Celine Dion's naked rage

Singer doesn't go topless, hubby doesn't skinny dip; Britney: "My butt feels fat." Plus: James Brolin "too much sex" rumor debunked!


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Amy Reiter
August 22, 2001 8:06PM (UTC)

Their clothes must go on?

Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil are in a naked rage over a report in a Quebec magazine alleging that they're big into doffing their duds in the great outdoors.

The couple insists that a recent story in Allo-Vedette magazine claiming that they shelled out $5,000 to rent out the swimming pool of Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas so she could sunbathe topless and he could skinny-dip unmolested is "absolutely false." They also dispute the magazine's report that they're fond of sunbathing nude at their Florida home.

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In fact, the Canadian Press Association reports, the couple has filed a defamation suit in Quebec Superior Court seeking damages and a retraction from the magazine as well as its parent company. The article, they say, did serious damage to their reputation and public image.

And I suppose those rumors that their son was born naked are scurrilous, too?

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Britney's booty call

"When I was younger, I was never really insecure at all. Now I sometimes get insecure because people expect celebrities to look a certain way. And there are mornings I wake up and my butt feels fat."

-- Britney Spears, 19, on the pitfalls of aging, in the Scottish Daily Record.

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O yeah?

O me, O my. Oprah Winfrey may be headed back to court, this time to face off with a German publisher of erotica.

Ronald Brockmeyer says the talk-show host has done him wrong. Brockmeyer, who publishes an O magazine that features many more scantily clad women than Oprah's O magazine does, has filed a breach of copyright suit against Winfrey as well as the magazine's publishers, Hearst Corp. and Harpo Print LLC.

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"I know that lawsuits are a burden on your life but I had no choice," Brockmeyer said in an Oprah-directed statement printed by Reuters. "O is my trademark. I built it up and protected it for years. The defendants knew about my rights but went ahead anyway and they refused to stop when I asked them to."

And O, did he ask.

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How that fatter half lives

"It was so sad; it was so disturbing. No one would make eye contact with me because I was obese ... I felt humiliated because people were really dismissive."

-- Gwyneth Paltrow on her maiden outing in the fat suit she wears in "Shallow Hal," in W magazine.

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Juicy bits

When is an engagement party not an engagement party? When it's Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd's apparently. Despite the fact that the Butted One is waltzing around with a diamond ring on the telltale finger and that the duo appeared at a star-studded engagement party apparently thrown in their honor in L.A. on Saturday night, J.Lo's people refuse to confirm that the couple's nuptials are impending. Who's taking bets she'll wear a see-through wedding dress?

People who need people with new hips may be the luckiest people in the world, but the New York Daily News has debunked tabloid reports that the reason James Brolin needed hip-replacement surgery recently was not because he had "too much sex" with wife, Barbra Streisand. The actor's manager called the nooky talk "an outrageous lie." Besides, he says, Brolin's surgery was not on his hip, but on his knee. People who kneed people ... ?

Mariah Carey is apparently ready to give of herself again. The recently hospitalized singer spent two hours bonding with 150 campers at the Fresh Air Fund's Camp Mariah in Fishkill, N.Y., last week. Not only did Carey sign autographs for the disadvantaged kiddies, she also gave them each a portable CD player and her new single, "Loverboy." Guess that's one way to goose sales ...

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That's Ambassador Angie to you. Angelina Jolie has signed on to become a United Nations goodwill ambassador. Kris Janowski, spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, told the press that Jolie, who recently traveled to Cambodia, Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast and Tanzania with the group, is "the kind of person who can get our message across to young people." If they ask her nicely, she'd probably even be happy to tattoo their message somewhere on her body.

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