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Video: Hollyweird: Britney's tales from rehab

updated 3/14/2007 2:57:38 AM ET 2007-03-14T06:57:38

Simon Cowell has no sympathy for Britney Spears.

The “American Idol” judge says that the singer’s recent meltdown and rehab stint are “fashionable” and an “indulgence.”

“It’s very fashionable to be in rehab,” Cowell told the London Mirror, directing his comments at British pop star Robbie Williams as well as Spears. “This whole thing is a total indulgence. Britney and Robbie need to get a grip. We’ve allowed these people to feel sorry for themselves. I don’t know what’s going on in Britney’s head but my attitude is I couldn’t care less. She should go back and live with her mum for six months.”

The caustic TV judge says Spears should be forced to spend time with people who have real problems. “I went to a deprived part of the world recently and saw a set of conditions that people live in that are beyond belief,” noted Cowell. “So when I hear about the Robbies and the Britneys going into rehab I think, ‘I’ll tell you what rehab is. Go to where I just went, where people really are suffering and then you’ll see just how good your life is.’”

Religion holiday goes Hollywood!
Madonna caused a flap by dressing as a flapper for a Purim party at the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles. Her hubby, director Guy Ritchie, was dressed as a New York City cop.

“Purim is a religious holiday that celebrates the thwarting of an ancient plot to kill the Jews in Persia,” says a source, who points out that at last year’s Kabbalah Purim party, Madonna dressed as French maid. “I guess in some circles, it’s now a costume party.”

Notes from all over
Belinda Carlisle
has left her wild Go Gos years behind her. “I don’t smoke any more, I don’t drink any more and I don’t do drugs any more,” the former girl-bander told the Sydney Morning Herald. “I am very much into my Buddhism.” ... Kate Moss and her boyfriend Pete Doherty were booted from the U.K.’s NME awards for behavior that has been described as “too amorous” and for allegedly trying to steal a spoon.  ... Helen Mirren relied on more than acting skills to perfect the queen’s posture: she got padding on her posterior. And so did Penelope Cruz in “Volver.” “I was talking to Helen and she said she had to have a false backside fitted to do ‘The Queen,’” Cruz said while discussing the fake bottom she wore because it was decided she needed more curves. “Americans are really surprised to hear that an actress would accept being seen with a big backside.”

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