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Ever-mindful of his words, and a noted hater of celebrity gossip, Justin Timberlake is not one to say all that much about his romantic life.

But he bent that rule just a little bit to tell the Big O (Oprah Winfrey) about girlfriends past and present yesterday on her talk show.

Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears

"I'm dating someone," said the "SexyBack" singer, who has spent most of the year linked to Jessica Biel in the tabloids, on Wednesday.

While he never got around to naming his squeeze, Justin Timberlake was quoted as saying, "But all I can tell you is that she smells lovely."

Justin also admits, "I get pretty romantic around her," and says he sings to her - and, when he is on tour, communicates via an iChat webcam.

"Technology is a wonderful thing sometimes," Timberlake says. "I find that to be really cool, when you can actually see someone's face. I do it with my friends, as well, just to have a conversation back and forth. It makes you feel closer."

Timberlake and Biel were first linked at a Golden Globe afterparty in January, and in May. Last week, after his jam-packed Sunday night, the multiple MTV Video Music Award winner skipped the after-parties and opted for a laid-back dinner with his two favorite ladies: his mom and Biel.

At the outset of his career, in the mid-1990s, Timberlake was dating his Mickey Mouse Club costar, Britney Spears, though they split in 2002.

Since then, as we all know, Britney Spears' life, both personally and professionally, has been rocky and very well documented.

"What do you think is going on with Britney?" Winfrey asked Timberlake.

"I don't know, to be honest with you," he responded. "I haven't spoken to her in years. I mean, there's no ill will ... I have nothing but love for her. It's funny because we dated each other at a time ... wow, I haven't talked about this in a long time. It's interesting."

Pressed by Winfrey to get what he has to say off his chest, Justin Timberlake went on to say, "We were teenagers, you know?"

"Yes," Winfrey affirms, "famous teenagers."

"I think that's basically the best way to describe what happened to us," Justin said. "I think she's a great person, and I don't know her as well as I did. What I do know about her is she has a huge heart, and she is a great person."

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Hey, if there's one rule every criminal knows, it's that when you get arrested for things like kidnapping, armed robbery and murder on a semi-regular basis, you can pretty much expect people to start comparing your booking photos.

People love celebrity mug shots, after all!

The OJ Simpson mug shot from 1994 (left) should have been his last, but since he beat the rap for killing two people, we got to see the 2007 model, taken over the weekend after the Juice was arrested for kidnapping and robbery.

  • O.J. Mug Shot
  • O.J. Simpson Mug Shot (2007)

OJ Simpson booking photos: 1994, 2007. Juice certainly eats well!

It's hard to make any sense of the spectacle that is OJ Simpson, truly one of the more amazing humans of our time. But we do know two things for sure:

  1. He hasn't kept a low profile since getting away with murder, but rather has shown his true colors by attempting to flaunt and cash in on it.
  2. Guy hasn't eaten many salads since 1994.

In case you missed it, O.J. Simpson was charged with many felonies for his role in the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia dealers in a Vegas hotel.

As of this morning, Simpson is free on $125,000 bail. He had to surrender his passport, but Mexico is only a three-hour drive from L.A., and they don't stop you at the border when you're going South. Gas up the Bronco, A.C.

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Just hours after a judge ordered drug testing for Britney Spears, the singer hit the Los Angeles nightclub scene overnight Tuesday with ... Avril Lavigne.

Followed by a pack of paparazzi, Spears first was seen at Winston's in West Hollywood with Lavigne and Spears' friend/cousin/bitch Alli Sims.

Oh Mah Gawd

The women left around 1 a.m., and Britney Spears was later spotted at Hyde Lounge in West Hollywood where she partied until the club closed.

"They kept bringing (Britney Spears) shots and so they were drinking," says a Hyde patron, who may or may not have been Spencer Pratt.

"She was dancing on the tables trying to be really sexy, even putting a black sock over her head as a hat, and putting on a show for everyone."

Wow. We're gonna have to change our pants after reading that account.

Britney Spears goes buck wild ... with clothes on this time!

It gets weirder. At one point in the evening, an irate Britney drove over to the Beverly Hills Police Department and complained that a pack of celebrity news photographers was following her, but no action was taken.

Spears' night of partying came after the judge in her brutal custody fight with Kevin Federline found that she is a "habitual, frequent and continuous" user of alcohol and controlled substances. Well, at least this clears it up.

Britney Spears must now submit to random twice-weekly testing.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon also ruled that both Spears and Federline may not consume alcohol or other substances at least 12 hours prior to being with their two children, Sean Preston and Jayden James.

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Those boots may be made for kicking Heidi Montag's phony ass walking, and the girl wearing them may be an absolute knockout, but even Lauren Conrad isn't above being singled out by the pain-in-the-a$$ security guards at LAX.

Lauren Conrad Smiles in Blue

Like everyone else, airport security made Lauren Conrad take her (hot!) boots off before boarding her flight in Los Angeles, Calif., on Monday afternoon.

No word if Spencer Pratt and his lame gold chains were similarly detained, but Heidi Montag and her fake engagement ring likely got through.

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Next thing you know, the seas will start boiling, pigs will fly, Heidi Montag will stop begging for attention and OJ Simpson will be elected President.

The above scenarios don't seem all that far fetched now that Chris Crocker, the 19-year-old Tennessean and MySpace/YouTube sensation, has a TV deal.

That's right, the whiny one, whose tearful plea to "Leave Britney Alone" rocked YouTube the week after the Britney Spears' VMA implosion has signed a deal to develop his own show with reality-TV producer 44 Blue Productions.

According to Variety, the company's plan is to build a new "documentary-soap" around the life of Chris Crocker. "It's pretty much going to be 'the Chris Crocker experience,'" 44 Blue's president tells the publication. "We consider him a rebel character that people find interesting. He's going to be a TV star."

Rebel? We could think of some other words to describe Chris Crocker, but we'll let this one pass. Such absurdity speaks for itself, after all. Only in America.

Left: Britney Spears melts down at the VMAs. Right: Chris Crocker pleads for people to leave Britney alone... and scores his own reality TV show out of it.

Since his tirade against the mean celebrity gossip world, Crocker has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and his Britney rant was spoofed by Seth Green.

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After imploding on the MTV Video Music Awards, being dumped by her manager (Jeff Kwatinetz) and lawyer (Laura Wasser), and being forced into counseling in order to keep custody of her sons, Britney Spears is facing her darkest days.

Unfortunately, her problems aren't just affecting the 25-year-old pop star, reports Us Weekly in its cover story - they're having a negative impact on her two children, Jayden James Federline, 1, and Sean Preston Federline, 2.

"Dealing with the children after they come back from Britney's is really hard on Kevin," says a source close to Kevin Federline. "Sometimes it takes three days to get them back on any type of schedule."

Mommy is Crying

And it turns out Britney Spears' friends and family aren't the only ones who have expressed great concern over the singer's (disturbing lack of) parenting skills.

In a closed hearing on September 18, the L.A. Superior Court issued a list of rules Britney Spears must follow to maintain shared custody of her children.

These stipulations include meeting with a parenting coach for a minimum of eight hours a week, and having supervised sessions with counselors and her children.

Yet at least one family source actually tries to defend Britney Spears, saying a lack of education is to blame for her recent problems.

"She loves her children so much, but she's never been taught how to properly take care of them," said the source, claiming a maternal bond seems to be missing. "She looks lifeless. It's like she doesn't understand the impact of being a mother."

Boy. Thank goodness The Hollywood Gossip staff writers all went to college and took classes to learn that partying every night is not the way to be a good mom.

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Why must you tease us, so, oh fair Hayden Panettiere?

While we get to see her in a cheerleading outfit every Monday on Heroes, only a select few (Stephen Colletti, Milo Ventimiglia) get to see her in her underwear.

We have come to accept this, and despite our sadness, are okay with it. And hey, at least we get to see Hayden shopping for underwear in this photo:

Thank goodness Hayden Panettiere turned 18 last month. Otherwise all our jokes about her wearing thongs and being legal would just be plain dirty.

Hmm. Which thong to purchase? We personally think that red one would look very nice, actually. It would go pretty well with the curtains in our ...

Hey, we're not the only ones making cracks at the expense of the talented and sexy young actress, okay? At last Sunday's Emmys, Ryan Seacrest joked that FOX's birthday present to her was seating her as far from Jeremy Piven as possible.

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Much to the dismay of millions (not) the Juice may never be loose again.

Sources report that OJ Simpson has been officially charged with kidnapping along with seven other felonies stemming from his crazed (and "alleged") armed robbery of a sports merchandise dealer in Las Vegas late last week.

The former football star and double murderer will face those charges, along with an additional misdemeanor, Wednesday morning in court.

Tuesday's charges differ slightly from the original six against OJ Simpson at the time he was thrown in jail Sunday, with prosecutors on Tuesday announcing that they had added felony kidnapping with a deadly weapon to the list.

If convicted, O.J. Simpson could face up to 30 years on each robbery count.

Three of the Juice's co-defendants were charged with the same felonies, as well as with a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit a crime.

The charges include conspiracy to commit a kidnapping, kidnapping with use of a deadly weapon, burglary with use of a deadly weapon, robbery with use of a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon and coercion with a deadly weapon.

All in a day's work for the slime of humanity, a criminally insane, knife-wielding killer who's somehow allowed to roam the streets of this country.

At Wednesday's hearing, projected to last just five minutes, bail will likely be discussed. Considered a flight risk, Simpson is currently being held without bail.

Here's hoping they let him out and he tries to flee for Mexico, sparking a massive manhunt. Al Cowlings is reportedly gassing up the Bronco as we speak.

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Two seasons ago, Lorenzo Borghese chose Jennifer Wilson over Sadie Murray, then dumped her for Sadie Murray, who he then broke up with.

Last season, Andy Baldwin chose Tessa Horst over Bevin Powers, then broke off his engagement to Tessa and has been seen with Sepideh Haftgoli.

With this kind of track record, is Brad Womack intimidated as he prepares to begin his turn as the star of ABC's long-running hit, The Bachelor?

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"I am very well aware of the success rate of the past Bachelors - some have worked and some haven't," Womack said.

THG NOTE: None have worked. Look it up. Just saying.

"Honestly, I didn't even let that enter my mind. I just thought, 'This is my experience and only my experience.' I wanted to go into it with an open mind, and I did just that."

However, Brad Womack, 34, an Austin, Tex., bar owner, wouldn't give away whether he pops the question to his final bachelorette during the already filmed conclusion of the 11th season of The Bachelor.

"All I can say is ... I'm extremely happy with the turnout of the show. I know that's a generic answer, I wish I could give you more."

Interesting. Brad Womack said he's also "always been a very loyal person," so it should be relatively easy for him to remain faithful to his selected suitor while being away from her over the course of The Bachelor's broadcast run.

"It's a bit different in the aftermath [of filming The Bachelor]," he said. "But I think if a connection was made, then it's easy to keep it, for me anyway."

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Remember when we accused Heidi Klum and Kate Walsh of having bad hair? You don't? Well, we did. And we take it back, because clearly it's relative.

After all, a bad hairstyle on Heidi Klum still leaves you with Heidi Klum. And you haven't seen a bad hair day until you've seen the great Amy Winehouse ...

Leaving St. Lucia

Amy Winehouse hangs her hair out the window to dry at her apartment, while hopefully not considering plunging to her death. You never can tell, though.

The "Rehab" singer was waiting for the postman to arrive, or so celebrity news reports indicate. She certainly looks a whole lot better than she did a few weeks ago.

You are one lucky man, Blake Fielder-Civil.