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This news story was published on December 30, 2011.
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Los Angeles Times

From the Los Angeles Times’ Ministry of Gossip blog:

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ZOE SALDANA, BRADLEY COOPER REPORTEDLY DATING — HEAR THE SIZZLE?

Zoe Saldana? Hottie. Bradley Cooper? Hottie. And if the two are dating, as was reported Wednesday, that’s going to be one hot gene pool for us celebrity voyeurs to wade in.

Over the summer, Saldana worked with Cooper, this year’s People Sexiest Man Alive, on “The Words,” a big-screen thriller expected to open next year.

Last month, the “Avatar” actress and Keith Britton, her entrepreneur beau of 11 years, announced they’d broken off their engagement. Cooper and Rene Zellweger split up in March after less than two years together; there was a gossipy stir in September when he and Jennifer Lopez had dinner together, reportedly to discuss a project.

Cooper and Saldana are “totally dating,” an unnamed source told E! News exclusively, earning our love immediately with the passionate use of “totally.” According to E!, the two were telling friends they intended to go skiing together in the Rockies over the holidays.

Saldana’s rep could not be reached for comment.

—Christie D’Zurilla

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RACHEL UCHITEL IS PREGNANT, EXPECTING BABY WITH HUBBY MATT HAHN

Rachel Uchitel, the woman who helped send Tiger Woods into that tree during Thanksgiving week 2009 (and eventually over an emotional, marital and professional cliff) is pregnant — and sharing her baby-bump joy via Twitter.

Uchitel and new husband Matt Hahn posted pictures on her Twitter account late Tuesday, with the captions “Expecting big things for 2012… Five down, Four months to go…” and, with the photo above, “@MattyHahn checking out my baby bump at 5 months.”

Uchitel, 36, and Hahn, 26, got married quietly in October, a month that if we count backward is, well, less than five months ago. Hmm.

Well, never mind the math, unless you want to add up some dollars. The “Celebrity Rehab 4” alum has reportedly registered for some pricey baby gifts, including cashmere bedding and a $1,000 stroller. Though the couple did not reveal the baby’s sex, the nature of the registry reveals Uchitel has a girly bun in the oven, according to the Daily Mail.

Uchitel is currently studying for her private investigator’s license, according to CNN, and working on cases while she’s in school. “I do that three to four days a week and I love it,” she told Celebrity Cafe. “It’s so much fun! It gives me a purpose, you know.

“It gives me something to wake up and do every day and be really happy about.”

Come April, she should have a little lady to be happy about as well.

—Christie D’Zurilla

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SINEAD O’CONNOR EXPLAINS ‘WILD RIDE’ THAT SCARED 4TH HUSBAND AWAY

Sinead O’Connor has revealed a bit more about the wild Las Vegas drug hunt that contributed to the end of her 16-day marriage to substance-abuse counselor Barry Herridge.

The Irish singer on Monday announced the end of the relationship in a blog post that referred to “a wild ride” she took her husband on just hours after their marriage to find weed “for me wedding night as I don’t drink.” O’Connor explained, “My husband was enormously wounded and very badly effected by that experience.”

So what exactly happened there?

O’Connor elaborated to the British tabloid the Sun: “We ended up in a cab in some place that was quite dangerous…. I wasn’t scared — but he’s a drugs counselor. What was I thinking?”

What was she thinking indeed. But the story got even better.

“Then I was handed a load of crack,” O’Connor said. “Barry was very frightened — that kind of messed everything up a bit really.”

Loads of crack on one’s wedding night generally tends to complicate matters for anyone. Who can blame Herridge — who makes his living back in Dublin telling others to steer away from drugs — from wanting to run in the other direction?

O’Connor explained her feelings about the relationship in even more dramatic terms: “It felt like I was living in a coffin. It was going to be a coffin for both of us and I saw him crushed.”

But don’t worry: This whole episode has not gone without its lessons learned. O’Connor says she’s not planning to get married ever again. She’s not even planning to date anymore.

But will she ever announce a public search for sex on her blog again? Anything’s possible.

—Patrick Kevin Day

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