Paris Hilton & Benji Madden break up

Paris Hilton and Benji Madden officially threw in the towel yesterday, according to her rep. While Paris was recently spotted with her ex Stavros Niarchos over the weekend, friends say that had nothing to do with the breakup. Which I entirely believe based solely on the fact that Benji Madden looks like Uncle Fester: Hot Topic Edition. Us Magazine reports:

“Even though they are still in love, they felt it would be better to just be friends,” a source close to Hilton, 27, tells Us.
“Benji was overprotective and controlling. He doesn’t get along with any of her friends,” the source tells Us. “Friends thought Paris had changed since being with Benji and she wants to be herself again.”
The couple stayed faithful to each other, stresses the source. Hilton was spotted with her ex, shipping heir Stavros Niarchos, in Miami over the weekend, while Madden, 29, hung in NYC with his bro, Joel (beau of Hilton’s best friend, Nicole Richie).
“Nothing went on between Paris and Stav in Miami,” the source tells Us. “She was there for a girls weekend with her BFFs.”

Benji Madden must really be kicking himself now for breaking up with Sophie Monk. And by kicking himself I of course mean staring down his pants and crying “Please grow back, penis. I’ll be good! Honest.”

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