’m in the limelight and I love it like my wife.” Britney Spears is traipsing around the Bahamas in a bikini, not looking like a total mess. Hayden Panettiere has a misspelling in the tattoo that runs halfway down her back. Courtside regular Justin Timberlake will narrate the NBA documentary Dream Season: 23 & 24 showcasing Kobe Bryant and LeBron James’s road to the championship. Pint-size Indy car racerDanica Patrick wants to give Beyoncé a hand in learning to speed race for her next video. And Beyoncé says she works hard to be bootylicious.
After a little girl waiting for a heart transplant gave Yankee outfielder Brett Gardner a Project Sunshine bracelet last week, telling him, “Hold on to this. You’ll hit a home run,” Gardner actually did. Following her transplant surgery, she saw the tape of his homer, and said, “Yeah, he’s running for me.” Following William Morris’s merger with boutique firm Endeavor, more than 100 staffers were let go from the now megatalent agency. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie “couldn’t keep their arms off each other” in Cannes. Keith Richards gave musician Bernard Fowler a standing ovation at the Knitting Factory. Despite writer James Frey’s accusations, Oprah Winfrey says the author does not have any damaging audiotapes of her, not that Frey ever confuses fact with fiction or anything.
Michael Jackson is postponing the first four nights of his This Is It tour in London, blaming “the sheer magnitude of the concerts” as the reason for delay. Sure. Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr flew to Cannes to spend a mere 24 hours with Orlando Bloom, then was seen sporting a sparkling rock on her left ring finger. And Bristol Palin is sure that “If girls realized the consequences of sex, nobody would be having sex. Trust me. Nobody.”