NEW YORK (Wireless Flash) – Destiny’s Child is NOT breaking up. The girl group has released a statement to combat recent breakup reports caused by Beyonce Knowles announcement the girls are “taking a break.” According to the gals, “We are very much a group, very much together and plan to be together for many years.”

LONDON – Maybe the public has gotten it’s fill of Britney Spears’ belly button: The London Times is reporting the pop star is re-shooting scenes in her upcoming movie because test audiences weren’t thrilled with long scenes of her wearing nothing but her skivvies.

NEW YORK – Working for Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t a cup of tea. The New York Post is reporting Paltrow had her assistant “running around hysterically” looking for a new cup for herbal tea she was served during a recent press junket. It seems the macrobiotic-diet-loving actress “sensed” there had been coffee in the tea cup at some point and didn’t want any trace of caffeine entering her body.

MILWAUKEE – This Granny’s got a whip and she’s not afraid to use it. A Milwaukee woman was arrested Wednesday for running a “bondage den” in the same house she’s raising two young grandsons. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says the police seized 63 whips, a metal gurney with chains and 31 bondage outfits from the home.

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Fear and Loathing in ... Hawaii? According to the Honolulu Advertiser, Sean Penn and gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson recently spent time together in Hawaii planning a film version of Thompson’s 1983 book “The Curse of Lono.”

NEW YORK – Think hip hop’s lost its street-smart edge? You might be right: Rapper father and son team Master P and Lil’ Romeo will be starring in a kiddie sitcom on Nickelodeon. Pieces of the Puzzle debuts in Spring 2002.

LONDON – British courts have granted a quickie divorce to Titanic star Kate Winslet and her film director husband Jim Threapleton. The couple met in 1998 and now have a one-year-old daughter together.

TORONTO – Canadian-based tire maker Dunlop is offering $16,000 to be divided amongst people with the last name of Dunlop who are willing to legally change their name to “Dunlop-Tire.” The company has mailed out 1,000 information packets so far, and expect 37 percent of people will accept the offer.

NASHVILLE – Garth Brooks should be singing all the way to the bank today because one-fifth of all country music albums sold last week were his new CD, Scarecrow.

HOLLYWOOD – George Harrison fans will have reason to sing on January 14 when his 1971 song, “My Sweet Lord,” is re-released as a charity single.