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John Mayer ‘head-over-heels’ in love with Katy Perry

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Updated: December 16, 2012 6:32AM

At first, Katy Perry’s inner circle was upset and constantly warning the singer about the dangers of dating fellow music superstar John Mayer. Considering Mayer’s reputation as one of the biggest celebrity serial daters — having been an item with such high-profile headline magnets as Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Love Hewitt .

But now, I’m hearing Perry’s pals are singing a different tune — having witnessed what appears to be total Mayer devotion to the ex-wife of Brit actor and comedian Russell Brand.

“He truly appears to be totally head-over-heels [in love] with Katy,” said a longtime Perry friend. “For once, he might be the one who has placed himself in a very vulnerable place.”

The source’s rationale? Perry reportedly may not be ready to take on a serious relationship so soon after her split with Brand.

“Wouldn’t it be ironic if it was John who got the boot this time?” said the source with a laugh — quickly adding, “but Katy is a very sensitive girl and if she does dump him, it will be done very gently.”

CLOSER TO HOME: With “Chicago Fire” having been given a full season pickup, we’re likely to see even more of Lady Gaga around town — whenever she comes here to visit her beau and “Fire” star Taylor Kinney.

Gaga has come to be quite gaga about Our Town. She reportedly loves the Chicagoans she’s already met, telling a friend, “They are very much like New Yorkers, but with a different kind of edge. … People in Chicago are much more patient!”

Having some fun with her own Big Apple accent, Gaga also reportedly quipped, “Like New

Yawkers ... Chicagawans have their own distinctive way of speaking.”

As for her relationship with Kinney, two separate sources confirm the couple is doing just fine. “Taylor is not only one gorgeous hunk of man who is quietly self-confident and mature, but he ‘gets’ how to handle dating a world-famous superstar,” said a friend of the actor. “Lady Gaga clearly loves being with a man who is not intimidated — either by her or by the whole fame thing.”

Another source also close to the couple added, “Taylor certainly is no boy toy. He’s his own man and he will always be that kind of guy. I think that’s why it seems to be working so well for the two of them.

“The only challenge, of course, is the one facing all entertainers: The difficulty of maintaining a relationship long distance.”

MADEA GETS ACADEMIC: Tyler Perry has become such a major player in the world of filmmaking and entertainment that his eternally cranky Mabel “Madea” Simmons character, portrayed by Perry in drag, will be the subject of a scholarly roundtable at Northwestern University.

A daylong symposium including screenings and discussion of Perry’s work will be held at the university’s Evanston campus Nov. 28. For more information on this free program, call (847) 491-4000 or go to

GENES DO TELL: The acting career of another Meryl Streep daughter is moving ahead nicely with the news Grace Gummer has snared her second major TV role. The actress will play a reporter embedded with Mitt Romney’s campaign as Aaron Sorkin’s second season of “The Newsroom” on HBO turns its focus on our just-completed presidential election. Earlier, Gummer starred on “Gigantic” on Nickelodeon.Her older sister,

Mamie Gummer, has received a lot more attention in recent years, thanks to critically acclaimed stage performances and co-starring in the award-winning “John Adams” mini-series. This fall she has been playing the title role on the CW medical series “Emily Owens M.D,” which has been on shaky ground due to ratings.

BOO HOO TO THIS: Get ready! TV’s trailer-trash reality phenomenon Honey Boo Boo is getting a new way to reach her, uh, fans.

Bluewater Productions continues to chronicle what it calls “the underbelly of fame” with “15 Minutes: Honey Boo Boo,” all about the little girl whose real name is

Alana Mitchell. The comic book was released Wednesday.

HOLIDAY HA-HA: Comedy and popular culture will merge as the Comedy­Sportz folks stage “It’s a Bieberful Life,” a holiday season spoof of Justin Bieber — stepping in for the beloved George Bailey in this irreverent send-up of Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” In this show, Bieber is depressed over declining CD sales and constant scandals. One funny twist: He’s visited by an angel with a strong resemblance to “Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattinson — and every time you hear Bieber’s iconic “Baby,” an angel gets its wings.

Comedians Paul Rodriguez and Tom Dreesen will be here Thanksgiving Day to headline a free show that offers a holiday meal for entertainers who are away from home on the big day. It all happens at the Laugh Factory comedy club on North Broadway — an idea that expands on a 32-year tradition at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood.

The event is also open to members of the public looking for a bit of humor to go with their turkey dinner. Seatings will be at noon and 3 p.m., with a live comedy show to follow each meal service. For reservations, call (773) 327-3175, Ext. 1.

AWARD ACTION: Chicagoan Nicholas Celozzi II has been awarded the Grand Jury Award for best documentary at the Bel-Air Film Festival in Los Angeles — and will receive a similar honor at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival Dec. 5.

The awards are for “Momo: The Sam Giancana Story,” Cellozi’s documentary about his great-uncle, the infamous Chicago organized crime boss.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: A relaxed and happy new mom Kristin Cavallari was seen lunching with a galpal at Prasino in Wicker Park. … Michael Wilbon, co-host of “Pardon the Interuption” on ESPN relaxed with buddies at Hub 51.

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