Split city

Nick Cage and Lisa Marie not the only couple calling it quits; kids' barf worse than bite for Frazier's Niles; J.Lo sends a naked Ben to the showers. Plus: Fabio faux ever!

By Amy Reiter
Published November 27, 2002 10:36PM (UTC)
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The impending holidays are taking their toll on celebrity marriages. This week has found three big-name couples going cold turkey on the marriage front.

Heidi Klum and her husband, hairstylist to the stars Ric Pipino, announced Monday that they are separating after five years of matrimony. The supermodel's publicist told "Access Hollywood" that the split is "mutual and amicable."

"Amicable" also is Elvis Costello's split with his wife of 16 years, ex-Pogues bass player Cait O'Riordan.

"The parting, which took place in September, is amicable," the couple's people told the BBC, "and it is hoped that the privacy of the individuals will be respected."

Respect also -- won't you? -- the privacy of formerly happy couple Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley. I'm sure you're all perfectly shocked by the news that they are getting divorced after less than four months of marriage.

Cage's petition for divorce, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, cites "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split, the Associated Press reports.

"I'm sad about this, but we shouldn't have been married in the first place," Presley, once married to that danglin' daddy Michael Jackson, told E! Online via her publicist, Paul Bloch. "It was a big mistake."

Alas, no mention of mutual and amicable there.

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No diaper duty for Niles

"I'm just hoping Niles and Daphne don't have kids. I don't think anyone wants to deal with that reality. Plus, I don't want to get barfed on between takes."

-- David Hyde Pierce on his child-free hopes and dreams for his character on "Frazier," to the Calgary Sun.

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Something to regret when they go the way of Nic and Lisa Marie

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are letting that "Sexiest Man Alive" stuff go to their heads ... big time. And their newly enhanced swagger is making them do some mighty weird things.

The latest? Lopez has reportedly convinced her none-too-buff fiancé to appear nekkid in the ads for her new cologne for the fellas, Man, which is due to hit the shelves in just a few months. Affleck will be pictured in the shower, his nether regions covered by mere wisps of steam.

"Ben had his doubts. But the reality is there's nothing he wouldn't do for Jennifer -- she's the priority in his life," a source tells the World Entertainment News Network. "Jen reckons men will want to wear her cologne and women will want to drool over the ads."

Droolage, hurlage ... Will someone please pass this poor man a towel?

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For the rest of us

"You realize you spent your life trying to come up with new material and you think, 'Why did I do that?' "

-- Lily Tomlin on what she's learned, in the Ottawa Sun.

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Juicy bits

The return of the mechanical bull? "Urban Cowboy," the musical, is headed to Broadway. Variety reports that the show, based on the 1980 film starring John Travolta and Debra Winger, will bow on the Great White Way in February. Ride 'em ...

What's this? A Fabio fur flap? It seems so. The bemaned romance-novel model is bemoaning the decision of the designers of his new clothing line to use real fur rather than fake fur in the women's apparel in his "Fabio Collection." In fact, Reuters reports, the card-carrying PETA supporter has gone so far as to ask the purveyor of said clothing, Sam's Club, to either pull his line or switch to the faux stuff. Or they could just use snippets of his copious hair.

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