It can’t be easy seeing her handsome ex-husband Brad Pitt and his stunning companion Angelina Jolie on the cover of virtually every magazine. But now, after showing off her new hot bod while on vacation in Hawaii, Jennifer Aniston is making headlines of her own. “The reaction from people seeing her in that itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny bikini did more for Jen's self-image and self-confidence than all her years of therapy put together,” a friend of Jen recently told OK! magazine.
“She didn't realize the impact it had until she was back in Los Angeles after the trip. Everywhere she went, everyone she spoke to (told her) what an absolute knockout she is and what great shape she's in. For a 38-year-old woman who has just come out of a relationship and hasn't been in front of the cameras in two years — it had her walking on air.”
And Jen has a new home to go with her new attitude, reports OK! It’s the house she purchased for $15 million last year, which was to be the new love nest with her then-boyfriend of the moment, Vince Vaughn. Just like the other massive changes in her life, Jen had the 9,000-square-foot, mid-century architectural masterpiece gutted for a complete renovation. Though she’s now moving in to the home alone, Jen’s pal told OK! that “she’s viewing it as a symbol of her independence.”
Living well is, after all, the best revenge.
Heath Ledger, back on the horse
Well, it didn’t take Heath Ledger long to rejoin the dating game. It’s only been a month since Heath split up with his “Brokeback Mountain” costar Michelle Williams. But Us Weekly reports the actor made some very public moves on supermodel Helena Christensen. Recently spotted in a New York City restaurant, the kissing couple seemed more interested in PDA than anything on the menu.
From the restaurant, Heath and Helena continued their demonstrative date at the movie premiere for “Eastern Promises” (starring another ex-Ledger lover, Naomi Watts). “They started holding hands. And as the night wore on, they get cozier,” a spy told the magazine. “(Helena) was following him around — a total cougar.”
For those keeping track, Heath, at 28, is just another in a long line of younger men for the 38-year-old model. Actor Josh Hartnett, 29, and model Jamie Burke, 21, have both enjoyed her company in the past.
Dish on the fly
Michael Jackson’s kids wigged out while attending a performance of “The Lion King.” Page Six reports that a ghostly-pale Jacko and his brood seemed more costumed than the cast when they stopped backstage for a group photo, wearing wacky outfits and wigs under their baseball caps. … Paris Hilton popped up in a place you’d least expect her, reports People — a bookstore. Spotted in a Los Angeles Barnes & Noble, least-likely-to-be-literary Paris stocked up on a stack of reading material from the religious and self-help aisle. … If recent baby gift purchases are any indication, Christina Aguilera is about to bring a son into the world, reports OK! According to a magazine source, close friends of the pregnant singer were shopping for gifts that are, “all boy-themed, all blue."
Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines & Helen A.S. Popkin.