Tiger, Paul McCartney and Diddy: Celeb Tabloid Roundup


With all the political scandals of the past week, it’s almost as if we’ve forgotten that celebrities do ridiculous things as well. It may not be ridiculous (just expensive), but the Post reminds us of celeb wealth with its front-page story on golfer Tiger Woods’s purchase of a $65 million manse in the Hamptons. The seaside estate boasts 6 bedrooms in the 13,200-square-foot main estate and 3 in the 7,500-square-foot guest house. Other amenities include a tennis court, pool/spa and 420 feet of oceanfront. Why this is front-page news, I have no idea, but it’s fun to sneak a peek into the lifestyles of the wealthy.

One person whose wealth took a hit yesterday is ex-Beatle Paul McCartney. His ex-wife Heather Mills was awarded $48.6 million in their divorce settlement, which, according to the Post is the seventh-largest in divorce history. (And still, it’s not enough to buy Tiger’s Hamptons home.) This story has been a long, drawn-out affair, and the tabs have had all kinds of fun with it. The Post wins in the headline game, declaring, “PAUL PAYS AN ARM & LEG” (Get it? Mills only has one leg!), but both tabs include a picture of a crazed-looking Mills outside the courthouse. The News includes the clever caption, “Heather Mills tries not to let $48.6 million go to her head.”

Finally, we have Sean “Diddy/Puffy/P.Diddy” Combs’ denial that he had anything to do with a 1994 attack on rival rapper Tupac Shakur. The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that two of Combs’ pals planned the attack, which almost killed the rapper (Shakur died in 1996 in another shooting) and helped fuel the east coast-west coast hip-hop feud in the 1990s. The Post took this opportunity to publish a picture of Shakur and one of Puffy looking absolutely clueless with the headline, “‘DIDDY THUGS DID IT’.” They sure love the term “thugs.” It’s a tabloid headline classic.