- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Gone for good

Levi Johnston says there’s very little chance he’ll reunite with Bristol Palin, 18, the mother of his infant son.

“That’s just not even in my mind,” Mr. Johnston, 19, says in the July issue of GQ magazine.

Mr. Johnston says Todd Palin, husband of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, offered to buy Miss Palin a new car if she would dump him.

“I know that her parents didn’t want us together. I really don’t think they did. So they probably put a little pressure on her,” Mr. Johnston says, “but at the same time, they told us they wanted us to get married when they found out Bristol was pregnant.”

However, Mr. Johnston recounts how his visits to the Palin home grew awkward after son Tripp was born in December. The visits made him “pretty [darn] uncomfortable,” he says.

“Just going over there, and Todd and Sarah sitting there staring at me, doesn’t do it for me,” Mr. Johnston says. “Todd never says anything, really. Sarah, I don’t know.

“She’s a politician. She knows how to throw in a fake smile and look happy. They’re pretty good at that.”

Mr. Johnston says his relationship with the Palins began to sour after the governor lost her bid to become the nation’s first female vice president.

Mom to be?

Will the baby be a dreamgirl — or dreamboy?

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson reportedly celebrated her pregnancy Sunday at a downtown Chicago baby shower, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, quoting an unnamed source.

According to the source, the actress and singer is seven months pregnant. The shower was attended largely by family members, the source said.

Rumors have been rampant that Miss Hudson and fiancee David Otunga, a former reality-TV star (“I Love New York 2”) training to wrestle professionally, were expecting a baby.

She recently postponed dates on her concert tour with Robin Thicke, claiming vocal-cord strain. She has worn loose-waisted tops at some recent public appearances, furthering the speculation.

Miss Hudson and Mr. Otunga have been planning a wedding. Though they haven’t divulged the date, Miss Hudson previously said she planned to include her three dogs — Oscar, Grammy and Dreamgirl — in the ceremony.

Her publicist did not return a phone call seeking comment, the Sun-Times said. In April, the publicist told the Sun-Times that Miss Hudson wasn’t pregnant.

Miss Hudson, a Chicago native, rose to stardom as a contestant on “American Idol” in 2004.

Though she didn’t make it to the final rounds, she was cast as Effie White in the 2006 big-screen adaptation of “Dreamgirls,” a powerhouse performance that won her an Academy Award.

In October, the estranged husband of Miss Hudson’s sister was charged with killing Miss Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. Miss Hudson moved from Chicago following the tragedy.

Landers play planned

Ann Landers will be dispensing advice off-Broadway this fall.

Two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey (“Steaming,” “Hurlyburly”) will portray the legendary problem-solving columnist in “The Lady With All the Answers,” David Rambo’s play drawn from Miss Landers’ life and letters. The one-woman show begins performances Oct. 7 at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Associated Press reports.

“The Lady With All the Answers” will be directed by B.J. Jones, who runs the Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Ill., where Miss Ivey starred in the play last year. “Lady” had its world premiere in 2005 at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre.

Miss Landers died in 2002.

Mel pays baby mama

Mel Gibson reportedly has agreed to pay his pregnant girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, $10 million “the moment the baby is born,” an associate of the star tells the Chicago Sun-Times.

In addition, Miss Grigorieva — a singer who developed her relationship with Mr. Gibson after signing with the record label he owns — will be guaranteed $40,000 per month in child support until the youngster is 18.

On top of that, all of the child’s educational expenses — including private elementary and high school costs, plus undergraduate college expenses — will be paid by Mr. Gibson, Denverpost.com reports.

If the couple marry, the associate says, a preliminary prenuptial agreement is in place that would pay Miss Grigorieva an additional $25 million, with the stipulation being she would not be entitled to any other claim on Mr. Gibson’s fortune or potential estate if they are married at the time of this death.

Mr. Gibson and his wife Robyn were married in June 1980 and have been separated since Aug. 26, 2006, according to Chickdowntown.com. She is expected to win half of his estimated $750 million fortune in her divorce settlement.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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