- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 2, 2007

Foster speaks up

Tameka Foster finally is talking about the swirl of rumors surrounding her canceled wedding to Usher last Saturday.

“No one knows why we canceled the wedding, but I can tell you that all of the reasons that everyone is speculating and writing about are completely untrue,” Miss Foster told People magazine Monday, though she declined to reveal more about why the nuptials were called off.

Sources told People that family matters were the issue (Usher’s mother and former manager, Jonetta Patton, was against the wedding) and that disagreements between the would-be-bride and groom over wedding details also caused the breech.

Miss Foster, 37, who is in Atlanta (as is Usher, 28) does address one rumor that spread on local radio stations and blogs — that following Saturday’s canceled ceremony, she checked into a local hospital and went into pre-term labor.

“We had a scare,” she says. “But I am fine and the baby is fine.”

The couple announced in June that they were expecting their first child together, due this fall.

Confederacy of dunces

E! may have pulled the plug on Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie’s reality show, “The Simple Life,” but that doesn’t mean the duo are finished acting like imbeciles, the New York Post notes.

In an interview with OK! magazine, Miss Richie — who finally confirmed yesterday that she’s four months pregnant by rocker Joel Madden — revealed that she took the powerful painkiller Vicodin, which was not prescribed for her, because of PMS. “I have really bad menstrual cramps,” she said.

Guess she’s never heard of Midol.

Miss Hilton, for her part, continues to show she never went to college. She recently bragged to Us Weekly, “I ordered a Hummer Hybrid”— to which a spokesperson for Hummer responded, “Such a car doesn’t exist.”

Meanwhile, Miss Hilton’s grandfather, Barron Hilton, told the newspaper through a family rep that “House of Hilton” author Jerry Oppenheimerwas wrong in saying he was upset with Paris — “I love her very much and am proud of what she has accomplished,” Barron Hilton was quoted as saying.

Mr. Oppenheimer recently said that the family patriarch was so “extremely embarrassed” by his granddaughter’s transgressions that he was funneling her inheritance to charity, according to news.com.au.

Cops cite Coleman

Gary Coleman was cited for disorderly conduct in Provo, Utah following a public argument with a female companion last Friday, People.com reports.

According to Associated Press, passers-by called police when they noticed the diminutive actor getting upset and hitting the steering wheel of his vehicle while involved in a heated discussion with a woman. He calmed down when the authorities arrived and was issued the misdemeanor citation. The woman was not identified.

Mr. Coleman, 39, moved to the rural town of Santaquin, Utah, in 2005 when he started filming the movie “Church Ball.” He is best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on the ‘80s TV series “Diff’rent Strokes,” and he also ran for governor of California in the 2003 recall election.

Baby daddy drama

A DNA test has shown that Eddie Murphy is the father of former Spice Girl Melanie Brown’s 4-month-old baby, “but paternity has not been legally acknowledged,” a lawyer for Miss Brown said yesterday.

Mr. Murphy has shown “shocking and appalling” conduct since the test, said the statement by lawyer Gloria Allred.

The 46-year-old actor took the DNA test in June, Miss Allred said.

Arnold Robinson, a spokesman for Mr. Murphy, declined comment, AP said.

Miss Brown, 32, dated Mr. Murphy last year. She gave birth to Angel Iris Murphy Brown on April 3, Mr. Murphy’s birthday, and listed Mr. Murphy as the father on the birth certificate.

Mr. Murphy has five children from his marriage to Nicole Mitchell Murphy, who filed for divorce in 2005. Miss Brown also has an 8-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.

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

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