Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren
Swinging faster than a nine iron are the rumors around Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods since their scandal broke late November. Did she knock out two of his teeth? Is he in rehab for sex and drug addiction? Will the divorce net her $300 million? Has she hired a detective to determine his worth? Speculation ranges from the touching (he visited his father's grave on Christmas Eve) to the absurd (he's been on an African safari). The truth: Elin celebrated New Year's Eve and her 30th birthday the next day with her twin sister in the French Alps. Police assert Tiger's only injury was a fat lip. Friends claim he hasn't ventured far from Florida and, adds another source, rehab reports are "absurd." "Tiger is getting his head straight," says an insider. "[He's] praying and meditating and doing what he needs to do for his family and his well-being."
WHERE IS TIGER?
Reports have him everywhere from his yacht to New York City and Dubai. One place he can definitely be seen? Buff and shirtless on the cover of February's Vanity Fair—in photos taken in 2006 by Annie Leibovitz.
Rihanna & Matt Kemp
NEW COUPLE ALERT!
After being introduced by friends in November, Rihanna and L.A. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp have been getting a lot closer, from a Dec. 22 trip to L.A.'s outdoor mall the Grove to a cozy vacation in Cabo San Lucas on Jan. 3. "They really like each other," says a source. Rihanna, 21, thinks Kemp, 25, is "sexy as hell," says the source, while Kemp describes the singer as "a very nice, good girl," his agent Dave Stewart tells Scoop.
Three celeb couples welcome new daughters (or will soon)
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY & CAMILA ALVES
Their 18-month-old son Levi got a baby sister, Vida, on Jan. 3. "We are both truly honored to welcome this little lady to our family," McConaughey, 40, blogged the day Alves, 26, gave birth.
CHRIS ROBINSON & ALLISON BRIDGES
The Black Crowes frontman, 43, and his wife, Allison Bridges, got their Christmas present a day late. Cheyenne Genevieve, whose half brother Ryder, 6, is Robinson's son with Kate Hudson, was born at the couple's home on Dec. 26.
REBECCA GAYHEART & ERIC DANE
The Grey's Anatomy actor, 37, and his wife are expecting a baby girl in late winter, a source reveals to Scoop. "They're definitely happy," the source says. "They've been trying for so long."
SLEPT WITH ALMOST 13,000 WOMEN?!
According to a new biography (see page 56 for a review), before he wed Annette Bening in 1992, Warren Beatty bedded nearly 13,000 women—not including "daytime quickies, drive-bys ... stolen kisses, and so on." Beatty's attorney says the book is unauthorized—and untrue. If it were, Beatty would still be 7,000 ladies behind basketball great Wilt Chamberlain's 1991 self-proclaimed record.
13,000 PEOPLE COULD FILL N.Y.C.'S RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL—TWICE.
Alexa Ray Joel
ON THE MEND
Alexa Ray Joel took to her Facebook page to squash rumors that her mom, Christie Brinkley, had anything to do with her Dec. 5 hospitalization. "She is the kindest woman I've ever known." The singer, 24, posted photos (taken by her mom) of herself mugging for the camera and cited "heartbreak-related depression." She wrote, "I just wanted to thank you all for the incredible outpouring of love and support."
A-Rod & Kate
THEIR BREAKUP FACT VS. FICTION
It was hot and heavy during playoff season—and then it was over. Since splitting last month, Kate Hudson, 30, and Yankee Alex Rodriguez, 34, have kept mum, but a Hudson pal says Rodriguez's talking to his friend Madonna while dating Hudson "didn't really bother her." Adds a buddy of his: "Kate wanted more than he could give her."
These stars have left the cast of 140 characters
"FYI [boyfriend] Liam [Hemsworth] doesn't have a Twitter and he wants ME to delete mine with good reason," Cyrus wrote in October. She further declared her departure in a YouTube rap video.
After using Twitter to chronicle a visit to a store in which he didn't see his CD Graffiti on the shelves, Chris Brown thanked fans for their support on Dec. 14 and then halted his account.
The British songstress had posted more than 1,200 tweets and gained more than 1.9 million followers but signed off one last time in September: "I am a neo-luddite, good bye."
Not yet gone but spooked by the prospect of a Twitter-based show, pioneer Kutcher tweeted last May, "May have to take a Twitter hiatus."
JENNY CRAIG'S NEW SPOKESMAN: JASON ALEXANDER!
Why Jenny Craig?
It was a deadly combination of "I'm fat" and they work.
What's your weight-loss goal?
I want to lose between 30 and 40 lbs.
Following Valerie Bertinelli might be tough....
I'm really doing this for me, so it doesn't feel like shoes to fill.
No bikini posing?
That's where I draw my feminine line.
Who Should the Taylors Date Next?
After a few cute dates and an amicable split the end of last month, Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner decided to move on. People asked which celebs they might consider going out with next.
55% CHACE CRAWFORD
NICK JONAS 8%
DAVID HENRIE 37%
44% TAYLOR MOMSEN
KRISTIN STEWART 16%
ANNA KENDRICK 41%
MOURNING & MYSTERY
On Christmas Eve, after Brittany Murphy's funeral, her husband, Simon Monjack, and mother Sharon went into seclusion at the home they share in the Hollywood Hills. Through the holidays, the grieving pair "clung to each other for support," says Monjack's mother, Linda. "They've been keeping each other going."
But with no answers in sight about why the 32-year-old actress died suddenly of an apparent cardiac arrest on Dec. 20—toxicology results that could reveal any drugs in her system are still weeks away—several friends of Murphy spoke to PEOPLE urging a full investigation into her death. They're also raising questions about her husband's role in her short life. Says her longtime pal, director George Hickenlooper (who was once involved in a legal dispute with Monjack over a movie credit for his film Factory Girl): "We believe serious questions should be asked," adding, "We are very concerned about Sharon." Several sources say London-born businessman Monjack, 39, was disturbingly controlling, screening Murphy's phone calls and isolating her and her mother, who lived with them, from friends. Two sources say his behavior led to her being sacked from the thriller The Caller shortly before her death. (Her rep has denied she was fired.)
Monjack denies those claims, and even his detractors say he and Murphy were devoted to each other. A family friend says Monjack is no longer speaking to media and is "waiting like everyone else for the report from the coroner, but anticipates the cause of death will be from natural causes."
Murphy's will was reportedly written before her '07 nuptials and left her estate to her mother. Yet by law, Monjack is entitled to whatever they earned while they were married, and possibly half of what she owned prior to their marriage. For now, Monjack is "taking it hour by hour," says his mother. "He's strong, and he's got Sharon."
Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo hit Avenue's Heineken bash after a Times Square smooch New Year's Eve while Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon had their countdown kiss at M2 UltraLounge. Eva Longoria Parker and Tony Parker rang it in at her Las Vegas nightclub Eve. Across town Christina Aguilera cuddled with hubby Jordan Bratman at Tao and Nicole Richie and Joel Madden locked lips at Lavo's bash.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
• 12/31, Miami Beach: Lady Gaga rocked the Fontainebleau and celebs brought the afterparty to LIV.
• 1/1, Chicago: Gossip Girl Leighton Meester hit the Windy City for a performance at the Underground.
• 12/31: AnnaLynne McCord hosted NYE at the W South Beach. The next day she smooched on-again beau Kellan Lutz poolside at Shore Club.
• ½, Las Vegas: Karina Smirnoff toasted her 32nd at PURE nightclub.
• 12/31, Boston: Adrian Grenier and his band, the Honey Brothers, counted down at a Maestro Dobel Tequila bash at the Roxy nightclub.