07/14/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT
Field of Dreams
Kevin Costner pops the question to Christine Baumgartner
Acting as a celebrity chef's assistant at a Food & Wine bash last month in Aspen, KEVIN COSTNER accidentally set a pan on fire as the crowd, including CHRISTINE BAUMGARTNER, "went wild," says an observer. Then things really started heating up: On June 26, Costner, 48, announced his engagement to handbag designer Baumgartner, 29. They dated for four years but briefly separated last year; Costner split with first wife Cindy Silva in 1994.
BRANDY's 2001 secret wedding to music producer ROBERT SMITH surprised millions of fans, who may be even more shocked by their abrupt split. A source told PEOPLE.com on June 26 that the couple had separated. The next day Brandy's rep confirmed the pair were "not together" while denying reports that the singer is pregnant. Said the rep: "They remain friends and will continue to jointly raise their daughter" Sy'rai, 1. But pal Karu F. Daniels says the union between Brandy, 24, and Smith, 23, has been strained for a couple of months. Still, "I do believe she loved him," says Daniels.
Just Kid-ding around?
After declaring repeatedly that she and KID ROCK were no longer an item, PAMELA ANDERSON
cuddled with her ex after they roasted Carson Daly at the MTV Bash on June 28. Are the pair—who left the Bash set together—reuniting? Reps declined to comment.
JOEY FATONE, 26, was ready to pop the question to longtime steady KELLY BALDWIN, 26, but she wanted him to propose at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts. Too busy hosting TV's Fame to make the trip, board of the Palace in front of their Orlando home on June 18. "I went on my knees [and] got all teary-eyed," Fatone told Craig Kilborn.