Thursday gossip roundup: Amanda Bynes retires from acting to launch fashion line

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Amanda Bynes may be making headlines regularly for her troubles behind the wheel and her increasingly erratic behavior, but the actress herself is “doing amazing,” she tells People magazine during a phone call this week. “I am retired as an actor. I am moving to New York to launch my career. I am going to do a fashion line,” she says. “I am not talking about being arrested for DUI because I don’t drink, and I don’t drink and drive. It is all false.” But while the former Nickelodeon star herself may think everything’s fine, her nearest and dearest aren’t so confident. “People around Amanda are really concerned about her,” a source tells the magazine. “She tells people she doesn’t party or drink. She doesn’t realize she has a problem.”

After months of speculation, Shakira has confirmed that she’s pregnant. “As some of you may know, [boyfriend] Gerard [Pique] and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby,” the singer posted on her Web site. “At this time we have decided to give priority to this unique moment in our lives and postpone all the promotional activities planned over the next few days.” Shakira was scheduled to perform at the IheartRadioFestival this weekend in Las Vegas, but she’s cancelled the appearance.

Katie Holmes’ split from Tom Cruise has not been easy on her 6-year-old daughter, Suri, a friend of the actress tells Us Weekly. “She said the divorce has been hard on Suri and she’s acting out,” the source says, adding that Holmes is determined to not indulge the girl’s every wish just to appease her. “Katie says no to some things, but gives a little leeway. She knows Tom is going to spoil her.

Fourteen years after revelations of her affair with Bill Clinton rocked the White House, Monica Lewinsky is reportedly telling all with the publication of her love letters to the then-president, according to Page Six. The former White House intern was paid $12 million for the letters, sources say. “In them, she opened her heart about her love for Bill and how much happier she could make him,” a source says. “Some of what she wrote was so raw that she never sent them.” So why is Lewinsky breaking her silence now? “No one will hire her and she can’t get a job,” a source says. “She needs to make money somehow.”

Dax Shepard admits his wild past was a bit much for fiancée Kristen Bell when they first met. “All the things I’d done were terrifying to her, and she had a hard time believing I would ever be able to stay married and monogamous and a father and all those things. For the first year and a half we were together that was what we battled over almost weekly,” he tells Playboy magazine in a candid interview. “I just loved to get f—ed-up — drinking, cocaine, opiates, marijuana, diet pills, pain pills, everything. Mostly my love was Jack Daniel’s and cocaine. I lived for going down the rabbit hole of meeting weird people. Of course, come Monday I would be tallying up all the different situations, and each one was progressively more dangerous. I got lucky in that I didn’t go to jail.”



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