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True love... at least until Easter

THE Ecclestone beat: Tamara has announced her engagement to a stockbroker she met just a month ago, Jay Rutland.

Tamara told Hello! mag it's the real thing: "Our engagement has been very sudden and I get that there are people who won't understand that and will read things into it. [But] When you know, you know... I'd heard people say that before and I'd never really understood it... But when I met Jay, I just knew this was the man I was going to marry."

Meanwhile the last man she knew she was going to marry, Derek Rose, was found guilty Monday of trying to extort $32,000 from her by threatening to tell the media her "intimate secrets."

No date was set for a wedding with Rutland. He proposed while they were having a holiday in Dubai.

I'll give them 'til Easter before they break up.

She's 28. He's 31. Rose is 33.


Trouble with the curves

"NEVER can battle of man compare," Rudyard Kipling wrote, "with merciless feminine fray." And he didn't even know any Sports Illustrated swimsuit models.

Us Weekly says all the others are now on the outs with Kate Upton, who scored the cover for the second year in a row.

The others all "hate her," Don't Usemyname tells the mag. Not only is she the curviest of the bunch -- or so I am told -- and not only are they "jealous" about the cover, but "Kate's also been a bitch to them in the past."

At some party in Las Vegas, the mag says, the other girls all chatted together but Kate sat off by herself, alone.

She's 20.


Do you take this boy...

NICK Carter, the last unmarried Backstreet Boy, has proposed to his girlfriend Lauren Kitt. She has accepted. No wedding date yet.

He's 33 and let's face it, that's pretty old to be in a boy band. The Backstreet Boys debuted in the early '90s; isn't it time they retired? Can you keep calling yourself a "boy" at 33? But these guys are still actually making records. I guarantee they won't age as well as the Rolling Stones. Lauren is 29.


Clearly not an Oscars Guy

SETH MacFarlane said on Twitter that there's "no way" he'll host another Oscars show, thereby echoing the hopes of everyone who watched that brain-dead "We Saw Your Boobs" number, and the rest of his night's work.

The early consensus candidate for next year is obviously Tina Fey, with or without Amy Poehler, after they aced the Golden Globes.

So what about it, the Huffington Post asked Tina.

"I just feel like that gig is so hard," she answered. "Especially for, like, a woman -- the amount of months that would be spent trying on dresses alone ..." There's not even one chance in a million, she said.

Translation: make me a nice fat offer.


Food fight

WAITROSE, the British supermarket chain, has hired a new writer for their magazine: Pippa Middleton, sister of Duchess Kate.

Her column, Pippa's Friday Night Feasts, will provide "casual dining ideas and recipes" the company says.

There is, alas, resentment. The appointment is "off-key for a brand priding itself on authenticity -- and a real kick in the teeth for food writers," tweeted Guy Woodward, a food writer, specifically the editor of Food and Travel Magazine.

Pippa's 29.


On the QT in Qatar

JANET Jackson secretly married the astoundingly rich Wissam Al Mana last year, the two announced the other day. They've been a couple for a while, and in December there began to be rumours about a lavish wedding being planned for Doha, Qatar.

"The rumours regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true," the couple now say in a statement. "Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony."

He's managing director of Al Mana Retail, which handles lots of designer brands in rich little Qatar.

She's 46, she's 37.


Not exactly hot news

CHRISTINA Applegate, of Married... with Children, quietly married Martyn LeNoble, a founder of the band Porno for Pyros, last Saturday.

This was not exactly a surprise: they've been together for four years and their daughter Sadie is 2.

Applegate is 41. LeNoble is 43.


The joys of motherhood

FORMER starlet Mischa Barton, pretty much a has-been at 27, is fighting a demand that she pay $95,000 to something called Doctors' Choice Nursing. She was supposed to pay in 2011, for services delivered in 2009, but didn't. Now Doctors' Choice is seeking a court order. That sound she hears is a jail door creaking open.

Doctors Choice provided "sober coaches" keeping Mischa on the straight and narrow for some CW show she was doing then. Her defence: her mom hired the company; get her to pay.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 3, 2013 ??65524

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