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Governor chides Cruise

Associated Press

Actress Brooke Shields has an ally in her war of words with Tom Cruise over her use of prescriptions drugs to treat postpartum depression: New Jersey’s acting governor.

“Tom Cruise knows as much about postpartum depression as I do about acting, and he should stick to acting and not talk about women who need help,” said Richard J. Codey, whose wife, Mary Jo, has struggled with the illness.

Mr. Cruise criticized Miss Shields for taking antidepressants, and became particularly passionate about the issue in an interview on “Today.” The “War of the Worlds” star is a follower of Scientology, which teaches that psychiatry is a destructive pseudoscience.

Mr. Cruise said there was no such thing as chemical imbalances that need to be corrected with drugs, and that depression could be treated with exercise and vitamins. Miss Shields has called the remarks “a disservice to mothers everywhere.”

Lush life

New York Post

“Even elephants get drunk,” Nick Nolte says in a profile in WWD, discussing his belief that the need to get high is universal.

The actor, who says he conquered his alcoholism at 48 but last had a drink “a couple days ago,” is still taking human growth hormone and testosterone as a form of anti-aging therapy. He injects the hormone into his stomach and the testosterone into his buttocks. Mr. Nolte, 64, also shrugs off medical research that links increased testosterone levels to prostate cancer in men in their 60s, the New York Post reports.

“That’s a farce,” Mr. Nolte says. “That’s fake. I’ve talked to Italy; I’ve talked to Sweden; I’ve talked to Germany; almost all the European countries and some Asian countries as well. Do you know there are places in the world where there is no prostate cancer? Here they just want to rip ‘em out as fast as possible.”

Mr. Nolte also reveals he was approached about doing a reality show about his life but said no. “Those shows appeal to the audiences, common people,” he says. “But it’s certainly not drama. It’s pretty ridiculous, people willing to be embarrassed.”

Pink to wed racer beau

Associated Press

Multiplatinum singer Pink is reportedly getting married.

The 25-year-old proposed to her boyfriend of nearly four years — motocross racer Carey Hart — during a race in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., Us Weekly reported.

Pink, whose real name is Alecia Moore, reportedly wrote ‘Will you marry me’ on a pit board, which Mr. Hart saw while he was racing.

The couple met at the 2001 X Games in Las Vegas.

In 2002, Pink won a Grammy for best pop collaboration with vocals for her cover of “Lady Marmalade” with Lil’ Kim, Mya and Christina Aguilera.

Mr. Hart will appear on the fifth season of the reality show “The Surreal Life,” which will premiere in September.

Group slams Simpson

Miami Herald

A Christian group has demanded that Jessica Simpson apologize for her raunchy new music video, reports the Internet Movie Database.

The group objects to the pop star’s risque behavior in the video, in which she washes a car wearing a skimpy bikini, especially since Miss Simpson’s father is a Baptist pastor and they view her as a Christian role model.

The group’s representative, John Conner, says, “It’s sad to see her … like this. She’s a singing stripper.”

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

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