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July 16, 2011 at 3:52 AM

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JENNIFER LOPEZ: Singers Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, who married seven years ago in Beverly Hills, Calif., announced Friday they have split up.

They are the parents of 3-year-old twins Max and Emme.

"We have decided to end our marriage," the former couple told People exclusively in a joint statement. "This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time."

No reason was given for the breakup.


DOUG HUTCHISON: Los Angeles actor Doug Hutchison, 51, who married a 16-year-old girl in May, said he and his young bride originally met online and he did not know her age.

Hutchison, best known for his role as a prison guard in "The Green Mile," said he originally met Courtney Stodden, who is from Washington state, when she sent him an e-mail about acting workshops, ABC News reported Friday.

"She sent me an e-mail. And our exchange, at first, was just really about business," Hutchison said.

He said Stodden began flirting with him in their e-mail exchanges and he soon learned the woman who he believed to be well into her 20s due to her mature appearance was only 16.

Hutchison said he contacted Stodden's parents, Krista and Alex Stodden, when it appeared their correspondence was turning serious.

"I said, Krista, I don't know if you know this or not, but your daughter and I are falling in love. ... If you and (Alex) have any misgivings whatsoever about this ... I will respect you, and Courtney will respect you. And we will step back," Hutchison said.

Hutchison said it was Krista Stodden's idea for the pair to get married.

The couple said they are considering a reality show deal and Hutchison is working on a series of children's books based on the life of his Chihuahua.


NICK LACHEY: U.S. television personalities Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey were married Friday in an island ceremony they said was a surprise even to their 35 guests.

The celebrity couples' representatives confirmed some details of the surprise destination wedding to People.com, but did not give away its exact location.

"Nobody knew where they were going," Minnillo told the celebrity news Web site.

"Our wedding invitations were in the form of a plane ticket. We told them they were going away and the attire was 'island chic.' It was all very vague," Lachey said.

Minnillo is the new host of "Wipeout."

Lachey, who is also a singer, is the emcee for "The Sing-Off."

People.com said the couple's vow-exchange was taped as the special "Nick & Vanessa's Dream Wedding," which is to air July 30 on TLC.

Lachey and his ex-wife Jessica Simpson starred together in "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica," a reality show that ran from 2003 to 2005.


LADY GAGA: The YouTube channel of U.S. pop star Lady Gaga was briefly suspended after Japan's Media Interactive Inc. complained of copyright infringement.

RIA Novosti said the Google-owned channel was shut down Thursday while the issue was addressed but has since been restored.

Media Interactive's complaint pertained to an uploaded video that featured a medley of Lady Gaga's songs, RIA Novosti said.

"About 48 hours of video are being uploaded every second. No team of moderators, even the biggest, can control such an amount of information. That is why YouTube asks users to report video violating the principles of the community," a Google spokesman told the news agency.

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