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Ke$ha runs for cover as her song ‘Die Young’ falls out of favor

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Updated: January 21, 2013 3:51PM

Singer Ke$ha has found herself in the middle of a public relations nightmare as her new “Die Young” song has bombed with fans and been yanked off the air by virtually all radio stations, in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

In a tweet Tuesday that later disappeared from her page, Ke$ha insisted, “I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.” But I’m hearing there was no discussion on that topic by the superstar or her team until the slaughter occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday.

Furthermore, Ke$ha has not clarified who or what “forced” her to sing the offensive lyrics.

“This is simply a case of after-the-fact damage control,” said a top music industry executive, noting the song debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts before it started to sink following Friday’s shooting nightmare.

The uproar over “Die Young” comes from lyrics like these:

Let’s make the most of the night, like we’re gonna die young. …Young hearts, out our minds. Runnin’ like we outta time. Wild childs, lookin’ good. Livin hard, just like we should. Don’t care whose watching when we tearing it up.

Take my hand, I’ll show you the wild side. Like it’s the last night of our lives. We’ll keep dancing till we die.

The “we’re gonna die young” is repeated over and over — adding to the song’s inappropriateness at this time.

LET IT GO: Sources close to both LeAnn Rimes and her nemesis — husband Eddie Cibrian’s ex-wife Brandi Glanville — indicate both women need to back off.

“They both have become so obsessed with each other, it’s ridiculous,” said a friend of both women Wednesday. “For the sake of the kids, their own sanity and all the obvious reasons, they should just shut up and stop this battle via the media and Twitter.”

Glanville, angered by Rimes appearing to usurp her role as her children’s parent, has claimed one son became ill after ingesting one of Rimes’ laxative “candies.” Glanville called it an example of Rimes’ inability to adequately chaperone her kids.

Rimes and Cibrian fired back, accusing Glanville, who stars on the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” reality show, of making these accusations to keep her name in the press.

DATING GAME: While Rihanna has been tweeting and posting complaints about how “being single sucks,” those close to the star are rolling their eyes. “Chris [Brown] still may be playing around with Karrueche [Tran, his on-again-off-again girlfriend], but he and Rihanna do still see each other,” said someone close to both music stars.

Of Tran, singer Christian Milian told Wendy Williams on her daily chatfest this week, “from what I’ve always known, she’s his girlfriend.” Other sources confirm that fact to this column, despite the couple’s October announcement they were no longer together.

† Rihanna does seem irked by this alleged ongoing relationship. After a reported sighting of Brown and Tran in Paris recently, she tweeted, “Goodbye, muthaf-----. … You give, you get, then you give it the f--- back.”

Later she tweeted, “Never underestimate a man’s ability to make you feel guilty for his mistakes” — clearly a reference to Brown’s physical attack on Rihanna on Grammy weekend in February 2009.

NOTHING SERIOUS: While Russell Crowe reportedly has seen Billy Joel’s ex-wife and food pro Katie Lee a couple of times, New York sources insist it’s a very casual flirtation — at least at this point.

The “Les Miserables” star has been working a lot in the New York area this year — both on “Noah,” about the biblical flood saga, and the movie he’s been filming more recently: “A Winter’s Tale” with Colin Farrell.

BEHIND THE CAMERA: Angelina Jolie is again tackling a directing job and, as was the case with her helming debut, the Oscar winner will be making a drama set in a war zone.

Jolie will direct “Unbroken,” the big-screen take on “Seabiscuit” author Laura Hillenbrand’s non-fiction book about Louis Zamperini. He was a U.S. Olympic athlete who later survived a World War II plane crash — only to suffer terribly in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

The actress made her directorial debut with “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” set in the midst of war’s horrors in the Balkans in the 1990s.

IS IT OVER? No comment from Bethenny Frankel or husband Jason Hoppy, but InTouch Weekly is quoting a “source close to the couple” that the long-rumored collapse of the couple’s marriage has finally happened.

The magazine’s source claims Frankel is “meeting with lawyers and just figuring out the next steps. It’s over.”

Frankel has been spotted on several occasions this month no longer wearing her wedding ring — accompanied only by the couple’s daughter

Bryn, 2.

The couple met during the third season of her Bravo series “The Real Housewives of New York” and walked down the aisle 16 months later. After leaving “Housewives,” Frankel had her own reality series, “Bethenny Ever After,” and her talk show “Bethenny” goes national next fall.

There have been numerous reports that Hoppy’s “drive” didn’t match his wife’s — and that he was also jealous of her high-profile celebrity status.

TAKE NOTE: Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater is planning to celebrate his birthday Jan. 19 at Space, 1245 Chicago Ave. in Evanston. The West Side blues legend is scheduled to perform songs from his Alligator label debut, “West Side Strut,” beginning at 7 p.m.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Actress and Sun-Times Splash columnist Jenny McCarthy had heads turning as she slipped into River North’s Public House on Tuesday night.

Bill Zwecker reports regularly on “Good Day Chicago” and “FOX 32 News at 9” on WFLD-Channel 32.

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