updated 06/27/2006 AT 2:35 PM ET
•originally published 07/03/2006 AT 6:00 AM ET
Newlywed Christina Aguilera says recording her new double-CD Back to Basics (due Aug. 15) was like “having twins.” So we had to ask: Are there any plans for kids in her and music-producer husband Jordan Bratman’s future? “Maybe after the next couple of years we’ll start venturing into the mind frame of starting our family,” she told us at Entertainment Weekly’s Must List party at New York City’s Buddha Bar. “But I have goals and a set game plan for myself. I have to get through delivering these two babies first.” And how does she feel about Bratman after seven months of marriage? Call it freshman-year bliss: “He’s my best friend, my backbone and my support system,” says Aguilera.
“It’s kind of gross, actually, it’s going so well,” Rosario Dawson reports about her romance with beau Jason Lewis. The couple recently teamed up for the Reebok Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game in Dallas, where Lewis hit the field and Dawson was a bat girl. “You’d actually make a great Batgirl,” joked the comic-book-loving actor during the event. Though there are no wedding bells in their immediate future, the lovey-dovey duo live together near Malibu with their two Rhodesian ridgeback dogs, Bequ and Knuckles. “It’s real serious,” says Lewis about their relationship. Adds Dawson: “Love requires lots of work and we both are putting in the time.”
Scent of a Man
Unlike many 45 year olds, Antonio Banderas has no interest in being 20 again. “I didn’t know what I was doing with my life then,” the actor told us at a launch party for his new fragrance, Antonio, at New York City club Plumm. “Now I am happy with my wife and everything that came with her, and everything we’ve done together.” Banderas and spouse Melanie Griffith, who celebrated their 10-year anniversary in May, will spend the summer at their home in Mélaga, Spain. So what scent does Griffith like best on her man? “To me, he smells like love,” she says. “He’s got his own scent without any of these (colognes).”
By SARYN CHORNEY, LESLEY MESSER and DONNIE SNOW