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Sideshow: Clarkson pummeled for love of Paul

Kelly Clarkson on Thursday was hit with a tsunami of abusive tweets after she endorsed U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas for the Republican presidential nomination.

Kelly Clarkson on Thursday was hit with a tsunami of abusive tweets after she endorsed U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas for the Republican presidential nomination.

"I love Ron Paul," she wrote on WhoSay.

"I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination . . . he's got my vote. Too bad he probably won't." Some Clarkson fans tweeted that Paul has been accused of holding racist and homophobic views. (He has denied the allegations.)

Clarkson, who voted for Barack Obama in '08, later wrote that she was shocked by some of the tweets. "I am really sorry if I have offended anyone," she wrote. "I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women's rights, men's rights, white/black/purple/orange rights." She added, "I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government. . . . That is all."

The Steven Tyler saga: Engagement ring!

Guess we really have to believe that twice-divorced American Idol judge Steven Tyler, 63, plans to have another go-around at the altar. Us Weekly has (third-party) confirmation that the Aerosmith frontman proposed to Erin Brady armed with a five-karat rock designed by celeb jeweler Loree Rodkin. The jeweler tells the mag Tyler bought the ring for that dread purpose.

Wynonna Judd is to wed Cactus Moser

Guess getting engaged is the hip thing to do this season. Wynonna Judd, 47, is the latest celeb to take the plunge. People mag says the two-time divorcee became engaged to musician Cactus Moser last weekend. The couple, who began dating two years ago, are currently touring under the name Wynonna and the Big Noise.

Kourtney and Kim's nanny peddles book

Can't get good help these days! TMZ says nanny and fledgling author Pam Behan is shopping around a memoir that promises to reveal "intimate details" about the children she helped rear, the Kardashian Ks - Kim, Khloé, and Kourtney. Behan apparently found Bruce and Kris Jenner's brood quite unpleasant, including Bruce's sons Brody and Brandon from his previous marriage to Linda Thompson. The boys, Behan says, were "extremely spoiled and disrespectful." What about the girls? Behan doesn't spill much; guess you'll have to buy the book.

Beyoncé baby ready for delivery?

Is Beyoncé "moments away from giving birth to her first child," as London's Daily Mail puts it? Celeb site cites anonymous nurses who say St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital in New York City has been put on "high alert" to prepare for a superspecial mega-VIP who is checking in to give birth.

What's more, B's mum, Tina, 57, sister Solange, 25, and nephew Juelz  have converged in New York. B and hub Jay-Z kept the pregnancy secret until August, when the singer-actor was totally showing. Other reports claimed B already had gone into labor.

Sinéad O'Connor: Drugs, depression

Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor has said that she dissolved her marriage to therapist Barry Herridge in two weeks because she didn't want to expose the "nice" guy to her messy life. On Thursday she elaborated: She suffers from depression and abuses serious drugs.

The "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer said things got bad on the couple's wedding night, when she took Barry along to troll for drugs.

"We ended up in a cab in some place that was quite dangerous," the singer tells Britain's The Sun. "I wasn't scared - but [Barry's] a drugs counselor. What was I thinking? Then I was handed a load of crack. Barry was very frightened - that kind of messed everything up a bit really."

She says she decided it would be unfair to expose Barry to her less than happy life.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Debra Messing, 43, is a-rebounding already. Mess announced Dec. 20 that she was leaving her hub of 10 years, Daniel Zelman, and was dating her Smash costar Will Chase, 41, Anonymous Show Insiders tell People. . . .

Dolly Parton adores her Botox

"I joke that if I see something sagging, dragging or bagging, I'll have it nipped and tucked. People say I look so happy and I say, 'Well, that's Botox!' " So says country legend Dolly Parton, 65, in a chat with Parton makes no bones about her positive feelings for plastic surgery and other methods of corporal enhancement. Dolly says she's "definitely no diva" and vows to continue warbling on: "I'll just be the very best at the age I am, whatever those numbers are."

Elle Fanning digs Ryan Gosling!

Elle Fanning, all 13 years of her, is "freaking out" over Ryan Gosling, the 31-year-old  The Ides of March star who has such captivating eyes.

Elle  confesses her Ryan crush in terms full of innocence and charm. (And bad grammar.)

"Me and my friends saw Crazy, Stupid, Love, and we were freaking out. Everyone falls in love with him after that," Elle tells Teen Vogue.      

How long before we hear (rumors) that Elle and Ryan have eloped and are having quintuplets?

Russell Simmons blooms in St. Bart's

London's Daily Mail has posted photos of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, 54, having a romantic Caribbean getaway in St. Bart's with the lovely Aussie actor Melissa George, 35, the valiant hero who slew many a vampire in 30 Days of Night. What really sells the pics is the tabloid's poetry: "They laughed and joked their way past fellow beach-goers," the Mail writes of the couple, "and at one point George was seen tenderly kissing her new love's shoulder."

The couple were first spotted together in July, just a few weeks after Melissa's marriage to Claudio Dabed collapsed.