ROMANCE REPORT: The not-always-reliable British tabloids are reporting that MADONNA and her 24-year-old boyfriend, Brahim Zaibat,have split after nine months.

Different faiths is what supposedly drove them apart. (--Brahim is a strict Muslim.) Brahim's mother was reportedly also part of the problem. In addition to worrying about their different faiths, mom was also concerned that Madonna, at 52, was EIGHT YEARS OLDER THAN HER.

2.) In the weeks since their break up, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JESSICA BIEL have gone from friendly exes to no longer speaking. That according to the new "In Touch Weekly", which is reporting Biel recently changed her number and cut him off completely!!!

A source close to Timberlake told the tab J.T. “wanted to stay friends, the way he is with his other exes,” but a friend of Biel’s says “she cut him off because he (was) making her look clingy, needy and pathetic for putting up with (his cheating.)

Meanwhile ... this week’s "National Enquirer" has Jessica trying to get all smoove up on “The Hangover” star and RENE ZELLWEGGER ex BRADLEY COOPER. The Enquirer claims Biel has “had a crush” on Bradley since they worked together on The A-Team.

She supposedly invited him to go on a hike with her, and Bradley said they would “when they can work out a time.” I wonder how that’ll go over with Jennifer Aniston, who is reportedly trying to get her some Coop action herself. I'm hoping for a CAT FIGHT!!! At the very least, a Dance-Off.

3.) We could've easily filed this under "Could Be True But Proabably Crap" as it comes via the rarely-if-ever reliable MediaTakeOut website, but in the event there could be something to this we'll keep as a Romance Report: RIHANNA and KIM KARDASHIAN'S ex, REGGIE BUSH, were set up on a date by their PR teams. No word on how things went other than there was "definitely physical attraction."

PAULA AND SIMON - REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD: PAULA ABDUL has officially joined "The X Factor", reuniting her with her former "Idol" co-worker, SIMON COWELL.

Paula sat at the judges' table, alongside Simon, Cheryl Cole and Antonio "L.A." Reid, yesterday for the show's first taping. She told reporters of reuniting with Cowell, "It will have been three years since we sat next to each other. It's awkward and wonderful at the same time." For me too, Paula. For me too.


UPDATE - VIDEO SHOWS GUNS *WERE* DRAWN ON HINES WARD: Video of Pittsburgh Steeler HINES WARD and his female friend being rolled up by the cops last week has hit the Internet. And it shows guns *were* drawn on him, as several witnesses reported last week.

The video is from surveillance cameras at the gas station where police forced the two out of the car because the car had been reported stolen. The car actually belonged to the woman who was driving it. She reported it stolen earlier in the night, then forgot to cancel the report.

Meanwhile ... the paparazzi caught up with Hines and his "Dancing With the Stars" partner KYM JOHNSON over the weekend. He told them his first thought was that he was on "Punk'd".

CELEBRITY COURT: LINDSAY LOHAN showed up at the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles over the weekend for her first day of community service (shown here arriving) ...

According to TMZ, she showed up Friday and left after less than three hours there. (--Lindsay was ordered to do 360 hours helping homeless and economically depressed women at the center for violating her probation. She'll spend the other 120 hours doing janitorial work at the county morgue.)

CELEBRITY SMACKDOWN UPDATE - PARIS APOLOGIZES: PARIS HILTON has apologized to LINDSAY LOHAN after she zinged her on her upcoming reality show. Paris apologized via TMZ ...

"I apologize to Lindsay for the comment that I made. I was joking around, but it was thoughtless and unnecessary." She added, "I am reaching out to Lindsay (through TMZ) so I can tell her myself."

QUOTE/UNQUOTE: I'm teaching them the word 'rehab' so they always know where their mom is." -- CHARLIE SHEEN to TMZ when asked what he and his twin boys did over the Mother's Day weekend.

SNAPSHOT: RUSSELL BRAND parading around in his chones on the set of his new movie. I'm sure it was essential to the plot ...

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