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January 5, 2006

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Lohan admits drug use, battle against bulimia

New York - Lindsay Lohan, who was hospitalized in Miami this week for an asthma attack, tells Vanity Fair in an interview that she has dabbled in drugs and battled bulimia.

The 19-year-old actress-pop singer says that following the success of 2004's "Mean Girls, she dabbled in drugs "a little," but quickly adds, "I've gotten that out of my system." The issue hits newsstands Tuesday.

When asked if her drug use included cocaine, Lohan denies it, saying, "I don't want people to think that I've done ... you know what I mean?"

She does, though, more openly discuss last year's drastic weight loss. Lohan acknowledges that she was suffering from bulimia: "I was making myself sick."

Lohan says that before hosting NBC's "Saturday Night Live," Tina Fey and "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels sat her down.

"They said, 'You need to take care of yourself. We care about you too much, and we've seen too many people do this, and you're talented,' and I just started bawling," Lohan says. "I knew I had a problem and I couldn't admit it."

Lohan says she's doing much better: "You have to learn for yourself and you have to hit rock bottom sometimes to get yourself back to the top."

Sheen, Richards continue with filing of divorce

Los Angeles - Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards, who seemed to have reconciled, have filed legal papers asking a private arbitrator to handle their divorce.

Attorneys for the couple filed legal papers Wednesday asking a private judge to handle their divorce, Sheen's publicist said.

"They asked the court to go to a private arbitrator. They want to keep it private," publicist Stan Rosenfield said. He wouldn't comment further.

Richards' publicist, Cheryl Maisel, also confirmed the filing but refused to elaborate.

The papers, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, requested that the case be taken out of court and assigned to retired commissioner Jill S. Robbins.

Richards filed for divorce in March after three years of marriage. The relationship appeared to dissolve in the public eye just months before the 34-year-old actress gave birth to the couple's second child, Lola. They also have an older daughter, Sam.

Months later, Sheen and Richards seemed to have reconciled. In November, the 40-year-old actor flashed his wedding ring on CBS' "Late Late Show," telling host Craig Ferguson "things are really good."

Queen Latifah first hip-hop artist to get Walk of Fame star

Los Angeles - Queen Latifah has become the first hip-hop artist crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"I think the reason I am here is to inspire African-American women who are rappers, full-figured women to know that they can do it, too," Latifah, 35, said Wednesday at the unveiling of the sidewalk's 2,298th star.

Family and friends, including actor Terrence Howard, cheered for Latifah, also an actress, singer, spokeswoman and producer.

"Who would have known that in the '70s, when a pink 8-pound baby girl was born, this is where she would be today. She came out screaming, 'Look out world, here I come,"' her mother, Rita Owens, said.

Born Dana Owens, Queen Latifah made her debut in 1989 with the seminal hip-hop album "All Hail the Queen." Her third album, "Black Reign," earned her a Grammy award in 1994. Her leap to television in 1993 with the sitcom "Living Single" widened her appeal.

It was the New Jersey native's stint as soulful prison matron Mama Morton in 2002's "Chicago" that earned her a supporting actress Oscar nomination and brought her singing acclaim.

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