CARRIE'S DATING AN EX-BACHELOR!
Carrie Underwood has found her very own Dr. McDreamy. On Oct. 20 the singer, 25, and Bachelor alum Dr. Travis Stork, 36, shared a romantic dinner at Philadelphia's Parc restaurant, where Underwood openly called the reality star her "boyfriend," says a source, who added, "they were very cute—cuddling and laughing a lot." And Stork, an ER doc who stars on the talk show The Doctors, has been seen at Underwood's concerts, including her Sept. 30 show in Topeka, Kans., where he was spotted backstage. For now the lovebirds are keeping mum about their courtship. "You know, I'm not saying anything," she told a radio interviewer Oct. 22. Her hunky doc also played coy in an Oct. 25 radio interview, saying, "Once you've been on The Bachelor, you can say, 'I'm taking the Fifth.'"
JEN'S FRIENDS DON'T APPROVE
Despite being back together, Jennifer Aniston, 39, and John Mayer, 31, still have their relationship hurdles. "Her friends felt it ended badly before, but at least it was over," says a source. "They aren't happy about this latest turn." Despite resistance from her circle, the couple are still enjoying time together—getting cozy at singer Ray LaMontagne's Hollywood show Oct. 30. "She's having a good time," says the source. "Her friends just don't want her to get hurt."
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler & Jerry Ferrara
SMALL SCREEN LOVE
After Jamie-Lynn Sigler, 27, filmed a recent episode of Entourage—in which Turtle (a.k.a. actor Jerry Ferrara, 29) hits on the actress—an offscreen love connection ensued. "They've been together for a few weeks," a source confirms. "She's the happiest she's been in a while." And it shows: On Nov. 1 the couple had a romantic dinner at Morton's steak house in Burbank. "They cuddled, and at one point she affectionately put her arm around him."
Simon Cowell's girlfriend of six years Terri Seymour broke up with him recently, the American Idol judge's rep confirms. "Terri has said that she wants kids, but that just isn't Simon." Cowell, 49, began dating Seymour in 2002, though they met a decade before. Adds the rep: "They [will] remain close friends."
AREN'T THEY OVER?
Scoop reveals which celeb exes are still closer than ever
LAUREN CONRAD & JOSH HENDERSON
The queen of reality TV, Conrad, 22, kept things drama-free Halloween night, turning ex Josh Henderson, 27, into her dance partner at the Pur Jeans bash at STK in Los Angeles. Partying throughout the night with other The Hills alums including another Conrad ex Brody Jenner, the fun-loving pair "tore up the dance floor," says a partygoer.
HAYDEN PANETTIERE & STEPHEN COLLETTI
Although she's dating her Heroes costar Milo Ventimiglia, the 19-year-old actress had a delicious run-in with ex Stephen Colletti, 22, feeding him dessert at the BlackBerry Bold party on Oct 30. Reps had no comment.
ADRIAN GRENIER & ISABEL LUCAS
On Oct. 28, Grenier, 32, and Lucas, 23, who broke up in July, dined with pals at Koi in L.A. But a pal of Grenier's says the actor thinks "it's best [he and Lucas] just be friends." And sure enough, Grenier hung out with Kirsten Dunst at Adam Levine's Halloween party over the weekend.
I'M DONE ACTING!
He's only 34, but Joaquin Phoenix says he's over acting. With two Oscar nods under his belt, Phoenix told Extra, "I'm done"—adding that he plans to work on music instead. On Nov. 1 he clarified to AP, "I think it's just moving on; it's rediscovering something else."
SWAYZE: 'CHEMO IS A LIVING HELL'
In an interview with the New York Times Oct. 29 Patrick Swayze said life with pancreatic cancer is "a battle zone. Chemo, no matter how you cut it, is hell on wheels." Diagnosed in March, the actor, 56, credits his positive attitude to his role in the upcoming A&E series The Beast. "I find myself at the end of the day riding home sort of catching myself with a smile on my face. I'm proud of what I'm doing." As for the future, he told the Times, "There's more I want to do. Lots more." That same week at Chicago's The Drawing Room, Swayze told patrons he's "kicking cancer's ass."
"I've done it. I've been there. I don't need that piece of paper of commitment to prove my love"
—JENNY McCARTHY, on marrying beau Jim Carrey, at the Backyardigans event for Malaria No More Nov. 1 in Los Angeles.
Thirty of Angie Harmon's closest pals—including Amber Valletta, Lori Loughlin and Ming Na—gathered Nov. 2 at a friend's L.A. home to celebrate the arrival of Baby No. 3 this winter (Harmon and hubby Jason Sehorn, who surprised his wife during the luncheon, have two daughters, Finley, 5, and Avery, 3). "It was very sweet," says a guest. And sugary—there was candy everywhere and lots of touching toasts.
• 10/31, L.A.: Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and Kirsten Dunst hit Jacqui Getty and Roman Coppola's Halloween bash at Bardot Hollywood.
• 11/1, L.A.: Ashlee Simpson-Wentz was joined by sis Jessica and Nicole Richie for her Winnie-the-Pooh-themed baby shower at the Hotel Bel-Air. The couple, who were given a mini Burton snowboard outfit, haven't confirmed the baby's sex—but there were an awful lot of boy items.
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L.A.'S BEST KEPT SECRET!
Jen and John's latest hookup is common knowledge—but the site of their romantic rendezvous is one of Hollywood's most private enclaves. George Clooney, Drew Barrymore, Penélope Cruz and other A-listers know cell phones and BlackBerrys are banned in the restaurant and multiple exits throw off the paparazzi.
5 Questions for ... Christina Aguilera
The sassy songstress reminisces about her singing career and dishes about her future (baby!) plans
HER NEW LOOK!
1 How does it feel to have a greatest hits album, Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits (exclusively at Target), at age 27?
I feel blessed. It's been quite the journey. I'm proud to be where I am today. I'm the happiest I've ever been right now.
2 You're also debuting a new look. What's your inspiration?
I'm being inspired at the moment by a lot of superhero elements and a lot of 1960s and 1970s art, like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. It shows a new side of me.
3 You're a singer and your husband [Jordan Bratman] is a music producer. Is your 10-month-old son Max also musically inclined?
He bangs on everything like a drummer! He's definitely got the music gene.
4 Do you want more children?
I honestly can't wait for the next one! I do want more kids, and I want them to be close in age, at least the first two.
5 How many kids do you want?
I don't know. I don't want to plan that too in-depth, so we'll see what happens.