The previous day, Simpson – who had collapsed at a Tokyo concert just two weeks earlier – and her entourage lounged poolside, drinking Coronas and Red Bulls. They then strolled on the beach and climbed black rocks while she and her guitarist beau cuddled and posed for pictures for friends. "This was exactly the kind of low-key vacation that Ashlee needed," a source tells us. "Total R&R, fun with friends, a new man. She looked really happy and healthy."
Mom's Night OutBritney Spears recently enjoyed a grownups' night out – without son Sean Preston, who turns 4 months old on Jan. 14 – with friends at Ma'kai, a Pan-Asian restaurant in Santa Monica. The new mom and about 12 friends had a "pretty mellow" evening, but Spears still showed off her moves on the small but packed dance floor. The pop diva even chatted with the deejay – but no word on whether she requested husband Kevin Federline's new rap single "PopoZão."
Caught in the Act: New Year's Eve Haylie Duff, shouting, "Everybody is making out!" as the clock struck midnight at a Hollywood Hills party hosted by Eddy, Lucas and Anouar Productions. Among the kissing: Hilary Duff and boyfriend Joel Madden
Kid Rock, in Las Vegas, counting down to midnight at the Jet club in the Mirage hotel. Rock then spun records for more than an hour.
By SHARI ORNSTEIN, MARGI BLASH and AMY ELISA KEITH