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NEWSMAKERS: Manson and McGowan: Splitsville!

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May 08, 2001 | 3:19am EDT

He might say that he is the Antichrist Superstar, but Marilyn Manson certainly is not immune to matters of the heart.

The shock rocker and his "Jawbreaker" actress gal pal Rose McGowan have broken off their engagement and called it quits, McGowan's publicist confirmed Thursday.

"There is great love, but our lifestyle difference is, unfortunately, even greater," McGowan said in a brief statement.

McGowan, 27, and Manson, 32, were engaged two years ago and were together for about a year before that.

COMING TOGETHER: In (reportedly) happier news: The New York Daily News is saying that Christy Turlington and director-actor Edward Burns are engaged. Its source? A "close" friend of Turlington, who told the tab that the model is wearing a big engagement ring.

We're waiting to hear from the actor's people regarding the scoop.

MEETING OF THE POP QUEENS: Call it bridging the generation gap. Britney Spears has confirmed to the Brazilian press in Rio de Janeiro -- where performed in the Rock in Rio music fest -- that her collaboration with pop queen Madonna is a definite go. The teen pop queen's record company also gave Reuters the news Friday.

"The duet with Madonna is going to happen," Spears told the local press. "Madonna is great. I grew up listening to her in my room.... I was really happy when she said she admired me."

And according to Spears, the only thing that's stopping the two from heading straight to the studio is their busy and conflicting schedules.

Yeah, we've heard that one before.

YOU GO, GIRL: Barbra Streisand means business when it comes to politics. According to Daily Variety columnist Army Archerd, Babs had apparently called 15 senators, urging them to reject the confirmation of Attorney General nominee John Ashcroft.

"We live in a great country," Streisand was quoted in saying. "We allow a woman the right of choice over her own body. We have some basic gun-control laws. We have affirmative action. We have laws that protect the environment. We have separation of church and state. We have laws that guarantee protection of civil rights and liberties. Why would we allow the chief law enforcement officer to be a person who doesn't believe in any of these laws?"

BYE, BYE, BYE: There will soon be much less glamour over at CNN. The news outfit will soon lose their fashion correspondent Elsa Klensch, who's been hosting the weekly staple "Style With Elsa Klensch" on the network for 20 years, The Associated Press reports.

Klensch has asked to be released from her contract so that she could spend more time with her family. Her contract is up Feb. 17.

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