Another week, another batch of romance updates! After months of rumors that there was trouble in paradise, on May 15, "The Bachelor" Season 16 star Ben Higgins and fiancée Lauren Bushnell confirmed that they'd split. "It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways," they told People magazine. "We feel fortunate for the time we had together, and will remain friends with much love and respect for one another. We wish nothing but the best for each other…" A few days later, Ben elaborated. "I think mutually Lauren and I saw that life was getting more difficult," he said in a podcast with fellow Bachelor Nation star Ashley Iaconetti, as reported by E! News on May 17. "I would say the joy that we felt toward our relationship at the beginning was — for some reason — slipping away, and we were both working very hard to bring that joy back. And it just never seemed to get there. So it was a long time coming but it wasn't necessarily like we dragged it out." The kicker? Lauren has to return the ring Ben gave her when he proposed on the show in 2016 — per the rules, in the case of a broken engagement, the bling goes back to producers, who will then return it to celebrity jeweler Neil Lane. The ring that Ben gave Lauren was quite impressive: It's estimated to be worth between $95,000 and $100,000 and featured 4.6 carats of diamonds.
Taylor Swift has quietly been dating rising British actor Joe Alwyn, who most recently starred in "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," according to a new report in The Sun that's since been reported by other media outlets. "Taylor and Joe are the real deal, this is a very serious relationship," a source told the newspaper. "But after what happened with Tom Hiddleston, they were determined to keep it quiet." The report says the singer has been spending time in London with her new guy. "Taylor has flown in via private jets and her security has made it a military-like mission to prevent her from being seen. She's been walking around with Joe in London using disguises, like scarves and hats, to keep her identity under wraps," the source said. "After her 1989 tour and all the attention Taylor received, she learned she had to be more protective of her personal life and she and Joe decided early on to keep their private life private." Other reports suggest that Taylor's pals Emma Stone and Gigi Hadid might have been involved in setting up Joe with the singer.
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Here we go again! Though Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx have yet to confirm they're dating, a new report claims the pair enjoyed another international getaway in recent days — this time in France — barely five months after they allegedly vacationed together in Mexico to mark Katie's 38th birthday in December. "Jamie wrapped filming on 'Robin Hood' [in Europe] and Katie flew in to Paris to meet him for a few days," a source told E! News on May 12. "[Her ex-husband] Tom Cruise was filming 'Mission: Impossible 6' only a few blocks away, but Katie and Jamie stayed inside their hotel… and didn't leave." E! reported that they extended their trip because of a problem with their plane. "Jamie had a big smile on his face as they returned to their hotel and snuck in through a private entrance," the source added. "They were very discreet and made sure to always enter and exit the hotel and the car separately." The actors have been romantically linked since 2013.
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Congrats to the grooms! "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons wed his partner of 15 years, art director Jim Spiewak, at the Rainbow Room in New York City on May 13. "What a wedding," Jim's co-star Mayim Bialik wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the grooms, who both wore Tom Ford tuxedos for the ceremony. "Not a cell phone in sight. Everyone was so present which sounds pretentious but it was truly powerful for us all to just want to be there fully. Todd and @therealjimparsons, you are so loved. Also: hands down, prettiest chupah ever. Seriously."
After dating for more than a year and a half, it's over for comedian Amy Schumer and Ben Hanisch. "Amy and Ben have ended their relationship after thoughtful consideration and remain friends," her rep told People magazine. This info comes as a big shock as Amy was on Howard Stern's show on May 3 and confirmed they were still together at the time. The funnywoman and the furniture designer met on a dating app in November 2015 and went public with their relationship in January 2016.
Is seems another May-December Hollywood romance is blooming. On May 15, E! News reported that music mogul David Foster, 67, and singer-actress Katharine McPhee, 33, enjoyed a romantic and PDA-filled dinner date at Malibu sushi hotspot Nobu on May 12. "David and Katharine were very intimate during their dinner," a source told E!. "David was seen grabbing Katharine's face and kissing her cheek several times. Katharine was doing the same to David's face and they were acting as if they were a couple." The source added, "By the end of the date, Katharine sat on David's side of the table and cuddled him with a blanket." The pair, who are both divorced, shared two bottles of red wine and several sushi dishes during their two-hour meal and left in the same car afterward, E! reported. The music producer and the "American Idol" alum have known each other for more than a decade. According to Page Six, they were seen together at Barbra Streisand's 75th birthday party in April and attended a tennis match together in March. "Entertainment Tonight" received word from McPhee's rep stating, "Katharine and David have known each other for over 11 years. They are nothing more than friends."
Congratulations to Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman! The former "Revenge" co-stars are engaged! Emily revealed the happy news on Instagram on May 11 when she shared a photo of herself covering her face with both hands — with a new big new sparkler on display on her left-hand ring finger. "It's literally only been a couple of days, but it's amazing," Emily told People on May 15. "I'm really happy!" She revealed to "Entertainment Tonight" that the British actor proposed "in a forest," she said. "We were in nature on a hike kind of doing what we do, it was very, sort of, us. So yeah, it was great, beautiful." They were first romantically linked back in 2012.
Felicity Jones is officially off the market! On May 17, Us Weekly reported that the "Rogue One" actress is engaged to film director Charles Guard. The couple have been together for two years and are known to be extremely private. Congrats!
Former soap opera actor Antonio Sabato Jr. and his wife of five years, Cheryl Moana Marie, are ending their marriage. TMZ revealed the news on May 15, reporting that Antonio filed divorce papers back on Dec. 27, 2016, and is asking for joint custody of their 6-year-old son, Antonio III. But Cheryl wants sole custody because, she's claimed in court papers, she's concerned for the boy's safety when he's with his father as the actor-turned-political hopeful has struggled with prescription drugs in the past. Antonio, however, told TMZ that he's an advocate on addiction issues and isn't hiding his past problems with pills (he told TMZ he once went to rehab for issues with sleeping pills). As far as his estranged wife's allegations go, he told the website, "Whatever else she says is just a bunch of lies." The whole mess is bad timing for the actor: The previous week, he filed documents paving the way for him to run for Congress in California. His platform will reportedly include dealing with the opioid crisis and drug addiction.
For years, rumors have swirled claiming that Terri Irwin, the widow of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, has secretly been seeing Russell Crowe. Or that the two are in love and planning to marry, even. But on May 11, Terri's daughter, Bindi Irwin, told E!'s "Daily Pop" that it's all a bunch of baloney. "There's lots of crazy rumors," Bindi said. "You know we do love Russell, but mum and Russell aren't actually in love!" She added, "My dad is still very much my mum's soul mate. And I think that no matter what, mum always says that they'll always be married." That said, Bindi doesn't deny that they're close to the Oscar winner. "Russell is a wonderful wildlife warrior. He was a dear friend of Dad's — now a dear friend of ours," she added. "He feels like family to us, but mum and Russell? Just friends. For sure." A few days, later, Terri weighed in on "Access Hollywood Live." "He is very lucky to be embroiled in all of these great rumors," she quipped. "We are friends, so he did contact me and ask me if there was something I should let him know." She then added, "In all honesty, he and Steve became friends many years ago, and after Steve passed, you find out who your true friends are. And Russell has been very loyal as a great friend… [But] nothing going on."
On May 11, "Entertainment Tonight" reported that "Pretty Little Liars" star Lucy Hale and boyfriend Anthony Kalabretta have split and that the two also appear to have unfollowed each other on social media and deleted many of their photos of one another. Though the source who revealed the news did not give a reason for the breakup, they did have this to say: "She became a homebody when they were dating. They stayed in a lot. She really loved him." The pair were first linked in June 2015.
Country music duo Dan + Shay's Dan Smyers married longtime love Abby Law on May 13 during a sunset ceremony in Nashville, People reported (see photos here). Dan's bandmate Shay Mooney was in the wedding party, as were the couple's three dogs: Chief, Joy and Ghost, who wore canine tuxes and a little doggie dress. The bride wore a strapless lace gown by Galia Lahav, while the groom donned a tux by Hugo Boss. They've been together for about four years.
On Mother's Day 2017, Kim Zolciak-Biermann and husband Kroy Biermann shared photos from what multiple outlets described as a vow renewal ceremony. People magazine says the timing lines up with when they first met seven years ago (they'll celebrate six years of marriage in November). Kim posted a slew of Instagram photos of herself, Kroy and their six kids in glamorous white wedding attire on a beach (People suspects they said "I do" again during a family vacation in Turks and Caicos). "I am the LUCKIEST wife/mother on this planet! I never will ever take my family for granted! God is so good!" Kim captioned one of the snapshots. And because she's Kim, she also posed topless in the ocean after the big event and posted that photo on Instagram too.
Straight from the horse's mouth! During a May 14 appearance on "Watch What Happens Live," Jenna Dewan Tatum confirmed one juicy, lingering Hollywood rumor and shot down another. She used to be a backup dancer for Justin Timberlake around the time he and Britney Spears split in the early aughts. And a little more. "We dated," Jenna confirmed. "Not that long. We were friends. Then we dated." But Jenna, who's now famously wed to Channing Tatum, insisted she was not JT's "rebound chick." In fact, she added, "We're still good friends. It's not as salacious as everyone thinks." Sadly though, she shot down the legendary story that Justin and Britney had a dance-off at a Los Angeles hotspot in the wake of their split. "Okay, so this dance-off situation — it never happened, people!" Jenna said. "No! It was in tabloids and everyone thought this happened. I really wish I could say that happened, because that would be the coolest story in the world!"
More than a year after Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne split amid the revelation that he'd been cheating, the reconciled pair renewed their wedding vows on Mother's Day in Las Vegas, according to a multiple reports. On May 15, The Mirror reported that their vow renewal took place inside a small chapel inside the Wynn Las Vegas and that Ozzy wrote his own vows and read them in front of Sharon and a very intimate group of family and friends. The couple will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary on July 4, 2017.
"Ex's and Oh's" singer Elle King is opening up about her broken heart and what's going on with her love life a month after she and Andrew Ferguson failed to celebrate their wedding as planned. It turns out they were already married — and are now, as she's previously hinted, split up. "We secretly got married 3 weeks after we met on 2/14/2016. It was and will forever be, one of the happiest days of my life. This photo was taken today, 5/15/2017. A month after what should have been our big wedding ceremony," she wrote alongside a photo of herself and her ex on Instagram. "My heart is broken. My soul aches. I am lost. He is the greatest love of my life. He is my best friend. As we separate, and attempt to find our footing through life, all I can hope for us is that we both find happiness within ourselves. I love you. You'll always have my heart. You'll always be my first husband." She also pleaded with her followers to go easy on them. "Please be respectful of our emotions and our space during this time. Everybody thought I lost my mind and I did. So, be kind."
In an interview on SiriusXM's "Morning Mash Up" on May 16, One Direction singer-turned-solo artist Liam Payne raised eyebrows when he referred to girlfriend Cheryl Cole as his "wife" while joking about his favorite hamburger. "I left my wife and child at home and I was straight out to In-N-Out Burger," he quipped. The comment sent fans into overdrive as people questioned whether the ultra-private pair — who welcomed son Bear Gray in March — had secretly wed. Liam wasn't pressed on his choice of words, although shortly after their son arrived, reports surfaced claiming that they were quietly planning to tied the knot. Just hours after Liam sent fans spiraling, a source told E! News that the pair are not yet married. "In fact," E! reported, "Liam calling the new mom his missus is a common slang term in the U.K. used when mentioning your S.O."
After a five-and-a-half-year run, prolific British music producer Mark Ronson and his wife, Josephine de La Baume, have decided to end their marriage. The French beauty cited irreconcilable differences as the cause of the split. While the pair is childless, the lingerie model is requesting spousal support from the music man. Ronson is best known for his close relationship with Amy Winehouse, as he produced her groundbreaking and legendary "Back to Black" album.
Former World Cup soccer star Abby Wambach and Christian mom blogger Glennon Doyle Melton are married! Abby shared their happy news — they wed on May 14 — on Instagram a day later. The couple, who started dating in November 2016, announced their engagement in February.
After a year of dating, Leonardo DiCaprio and Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal have broken up according to E! News. "They remain in touch and remain friends," a source told the outlet. "It's an amicable split, and they're moving forward." After briefly dating in 2014, Leo and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue stunner rekindled their romance in June 2016. Though the couple never publicly addressed their relationship, it did appear to be somewhat serious as Nina had apparently met Leo's mom a handful of times.
Kelly Rohrbach is off the market! The "Baywatch" beauty is dating Walmart heir Steuart Walton, according to a report by E! News. Though Kelly, 27, and Steuart, 34, have only been reportedly seeing each other for "four or five months," it's pretty serious. E!'s source shared that he takes her for "flying lessons on his personal plane." Aside from being on Walmart's board of director, Steuart has an incredibly impressive resume! He's also the CEO of Game Composites, a company which designs and builds small composite aircrafts, and he has a law degree from Georgetown University. Nice catch, Kelly!