Jessica Simpson pulled out of a cover story for the September issue of Vanity Fair magazine because she refused to discuss her painful breakup with Nick Lachey. Editor Graydon Carter had made the topic a requirement for the story, to be illustrated with a glamorous cover-shoot by top photographer Mario Testino, according to one insider. A rep for the magazine declined to comment. But while Jessica is taking the high road on talking about her relationship, her ex came out this week with a painfully honest interview given to Rolling Stone magazine and reprinted in Us Weekly. “It breaks my heart that I couldn’t make Jessica happy. … I wanted to be everything to my wife,” he said. “I’d marry her all over again. Because I still love her. It would be a lot easier to walk away if I didn’t.
” Their MTV show, “Newlyweds,” didn’t always help. “Jessica and I began playing these parts [of ditsy wife and good-guy husband] even when we were by ourselves. … I don’t know if we would have worked if we’d been soybean farmers in Iowa,” he said. “I don’t know if there were other men … But if she did cheat, it was the result of something bigger, not the reason we didn’t work.
” In virgin territory And so to the premiere of “Elizabeth I”, a kind of period English “40 Year Old Virgin” prequel. We asked Helen Mirren, who plays the woman known to history as the Virgin Queen: What do you think of adult virginity? “I assume you mean penetrative?
” she queried, while making a most un-royal gesture with her fist. Your majesty, we’re blushing. Yes, penetrative. “It’s never been confirmed that Elizabeth was a virgin,” Mirren said solemnly. “It’s like the Virgin Mary – it’s about branding, a logo. To use a modern term, Elizabeth was actually a bit of a slut.
” Ho-kay, moving on! Cute little Hugh Dancy came down the red carpet and seemed to want to talk about how much he doesn’t like Matthew McConaughey. This being a muckraking column, we went with it. “I love heroes like Humphrey Bogart. Suave, classical men. I hate romantic comedies,” he said. “If I’m flipping through TV stations and a Matthew McConaughey film comes on, I’ll change it after three minutes.
” What, you’ve you got something against naked bongo players? “He is representative of all modern-day romances. He’s too glib, it’s too easy. There’s not enough passion.
” Well, his girlfriend did used to date Tom Cruise. I’m just saying. The family parlor The family that acts together tats together. Brooklynite Heath Ledger got a little work done on Sunday. He was spotted getting his forearm inked at the Saved Tattoo parlor in Williamsburg. With baby Matilda in tow, Ledger, fiancée Michelle Williams and his sister “watched and pondered some designs for themselves,” says a snitch.
“Heath’s sister was looking through the art book for tattoo ideas.
” The tattoo appeared to be a kind of tribal design, adds the source. I hope all Australians don’t have to get one of those! NEW YORK MINUTE Admit it: Deep down, you already knew that Lindsay Lohan would be a Liza fan. “I was in Berlin, and there was a Liza Minnelli show that was going on,” she told The News’ Jeffrey Slonim at Conde Nast Traveler mag’s Hot List party. “I am a big fan of hers, I didn’t make it, [but] I got to see her going into the show.
” Lindz with a Z (as the young starlet is known to be called) also said that at the recent Kids’ Choice awards, a young fan proudly showed her that she had artwork from her album “Speak” tattooed on her arm. Ewww! … Kid Rock at Carnegie Hall? The Detroit rocker will make his debut on those hallowed boards May 8, when the New York Pops honor his mentor, Ahmet Ertegun. Remember Kid: Practice, practice, practice. … Iman (r.), Star Jones and Harry Belafonte were among those at Diahann Carroll’s opening night at Feinstein’s at the Regency on Tuesday. Carroll told the story that Andrew Lloyd Webber had initially opposed her Canadian run in his hit “Sunset Boulevard.
” “He said to the producers, ‘I don’t think there were any black stars in the ’30s.
‘ I said, ‘You don’t understand. There was no Norma Desmond, either.
‘” DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER Which very young Hollywood superstar makes her posse leave their cell phones by the door of her NYC hotel room so the tabloids can’t get camera-phone pics of her doing coke?
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