Big proposal

Duane 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Chapman is engaged 10 months after wife Beth's death

Ten months after the death of his wife, Duane Chapman is engaged to a new love he's been dating for just a few months.

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The "Dog the Bounty Hunter" star, who lost wife Beth Chapman to cancer in Hawaii in June 2019, proposed to new girlfriend Francie Frane, the couple told Britain's The Sun in a story published on May 4.

Francie, 51 — who, like Duane, 67, recently lost her husband to cancer (he died six months before Beth) — detailed the TV star's proposal in an interview with The Sun, explaining how he surprised her at the Colorado home they now share. (The Sun also has a photo of her ring.)

"I wasn't expecting it at all. I think I had gone to pick up some food and then when I came back he had all the lights turned down with just a few lights on and a bunch of candles lit," she explained. "So when I came in I was like, 'Wow, this is awesome.' Then he said, 'Come in, sit down because I need to talk to you.'

"So I put all the food in the kitchen and I came in and he said, 'I know that God brought you into my life and I don't want to spend one moment of it without you,'" Francie continued. "And he got down on one knee and he opened the ring box and he said, 'Will you marry me and spend the rest of our lives together?' Who can say no to that? It was wonderful."

Dog was elated. He's so thrilled to be in love again and to have found Francie that he wants to have, he told The Sun, the "biggest wedding there's ever been."

As for when the pair will wed? They'll wait until COVID-19 lockdown orders have been lifted, they said. They want their families there, including Dog's 12 children from his past relationships, plus Francie's two sons and all of their grandkids. Dog also told The Sun he hopes to find a way to open up their wedding to the fans who've supported him.

"I've had so many fans ask 'When you marry Francie, are you going to let your fans come? So we're word negotiating right now because I want to open it up," he explained, adding of desiring a huge wedding, "I'm sorry but that's just me. I hope I can talk Francie into it and open it to my fans, the Dog Pound, to everybody."

Dog added, "It would be one hell of a party and it's just what people need right now. I told Francie, people, they need a little love after being locked down. I love the idea of that."

While some have criticized the widow and widower, who went public with their romance on Instagram in April, for moving too fast, they say they know they're on the right path. "You know there's always going to be haters, and I probably arrested half of them," Dog quipped.

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Two of Dog's kids have publicly voiced their support, with daughter Lyssa telling The Sun that Francie is an "amazing woman," and daughter Bonnie writing on Instagram, "Everyone who's judging my father should sure pray that they never have to lose their loved one and get judged for trying to fill the void." She told a critic, "Your opinion is invalid. My mother would've wanted him to be happy."

Francie acknowledged that there are always going to be people "who say we did this wrong or we did that wrong or we've moved on too quickly or too fast. But the truth is that both of us have spent three years walking alongside our spouses sick and we know that God brought us together and that's why we don't believe that it's too soon."

She added, "…for us to come together the way that we did and build this friendship because of what we've been through, that turned into a love story. We don't believe that it's too soon."

They connected in the most unexpected way. As The Sun reported, Dog didn't know Francie's husband, Bob, had passed away and called and left him a voicemail asking him to do some work on his property. After Francie called Dog back and told him what happened, they became friends, which led to a romance.

Married man

Justin Bieber discusses 'lack of trust' in early days of marriage

Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber's marriage may have seemed picture-perfect from the start, but it seems they didn't exactly have a honeymoon period.

In an interview with GQ, the pop star said he was walking "on eggshells" a lot.

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"The first year of marriage was really tough because there was a lot, going back to the trauma stuff. There was just lack of trust," he said. "There was all these things that you don't want to admit to the person that you're with, because it's scary. You don't want to scare them off by saying, 'I'm scared.'"

Justin, 27, said he admits that he felt "compelled" to get married and have kids.

"I just felt like that was my calling. Just to get married and have babies and do that whole thing," he said. 

Over time, Justin began realizing he had a true partner in Hailey, whom he married in the fall of 2019.

"We're just creating these moments for us as a couple, as a family, that we're building these memories," he said. "And it's beautiful that we have that to look forward to. Before, I didn't have that to look forward to in my life. My home life was unstable. I didn't have a significant other. I didn't have someone to love. I didn't have someone to pour into. But now I have that."

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And, he and Hailey plan to bring little Biebers into the world "eventually," but "not this second," he says.

In the GQ interview, the "Justice" singer also touched on his faith, indicating it helped him get through his well-documented struggles and run-ins with the law. 

"He is grace. I came to a place where I just was like, 'God, if you're real, I need you to help me, because I can't do this on my own. Like, I'm struggling so hard. Every decision I make is out of my own selfish ego,'" he said. "So I'm just like, 'What is it that you want from me? You put all these desires in my heart for me to sing and perform and to make music – where are these coming from? Why is this in my heart? What's the point? What is the point of everything? What is the point of me being on this planet?'"

He continued, "I just kept trusting what He said and what He's saying to me. And I just believe He speaks to me. It's not audible. I don't hear His audible voice. I don't know if people do. I know people have said it, and in the Bible it talks about that, but I just never heard it. It's more like nudges: Don't do this. Or: Set these boundaries."

He does just that now. He won't work past a certain time and he has a routine.

"It's just rewarding to be all that you were designed to be," he said. "And I believe that, at this point in my life, I'm right where I'm supposed to be, doing what I believe that God wants me to do. And there's nothing more fulfilling."

And, he's got a good woman by his side.

Splitsville

Three years after splitting, 'Project Runway' star files for divorce from husband

Nearly three years after splitting from his husband, Christian Siriano is officially ending the marriage. 

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The "Project Runway" star filed for divorce from Brad Walsh, TMZ reported on April 13. 

Christian — who won the Bravo show in 2007 and later served as a mentor on the series — married Brad in 2016 after three years of marriage. The duo then separated in the summer of 2018, but they never legally broke up.

While most details of the divorce filing are sealed, Christian was the one who filed the paperwork in New York City. The couple didn't share children, so custody will not be an issue. It's unknown if the duo had a prenuptial agreement. 

Back in 2018, the fashion designer announced that he and Brad split on Instagram before a media outlet was set to break the news. He has not publicly addressed the divorce filing.

Closet envy

Catherine Zeta-Jones gives fans a peek into her enviable closet

Catherine Zeta-Jones is walking the walk.

This week, the actress thrilled her fans by turning her closet into a makeshift runway to model clothes from her lifestyle collection, Casa Zeta-Jones. She fittingly set the mini runway show to the sounds of Madonna's "Vogue," as lyrics famously tell her to "strike a pose."

"When in doubt, turn your closet into a runway!!" she captioned the video, which shows her modeling two different outfits. In one of her looks, Catherine, 51, modeled a "Bianca" belted shirt dress and "Annie" flats; in the other, she wore a "Kylee" button down shirt and "Scarlet" striped pants.

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While fans applauded the ensembles and Catherine's palpable confidence, many marveled at her actual closet, which features glossy black cabinetry, smoky gray carpeting and tons of display shelving comparable to that of a department store.

"My first apartment wasn't that big!" one fans commented. Another said, "Okay but my closet only lets me walk in about 6 inches. Lol."

One fan thanked the "Chicago" star for motivating her to make her closet "stay a runway."

Fans also got a sneak peek into Catherine's closet back in 2017. In that video, she gave her 3.6 million followers a quick tour of the expansive clothing mecca and all its nooks and crannies.

"A zip through my closet!" she said 

If "closet envy" wasn't a thing before, it is now.

not going there

Moby punts on addressing 2019 Natalie Portman scandal

Moby is refusing to discuss his assertion that he briefly dated Natalie Portman two decades ago, a claim she denies.

In his 2019 memoir, Moby said the actress flirted with him after one of his shows in 1999 and he "tried to be her boyfriend." The two, he said, parted after a few dates. Natalie later slammed his book and Moby's claims, prompting him to first post a throwback photo of them together and claiming it was "evidence." Afterward, he deleted the Instagram photo and apologized.

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In a new chat with The Guardian, Moby was asked about the confusion.

"You know, you're asking me to open up such a can of worms… There's no good way to answer: one option is terrible, the other is really terrible. So if we were playing chess right now, this is the part where I'd pick up my phone and pretend I've got an emergency call," he said. "A part of me wishes I could spend the next two hours deconstructing the whole thing. But there's levels of complexity and nuance that I really can't go into."

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After Moby's initial dating claim, many were shocked, as the duo would have had a huge age gap. Natalie, it seems, was also surprised, as she told Harper's Bazaar that the two never dated at all and called him "creepy."

"I was surprised to hear that he characterized the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school. He said I was 20. I definitely wasn't. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18," she said. 

Natalie added at the time, "He was on tour and I was working shooting a film, so we only hung out a handful of times before I realized that this was an older man who was interested in me in a way that felt inappropriate."

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In his new chat, Moby addressed Natalie's use of the word "creepy."

"I wouldn't use that word. But when I was an out-of-control alcoholic and drug addict I definitely acted selfish and incredibly inconsiderately towards family members and friends and girlfriends and people I worked with," he said. 

For the most part, Moby avoided legitimate backlash for the scandal.

"When the lunacy was happening a couple of years ago, I took refuge in my ignorance," he said. "Obviously it became hard to ignore, especially when I had the tabloids camped outside my door. But I guess I realized that if everyone in the world hates me I can still wake up in my same comfortable bed every morning and go hiking."

New project

Jana Kramer, other country music wives tease reality show

Jana Kramer and several other women associated with country music could be headed to a television screen near you. 

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Over the last several days, Jana and Kasi Wicks, the wife of Chuck Wicks and sister of Jason Aldean, both teased a project on social media but remained somewhat tightlipped about what exactly it could be. 

TMZ says there are whispers in Music City about the development of a "Real Housewives of Nashville" series, or at least something like it. Others believed to be involved in the project include Sabina Gadecki (Tyler Rich's wife) and Jenna Perdue (wife of Dee Jay Silver). The women are reportedly shooting a pilot. 

There had been rumors that Brittany Aldean (Jason's wife) was involved, but she struck that down as "fake news" on Instagram. "There was apparently filming going on that I was unaware of," she said. 

Chuck Wicks, meanwhile, indicated that his wife was "filming something."

Despite the fact that NBC (which owns Bravo) is supposedly handling production, there is no guarantee that this is a "Housewives" series in development. In fact, TMZ claims that the series is more likely to end up on one of NBC's other networks. Still, the chatter is also all very premature, as the report claims that no contracts have been signed, and there's been no green light for a series as of now.

Money mistake

Usher accused of giving fake dollar bills to Vegas dancer

Usher found himself trending on Twitter on Monday after a Las Vegas dancer accused him of paying her with fake dollar bills with his face on them. 

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The bills are meant to promote his upcoming Vegas residency show and have no monetary value.

The exotic dancer shared images of what appears to be legitimate money. However, a closer look shows Usher's face on the bills along with the words "The Las Vegas Residency."

It's not known where Usher allegedly doled out the promotional paper, but the woman apparently performs under the name Pisces.

"Ladies what would you do if you danced all night for usher and he threw this??" she wrote alongside the images on her Instagram Story on April 12. She added, "The money does not have a trade in value what so ever! Lmao don't y'all think he should be blasted on social media for this?"

He was. 

"Usher was in the strip club throwing Monopoly money???" one person said on Twitter. Others said he was "disrespectful" or "vicious."

"It's one thing for Usher to have ushbucks actually made, but to be walking around with it and giving it out like it's worth something.." another person pondered.

Interestingly enough, the singer posted an Instagram photo of the phony bills in a clear suitcase on April 3. 

Usher has not commented on the situation, but he did post a photo to Instagram on April 11 the shows him wearing a hat made up of actual dollar bills.

He captioned the photo with a dollar bill emoji, but disabled his follower's ability to leave comments. 

Court matter

Kanye West files for joint custody of kids amid divorce

Kanye West has finally answered Kim Kardashian's divorce petition.

In his court documents, the rapper filed for joint legal and physical custody of the couple's four children, just as Kim did, TMZ said. The custody arrangement wasn't expected to be dramatic, as sources close to the duo had suspected that they would have an amicable agreement in regard to their kids. 

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What joint custody means in their case is still yet to be determined, as it doesn't necessarily mean that they will have a 50/50 split. In fact, the likelihood, the report claims, is that Kim will have the children for the lion's share of the time. 

Both Kim and Kanye have committed to co-parenting.

Further, the former duo is lockstep in that neither wants spousal support, and both said they should pay their own legal fees. They also signed a prenuptial agreement, which neither plans to contest. Ironically enough, the new filing comes less than a week after Forbes declared Kim a billionaire (Kanye was declared a billionaire in 2020 by Forbes).

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The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star filed for divorce back in February after months of speculation that their marriage was hanging on by a thread. Some reputable media outlets said the duo rarely communicated in the months leading up to the split. 

Although the divorce is very high-profile considering the celebrity status of Kim and Kanye, it's believed that the two will hash everything out privately and file a settlement agreement.

Sober living

Lena Dunham reflects on 3 years of sobriety

"Girls" star Lena Dunham has hit a meaningful milestone in her life: she's three years sober.

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Over the weekend, the actress reflected on the past several years of her life while sharing two selfies.

"So, I'm 3 years sober today. Those aren't words I ever thought I'd say, because they aren't words I thought I *needed* to say," she said in her lengthy Instagram post, "but from the moment I began this trip (sobriety is a trippy trip, that's for sure) I was focused on 3 years, as if it were this magic train that would somehow have carried me far enough from the me I was when I was using- a bad me, a sad me, a just plain not good enough me."

In posting two images, Lena noted that the first snap is a current photo. The other images in her post was taken during rehab. 

"And no I don't look great (I guess you don't really focus on exfoliation when you're trying to save your own life?) but I do look like I'm trying pretty hard with that forced lil smile- trying at something like joy," she wrote. "But guess what? We're worth it even when we are too tired to try, or when we are one day or one hour away from our messiest. We are worth it even when we're right in the middle of it all."

The 34-year-old HBO star knows she's not the only one who's suffered from addiction. 

"If you are caught in a cycle of pain and shame around addiction, you are so far from alone- there are so many recovering addicts who want and NEED to connect with you and who will hold it down for you no matter what," she said. "Thank you for the love you've shown me in the last 3 years as I've crawled further away from the center of the storm- but in the process I've realized it's continually storming (that's alright) AND the sun is shining too. It always was."

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The post comes following Lena's chat with Drew Barrymore in which she spoke about having a hysterectomy when she 31. She also talked candidly about her addiction to anti-anxiety pills.

"I was a good old-fashioned pill head… That is what I like to call it, because I don't think that there needs to be a cute word for it because I don't think that we should have shame," she said. "It's like, if you think about it, feeling bad feels bad, feeling good feels good. No one should be ashamed about wanting to get out of pain. And what addiction is, is like the desire to get out of pain and not having the tools to get out of pain, and almost no one is given the proper tools by their parents by their teachers by the infrastructure of this country and how we deal with mental health to get out of pain."

Figure this

'Millionaire Matchmaker' Patti Stanger shows off slimmer figure in selfie

Patti Stanger is feeling like a million bucks. 

"The Millionaire Matchmaker" star posted a selfie to social media over the weekend in which she revealed a much slimmer figure. 

The reality TV star credited her weight loss to maintaining a gluten free, paleo diet. 

"7 years ago I was diagnosed with hashimotos ( thyroid disease) told I had to be on meds for the rest of my life," Patti, 59, captioned the Instagram photo. "I believe you can cure your body with food and herbs! So my journey began with the vegan diet then keto and carnavoire. My body rejected it all it was not until I went #glutenfree #paleo that my body healed."

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Patti thanked her nutritionist and others who helped her.

"Your body can heal and as of a month ago my thyroid is Perfect and my antibodies not attacking!" the former Bravo star said. "Listen to your #gut you can heal if you just listen to your body and brain! Big shout out to my doc who saved my life from all the other doctors wrong diagnosis dr reade I love you!"