Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the stars who found love, suffered heartbreak or experienced some other major event in their love lives in August 2020, starting with this surprise split… On Aug. 13, TMZ broke the news that sometime "within the last few weeks," Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson called it quits after nearly a year of dating. Later that day, the singer-actress confirmed the breakup news on Instagram Live, saying that she and the Australian singer-songwriter are "individually just working on ourselves to become the people that we wanna be" and are "going to continue to be friends." Us Weekly sources also said that the breakup is mutual and amicable. Now keep reading for more of the month's biggest celeb love life updates…
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Nearly four years after his split from Angelina Jolie, there's a new woman in Brad Pitt's life. On Aug. 26, photos of the Oscar winner and German model Nicole Poturalski traveling together in France emerged. OK! magazine (which has photos of the beauty) was the first to identify Nicole, who's used the name Nico Mary professionally, and detail their behavior. A source told the outlet that the two were acting like "loved up teenagers … They were kissing and Brad was being super-attentive to her. He was in a semi-public place but didn't seem to mind people seeing him." According to OK!, Brad (in a green jacket) flew into Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport from Los Angeles. Nicole (in tan pants and a hat) "was already in Paris, waiting in the Air France lounge for Brad when he flew in from LAX," said the source. It appears the then traveled by car to the nearby Le Bourget Airport and boarded a private flight to Le Castellet Airport, which is just 30 miles from Brad's home in France, Chateau Miraval.
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After months of rumors about the nature of their relationship, People magazine reported on Aug. 3 that Khloe Kardashian and her off-and-on boyfriend of several years, Tristan Thompson, officially reconciled in June. "They are very much together," said a source, adding that the reality star "is beyond happy."
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In early August, there were reports that Scott Disick and Sofia Richie's recently rekindled romance had "simmered down a little" as the father of three made "a big effort to refocus on himself and his family" amid his recent mental health issues. Then on Aug. 19, Us Weekly reported that, according to a source, the pair had actually "been off and on for two months" before breaking up "for good." The insider claimed that the model "really pushed to make things work between them after they initially broke up," but Scott ultimately made the call to end the relationship. The insider added that the pair are "no longer speaking" and that Scott "doesn't see them getting back together again in the future."
On Aug. 6, In Touch broke the news that Jennifer Garner and her boyfriend of about two years, businessman John Miller, quietly called it quits earlier this year. A source attributed the split to the coronavirus pandemic and said that "there's a possibility" they could rekindle their romance somewhere down the line. The same day the breakup made headlines, TMZ published photos of the actress and former "Alias" co-star Bradley Cooper hanging out at the beach in Malibu with his daughter, Lea. The webloid characterized the Aug. 5 photos as "flirty" and noted that the longtime pals were rumored to have dated back when they co-starred on the J.J. Abrams spy series. After sparking major romance rumors, TMZ later reported that according to sources, the duo "have been close friends for years" and "have spent time together with their significant others."
In late July, there were reports that Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye West were headed toward a divorce after six years of marriage. By mid-August, however, they'd reached "a better place" in their relationship — thanks in part to an early August family vacation to the Dominican Republic that was characterized by some media outlets as a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. An Us Weekly source said that Kim is now "focused on healing her relationship with Kanye," "wants him to know and feel that she is there for him through thick and thin" and "wants to keep everyone together and work things out for their kids." The source also noted, however, that although the family vacay "definitely helped put things at ease for the time being," Kimye's issues "go deeper than that and unfortunately won't just be solved with a trip."
On the Aug. 3 episode of "Late Night with Seth Meyers," Sean Penn revealed that he and his much younger love of about four years, 28-year-old "Animal Kingdom" actress Leila George, quietly tied the knot at their home on July 30. The Oscar winner, who turned 60 later in the month, characterized their nuptials as "a COVID wedding," noting that they exchanged vows while "a county commissioner on Zoom" oversaw the ceremony.
In late July, there were reports that Clare Crawley quit "The Bachelorette" just 12 days into shooting after falling madly in love with one of her suitors: former professional football player Dale Moss. Then on Aug. 4, multiple media outlets reported that it wasn't exactly love at first sight for the new couple: They reportedly connected before production commenced and "were basically already in love" by the time they arrived on set, according to one People magazine source. On Aug. 3, Life & Style reported that they're already engaged.
In other "The Bachelorette" news… On Aug. 6, E! News confirmed rampant speculation that former franchise star Becca Kufrin and her fiancé of two years, Garrett Yrigoyen, called it quits following his headline-making comments in support of police amid Black Lives Matter protests. A source said that the duo realized "their lifestyles don't mesh" and that "they aren't compatible anymore."
In other Bachelor Nation romance news… Vanessa Grimaldi — who got engaged to Nick Viall on season 21 of "The Bachelor" in 2017 — announced on Instagram that her boyfriend of around a year and a half, Josh Wolfe, proposed at Porte Saint-Louis in Quebec City on Aug. 9. … During an August interview with Us Weekly, Chris Randone revealed that his separation from his wife of a year, Krystal Nielson, is turning into a permanent split: She recently filed for divorce. (It'll be the first Bachelor Nation divorce.) … Amanda Stanton took to Instagram on Aug. 1 to introduce the new man in her life: attorney Oren Agman, whom she reportedly met through mutual friends and started dating in March. … Colton Underwood said in mid-August that he's "happily single" and that he and Cassie Randolph are now in a better place following a rough patch in the wake of their late-May breakup. … And Raven Gates said in mid-August that she and her fiancé, Adam Gottschalk, are considering eloping after pushing their wedding date multiple times amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Ashely Benson and G-Eazy sparked rumors they're secretly engaged — after just months of dating — when they stepped out for a casually dressed grocery store run in Los Angeles on Aug. 18 with the actress sporting a massive diamond sparkler on her ring finger — which she attempted to keep under wraps by walking with her hand in her pocket. (See it here.) In other mysterious engagement news… Tyra Banks sparked rumors that she and her boyfriend, Louis Bélanger-Martin, are also secretly engaged when she sported a massive diamond sparkler during an Aug. 8 outing in Santa Monica, California. (See it here.) But four days later, Us Weekly reported that, according to a source, they're "not engaged." In still more mysterious engagement news… Tamar Braxton claimed on Instagram on Aug. 1 that she and her boyfriend of about two years, David Adefeso, are engaged, though she later deleted the announcement, which she hasn't mentioned since.
On Aug. 19, People magazine broke the news that Gerard Butler and his off-and-on girlfriend of more than six years, Morgan Brown, recently called it quits. An Us Weekly source later said that the duo split because the "300" star "couldn't fully settle down with Morgan and commit."
Earlier this year, there were reports that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were getting along better as they continue to iron out their never-ending divorce. By August, however, things between them had apparently taken a dramatic downward turn. The trouble started when the Oscar-winning actress filed a request to have the private judge handling their case dismissed, citing a conflict of interest — which sources close to the A-list actor characterized as "a delay tactic." In mid-August, an Angelina source told Us Weekly that "no one wants this divorce finalized more than she does," while Brad sources said he's gearing up for a fight. "They're at a total impasse, and there's no end in sight," said one insider.
During an interview with Refinery29 that hit the Internet on Aug. 18, Lili Reinhart opened up about her journey to better handle her mental health issues amid the coronavirus pandemic. But her quotes were widely taken out of context, with multiple media outlets reporting that the "Riverdale" star was dishing on her recent breakup from Cole Sprouse when she said that "the last couple of months" had been "probably the most emotional few months" of her "entire life." She later tweeted that she "would never speak so candidly about something as personal as a breakup." But that didn't stop Cole from taking to Instagram on Aug. 19 to confirm that they did, in fact, split earlier this year.
Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause may have parted ways in late 2019, but their divorce drama just started heating up this month thanks to the third season of "Selling Sunset," which debuted on Aug. 7: Chrishell claimed on the Netflix reality show that she found out her marriage was over when Justin texted to tell her he'd filed for divorce and that she did't think he was serious at first. She also implied that he changed after shooting into the spotlight on "This Is Us." In the days that followed, a source close to Justin told Us Weekly that he was "irritated" Chrishell was "airing their private information publicly." The insider also hinted that "there is more to the story than is being told" and shot down speculation that Justin changed. "Chrishell knows that's not what happened, so for her to let people believe that is upsetting to him," said the source. But she wasn't done telling her side of the story: She also hinted that he was unfaithful by liking two tweets questioning the timeline of his relationship with his new girlfriend, Sofia Pernas. A Justin source told Us Weekly, however, that the rumors he cheated are "absolutely false," that he "didn't even start talking to Sofia until the spring of 2020″ and that while he may have texted Chrishell to tell her he finally filed for divorce, the marriage had been over for a while and she should not have been surprised by the move. Another Justin-friendly source said that his "friends are glad" that Chrishell "is no longer in his life." His first wife, Lindsay Korman-Hartley, entered the fray when she took to Instagram on Aug. 11 to show support for him amid the ongoing drama with Chrishell.
Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking tied the knot in "an intimate ceremony" at their home in southern Florida on Aug. 1.
On Aug. 10, Korean rapper-artist MeLoveMeAlot, who's never publicly revealed her real name, seemingly confirmed recent rumors that she and Post Malone are an item when she captioned a slideshow of photos and videos of them together, "All I want is him to be happy and I like to be in love." Across one image of the "Rockstar" chart-topper, she scrawled, "Please don't be mean to me. I'm not a bad person… I'm just a girl [who fell] in love with your Rockstar, ok?"
Dave Annable and Odette Annable took to Instagram on Aug. 3 to announce that they officially reconciled after revealing in October 2019 that they planned to call it quits on their marriage of nearly a decade.
On Aug. 4, TMZ broke the news that Paris Jackson recently decided to end the romantic aspect of her relationship with Gabriel Glenn — her boyfriend of two years, The Soundflowers bandmate and co-star on the Facebook Watch series "Unfiltered." According to the webloid, "the relationship just ran its course" and the breakup is amicable. The couple hinted they were headed for a split on the final episode of their web series.
Maya Hawke and Tom Sturridge confirmed rumors they're dating when they were snapped kissing in New York City on Aug. 2. (See photos here.) The 22-year-old "Stranger Things" star and the 34-year-old English actor were first linked in late July when they were seen heading to the beach together in the Hamptons.
Us Weekly reported on Aug. 19 that, according to a source, Dianna Agron and her husband of three years, Mumford & Sons guitarist Winston Marshall, "have been living separately since last year" and that the former "Glee" star is already dating again. In other "Glee" romance news… Jenna Ushkowitz took to Instagram on Aug. 2 to announce that she and her boyfriend of two years, David Stanley, are engaged.
On Aug. 17, Cara Santana revealed her romance with Shannon Leto — Jared Leto's brother and Thirty Seconds to Mars bandmate. The duo were snapped kissing and hugging during an outing in Santa Monica, California. (See photos here.) That same day, MailOnline broke the news that Cara's ex-fiancé, Jesse Metcalfe has also moved on. He's reportedly been dating Canadian model Corin Jamie Lee Clark since May. (See her here.) And things are already serious: The duo have been living together for two months now.
Joey King and "The Kissing Booth 2" co-star Taylor Zakhar Perez sparked romance rumors when they vacationed together with several other friends in early August to celebrate her 21st birthday. (See photos here.) But during an interview with "Entertainment Tonight" that popped up online on Aug. 5, the 28-year-old actor insisted they're just friends. (Later in the month, he said during a podcast interview that he "would love to be dating" the pretty brunette.) Joey was thought to be in a relationship with "The Act" and "Briarpatch" producer Steven Piet, but his regular appearances on her Instagram feed came to a sudden halt in late March. As for the other guy she recently dated… On the Aug. 11 episode of "The Howard Stern Show," the Emmy-nominated actress called her real-life breakup from "The Kissing Booth" co-star Jacob Elordi "a great thing," though she admitted during an interview for the September 2020 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, which debuted online on Aug. 11, that working with her ex again on "The Kissing Booth 2" was tough. Meanwhile, Us Weekly reported on Aug. 3 that, according to a source, Joey's older sister, "The Young and the Restless" star Hunter King, and her fiancé of nearly two years, cameraman Nico Svoboda, "called off their engagement a few months ago."
Kristin Cavallari sparked speculation that she and her ex-boyfriend and former "Laguna Beach" co-star Stephen Colletti are dating again when she took to Instagram on Aug. 4 to share a grainy photo of them looking cozy together. An Us Weekly source, however, insisted that the pair aren't dating and have simply "always been friends."
On Aug. 3, Instagram model Aileen Gisselle sparked rumors that she and Rob Kardashian are dating when she took to her Instagram Story to share a video of the reality star smiling during a night out at a restaurant, which she emphasized with a heart filter. She then shared a video of her feet clad in socks from Rob's Arthur George brand reading "heart my boyfriend" on the soles. (See her here.)
TMZ reported on Aug. 14 that under the terms of their divorce settlement, Ewan McGregor and his ex-wife, Eve Mavrakis, will split half of his royalties from his work in the "Star Wars" franchise, as well as other projects in which he appeared over the course of their 22-year marriage. The actor will hold on to a whopping 30 vehicles, while Eve is walking away from the marriage with five vehicles, a $6.62 million home in Los Angeles, her jewelry, some bank accounts (it's unclear how many) and a $501,704 lump-sum payment to even out their assets. She'll also get $14,934 per month in child support and $35,868 per month in spousal support, along with additional yearly payments if Ewan makes more than usual in any given year.
On the Aug. 16 episode of the "Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef" podcast, Constantine Maroulis confirmed recent rumors that he's been involved with three different stars of "The Real Housewives of New York City" over the years. He and Tinsley Mortimer "legitimately went out many years ago" and "genuinely really care for each other and liked each other," though he didn't necessarily agree when she started calling him "her boyfriend" because he doesn't "like titles," he said. He and Luann de Lesseps "had a lot of chemistry," he said, but were ultimately "just friends" who "enjoyed each other's company." They didn't date "officially for an extended period of time," he insisted. And finally, the Broadway star who found fame on "American Idol" said he also spent time with Ramona Singer… in her apartment! Constantine also revealed that he and Lea Michele "had a little moment together back in the day" when they crossed paths early in their Broadway careers.
Constantine Maroulis isn't the only man who's dated multiple "Housewives" stars and made headlines this month… Page Six reported on Aug. 3 that Harry Dubin is getting close to Tiger Woods' former mistress, Rachel Uchitel, who claims they're just friends. But Harry — who dated Sonja Morgan off and on for years, was married to Aviva Drescher and has been linked to Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer — is reportedly "madly in love" with Rachel. He admitted that he likes her "very much" and expressed hope that something more than friendship could happen between them in the future.
Ryan Eggold and Jill Martin sparked romance rumors when they brunched together in Southampton, New York, on Aug. 15. According to a Page Six source, the "New Amsterdam" star spent the weekend with the "Today" show correspondent, who's been quarantining in the Hamptons amid the coronavirus pandemic. A rep for the actor, however, insisted that the two NBC stars are just friends.
Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz spent August fueling rumors they're already married following an engagement of less than two months. First, she took to her Instagram Story to share a photo of him wearing what appeared to be a gold wedding band. (See it here.) Then on Aug. 18, Brooklyn commented on a photo of Nicola, "My wife."
On Aug. 14, "Schitt's Creek" star Noah Reid took to Instagram to announce that he married actress Clare Stone on the beach at Lake Huron in Ontario on July 25.
Here's one we haven't heard before: On Aug. 18, TMZ reported that Tracy Morgan is asking the judge handling his divorce to order his estranged wife, Megan Wollover, to legally restore her maiden name once they're no longer married.
In other weird divorce news… Two months after Stacey Dash filed to divorce her fourth husband, Jeffrey Marty, he filed documents asking to have their marriage annulled instead. TMZ reported on Aug. 19 that the lawyer claims he only married the actress after her pastor and other clergy members put "some serious religious pressure on him." According to the webloid, Jeffrey alleges that 10 days before they tied the knot, the "Clueless" alum's pastor "unexpectedly and suddenly proclaimed that it was God's will" they wed. He claims he wasn't able to properly consent to the marriage because of "hypnotic prayer techniques" used on him. Stacey, meanwhile, says there was no indication her husband's mental state had been altered when they exchanged vows, but she's not fighting him on the matter, instead agreeing that the marriage should be annulled as soon as possible.
In still more shocking divorce news… On Aug. 4, TMZ reported that Dr. Dre's estranged wife, Nicole Young, is contesting their prenup, arguing that she was forced to sign it after the music mogul and his lawyers subjected her to "extraordinary pressure and intimidation" before they wed in 1996. She also claims that Dre once admitted "he felt ashamed" for forcing her to sign the prenup and "tore up multiple copies of the agreement" in front of her. "Since the day he tore up the agreements, we both understood that there was no premarital agreement, and that it was null and void," she alleges. Sources close to the billionaire contest her version of events.
"Too Hot to Handle" star Harry Jowsey sparked rumors that he's dating Kylie Jenner's BFF, Stassie Karanikolaou, when he took to Instagram on Aug. 2 to share two photos of them hanging out together. The duo have been seen together several times since mid-summer.
In early August, JoJo Siwa took to TikTok to reveal that she's dating Mark Bontempo, the younger brother of influencer Madison Bontempo.
"Shahs of Sunset" star Lilly Ghalichi and her off-and-on husband of three years, Dara Mir, are off again: According to Us Weekly, she filed for divorce in Los Angeles on Aug. 7. He previously filed to legally end their marriage in August 2019, but by that October, they'd reconciled.
According to TMZ, MC Lyte filed to divorce her husband of three years, John Wyche, in Los Angeles on Aug. 17, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.
Angela Simmons took to Instagram on Aug. 8 to reveal her romance with boxing champ Daniel Jacobs. Since then, they haven't been shy about packing on the PDA on social media.
UFC champ Conor McGregor took to Instagram on Aug. 8 to announce that he and his girlfriend of more than a decade, Dee Devlin, are engaged.