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Comic caved onkaty’s divorce deal to keep his secrets secret


While the divorce agreement between Katy Perry and Russell Brand appeared to be quick and amicable, I hear there was a bit of tension until Brand gave in and agreed to everything Perry wanted.

The big deal: The singer gets to keep all of the estimated $44 million she made during the couple’s marriage — half of which Brand could have claimed under California’s community property laws.

Apparently, there was some bad Brand behavior— which I hear included both financial and personal issues — that he didn’t want to surface if there had been a protracted divorce battle.

In the end, that all went away as Perry signed the document with a big “happy face” after her name.

Separate from all this, but a factor in the couple’s problems, were Brand’s frequent less-thankind cracks about Perry’s parents and their deep evangelica­l Christian faith.

Though Naomiwatts grew up in Australia, she is a British native, and that may have played a part in the actress snaring the chance to portray Princess Diana in the last two years of her life. Originally, the buzz had California native Jessica Chastain as the leading contender for the Diana role in “Caught in Flight.”

Former broadcast teammates Mike North and Dan Jiggetts will reunite for a one-night only gig at Arlington Racetrack. The March 8 event will be available on pay-for-view (go to

for all the outlets) or may be seen in person at the racetrack.

There’s buzz that Lady Gaga may be opening the Grammys— could a payback to those recent Madonna disses be in the works?

Sunday’s ceremony has the potential to be far better than recent shows, with performanc­es scheduled by Paul Mccartney, Adele and Maroon 5; the return of Chris Brown; a Carrie Underwood-tony Bennett duet, and the long-awaited Beach Boys reunion of Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Brianwilso­n. There are rumors of Van Halen hitting the stage, and Bruce Springstee­n is slated to perform with his E Street Band.

Speaking of the Boss, he’s found a nice way to replace the late saxman Clarence Clemons, by including the Miami Horns— which included Clarence’s nephew, Jake Clemons— on his upcoming tour. Apparently, the reason supermodel Katemoss has been seldom seen in the U.S. lately stems from that 2005 incident where she was photograph­ed snorting what appeared to be cocaine. That combined with her long associatio­ns with well-known drug addicts led the U.S. immigratio­n authoritie­s to make it difficult for Moss to get a work permit.

She was here in 2009 as part of a big Vogue-sponsored New York event, but that reportedly required editor Annawintou­r to use her clout with the Obama adminstrat­ion to cut the red tape for Moss.

Though there are reports Justin Theroux wants to marry lady love Jennifer Aniston, I’m hearing the actress is happy to keep things just as they are— seeing she’s totally blissful in the relationsh­ip she’s carved out with her “Wanderlust” co-star.

Aniston also has once again attempted to bury that rumor— that neither she nor Brad Pitt seemingly can kill — about her still carrying a grudge against Angelina Jolie for stealing her man.

In Instyle, Aniston addresses the “most annoying misconcept­ion” the public has about her life. That is the alleged “triangle with my ex-husband— and that there’s a feud there. . . . It’s a story headline that won’t go away . . . a story that has nothing to do with reality.”

Ex-chicagoan Charlotte Beers, the brilliant advertisin­g world honcho, formerly CEO of Ogilvy & Mather and chairman of J. Walter Thompson— who also served as Under Secretary of State— has penned I’d Rather Be in Charge. It’s Beers’ memoir and guide to how she successful­ly smashed that proverbial “glass ceiling” for women in the workplace, leading the way for many others. While in town for Black History Month events, director Spike Lee was spied dining at Wave at the Wlake Shore. . . . Csomaestro Riccardomu­ti enjoyed a night off from conducting, hanging out at the rustic Italian eatery Tocco in Wicker Park— joined by the symphony’s Mead composers-inresidenc­e Mason Bates and Anna Clyne.

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