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1:55 PM ET, April 2, 2007

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Simon Parry / News of the World:
THIS is the woman at the centre of Angelina Jolie's toddler adoption row - a mum who says she simply wants the best for her son.  —  The News of the World has tracked down tragic heroin addict Pham Thu Dung, who abandoned her baby son in a Vietnamese hospital when he was just two days old.
Discussion: We Love Celebs!
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Noelle Hancock / Us Weekly:
Pax's Birth Mother Breaks Her Silence  —  Pham Thu Dung, the biological mother of Pax Thien Jolie, says she's happy that her child has found a new life with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.  —  The British newspaper News of the World tracked Dung down in the Vietnam neighborhood she calls home …
Discussion: Holy Candy and I'm Not Obsessed
The Sun:
Avril has a pop at sad Britney  —  AVRIL LAVIGNE has hit out at troubled BRITNEY SPEARS — for being too weak to cope with fame.  —  The Sk8er Boi singer, 22, said: "What's happened to Britney is all down to who she is as a person.  If you want a piece of this business you have to be able to deal with it.
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Sky News:
AVRIL'S BRITNEY RANT  —  We've heard oodles of people offering their support to Britney Spears over the last month.  —  But Avril Lavigne has some less than sympathetic words for her.  —  Avril told The Sun: "What's happened to Britney is all down to who she is as a person.
Discussion: Cele|bitchy and The DarkHat
Lburch / A Socialite's Life:
The Re-Growth of Britney Spears  —  Look, I'm sprouting some new hair y'all!  More photos of Britney in her Lakers get up after the jump.
Discussion: The Evil Beet
Starpulse:   Avril Lavigne Blames 'Weak' Spears For Her Meltdown
Fabien Montique / The Bosh:
AVRIL LAVIGNE SLAMS BRITNEY SPEARS, KNEES GUY IN THE BALLS!
Discussion: Dlisted
FemaleFirst:
Lesbian Fergie  —  Fergie has confessed to having a series of lesbian relationships.  —  The Black Eyed Peas singer has revealed she rebelled against her parents and her strict Catholic upbringing when she was 18 experimenting with drugs and sex.  —  She said: "I have had lesbian experiences in the past.
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Mirror.co.uk:
FERGIE: I WAS A LESBIAN  —  SEXY Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie has admitted to a series of lesbian flings.  —  Fergie, 31, said she rebelled against a Catholic upbringing and went on a wild sex and drugs spree when she got to 18.  —  She added: "I have had lesbian experiences in the past.
Discussion: WOW Report and That Other Blog
TMZ.com:
Stern Shut Down In Huge Way Over DNA  —  Howard K. Stern lost a big one in the Bahamas today.  —  Stern's appeal on DNA testing was just shut down, and Howard K. was penalized by the three-judge panel to the tune of $10,000.  TMZ has learned Stern was ordered to pay $5,000 in attorney's fees …
New York Post:
CLOSET AMBUSH  —  PARIS Hilton is slammed in Manhattan Mini Storage ads that recently appeared on phone kiosks showing a Chihuahua who looks a lot like Tinkerbell with the slogan: "Your closet's so shallow, it makes Paris look deep."  We brought this to the attention of Hilton publicist Elliot Mintz …
New York Post:
CUSHION PUSHIN'  —  NOTE to Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Next time, get a hotel room!  The Irish-born hunk, who stars as Henry VIII in the new Showtime series "The Tudors," sashayed into The Plumm with his pony-tailed brunette love Reena Hammer under his arm the other night.
Discussion: A Socialite's Life and Holy Candy
Phil / Egotastic!:
Tara Reid's Bikini Cannot Contain Her Breasts  —  You've got to hand it to Tara Reid.  She's really managed to get herself back into fine form, and has almost completely lost that skanky image of hers.  I say almost, because she still can't quite pick out a bikini that actually fits.
Discussion: Glunp.com
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TMZ.com:
Tara: My Cups Runneth Over
Discussion: The Superficial
FemaleFirst:
Hilary Swank's permanent Oscars  —  Hilary Swank takes her Oscars with her everywhere she goes - so she can share her joy with her family and friends.  —  The 32-year-old star won the prestigious Best Actress award for 'Million Dollar Baby' and 'Boys Don't Cry' and is currently taking the famous golden statuettes on 'tour' with her.
Discussion: WOW Report
NY Daily News:
Screen queen and McQueen make hot classical dish  —  DAILY NEWS GOSSIP COLUMNISTS  —  Marlene [Dietrich] asked me whether I would ghost her memoirs," writes Leo Lerman in his journals, "but I thought it over and decided that she would never really tell what the public wants to know.
Discussion: celebwarship.com/wp
New York Post:
RAPPER GIVES IT TO PRODUCER  —  HIP-hop artist Timbaland left no doubt who inspired his combative song, "Give It to Me," at club Marquee the other night, when he announced to the shocked crowd, "Scott Storch is a bitch!"  —  Storch, 32, the record producer who has worked with Beyoncé …
Discussion: We Love Celebs!
Ben Widdicombe / NY Daily News:
L.A. Reid @ hot mail  —  Island Def Jam sure is a loving place to work - especially if you're a pretty female secretary.  —  An e-mail exchange from April 2005 between married CEO L.A. Reid and a then-employee, whose name we will not reveal, shows just how loving.  —  "Even the short sweet ones are delicious!!!!!!"
Discussion: Jossip and Best Week Ever
Jeannette Walls / MSNBC:
Fur flies between PETA and Karl Rove  —  Plus: Warren Beatty says he's man behind 'You're So Vain'  —  PETA's not too thrilled with Karl Rove's recent remarks about animals.  —  PETA has Karl Rove in its crosshairs.  —  The animal-rights group — which usually goes after fur-wearing celebs …
Molly / POPSUGAR:
Carmen Strips Down At Dinah Shore Week  —  Carmen put on quite the show at Dinah Shore Week (aka, lesbian spring break) on Saturday.  The annual girl Bacchanalia takes place in Palm Springs and holds court for thousands of women from all over the country.  Word was that Carmen …
Meghan / Celebrity Baby Scoop:
Bluebell Madonna Halliwell  —  One more image in the extended post!
 
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J. Harvey / A Socialite's Life:
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Just Jared:
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New York Post:
PANIC ATTACKS VEXING VIEIRA
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Starpulse:
K. Fed Only Gets $1 Million In Divorce Settlement Because Of Britney's Pre-Nup
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Gemma Calvert / News of the World:
OOOH-MA!  —  It's Bloomer Thurman!  —  The Kill Bill star proved …
The Sun:
Kelly: My boobs a novelty in LA
Metro.co.uk:
Beckhams show 'faces axe'
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Mike Householder / Associated Press:
Donald Trump wins, keeps his 'do intact
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