November 02, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 11/2WHAT AN A-HOLE!
PARIS Hilton plaything Stavros Niarchos III is some kind of class act. After he fueled up at L.A.'s Element club the other night, the Greek shipping heir and a posse of pals stopped at Burger King. "Stavros offered a homeless man outside $100 to dump a soda on himself," a source squealed to Us Weekly. The desperate bum took the payout "and everyone laughed," reports the source.
DO not give John Mayer your number. The Grammy-winning songster ventured into "phone-stalking" territory recently when he left up to 10 messages a day on what he thought was Kanye West's cellphone, trying to talk the rapper into working with him. But the number, West's former digits, belongs to a publicist on the Left Coast. Mayer's desperation led him to create a rap for West about how great Kanye is and how much Mayer wanted to work with him. "It was hilariously bad," said a source. "The two are friends and collaborators who, yes, do leave messages for each other," confirmed Mayer's rep Ken Sunshine.
CHARLIZE THERON THE REAL "CAT"WOMAN
Halle Berry has been doing her best to downplay some unkind words allegedly said about her from fellow Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron, but the matter continues to make headlines after Berry said she never received the flowers promised by Theron as an apology.
The whole thing started with a New Yorker magazine article in which the North Country star was asked about her post-Oscar film choices. The reporter quotes Theron as responding, Note to self. Do not become Halle Berry.
In the Oct. 28 Entertainment Weekly, Theron flat out denies making the statement. She also told Tony Potts of Access Hollywood last week that it was a comment the writer made, and [the writer] said that I’d said it.
That's not my style. I do not like that kind of cattiness, Theron added. Women should not go against women. I tried to make contact with [Berry]. I sent her flowers saying, I really want you to know I never said that, and she never called back.
In a separate interview that ran during the same Oct. 25 episode, Tony Potts asked Berry if she had gotten the flowers and an apology from Theron.
No, I didn't get it, but I do not really put too much weight on what people say or the press says, Berry said. I think things get twisted a lot, and I don't really put too much weight on what other people think about me anyway these days.
Theron told Potts that the whole thing has been extremely upsetting because the reported comment doesn’t reflect her true opinion about Berry.
It hurt me only because I really have none of those feelings toward her, she said. I think she is wonderful and that's not my style, I don't think that is very classy.
In denying the quote to Contact Music, Theron said: “I think Halle Berry is an incredible actress. I have no problem with the choices she's made. And she seems to be fine. She does not seem to be hiding under the floorboards. At the end of the day, we have to take responsibility for the choices we make. If it doesn't work, at least I took the power in that situation. I'm sure Halle has done the same.
GABRIELLE NO LONGER IN UNION
Gabrielle Union and her husband of four years, Chris Howard, have decided to go their separate ways.
The couple announced their split in a statement released Monday by a rep of Union, Lisa Kussell.
"The couple remains close and asks that you respect their privacy at this difficult time," the statement said.
ICE-T vs OMOROSA
Rapper Ice-T tossed scary insults and even a threat at reality-TV she-devil Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth during Heidi Klum's ghoulish gala.
I'll tell you who I don't like: Omarosa," the "Law & Order: SVU" star told Lowdown as he sat upstairs at nightspot Happy Valley in - what else? - pimp regalia. "That b- is not supposed to be famous. Being somebody in the business, you have a lot of admiration for people because you know how hard they work. But certain people, you're just like, what the f- has that ho done?"
Informed of Ice-T's attack yesterday, Omarosa immediately took the gloves off.
"Tracy sold out his rap career to go play a cop on a show because his last album tanked," the "Surreal Life" and "Apprentice" alum told Lowdown, adding that she's never even met the man.
"You're supposed to be hard-core, rapping about killing and pimpin' hos, and you go and play a cop? He sold out!" Omarosa continued. "Real hip-hop artists - the ones that are true to the art form - do not resort to playa hating."
EVA LONGORIA'S GOT A NEW TATTOO..BUT WE WON'T SEE IT
Eva Longoria has a tattoo in honor of Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs who she's been dating on and off since around January.
Longoria enthuses, "You can see three of my tattoos, they're all on public display, but the one that has Tony's initials is only seen by him. I'm not saying where it is, but let's just say he gets to view it on a very regular basis!"
TONI SAYS THE MARIAH FEUD IS OFF
Toni Braxton cleared up talk of a feud with Mariah Carey in an interview with Rap-Up magazine. "We are cordial friends," Braxton said. "In the '90s, everyone was so competitive. Everyone was trying to have their moment. Now we look at each other and we're like, 'We're still here.' We never really talked in the past. It's not that we didn't like each other, but we were artists trying to hold onto our moments. Now we have a different admiration for one another."
50 CENT LOVES BUSH
ContactMusic.com reports that 50 Cent is speaking out against Kanye West for criticism West leveled against President Bush in wake of Hurricane Katrina. "The New Orleans disaster was meant to happen. It was an act of God," the G-Unit mainman said. "I think people responded to it the best way they can. What Kanye West was saying, I don't know where that came from."