05-06-2005: Barnstable Brown Gala

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When Nick Lachey and Rebecca Romijn saunter into the Barnstable Brown Gala next Friday, two people will be conspicuously absent -- their famous spouses. Make that ex-spouse in Romijn's case. The supermodel's divorce from actor John Stamos became official last month.

Don't get your hopes up, guys. BBG hostess Tricia Barnstable Brown says the former Sports Illustrated swimsuit diva will be accompanied by her new beau, actor Jerry O'Connell. Romijn is busy, too. She is currently filming "Man About Town" with Ben Affleck.

Bootlegged tickets to the most famous Derby party in the land: $1,800 a pair. Rubbing elbows with Usher, Kid Rock, Peyton Manning, Rebecca Romijn and Michael Jordan:
Priceless. Most guys would've saved the gesture for Romijn, the former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model who was seated just a few feet away.

She and her beau, actor Jerry O'Connell, were among the few celebs who stepped out into the balmy spring evening to visit with the hundreds of fans crowded behind the barricades that lined the front lawn of chez Brown, at 1700 Spring Drive. "I've never been to this part of the country," Romijn said. "I can't believe how nice everyone is."

Everybody loves Rebecca Romijn and her new man, actor Jerry O'Connell, even if they're not quite sure who he is. The pair turned heads at the Kentucky Derby last week when they arrived at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville.

"Rebecca Romijn! Rebecca Romijn!" a clutch of locals called out admiringly as the couple swept past. She flashed a warm smile over her shoulder. Then, after a brief discussion, the fans began yelling at Jerry, "John Stamos! John Stamos!"


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