A-Rod -- Smitten Slugger Calls Madge "Soulmate"

7/10/2008 8:01 AM PDT

A-Rod -- Smitten Slugger Calls Madge "Soulmate"

So now Alex Rodriguez is "in love" with Madonna – or so he told a friend six whole months ago.

Us reports that A-Rod was texting someone at dinner, and "kept smiling, acting as if he was a little kid," says a friend. And then, the bombshell: "He told me it was Madonna. I was shocked." And not just that –- soon after, he was saying, "She's my f***ing soulmate, dude."

Meanwhile, Cynthia Rodriguez tells the New York Post that she's still in love with Alex but that the marriage is over.

Angie Hospital Gets Pap-Proofed

That shot you think you're seeing of Angelina Jolie preparing to pop out the twins? C'est faux!

That's because the hospital in Nice where Angie is staying has coated the windows of her room with "special insulating material" that the cameras can't see through – or so they say. "It is impossible to see into Mr. Brad Pitt and Mrs. Angelina Jolie's room," says a rep (yes, it sounds better in French.)

Any pics you're seeing are "either posed fakes" or other patients.

Tony -- Bigger Whipping Boy than Tom?

Tony Romo is doing something even more PW'd than serenading Jess Simpson with "Don't Stop Believing" or carrying her bags -– he's listening to her songs.

Romo was asked by People what his three top iPod picks were at a golf tourney yesterday, and after mentioning Journey and "Sweet Child of Mine," he blushed, smiled, and admitted: "Something by Jessica Simpson." Of course, he didn't know the name of a song.

No word on whether Tony will be needing a cup this coming season.

Party Favors: Houston Will Officially Be the Center of the Universe ... Ethan Bags the Nanny, For Reals ... Courteney Cox Scrubs In After "Dirt"

The universe may implode from the collective power drain from electric blow dryers going nuts on August 29, when Rock the Bayou arrives in Houston: Bret Michaels, Sammy Hagar. ... Ethan Hawke has married the nanny who used to work for him and Uma Thurman, Ryan Shawhughes, after getting her knocked up, reports People. ... EW reports that Courteney Cox will be joining the cast of "Scrubs" for a three-ep arc. She will play the new Chief of Medicine at Sacred Heart.