EXPECTING Guess? who’s pregnant? German Ubermodel Claudia Schiffer, 31, and her film-producer hubby of two months, Matthew Vaughn (Snatch), 31, are expecting their first child early next year.
BIRTHS On July 28, actress Lela Rochon (Waiting to Exhale), 38, and director hubby Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), 36, welcomed their first child, 6-pound girl Asia Rochon Fuqua. He has a son, Zachary, 12, from a previous relationship.
ENGAGED Ex-Ally McBeal hunk Taye Diggs, 30, and singer-actress Idina Menzel (Kissing Jessica Stein), 30, will tie the knot, says his spokeswoman, who didn’t give a date. It will be the first marriage for both.
SPLITS It’s official: J. Lo is going solo. On July 25, Jennifer Lopez, 32, filed for divorce from dancer Cris Judd, 32. Her spokesman says the split is ”extremely amicable.” The singer- actress and Judd married last September and separated in June; Lopez and model Ojani Noa were divorced in 1998. In recent weeks, she reportedly has been dating Ben Affleck, 29, her costar in the upcoming Gigli and Jersey Girl.
DEPARTURES On July 28, Thomas Middelhoff, 49, abruptly resigned as chairman and CEO of media giant Bertelsmann AG. An Internet-savvy wheeler-dealer, Middelhoff steered the company away from its conservative roots (even snapping up the controversial music-swapping website Napster) and ran afoul of its supervisory board. The German conglom, which owns U.S. music label BMG and publisher Random House, named Gunter Thielen, 59, as his replacement. The move comes in a season of shake-ups at major media firms: Embattled Vivendi Universal honcho Jean-Marie Messier, 45, stepped aside July 1, while Bob Pittman, 48, the COO of EW parent AOL Time Warner, resigned July 18.
CONTROVERSY !Ay caramba! On July 28 in Mexico City, fans booed Britney Spears, 20, after the pop star abruptly ended the final concert of her world tour after only four songs. ”I love you. Bye,” she said before leaving the rain-soaked outdoor stage. In a July 30 statement, Spears said Mexicans are among the ”best audiences” and blamed the weather for her exit: ”The storm and lightning showed no signs of clearing up.” Fans will be reimbursed for their tickets. A few days earlier, Spears flipped the bird at aggressive Mexican paparazzi. (She later noted: ”I’m human too. I get mad like everyone else.”)… An autopsy released July 25 revealed that Who bassist John Entwistle, 57, suffered a drug-related heart attack June 27 in Las Vegas on the eve of the band’s summer tour. ”He died as a result of his heart condition,” says the Clark County, Nev., coroner. ”A significant amount of cocaine…complicated that.”
COURTS On July 24, Rev. Al Sharpton, 47, sued HBO for $1 billion, alleging that July 23’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel defamed him by airing a 19-year-old FBI video in which the politician appears to discuss a drug deal. The would-be presidential candidate, who has never faced drug charges as a result of that video, says that the tape is misleading and that no deal ever took place. HBO called the suit ”silly.”… On July 25, Gary Binkow, 40, who is exec-producing Johnny Depp’s upcoming Neverland, sued Ozzy Osbourne, 53, and his wife, Sharon, 49. Seeking unspecified damages, Binkow alleges he helped conceive a docudrama about their family four years ago but was cut out of the deal with MTV that resulted in the net’s top-rated series. Reps for the Osbournes didn’t return calls…. Party on, Barbie! On July 24, a federal appellate judge in San Francisco upheld a lower court’s 1998 ruling that MCA artists Aqua’s 1997 hit ”Barbie Song” (in which the doll is referred to as a ”blonde bimbo”) is protected speech under the First Amendment — not a trademark violation, as Mattel had argued. The judge also threw out a countersuit in which MCA accused Mattel of defamation. Said the judge, ”The parties are advised to chill.”