- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 25, 2004

Partying parts Bennifer

San Francisco Chronicle

Now we know the truth: Superstar Jennifer Lopez split with fiance Ben Affleck because of his hard-partying lifestyle and love of gambling, according to published reports.

The Hollywood golden couple have grown further apart since they called off their wedding last September blaming “excessive media intrusion,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Photographs of Mr. Affleck and best pal Matt Damon partying with a bevy of beauties in a German nightclub on Jan. 10 are believed to have caused the final split on Tuesday, reports London newspaper the Evening Standard. The couple’s breakup was “officially” announced on Thursday.

J.Lo supposedly wanted to settle down and have children as soon as possible, but Mr. Affleck’s decadent behavior is said to be at odds with her clean-living lifestyle.

“She wanted to spend the rest of her life with him and start a family, but he couldn’t give up his bachelor lifestyle,” an unnamed friend of Miss Lopez was quoted as saying.

This would have been the first wedding for Mr. Affleck, 31. Miss Lopez, 34 has been married twice before — to waiter Ojani Noa in 1997 and to dancer Cris Judd in 2001. Mr. Noa lasted a little more than a year; Mr. Judd for nine months. She also dated hip-hop and clothing line mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs for two years before the couple broke up in February 2001.

Miss Lopez and Mr. Affleck, dubbed “Bennifer” by the press, will appear together on-screen again in “Jersey Girl,” due out March 19. Ironically, Miss Lopez plays Mr. Affleck’s wife. Their first film, “Gigli,” was a resounding flop.

No word yet on whether J.Lo will return her 6.1-carat pink-diamond Harry Winston engagement ring to Mr. Affleck.

ABBA redux?

Internet Movie Database

Reclusive former ABBA star Agnetha Faltskog has fueled rumors the ‘70s supergroup is on the verge of re-forming after she signed to record her first album in 17 years. The Swedish singer has signed a worldwide deal with Warner Music Scandinavia and has returned to the studio to record an album of cover songs. Tracks on the album include Cilla Black’s “If I Thought You’d Change Your Mind” and songs recorded by Barbra Streisand and the late Dusty Springfield. The album, “My Coloring Book,” will be released later this year, but the new activity has prompted ABBA fans to hope that she’ll consider teaming up with her ex-bandmates and former husband Bjorn Ulvaeus for a string of concerts to mark the 30th anniversary of the pop group’s Eurovision Song Contest success in 1976.

Moss seeks mole

San Francisco Chronicle

Supermodel Kate Moss is so angry to hear that one of her trusted friends has been leaking stories about her 30th birthday bash to the press, she launched an investigation to catch the culprit.

The British-born beauty has become increasingly more angry after reading story after story about the antics of herself and fellow revelers at the glitzy bash on Jan. 16. And now Miss Moss is quizzing guests, including Naomi Campbell, Leah Wood and Stella McCartney, to discover who is to blame.

“The great Kate Moss inquisition is under way. She’s determined to get to the bottom of who’s putting these stories about and confront them personally,” an unnamed source told the British tabloid, the Sun.

Among the tales leaked about the wild night was the furious row between siblings Mary and Stella McCartney, and Miss Moss’ own indifference to her long-term partner, Jefferson Hack.

On the mend

E! Online

With a little luck, Paul McCartney’s missus will be feeling better soon.

A spokeswoman for Heather Mills McCartney announced Friday that the Beatle bride needs major surgery to repair damage sustained after she gave birth to the couple’s child last fall. Mrs. Mills McCartney, 36, needs to have metal plates in her pelvis repaired. The plates were inserted 11 years ago to hold together her pelvis after she was struck by a police car. The accident shattered her pelvis and forced the amputation of her left leg below the knee.

“The weight of carrying a baby has put strain on these plates,” said publicist Anya Noakes, which has resulted in extreme discomfort.

Mrs. Mills McCartney delivered daughter Beatrice on Oct. 28. The baby was born three weeks premature and was delivered by Caesarean section. The pelvis operation will take place as soon as possible, Miss Noakes said.

There was no immediate comment from Paul McCartney. The rock god married Miss Mills, a model, anti-land mine crusader and activist for the disabled, in June 2002.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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