Katy Perry and Robert Ackroyd canoodle at Coachella 

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Who was the cutie canoodling with Katy Perry at Coachella? (Try saying that 10 times fast.) The presently purple-haired pop star was loving up on Robert Ackroyd, the guitarist for critically lauded Brit band Florence and the Machine, this past weekend at the California music festival. While watching her pal Rihanna’s performance, they kissed, hugged, and swayed to the rhythm together.

The “I Kissed a Girl” singer is reportedly already using the B-word, as in “boyfriend.”

“Backstage at the Artist Lounge at Coachella last weekend, Katy kept saying her boyfriend was the guitar player for Florence and the Machine,” a source told Life & Style. “She and a bunch of friends were supposed to go see Dr. Dre together, but Katy said she was waiting to watch her boyfriend perform!”

Since splitting with husband Russell Brand, Katy has been linked by the press with French model Baptiste Giabiconi, but this is the first time we’ve actually seen her indulge in PDA with a new dude. So maybe the whole model thing was just to make Russell jealous?

Camera Unready

Demi Lovato is opening up about her struggles with an eating disorder and drug and alcohol use. The singer-actress is more than a year out of rehab but recognizes that she still needs time to focus on herself before getting back to work.

“I need to be secure in my body before I go back in front of the camera,” the former “Sonny With a Chance” star tells the U.K. magazine Fabulous.

Adds Demi, “Anyone in recovery from an eating disorder would find that triggering, and I’m not ready.”

She also admits that fame played a part in enabling some of her bad behaviors.

“Promoters gave me drugs and alcohol in restaurants or clubs,” Demi recalls. “They wanted me to come back so I would be seen there. They were basically kissing my a--. I thought they were my friends. I thought I was having fun.”

“Being a celebrity can be dangerous. Nobody says ‘no,’” reflects the former Disney cutie. “That’s why so many end up overdosing and dying. It could definitely have happened to me.”

This has been a public service announcement from Demi Lovato. Child stars of the world, consider yourselves warned.

On Again?

Soon after breaking off her engagement to actor Jamie Belman, model Petra Nemcova was sighted getting cozy with her ex Sean Penn.

The pair were briefly linked in 2008, in the aftermath of the Oscar winner’s split with wife Robin Wright. But they appeared to be rekindling their romance over dinner on April 15, Page Six reports.

“Petra was all over him like crazy. She was rubbing his shoulders and rubbing his leg. She was hanging all over him,” an observer recalled.

“Sean looked like he was playing it cool,” noted the gawker. “But they did leave the restaurant together.”

Unsurprisingly, neither camp could be reached for comment. But they did leave the restaurant together.

 

Quick Takes

  • Sinead O’Connor canceled her tour due to her bipolar disorder and a recent “very serious breakdown.”
  • Josh Hutcherson told Us he named his dog Driver after Ryan Gosling’s “Drive” character.
  • Michelle Williams caressed Jason Segel’s hair at a Tribeca Film Festival after-party.
  • Justin Bieber canoodled with girlfriend Selena Gomez on his “Boyfriend” video set.
  • Friends threw Drew Barrymore and fiancé Will Kopelman a coed wedding/baby shower Saturday evening.

 

Happy Birthday  

  • Actress Emily Bergl (“Desperate Housewives”) is 37.
  • Actress Renée Zellweger is 43.
  • Actor Jason Lee is 47.
  • Actor Hank Azaria is 48.
  • Actress Talia Shire is 66.
  • Actor Al Pacino is 72.
  • Director Paul Mazursky is 82.

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