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Steven Tyler’s split with fiancee called a mere ‘time out’

LOS ANGELES CA - APRIL 02:  Musician Steven Tyler (R) ErBrady arrive Nickelodeon's 24th Annual Kids' Choice Awards Galen

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 02: Musician Steven Tyler (R) and Erin Brady arrive at Nickelodeon's 24th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at Galen Center on April 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Erin Brady;Steven Tyler

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Updated: December 2, 2012 6:29AM

While several sources close to Aerosmith mainstay Steven Tyler confirm the rocker and fiancée Erin Brady are going through some turmoil in their relationship, they insist the couple are having what one insider called “a time out” — and not a permanent split.

That jibes with the statement from an Aerosmith publicist that admitted, “Just as any couple goes through trials and tribulations in a relationship, Steven and Erin are asking for their privacy at this time. They are engaged to be married and each committed to their sobriety. Any claim to the contrary is absolutely false.”

One source close to the band did tell me Wednesday that Brady’s sometimes testy relationship with other members of the Aerosmith team is one reason for the rift with Tyler, who finally patched up his long feud with bandmate

Joe Perry.

CEE LO SEES RED: After an unnamed woman filed charges with the Los Angeles Police — accusing music superstar and “The Voice” judge Cee Lo Green of a vaguely described “sexual assault” at a L.A. restaurant — the singer “hit the roof,” according to a source close to Green.

“Cee Lo is furious, since he’s being smeared for something we all know absolutely did not occur,” said the Green insider. “This is not a guy who would ever do anything like that. This anonymous allegation is outrageous.”

That said, following normal procedure in such cases, the LAPD is investigating further.

Green finds the filing specious, considering he hasn’t even crossed the threshold of the eatery in question in more than three months.

HEADING HOME: Season nine “American Idol” winner and Mount Prospect native Lee DeWyze heads back to the area this weekend to headline the annual “Demand Cures Today” gala benefiting the Gateway for Cancer Research — the great organization that has been in the forefront of groundbreaking research for many types of cancer over the past two decades.

Calling from Connecticut this week, where he was “hunkering down against the hurricane,” DeWyze explained he long has had a personal interest in “any group that helps fight cancer. … When I was told about this event, I immediately wanted to get involved.” His grandfather died of lung cancer, and his aunt battled the disease a few years ago — fortunately with a positive result.

Though the singer has admitted it took him time to deal with the fame “Idol” brought him, “I have come to realize that I can use being well-known to help others for things like this. That’s a good thing.”

The Saturday event at the Fairmont Chicago Hotel is being co-chaired by Claire and Joe Gregoire — with WGN-Channel 9’s medical anchor Dina Bair gracing the evening as its emcee.

† DeWyze is “super excited” about his new album, due for release late this year or early in 2013. His style is “evolving, but what I’d call an indie sound. Kind of like Mumford [& Sons] and Ben Harper,” and the singer and songwriter is happy with the reception he’s been getting from audiences on his current tour.

DeWyze and his band will play a gig Monday at Lincoln Hall.

As for “American Idol,” it’s clear he has moved on. Knowing how people rate the success of the various artists who have gone through that competition, DeWyze said, “There’s the real world and then there’s the ‘American Idol’ world. … Over the years, very different artists have come out of there. We’ve each taken different paths and have different careers. Each one has to be looked at individually.

“Comparisons really don’t matter.”

TERRIFIC TAPPING: Chicago philanthropists Susan and Ted Oppenheimer were clearly thrilled by the big surprise Chicago Human Rhythm Project honchos cooked up for them at Monday’s “Jubalee” gala, where the super-generous couple were the honorees.

The special treat was tap-dancing legend Ted Levy and great jazz pianist Willie Pickens teaming up for a special performance — loved by the crowd gathered at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Part to support CHRP and its mission to support American tap and contemporary percussive arts. Among those cheering it all were the evening’s honorary co-chairs, Diane and Richard Weinberg; gala co-chairs Michael Foster and Diana Harris; emcee Bill Kurtis; Donna LaPietra; Elaine Cohen; Irene Michaels and Arny Granat; Charlotte Newberger; Charlie Gardner, and CHRP’s founder, Lane Alexander.

MORE MUSIC: The one and only Mavis Staples will be performing at the ECC Arts Center in Elgin for one night only — Nov. 17. An added treat: The legendary R&B and gospel singer will be joined by her sister, Yvonne Staples, for what is sure to be a special night of inspiring music.

† Former longtime Chicago radio personality Catherine Johns will celebrate what she’s calling a milestone birthday (“I’m not saying which milestone!”) Saturday by helping organize a special concert at the Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston. The 7:30 p.m. event will showcase Latin pianist Yleana Bautista’s concert “Journey to Inaccessible Places,” featuring the musical repertoire of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff from the 1920s.

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