Celebrity roundup

Brooke Hogan engaged, Nicole Scherzinger a free woman


Nicole Scherzinger is single, but that doesn’t mean she’s happy about it. The Daily Mail reports The X Factor beauty and Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton have split after five years together and that Scherzinger is “devastated.” It was likely a long distance issue.

In related news: A few weeks after partying at a extravagant, $11 million wedding ceremony in the South of France, British F1 heiress Tamara Ecclestone and stockbroker Jay Rutland swapped vows again in England.

In other happy couple news, Brooke Hogan is engaged. She accepted Dallas Cowboy Phil Costa’s hand in marriage over the weekend in Las Vegas, the former reality star Tweeted. But famous dad Hulk Hogan has stayed uncharacteristically quiet about the engagement, even though he was in the same city. The wrestling legend just implied he was hung over with the post: “Where’s the truck that ran over me twice? Hogan and Vegas doesn’t work.”

Great cheekbone alert! Seriously now: Kaley Cuoco and her new superfling Henry Cavill need to breed, like, immediately.

In treatment

Not exactly a shock to hear that Teen Mom Farrah Abraham checked into rehab. Apparently, the 22-year-old can’t control her alcohol intake. The MTV star, who just had major plastic surgery and filmed an pornographic movie, told Radar Online that she’s at an outpatient facility somewhere in the Sunshine State. “At this time in my life, I need to stay focused on the positive to get through all of the negative that a DUI has caused in my life,” Abraham told the site.

Name game

What’s in a name? We’re not sure. But Ace is a lot more traditional than North. Jessica Simpson didn’t give a reason as to why she gave her baby boy the name, but it sounds fairly. cool. As for the middle name, Knute, pronounced “Ka-nute,” it’s possible that it’s an ode to legendary University of Notre Dame football coach Knute Kenneth Rockne, who died in 1931. We are assuming this because Jessica’s fiancé Eric Johnson is a former NFL tight end.

Accidents happen

Dutiful Kevin Bacon was on his hands and knees over the weekend searching for part of his wife’s finger. Yes! Kyra Sedgwick ended up in the ER after accidentally chopping off part of her digit while preparing kale. Bacon posted photos of the ex Closer star with a bloody bandage on a gurney on his WhoSay blog. “Still can’t find the tip of that finger,” he later wrote.

Lucky break

Three lawsuits brought by men who said former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash sexually abused them when they were underage were tossed out by a federal judge who said in a decision that the men waited too long to sue.

U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl said the claims came more than six years after each man reasonably should have become aware of Clash’s alleged violations and more than three years after each turned 18. One other lawsuit is pending in Pennsylvania.

In it to win it

American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is joining the cast of The Biggest Loser, becoming the first celebrity to compete on NBC’s weight-loss reality show, airing this fall. The balladeer nicknamed “The Velvet Teddy Bear” was crowned the winner of Season 2 in 2003, edging out Clay Aiken in one of the tightest votes in the show’s history.

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