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Say what you want about Jessica Simpson, she is resilient.

After a tough few years - several movie flops, a risky and largely unsuccessful foray into country music, celebrity gossip stories about her being fat - you would think this star would be at the crossroads of obscurity. But she keeps hanging around.

The alleged music star is the subject of the cover story and a big photo shoot in the new issue of Vanity Fair this month, which must be a really slow one.

Here's the magazine's cover photo of Jessica ...

Jessica Simpson Vanity Fair Cover

Can 28-year-old Jessica Simpson, now also the controversial girlfriend of NFL star QB Tony Romo, reinvent herself yet again? Or is this the end of the line?

Either way, the big J.C. is in her corner.

"We all go through trials, but not one thing has ever made me question God. I have a great relationship with God," Jess said. "I can talk to Him, get mad at Him, frustrated with Him. But, ultimately, my faith is what defines me."

Despite the criticism she's endured, this preacher’s daughter from Texas is one tough cookie. Thanks to the pervasive influence of manager-pimp-dad Joe, and the fact that talent is not a prerequisite for fame in America, she's here to stay.



Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame and his girlfriend, musician Mariqueen Maandig of the band West Indian Girl, are officially engaged, the couple confirms.

They announced the happy news this weekend on her band's website.

"In case [you] haven't heard, Mariqueen got engaged," the post reads.

"Everyone in the West Indian Girl camp is excited and happy for her. Q's an awesome person, friend and bandmate, and she couldn't be marrying a cooler guy."

Congrats to Trent Reznor and his fiancee Mariqueen Maandig!



Since she's been back in her native Barbados, Rihanna has looked happy - no small feat after enduring an "alleged" assault at the hands of beau Chris Brown.

According to reports, this transformation may have come about because she’s back in the arms of her ex-boyfriend, fellow Barbados native Negus Sealy, 24.

“Rihanna and Negus both realized there was still a strong sexual attraction between them and became inseparable. Whenever Rihanna went to the beach or out partying, Negus was always there," a source tells the UK's News of the World.

The friend adds: "They have been very careful not to be seen too closely together, though, as they’re still trying to keep their relationship secret.”

Negus Sealy Picture

Negus Sealy, who’s also apparently known as the local “Love God,” and Rihanna definitely make a cute couple, as the older photo of them above makes clear.

But one of Rihanna's relatives, who asked not to be named in the story, confirmed: "The family is delighted about her seeing [Negus Sealy] again."

Last month, her father, Ronald Fenty, said fairly emphatically that Brown is old news. Perhaps he was referring to her rekindled romance with Sealy!

Chris Brown has pleaded not guilty to assaulting her. Some say his defense may hinge upon the haunting, leaked photo of a battered Rihanna.

What do you think of the star's rumored romance? Should Rihanna date the Love God, Negus Sealy, or give Chris Brown another chance?

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John Edwards' probing of Rielle Hunter torpedoed his political career and nearly his marriage. Now a federal probe into his finances is throwing gasoline on the fire.

The two-time presidential candidate is being investigated over his use of campaign funds - a subject that could carry the married Edwards' now-infamous affair with videographer Hunter from celebrity gossip tabloids to the courtroom.

The subject of federal scrutiny is the more than $100,000 Edwards' political action committee paid Hunter's firm for production of online campaign videos.

"I am confident no funds from my campaign were used improperly," Edwards said, addressing the matter in a carefully-worded statement.

"However, I know that it is the role of government to ensure that this is true. We have made available to the United States both the people and the information necessary to help them get the issue resolved efficiently and in a timely matter."

A range of other Edwards fundraising organizations - two non-profits and a poverty center at his alma mater - have also come under greater scrutiny.

Chief among them? The PAC that paid the company owned by Rielle Hunter for web videos documenting John Edwards' travels and advocacy in '06.

The committee also paid her an additional $14,086.50 on April 1, 2007.

At the time of that payment to Hunter, the PAC only had $7,932.95 in cash, according to the Federal Election Commission. That day, Edwards' presidential campaign paid the PAC $14,034.61 for what is listed as a "furniture purchase."

Willfully converting money from a political action committee for personal use is a federal crime. Edwards has said he was unaware of the payments.

Since being forced to admit the affair after being busted visiting Hunter and his possible love child with her last August, Edwards has been largely MIA.

His wife, Elizabeth Edwards, who is terminally ill with cancer, will soon be releasing a book, Resilience, talking about the affair. In it, she writes that news of the affair made her vomit. She also describes Rielle Hunter as "pathetic."

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When a female fan approached NFL star Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, at Svedka’s Summer Fling party at New York's Grammercy Park Hotel over the weekend asking for a photo with the couple, the supermodel was blunt.

“I’d love to, but Tom hates being photographed. He wouldn’t want to,” the Brazilian stunner said, adding that her husband “always says no.”

In fact, attempting to take one clandestinely may get you shot at.

But he was in good spirits, at least. The two sucked face all night: “They couldn’t keep their hands off each other!” a Daily News source said.

The evening wasn’t all fun for the fab duo, unfortunately: Gisele kicked one poor fella out of the elevator, saying it was too full, while Brady was heard complaining that it "took 20 minutes to get in" because the line was “too long.”

Since Tom wouldn't allow himself to be photographed over the weekend, here are some older Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen pics. Click to enlarge:

  • Tom Brady, John Edward Thomas Moynahan
  • Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen: Engaged!
  • Ice Cream Cones
  • Tom Brady: Underwear Model?
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As if a crazy stalker trespassing on her property wasn't enough, a man has been arrested after jumping on stage during Britney Spears' latest Circus concert.

The venue was Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Connecticut State Police say Kyle King, 20, who had definitely been drinking, charged on stage during Britney's encore performance of "Womanizer."

Security and Britney Spears' backup dancers accosted King before he could come in contact with her, and he was arrested for breach of peace.

The CSP says after Kyle King was taken into custody, he was being highly uncooperative - so they also booked him for interfering with police.

He was released this morning after paying a $250 bond and is due in Norwich Superior Court on June 18. It was definitely worth it, right Kyle?

Check out the video of the incident below, in which Britney Spears freaks out and the grinds to screeching halt after seeing King on stage.

Pay attention around the 2:10 mark ...

Follow the jump for another angle, in which you can see how fast her security and dancers sprung into action. Blink and you might even miss it:

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Celebrity gossip photographers are going to have to bust out the long lenses if they want to get the money shot of Amy Winehouse from now on.

The 25-year-old "Rehab" singer has won a court order preventing celeb news personnel from snapping photographs outside her north London home.

Photographers are now banned from approaching Winehouse within 100 yards of the house. The injunction is hanging outside her home in Enfield.

However, all is never well in Amy Winehouse's world - she was hospitalized for "dehydration" on Friday in St. Lucia, where she's been on "vacation."

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  • Young Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse now, and in her younger days. Just saying.

Her spokesman confirms that Winehouse, who is scheduled to perform at the annual jazz festival in St. Lucia next week, spent the night in the hospital.

She was taken there after fainting and becoming exhausted.

He said that prior to passing out and being hospitalized, Amy Winehouse was "running around with children" and "failed to drink enough water."

That's what they call it now?

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In an interview this morning on CBS' The Early Show, Malawi native James Kambewa is again voicing his opposition to pop superstar Madonna's efforts to adopt his three-year-old daughter, Chifundo "Mercy" James.

"I want to take care of her and I'm capable to take care of my baby," says Kambewa, who is only 15 himself. "Mercy, she is a Malawian - so [I] need her to grow as a Malawian, as well with our culture."

In the CBS interview, Kambewa is wearing a necklace he made bearing his daughter’s name but says has never held or even met her in person.

The little girl's birth mother died shortly after childbirth.

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Madonna with daughter Lourdes (left), and aspiring daughter Mercy.

Lucy Chekechiwa, Mercy’s maternal grandmother, says she, too, was initially opposed to the adoption but eventually gave in. Madonna was negged in her efforts by the country's government, however, before filing an appeal.

“I did not want my granddaughter to be adopted,” Lucy says, “but because they have been persistent enough, I have been forced to let my granddaughter go."

Madonna will make her appeal before Malawi's Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo. In April, a judge rejected the 50-year-old superstar's adoption request because she doesn't meet the minimum 18-month residency requirement.

Here's hoping Jesus Luz will comfort her if she fails again.

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Rande Gerber, husband of Cindy Crawford, is being sued for sexual harassment by two women who used to work for him. A lawsuit was filed in March in San Diego County Superior Court by a pair of former employees of the business mogul.

The women, both waitresses, claim they were fired from a restaurant owned by Gerber's company for refusing to give in to the advances of Gerber and other managers.

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On one occasion in 2008, while working at the Moonstone Lounge in San Diego, one claims Rande Gerber "attempted to kiss her three times during the night, then put his hand up her dress in between her legs in an attempt to fondle her crotch."

"These allegations were previously investigated and shown to be baseless," a Gerber Group spokesperson said in a statement. "This lawsuit has no merit."

Gerber owns the Midnight Oil chain of bars and lounges. He and Crawford, who have been married 11 years, have two children, Presley, 9, and Kaia, 7.

If he jeopardized a future of seeing Cindy Crawford nude by hitting on random waitresses, Rande Gerber would pretty much be the biggest moron ever.

Well, except for Eliot Spitzer.

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Even though Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt's wedding only took place a week ago now, there's already talk of the gruesome twosome starting a family.

"Heidi wants four boys," new sister-in-law Stephanie Pratt told Us at the grand opening of Catch Boutique in L.A. "Imagine ... four Spencer Pratts!"

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Yes. Imagine.

Does Spencer's sister, who was a bridesmaid in The Hills wedding event along with Holly Montag, think that Heidi Montag will make a good mom?

"Yeah, she's really good with our niece," Stephanie said, referring to Ava, the flower girl at Speidi's wedding. "They're [both] kid lovers."

Stephanie Pratt, who said she had never been to a wedding before Spencer and Heidi's Saturday nuptials, thought the ceremony was "wonderful."

"It was the most - I didn’t think they could be that beautiful," she said, adding that her absolute favorite moment of the evening was, "for me, it was walking down the aisle - which wasn’t that long of an aisle - and I felt so nervous!"

"I had to walk slow, but I was running down it and crying, with my brother laughing at me because I could not keep it together. I’ll never forget that."

Even Steph and Spencer's parents, Skip and Janet Pratt, got choked up.

"They’ve always loved Heidi," she said. "My mom was very emotional. He’s her only boy."

Truly, so touching. We can't wait to watch it unfold on The Hills' finale. Don't forget to give us your funniest Speidi jokes in our Caption Contest.

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