Scoop! ‘I really respect’ strippers, Linds says 

And to think you were worried that Lindsay Lohan doesn’t have enough positive influences in her life. The actress has found some new role models — strippers.

After training to play a pole dancer in the upcoming "I Know Who Killed Me," LiLo got a grueling workout that gave her newfound respect for women who get their salary tucked into their G-strings. The New York Post reports that in her latest colorful e-mail to friends, Lindsay marvels, "Three hours of pole dancing and bruised. Everywhere. I mean we’re talkin’ like, upper and inner thigh action-bruised. … I didn’t know it was actually possible to have bruises in such areas of the body."

Though La Linds refers to strippers with some denigrating (and unprintable) names, she declares that "I really respect [them] now … I’m not gonna lie to ya." Lindsay’s rep confirmed to the Post that the actress "now realizes that the job isn’t easy. We should give these women credit."

Mel’s Love Child?

Just as embattled Mel Gibson was restoring his Hollywood standing, thanks to the box office success of "Apocalypto," comes a new accusation to tarnish the religious family man’s rep. A woman claims she’s Mel’s illegitimate daughter — and is filing a paternity suit to prove it.

"I’m not doing it for his money. I just want to meet the man I’ve always known was my dad — and for him to get to know his grandson," Australian Carmel Adams, 29, toldthe U.K.’s News of the World. "We have no choice but to go legal so that we can get to the bottom of this once and for all. A simple DNA test will sort it out."

Carmel’s mom, Marilyn, met her alleged baby-daddy when the Oscar-winning director and actor was an unknown factory worker in Australia. Then a "slim, young woman in tight-fitting jeans," Marilyn recalls, she was hitchhiking when Mel, then 20, picked her up and sweet-talked her into a romantic encounter in the back of his station wagon. "I told him, ‘If anything happens and I get pregnant, I’m going to come looking for you.’ He replied, ‘I’m going to be famous — you’ll always know where to find me.’" Whoa, it’s like they were both psychic!

Papers will be served this week, and Mel could be required to have a DNA test. Stay tuned.

Beyoncé’s Blues

Beyoncé Knowles’ life may appear perfect, but she has struggled with insecurity just like everyone else. The "Dreamgirls" star admits she suffered from depression in 2000, after splitting with two Destiny’s Child bandmates as well as a long-term boyfriend.

"I didn’t eat. I stayed in my room," Beyoncé confided in Parade magazine. "I was in a really bad place in life, going through that lonely period: ‘Who am I? Who are my friends?’ My life changed."

Her mother’s support helped get Beyoncé’s ego back on track. Even now, though, the singer says she’s nowhere near as "flirtatious and super-confident and fearless" as her onstage persona, whom she has dubbed Sasha. "I wouldn’t like Sasha if I met her offstage. … [She’s] too aggressive, too strong, too sassy, too sexy. I’m not like her in real life at all. ... I created my stage persona to protect myself so that when I go home I don’t have to think about what it is I do."

For the grounded diva, happiness is more important than fame: "I think I am past needing celebrity. I don’t want to feel the void I see in alot of celebrities — the unhappiness underneath the smile. Don’t you think it’s scary that you rarely meet celebrities who are normal?"

Indeed. And what could be more normal than creating an alter ego with a different name?

Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer who has a celebrity astrology blog at www.celebastroblogy.com.

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