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Chelsea, Padma hooking up with hotel magnates


What is it about hoteliers and powerful women? They know they’ll always have a place to sleep?

Nope, it’s just their wads of cash.

Take Top Chef hostess Padma Lakshmi: she’s apparently stepping out with Dream Hotel magnate Vikram Chatwal. The New York Post reports that the two traveled to India together. Chatwal also was her date at Padma’s Blossom Ball benefiting the Endometriosis Foundation of America earlier this week. The 42-year-old mother of one used to date billionaire Teddy Forstmann, who died of brain cancer in 2011.

And Chelsea Handler doesn’t make friends easily (don’t get her started on Brandi Glanville or Angelina Jolie) but her love life seems in order. The TV personality, 38, said on Oprah’s Next Chapter she met her “match” in Andre Balazs (The Standard). Though she said the two are opposites. “ I bring out the stupidity in him probably.” It’s doubtful they’ll wed: “I don’t really have any value on marriage,” said Handler, adding she doesn’t want kids, just dogs. The comedienne also confirmed that she and 50 Cent did indeed have a short lived relationship that ended when he called her and bothered her at work.

No doubt, money makes things so much easier. Like divorce. Rupert Sanders’ soon to be ex wife Liberty Ross has moved on nicely, as evidenced by cozy paparazzi photos of the the British model-actress, 34, with millionaire Interscope-Geffen mogul Jimmy Iovine, 60. They were snapped going to a show in NYC. Sanders, the director who had a dalliance with Kristen Stewart, is still reportedly single.

Car no haven

Julianne Hough needs a jewelry box — with a good lock. TMZ reports the Safe Haven star’s Mercedes was broken into in L.A. Now she’s out $100,000 worth of jewelry, apparently gifts from bf Ryan Seacrest. Hough’s car was parked in an apartment complex last week while the dancer was visiting a friend.

Late lawsuit

Speaking of stealing (alleged): R&B singer-songwriter Kandi Burruss has filed a lawsuit against her ex Real Housewives of Atlanta costar Kim Zolciak over the ditty. Tardy For The Party, alleging copyright infringement. RadarOnline first obtained the court documents. Here’s the kicker: RHOA’s Phaedra Parks is Burruss’ lawyer. Zolciak tweeted that she “overpaid” Kandi and that lawsuit is a “publicity stunt.”

Medical leave

Carrie Fisher is opening up to People about her troubling episode last month aboard a cruise ship. The 56-year-old actress told the mag she was in a “severe manic state” but has no recollection. “I went completely off the rails,” said Fisher, who is bipolar. Fisher also had to pull out of the so-called Old Bags fundraiser at The Breakers in Palm Beach recently. Mom Debbie Reynolds stepped in.

Ed Asner is going home to L.A. after being treated at a Chicago area hospital for exhaustion. On Tuesday night, Asner, 83, was taken off stage in Gary, Ind., and taken away by ambulance. Asner just wrapped a few episodes of The Glades in South Florida.

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