- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Calling it quits

It’s splitsville for celebrity sexpot Carmen Electra and her rock-star husband, guitarist Dave Navarro, the New York Post reports.

The camera-ready couple — who said their “I do’s” on an MTV reality show, ” ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave,” back in 2003 — yesterday finally confirmed rampant rumors about the end of their marriage.

“Carmen and Dave have amicably split,” their rep told Life & Style magazine. The weekly magazine also says that Mr. Navarro has been “practically living with his girlfriend of five months, socialite Sarah Howard,” even though he and Miss Electra continued to pretend to be together at public outings.

Miss Electra, 34, endured a stormy marriage to former NBA star Dennis Rodman from 1998 to 1999. The former Playboy Playmate and “Baywatch” babe has dated a long list of bad boys, starting with Prince who had her change her name from Tara Patrick when she was a teenager — and also including —Tommy Lee, Fred Drst of Limp Bizkit and B-Real of Cypress Hill.

Mr. Navarro, 39, has been a member of Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2004, he published his autobiography, “Don’t Try This at Home,” which focused on his heroin addiction during one debauched year in his Hollywood Hills party pad, which seemed infested with strippers, drug dealers and wayward celebrities at all times. He has since kicked drugs.

Score one for Brit

The National Enquirer apologized to Britney Spears in its British edition yesterday for reporting that she was ready to divorce Kevin Federline.

The artiles were published June 5 and 12 under the headlines “Britney marriage is over!” and “Britney and Kevin: And now their divorce!” Both stories were vaguely sourced to unidentified friends of the couple.

A London lawyer representing American Media Inc., the Boca Raton, Fla.-based publisher of the National Enquirer, signed a settlement agreement with Paul Twed, the Belfast lawyer representing Miss Spears in Britain and Ireland. According to Associated Press, the settlement requires a published apology but no cash damages.

Miss Spears pursued a libel action on the other side of the Atlantic rather than in the United States because British and Irish laws are much more plaintiff-friendly. The pop princess, 24, and Mr. Federline, 28, were married in September 2004. They have a 10-month-old son, Preston, and she is pregnant with their second child, due this fall.

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

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