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Kid Rock says his new partnership with Harley-Davidson is a dream deal, and as the owner of multiple Harley bikes, he didn’t feel like he was compromising his integrity or risking a backlash from fans.

The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker is sponsoring Kid Rock’s upcoming tour, named for his most recent release, “Rebel Soul.”

The partnership announced Monday also includes an exclusive line of limited-edition, co-branded “Rebel Soul” merchandise featuring a line from the song: “I can’t hear you over the rumble of my freedom.”

The tour begins Friday in Kansas City and will end Aug. 31 at Harley’s 110th anniversary celebration in Milwaukee.

Divorce sought

Rupert Sanders’ wife has filed for divorce five months after it was revealed the “Snow White and the Huntsman” director had a brief affair with actress Kristen Stewart.

Liberty Ross, Sanders’ wife of more than nine years, filed for divorce Friday in Los Angeles citing irreconcilable differences.

Ross’ filing cites irreconcilable differences for the couple’s breakup. They have two children, an 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son.

Author wins prize

Two-time Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel has snagged the top honor at the Costa Book Awards for her novel “Bring Up the Bodies.”

The British writer’s blood-soaked Tudor saga, which won the Booker last year, defeated four other titles shortlisted for the $39,400 prize for 2012’s book of the year.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Gene Hackman is 83. Actress Tammy Grimes is 79. Actress Vanessa Redgrave is 76. Singer Norma Jean is 75. Singer Marty Balin is 71. Musician Phil Collins is 62. Actor Charles S. Dutton is 62. Comedian Brett Butler is 55. Singer Jody Watley is 54. Singer Tammy Cochran is 41. Actor Christian Bale is 39. Singer Josh Kelley is 33. Actor Wilmer Valderrama is 33.

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