CHRISTINA AGUILERA TRYING TIMES
It was a minor fall, but for Christina Aguilera, a stumble on the Grammy's stage on Feb. 13 was another unfortunate moment for the singer, who has dealt with several public lows since filing for divorce in October. Digs about her weight gain, generally dismal Burlesque reviews, her flubbed "Star Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl and rumors of impropriety (including one, denied by a friend, that she "passed out" during a party at actor Jeremy Renner's home last month) have those close to her "worried," says a source. Her new, and rapidly serious, relationship of four months with musician Matt Rutler, 25, is another cause for concern. Adds the source: "Matt never tells her to slow down. Her friends don't approve [of him]." One of her pals says Aguilera, 30, took son Max, 3, to Legoland Feb. 14 and insists there's no reason to worry. "Yes, she's been going out more than she did when she was married. These times have been trying, but it's nothing she can't handle."
IRINA SHAYK SI's NEXT HOT MODEL
After finding out her photo would be the cover splash for Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue, Irina Shayk, 25, didn't immediately run off with her soccer-star beau Cristiano Ronaldo, 26, and hit a club with a flock of her fellow models. No, first the Russian-born beauty was sure to phone her family, who live in a small city a few hours from Moscow. "There's a 10-hour time difference, and my mom and sister were waiting to find out," she says. "They didn't sleep!" She says they "always think I'm the best" and were hopeful, but that she didn't expect the cover crown: "It was a total surprise." Shayk has no diet tips to share: "I love to eat everything!"
JOE, KELLAN & ZAC DEBRIEFED!
Kellan Lutz posed in his undies for Calvin Klein; Scoop got these three to bare their briefs history at the designer's men's runway show at N.Y.C.'s Fashion Week
The singer, 21, wore Spider-Man drawers, but also created his own superhero. "For the longest time I put underwear over my head and ran around the house with my brothers, saying, 'I'm the Underwear Man!' "
"I wore He-Man underwear," says the Twilight star, 25. "My hair is naturally blond, and when I was little I had long hair. So I had my homemade sword and wore the He-Man underwear pretending to be him."
"I had Ninja Turtles," says Efron, 23. "I had a lot of Ninja Turtles stuff-the underwear and the shoes. Raphael was my favorite. I asked my mom to specifically get the underwear with Raphael on it. I really loved it."
WHAT CAN'T JAMES FRANCO DO? THE ACTOR, WRITER, PROFESSOR AND OSCARS HOST IS ALSO AN ARTIST WHOSE WORK IS AS QUIRKY AND UNEXPECTED AS THE MAN HIMSELF ...
This year's Academy Awards cohost (who's also in the running for the best actor statuette for 127 Hours) was in Berlin Feb. 12 to open his exhibition the Dangerous Book Four Boys. The multimedia show's title alludes to a 2007 how-to book for adventurous boys and contains dozens of the star's surreal and sometimes disturbing drawings, films and sculptures. "I think I'll always be a kid," Franco told a Berlin newspaper and says he created the work-including the Daliesque "Untitled" (right)-to tap into impossible-to-duck boyhood issues, such as masculinity and sexuality. The art, said Javier Peres, owner of the Peres Projects gallery, where Franco is exhibiting, shows that the star "takes his artistic practice seriously."
FRANCO'S JUST ONE PERFORMING ARTIST! MATCH THE STAR TO HIS MASTERPIECE
a. MARILYN MANSON
b. JOHN MELLENCAMP
c. ANTHONY HOPKINS
d. SWIZZ BEATZ
ANSWERS: a=3; b=1; c=4; d=2
CHARLIE SHEEN YUP, HE SAID THAT!
The troubled Two and a Half Men star spoke (really) frankly about the show's hiatus and his on-and-off sobriety during a Feb. 14 radio interview on The Dan Patrick Show
"Stay away from the crack ... unless you can manage it socially."
"Yeah-blah-blah, nitpick, nitpick. I mean, I haven't read it."
-on a morality clause in his contract
"Most of it is really lame."
-on advice he gets from other people
"I heal pretty quickly. But I also unravel pretty quickly, so get me right now, guys!"
"Oh yeah, 100%. Peeing clean."
-on his sobriety
"I was sober for five years a long time ago and just bored out of my tree ... it's not who I am."
Meg Ryan was sporting a gold band on her left ring finger at John Mellencamp's Toronto show. Reps for the couple had no comment....
Derek Hough and Edyta Sliwinska are saying 'see ya!' to next season's Dancing with the Stars....
Owl City singer Adam Young was so flattered by Taylor Swift's tune "Enchanted" about him, he penned one back....
NOT SO NAKED
Despite reports, Victoria Beckham denies she'll take it all off for a pregnant pictorial in Vogue....
After rocking MSG he hit Essence's Black Women in Music salute to Janelle Monae.