CELEBRITY SPLITSVILLE; ASHLEE SIMPSON: The New York Times’ Page Six is reporting Pappa Joe Simpson tried to time the news of AHSLEE SIMPSON'S divorce from PETE WENTZ to coincide with LINDSAY LOHAN'S court appearance, hoping it’d get lost in the shuffle. Of course that didn’t happen because as their source put it, " Lindsay going to court is, these days, as much a surprise as the sun rising in the morning."

Meanwhile ... the Popeater website claims another man DID come between them; the aforementioned Pappa Joe!!!

 "Just like when Jessica split from Nick, Joe is doing nothing to encourage Ashlee to give the marriage another try," their insider is quoted as saying. "Joe likes being the only man in his daughters' lives and is happy that Ashlee has moved back into his home [in Encino, Calif.], just like Jessica did after she announced she was leaving Nick."

But Wait!!! There's More!!! ... US magazine's source claims Pete was the one tired with HER antics. Supposedly, Ashlee has taken to hanging out with a crew of pro skateboarders, and when Wentz was on tour he, "would constantly check in on Ashlee...to make sure she said she was where she said she was going to be. He felt like he couldn't trust her."

GAGA NONSENSE: 1.) LADY GAGA showed up on "Good Morning America" yesterday wearing ... wait for it ... "a latex condom-inspired outfit." She said it was to raise awareness for AIDS. And herself, no doubt. 

It looks more like a latex SALLY FIELD'S "Flying Nun" outfit to me. Google it, kids!

2.) Call it a gathering of the GaGa's. 121 of LADY GAGA'S "Little Monsters" got dolled up as Lady G in an effort to set a record for the most Gaga impersonators gathered in one place at the same time.

And since no one had thought of laying claim to something like that before, the Guiness World Record people have declared them the record holders. For now. I'm pretty sure a Fillipino prison is already working on breaking it.

RELATED: Watch a 10 year old's cover version of "Born This Way" that had Lady Gaga Tweeting, "[I] can't stop crying watching this. This is why I make music."

THE BRANGELINA BUDGET BATTLE: Leave it to "The National Enquirer" to reassure us mere mortals we're not the only ones having family arguments about money. According to the tab, BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIE have been at each others' throats about cash lately.

Since they've both been spending much of their time on humanitarian efforts, the paychecks have been less frequent of late. A source close to the couple tells the Enquirer Brad is,quote, "demanding that they scale back on travel, artwork, expensive wine and rein in their charitable donations."

Even though their combined net worth is an estimated $250 million, another source claims, “they’re spending more than they’re bringing in. When Brad warned Angie that they needed to cut costs, she called him selfish and petty." The couple is currently locked in an "uneasy truce."

I KNEW IT!!!: Remember when CHERYL BURKE was paired up with NFL stud CHAD OCHOCINCO last year? Well, it turns out our instincts were right ... Chad DID get all smoove up in dat!!!

Cheryl writes in her new book, "Dancing Lessons", "We didn't date. I wouldn't call that dating. We maybe had a little bit of a fling. I wouldn't take it to that word dating." As to why it didn't go any further, "He was never really available to me. I've had that pattern of dating unavailable men in my life and it was hard to resist."


CELEBRITY INK: VANESSA HUDGENS got a new tattoo this week ...

Former DESTINY'S CHILD minx KELLY ROWLAND got some new ink to mark her 30th birthday, which was last Friday ...

BABY NEWS: ROD STEWART welcomed his eighth child into the world Wednesday when his third wife gave birth to their second son. The new little Stewart - whom they named Aiden - weighed in at seven pounds, 12 ounces.