No more Christian Jess

Jessica Simpson has shied away from her strict Christian upbringing, admitting that she rarely reads the bibles or goes to church anymore. The Dukes of Hazzard star grew up in a Southern Baptist church as her father, Joe was a minister. Her singing career was launched on the Christian music circuit and she famously waited until marriage before losing her virginity to husband Nick Lachey. But now she admits that her Hollywood lifestyle has little in common with her former religious life. She says, “Me and my family got out of that and came to LA. To see all forms of meditation and prayer made me less judgemental.” Meanwhile, Jess?s husband Nick has been insulted in the worst way by his father-in-law Joe. The former Baptist minister was in Miami at a nightclub performance of his younger daughter Ashlee Simpson?s on-off boyfriend Ryan Cabrera. He introduced the singer by saying: “If I only had a son, this would be it.” Ooh ouch Nick.

Victoria does read stuff
Victoria Beckham has cleared up that rumour about her never having read a book. She told the London Mirror: “It was an interview I did for a Spanish magazine and what I said was that I never seem to finish books. I always start them, get distracted, and never seem to get the time to finish. I’m sure all mothers with three boys know what I mean.”

Shortbites
Beyonc? Knowles turned 24 over the weekend and celebrated with a million dollar gift from her boyfriend. Jay-z present his girl with a AUD$2.8 million dollar diamond and ruby ring as well as a matching $700,000 watch. The pair were celebrating her birthday at a private party in America? Cameron Diaz has said that she doesn?t care what the tabloids say about her and boyfriend Justin Timberlake, because they know the truth of their relationship. She told a reporter: “It’s funny. We get these things every few days where one magazine is saying we’re breaking up and the other magazine is saying that we’re moving in together? Then another magazine says we’re getting married next weekend. But we know what the truth is. It doesn’t hurt us.” Guess things are rosy in the Diaz-Timberlake camp.