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‘It’s true,’ says Jenny McCarthy: She’s dating Brian Urlacher

South side native Jenny McCarthy Brian Urlacher had no concerns going public with their relationship. Also relationship apparently has reached

South side native Jenny McCarthy and Brian Urlacher had no concerns going public with their relationship. Also, the relationship apparently has reached a point where McCarthy feels it’s “the real deal and will last,” said a long-time McCarthy pal.

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Updated: July 3, 2012 11:43AM

According to a great Jenny McCarthy pal, there were a couple of reasons the South Side native officially confirmed she was dating the Bears’ Brian Urlacher.

The NFL great joined McCarthy Thursday night at Rockit Bar & Grill for the “Rescue Our Angels” event — benefitting McCarthy’s autism charity, the Generation Rescue Foundation. Asked about Urlacher by WMAQ-Channel 5, McCarthy said, “Yes, it’s true, we are dating.”

Despite attempting to hit out-of-the-way meeting places, the couple hadn’t been able to hide their budding romance. “Let’s face it, it was really already out there — everybody knew it,” my source said.

Also, the relationship apparently has reached a point where McCarthy feels it’s “the real deal and will last,” added the source.

This longtime observer of the actress and TV personality added, “Jenny also has a terrible time keeping a secret — except if it’s something negative about a friend or family member, and then she’s the best!

“But if it’s good news — or something about herself — she just gets this funny twinkle in her eyes and she’ll start giggling and then blurt it out!”

† McCarthy clearly was not hiding anywhere around town this Memorial Day weekend. On Friday she joined about 30 close Urlacher friends to toast his 34th birthday at Joe’s Stone Crab on Grand. Then on Saturday the Mother McAuley alum joined a bunch of galpals — but left Urlacher at home — for some serious partying at Board Room.

STAR POWER: This presidential election year is bringing us a bunch of TV and film projects with a White House theme, and a Chicago guy has been cast in one of them. “The Butler,” from director Lee Daniels (“Precious”), will star Forrest Whitaker as the chief White House butler over three decades during the civil rights era — a man who served eight presidents.

The casting is all-star. Along with Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey is slated to play his wife, Minka Kelly has just been cast to play Jackie Kennedy, Matthew McConaughey will be JFK and Chicago’s own John Cusack again can tap into his dark side — as he did playing Edgar Allan Poe in the recent “The Raven” — to portray Richard Nixon.

Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda are set to play the Reagans, and Liam Neeson is said to be negotiating to play Lyndon Johnson.

MORE OPRAH: Speaking of Oprah, Gayle King’s comment on “CBS This Morning” — that if Oprah were a man she would marry her — had people rolling their eyes, considering the seemingly endless rumors about the two of them being more than just BFFs.

We know all about their repeated denials of that. But King made a good point about finding the right man, saying except for the right plumbing (my comment, not hers), Oprah “has all the traits you’d want in a spouse,” because she’s successful, honest and caring.

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: Soccer superstar David Beckham, wife Victoria and their kids are so in love with Southern California, they are committed to making the L.A. area their main home base.

For that reason, and knowing his playing career is nearing its end, Beckham re-signed with the L.A. Galaxy for a reported $1.6 million less than his last contract, despite getting some better offers from a few European teams.

The Beckhams have put both their English mansion and French estate on the market, and I understand they are working with several real estate agents to find a new place in L.A., plus a vacation home in either Hawaii or Montana. Oh yes, and also they’re on the lookout for new digs in New York, due to Victoria Beckham’s ever-expanding fashion biz.

CHICAGO’S FINEST: Here’s a footnote to the NATO summit that slipped under the radar. On that Sunday — at the height of all the intense security gripping the Near North Side, complicated by various street closures — Nathan Lane was outside his hotel anxiously trying to find a cab.

Fortunately, a couple of Chicago Police officers recognized the actor, grabbed Lane and whisked him down to the Goodman Theatre just in time for him to make the curtain for “The Iceman Cometh.”

HAVE A LAUGH: Chicago native Lucas Neff — star of Fox’s “Raising Hope” — is slated to be the monologist Monday at iO Theater while home for the Memorial Day holiday. … Fans of “The Simpsons” might want to know that ex-Oak Parker Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer) was in the audience for iO’s “TJ and Dave” show the other night.

HEADED HERE: Actor Matthew Modine, an avid cyclist, will be the grand marshal for the Grand Prix Pro Cycling race being held Saturday in Glencoe. Modine will be seen this summer in the new “Batman” flick, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

† Multi-Grammy winner Alison Krauss hits town June 7 for the “Below the Belt” fund-raiser at the Ravenswood Event Center — a benefit for the Women’s Health Foundation’s programs.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Rocker and North Shore native Pete Wentz was seen hanging out at Bangers & Lace — sipping on a few craft beers with pals. … Design guru and TV reality star Jeff Lewis (“Flipping Out”), in town for the wedding of assistant Jenni Pulos, slipped into Chicago Cut Steakhouse on Saturday night. … New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was spotted by NFL fans late-night dining Friday at Hub 51. … Looking very laid-back, WLS-Channel 7 sports kingpin Mark Giangreco and (separately) Alexi Giannoulias made the scene at Carmine’s on Rush. … Things were really rockin’ Saturday at Board Room with Steve Aoki as the surprise DJ, while LMFAO “party rocked” at the bar and Far East Movement hopped around the club.

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