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IT DEPENDS ON HOW YOU LOOK AT IT: Take your pick of the media reports describing the breakup of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez and its aftermath.

It was mutual. Or it was Lopez's idea because she was ready to start a family and he wasn't, and she was tired of his gambling and partying. Or it was Affleck's idea because he was tired of the "Ben and Jennifer thing."

Lopez was laughing and looking relieved at dinner with business associates the night after it happened. Or she was looking miserable. Affleck was looking quite depressed, or he was quite enjoying himself, that night playing cards at a California casino.

And what meaning was lurking behind Affleck spokesman Ken Sunshine's statement to New York's Daily News: "I am not going to confirm anything about his personal life. We don't want to get dragged into quicksand. Everybody wants a war. It's not happening from our side."

One general point of agreement is that the two decided to end things Tuesday, after Affleck got back from the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. While there, he responded to a query about the relationship with "We're good." But how did he look, you ask? Here we have the faces of Ben at Sundance.

Meanwhile, the New York Post reported that Lopez would attend tonight's Golden Globe awards as planned but alone. And she would skip the red carpet.

EVER GET THE FEELING YOU'VE BEEN CHEATED?: Those were the famous last words of Johnny Rotten as the Sex Pistols ended what turned out to be the last live performance of the band's short, intense, music-history-making life.

If music fans weren't sure how to answer that question in 1978, they are now. Rotten, real name John Lydon, is a willing participant in Britain's latest celebrity version of Survivor, a show that also has participants inspiring news stories beginning, "Doctors have warned that Jordan's 34FF breasts could explode if jungle leeches get to chomp on them."

Maybe Lydon's definition of anarchy has changed as he has aged; he turns 48 during I'm a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here's two-week run, which begins Monday in Australia. Maybe he needs the money; most of the 10 Z-list celebrities involved get about $46,000, Australia's Courier-Mail says. Maybe he's looking for a career boost; though a U.S. version of the show fizzled last year, the winners of the first two British versions had their lot in life improve noticeably.

We speculate because the only public comment being attributed to Lydon is that the show is "mainstream rubbish," Britain's Sky News says.

Maybe that means Lydon has become mainstream rubbish. So the answer to his question would be there's no feeling cheated here. It's hard to be cheated by rubbish.

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