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Kidman engaged. Mariah and Christina in spat. McCartney and Mills split. Plus: "Survivor's" notorious "naked fat guy" heads to prison!

Published May 17, 2006 1:30PM (EDT)

Morning Briefing:
Nicole confirms she's engaged: It's not exactly shocking news -- the tabloids have been meticulously planning their wedding for months -- but Nicole Kidman has finally fessed up that, yes, she and Keith Urban are planning to get married. Kidman was in New York over the weekend to host a gala for the United Nations organization UNIFEM and brought Urban along as her date. "He's actually my fiancé," Kidman spilled to People magazine on Monday. "I wouldn't be bringing my boyfriend." (People)

A brewing Mariah/Christina feud? In the June issue of GQ, Christina Aguilera dishes about Mariah Carey: "She was never cool to me. To the point that one time we were at a party and I think she got really drunk, and she had just really derogatory things to say to me in front of [Aguilera trails off] ... But it was at that time that she had that breakdown, so she might have been very medicated." On Tuesday, Carey responded via e-mail, "I had hoped that Christina was in a better place now than the last time I saw her, when she showed up uninvited at one of my parties and displayed questionable behavior. It is sad yet predictable that she would use my name to reinvent past incidents for her promotional gain." Aguilera immediately apologized, perhaps because she understands how it feels when guests misbehave: A source tells Us that at a recent party at her house, "a close friend of Christina's had sex on her sofa and someone urinated on her white shag carpet." (Us Online)

McCartney and Mills splitting: After almost four years of marriage, Paul McCartney and Heather Mills have hopped on that depressing train to Splitsville. In a joint statement, the couple said the split was "amicable," and implied that the press was in part to blame, as they "found it increasingly difficult to maintain a normal relationship with constant intrusion into our private lives." Just last week, Mills, talking to a British paper, said of the breakup rumor: "It's hilarious. Paul and I are still very much together." (BBC News)

First-season "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch will now get to test his survival skills in prison -- the "naked fat guy" been sentenced to over four years for failing to pay taxes on his prize money from the reality TV series. (Associated Press) ... To help quell the rumors that Madonna's having marriage trouble just because she has been spotted without her wedding band, Us Weekly has this helpful retrospective of her long-standing practice of not wearing it. (Us Online) ... And concertgoers hoping to see Madonna this weekend at the Forum in Los Angeles will have to cross a picket line to get into the show; the stage employees union has been battling the venue's owners since April 11 over salary issues. (TMZ) ... Despite what else you might have heard, Denise Richards and Richie Sambora are still together, and she'll be flying out to Europe this week to catch up with him on Bon Jovi's current tour. (Star) ... Breaking from the Roman Catholic Church's anti-"Da Vinci Code" stance, an Australian archbishop, Philip Wilson, defended the film on Tuesday, saying, "I think people should go and see the movie." (ContactMusic) ... In its May 2006 issue, Vanity Fair makes a wonderfully clueless mistake in a caption for an Eames lounge chair, calling the husband and wife design duo of Ray and Charles Eames "brothers" -- see the page here. (Flickr)

Money Quotes:
Britney Spears on swapping one faith for another: "I no longer study Kabbalah. My baby is my religion." (

Janice Dickinson on Kate Moss: "Truly one of the most superior icons that ever walked ... that ever lived ... that ever figured up the supermodel scale. Just because she hit a speed bump and was seen with some unhealthy people doesn't make her a bad person. Even if she was a hooker plying her trade in front of her daughter doesn't connotate that she's a bad mom." And on giving Britney Spears a makeover: "I would tar and feather her first of all, tell her to dump that fucking hick husband of hers. She needs solid advice, and not from Hicksville." (The Book Standard)

Turn On:
Another batch of shows have their finales Wednesday night: A winner will be chosen on "America's Next Top Model" (UPN, 8 p.m. EDT), and "Invasion" (ABC, 10 p.m. EDT) wraps up, as do "Law & Order" (NBC, 10 p.m. EDT) and "CSI: NY" (CBS, 10 p.m. EDT).

-- Scott Lamb

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