Oksanas Confirm And Deny Mel Gibson Affair; Hulk Hogan On Ex-Wife: "I Totally Understand O.J."

  • Both Mel Gibson and Russian classical pianist Oksana Kolesnikova deny that they’re having an affair. She insists she’s “happily married” and four months pregnant with her husband’s child. As for the other Oksana … [TMZ]
  • Oksana Pochepa, a 24-year-old pop singer, confirms that she is having an affair with Mel Gibson, saying, “This is serious and I hope that our union will be real and strong and long-lasting.” As for Kolesnikova, she says: “I have no idea how this mistake has been made. I feel very upset … The only explanation is that the names Oksana have been confused. It is a very popular name in Russia.” [The Sun]
  • A source says it was clear Mel Gibson and wife Robyn Gibson were headed for a split. “The tension between Mel and Robyn was obvious,” says the source. “Even during family dinners, they wouldn’t speak sometimes. Robyn would pretend that everything was perfect. No one would ever dare to ask her how she and Mel were doing.” [People]
  • As news of his divorce went public, Mel Gibson was on the beach in Costa Rica, frolicking with an anonymous blonde woman. Was it Oksana, or yet another mystery woman? [Perez Hilton]
  • Hulk Hogan says of his wife Linda Hogan leaving him and dating one of her teenage son’s friends, “I could have turned everything into a crime scene, like O.J., cutting everybody’s throat … You live half a mile from the 20,000-square-foot home you can’t go to anymore, you’re driving through downtown Clearwater and see a 19-year-old boy driving your Escalade, and you know that a 19-year-old boy is sleeping in your bed, with your wife … I totally understand O.J. I get it.” [E!]
  • Linda Hogan says she’s taking his homicidal comments seriously. “Hulk’s serial cheating destroyed our marriage, our family and our future. Sadly, his recent comments remind us that his definition of fair is much different than what the law dictates,” she says. [SwiftPageEmail]
  • Rihanna will return to the stage on May 28 in a performance in the United Arab Emirates. [Perez Hilton]
  • Nadya Suleman has filed an application to trademark the word “Octomom,” which she wants to put on disposable and cloth diapers and kids clothing. [The Smoking Gun]
  • The New York Daily News is still insisting that A-Rod is dating Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel, even though she’s denied the claim. [Fox News]
  • Brad Garrett got into a fight with the paparazzi yesterday and as you can see in the video at the link, he taunted: “Wear the turban! Wear the turban!” [TMZ]
  • Ashton Kutcher has challenged CNN to a Twitter popularity contest. Does the winner get to be Homecoming Queen? [CNN]
  • Here’s the new blood-spattered trailer for Brad Pitt‘s Inglorious Basterds. [People]
  • Anna Faris is engaged to Bride Wars groom Chris Pratt. Her first marriage to actor Ben Indra ended last February after four years. [E!]
  • Will Ferrell will guest star on the Discovery Channel show Man Vs. Wild. Ferrell calls it, “a thrill of a lifetime, even though I did get urine-drunk, which is sad.” [Variety]
  • Oxygen Media is expanding its ostensibly popular Tori Spelling reality show series. They’ve ordered another season of Tori & Dean, approved a pilot for the couple’s makeover show, and is developing a made-for-TV movie starring the duo. [UPI]
  • Real World: Brooklyn cast member Ryan Conklin shipped out to Iraq on Sunday. “I want to get this thing started, because the sooner I do it, the sooner it’ll be over,” he said Wednesday. “I’m kind of just getting antsy with time.” [AP]
  • There’s good news and bad news for Beyonce and Jay-Z. Their combined income for 2008 was $162 Million, but they’ll be submitting a hefty check to the IRS today. Their income may be even higher this year, as Jay-Z has signed a deal with Parlux fragrances to market and distribute fragrances and many suspect a Beyonce perfume is in the works. [Fashion Rules]
  • Drew Barrymore says she loves Justin Long … as a friend. At the Grey Gardens premiere she said: “Justin’s here. He’s my friend, he’s supporting. I’m so glad he’s here. He’s like one of my best friends and I love him and I also think he’s the funniest dude on the planet.” [E!]
  • Minday Kaling, who writes for The Office and plays Kelly Kapoor says, “You’ll see more of Ryan and Kelly for the rest of the year. … B.J. [Novak] and I have a lot of fun doing those scenes since we’re both writers and we’re best friends.” [The Star Tribune]
  • Check out the new “got milk?” ad, featuring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine here: [Perez Hilton]
  • Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi has started a foundation to raise awareness about endometriosis. She had an operation to treat the disease and says, “It has to do with the most private aspect of a woman’s life, and when I had to have surgery, I had to miss work and explain why. I just found that in talking to people, not many people knew what it was. I just thought I had a responsibility to let other young women know so they wouldn’t have to go through what I went though.” [People]
  • Eric Bana would like you to know that he was a badass in high school. “I went through a little phase,” he says, explaining that he used to show up drunk to school. Eventually his grades dropped and he had to repeat a year, but he says, “It wasn’t like I was busting to get into NASA or anything.” [People]
  • Scott Storch, a former music producer who worked with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, has been charged with grand theft auto. He allegedly leased a Bentley but never returned it after the expiration date. [TMZ]
  • For the second time in a row a Michelle Pfeiffer‘s film has gone straight to DVD, which Entertainment Weekly suggests this means she’s all washed up. The film also stars Kathy Bates and Ashton Kutcher, and her previous film starred Paul Rudd, so are their careers in trouble too? [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck was almost taken down by a bicycle messenger on the streets of Manhatten yesterday. She Tweeted: “The belly is OK.” [Yahoo]
  • Whoopi Goldberg will probably make more as a producer of Sister Act, The Musical than she did in front of the camera in the 1992 movie. “This time I have a financial interest in the show. I hope it’ll go right round the world and then on to Broadway. And yes, I still need the money. I have grandchildren!” she says. [The Daily Express]
  • Ben Affleck, a lifelong Boston Globe reader says he was shocked to learn that the New York Times Company is threatening to shut the paper down. “I fundamentally misunderstood what was going on. Boston.com has 5.6 million readers a month, and yet this hugely successful news gathering operation is going out of business,” he said. [Boston]
  • Hugh Hefner has some unsolicited advice for his former Girls Next Door who have all moved on with their lives. Here are his thoughts on Kendra Wilkinson, who is engaged: “I’ve been very lucky in romance, but not expert in marriage (two divorces). “They are two separate things. What happens traditionally in a marriage is, of course, a marriage turns into parenthood and the affection is kind of transferred to the children. She picked very well, I think he adores her, I think she really loves him. What they have to get over is they come from very different backgrounds. If love conquers all, it’ll conquer them.” [People]
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