Another week, another batch of romance updates. If you had to pick a fantasy, would it involve being whisked away on a romantic three-week vacation with a handsome royal? Because that is EXACTLY what Meghan Markle was treated to thanks to boyfriend Prince Harry. The couple, who recently celebrated their one-year anniversary, just returned from a lengthy visit to Africa that kicked off right around Meghan's 36th birthday on Aug. 4. Little is known about their epic yet private trip, though the pair reportedly started in Botswana and ended in Zambia (with a trip to Victoria Falls!) before returning to Britain ahead of the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death. According to Lainey Gossip, the couple was spotted taking the Heathrow Express from the airport back into London on Aug. 29. During the ride, Harry and Meghan sat across from one another and though they were "on their phones the whole time," the website reported, they were "looking up at each other and smiling often because it was obvious that they were actually texting each other." The trip has only fueled rumors that an engagement is imminent. Keep reading for more romance updates…
The Countess is getting real about what led to the dissolution of her marriage. Luann de Lesseps sat down with Andy Cohen for a special edition of "Watch What Happens Live" that will air on Sept. 6 and opened up about what led her to file for divorce from her husband of seven months, Tom D'Agostino Jr., in early August. "It was, like, the weekend before the ["The Real Housewives of New York City"] reunion, basically, and Tom went out and he called up an old girlfriend and they met up with a group of people and I didn't know about it. I found out about it the next day in the press, so that for me was, like, the final straw. I was like, 'I can't do this anymore,'" she told the Bravo host in a preview posted on People.com on Aug. 28. She also refuted reports claiming she'd slapped Tom at a restaurant prior to their split. "I didn't slap him. What I did was grab his face," she explained. "It was in the heat of the moment." Both are now getting on with their lives: Page Six reported on Aug. 28 that Luann was spotted at a restaurant in the Hamptons with her ex, Jacques Azoulay, the weekend prior. "They seemed very cozy," a source told the Post. Tom, the paper added, was seen with ex Missy Tool at a Hamptons party around the same time.
Yet another "The Bachelor" romance has ended! Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi called off their engagement five months after he proposed on the season finale of the hit ABC show. The former couple released a statement on Aug. 25 explaining their decision: "It's with a great amount of heartbreak for the both us as we have decided to end our engagement. We gave this relationship our all and we are saddened that we did not get the fairytale ending we hoped for. We will continue to be there for each other no matter what. This hasn't been an easy decision, however, as we part ways, we do so with lots of love and admiration for each other." Nick previously appeared on two seasons of "The Bachelorette" followed by Season 3 of "Bachelor in Paradise." Maybe Tinder would be a better option at this point…
Major congrats are in order for comedian Russell Brand and Laura Gallacher! The couple, who welcomed a daughter in November 2016, got married on Aug. 26 in a private ceremony near their home in Henley-on-Thames, England. A source told The Sun, "They wanted a very small, personal affair with their daughter Mabel, family and close friends rather than a circus. It was a lovely occasion. Mabel was guest of honor." Notable guests at the wedding included musician Noel Gallagher as well at British TV host Jonathan Ross. Russell proposed in July 2016. He was famously once married to Katy Perry, but the couple divorced in 2012 after 14 months of marriage. Congrats to the newlyweds!
Looks like Christina Milian is à la France! The "Dip It Low" singer is dating French pop star Matt Pokora, according to TMZ. The two were spotted kissing and frolicking on a yacht in Saint-Tropez on Aug. 24. Matt is a coach on France's version of "The Voice." Christina previously dated Lil Wayne and shares a 7-year-old daughter with producer The Dream.
Talk about a wedding KO! MMA superstar (and occasional actress) Ronda Rousey married UFC fighter Travis Browne in his native Hawaii on Aug. 26! Back in July, Ronda told Kelly Ripa, "He's Hawaiian, so we're gonna do kinda like a backyard Mexican Corona party." Travis confirmed the wedding when he shared a picture of the two on Instagram, writing, "What an amazing day!! She is so perfect in every way! She makes me so happy! She is my other half! I Love You @rondarousey #browsey2017." The gorgeous fighter wore a Galia Lahav gown. Congrats to the happy couple!
Amber Portwood is happy and in love! The "Teen Mom" star made her red carpet debut with new boyfriend Andrew Glennon at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 27. The reality star told Us Weekly, "We've only been dating for three weeks and it just so happened that the VMAs were coming up, so I was like, 'Let's do it.'" Amber and Andrew — who works in production — met while she was filming "Marriage Boot Camp" with ex-fiance Matt Baier. "We decided that we wanted to be friends at first because we were just having so much fun talking with each other and, you know, then when he came out to hang out, we just had even more fun together, so that's just kind of how it started," Amber previously told Us. But not everyone is happy with the way Amber's handling her new relationship. Gary Shirley, the father of Amber's 8-year-old daughter, told Us, "I think she should have waited a little bit and really felt it out."
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Cynthia Bailey has a new man in her life. The model, who ended her six-year marriage to Peter Thomas in 2016, went on a romantic date to Georgia's Lake Lanier with Will Jones on Aug. 28, according to Page Six, then posted a selfie of them together the same day. Yup, after weeks of hints, the new couple is finally social media official! According to Will's Instagram bio, he's "A Distinguished Gentleman from the South Side of Chicago."
"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet has a new girlfriend. According to an Aug. 30 Us Weekly report, he's dating pediatric nurse Lindsay Schweitzer. An insider told the mag that the pair were seen together in late June at the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend charity event in Kansas City, adding, "Lindsay was there fundraising, and Eric was one of the celebrity guests."
Is another wedding in the cards for the "Hot Felon?" Model Jeremy Meeks, who rose to fame because of his very attractive mugshot, has set the internet abuzz with rumors that he's engaged to Topshop heiress Chloe Green. The twosome, who began dating in July — while he was still married to another woman — have been very public regarding their relationship on social media, which is exactly what is causing all of this excitement. Chloe put up an Instagram story on Aug. 29 in which it appears she's wearing a massive rock on her ring finger. (See a pic here.) On Aug 31, Chloe's rep finally set the record straight, telling MailOnline, "Chloe is not engaged."
Another one bites the dust for Scary Spice! A couple weeks after In Touch reported that Mel B had been dating a Beverly Hills cop following her split from husband Stephen Belafonte, the mag discovered the cop had a wife — and reached out to her. The wife revealed she and the cop were very much "still married" and had even recently taken a trip together. On Aug. 30, a source told In Touch that Mel had, back in early May, "told friends that her guy had been unhappily married and had planned to separate from his wife prior to meeting Mel. She has absolutely no clue that he was still with his wife!" The wife went after the former Spice Girl on social media, leading the "America's Got Talent" judge to block her. Mel's also no longer speaking to the cop, according to the mag. On to then next, we say!
Gwyneth Paltrow has had her fair share of Hollywood relationships, but even she knows that sometimes, we've gotta take the blame for our problems! "I've f—ed up so many relationships. I'm actually a pretty good friend, and a good sister and daughter and mother, but I'm at my potentially most vulnerable and f—ed up in the romantic slice of the pie," Gwyneth told Sophia Amoruso on her "Girlboss" podcast on Aug. 30. "It's taken me a lot of work to get to the place where I have a good romantic relationship." The GOOP founder has previously dated a who's who of Hollywood leading men including Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Luke Wilson and, of course, ex-husband Chris Martin. She's currently dating producer Brad Falchuk. "I think without relationships of quality, you are not a successful person. So, if you don't have a good relationship with your partner, your children, your best friends, then it's really hard to claim success," she added. This might be one of the most honest, relatable Gwyneth moments in history!
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith might be Hollywood royalty and #RelationshipGoals for many, but they are the first to admit that their relationship isn't perfect — and that might be the reason it works so well! In an interview with The Daily Telegraph that ran on Aug. 29, Jada said, "As long as you know that your relationship is not perfect, because that is when you get in trouble. Relating to the imperfections is what makes everything perfect and that you know a part of being in a relationship is growing together." Her revelation followed one Will made a year ago to The Sun: "I've done a lot of marriage counseling. What happens in a marriage once you do counseling, the truth comes out. And you sit across from your wife and you've said all of your truth and she has said all of her truth. You look at each other and you can't imagine you could ever possibly love each other again now the truth is out." The couple has consistently laughed off rumors of an open marriage, but never explicitly denied it. They share two kids, Willow and Jaden. They prove the old adage that whatever works for your marriage is what you should be doing!
Happy anniversary! Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade celebrated their three-year anniversary and wanted to share the love. The couple, who got married in lavish ceremony in Miami in 2014, decided to gush on Instagram with the sweetest post. The "Being Mary Jane" actress wrote, "Someone told me that if our wedding was any indication of how our marriage would go, there would be a lot of happiness in our future…And he ain't never lied! 8-30-2014 was the 1st step and we keep on steppin! Every day I think there's no way I could love you any more than I did the day before, but I fall deeper in love with you each morning. Thank you for your belief that we were both capable of evolution and committing to be your best self for our family. Loving u poopy💩! 😍😙🤗 #3." Real love is beautiful!