- The Washington Times - Monday, July 17, 2006

Clearing things up

Oprah Winfrey and her friend Gayle King want to be clear: They’re not homosexual.

In the August issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, the talk-show titan explains that some people misunderstand her close friendship with Miss King, Associated Press reports.

“I understand why people think we’re gay,” she says. “There isn’t a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it — how can you be this close without it being sexual?”

In a long article, Miss Winfrey, 52, and Miss King converse about their 30 years of friendship and “four-times-a-day phone calls.” The two friends also say they would have no problem telling the public if they were in a sexual relationship.

Adds Miss Winfrey: “Something about this relationship feels otherworldly to me, like it was designed by a power and a hand greater than my own.”

She’s at it again

Naomi Campbell, the supermodel with a history of violent outbursts, reportedly caused more than $50,000 worth of damage to her new boyfriend’s yacht because she was unhappy with the food prepared by an Italian chef, reports iafrica.com.

According to a story on Scotsman.com, the yacht’s staff dived for cover as the 36-year-old beauty destroyed priceless antiques, china and crystal glasses. The yacht, owned by Dubai-born Prince Badr Jafar, was moored in Italy’s Viareggio harbor at the time. Miss Campbell is currently fighting three assault lawsuits filed by former employees.

David Brown, Miss Campbell’s Italian manager, could not be reached for comment, reports Scotsman.com.

On a roll

Along with a headline appearance at the American version of the Virgin Festival — slated for Sept. 23 at the Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore — The Who will release their first album since 1982’s “It’s Hard,” Billboard reports.

The project, tentatively titled “Who 2,” will debut internationally on Oct. 23. New songs include “Mike Post Theme” and “Man in a Purple Dress,” which Who co-founder Pete Townshend likened to “a Bob Dylan song from the early days.”

“Pete’s music, for me, is still a driving force in my life,” Who founder Roger Daltrey said, adding that the new songs have “the Townshend magic.”

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

You’re so vain

Brandon Routh may play the Man of Steel on film, but last week during a press junket in England, the star of “Superman Returns” had a hissy fit over his makeup, the New York Post reports, citing a story in London’s Daily Mail.

According to the newspaper, Mr. Routh was furious after he saw pictures of himself and co-star Kate Bosworth posing at the junket and said the makeup he had on “made him look pale, artificial and ‘a bit wimpy.’ ”

Mr. Routh’s aides then had new darker foundation flown in for him to use in time for Thursday night’s premiere of the film in Leicester Square.

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