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US DIARY ORLA HEALY

The mystery behind Kim Kardashian's eye-popping choice in body-con maternity wear may be lifting and the explanation could be craftier than questionable fashion decisions or the lack of a full-length mirror.

According to reports, Kim's momager Kris Jenner is close to convincing her daughter to sign a $4m post-pregnancy endorsement deal with Weight Watchers – a genius marketing move by the reputed mastermind behind that ill-fated faux-marriage business.

Kim, who sent out invitations to her baby shower last week (the cute overload includes a music box, featuring an identi-Kim ballerina doll, that plays a lullaby version of Kanye West's Hey Mamma) for the June 2 event (dress code: "garden chic"), may well need all the help she can get from the body-image experts on the WW team.

In a new promo for Keeping Up With The Kardasians, the reality star reveals she is having a tough time maintaining confidence with her changing body shape as her July due date looms. In one clip, the 32-year-old appears (in a thong and a bathrobe open to expose her naked bump) and, pointing to her tummy, asks, "How the f*ck did I get like this?"

Sounds like time for an in-depth mother-daughter chat. On tape, please.

Brad faces up to his issues

Brad Pitt, who has been on the receiving end of so much praise for his unflagging support of Angelina through her preventative double mastectomy, has his own health issues. The 49-year-old actor revealed his rather bizarre medical fears last week, telling Esquire magazine that he thinks he is suffering from the rare neurological disorder prosopagnosia. Commonly called "face blindness", the condition destroys a victim's ability to recognise faces and is particularly distressing for the Hollywood superstar who admits people just think he's being rude when he can't remember meeting them before.

"So many people hate me because they think I'm disrespecting them," says Pitt. "Every now and then, someone will give me context, and I'll say, 'Thank you for helping me.' But I piss more people off. You get this thing, like, 'You're being egotistical. You're being conceited.'

"But it's a mystery to me, man. I can't grasp a face and yet I come from such a design/ aesthetic point of view. I am going to get it tested."

The actor, currently promoting his upcoming movie World War Z, says the disorder is the reason he has become so reclusive. "You meet so many damned people," he says of a typical night out. "And then you meet 'em again."

Pitt also tells Esquire how relieved he is that his pot smoking habit, curbed 10 years ago, hasn't had any lasting effects.

Take the bitter with the tweet

Red-carpet scene queen Nicole Richie could probably do without anyone dredging up her long-forgotten past as Paris Hilton's airheaded sidekick. But perhaps the fact that movie-maker Sofia Coppola is the culprit might take some of the sting out of the tale doing the rounds as the indie director prepares to release her latest project The Bling Ring.

Coppola, whose oeuvre tends more towards the cerebral than the sensational, says she found the perfect way to connect with her characters (a gang of celebrity-obsessed LA wanna-bes who pilfered close to $3m-worth of jewellery, cash and designer duds from the homes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Rachel Bilson in 2009) after spotting an early Richie tweet. "The quote from her was, 'Life is crazy and unpredictable . . . my bangs are going to the left today,'" Coppola told reporters at a NY screening of the movie last week, adding that she had the line typed up for "the first page of the script, just to kind of introduce it, you know?".

Asked why she didn't use the quote in the film, Coppola just laughed, adding fuel to the buzz that Richie firmly put the kibosh on that idea.

Is Justin a teeny meanie?

The raucous parties at Justin Bieber's $6.5m Casablancas, CA, French-style manse just lost bragging rights appeal. From now on, anyone visiting the 19-year-old pop star's home has to first sign a non-disclosure agreement that is asking for $5m in damages if violated.

The document, obtained by TMZ, legally binds visitors to his home to confidentiality. That includes "physical health, or the philosophical, spiritual or other views or characteristics of the Released Parties [Bieber], along with any and all photographs, likeness, tapes, films, videos and other recordings" – which rules out Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Another clause limits Bieber's liability for any physical harm that occurs on the property, ranging from "minor injuries to catastrophic injuries, including death".

TMZ points out that the agreement is the latest in a string of privacy contracts the heart-throb is attempting to enforce. Earlier this year, Bieber unsuccessfully tried to claim ownership of all pictures taken of him in private after he was snapped smoking a suspicious-looking cigarette. Beyonce, you have a lot to answer for.

Irish Independent