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 early December 2021, starting with this former couple… On the Dec. 6 episode of Jeff Lewis's Radio Andy show for SiriusXM, Dorinda Medley revealed that she's seeing someone new: a mystery many she met at a New York City restaurant when he accidentally sat at her table. They ended up chatting, and she gave him her phone number, she recalled, noting that they've since gone out on three dates. But it's nothing serious … yet! "I don't know about him yet. I've got to get to know the person. I've got to get some foundation laid. Why am I gonna waste my time?" said the former "The Real Housewives of New York City" star, who joked that she treats her love life "like a business." Dorinda has been on the market since her relationship of seven years with John Mahdessian ended in 2019.
Now keep reading for more of the week's biggest celeb love life updates…
On Dec. 8, Daily Mail Australia broke the news that, according to Elle Macpherson's rep, the supermodel and notorious anti-vaccine activist Andrew Wakefield — who's infamous for falsely linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine with autism and bowel disease in a 1998 report — quietly called it quits a while ago. "As a spokesperson for Elle, I can unequivocally confirm that the relationship between Elle and Dr. Wakefield terminated almost two years ago," said the rep, adding that "there has been no contact subsequently" between the pair, who started dating back in 2017. In the summer of 2020, there were rumors they'd gotten engaged.
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On the Dec. 9 episode of Fox Soul's "Hollywood Unlocked With Jason Lee Uncensored," Common called his recent split from Tiffany Haddish "mutual." The multi-hyphenate gushed of the actress, "[She's] one of the best people I've met in life — one of the best-hearted and most authentic and caring people that I've met in life. That's what made me love her and be in love with her and want to be in a relationship with her and grow with her. We had a real healthy and loving [relationship]. It probably was the most mature relationship I have been in … meaning the communication, the respect, just all around." He went on to say that they even navigated the pandemic well as a couple. But things between them took a turn when their schedules picked back up again. "Once Tiffany and I got back on the move, it really didn't allow for us to spend as much time and put as much energy into our relationship. I don't think the love really dispersed … we weren't feeding the relationship," he said. "Neither one of us is gonna stop. We both care about our crafts and what we do. We care about love too and partnership, but I think the energy that has been put into our careers and continuing to want to do the things that we do for ourselves and for people, it was hard for me to balance all of that and keep the relationship fed. … [We] came to the understanding that this is what's gonna be best for us to still continue to love each other and be there for each other is to not be in a romantic relationship because we won't be able to give to that. I don't want to be one foot in, one foot out. It's not about anybody else or another relationship because that's not where my heart and head is. It's just really honestly, it's actually committing to so much work that we do that it's hard when the other person is working just as much, to actually give time and love and nurture into the relationship."
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On Dec. 3, DailyMail.com broke the news that Houston-based personal trainer Maralee Nichols is suing Tristan Thompson for child support for the baby she claims they conceived together on his 30th birthday in March 2021 — while he and off-and-on love Khloe Kardashian were still an item. (They called it quits in the spring of 2021 after Instagram model Sydney Chase claimed she had an affair with the professional basketball player from late 2020 to early 2021.) Tristan admitted in court documents that he and Maralee did, in fact, have sex several times in a hotel room after they attended a party together — though he claimed it was a one-night thing. Maralee, however, insists that their affair kicked off at least "five months" before his 30th birthday and continued after she got pregnant. Meanwhile, People magazine reported that, according to a source, Khloe was "upset to find out that [Tristan] cheated again" because "she always believed that he would change." Added the source, "It's just a sad situation to her. … She was just hopeful that he would stay faithful and loyal to her." Said an "Entertainment Tonight" source, "Khloe is always so positive, but this brought her down a little. She has always been into giving Tristan tons of chances and deep down held out hope that they would maybe get back together one day. There is no hope and it's really done for now, but she thinks it's for the best." Khloe's family is said to be "glad [her] romantic relationship [with Tristan] is done." Multiple media outlets reported that she's trying to keep things friendly with her ex for the sake of their daughter, True.
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On Dec. 2, E! News reported that a rep for Alexandra Daddario confirmed that the 35-year-old "The White Lotus" actress is engaged to 52-year-old film producer Andrew Form, who was previously married to Jordana Brewster. The "Fast & Furious" franchise star, meanwhile, is engaged to new love Mason Morfit. Jordana and Andrew split in early 2020. It's unclear when exactly he and Alexandra became an item.
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During an interview with People magazine that debuted online on Dec. 8, Will Forte revealed that he secretly married Oliva Modling on July 31. Initially they were "in no rush" to wed after getting engaged "right before the first COVID lockdown," he said, adding that the February 2021 arrival of their daughter, Zoe, also delayed their plans to tie the knot. Ultimately, they decided to exchange vows during a pre-planned visit from the funnyman's family in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was shooting his upcoming Peacock comedy "MacGruber" at the time. "We realized, 'Oh, all the people that we would want to be here are going to be here.' … So we just decided very last minute, 'Let's just have this wedding, surprise my parents.' They didn't even know until they pulled into the parking lot. And we just had this really fun, delightful wedding, pretty small, in the back of ['MacGruber' co-creator] Jorma Taccone's house," recalled the "Saturday Night Live" alum. "It was just a delightful day. My parents were totally surprised. It was so stressful, the two weeks where we were planning. I can't imagine having a year or more to stew over wedding plans." Will added of married life, "It's fun to say, 'Wife.' I've never worn any jewelry in my life and it's fun to wear a wedding ring. It already felt like we were married before. It doesn't feel a lot different, but it's still fun and exciting to say, 'Wife.' She's great. I needed to find somebody who was a very patient person and she's the most patient, understanding woman in the world. I'm feeling very happy and very lucky these days." On Dec. 8, Will and Olivia made their official red carpet debut as a couple at the "MacGruber" premiere in Los Angeles.
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On Dec. 5 — just seven months after they got engaged — "Vanderpump Rules" stars James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss took to Instagram to share identical statements announcing that they're going their separate ways. "After these 5 wonderful years we had together, we decided we have two different goals and made the decision to call off the engagement. We love each other very much, but we aren't in love anymore. We want nothing but the best for each other so please keep any thoughts positive. Sending Love," they each captioned this selfie. According to People magazine, the long-term couple called it quits while shooting the "Vanderpump Rules" season 9 reunion special in Los Angeles on Dec. 3. Raquel even returned her engagement ring to James as Bravo cameras rolled. According to an Us Weekly source, she "outgrew" the "tumultuous relationship."
On Dec. 6, Just Jared broke the news that Eiza Gonzalez and Paul Rabil recently called it quits after about seven months of coupledom. "The split happened a few weeks ago and it wasn't ugly at all. Their work schedules just weren't aligning and it put a strain on their relationship. They're going to remain friends though!" said a source.
According to Page Six, during a surprise set at the Comedy Cellar in New York City on Dec. 1, Aziz Ansari broke the news that he and his long-term girlfriend, forensic data scientist Serena Skov Campbell, are engaged. The pair were first linked in mid-2018.
On Dec. 3, People magazine published a statement from Joe Giudice announcing that after about a year of dating, he and Daniela Fittipaldi have gone their separate ways: "I have a lot going on right now and don't have time for a relationship," he said. "I just honestly don't have the time or headspace for a relationship right now. I'm more focused on work and getting back to the U.S. so that I can see my family. … It was great while it lasted with Daniela and we will see what the future will bring. I'm just more concentrated on everything else right now." The former "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star, who was deported to Italy in late 2019, started dating Daniela in late 2020 following his divorce from Teresa Giudice.
On the Dec. 2 episode of "Watch What Happens Live," Martha Stewart revealed that she has a secret boyfriend. "No," she replied when host Andy Cohen asked if she's seeing anyone. She then quickly backtracked, admitting, "I shouldn't say no. I mean yes, but I'm not going to tell you."
Here we go again! On Dec. 3 — three days after Aaron Carter first announced that he and off-and-on love Melanie Martin had broken up and less than two weeks after they welcomed son Prince together — the former child star tweeted that they were "over." By Dec. 5, however, they'd apparently reconciled. "I love you for giving me the greatest gift. You are an amazing woman … my everything. I am so grateful for you my darling," he tweeted, adding that "relationships aren't easy" but that he and Melanie "love, cherish and adore" their son. The new mom, meanwhile, took to her Instagram Story to apologize for her role in their recent split, which was spurred by Aaron's realization that Melanie had been communicating with his estranged sister, Angel Carter, behind his back. "My intentions in contacting his sister Angel were not of ill intent. I wanted to try to resolve the situation so we could all be a family. I now realize that wasn't my place and I never should've done that. I let my feelings get the best of me as I was hormonal and pregnant and would take it back if I could. I did this out of love, [but] I know it was wrong. I hope he can find it in his heart to forgive me," she wrote, according to People magazine. On Dec. 7, E! News reported that, according to a source, "[Aaron and Melanie] have been fighting throughout their relationship and are stuck in a perpetual cycle of breaking up and getting back together. So while they are back together for now, it's likely only a matter of time before they break up again."
In early December, Josh Lucas sparked rumors that he and his girlfriend of several months, model Rachel Mortenson, had quietly called it quits when he suddenly unfollowed her on Instagram and deleted all traces of her from his grid on the social media platform. Page Six reported in April that the duo started dating after connecting during the pandemic.
It was a huge week for red carpet debuts… Jonah Hill and his girlfriend of a few months, Sarah Brady, made their red carpet debut as a couple at the premiere of his Netflix film "Don't Look Up" in New York City on Dec. 5. The duo sported matching icy blue suits and satin slides for the occasion.
Finally! On Dec. 8, Tom Hiddleston and girlfriend Zawe Ashton made their red carpet debut as a couple at UNICEF UK's The Blue Moon Gala in London. It's the first time the pair — who were first romantically linked more than two years ago — have posed together in an official capacity without colleagues or friends.
Chelsea Handler and her boyfriend of a few months, fellow comedian Jo Koy, made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2021 People's Choice Awards on Dec. 7. They weren't the only ones who made their big debut that night…
Newlyweds Mark Ronson and Grace Gummer, who tied the knot in early August, made their red carpet debut as a couple at the re-opening night of the Broadway production of "Slave Play" in New York City on Sept. 2.
Bachelor Nation's Amanda Stanton — who competed for Ben Higgins' heart on season 20 of "The Bachelor" and then got engaged to Josh Murray on the third season of "Bachelor in Paradise" before dating Robby Hayes on the fourth season of "BiP" — took to Instagram on Dec. 2 to announce that she and her boyfriend of about a year, Michael Fogel, are engaged. "YES!!!" she captioned a photo of herself embracing her beau with her new engagement ring on full display. The following day, she shared a slideshow of photos with her new fiancé and her two daughters from her first marriage: "Michael proposed in the living room in front of the girls & gave them little diamond rings too. Simple & so perfect! Still can't believe I get to marry the best person I know," she wrote in the caption.
In other Bachelor Nation engagement news… Sydney Lotuaco — who competed for Colton Underwood's heart on season 23 of "The Bachelor" and then appeared on the sixth season of "Bachelor in Paradise" — took to Instagram on Dec. 5 to announce that she's engaged to her boyfriend of a little more than a year, Nick Wehby. "One and DONE! I love you forever @njw_0401," she captioned a slideshow of photos depicting the proposal. Nick, meanwhile, captioned his own slideshow of photos, "The day finally came where I got to ask this girl if she'd allow me to spend the rest of my life with her. Thank you for waking up each day and loving me just the way you found me, and for the opportunity to love you back. I truly don't deserve you and I'm so relieved you didn't figure that out before I got down on one knee. … I can't wait to start this next chapter of our life together, thanks for saying yes!"
In other Bachelor Nation love news… Colton Underwood made his relationship with his boyfriend of a few months, Jordan C. Brown, Instagram official on Dec. 4 in honor of the political strategist's birthday. "Happy birthday to my dog loving… family man… corn fed… love," the former star of "The Bachelor," who came out as gay in April, scrawled across a series of photos.
Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher took to Instagram on Dec. 7 to publicly celebrate their 20th anniversary. They each shared a slideshow of personal pics along with a quote attributed to "Winnie-the-Pooh" scribe A.A. Milne: "If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart. I'll stay there forever," they wrote. Added the funnyman in his tribute to his wife of more than a decade, "Happy Anniversary my love. I'm writing this rather than getting you a card. Our duration is largely due to our location – after all Hollywood is the bastion of lengthy marriages." The long-term couple met at a party in Sydney in 2001 and tied the knot in Paris in 2010.
Miguel and Nazanin Mandi — who announced in late September that they were going their separate ways after 17 years as a couple and three years as husband and wife — sparked reconciliation rumors on Nov. 30 when she took to her Instagram Story to share a video of herself hanging out with the singer-songwriter as she recovered from Lasik eye surgery. "He has Lasik sympathy pains for me … couldn't have me be the only one wearing an eye patch," she scrawled across the clip, which shows them both sporting eyepatches. It's possible, of course, that the former long-term couple haven't reconciled but are simply maintaining a friendship in the wake of their breakup.
According to People magazine, "Amazing Race" season 32 winners Will Jardell and James Wallington tied the knot at the New Orleans Athletic Club on Dec. 3 — the third anniversary of the day they got engaged. "Now that the moment is over, we can breathe, we can celebrate, we wipe all the joyful tears and start our new lives as husbands!" the couple said. "We are overjoyed and feel so incredibly loved. We couldn't be happier." Added Will of married life, "We've been together now for almost eight years and I don't think much is going to change, just because I think we've felt married for a while now, but having this celebration past us … it's going to just jumpstart the next chapter."
According to Us Weekly, "Bringing Up Bates" star Katie Bates married Travis Clark at Castleton Farms in Loudon, Tennessee, on Dec. 3. "We know we still have a lot to learn about marriage and relationships, but we are excited to spend our lives learning and growing together. It's an exciting day when you get to marry your very best friend in life and an even more special day when you can share it with family and friends," the happy couple said in a joint statement. They got engaged in April after a year of courting.
On Dec. 2, "Pretty Little Liars" alum Julian Morris — who's also had stints on "New Girl," "Once Upon a Time," "24" and "ER" — took to Instagram to mark his 18th anniversary with long-term partner Landon Ross. "18 years together and they were the best ones because they were with you. I love you @landonross," he captioned a slideshow of photos. Landon, meanwhile, captioned his own slideshow of photos, "Beginning our 19th year is the best thing in life. I love you." He later added on his Instagram Story, "We're married, too."
On Dec. 7, "The Challenge" star Casey Cooper took to Instagram to announce that she married her love of six years, Kyle Toups, at The Peach Orchard in the Houston area. "I'm not crying, you're crying. #6yearsinthemaking," she captioned a slideshow of wedding photos. The duo are currently expecting their first child together in early 2022.