It's over for Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson, and the details involve new accusations of infidelity. In a bombshell report published on Feb. 19, The Hollywood Unlocked claimed that Tristan and Kylie Jenner's BFF, model Jordyn Woods, "were all over each other" at a house party in Los Angeles on Feb. 17. The pair, TMZ also reported, was "making out" in front of others. E! News reported that the basketball star tweeted and later deleted, "FAKE NEWS," but there was nothing fake about it as Khloe swiftly dumped the father of her only child. This isn't the first time Tristan has been accused of cheating on Khloe: In April 2018, with Khloe just days away from giving birth to their daughter, videos surfaced showing Tristan cheating on Khloe with multiple women on multiple occasions. Jordyn has reportedly been trying desperately to apologize to Khloe and the entire Kar-Jenner clan. She's also moved out of Kylie's house in the wake of the betrayal. Khloe, meanwhile, has denied "The Bachelorette" creator Mike Fleiss's claims that she's in negotiations to be the next star of the hit ABC dating show.
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Richard Gere is a dad again at 69. The actor and third wife Alejandra Silva welcomed their first child together in New York in early February, according to HOLA! magazine, just days before the Spanish businesswoman and activist's 36th birthday. Both Richard and Alejandra each have one child from previous relationships. The Buddhist couple confirmed their baby news in September when Alejandra shared a photo on social media of the Dalai Lama blessing their unborn child in her womb.
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"Empire" star Jussie Smollett was arrested on Feb. 21 after turning himself into police, who claim he staged an attack against himself on Jan. 29 with the help of two men whom he paid. He was charged with filing a false police report, which carries the possibility of three years in prison. The actor was released on bail a few hours later. Police insist the whole thing was a "publicity stunt" and claimed Jussie concocted the racist and homophobic scheme because "he was dissatisfied with his salary" on "Empire." In an arrest report, Jussie — who's maintained his innocence — admitted to police that he has a "drug problem." After the arrest, TNT pulled a "Drop the Mic" episode featuring Jussie and FOX execs announced that Jussie will not appear in the final two episodes of the "Empire" season that is currently being filmed in Chicago.
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Jennifer Aniston's birthday featured a reunion of exes! The actress turned 50 on Feb. 11 but celebrated her birthday with a huge bash at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles a few days earlier. The party was a who's who of Hollywood and the guest list included exes John Mayer and Brad Pitt. "Brad wanted to support and celebrate Jen by attending her birthday party," a source told Us Weekly. "Brad contacted Jen after her mom died [in 2016], and she was touched that he knew what a difficult time it was." Since then, multiple outlets reported, the former couple, who divorced in 2005, have maintained a friendship. On Jen's actual birthday, her other ex-husband, Justin Theroux, honored her by sharing a photo of Jen holding a pair of horns over her head. "Happy Birthday to this fierce Woman," he captioned it. "Fiercely loving. Fiercely kind. ….and fiercely funny. [love] you B." A few days after that, Jen and a group of friends boarded a Mexico-bound plane that was forced to make an emergency landing. She eventually made it to paradise.
Lady Gaga and talent agent Christian Carino have split and ended their engagement, her rep confirmed on Feb. 19. "It just didn't work out. Relationships sometimes end," a source told People magazine, confirming the breakup happened "a bit ago." The source added, "There's no long dramatic story." Gaga and Christian began dating in early 2017. Fans first began speculating that the two split when he didn't attend the Grammy Awards with her, although he did attend other shows with her earlier in award season. Gaga also was not wearing her engagement ring at the Grammys (where she won big).
Surprise, Miranda Lambert is married! The country superstar revealed on Instagram on Feb. 16 that she had secretly wed New York City police officer Brendan McLoughlin. Over the next few days, reports surfaced about the couple revealing they met while she was in the Big Apple performing on "Good Morning America" in November 2018 and tied the knot on Jan. 26 in Tennessee. The newlyweds will apparently do the long-distance thing for the time being (she lives in Nashville while he has a place in Staten Island, New York). Brendan has a messy romantic history: He recently became a father with an ex (the baby was born a few days after he met Miranda) after getting the woman pregnant while he was engaged to someone else, multiple outlets reported. And, by the way, a few days before her big announcement, Miranda got into a food fight with a woman at a Nashville restaurant.
Sex abuse indictment
R. Kelly is in major legal trouble. The R&B star turned himself into Chicago police on Feb. 22 after he was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse related to four alleged victims. The singer, who in the days immediately following his arrest was unable to post 10 percent of his $1 million bond required for release, has denied the charges and his lawyer has claimed the women are lying.
He kissed a girl, and he liked it! Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are headed to the altar. The on-off couple of three years announced on Instagram on Valentine's Day that they're engaged, showing off a photo of the pop star's flower-shaped ring (which experts say could be worth upwards of $6 million) featuring a pink jewel in the center of diamond petals. "Full bloom," she captioned the snap. Orlando shared the same image, captioning the photo, "Lifetimes."
Rapper 21 Savage was arrested on Feb. 3 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement because he's allegedly in the United States illegally. While many assumed the rapper was from Atlanta, ICE revealed he's actually a citizen of the United Kingdom and has overstayed his visa after coming to the States as a child in 2005. Due to his temporary incarceration, Savage missed the Grammy Awards, where he was scheduled to perform. He was eventually released on bond on Feb. 13. In an interview with The New York Times, he said he would fight "all the way to the last day" to stay in his adopted hometown of Atlanta.
Jennifer Lawrence is engaged to art gallery director Cooke Maroney, her rep confirmed in February. Page Six broke the news on Feb. 5, explaining that engagement chatter was growing after Jen was spotted at dinner wearing a "massive ring." "It was a giant rock. They seemed like they were celebrating and people were talking about it. The ring was very noticeable," a source said. Jen and Cooke started dating in the summer of 2018 after being introduced by one of her best friends.
"The Young and the Restless" star Kristoff St. John was found dead at his home on Feb. 3. He was 52. It's believed that alcohol may have played a role, but the cause of death won't be officially known until toxicology results are released. Many in Hollywood and the soap world praised the actor for his abilities and his personality. His fiancée, Kseniya Mikhaleva, took to Instagram to mourn. "How did it happen ??? How ??? Why did you leave so early ???? and left me alone ….. I can't believe," the heartbroken model captioned a since-deleted photo of herself and Kristoff. "You were everything to me …. you were a loving father, a loving man,…..how love??we should doing a lot of things in future……" About a week after his death, his soap opera put together a special tribute to the actor, whose son died from suicide four years earlier.
Duchess Meghan might have had the baby shower to end all baby showers. On Feb. 20, the royal celebrated inside a two-story, $75,000-a-night penthouse at The Mark hotel in New York City alongside a slew of celebrity friends including Amal Clooney, Serena Williams, Abigail Spencer, Gayle King and others (close pal Priyanka Chopra couldn't make it). The whole getaway and celebration cost Meghan next to nothing thanks to her deep-pocketed friends. According to reports, Serena co-hosted the shower with Amal and footed the bill. Amal, meanwhile, picked up the $163,000 tab for a private plane ride back to Britain. "Meghan hitched a ride with Amal on the private jet. Amal was already flying back and covering all the costs so it made total sense," a source told The Sun. "Amal was more than happy for Meghan to fly back with her and [her twins]. It's absolutely not the case that the taxpayers or the royal family paid for the cost of the jet. The flight didn't cost Meghan a thing."
Grammys fight, huge success
What a wild month for Ariana Grande! First, on Feb. 7, she publicly blasted the 2019 Grammys producer — accusing him of "lying" about why she isn't taking part in the awards. Earlier in the week, producer Ken Ehrlich told the Associated Press that Ariana couldn't perform at the show because she felt it was "too late for her to pull something together." That set Ariana off! "i've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me," she tweeted alongside a screengrab of the article. "i can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken. it was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend. i hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more." (Reports claim Ken didn't want Ariana to perform one of the tracks she wanted to sing.) Ariana ended up winning a Grammy — and she was ecstatic. She was even more excited later in the month when she simultaneously had the No. 1 album and the No. 1, 2 and 3 singles on the Billboard chart — the first time anyone has achieved the feat since The Beatles did it in the '60s.
Liam Neeson was put on the defensive in early February after telling a story in an interview about how 40 years ago, he wanted to kill a "black bast—" after learning a black man had raped his friend. The backlash against the actor built all month. On Feb. 5, Liam went on "Good Morning America" to try to explain. "I thought I was defending her honor," he said, adamant that he isn't a racist or bigot today. He admitted to Robin Roberts that he didn't think about the fact he could have killed a totally innocent black person and said he knows he was wrong and realized that a few days later when his "primal hatred" subsided. A few hours after his "GMA" interview, the red carpet for Liam's newest film, "Cold Pursuit," was canceled, likely to keep Liam from having to answer more questions about the scandal.
Big winners at the Oscars
It was a huge night for women at the Oscars on Feb. 24. The Wrap reported that it was the winningest Academy Awards for women as females took home 15 awards when all was said and done, besting the previous record of 12 from both 2007 and 2015. The headline-making year comes after only six women won Oscars in 2018 compared with 33 men. Speaking of winners… The night's most notable wins include "The Favourite" star Olivia Colman for best actress; "If Beale Street Could Talk" star Regina King for best supporting actress; "Bohemian Rhapsody" star Rami Malek for best actor; "Green Book" star Mahershala Ali for best supporting actor; "Roma" filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron for best director; and "Green Book" for best picture. Also a big deal? "BlacKkKlansman" filmmaker Spike Lee won his first Oscar, for best adapted screenplay; and Lady Gaga and her co-writers took home the best original song Oscar for "Shallow" from "A Star is Born."
Susan Lucci revealed that she had an emergency heart procedure and nearly died last fall. The 72-year-old soap legend detailed her health crisis on Instagram on Feb. 6, writing, "On a late October afternoon, I had a wakeup call. Narrowly missing a severe heart attack, I realized how vulnerable life is and how incredibly grateful I am to be here today." The soap opera legend was surprised, as she's lived her life in a healthy way. She "had a shock of a lifetime when I was told that I had a 90% blockage in the main artery of my heart." She had a 70 percent blockage in another branch. Her cardiologist, Holly Andersen, told People magazine, "Had she gone home, that 90 percent blockage could have become 100 percent and she could have suffered a significant heart attack or even sudden death."