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Paul Walker wasn’t dating Miami woman, had long term, much younger girlfriend


Paul Walker, the Fast & Furious star who died in a fiery car crash in L.A. Saturday, was rumored to be in a relationship with Genesis Rodriguez, according to dating site WhosDatedWho.com.

Rodriguez, his costar in the upcoming Hurricane Katrina drama Hours, out Dec. 13, was born in Miami and is the daughter of famed Venezuelan singer El Puma. Walker and Genesis play husband and wife in the movie. But UK’s Daily Mail reports that the 40-year-old actor was in a long-term relationship with college student Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, 23. They apparently started dating when she was just 16. Her uncle told the publication that they had all just spent Thanksgiving together.

Walker’s autopsy has been delayed until identification is made using dental records, a rep from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office told TMZ.

Funeral plans are yet to be revealed, but the star’s family gathered on Sunday to remember him.

“I’m just glad that every time I saw him, I told him I loved him,” his father, Paul Walker Sr., told LA’s CBS2. “And he would say the same thing to me.”

TMZ reports that investigators are looking into a tip that Walker and the Porsche’s driver, his financial partner and sometime race car driver Roger Rodas, were involved in some kind of drag race at the time of the crash.

What a doll

One-of-a-kind Lady Gaga has been replicated. The pop star unveiled life-size dolls in her likeness, dressed in her flamboyant costumes, at a Tokyo event Sunday. A person leaning against the silicon doll’s chest can hear Lady Gaga music and messages. At the news conference, the 27-year-old singer made her grand entrance wearing a red plaid jumpsuit and wrapped in coils of the same fabric. The Gagadoll, inspired by her Artpop album, are prototypes not yet available for sale.

Modern family

Maria Bello is happy and in love with her best friend, she wrote in a column for The New York Times. Bello’s girlfriend is like a “godmother” to her 12-year-old son Jack (with producer Dan McDermott), the Coyote Ugly star wrote. It wasn’t love at first sight with new-media executive Clare Munn. “She was one of the most beautiful, charming, brilliant and funny people I had ever met, but it didn’t occur to me, until that soul-searching moment in my garden, that we could perhaps choose to love each other romantically.”

Web fun

Roseanne Barr learned her lesson: Don’t drink and tweet. On Friday night, the comedian went on a rant threatening to quit showbiz. “I feel as if I’ve been insulted/assaulted for over a year. Actually, for many years — from my first reality show to my second and two failed development details. Don’t call me — I won’t call you. I’m gone.” Hours later, in a more sober state, Barr clarified saying she had been under the influence of alcohol.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Bindi Irwin arrives at the 3rd Annual AACTA Awards Ceremony at The Star on January 30, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

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    Bindi Irwin talks her late dad, the Crocodile Hunter

    Speaking in depth for the first time about her father Steve Irwin’s death, 16-year-old Bindi Irwin told People magazine the “sadness never goes away.” The Crocodile Hunter star died after a rogue attack by a stingray in 2006. Bindi, a SeaWorld youth ambassador, keeps Irwin’s memory alive by working with animals and lives within the gates of the Australia Zoo.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 file photo, Peaches Geldof arrives to attend the ETAM's ready to wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection presented in Paris. A British coroner has concluded that model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose. Coroner Roger Hatch said Wednesday that Geldof had taken a fatal dose after a period of trying to come off the drug. The 25-year-old daughter of Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof was found dead at her home south of London on April 7, 2014.

    Coroner: Heroin overdose killed Peaches Geldof

    LONDON (AP) – Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday.

  • Celebrity birthdays on July 23

    Actress Gloria DeHaven is 89. Radio personality Don Imus is 74. Actor Larry Manetti (“Magnum, P.I.”) is 67. Actor Woody Harrelson is 53. Guitarist Martin Gore of Depeche Mode is 53. Actor Eriq Lasalle (“ER”) is 52. Guitarist Slash is 49. Model Stephanie Seymour is 46. Comedian Marlon Wayans is 42. Singer Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) is 34. Actor Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 32. Actor Daniel Radcliffe is 25.

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