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We had no idea Kenny had been jonesing for her

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BRIDGET JONES FINALLY has tied the knot. Renee Zellweger, who played the lovelorn Brit in “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” was married Monday to country music star Kenny Chesney.

The small ceremony took place on the Caribbean island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands in front of close friends and family. It is the first marriage for both.

Chesney, 37, grew up in east Tennessee and now lives on St. John. Zellweger, who turned 36 two weeks ago, is from Katy, Texas.

The couple met at the Concert of Hope tsunami relief benefit Jan. 15, where Chesney was singing and Zellweger was answering telephones, the syndicated television news magazine “The Insider” reported.

According to Country Weekly magazine, Chesney has called Zellweger his favorite actress and was inspired to write his 1999 hit “You Had Me From Hello” after seeing her in “Jerry Maguire.”

There’s a country song in there somewhere

A former boyfriend of country singer Mindy McCready has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly breaking into her home and beating her up.

William McKnight also was charged with aggravated burglary in the incident early Sunday. McCready, who had a No. 1 hit in 1996 with “Guys Do It All the Time,” was treated at a hospital following the attack.

Last Friday, McCready, 28, was charged with drunken driving and driving with a suspended license after police stopped her for speeding. She refused to take a breath test and was released on bond.

She is on three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to fraudulently obtaining the painkiller OxyContin in February 2004.

Corey’s ready to come clean, er, dirty

Corey Clark‘s lawyer says the former “American Idol” contestant has “explicit” and “incriminating” evidence of his alleged affair with judge Paula Abdul.

Richard B. Jefferson said the 24-year-old singer hasn’t planned to reveal the evidence publicly “because of its explicit nature,” but will “fully cooperate with any governmental agency that launches an investigation stemming from his claims.”

More of a computerized micro-chimp

Pamela Anderson, star of the new Fox comedy “Stacked” and a vocal animal rights activist, insisted on a change in tonight’s episode in which a retired scientist (Christopher Lloyd) is plagued by nightmares about the apes he sent into space as part of a NASA program.

Although Anderson supports the negative portrayal of the tests, she still didn’t want real chimps on the show.

“We’ve replaced (the chimp) with a robot,” she says. “The scenes are much funnier with the robot anyway – it’s a very sci-fi vibe.”

Tara? Well, tomorrow is another day

Meanwhile, Anderson’s ex-husband, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, is reportedly dating perennial party girl Tara Reid.

Asked about it on “Extra,” where he was promoting his upcoming NBC reality show, “Tommy Goes to College,” Lee said: “I knew that was coming. Yes, she’s fun. I just met her.”

So are they a couple?

“Did I tell you the show airs Aug. 9?” he replied.

The birthday bunch

Comedian Mort Sahl is 78. Singer Eric Burdon (The Animals, War) is 64. Former MTV VJ Martha Quinn is 46. Actress Natasha Richardson is 42. Actor Coby Bell (“Third Watch”) is 30. Actor Jonathan Jackson (“Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” “Tuck Everlasting”) is 23.

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