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Braxton downplays illness


Singer Toni Braxton has been hospitalized in Los Angeles.

The R&B performer says in a Tweet on Friday that she’s been hospitalized because of “minor health issues” related to Lupus. A spokeswoman confirmed the hospitalization but had no other details. “But no worries!,” Braxton wrote to fans. “I will be out any day now.”

The 45-year-old singer of “Un-break My Heart” revealed two years ago she has Lupus, a potentially deadly autoimmune disease that killed Braxton’s uncle. She also suffers from a narrowing of the blood vessels in her heart.

Babies on the way

•Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott is expecting.

Scott announced her pregnancy Friday on Twitter, calling the baby “our Christmas gift.” A spokeswoman confirmed the news and said no other details were available.

It’s the first child for the 26-year-old “Need You Now” singer and her husband, Chris Tyrrell. It’s also the first child for the trio, which includes Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.

Busy Philipps and husband Marc Silverstein are expecting their second child, a spokesman for the “Cougar Town” actress told People magazine for a story on its website Monday.

She announced the pregnancy Monday on Twitter by tweeting a picture of her positive pregnancy test.

Bond rises

The top five movies from the weekend box office:

1. “Skyfall,” $10.8 million

2. “Rise of the Guardians,” $10.4 million

3. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” $9.2 million

4. “Lincoln,” $8.9 million

5. “Life of Pi,” $8.3 million

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Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Rita Moreno is 81. Singer David Gates is 72. Actress Donna Mills is 70. Singer Brenda Lee is 68. Actress Linda Day George is 68. Actress Teri Garr is 65. Singer Jermaine Jackson is 58. Bassist Nikki Sixx is 54. Actress-comedian Mo’Nique is 45. Rapper-actor Mos Def is 39. Actor Rider Strong is 33. Actress Hailee Steinfeld is 16.