Jolie doesn’t control Pitt, her brother says 

Observers of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have speculated that the famously take-charge actress has her baby-daddy on a short leash. But the Oscar winner’s brother insists that’s "rubbish."

"They make all their decisions together," James Haven reportedly told the European mag Grazia. "It’s rubbish that she tries to control him. They have a balanced relationship; they each do their stuff. I’ve never seen moments where one is nagging or controlling the other."

That said, James concedes that type-A Angie does take a leadership role in her relationship, adding, "All great leaders are controlling."

But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t lean on Brad for support as well. "Brad has changed my sister a lot," James says. "They have an extraordinary bond, but not on the usual level. Brad is so strong for her; when she feels vulnerable, he has the most incredible strength. She says she couldn’t have adopted more children after Maddox without him."

Guess Brangelina has James’ blessing.

Tori’s ‘Taser’ Labor

New mom Tori Spelling says giving birth "felt like I was being Tasered!" The actress, who delivered her son, Liam, on March 13, reveals to Us magazine in a new interview that her water broke two weeks early and doctors induced labor — which ultimately took a grueling 17 hours.

"As foolish as this sounds now, I wanted to feel how bad it would hurt," the "Inn Love" star admits. "But I think I let the pain go on a little too long before I got the epidural."

When Tori’s doctor — who also delivered Angelina Jolie’s daughter Shiloh in Namibia last year — alerted her that she needed a Caesarean section, the actress says she rationalized to herself, "‘If Angelina let him do a C-section in Africa, I am OK.’ I felt comforted by that."

Despite the pain, it was all worth it when Tori and proud husband Dean McDermott welcomed Liam. And the joyful arrival led to another happy event: Tori’s reconciliation with her formerly estranged mom, Candy.

"I’m so happy she’s back in my life," Tori exults. "Having a child puts it all in perspective. Knowing the bond I have with Liam means that I get my mom’s bond with me."

Father Fix?

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April Fools! Keith Richards says he didn't really snort his daddy's ashes.

Keith Richards has a legendary reputation for wild rock-star antics — but did he really snort his own deceased dad’s ashes?

"The strangest thing I’ve tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father," the Rolling Stones axeman cheerfully recounted to NME magazine. "He was cremated, and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow."

"My dad wouldn’t have cared, he didn’t give a [expletive]," the rocker added. "It went down pretty well, and I’m still alive."

But Keith’s rep insists he was just joshing about the supposed ghoulish incident, saying in a statement Wednesday, "File under April Fools’ joke."

We’re relieved … yet still kind of disturbed.

Jen’s New Guy?

Does Jennifer Aniston have a new man?

Fans were hopeful that the divorced former "Friends" star had finally found love again when she was spotted dining at L.A. restaurant Il Sole with a mystery man recently. But a source told Us Weekly that Jen’s evening with 32-year-old producer Ryan Kavanaugh was "a business dinner."

Another insider tells the magazine’s Web site that the date had major networking potential: "He’s extremely wealthy. He could definitely help Jen finance pro-jects."

But a Jen friend reportedly claims that the tête-á-tête wasn’t all business: "It was a test run just to get her out with someone."

Jeez, if dating is this hard for Jennifer Aniston, what hope is there for the rest of us?

Who’s Dannielynn’s Daddy?

The world will have to wait a little longer to find out who fathered the late Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern. While paternity candidates Howard K. Stern and Larry Birkhead bite their nails, a Tuesday date has reportedly been set for the DNA test results to be revealed in a closed-door Bahamas hearing.

Five quick takes

- Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff acted like BFFs at NYC’s Les Deux, the New York Daily News says.

- Halle Berry will go bald for her next film role, she reportedly told Touch.

- Luke Wilson says brother Owen "seems very happy" with Kate Hudson, reports People.

- Valerie Bertinelli will represent Jenny Craig, with a goal of losing 30 pounds.

- Jessica Simpson and John Mayer cavorted on Australia’s Byron Beach together Wednesday.

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

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