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Her old clothes are tres Cher.

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Singer Pete Doherty cancelled the rest of a British tour with his band Babyshambles to give himself more time to recover from his drug addiction treatment.

Doherty, 27, known as much for his on-off relationship with model Kate Moss and his well-publicized drug problems as his music, was more than halfway through the 13-date tour.

The concerts were his first since leaving a drug London rehabilitation clinic.

“It is now clear that Peter embarked on this arduous and high profile tour too soon after his discharge,” Doherty’s spokesman said Saturday.

The band cancelled a concert in Liverpool on Friday night and the remaining four dates in Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester and Newcastle.

Critics have praised Doherty’s performances during the tour, with several newspapers using the headline “Pete’s no shambles.”

Moss joined the band onstage to sing during La Belle and La Bete. One reviewer said she “chirped self-consciously and almost inaudibly, then ran off, waving her arms like an excited schoolgirl.’

On Saturday, the Sun showed pictures of a bare-chested Doherty supposedly “storming out” of Moss’s home at 3:30am after a row.

Meanwhile, pop diva Cher has put up 700 items and says she’s amazed by what people were willing to spend for them.

Of the dozens of vintage gowns and flashy costumes she put up for auction, a skimpy black number made of fishnet, rhinestone and patches of fabric got the highest bid.

The Bob Mackie-designed outfit, which came with a black leather jacket, sold for US$60,000 — about twice the asking price, said Darren Julien, president of Julien Auction. His firm helped administer the two-day auction, which brought in a total of US$3.5 million, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with Sotheby’s.

Cher’s asking that all winning bidders send her pictures of the items in their new homes.

While Cher is making money from old fans, Madonna is earning new ones.

The singer visited an orphanage in the impoverished African country of Malawi last week, handing out copies of her book English Rose to a crowd of AIDS orphans as her publicist dismissed claims that she was going to adopt a child herself.

The pop star was greeted by about 50 children as she arrived in a four-vehicle convoy. Bodyguards prevented journalists from getting access to the premises or approaching her.

Madonna’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, said the pop star was on a private visit working on projects for children and dismissed statements from Malawian government officials that she and her husband, film director Guy Ritchie, would adopt a boy.

“I have no information or confirmation regarding Madonna adopting an individual child. She’s kind of adopting an entire country of children,” Rosenberg said.

“She is on a private visit to Malawi and is involved in the building of an orphanage/child care center as well as other initiatives to help the children of that country who have lost parents to AIDS.”

The visit has generated huge excitement in Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, which usually only makes headlines because of its grim cycle of drought, hunger and disease. More than 14 percent of Malawi’s 12 million people have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and an estimated 1 million children have been orphaned.

Madonna was greeted Thursday at the Kondanani children’s village near Malawi’s commercial capital by a crowd of about 28 singing orphans, who each received a translated copy of Madonna’s book.

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