By Emma Peele

Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera

Rubbing her the wrong way

Now that Singer Christina Aguilera is a STAH, she's getting the evil eyeball from various jealous ninnies. The 5-foot-2, 18-year-old burning up the charts with her hit single "Genie in a Bottle" was home-schooled. So she lept at the chance to attend her boyfriend's high school prom in Pittsburgh in May. But when she showed up, she got killer stares from the other chicks, who paid her the ultimate insult: When the DJ put on "Genie,'' the clique left the dance floor "en masse,'' she tells People magazine. "It was kind of sad,'' she said. "All I want to do is be normal. But really, it's other people who won't let me be that way.'' A word of advice: You're gonna be richer than all of them put together -- get over it!

Then there's the time she went to a high school prom with TWO dates. "I called my friend Marcy and said, "Let's just have fun with this. Set me up with a really cute blind date,'' she says in Entertainment Weekly. "But then a friend of mine was hurt because he wanted to go with me, so I ended up with two dates.'' Which --again --pissed off the girls: Aguilera said she ended up talking to mostly guys at the dance in her hometown of Wexford, Pa. "Only two girls came up to talk to me. Later, I found out they were telling their boyfriends, "If you talk to her, I'll kill you.''



Chris Rock

Heck, lighten up!

Host Chris Rock AIN'T apologizing for his ribald comments about singer-actress Jennifer Lopez's ample butt at the "MTV Video Awards." Rock rocked the crowd with vicious slings at Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin, etc. About Lopez, he said: "She came here with two limos: one for her and one for her butt.'' That's a knee-slapper, if ever we heard one. But Rock caught flak.

He told reporters in Los Angeles: "I wasn't anti-Lopez. I was pro-ass..., Only white people think asses are bad. They were cheering up in Harlem." Maybe, but 'N Sync was, sniff, hurt by Rock's zings. "The best revenge for us is to do a parody of (Rock) in a video," Johnny Wright, the band's manager, told Entertainment Weekly. "The new video is probably going to have a (Rock) look-alike in it. Payback's a bitch."



Eminem

My name is...Mommy Dearest

Goodness, rapper Eminem's own mama is slapping him with a lawsuit over the horrible stories he told anybody who would listen about his horrible, horrible childhood. Debbie Mathers-Briggs says her 26-year-old enfant terrible implied she was an unstable, skanky lawsuit-happy druggie who moved around aimlessly during the rapper's formative years. She wants $10 million from the little punk. Eminem --whom she named Marshall Bruce Mathers III obviously just to embarrass him --blabbed to Rolling Stone, Rap Pages, The Source and "The Howard Stern Show," to name a few.



Cindy Crawford

A real cutup

You'd think that with guys these days making a major stink and demanding their foreskins back, new mama Cindy Crawford might've made the politically correct choice and let the lil tyke keep his. But she had to take him to the wee-wee cutter. Cowardly Cindy confesses she had to close her eyes at the bris ceremony for her boy, Presley.

"I'd never been to one before and I'd probably have chosen not to (circumcise)," notes the model. "But [Jewish husband] Rande [Gerber] was understanding about my wanting a home birth, and, it's like, you have to compromise." By the by, the 3-month-old IS called Elvis. "Even (by) my doorman," she says. It's the price he'll have to pay." Don't worry: He'll sue when he grows up.


Odds and ends...

- Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst is no-commenting queries about a possible engagement to Carmen Elektra, Minute Rice bride of Dennis Rodman...

- Couple Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon are proud parents of a baby daughter, born 7 pounds Sept. 9, one day before Phillippe turned 25, the couple's publicist, Cindy Guagenti, said. Phillippe and the 23-year-old Witherspoon were married in June...

- Rumors that the voluptuous Jennifer Love Hewitt has split with boyfriend of 18 months Carson Daly are true, People reports. He was not worthy...

- Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland was slapped with nearly a year in jail for violating probation a third time in a heroin case. Weiland, 31, has been jailed since Aug. 13 after admitting the violation. In court, Friday, reps of two drug rehab groups begged the judge to NOT give Weiland jail time. But the judge said Weiland is "killing himself'' and he "has to be punished. And he will continue to be treated.'' ...


Andre Agassi

-Tennis, anyone? No? How about love all? Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi were spotted kissing and mauling each other while shopping a' deux at the Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. Steffi has even moved into Agassi's Las Vegas home, the German publication Bild reports...

And that's what's passing for pop culture these days!

Ciao!


09/07/99