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Kate Hudson is pregnant with rocker Matthew Bellamy's child

Kate Hudson and her boyfriend, Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy, have been dating for merely nine months. Now the word is that the couple is expecting their first child together.

Spears denies abuse report

Los Angeles -- A publicist for Britney Spears has denied reports claiming the U.S. pop star's boyfriend, Jason Trawick, physically abused her.

America's Star magazine reported Trawick hit the singer, and other outlets picked up the story. The Spears camp says it told the tabloid newspaper the report wasn't true but the magazine went ahead and published it.

"Suffice it to say, Jason Trawick has never laid a hand on Britney," the representative said in a statement issued to TMZ. "This is just another example of the irresponsible nature of the tabloid media relying on shoddy sources and false information for the sole purpose of selling magazines, without regard to the truth and without regard to who they hurt in the process."

Teacher accepts proposal at school

Frederick, Md. -- A Maryland man obtained special permission from his teacher girlfriend's school and PTA to stage an elaborate proposal at the school.

Jennifer Halterman, 28, who teaches third grade at Hillcrest Elementary in Frederick, said her boyfriend, Wesley Peters, 29, warned her to be on the lookout for graffiti on the school's sign when she arrived for work Thursday, The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday.

"Ms. Halterman will you marry me?" the altered sign read.

Halterman said she walked into the school to her classroom, where she discovered balloons and a dozen red roses. She said Peters then emerged from behind a closet door and popped the question.

"I said, 'Yes,'" Halterman said.

Woman tried to cut off man's tattoo

Lincoln, Neb. -- Police in Nebraska said a woman during an argument tried to cut off the tattoo of her name from her boyfriend's neck.

Lincoln Police Capt. Anthony Butler said the couple got into an altercation at about 6:40 p.m. Friday and the 19-year-old woman attempted to carve the tattoo from her 30-year-old boyfriend's neck, the Lincoln Journal Star reported Tuesday.

Investigators said the victim suffered minor injuries, mostly small scratches to his neck.

It was unclear whether charges were filed against the woman.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Jennifer Love Hewitt's beau no turkey

Los Angeles -- Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt's new boyfriend, Alex Beh, is already up for a starring role in family traditions as Thanksgiving approaches.

It seems Beh knows his way around the kitchen and has already qualified for the pending feast.

"I didn't know he made a great turkey until right now," Love Hewitt told People magazine at this week's Rock the Kasbah gala in Los Angeles. "We're learning every day."

The "Ghost Whisperer" star says Beh, who is also an actor, has proven himself to be an "old fashioned" gentleman.

And she should know if a man has the necessary skills -- culinary and otherwise -- to be boyfriend material. She released a book earlier this year on relationship advice called "The Day I Shot Cupid."

Dratch: John Wahl is my baby's father

New York -- U.S. actress Rachel Dratch says the father of her 2-month-old son is John Wahl, her boyfriend of more than a year.

Dratch, a former cast member of "Saturday Night Live," announced in August that she had given birth to a son named Eli Benjamin. However, she did not disclose his father's identity until this week.

The 44-year-old actress told she met Wahl last year at a bar and was surprised to discover after six months of dating she was pregnant. The couple now live together with their infant son in New York.

Hathaway's jewelry being sold

New York -- Jewelry and other gifts given to Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway by ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri are up for sale on, the Web site said.

A Tiffany clock, a Cartier figurine, earrings, watches, bracelets and necklaces were all confiscated or handed over when Follieri was arrested in 2008. The items are being sold online by Gaston & Sheehan auctioneers through Sept. 28 under the supervision of the U.S. Marshals Service, the New York Daily News reported.

Follieri agreed to a plea deal and is now serving a sentence of more than four years in prison for stealing investors' money in real-estate scams.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Aniston seeing a lot of Lohan's ex

Los Angeles -- U.S. actress Jennifer Aniston is seeing a lot of Lindsay Lohan's ex-boyfriend, brushing aside a 12-year age difference, a source tells People magazine.

"Harry (Morton) has been to Jen's Beverly Hills house and they have had several restaurant dates as well," the source told People. "Just like Jen, Harry is a dog lover and they both love the beach."

Morton, 29, is the Pink Taco restaurant chain founder and Hard Rock heir who dated Lohan for about three months in 2006.

The magazine said Aniston, 41, also was seen recently with "Cougar Town" actor Josh Hopkins, but friends are rooting for Morton, the source says.

Gaga, ex-beau reach settlement

Los Angeles, D.C. -- U.S. singer Lady Gaga has reached a deal with an ex-boyfriend and producer in a development suit, both say.

Former beau Rob Fusari claimed in a $30 million suit he helped develop the Gaga personality, The New York Post reported. He also claimed he invented her stage name -- her real name is Stefani Germanotta -- and a contract entitled him to 20 percent of her earnings.

The Post reported the lady and "Paparazzi" co-writer Fusari said in a joint statement they "have agreed to end their dispute amicably and wish each other well. There will be no further comment by either of them." Terms of the deal were not detailed.

Harris, Burtka expecting bundles of joy; twins due this fall

Actor Neil Patrick Harris and his boyfriend of six years, David Burtka have a lot to rejoice over!