Date: 2nd July 2001
LATEST: JULIA ROBERTS and BENJAMIN BRATT kept up the pretence of their relationship for the sake of her OSCAR, sources close to the former lovers have said.
According to the sources, the pair's romance was over in January (01), but Roberts, 33, insisted that they pretended to still be a couple so that nothing would derail her chances of picking up the BEST ACTRESS OSCAR for her role in ERIN BROCKOVICH (2000).
A Hollywood producer backed up the story, claiming: "They couldn't deal with all the press scrutiny. " (PDD/WNWCPL)