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Sambora blasts rumors he cheated on Locklear

Richie Sambora is speaking out — and the rocker is blasting rumors that he cheated on wife Heather Locklear.

“I remained faithful during my marriage,” Sambora tells the upcoming issue of Us magazine. “And I defy anyone to refute that.”

Sambora — who is rumored to have dallied with Denise Richards, the estranged wife of Charlie Sheen as well as his wife’s ex-best friend — is clearly miffed about all the headlines surrounding the modern-day Peyton Place drama. “I will do anything to enable all of us to move past all of this,” the Bon Jovi guitarist told Us. “I pride myself on my privacy, and I will continue to value that.”

“He can’t believe he’s accused of wrongdoing, since Heather ended the marriage, tried to break their ironclad prenup and has now started dating David Spade,” an “insider” told the mag, adding that Richards “would love to spend [some] time” with Sambora and is “thinking” about joining him on the European leg of Bon Jovi’s Have a Nice Day tour. “Richie feels he’s entitled to date, too, and he’s developed strong feelings for Denise.”

Daddy woesKelly Rowland is coming clean about her troubled childhood and abusive father — and she is blasting those rumors that Matthew Knowles, the father of her dear friend and former bandmate Beyoncé Knowles, is her biological dad.

“My parents’ situation was so terrible … I don’t know where I would be if my real father was still in my life,” Rowland tells the summer issue of Vibe Vixen. “He hasn’t tried to find me and I have not tried to find him.” Rowland went to live with the Knowles family when she was eleven, but called rumors that Mr. Knowles is her real father, “a lie from the pit of hell.”

Rowland, however, says she’s somewhat mortified by her own failed trip to the altar. Her wedding to football star Roy Williams was called off — even though she was featured at the time on the cover of a bridal magazine. “I was so embarrassed,” she said. “I didn’t even want to go out of the house.”

Notes from all overIs Jessica Simpson sending a sexy message to Nick Lachey? Simpson has been looking quite the sexpot lately, and a source says it’s to let her estranged hubby know she’s still hot. “Jess decided on a complete transformation as a way of fighting back,” a “family friend” told Life & Style Weekly. “She’s saying to Nick, ‘Here’s a whole new me — and don’t I look good!’ ” . . . A preview audience has seen a very early advance screening of “The Good Shepherd’ — the Robert DeNiro-directed spy drama starring Matt Damon — and while the reactions differ wildly, most everyone agrees that at over three hours, it’s too long.  . . . Sounds like rough sailing on the set of “Poseidon.” Kurt Russell accidentally bonked co-star Josh Lucas on the head with a flashlight so hard that he bled profusely — and Russell also suffered himself. “I got an old kind of H-influenza, and I got a throat infection that the doctor didn’t find the first time he looked for it so it just got worse and worse and worse, and then I really got sick,” he told DarkHorizons.com. “And, you know, because we just sort of kept going, and uh, I got pneumonia.”

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