Sweet little lies

Madonna engagement rumors dispelled, alleged friend publicly spanked; Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones get church bell gossip of their own. Plus: Naomi Campbell gets manhandled at Madame Tussaud's!



Amy Reiter
September 1, 2000 8:22PM (UTC)

The truth about Madonna daring to wed Guy Ritchie? It's a big fat lie.

The newborn-boasting duo contends that the news of their engagement has been greatly exaggerated and that they have no plans to make their procreative thang official. What of that big old diamond ring she's been wearing on her telltale left-hand finger? Why, it's nothing but "a token of Guy's love and the fact that we've just had a baby," the Maternal One insists.

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And Ritchie's spokesman, Kris Thykier, tells the New York Daily News that he suspects Madonna was wearing it on her rumor-starting finger just "for the fun of it."

What's more, Thykier says, neither Madonna nor Ritchie has ever heard of Erin Berg, the purported "pal" of the couple who told the British tabloids that Guy "intends to marry Madonna by Christmas."

Hope it's not too late to return the toaster.

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Or those men, for that matter ...

"[I've received] marriage proposals, from both men and women. I don't know what those women are thinking."

-- "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch on how fans of both genders want to make an honest man of him.

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White wedding with blue booties?

Actually, you might want to hang onto that toaster. Just change the names on the card.

Word out of those ever-reliable London tabloids is that the other unmarried celebrity couple with a newborn baby boy, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, have finally set a date to tie the knot: Sept. 30 -- just five days after their shared birthday: Sept. 25.

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And they've reportedly picked a place, too: the 11,300-square-foot ballroom of the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, Calif. The fancy new resort is just a stone's throw away from the home Douglas once shared with his ex-wife, Diandra.

While neither the date nor place are confirmed on Michael Douglas' own Web site, where the couple generally announces such news, an unnamed source tells the U.K. Sun that both bride- and groom-to-be are "ecstatic," but are "trying to keep the whole thing as secret as possible."

"They originally planned to hold the wedding in Majorca, at Michael's place there," says the anonymous source, "but they changed their minds and want to do it in California."

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Erin Berg, is that you?

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In the family way

And, heck, as long as I'm using only the most reliable sources today, I might as well fill you in on the latest scuttlebutt from that bastion of credibility, the National Enquirer ...

The tabloid reports that, thanks to the wonders of in vitro fertilization, Al Pacino, 60, and his girlfriend, Beverly D'Angelo, 48, are expecting to hatch a little bambino around the end of the year.

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At which time the wedding rumors will surely kick in ...

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Juicy bits

Wax off! Naomi Campbell's getting manhandled daily -- and she can't even throw a fit about it. According to British Vogue online, Madame Tussaud's Versace-clad wax likeness of the tempestuous supermodel has been moved to a cordoned-off area to save it from being continuously felt up by the London museum's visitors. "They weren't undressing her exactly," a Madame Tussaud's staffer told the fashion site, "but they kept touching her and stroking her, and putting their arms around her for photographs, so her dress was getting pretty grubby." Plans are underway to keep Campbell's wax figure company with a sculpture of Kate Moss. Just think how much they'll save on wax.

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Forget all that stuff about the rats, the snakes and the hungry vultures. Susan Hawk says she and her "Survivor" nemesis Kelly Wiglesworth are friends again. "I really, really like Kelly," Hawk tells E! Online, "but we got in that big feud. So I wrote her a letter just to let her know I was thinking about her, and I just wanted to make amends." In fact, Hawk says, she's even planning to donate a few bucks to the "Send a Buck" campaign launched by Kelly's fans, even though its stated purpose is "to send a message to Susan." "I hope what happens is that Kelly comes out with $2 million," says Hawk. "That would make the show better than anticipated, because in the end, Kelly would have double-kicked Richard's butt." Blurry though it may have been.


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