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Melissa and Tammy Etheridge have broken up after nearly nine years and tow children together, the couple's rep said in a statement Wednesday.

The long-term partners decided to part ways this year: "Melissa and Tammy Etheridge are saddened to announce that they are now separated."

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The former couple added in a joint statement: "We ask for consideration and respect for our family as we go through this difficult period."

Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels exchanged vows in Malibu in September 2003. She then went by the name of Tammy Etheridge.

Tammy gave birth to their children – son Miller and daughter Johnnie Rose – in 2006, after Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Grammy-winning singer is also mother to two older children, Bailey, 13, and Beckett, 11, with her previous partner Julie Cypher.

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Tony Dovolani has Maksim Chmerkovskiy's respect ... and sympathy.

Why? Because the former is paired with Kate Gosselin on the current season of Dancing with the Stars, who outspoken Maks is quite unimpressed by.

Despite her recent breakthrough, Maksim expects more. A lot more.

The dancer explains: "I've spoken to Kate, and I don't think she gets the point of this thing yet. The pain on her face says it all, which is unfortunate."

"The show is about finding a way to come out, enjoy yourself and have fun," Maksim says. "We have been taught to respect our teachers, so as teachers, we expect to be respected by our students. Kate needs to trust [Tony] more."

"However lifeless that [her dancing] is, he has her ready."

A Dancing with the Stars insider reveals that Kate Gosselin's first choice for pro partner on the hit program was actually Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who ended up partnered (and possibly dating) ESPN reporter Erin Andrews.

"She wishes she had been partnered with Maks because he's a stronger personality [than Tony Dovolani], and Kate likes a man who takes charge."

Must explain why she married Jon Gosselin then ... wait, what?

The insider adds: "Kate would have lasted about five minutes with Maks." Her lack of focus and attitude just don't jibe. But he says she can fix that.

"This is a chance for her to focus on something other than personal drama. How many women with multiple kids sit back and reminisce about the days they could go and dance? How many people vicariously live through us?"

"Live in the moment. You need to enjoy it."

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Adam Lambert was his usual theatrical, entertaining self on the American Idol results show last night.

But he wasn't the only past Idol finalist to return to the stage that made him famous: season seven contestant Brooke White also performed, which would have been exciting and memorable - except that she brought Justin Gaston with her.

Yes, the same Justin Gaston that's famous for posing in his underwear and formerly dating Miley Cyrus.

The pair put on a strange duet of the single "If I Can Dream." Is Gaston even lip-synching it? Watch and grade for yourself:

Next week, meanwhile, the show airs its charitable Idol Gives Back special on Wednesday night.

Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood, the Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox and Jeff Beck are all booked to perform on it. Tune in, call in to make a donation, and try to forget that Justin Gaston was ever a part of this show.

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Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens were both eliminated from American Idol last night.

This wasn't a shocking result, but it was a sad one, as both contestants shed tears during the episode-concluding montage of their time on the show. We wish Andrew and Katie the best of luck.

On a more positive note, Adam Lambert performed his latest single ("Whataya Want From Me") about 45 minutes into the hour.

Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens

Donning a colorful suit, skinny tie and, of course, a bit of guy-liner, last year's runner-up put on an emotional rendition of the single - and used lasers on stage.

"I wanted to do something a little different," Adam said to Ryan Seacrest afterwards, later giving thanks to the show: "I owe American Idol everything."

Humble and incredibly talented? That's the Adam Lambert we know and love...

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Chris Brown takes the U.S. Census very seriously.

The R&B singer is doing his part to get the word out, heading up a rally at Virginia Union University intended to inspire people to fulfill their civic duty.

Otherwise he will pummel you senseless. Just kidding. But all peeps are required by law to fill it out, the struggling-to-stay-relevant star told the crowd.

Brown addressed why he wanted to get involved: "This isn't like a career move for me per se. It's not like I'm promoting my album, records and stuff."

"It's more of me coming out being able to show kids and be what I am, a role model. I know a lot of kids look up to me." At least at one point ...

Thuggin' it Up

Listen to Chris Brown, Census haters. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

While Rihanna cheered on Matt Kemp in L.A., Brown insisted he wasn't at the rally simply as a means of taking attention off his previous walloping of her.

"Well, it does [help my image], but it's not about the image. It's about a positive cause," he said. "It's not for a charitable event so I can look good."

"It's not. It's a natural thing that I really wanted to do."

Brown admitted in an interview that he was confused at first: "I was unaware of it in the beginning too, I was like, 'I'm not too sure what the census is.'"

Fortunately, Have You Ever Beaten Your Girlfriend Senseless Over a Booty Call Text Message is not a question on it ... just name, address and stuff.

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Now that Rihanna finally confirmed she is dating Matt Kemp, she's no longer being coy about it. Rather, she's being a supportive girlfriend in public.

In their case, being a supportive significant other means attending concerts (her) or Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games (him). Pretty cool couple!

Earlier this week, Ri-Ri was front and center to cheer on her man at the hometown team's home opener and watch Matt Kemp collect some awards.

Matt received both Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for his offensive and defensive prowess last season. As for his prowess in the ... forget it.

Rihanna cheered Matt Kemp and the Dodgers to a 9-5 win!

The couple was first linked together over the offseason during a romantic trip to Mexico. While they denied they were really dating, it was fairly clear.

Now it's official, out of the bag and pretty darn cute.

A proud and enthusiastic Dodger backer, Rihanna looked on, clad in a hoodie and shades. Not exactly incognito ... but by her standards, very much so.

Lest you think the singer might be a distraction?

Matt Kemp is hitting a robust .351 so far this season with three home runs, 11 RBIs, 11 runs scored and two stolen bases. Eat it, Jessica Simpson!

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Larry King is divorcing his eighth (!) wife Shawn Southwick amid rumors that the CNN personality had an affair with Shannon Engemann, her own sister.

This has the makings of a nasty Hollywood divorce scandal.

Sources directly connected with Larry King and Shawn Southwick say that his alleged infidelity is the cause of the breakup, and not just any infidelity.

Shawn believes Larry has been having an affair with her sister for five years ... and the cover was blown when Shawn checked his Visa statement!

A source says Larry bought expensive gifts for Shannon Engemann - we're taking real expensive, like a $160,000 car and "tons of gifts from Cartier." 

The credit card bills were paid by Larry's business manager, but when Shawn starting looking at the statements, she saw a Cartier diamond necklace.

Her classic response? "He never gave me a diamond necklace."

Larry King with wife Shawn Southwick, left, and her sister Shannon Engemann.

Engemann denies anything inappropriate took place, although she did admit to receiving the above gifts from King. "This is so ludicrous," she said.

"Shawn has left me threatening messages ... She's singling me out, but Larry has been nothing but generous to our entire family, including me."

Apparently over the past five years, there were numerous instances where the couple was fighting over the alleged relationship, sometimes physically. 

A friend recalls an incident where they were "punching each other." But at least to a degree, they made it work, which may come back to bite King.

Several years ago Larry attempted to save the marriage by transferring three homes into Shawn's name, including the Beverly Hills house they live in.

Shawn is seeking primary custody of their two kids and claiming much of the real estate as her own property, including the Beverly Hills house. Ouch.

Larry, 76, and Shawn, 50, were married back in 1997 and have two sons together. Both cite "irreconcilable differences" in separate divorce filings.

THG TIP FOR THE LADIES: When you're wife #8, don't expect the guy is going to be much good at marriage. And hide your younger siblings.

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Infamous alleged mistress Jaimee Grubbs - the one with the Tiger Woods voicemail of him pleading to take her name of her phone - was arrested in West Hollywood.

Law enforcement sources say Grubbs was busted for two offenses, the first of which stemming from a warrant for her arrest for driving on a suspended license.

When Grubbs was stopped her license was still suspended. Bail for the outstanding warrant is $26,000. Hopefully they make her pose nude for her mug shot.

You know she'd do it.

Jaimee Grubbs Cleavage

Tiger Woods hit this. She made sure everyone knew.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department now says Jaimee Grubbs was nailed on three outstanding warrants for driving on a suspended license, with bail now $30,309.

She's got quite an impressive track record. Too bad she and Tiger Woods are no longer a thing, he could totally help with the bail in exchange for other considerations.

Wait, no, he's a dirty cheapskate.

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Lindsay Lohan has bailed on a deposition in the court case in which she's being sued for allegedly holding three men hostage in an SUV. Never a good idea.

The train wreck being sued over the 2007 incident -in which she allegedly hijacked an SUV - with three men and a baggie of cocaine inside. Also not good.

According to witnesses, she allegedly took the wheel and chased another car from Malibu to Santa Monica ... where she was ultimately arrested for DUI.

This morning, Lindsay showed up to a lawyer's office in an SUV, as a passenger with no coke (probably) this time, but there was a scheduling conflict

Lawyers for the three men (and the lawyer for one of the women in the car) wanted to grill Lindsay all day, but Lindsay said she only had a few hours.

What conflict could Lindsay Lohan have? She has no job whatsoever!

Living La Lohan

Lindsay Lohan in a rare moment of (relative) lucidity.

So, after showing up an hour and a half late, Linds bailed without even getting out of the SUV. The plaintiffs' lawyers apparently told her if she wouldn't show up for her deposition for the full day ... she shouldn't bother at all.

No word on when or if the meeting was rescheduled, whether Lohan was drunk at the time (not a bad assumption by any means) or whether she will be in a 5150 hold the next time the plaintiffs attempt to depose her.

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Chace Crawford has pulled a Zac Efron. No, not the hair ... though that would apply.

The Gossip Girl star has unexpectedly backed out of the casting-plagued remake of Footloose, rendering the production once again short its leading man.

A Chace Pic

The film has been in the works, at least in theory, for a long time now, first with Efron scheduled to headline it and then Crawford. Both have bailed out.

Zac reportedly did not want to be typecast as the dude from cheesy, dance-themed films. Understandable. Chace's Gossip Girl schedule is the culprit.

CUT LOOSE: Chace Crawford has ... by his own volition.

As for which fleet-footed pretty boy may step in next? The studio may try to solve its casting woes by searching for an unknown star. Not a bad move.

Fortunately, still attached to the project, meanwhile, is former Dancing With the Stars cutie Julianne Hough. Who wouldn't sign on for that alone?

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