Eat Crowe, Meg Ryan tells press

Dennis Quaid's ex insists nobody came between them, despite rumors; Boy George explains Eminem's sexual karma. U.K. prudes to Cameron Diaz: Keep your hands where we can see them!

By Amy Reiter

Published October 12, 2000 4:25PM (EDT)

Meg Ryan would like to clear something up.

Russell Crowe did not bust up her nine-year marriage to Dennis Quaid. Oh, no. The relationship was already a dead horse by the time the Gladiator entered the ring.

"The reasons we broke up have nothing to do with another person," Ryan tells W magazine. "My marriage was broken -- nobody else broke it up."

What's more, she says, "It dissolved before it became sport for the press. The public and the press tuned in way after."

And as far as she's concerned, the public and press can remain in the dark as to the particulars of the split. "I'll never talk about what went down, and neither will Dennis," she says. However, she will share this much: "We both behaved very honorably -- in our marriage and in our breakup. He never cheated on me."

Got that?

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John Malkovich's head

"We had this joke: Which would you rather have: a million dollars or John's head full of pennies?"

-- Joan Allen, revealing that John Malkovich's fellow Steppenwolf Theatre actors used to call him "Bucket Head" in the upcoming Us Weekly.

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Do you really want to hurt him?

Boy George on Eminem? Scary thought. But the '80s icon says he actually admires the towheaded rapper.

"I think he's really good at what he does," Boy George tells Wall of Sound, "and I think that it's always exciting when people kind of cross those sort of cultural boundaries."

And while he's no fan of Eminem's gay-bashing, woman-bashing lyrics, Boy George contends the rapper "stimulates debate" -- along with a few other things.

"He's very pretty," says the Culture Clubber. "Maybe that's why he's so paranoid. Any man that's kind of attractive is going to be paranoid about his sexuality."

But wait, Boy George's special insights on sexuality don't stop there. He continues:

"My view is we're all made up of equal parts Rambo and Lucille Ball. Everybody is basically bisexual, and whether you're aware of that is irrelevant. The paranoia stems from that innate fear we have inside of us  rigidly holding on to your sexual and cultural identity. But masturbation is still playing with a penis, even if it's your own, right?"

No, you really don't have to answer that.

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Juicy bits

What would Boy George say about this? An ad featuring Cameron Diaz with her hand down her pants has touched off a debate about decency in the U.K. The ad for the women's magazine Hot Dog, which features the caption "Cameron 'The Pleasure's All Mine' Diaz Interview and Poster," ran in various British publications before it was pulled by the Advertising Standards Authority, which called it offensive. A Hot Dog magazine spokeswoman contends that the ad is "tame and funny." "Diaz is fully clothed, and wearing knickers underneath her shorts," she told the BBC news online. "The shot is cheeky and innocent."

Note to all the would-be princesses who've suddenly developed a keen interest in studying at St. Andrews University in Scotland: the British Council is onto you. Inquiries from American teenagers about St. Andrews have been coming fast and furious ever since August, when Prince William announced his plans to study there. "There has been a fair amount of interest in St. Andrews, more than usual," Jenny Scott, the British Council's director of education promotion in Washington, told the London Daily Express. "We suspect this might be because of Prince William." Can't get anything past those British educators, can you?

There may be something out there, but David Duchovny apparently has zero interest in exploring a galaxy far, far away. According to Empire online, the "X-Files" star recently claimed he was too busy to take a role in the new "Star Wars" film, despite George Lucas' personal appeal that he consider making an appearance. "I'm a fan of 'Star Wars,'" Duchovny said in a French online chat, "but I'm not sure of having the time to act in it ... I've got tons of projects in production after the 'X-Files' series." I'm sure it sounds better in French.

When supermodels attack? The U.K. Mirror reports that things got a little nasty during a recent photo shoot in which Kate Moss, model Jasmine Guinness and Elizabeth and Jade Jagger were dressed as characters from the Mad Hatter's tea party in "Alice in Wonderland." The problem? Both Moss and Guinness wanted to be the White Rabbit. But the tabloid reports that Moss gave her younger rival the skinny on alpha rabbithood. "Only one of us wears the fluffy bunny ears around here," Moss is said to have said. "And it's not you." If rabbits could meow ...

What Darva and Rick hath wrought: "I Want a Divorce," coming soon to a television near you. Fox TV has announced that it will run a two-hour special in February in which six couples who have recently filed for divorce hash it out for cash and prizes -- and for your viewing pleasure. "I think there will be a great deal of voyeuristic fun, because divorce is such a national phenomenon and people maybe don't take marriage as seriously as they used to," the show's creator, Peter Isacksen, told Reuters. However, he said, "It is not going to be Jerry Springer. I don't want to see people throwing chairs at each other." Trust me, Peter, neither do the rest of us.

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