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OK! Magazine, the now-infamous celebrity news and gossip source, could not possibly have purchased all the attention it enjoyed last month after it got the scoop that Jamie Lynn Spears is three months pregnant.

Or could it?

It is widely assumed within the publishing industry that OK! paid Jamie Lynn Spears' family for the exclusive rights to Jamie Lynn Spears pregnancy news.

Us Weekly, another celebrity news magazine, cited sources who said that Jamie Lynn's mother, Lynne Spears, sold them the pregnancy story for $1 million, an assertion that enraged her ex-husband and Jamie Lynn's dad, Jamie Spears.

Checkbook journalism is no secret in the celebrity gossip world.

The gossip publications often pay for photos of weddings and babies, perhaps most famously in June 2006 when People won a fierce bidding war for the first photos of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's daughter, Shiloh Nouvel.

Although People said that the widely reported $4.1 million price tag was not accurate, it did not offer an alternative figure; editors say that disclosing prices paid would work against efforts to keep the costs down.

  • A Pregnant Jamie Lynn Spears
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But purchasing news of a pregnancy is as unusual as it is controversial. After OK! broke the story of a pregnant Jamie Lynn Spears, rival celebrity news tabloid Us Weekly boasted in its subsequent issue that OK! paid Lynne Spears $1M for it.

The two-year-old American edition of OK! Magazine, like its 14-year-old British counterpart, acknowledges paying for "relationships" with celebrities, but Sarah Ivens, the U.S. edition's editor, declined to discuss specific deals or figures.

"If there's something out there, there will be a bidding war," Ivens told The New York Times. "We're not bidding against ourselves."

When asked why she was less hesitant than some competitors to acknowledge purchase of celebrity photos, Ivens said: "I'm not very good at lying."

The interview with Jamie Lynn Spears, 16, drew copious attention to OK!, which sells far fewer copies than competitors like People, and provoked speculation about a relationship between OK! and Lynn Spears - a relationship strained by a disastrous photo shoot with Jamie Lynn's sister, Britney Spears, months ago.

Continue reading this New York Times' report on paying for celebrity news ...

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It's been a long time since we had a DJ AM sighting at The Hollywood Gossip and we'd just like to take a moment to welcome Nicole Richie's ex-fiance back.

The circumstances of his return? A shockingly revealing interview in February's issue of Glamour magazine, where DJ AM says that his father's verbal abuse was so bad it led to his drug addiction and almost taking his own life.

"I grew up in Philadelphia with a father who seemed to hate me: The verbal abuse he subjected me to was unbelievably cruel," DJ AM (a.k.a. Adam Goldstein) says. "If my family went out to dinner, my father would hit on the [male] waiter right in front of my mom... Finally she'd had enough and kicked him out."

But DJ AM says he blamed himself for the abuse. "To deal with all of my anger and sadness, I ate," he says. "By the time I was 10, I was obese."

DJ AM soon started taking drugs daily, for about two years, and eventually went to his mom and actually asked her to send him away to rehab.

But the treatment center â€" which specialized in "tough love," DJ AM recalls â€" "was an abusive house of horrors that would eventually be shut down. The counselors beat us. They spit in our faces. They starved us," he said.

"When I left rehab, I'd learned absolutely nothing about recovery ... I attended a few meetings, but within five months I was back doing drugs. Then my father died. Eventually, my mom kicked me out of her house as well."

Goldstein says his "main income was stealing cash and drugs from dealers. By 20, he began "freebasing cocaine" around the same time he began deejaying. "I would take my money, then race downtown and buy crack," he tells the magazine.

Overweight and hooked on drugs at 24, DJ AM felt his life was over.

"I went into my living room, reached into a cabinet above my TV and grabbed my gun, a loaded .22. I sat back, cocked it and put it into my mouth. I squinted my eyes and said, 'F--k this!' I pulled the trigger. But the gun didn't go off."

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One night of rekindling a high school, reality TV romance by making out in public evidentgly wasn't enough for Lauren Conrad and Stephen Colletti.

Lauren and Stephen made out at Las Vegas' LAX club on Sunday, December 30, the night after they were spotted flirting and kissing at Central in L.A.

Lauren Conrad: The Hills Star

Conrad (wearing a HOT strapless, knee-length silver dress with an oversized bow on the front) arrived at LAX with The Hills co-star / roommate Audrina Patridge and high school BFF / Laguna Beach co-star Lauren "Lo" Bosworth. 

Thirty minutes after she rolled in, Stephen Colletti â€" Lauren Conrad's ex from the olden days on Laguna Beach â€" showed up and immediately joined her table.

The duo were inseparable for the rest of their night out, touching one another and whispering. At one point, Lauren Conrad and Stephen Colletti got hot and heavy as she positioned herself between his legs - hot stuff! - as they kissed.

Colletti, who recently split with Heroes hottie Hayden Panettiere, then kept a close eye on Conrad when she took pictures with fans or celebrities - especially when she was being photographed with the likes of Dave Navarro.

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The skinny but still sort of sexy Kate Bosworth celebrated her 25th birthday on Sydney's sunny Harbor Beach in Australia on Wednesday. Which is today. Only in Australia, it's already tomorrow! How insane is that!

The birthday babe spent the day with her model boyfriend, James Rousseau, as well as with some female friends. Word has it that, in honor of the big 2-5, Kate resolved to eat at least that many times every month this year! Crazy!

James Rousseau and Kate Bosworth soak up the sun on her birthday.

While Kate isn't one of those actresses you hear too much about (being in some movies might change that), and James Rousseau doesn't seem to do a whole lot besides hang out with her, they seem to be going strong. Which is nice.

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When it's not making up complete lies about Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush being engaged or shelling out seven figures for stories and photos of a pregnant Jamie Lynn Spears, OK! Magazine occasionally snares a standard celebrity photo.

In this case, it's a cute picture of Katherine Heigl of Grey's Anatomy fame and rock singer Josh Kelley, who tied the knot December 23 in Park City, Utah.

Katherine Heigl at New Year's Even Premiere

Newlyweds Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley: An awfully cute pair.

The two are honeymooning in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Josh is working on a new album, while Katherine Heigl stars in the film 27 Dresses, opening next week.



The French aren't always like us.

These are people that love cheese, wine, whining (about the Iraq war and so much more), hating on everything and everyone that isn't French, and so forth.

No Promises

But at least we can find common ground with France in our love of celeb gossip. Rather than shunning him, the French are all about recently-divorced President Nicolas Sarkozy and his hot romance with new girlfriend, Carla Bruni!

Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy are all smiles in Egypt.

While the reception Bill Clinton received when he cheated on his wife with Monica Lewinsky wasn't exactly warm, it hasn't kept him (or Hillary Rodham Clinton) from enjoying overwhelming popularity over the long haul, has it?

But back to France. Mixing business and pleasure in Egypt with Nicolas Sarkozy, Carla Bruni was seen strolling with one hand in the pocket of his jeans and the other on her hip. Hot! Word has it that the two will marry this year!

But whatever happens, Carla Bruni isn't ready to put down her guitar - despite her very public romance with the president. France's possible first lady of the future is set to work on a new album and embark on a tour in 2008.

Carla is halfway through recording a new album of French and Italian love songs based on her own poems," a source at Bruni's label, Naïve Records, reports. The Italian singer and model is planning an August release and concert tour.



For those of you living under a rock and missing the Patriots-Giants game last week, quarterback Tom Brady led New England to a perfect 16-0 season, then enjoyed a celebratory dinner with his supermodel girlfriend. Standard fare.

But, more importantly, viewers were treated to a look back at Brady's 2000 tape from the 2000 NFL scouting combine! Awww. Look at that young, lost puppy!

Tom, Gisele and a Son

Tom Brady: Shirtless at the 2000 NFL scouting combine.

If the sixth-round pick out of Michigan was destined for greatness, Brady certainly didn't show it from the start, looking forlorn and downright pudgy in this shirtless photo. But three Super Bowl titles, numerous NFL records and one Gisele Bundchen later, there's not much else to criticize about the man.

Here's a bonus Tom Brady photo after the Patriots' historic win at New York on Saturday night. Looks just a little more confident, rugged and grown-up, no?



So it's no surprise that Hollywood is now interested in turning Knut's life into an animated feature - starring one of his most famous visitors.

Last year, Katie Holmes visited Knut with daughter Suri Cruise, while Annie Leibovitz - who took Suri's first pictures - photographed Knut for Vanity Fair.

Tom and Family

According to German newspaper B.Z., producer Ash R. Shah and his production firm, The Animation Picture Company, have offered $5 million for the rights to Knut's life story. And he's already thought about a potential star.

"I am envisioning the heartwarming relationship between Knut and his caretaker, Thomas Doerflein, at the center of the movie," Shah said.

"Suri Cruise could speak the English voice of Knut."

A movie producer sees a fit with Suri Cruise and polar bear Knut, both adorable critters born in 2006. Suri will have to learn to talk before voicing Knut, of course.

The would-be producer went on to discuss Knut's appeal.

"With his friendly character, he's serves as an ambassador for the Earth's growing problems - climate change and the melting polar ice caps. A movie about Knut would affect people all over the world," Shah told the paper.

Heiner Klös, the curator at the Zoo Berlin, confirmed that the $5M request was received, but he didn't like that the press was already involved.

"We received the offer and we are giving it due consideration," he said. "When we have come to a decision, then we will handle the matter discreetly."

Suri Cruise had no immediate comment.

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Sources close to Kim Kardashian are revealing to OK! Magazine that the star of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, 27, recently got engaged to her boyfriend, 22-year-old Heisman Trophy winner and NFL star Reggie Bush.

Kim and Reggie Bush were together in Miami on December 31, where Kardashian was hosting Mansion's Tanqueray and Ciroc New Year's Bash in South Beach.

While no diamonds were spotted shining on Kim's ring finger, she did admit to OK! that things are getting serious. However, she added, "One thing I learned from '07 was to try to keep [my private life] as private as possible."

So don't expect a replay of the Ray J sex tape, Reggie. Sorry man.

Despite a New Year's resolution to not blab about her love life, Kardashian says her holiday with Reggie Bush, who has been hurt and unable to play with his New Orleans Saints since early December, has been "the best!"

Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian

Are Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush engaged? What do you think?

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