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'Live!' host Michael Strahan ends five-year engagement

Michael Strahan and his fiancee, Nicole Murphy, have called off their five-year engagement. 

The "Live! With Kelly and Michael" host and former football star released a statement on the matter through his rep Friday.

"They love each other very much, but with the distance and work schedule it has been hard to maintain the relationship," his rep said in a statement to The Times.

The former New York Giants defensive end began dating Murphy in 2007.

Strahan, 42, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, proposed to her in 2009.

It would have been the third marriage for Strahan and the second for Murphy.

The part-time "Good Morning America" co-host was previously wed to Wanda Hutchins, with whom he has two children, but they divorced in 1996. He then married Jean Muggli in 1999, but they divorced in 2006 following accusations that the NFL vet had beaten her, cheated on her and ignored their two children. Strahan spoke out and denied those allegations in 2012 after...

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Avril Lavigne shows off 17-carat diamond anniversary ring

Diamonds really are a girl's best friend. Just ask Avril Lavigne, who now has another new rock. 

After celebrating her first anniversary with husband Chad Kroeger this week, the Canadian rocker took to Twitter to offer a glimpse of her sparkly sparkler.

"I still can't believe my 1 year anniversary gift," the "Hello Kitty" singer wrote Thursday in a tweet that’s since been removed. "17 carat emerald cut. Wow. I love my hubby." The message was accompanied by a snuggly photo of the pair.

Plus, ring.

Lavigne’s anniversary ring actually contains more carats than her engagement ring. That’s not to say her engagement ring lacks oomph: It’s a 14-carat diamond.

Lavigne, 29, and Kroeger, 39, got engaged in August 2013 after four weeks of dating. The couple tied the knot in a gothic-themed ceremony a month later at an estate in the South of France.

"When you’ve got that ring on your finger that you get to look at every single day, and you get to call that other person husband or wife, it’s a...

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Madonna lobs shirtless pics in celebs' Israel-Gaza opinion campaign

Madonna is the latest celebrity to weigh in on the Israel-Gaza conflict, adding herself to the growing pile of famous people who haven't been doing that very well since the fighting started weeks ago.

The Material Girl posted a shot of herself on Thursday with two shirtless backup dancers, one of whom had a Star of David on his six-pack while the other's abs were emblazed with the star-and-crescent symbol of Islam.

"No Separation! We all bleed the same color! #ceasefire #peaceinthemiddleeast #livingforlove," she captioned the Instagram photo

On Friday morning, with a 72-hour ceasefire making headlines, she posted a picture of the two symbol-laden men holding hands and, using the Arabic word for "God willing" and the Hebrew phrase that means "Thank God," wrote, "Cease Fire ! Inshallah!!! Baruch Hashem!! Praise the Lord! #ceasefireforever #peaceinthemiddleeast #livingforlove."

Of course, that ceasefire lasted less than two hours . Meanwhile, the often-angry comments about her photos...

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Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult reportedly split again

Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult are reportedly exes again and not the kind that you'll find in their sci-fi movies.

The "X-Men: Days of Future Past" costars have reportedly called it quits for a second time, according to a Friday report from E! News.

Fanboys rejoice: JLaw's apparently back on the market.

Sources told the site that the breakup "was very amicable" but the pair had a hard time making the relationship work because of their busy -- and "successful" -- schedules. (Self-promotion is never too far off in these kinds of things.)

"The Hunger Games" star and the British actor are said to have "spent a lot of time apart" due to their work, which strained the romance. However, the site also linked the 24-year-old actor to "Twilight" alum Kristen Stewart, whom he had dinner with in Tokyo this week and is costarring with in the sci-fi flick "Equals." (Oh, the crossover scandal!)

A rep for Lawrence declined to comment, and a rep for Hoult did not immediately respond to The Times'...

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Pregnant Christina Aguilera poses naked and doesn't bore us

The naked and pregnant celebrity glamour shot has been more than overdone, but there's something about Christina Aguilera's revealing pics for V Magazine that catches the eye.

Perhaps it's the artsy nature of the images, one of which includes Matthew Rutler, her fiance and father of the baby on board, and another, shown in the video above, that's an arched-back variation on the run-of-the-mill naked pregnant side view. 

Or maybe it's just that Xtina in general looks really, really smokin'.

"As a woman, I'm proud to embrace my body through all stages of life, staying fearless and confident in surrendering to the unknowns the future has in store," the four-time coach of "The Voice" told the magazine (via E! News).

Aguilera's second pregnancy -- she has a 6-year-old son with ex-husband Jordan Bratman -- went public in March, a few months after she was praised for flaunting a slimmed-down figure in the October 2013 issue of Maxim. The couple is expecting a daughter.

She and Rutler got...

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Zac Efron, Michelle Rodriguez suck face on an Ibiza dance floor

Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez appear to be more than a one-and-done in the make-out department: They were caught on video Thursday night making out in a nightclub off the east coast of Spain.

The two were sucking face -- seriously, this was no demure peck -- on a dance floor in Ibiza, reported TMZ, which posted the stealth video shot from somewhere above the crush of bodies.

Now, Rodriguez was also photographed the previous day hanging out on a yacht with Justin Bieber, so we hope Efron doesn't get all weird like Orlando Bloom did earlier this week.

Efron and Rodriguez, whose last public fling was with Victoria's Secret model Cara Delevigne, had been spotted smooching early in July on a boat off the coast of Italy's Sardinia. That daytime action, however, was nowhere near as face-sucky as the twosome's dance-floor moves.

Speaking of moves on the dance floor: When he and Rodriguez weren't locking lips, the "Lucky One" star was showing off some essence-of-Bollywood technique, throwing...

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Adrienne Bailon's Rob Kardashian remarks have Kim's, Khloe's claws out

Adrienne Bailon has found herself smack dab in the middle of a cranky Kardashian sandwich.

Kardashian kat-fight alert!

The former Cheetah Girl, who dated reality star Rob Kardashian for a couple of years and was featured on eight episodes of his family's reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" during their romance, opened up to Latina magazine about the aftermath of that relationship and her former beau's infidelity.

"To be stuck with that Kardashian label, that was so hurtful to me and to my career," the 30-year-old actress-singer said in the interview published online Tuesday. "I probably realized that too late -- not that it would've affected my decisions in terms of who I dated, but it would've affected my decision to appear on the show.

"At the time, I didn't think anyone would even care. To this day, people will still say, 'You ruined Rob's life!' and I'll think, Damn, I was still playing with Barbie dolls when I met him."

Regarding that part about ruining the youngest...

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Keith Urban 'horrified' by Boston woes; rape suspect pleads not guilty

Keith Urban spoke out regarding events at his recent Boston concert on Thursday, the same day an 18-year-old Boston man was charged with raping a 17-year-old at that Saturday show. 

"My team and I were horrified to learn of the events reported in Boston this past weekend and our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected," the country star and "American Idol" judge said in a statement on his website. "This type of behavior stands in stark contrast to the spirit of our shows."

Sean Murphy, who was arrested Saturday night at the Xfinity Center, pleaded not guilty Thursday to raping the teen on the lawn at the outdoor venue. He told police that the encounter, which was photographed and videotaped by several onlookers, was consensual, the Attleboro (Mass.) Sun-Chronicle reported.

Police said the two teens hadn't met before the concert and had both been drinking. A woman ultimately pulled Murphy off the girl after the 17-year-old told her she was not consenting to what was going on.


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Pregnant Kelly Rowland accidentally reveals she's having a boy

You can't tell Kelly Rowland anything!

The pregnant Destiny's Child alum accidentally unveiled her unborn baby's gender during a recent interview with Fox 411. Spoiler alert: It's a boy!

Rowland, 33, who's expecting her first child with her new husband, manager Tim Witherspoon, made the gender reveal while promoting Caress, the skin-care line for which she's a spokeswoman.

"We're very excited," the singer told Fox411. "So far, everything has been good. I just feel like the baby is already rotten -- like, literally, my Caress family has gotten him all of his little bathing stuff, his toys -- it's just so cool."

Did you catch that him and those hises? Well, she did too, albeit belatedly.

"It, it's, aw, ... it! It's a boy. It's a boy!" she said after sighing heavily and laughing.

Fox411 said she then turned to her rep and asked to make an emergency call to Witherspoon to notify him that she had "spilled the beans." 

"I'm sorry, baby," she said to her belly, laughing. "But, yes, it's very...

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Vin Diesel sings Sam Smith; 'Stay With Me' singer says he loves it

Vin Diesel has proved he can sing a song by Sam Smith — and Sam Smith thinks Vin Diesel was pretty flippin' awesome when he was singing it.

While Diesel was doing publicity for "Guardians of the Galaxy," British radio station Capital FM presented him with Smith's "Stay With Me" lyrics and a backing track for the tune and set him loose. The "Fast & Furious" star gamely gave it a whirl, aiming for the high notes and everything.

"I don't know how I did that," Diesel said as his impromptu performance ended to a round of applause from the folks in the room.

Maybe he did it the same way he sang "Stay" by Rihanna last year as a Valentine's Day video gift to Paloma Jimenez, his girlfriend and the mother of his two children. Perhaps that home video in which he danced along to Katy Perry and Beyonce songs gave him lasting confidence?

At any rate, Smith really was a fan of the action star's efforts.

"First of all I thought it was going to be good, but when I heard it, it's the most hilarious...

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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt exchanged love letters while filming abroad

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's love story keeps getting better.

The "Maleficent" star revealed in an interview with Australia's TV Week that she and her fiancé — the father of their sizable brood — kept their romance alive while they were working on opposite sides of the world by exchanging handwritten love letters.

A love note from Brad Pitt!? We'll take it!

The mother of six said that while she was in Australia directing "Unbroken," her World War II Louis Zamperini biopic, and while Pitt was filming his Nazi period drama "Fury" in England, the pair decided to take a page out of their scripts and keep in touch the old-fashioned way.

"He was supportive from a distance, and it was quite romantic in a way," the 39-year-old said.

"We decided to be of that time, when we could imagine he was in the European theater and I was in the Pacific theater, and we wrote handwritten letters to each other that were very connecting for us, thinking of the people that were separated for months, if not...

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Dad Brian Williams cheekily shares Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' news

Brian Williams totally went into proud-dad mode as he announced his daughter Allison Williams' casting in NBC's live musical production of "Peter Pan."

The typically serious anchor (and sometime rapper) got cheeky Wednesday night on "NBC Nightly News" as he shared the news item in his normal tone, then added a tidbit of embarrassing insider information to acknowledge that he was indeed reporting on his own kid.

After introducing the "Girls" star, recapping the network's success with last year's "Sound of Music" remake and announcing that Christopher Walken had taken on the role of Captain Hook, the journalist shared this little nugget about his little girl:

"Family members confirm she's been rehearsing for this role since the age of 3 and they look forward to seeing her fly," he said as a photo of his young daughter wearing a Peter Pan costume appeared on the screen.


The 26-year-old is also a classically trained singer -- something not necessarily evident in her Marnie...

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