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 mid-August 2019, starting with the shocking love quadrangle between a pair of A-listers — Miley Cyrus and estranged husband Liam Hemsworth — and a couple of reality TV stars — Brody Jenner and former partner Kaitlynn Carter. Keep reading to see how this totally unexpected drama played out…
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On Aug. 10, a rep for Miley Cyrus released a statement to multiple media outlets announcing that the pop star and her husband of less than eight months, Liam Hemsworth, have called it quits: "Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time. Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what's best while they both focus on themselves and careers. They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart," read the statement. The following day, Miley alluded to the breakup on Instagram, writing about evolution and the inevitably of change, as well as respecting her growth process, in the caption of a slideshow of photos of herself on vacation. Liam was more forthright in an Aug. 13 Instagram post: "Just a quick note to say that Miley and I have recently separated and I wish her nothing but health and happiness going forward," he wrote. In the days that followed, there were conflicting reports about what went wrong between the A-listers. A People magazine source said that the split "isn't shocking" to the people who know the former couple, who "still had a lot of issues" after they reconciled following a 2013 split. "They're not on the same page when it comes to a lot of fundamental things that make a relationship work," said the insider. An E! News source, meanwhile, said that the duo "were drifting apart" and "trying to make it work for months now but haven't felt they were connecting on the level they were feeling when they got married last year." The insider added that Miley and Liam "have been spending a lot of time apart" and "really grew apart" as the singer turned her attention to her new music, while the actor "focused on a more simplified lifestyle." According to the E! source, "Miley and Liam have still been communicating and it wasn't a messy split but they have decided they are at different points in their lives currently." But then TMZ's sources started pointing fingers, claiming that Miley made "a valiant attempt" to save the marriage and pushed for couples counseling, but Liam — whom Us Weekly reported is "really sad about the breakup" — "didn't come close to meeting her halfway." (Another Us Weekly source said Miley "wanted to make her relationship with Liam work more than anything," but ultimately, she's the one who pulled the plug on the marriage.) After that, TMZ's sources started painting a much darker picture of the split, alleging that Miley left Liam because he was "drinking a lot and using certain drugs." The webloid's Liam sources, however, denied those allegations: "This is another attempt by Miley to distract from her infidelity and recent outrageous public behavior," said one source. (It's unclear when or with whom Miley cheated, but more on that to come!) On Aug. 14, People magazine's sources echoed the Liam-hard-partying line: "Everyone always thinks Miley is problematic and immature and a hardcore partier while he's this chill surfer dude, but that's actually [not accurate]," said one source. "Liam parties with his friends, and Miley thinks he should've grown out of that by now." Another insider described the actor as "moody" and said that Miley has "been supportive of him when things get dark, but it's tough." Added the source, "That's something that has weighed on Miley and their relationship. He can also lash out at her, and he hates the attention their ups and downs bring." Said yet another insider, "He loves that she has her own career and focus, but he also wants a wife who cooks and would stay home with the kids." As for Miley's behavior post-split, "She's genuinely trying to have fun and put on a good face," said one People source. "Yes, she's trying to push Liam's buttons whether she'll admit it or not, but she's hurt." Speaking of her post-split behavior…
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On Aug. 9 — a day before she and Liam Hemsworth announced their breakup — Miley Cyrus was caught on camera kissing Brody Jenner's former partner, Kaitlynn Carter, at a hotel on Italy's Lake Como. Two days later, Page Six reported that, according to a source, the two women have actually been hooking up for "a couple of months," and their relationship was "no secret" to Brody, who's "totally OK with it." According to the insider, the star of "The Hills: New Beginnings" is "still friends" with Kaitlynn and Miley and "there's no drama" between them — he and the pop star have "known each other for years," and he's actually the one who introduced her to Kaitlynn. (The Page Six source adds that Kaitlynn clearly had "some other priorities" during her alleged marriage to Brody — "and you now know what they are.") A People magazine source, however, said that Miley and Kaitlynn are "just having fun" and that the former child star "wasn't introducing Kaitlynn as her girlfriend" and "only called Kaitlynn her friend" during their vacay. After the Miley-Kaitlynn news broke, Brody made light of the situation on Instagram, joking that pics of him and Liam "holding hands on the beach" are "coming soon." Miley caught wind of the comment and replied by teasing Brody about a fight he had with Kaitlynn that appeared on "The Hills" earlier this summer: "Go take a nap in your truck and cool off," she wrote. (On the show, he went to sleep in his truck after getting into a major blow-up with Kaitlynn.) But the banter is all in good fun, says the Page Six insider: "Brody wants his ex to be happy and he's friends with Miley," said the source. "Miley's comment was in jest. She was joking about him sleeping in his car because they're friends. She knew about that episode. There are no issues." Liam, meanwhile, is reportedly "devastated" by Miley's new romance. "He was heartbroken and blindsided by those photos," said a Page Six source. There have been conflicting reports about whether or not Miley started seeing Kaitlynn before she and the actor separated. On Aug. 14, Us Weekly reported that the blonde beauties only became close "within the past few weeks because they connected over their breakups and leaned on each other." Page Six sources echoed that there was no cheating on either Miley or Liam's part. But TMZ reports that the singer-actress and the star of "The Hunger Games" parted ways because of her infidelity issues. (It's unclear if the "infidelity issues" involved Kaitlynn or someone else.)
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Meanwhile, TMZ reported on Aug. 13 that Brody Jenner, 35, has already moved on from Kaitlynn Carter with Jose Canseco's 22-year-old daughter, Josie Canseco, who's a model. According to the webloid, sources close to the new couple say that they've "been seeing each other as of late" and "seem like a good match for now." The duo reportedly met in New York City earlier this summer through Brody's "The Hills: New Beginnings" co-stars Frankie Delgado and Brandon Lee. "Brody and Josie hit it off and have been hanging out A LOT over the past few weeks, kissing each other and showing tons of PDA around friends. They seem to be taking things somewhat slow, we're told, but it's clear they're romantically involved," writes TMZ, noting that the reality star is "over Kaitlynn after their split and couldn't care less who she dates."
Taylor Swift sparked rumors that she and her boyfriend of nearly three years, actor Joe Alwyn, are secretly engaged when she shared lyrics from her song "Lover" — the title track from her upcoming album — with Vogue as part of an interview that hit the Internet on Aug. 8. "My heart's been borrowed and yours has been blue. All's well that ends well to end up with you," she sings, alluding to the "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" that brides wear on their wedding day.
Caitriona Balfe and longtime love Tony McGill tied the knot in a Roman Catholic service at St. Mary's Church in Bruton, Somerset, England, on Aug. 10. The bride's "Outlander" co-star Sam Heughan was reportedly on hand for the nuptials.
On the Aug. 12 episode of her "Queen Radio" show, Nicki Minaj confirmed reports that she and her boyfriend of less than a year, Kenneth Petty, have obtained two marriage licenses in recent months and plan to marry sometime soon. "We filed for the marriage license and we still had to pick it up and I was traveling, by the time I came back, we had to renew it again," she said. "From that time, you have 90 days to get married. That was about a week ago, so now I have about 80 days." She went on to say that she and her controversial beau plan to make their marriage official with a small ceremony before having a bigger wedding later: "I have to work on my album and I have a lot to focus on that I don't want to do the big wedding now. We'll do the big wedding later," she said. "I'll be married before my album comes out but will have my wedding after the album comes out. Before the 90 days is over, yes, I will be married." Added the rapper, "I'm very happy about that because my baby makes me so happy."
E! News reported on Aug. 9 that, according to a source, Mischa Barton broke up with her boyfriend of more than two years, model James Abercrombie, "to focus on her career." Explained the insider, "This is the first time Mischa is actually having a second life in her career, and she wants to focus on it. … That's the reason she broke up with him." Continued the E! source, "It's a new Mischa, and she is super-happy about her future again. … She is all focused on the best she can be. She is really focused on her career. She is changing her life."
Matt Bellamy married model Elle Evans in Malibu on Aug. 10. The Muse frontman, who was previously engaged twice before — to Kate Hudson, with whom he shares a son, and to psychologist Gaia Polloni — took to Instagram to share a stunning shot from their seaside nuptials: "Mr. & Mrs. Bellamy," he wrote in the caption.
Tarek El Moussa and his new girlfriend, Heather Rae Young, went Instagram official on Aug. 8. "it's official!!!! After more than 3 years on my own I'm so PROUD to say that this beautiful, sweet and talented young lady is my girlfriend!" the "Flip or Flop" star captioned a slideshow of photos of himself and the "Selling Sunset" personality. "I'll be honest and say I never thought I would meet someone special in my life after the last three years. Then…out of the blue @heatherraeyoung walked into my life. The first time I saw her smile she 'did that thing to my tummy' and I knew right away I needed to get to know her… so I asked her out!! She said yes😎 In life you can't predict the future! I couldn't predict divorce! I couldn't predict two cancers! I couldn't predict my back injury! You just never know what tomorrow brings. I just want to let the world know I met someone special that makes me want to be a better man 🙂 So let's all welcome @heatherraeyoung into my life. It's still new and we are both so excited for the future! So tell me!! Are we a cute couple or what?" Heather, meanwhile, posted a slideshow of her own: "My heart is so full and happy. Sometimes someone comes into your life and you just know they are meant to be there. This incredible man @therealtarekelmoussa came into my life at the perfect time and I haven't stopped smiling since. I am so proud to call him my boyfriend, I just look at him in awe at what an amazing, talented and kind human he is. @therealtarekelmoussa thank you for honking your boat horn at me the day we met, that will forever be the moment that you became my game changer. ❤️ You + me," she wrote in the caption. A few days later, Tarek told "People Now" that he and Heather have actually been dating "for a few months." He told "Entertainment Tonight" that she's even met his kids, while she told Radar Online that she's "not at all" worried about the fact that he's still working with his ex-wife, Christina Anstead, on "Flip or Flop" because she's "confident" in their relationship and "fully supportive of everything" he does. (She also admitted that the first time he asked her out, she said no because she was involved with someone else at the time.) On Aug. 13, the duo sat down with PeopleTV's "Reality Check" for their first joint interview as a couple — during which they chatted about their relationship while recapping other reality TV news stories.
"Bachelor in Paradise" alums Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon tied the knot in a ceremony officiated by "The Bachelor" producer Elan Gale in Rhode Island on Aug. 11. According to People magazine, which published exclusive photos from the nuptials, guests included Bachelor Nation personalities Nick Viall and Dean Unglert, who served as groomsmen, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick, Evan Bass and Carly Waddell, Ben Higgins, Becca Tilley, Olivia Caridi, JJ Lane and Chris Strandburg. The bride donned an Ines Di Santo gown as she and the groom exchanged rings by Bachelor Nation jeweler Neil Lane. The groom's dog, Clark, served as the ring bearer. During the reception, for which Ashley changed into a second dress, the newlyweds shared their first dance to a rendition of "Ever the Same" performed by "American Idol" alum David Cook. After the wedding, the couple jetted off to Italy's Amalfi Coast for their honeymoon.
Yolanda Hadid and her previously unidentified boyfriend beamed during a PDA-packed outing in New York City on Aug. 13, 2019. The duo reportedly picked up coffee on the way to visit the reality star's daughter, Gigi Hadid, at her Manhattan pad. A day after the much-photographed outing, the former model took to Instagram to publicly identify her mystery man as Joseph Jingoli: "This much I know is true, that god blessed the broken road that lead me straight to you…. 🎼 #MyMysteryMan #JoeyJingoli #ILoveYou," she captioned a slideshow of photos of them together. Later, she took to Twitter to reveal that she and her beau have been seeing each other for eight months and are "going strong."
Radar Online reported on Aug. 8 that, according to a source who's intel should probably be taken with a grain of salt, Ryan Seacrest Back and Shayna Taylor are "back on" following a February hiccup in their off-and-on relationship of several years. "Ryan is trying to win her back for good and going to great lengths to better himself personally. That means he's even told her he's going to therapy to understand what makes him tick," said the alleged insider. "Before the breakup, Shayna was ready to get married and they talked about it. … Ryan has always been hesitant about taking the plunge. For some reason it's just not in his wiring to get married. But Shayna wasn't going to wait any longer considering they'd been together for years and she felt he should know what he wants. So she gave him an ultimatum. They ended up breaking up and he even gave her money as a parting gift! Shayna didn't want to waste her time anymore on someone who didn't see marriage in his future." Now the "American Idol" host is going to great lengths to prove that he's serious about reconciling with Shayna, says the source: "He told Shayna that he's getting professional help to understand more about himself. … So Shayna is taking it slow, but they are trying to rekindle their romance and are hanging out again. … They've been going away together recently and taking it step by step to see where it goes. … Shayna doesn't want to get her heart broken again, but she's willing to see what happens given that Ryan is working on himself and trying to understand why he is the way he is." The insider adds that the "Live" host "loves Shayna very much and will do whatever it takes to be with her."
On the Aug. 12 episode of Andy Cohen's "Radio Andy" show, Wendy Williams admitted that she knew about her estranged husband Kevin Hunter's affair with Sharina Hudson "for years." She went on to say that she stayed with her ex for so long because she didn't want to disrupt their son's life. "I had to get my ducks in a row," she added. It wasn't until Kevin Jr. moved away for college that she finally felt free to file for divorce: "The person that I am now is very single because he's not living with me — he goes to school in Miami," she said. When Andy asked Wendy if she would've stayed with Kevin had his affair not become headline news, she fired back, "Are you out of your mind? … No, dear, no. I can take a lot, but I'm not raising a family." Kevin Sr. and his longtime mistress welcomed a baby girl earlier this year.
Bella Thorne and her ex, Mod Sun, were at it again after the actress took to Instagram in early August to share a video from their non-legally-binding wedding — which she edited to play along with audio of herself reading a poem she wrote about depression — to promote her book of poetry, "The Life of a Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarray." In the caption, she explained that she "put depression over this video" because it was her "best description visually" of how "in your happiest moments of life you can still feel that underlying sadness creeping in reminding you to work on your mental state." She then concluded the post by writing, "Ps. No, mod and I never really got married, this was one of his bday presents he wanted 🙂 so my friends and I threw together a beautiful night of laughter." The rapper took to Twitter on Aug. 7 to argue that they did, in fact, really get married: "Seriously…..don't use our wedding video to promote ur book. Don't disrespect my idea of what love is…if u were faking it that day then u really are an amazing actress. Stop being intentionally hurtful to people healing." Bella responded by tweeting screen shots of a text conversation with her ex in which he seemingly gave her permission to share the video to promote her book. ("I still wanna post our wedding video. It's so sweet. For my book. Is that ok?" she asked. Mod Sun replied with an affirmative and asked if she could send the video to him as well. "I just wanna see it + be happy. One of my favorite memories of my life," he texted. "It's so beautiful. I'll never forget," responded Bella after sending the clip.) She captioned the screen shots, "After we broke up.. U just keep lying and u won't stop, I was trying to remember how beautiful we were sad. V sad u brought us to this." She wrote in a second tweet, "It's so sad🤕🤕 don't u remember mod u broke up w me April 15th the anniversary of my fathers death? Cmon now." Mod Sun replied by explaining that while he may have given Bella permission to share the clip before they started publicly feuding, that doesn't mean she has his permission now: "That text was MAY 2 when we were still trying to work things out..look at what ensued after that. I said u could THEN + I'm shocked u did NOW. What I think is disgusting is ur PS remark where u lied + discredited our entire marriage in one sentence. I haven't lied once u know it," he tweeted, adding in a second tweet that "now might be a good time to mention why at this point (3 months later) I wouldn't want to be used in the promotion for ur book." He then alleged that he did the artwork for the cover of her book — which she's attributed to herself. "I did your artwork + u claimed u did it! That's so disrespectful. I can't support," he tweeted.
Us Weekly reported on Aug. 12 that, according to a source, Justin Bieber and wife Hailey Bieber are now looking at the fall for their big wedding for family and friends, though they've yet to land on a venue: "[They] still don't have a wedding date but they are starting to look at fall dates. … It will be very small," said the insider. The pair, who tied the knot in a New York City courthouse in September 2018, have already delayed their big wedding multiple times.
Camila Cabello made her relationship with Shawn Mendes Instagram official on his 21st birthday, Aug. 8. "Happy birthday to this magic human, I love you!!!!" she captioned a throwback photo of them together. The previous evening, an Instagram fan account posted a video of the duo passionately kissing at the "Stitches" singer's birthday party.
On the Aug. 13 episode of "Bachelor in Paradise," Blake Horstmann and Hannah Godwin revealed their secret history: A week before they started shooting the reality show, Blake flew to Hannah's hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, for a visit. "We met up and we had a conversation and then we kissed," said the blonde beauty, who insisted that she "went home" after they smooched. (The revelation devastated Dylan Barbour, who's been pursuing Hannah hard since the first episode of Season 6.) But that wasn't the end of the drama for Blake, who previously fessed up to hooking up with Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Kristina Schulman within 24 hours of each other…
On the Aug. 14 episode of Nick Viall's podcast, the former star of "The Bachelor" dished on Blake Horstmann's decision to share his private text messages with Caelynn Miller-Keyes on Instagram last week, alleging that he heard from other Bachelor Nation personalities that Blake admitted he knew Caelynn was "going to look bad" if he shared the texts. "I know that he threatened people about releasing these text messages for months … which makes it all that more premeditated," said the former star of "The Bachelor." He continued of Blake's decision to delete the messages after they went viral, "He ended up deleting it when it got really nasty, but it's not like he didn't realize. This whole idea, 'I didn't think this would affect her the way it did' — he knew. He admitted to it. There's texts out here of him saying this." Continued Nick, "Blake tried to show up to 'Paradise' and pretend to be someone he's not. He wanted people to keep thinking he was, say, more Ben Higgins than [a womanizer]. … It didn't go his way and then he decided to retaliate. … It was more important for him to try to change people's opinions back to like, 'Oh, Blake is just a sweet boy [and] this was just one weekend where he got a little drunk and had a little bit of sex.' No, he's been [hooking up] like crazy for an entire year."
Meanwhile, despite her connection with Derek Peth, Demi Burnett admitted that she's not over the woman she was casually dating before "Bachelor in Paradise" started shooting. "I have been dating a woman back home. I do miss her and I think about her all the time," she said. She later came clean to Derek about the girl back home, clarifying that she and the woman weren't exclusive and that she was still "very much interested" in pursuing a relationship with him. After the Aug. 13 episode aired, Bachelor Nation's Tanner Tolbert compared Demi's situation to Jed Wyatt's on the most recent season of "The Bachelorette." (Star Hannah Brown broke off her engagement to Jed after she found out that he had a serious girlfriend when he went on the show.) Demi caught wind of Tanner's since-deleted tweet and fired back on Twitter that her situation was "not the same at all." Responded Tanner, "It's not the same thing? Then how did I hear about your 'plan' before filming even started?" Replied Demi, "There was NO PLAN. You are speaking on something you HEARD about as if it is a fact. I was 100% honest and upfront the entire time. You are a grown … man tweeting about rumors." After that, Tanner explained Demi's alleged "plan," tweeting, "Before filming even began I heard that Demi planned to leave the show engaged to this girl… I support Demi fully, but she could have proposed off the show. I am tired of everyone talking beforehand and pre planning these relationships."
On Aug. 10, "Southern Charm" star Ashley Jacobs took to her Instagram Story to share a photo of Amanda Stanton's ex-boyfriend, Bobby Jacobs, smiling while gazing at his phone. She added the heart filter to the pic, sparking rumors that she and the volleyball player are more than friends. She also shared pictures of Bobby posing with stuffed animals they won at Southern California's OC Fair. Two days later, Amanda took to her own Instagram Story to reveal that she actually ran into Bobby at the very same fair while he was on a date — either with Ashley or another woman. "It was pretty crappy. I always imagined running into an ex looking super hot and playing it cool…but that's def not how it went down," she wrote. "We never even broke up in person and I hadn't seen him since! I turned the corner at the fair and there he was. [My daughter] ran up to him and I had no choice but to say hi. But I was shaking & def had no chill… & he was on a date. And I looked fine…but not 'you're about to see you ex with another girl' fine…. But I'm laughing about it now."
Morgan Stewart took to her Instagram Story on Aug. 9 to announce that she and Brendan Fitzpatrick have called it quits after three years of marriage. "Brendan and I have spent six wonderful years together, but we have made the difficult decision to go our separate ways," she wrote. She then indirectly addressed the rumors that they called it quits earlier this year because she had an affair with one of her E! bosses, writing, "I wanted to take the time to clarify that our reason for separating has nothing to do with anything other than two people who sadly grew apart, deciding what's best for themselves in the next phase of their lives." Concluded the former "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills" star, "I will always have a tremendous amount of love and respect for Brendan and our relationship. I hope this clears up any confusion going forward."
Us Weekly reported on Aug. 12 that, according to a source, Jeremy Meeks and Chloe Green "split about two months ago" but are "off and on still speaking." Three days earlier, the Topshop heiress was photographed kissing Rommy Gianni, the captain of the Monte Carlo Polo Team, on her father's yacht in the Mediterranean. (See the photos here.) According to the Us Weekly source, the "Hot Felon" was "surprised" to see his ex canoodling with someone new so soon. Chloe is reportedly selling the home she and Jeremy shared in London. The duo — who were first linked in July 2017 after they were also seen kissing on a yacht — previously weathered split rumors in May. As for Rommy, he previously romanced Shannon De Lima, who was married to Marc Anthony… who seriously dated Chloe Green in 2013.
Us Weekly reported on Aug. 8 that Scott Disick, 36, doesn't plan to propose to 20-year-old Sofia Richie anytime soon: "Scott feels like, 'Why change something if it is working?'" said a source. "And Sofia is still, obviously, very young." That said, marriage is "still talked about between Scott and Sofia and between the other members of the Kardashian family," said the insider.
Dog the Bounty Hunter's daughter, Bonnie Chapman, took to her Instagram Story on Aug. 11 to slam reports that her father, Duane Chapman, is dating again following the death of his wife, Beth Chapman, in late June. (The rumor mill went into overdrive after Dog was seen dining with a female friend in Los Angeles on Aug. 10.) "Pissed on my father's behalf that he can't go on a business dinner without someone speculating he's on a date," she wrote. "Leave our family alone please. Leave my father alone, let him try to continue our business in peace. … If you really wanna know who she is, she's a member of our crew, and dad was out with 8 other people at that dinner."
The Blast reported on Aug. 12 that Jesse Williams and his ex-wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, are headed to trial on Sept. 5 to continue their battle over child and spousal support after failing to reach an agreement in court-ordered mediation. The "Grey's Anatomy" actor is seeking to lower the $100K in support he pays each month to his former missus, while the mother of two is arguing that in addition to the current rate, her ex owes her $1 million in retroactive support payments.
After Geena Davis's longtime partner, Reza Jarrahy, filed for divorce in mid-2018 and asked for spousal support and a division of assets, the actress claimed that they were never legally married and therefore, he isn't entitled to any of her fortune. But TMZ reported on Aug. 12 that in a recent deposition as part of their divorce case, she contradicted her previous allegations that they never intended to make their marriage legal: "We intended to become married well before I was pregnant. … We did not discuss having a false marriage. … We intended to become married — to be really married, yes, we did intend that," said the "Thelma & Louise" star, who gave birth to their first child seven months after she and the surgeon purportedly tied the knot in a ceremony involving a Catholic priest. During the deposition, Geena also admitted that she lied to Oprah Winfrey about her marriage during an old interview for the media mogul's eponymous talk show. According to the doctor's lawyer, the actress "bragged about [her] marriage to Reza and what a great husband he was" during the interview.
On Aug. 7, Colton Haynes' attorney filed a settlement between the actor and his ex, Jeff Leatham, as part of their ongoing divorce. According to TMZ, "there was no hassle over finances — both sides agreed to keep their earnings during the brief marriage separate." TMZ adds that a source described the negotiation process between the two men — who did not have a prenup — as "amicable" and "peaceful."
It's official: Us Weekly reported on Aug. 14 that after weeks of making their fans wonder about the status of their relationship, Olivia Jade and Jackson Guthy are back together.
During an Aug. 12 interview with Us Weekly, Ian Ziering clarified that his "BH90210" alter ego's troubled marriage isn't based on his real relationship with wife Erin Ludwig. On the show, the character that he plays — a heightened version of himself — finds out that his wife, a fitness model, is having an affair. "It has no relation to my current [relationship]," said the former teen idol. "I was married once before. So let's leave it there. It's not my current situation." (Ian was married to Playboy model Nikki Schieler from 1997 to 2002.) The actor then explained that his missus was worried that viewers would draw conclusions about which parts of his real life inspired his "BH90210" storyline — as is the case for most actors on the surreal series: "My wife was concerned that people were going to think that she was the one running around, and it's pretty clear that she's not," he said. "We're very committed. We've got two kids, so it's obviously not her [on whom the wife character is based]. … She raised that point when she knew that it starts off with me catching my wife cheating, and I had to remind her that I was married once before."
Us Weekly reported on Aug. 14 that, according to a source, Jennifer Garner's new boyfriend, John Miller, is a good influence on her ex-husband, Ben Affleck. "Jen having a boyfriend has been the best thing to happen to Ben and Jen in a long time," said the insider. "Ben's become a better parent. … He's really showing Jen that he can be a better person. … They're co-parenting in a way they never have before." As for how the A-list actor feels about his former love's new beau, "Ben has no problem with John," said the source, noting that John's daughters from a previous marriage have "playdates with Jen and Ben's kids." Added the insider, "Ben totally trusts him." Jen, meanwhile, reportedly feels like she's "finally found a true partner" in John.
Brad Falchuk opened up about his relationship with wife Gwyneth Paltrow during an interview with WSJ Magazine that hit the Internet on Aug. 13. "I'm moving in September. We've just done it slowly," the super-producer said of their decision to hold off on living together. "Divorce is terrible, even when it's the right thing to do. And it's really hard on kids. Come September, we're all gonna 'Brady Bunch' it up, and it'll be great." (The duo, who tied the knot in September 2018, took their time moving in together to avoid disrupting their kids' lives, they've said. They each have a son and a daughter from a previous marriage.) "There's a media version of her and me, but we're just home cooking dinner. Or she's just cooking me breakfast. That's all. We could not be a more normal couple," he added of their life in the spotlight. "Gwyneth has a very tough skin. She's like, 'You've got to relax.' At the end of the day, we're getting into bed together… and nothing from the outside world or anybody's opinion means anything."
During an interview for the cover of Marie Claire, which hit the Internet on Aug. 13, Cara Delevingne opened up about falling in love with her girlfriend, Ashley Benson: "We weren't looking for it," she said. "It was really just very authentic and natural."
On the Aug. 13 episode of the new "Access Hollywood" digital series "Golf Cart Confessions," Rachel Lindsay revealed that she hooked up with "two out of three" finalists on her season of "The Bachelorette" in 2017. One of them was her now-fiancé, Bryan Abasolo, but she refused to specify which of the other two men — Peter Kraus or Eric Bigger — she got intimate with in the fantasy suite. She went on to say that Bryan knows all about what happened with the other guy: "I was very honest with Bryan," the former Bachelorette said. "We weren't together technically yet, right? It doesn't count until you put a ring on it." She also confessed that her father thought "something [was] off" with Peter when they met, that she was worried what people would think if she didn't get engaged to a black man, that she wants four kids and Bryan wants two sets of twins back-to-back, that they plan to have about 150 guests at their upcoming wedding and that their first time together (in the fantasy suite) wasn't awkward at all.
The Aug. 12 episode of "Teen Mom OG" showed the cracks in Amber Portwood's relationship with Andrew Glennon that contributed to their current situation. During a chat with her therapist, the reality star admitted that her beau had been getting on her nerves lately. "It's really something I need to figure out before it gets to the point that I'm going to sabotage this relationship, which would be horrible," she said "I just wish I didn't get triggered so … easily. It's like a ticking time bomb." She went on to say that she felt like she was at the breaking point in their relationship.
"The Doctors" star Dr. Travis Stork and Parris Bell tied the knot in an intimate ceremony officiated by their mutual best friend, a woman named Julie, at the Alabaster Collective in Nashville on Aug. 3. "We did a thing yesterday. It was perfect. 8.3.19," the former star of "The Bachelor" captioned an Instagram slideshow of photos from their wedding day. After saying "I do," the newlyweds jetted off to Hawaii for their honeymoon.
On the Aug. 8 episode of her "Brain Candy" podcast, "The Challenge" star Sarah Rice announced that she and her husband of four years, Landon Patterson, are calling it quits. "We're gonna get a divorce — or we're getting one. We're going through the whole process," she said. "In this whole evolution of myself, I kind of learned what I want. … Two people can be really good but not a good fit." Continued the former "The Real World" star, "I was like, 'I just have to tell him that I love him, but I'm just not in love with him.' It's real hard to do. It's kind of like a palm tree and an oak tree. They're both strong trees, but if you put them next to each other, one's not going to survive."
Meanwhile, Us Weekly reported on Aug. 13 that "The Challenge" stars Tori Deal and Jordan Wiseley are engaged. The proposal reportedly took place during the filming of the upcoming season of the MTV reality show, which premieres on Aug. 28. "We could not be happier to spend the rest of our lives together," the couple said in a statement. "Right now we do not have a date set but we are looking at fall 2020," they continued. "We have a lot coming our way in the next year so we are just going to take our time and really enjoy our engagement!" A source close to the duo added that Tori, who was "shocked" by the proposal, and Jordan are "crazy about each other."
According to the Associated Press, "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris filed to divorce his wife of 20 years, Dr. Rania "Rainbow" Barris, in Los Angeles on Aug. 9 — his 45th birthday. The anesthesiologist previously filed for divorce in 2014, but the following year, she and the super-producer reconciled and withdrew their divorce petition. The former couple tied the knot in 1999 and share six children. Their marriage loosely inspired "Black-ish."
YouTube star Jackie Aina and her longtime boyfriend, Denis Asamoah, got engaged in Santorini, Greece, while celebrating her 32nd birthday. Following the proposal, the beauty influencer told Us Weekly that she and her husband-to-be plan on having two weddings: an American wedding and a more traditional ceremony that honors her Nigerian heritage.
In an excerpt from "The Father Hood: Inspiration for the New Dad Generation" published by Australia's WHO magazine, Hugh Jackman shares the secret to his marriage of more than 20 years with Deborra-lee Furness: "Before we had kids, Deb and I made a pretty simple but powerful choice to look each other in the eye at every crossroads in life. Those crossroads are sometimes big, sometimes they're small, sometimes you don't even realize they're crossroads until you look back," he said. "But at those moments, we said we'd ask each other, 'Is this good or bad for our marriage?' Or, now that we've got kids, 'Is this good or bad for our family?' And as often as possible, we do the thing that is good for our family."
On the Aug. 12 episode of "Watch What Happens Live," a fan named Jacob called in to ask out Andy Cohen. "I just think you're so attractive, Andy, and if you ever come to Austin, I would love to take you out on a date," said the extremely confident 22 year old from Austin, Texas. "I want to take you out. I'll pick you up at the airport, take you out, pay for everything. It's good." Jacob then offered to fly to New York City to meet Andy in his hometown. "I'll DM you and we can talk about this in Instagram DMs," he added. Joked the Bravo host of Jacob's bold suggestion, "He's running the show here! … Alright, I like it. Maybe I need a bossy 22 year old."
Chris Zylka is putting his failed engagement to Paris Hilton behind him… On Aug. 11, the actor had a tattoo of the DJ-entrepreneur's name on his forearm covered up with an image of a gorilla. According to TMZ, which published photos of the cover-up ink, the former star of "The Leftovers" told an artist at Chronic Ink Tattoo Shop in Markham, Ontario, that it was time for him to say goodbye to the body art dedicated to his ex.
During an Aug. 8 chat with multiple media outlets, Anna Camp dished on life following her recent split from "Pitch Perfect" co-star Skylar Astin. "I think only recently am I now actually finding me as Anna, which has been really exciting in my life," she said. "It's been really scary and liberating at the same time. … I'm 36 years old — I've had some life changes go on. And I feel more me than I ever, ever have. So it's a vulnerable place to be, but it's also very empowering. … I just feel really grounded in the decisions that I've been making. … I think what I've learned [is] that you can go through a life change and remain positive and also remain kind and friendly. … And things happen for a reason, and yeah, I've also learned that in the face of a challenge, I can rise out above it and even be better for it."
"The Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss and his estranged wife, Laura Kaeppeler, reportedly settled their divorce in mid-July, but according to an Aug. 8 TMZ report, their feuding is hardly behind them. The Bachelor Nation boss alleges in new court documents that the former Miss America has been radio silent since Aug. 4, when she took their son to Hawaii — where she's allowed to live under the terms of their settlement. He also claims that she failed to set up a meeting with a psychologist to discuss effective co-parenting (as stipulated in their settlement) and refused to communicate with him even though he was scheduled to take custody of their son — with whom he hasn't been able to speak — on Aug. 13. In her response to Mike's legal documents, Laura alleges that her ex "chipped away at [her] self-esteem, telling her that she was fat and lazy and calling her names like 'a low rent gold-digger' and a '$50,000 [prostitute].'" According to TMZ, she also alleges that he told her she's going to end up "fat and single in Kenosha, Wisconsin." On top of all that, she accused him of vaping "throughout the day" and becoming "unpredictable." She claims she's followed the settlement agreement and has conducted three telephone sessions with the appointed psychologist but that her ex is a "bully" who doesn't want to work with the shrink.