- The Washington Times - Friday, January 1, 2010

Now here’s a power duo who likes being on top. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are not only the first couple of the land, they’re also the couple of the decade.

According to online dating Web sites Date.com (www.date.com), Matchmaker.com (www.matchmaker.com) and Amor.com (www.amor.com), thousands of single online daters and Twitter followers voted the president and first lady No. 1 on a list of the best celebrity couples of the past 10 years.

Forty-two percent voted for the prez and his wife, with “Brangelina” — movie stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie coming in a distant second with 15 percent of the vote, while the union of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore earned 11.5 percent of the vote.

As for the not-so-beloved couples, 50.5 percent of voters named the celebrity couple formerly known as “Bennifer” — Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez — as the worst celebrity couple of the decade. Former reality television personalities Jon and Kate Gosselin got 11.5 percent of the vote and musicians Britney Spears and Kevin Federline got 10 percent.

No baby for Van

An announcement that music legend Van Morrison had become a father again at age 64 was a hoax, according to Agence France-Presse. Hackers apparently targeted his Web site, a statement issued in his name said Thursday.

The brief announcement on his official Web site earlier this week said the veteran singer, famous for songs like “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Moondance,” was the proud father of a new son, George Ivan Morrison III.

It added that the newborn was the “the spitting image of his daddy” and was a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States. The news was published around the world.

But on Thursday, a statement issued on the singer’s behalf said he had asked his management “to carry out an immediate investigation into a hacking attack which took place on my website on December 29th last.”

“Claims were made relating to my personal life in a ‘statement’ purporting to come from me. Once these claims were brought to our attention, they were taken down from the site.

“The comments … did not come from me. They are completely and utterly without foundation,” said the statement, issued by public relations company Fleishman-Hillard International.

The original announcement said the child was born to Morrison and his wife and manager Gigi Lee on Monday.

But a senior Fleishman-Hillard executive described as a friend of the reclusive musician told RTE state radio that the singer had assured him the story was “completely false” — and that he had not heard of Gigi Lee.

“None of it is true,” said John Saunders, regional president of the company, adding that it was the second hacking incident in three months.

“When I spoke to Van a short while ago, I said, like, ‘Do you even know this person,’ and he has never heard the name at any stage in the past? He doesn’t know who this person is.”

Mr. Morrison’s statement added: “For the avoidance of all doubt and in the interests of clarity, I am very happily married to Michelle Morrison with whom I have two wonderful children.”

Mr. Morrison’s Web site had a message on its front page Thursday saying only: “New website coming soon.”

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