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What the gossip mags say

By Peter Cochrane
February 17, 2004

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Sometimes the best reading is in the fine print. This week's New Idea cover story rehashes the dumping by Catherine Zeta-Jones of her long-time agent. "Her mission is to steal Nicole's crown," the dumpee claims.

However, the "Nicole Kidman clarification" on Page 7 is a genuine exclusive. It was penned by Our Nic's Australian publicist, Wendy Day, and was in response to New Idea's cover story of February 7, "Nicole in Crisis".

"The story categorically states that Ms Kidman and her former husband, Mr Tom Cruise, had a blazing row at a Golden Globes party as fellow celebrities looked on in astonishment . . . The only time Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise met after the Golden Globes ceremony was when they passed each other in a hallway . . . they hugged each other and exchanged pleasant conversation briefly . . .

"I was a witness to this meeting and was with Ms Kidman for the entire evening following the ceremony. Miss Kidman and Mr Cruise were never at an after-party together. The reported text messaging never took place. The reported swearing and shouting by Ms Kidman never took place." We look forward to next week's New Idea, in the hope that a representative of Ms Zeta-Jones might be spurred to clarify the latest cover story.

Elsewhere in glossyland it's the same old story: that is, dramatic weight loss.

Woman's Day has a celebrity diet book insert. Read how you can lose 10 kilograms in a month "the Kylie way" (by following the Montignac method - "thanks to her boyfriend Olivier Martinez, Kylie's into all things French"); or lose unspecified kilos the Renee way (Renee Zellweger opts for the Atkins diet). This is not recommended by the magazine's food coach, which is good advice given the claims that Dr Robert Atkins was clinically obese when he died.

Whatever you do, avoid the Claudia way. According to NW, supermodel Claudia Schiffer is all skin and bones, "drawing gasps of concern" as she stepped onto the red carpet at the Berlin Film Festival.

You might also skip the Sophie way. Singer Sophie Monk, reports Who, was shocked when she saw a photo of herself - doe-eyed and hollow-cheeked - at a Palm Beach ball. It's due to stress - not an eating disorder - apparently. Sophie is, um, living like a monk after splitting from her high-school sweetheart and losing a beloved childhood pet.

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