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By SHARON FINK, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 22, 2003

CELEBRITY BODY ENHANCEMENT ROUNDUP: Watching hefty Ruben Studdard sweat like a broken fire hydrant during the American Idol finale must have been a body-altering experience for judge Randy Jackson. Jackson, hefty himself, had gastric bypass surgery last week to help him lose weight, TV's Inside Edition reports. Jackson wouldn't confirm the surgery, but he did tell the E! network that he was taking steps to improve his health and weight. "I want to resume my Speedo modeling career," he said.

As much as Jennifer Lopez loves her posterior, she doesn't love it to the exclusion of the rest of her body. In the original posters for the upcoming Gigli, she didn't like the way she looked, so she ordered her rear end downsized, the New York Post says. There is also debate on whether she had her chest upsized. When asked for comment by the newspaper, a Lopez spokeswoman opted for deadpan humor: "I'm absolutely shocked. Who would ever think this could possibly happen in Hollywood?"

Fifteen-year-old Hilary Duff is feeling obligated to refute stories that she has had her chest upsized. Some people who examined The Lizzie McGuire Movie poster a little too closely for a little too long started the speculation. "Maybe it was the angle of the camera or something like that," Duff said in an IMDB.com report.

PRINCESS DIANA ROUNDUP: James Hewitt, Diana's snakey former lover, says he would abandon his attempt to sell her love letters for up to $16-million if Prince Charles would just ask for them. Reasonably. Preferably during tea at one of Charles' homes. To no one's surprise, "no one has made any attempt to show me such consideration," Hewitt tells Britain's Sky News.

Kevin Costner, out and about promoting his new movie, Open Range, continues to stick by his story that Diana was considering starring with him in a remake of The Bodyguard. "I told her I would make it so she wouldn't be exposed to anything bad. I was going to take care of her," he tells FoxNews.com. Charles and Hewitt probably told her the same thing.

CELEBRITY COUPLES ROUNDUP: To get back to Gigli (and all future Jennifer Lopez- Ben Affleck films) for a minute, Brad Pitt says that he'll never play opposite wife Jennifer Aniston because celebrity couples make awful movies together. "You look at the couples who make a film together and it always comes out c--. There's too much baggage," he tells London's Sunday Times Culture magazine.

Austin Powers' Mini-Me has a megafiance. Verne Troyer, 2 feet 8, says he will marry Genevieve Gallen, a 6-foot-2 yoga instructor in November. Don't let this completely renew your faith in love, though. Gallen dumped Troyer for a 6-foot male stripper earlier this year, Sky News says. No details on what brought them back together. As proof that all is well now, paparazzi caught Troyer and Gallen kissing outside a Los Angeles bar recently. She was sitting on the pavement; he was standing up.

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