Raising children costs beaucoups money

Linda Evangelista at Manhattan Family Court on Tuesday. Rob Kim / Getty Images
Linda Evangelista at Manhattan Family Court on Tuesday. Rob Kim / Getty Images
Posted: May 09, 2012

Supermodel Linda Evangelista and French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, whom she dated just long enough to get impregnated, are saying they’re pleased to end a public fight over paying their 5-year-old’s expenses.

Tuesday they got a judge’s approval for a confidential child-support deal.

“We are happy that we were able to reach an agreement for the benefit and well-being of our son, Augie,” the ex-pair said in a statement.

Pinault is married to Salma Hayek, mother of their 4-year-old daughter, Valentina.

Pinault had said through his lawyer that he was willing to pay some support but not the $46,000 a month Evangelista said she was spending to keep the boy nannied and guarded 24?/7.

Whatever Pinault ends up paying, he’s got strong competition in the category of highest child support.

As part of his 2011 divorce settlement from Brooke Mueller, Charlie Sheen was to pay $55,000 per month for the support of their twin sons. He was already paying $50,000 per month to previous wife Denise Richards for their kids. In December 2009, Nas was ordered to pay more than $51,000 per month to his ex-wife, Kelis, and their son. In February 2009, hip hop mogul Russell Simmons agreed to pay $40,000 per month for his daughters Ming and Aoki with ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons. The payments were to continue until both girls reach 19?1/2.

We hope they invest wisely.

Say what, Willis

Judge James Taylor heard closing arguments Tuesday in Provo, Utah, to decide whether Gary Coleman’s ex-wife or an ex-girlfriend is entitled to the late child-TV-star’s estate.

The “Diff’rent Strokes” actor died of a brain hemorrhage in 2010.

Shannon Price testified that even though she and Coleman divorced in 2008, they continued to live together and present themselves in public as husband and wife.

Anna Gray says Coleman named her a beneficiary and executor of his estate in 2005. She managed Coleman’s affairs for a number of years and was his ex-girlfriend.

It’s not clear how much Coleman’s estate is worth, but court papers mention a $324,000 house and a pension — plus intellectual rights to his work and his ashes (a/k/a his earnings and his urnings.)

TATTBITS

“In every film that I’ve been lucky enough to do with Tim [Burton], there’s always some form of torture, and the nails were Tim’s idea,” Johnny Depp said on starpulse.com of his claw-like hands in “Dark Shadows.” “They were the length of the fingers and stuff, but it was OK because I had a troop of people who would help me go to the bathroom.”

Help wanted: Major Hollywood star seeks butt wiper.

A man who had a cardiac arrest while jogging in London’s Hyde Park says Dustin Hoffman helped save his life.

Sam Dempster, only 27, said Tuesday that his “newfound favorite celebrity Dustin Hoffman” waited with him until paramedics arrived.

Paul Simon and Yo-Yo Ma have won the 2012 Polar Music Prize, Sweden’s most prestigious award for musicians.

Simon and Ma will receive 1 million kronor ($166,000) each and an invitation to the prize ceremony in Stockholm Aug. 28.

The award was founded by the late Stig Anderson, the manager of ABBA, and has been handed out since 1992. It is typically shared by a pop artist and a classical musician.

NBC may have added comedy to its fall roster, but we can already guess which show the Parents Television Council won’t find funny.: “The New Normal,” from “Glee’s” Ryan Murphy, is about a gay couple and the woman surrogate who helps them start a family.

And just in time for the presidential election. n

— Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

Email gensleh@phillynews.com

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