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Beyoncé fires dear old dad

Beyoncé has kicked her dad Matthew Knowles to the curb when it comes to her career.

“I am grateful for everything he has taught me,’’ B said of her dad. “I grew up watching both he and my mother manage and own their own businesses. They were hardworking entrepreneurs and I will continue to follow in their footsteps.’’ The singer stuck with dear old dad even when it was discovered he had cheated on her mother Tina and fathered a child out of wedlock with actress Alexandra Wright.Young love? Vanessa Hudgens appears to be moving on from longtime bf Zac Efron.The High School Musical star, 22, has been seen getting thisclose to 18-year-old Josh Hutcherson, who has appeared in Kicking and Screaming and will star in the upcoming Red Dawn. Hope she doesn’t hyphenate if things get serious.Bachelor no more Patrick Kennedy has finally met his match: The 43-year-old former Rhode Island congressman and son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy is engaged. Wife-to-be is a New Jersey teacher named Amy Petitgout. Kennedy, who is working on Coming Clean, a memoir about his struggles with substance abuse, sounds happy. “She has helped me navigate the uncharted waters of life beyond politics,’’ he said in a statement to The Associated Press.Fancy footworkIs Kirstie Alley cougaring on her Dancing with the Stars partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy?Tongues began wagging after the former Cheers star, 60, planted a huge kiss on Maks’ lips after a respectable Quickstep. Kirstie would likely be game — was does Maks think?“She’s a stunning woman,” the dancer, 31, told Life & Style. “She’s amazing, and everything she says is very fast and very smart and very clever. I’ve never laughed this much in my life.” Car trouble Lea Michele is OK after a car accident in L.A.The Glee star, 24, was reportedly hit by another car while driving home late from the set last week.Her rep told Usmagazine.com that the actress was “uninjured.’’

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