good news

'Flip or Flop' star Tarek El Moussa celebrates being three years cancer-free

It's a good day for "Flip or Flop" star Tarek El Moussa. Actually, he's had three years of good days, despite his current marital turmoil.

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, the reality TV star celebrated his third year of being cancer free.

Tarek posted a text conversation in which he found out the good news.

"Still #cancer #free!!!! Having cancer is a very scary thing… I always get nervous going into each check up and today I got GREAT news!! Having no thyroid and balancing medications is tough!," he said. "I'm finally at UCLA and I'm on the right doses of medication."

He added, "People don't know but I was very over medicated with rapid heart rate and palpitations to the point where I wore a heart rate monitor… It really messed me up but today everything is dialed and I finally feel great after 3 years!!"

Tarek actually credits a fan of the HGTV home renovation show with saving his life. Last year, he revealed that a woman emailed the show saying she noticed a lump on his neck.

"This is not a joke. I'm a registered nurse. I've been watching 'Flip or Flop,'" the email read, according to The Independent. "I noticed that the host Tarek has a large nodule on his thyroid, and he needs to have it checked out."

Shortly after, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

At the time, Tarek's wife, Christina El Moussa, his "Flip or Flop" costar, was by his side. Nowadays that isn't the case.

Christina and Tarek split in May 2016 following an incident in which he fled the family home with a gun.

On Jan. 25 a report surfaced that claimed Christina was disgusted with her ex and they rarely speak off-camera.

"The mood differs day to day, but Christina avoids Tarek," a source told Us Weekly, adding that Tarek "does things to piss her off, like bragging loudly about sleeping with girls."

Since splitting, Tarek has reportedly had a relationship with one of the couple's three nannies, as well as that woman's friend.

Christina, Us' source said, "thinks Tarek is an absolute pig."

Tarek, though, has taken issue with many of the reports that have been critical of him. Last week he shared a message on Instagram blasting the "fake news."

He wrote, "No matter the lies, innuendo, salacious gossip and 'fake news' that is thrown at me from irresponsible media outlets via anonymous sources, I will focus on what matters most which is co-parenting our children and working hard on our business."

All the feels

How Joe Giudice really feels about Teresa Giudice's engagement

Joe Giudice seems to be surprised that his ex-wife, Teresa Giudice, is already heading down the aisle again. 

On Oct. 19, the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star said "yes" after her boyfriend of a year, Luis "Louie" Ruelas, popped the question

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"I'm happy for Teresa and Louie, I give them my blessings," Joe told Celebuzz on Friday, just a few days after the engagement. "I think they moved a bit quick into this romance, but I'm glad she found her true love and wish them all the best."

Luis was Teresa's first serious romance since divorcing Joe, her husband of 20 years, who was deported to Italy in October 2019 after serving 41 months in prison for fraud.

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Luis proposed to the reality TV star while on a romantic vacation in Greece at the Amanzoe Resort in Porto Heli. The gorgeous proposal included sparklers, candles, roses, a violinist and a fireworks display. 

Former "RHONJ" co-star Dina Manzo and her husband, Dave Cantin, were also there for the big moment.

On Oct. 22, Luis posted several pictures from the evening. He also shared a video of the proposal, which showed him down on one knee in front of an illuminated "Marry Me" sign, all as fireworks lit up the night sky.

"I spent my entire life dreaming of you…everyday without even knowing who you were. From the moment our eyes locked and voices connected on Bay boulevard at the Jersey shore, we began our journey understanding each other's paths and learning to appreciate how we had to go thru everything we did in our lives just to get to this point," he wrote on Instagram. "These have been the most defining moments of my life and I am eternally grateful to share them with you. This is just the beginning of the rest of our lives."

He continued, "You are the LOVE of my life, my best friend, my soulmate. I promise to always love you every second of every day and always be there for you and your 4 beautiful daughters. I devote myself and my purpose in life to our goals and dreams. I am so grateful to walk this life with you not alone but together hand in hand until we are old."

On the prowl?

Scott Disick reportedly flirts with model, 23, after ex's engagement news

As his ex celebrates her engagement and her new "forever," Scott Disick is staying forever young.

The former "Flip It Like Disick" star was spotted out in West Hollywood on Thursday night, and paparazzi photos showed him getting flirtatious with 23-year-old Instagram model Elizabeth Grace Lindley.

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According to DailyMail.com, the duo hung out into the early morning hours of Oct. 22, and they "left together in a chauffeured car."

Elizabeth donned a black minidress and matching knee-high boots for the occasion.

Over the years, Scott, 38, has shown that age isn't an issue when it comes to his love life. Since his years-long romance with Kourtney Kardashian ended, Scott has been linked to actress Bella Thorne, 24, and model Bella Banos, 25. He also dated 23-year-old Sofia Richie for nearly three years. His yearlong relationship with 20-year-old Amelia Gray Hamlin ended last month after he sent an ill-advised message to one of Kourtney's former lovers

The evening sighting comes just days after Kourtney, with whom Scott shares three children, got engaged to blink-182 drummer Travis Barker

"Forever," the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star captioned a photo of the Oct. 17 proposal.

On Oct. 20, Kourtney shared more intimate images from the oceanside engagement.

After the proposal, a report claimed Scott hasn't been handling the news well

"Scott is going crazy" about Kourtney's engagement, a source told Page Six. "He's going to go off the deep end. It's really bad. It's about to get dark."

A source told People magazine that Scott never expected Kourtney and Travis to go the distance.  

"Scott hasn't really wanted to deal with Travis and Kourtney because he didn't feel like he'd have to," the insider explained. "At first, it seemed like it was just a casual relationship to him, nothing serious. So he pretty much put that on mute … thinking that eventually, they'd break up." 

The source claims Scott is "being forced to deal" with the reality that Kourtney wants a future with the drummer, "which is uncomfortable" for Scott. 

"If he's going to co-parent with Kourtney, which he has been, he has to process this and make his peace with it," said the source, adding that Scott is "distancing himself from the family" while taking "time to process this and deal with it on his own, without them."

Book accusations

Jamie Lynn Spears claims parents pushed for abortion during teen pregnancy

Jamie Lynn Spears claims in her upcoming book that her famous older sister wasn't the only one controlled by their parents. 

In "Things I Should Have Said," Jamie insists that her parents, Jamie Spears and Lynn Spears, pushed her to get an abortion in 2007 after she told them she was pregnant at 16 years old. She even says her phone was taken away so that she wouldn't have communication with anyone outside of select family members and her immediate circle. 

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Her team, which included her parents, wanted to keep her pregnancy hush hush, she said in excerpts of the book, which were obtained by TMZ.

Recalling one night, she said her team "… came to my room trying to convince me that having a baby at this point in my life was a terrible idea … 'It will kill your career. You are just too young. You don't know what you're doing. There are pills you can take. We can help you take care of this problem … I know a doctor.'" Added the singer-actress, "everyone around me just wanted to make this 'issue' disappear."

"Everyone was certain that termination would be the best course of action," she wrote. 

The family was so determined to keep the pregnancy news bottled up that Jamie Lynn wasn't even allowed to tell sister Britney Spears, the "Zoey 101" star claims.

"I needed her more than ever and she wasn't able to help me in my most vulnerable time. … To this day, the hurt of not being able to tell my sister myself still lingers," Jamie Lynn said. 

After welcoming baby Maddie, who's now 13, Jamie Lynn gave exclusive pictures to OK! Magazine. Before the magazine was published, Jamie Lynn and her mom headed to a cabin in Connecticut — where they even spent Thanksgiving — to hide out.

"Momma wore her disappointment like her favorite jacket," Jamie Lynn wrote. 

Engaged

Teresa Giudice and Luis Ruelas are engaged

Teresa Giudice is "altaring" her life. 

The "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star is engaged to Luis "Louie" Ruelas, People magazine reported. The mag also published photos from the beautiful engagement.

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Luis, who's been dating the reality TV star for over a year, popped the question while on a romantic vacation in Greece at the Amanzoe Resort in Porto Heli on Oct. 19. The magical proposal included sparklers, candles, roses, a violinist and a fireworks display. Former "RHONJ" co-star Dina Manzo and her husband, Dave Cantin, were also there for the big moment.

"It was absolutely exquisite," a source told People. "The choreographed fireworks display illuminated a 'Marry Me' sign as Louie got down on one knee. Teresa was completely surprised."

While on Cloud 9 that evening, the foursome celebrated until 5 a.m. the next morning.

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The couple always seemed to be on a fast track to marriage, as they exchanged "I love you's" on social media often. In February, they bought a home together, but were supposedly using that as a rental property and investment purchase. Earlier this month, it was reported that they were moving in together into that very home they purchased together. 

Teresa began dating Luis in summer 2020, and sources said they were intentionally moving slowly. This was Teresa's first serious romance since spitting with Joe Giudice, her husband of 20 years, who was deported to Italy after serving 41 months in prison for fraud.

The newly engaged couple have six children between them. Teresa shares daughters Gia, 20, Gabriella, 17, Milania, 15, and Audriana, 12, with Joe, while Ruelas is dad to sons Louie Jr. and Nicholas.

Vacay request

Lori Loughlin, husband ask judge to let them jet off to Mexico

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are hoping to say adios to America… for a week. 

The ex-cons are have asked a judge to allow them to travel to San Jose del Cabo next month so they can attend a wedding. Because the couple is on supervised release, they must get permission from a judge in order to leave the country. 

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According to TMZ, the couple is hoping to go south of the border from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12. 

In arguing why they should be allowed to travel out of the United States, the duo says they've been compliant with the terms of their prison releases, as the "Fuller House" star indicated she's paid her $150,000 fine and noted she's completed her community service. Mossimo, meanwhile, says he's paid his $250,000 fine and is currently doing his community service. 

In May, the couple similarly petitioned a judge to let them go to Mexico for a weeklong family vacation, a request that was approved. Like last time, the couple claimed their probation officers are okay with the trip.

A judge has yet to approve the new request, but it's likely Lori and Mossimo will get the OK.

Lori and Mossismo both served time in prison for their roles in a college admissions scandal — she was released from prison on December 28, 2020, after a two-month sentence; he was released from prison in early April 2021 after spending nearly five months behind bars.

Last month it was announced that Lori would be returning to the air now that her legal trouble is essentially behind her. The actress will reprise her role as Abigail Stanton, from Hallmark's "When Calls the Heart," in the spin-off series "When Hope Calls." 

Banged up

What happened? Chris Noth shocks fans with picture of facial abrasions

Mr. Big is bruised up.

Chris Noth stunned his Instagram followers this week after sharing an image of himself with fairly severe facial abrasions. It appears, though, that it's all makeup for his role in "The Equalizer."

The actor looked like he had a black eye and a cut on his right cheek in the image. 

"Things are getting intense on The Equalizer," he captioned the image, giving no other context.

Fans were quick to believe that the cuts were actually just Hollywood magic and makeup, as they commented with laughter. To no surprise, many invoked the name of Carrie Bradshaw, Chris' love interest in "Sex and the City." 

"My god I was going to say did Carrie throw a Manolo at him?! Lol," one person said. Another added, "Are you sure Carrie didn't do that?!?!" 

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Chris is set to revive his Mr. Big character in the "Sex and the City" reboot, "And Just Like That…" The 66-year-old actor and Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays Carrie, were spotted filming in Paris recently. 

In August, he also posted a few snaps with SJP, one of which had them in bed together. 

"Just like the old days!," he captioned the Instagram photo. 

Breakup city

JoJo Siwa and girlfriend reportedly split

A month after making their red carpet debut together as a couple, JoJo Siwa and Kylie Prew have reportedly broken up. 

Fans began getting suspicious of a potential split after Kylie stopped attending "Dancing With The Stars," which JoJo is currently participating in. 

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"JoJo and Kylie did break up. Some [of the 'DWTS'] cast are aware about the breakup," a source told Us Weekly. "Kylie stopped attending the show so she hasn't been seen in the audience since they split."

The source noted that the split occurred about two weeks ago. 

Kylie was JoJo's first public romance since coming out.

Amid much speculation, JoJo confirmed in January that she was part of the LBGTQ+ community. Shortly after, she introduced Kylie to the world, even telling Jimmy Fallon that Kylie was "the most amazing, wonderful, perfect, most beautiful girlfriend in the whole world."  

After that, the two never hid their romance. The purpose for the breakup isn't known, but Us' source said JoJo has been leaning on her "Dancing With The Stars" partner, Jenna Johnson, who is "like a big sister to [JoJo.]"

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The YouTube icon is also trying to distract herself from the split by sinking her teeth into "DWTS."

"JoJo is focusing on the competition and giving her all," the source said. "While it's a rough time for her, she's handling 'DWTS' very professionally and still putting on a smile and giving 100 percent. She doesn't want to let down her fans."

Familiar date

Kristin Cavallari reveals she and Jay Cutler secretly dated after divorce

Despite labeling their marriage "toxic," Kristin Cavallari said things still weren't totally over with ex Jay Cutler after filing for divorce in April 2020. In fact, the "Laguna Beach" star admitted that the duo secretly went on a few dates after splitting. 

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"I have to say, it's been such a rollercoaster, but it's been the brightest and the saddest, the whole experience," she told Kaitlyn Bristowe on her "Off the Vine" podcast. "Jay and I actually went on a couple dates, like, months and months and months ago, but we did." 

On those dates, she realized the connection "wasn't there anymore."

"The thing with Jay and I is we aren't getting a divorce because of love lost, which made it really challenging because we were crazy about each other," the reality star said. "And so I just decided I didn't want to be in a toxic relationship anymore and I had to break it off. But that's made it hard and made me sit here and question it for a few months. But then going back and dating him a little bit made me reaffirm, like, 'No, I know that I'm doing the right decision.'"

"I come from divorced parents and I was like, 'I don't want my kids growing up thinking that this is a good relationship,'" she continued. "Because I got to see my mom remarry and be in a good relationship so that I knew what one was. I mean, I wanted my kids to see me happy. I just did. And they're better off. And they've adjusted really well, not that there's ever a perfect age for it, but they were at good ages. And so, I'm glad that it happened when it did."

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At this rate, it's hard to tell if Kristin and Jay, who share three children, are even friends. 

"This is what I said to my friends," she said. "I'm like, 'If I didn't have kids with Jay, I would never talk to him ever again. But now, I have to talk to him a lot.'"

Home sweet home

Courteney Cox returns to 'Friends' apartment in hilarious skit

Courteney Cox doesn't want anyone invading her space!

On Oct. 20, the actress took to Instagram to share a hilarious video set outside the iconic New York City apartment building that served as the facade of Monica Geller's home on "Friends." (The interior apartment scenes were actually filmed in Los Angeles.) The video begins with Courteney's "Scream 5" co-star Melissa Barrera walking toward the building, which is located at 90 Bedford St., as the "Friends" intro and outro music plays. 

"Melissa! How are you? Where are you going?" Courteney asks Melissa, who replies, "I'm just going home."

Melissa then gestures toward the building as if she lives there.

"Oh, you're going home. That's weird. I don't think that's your home," Courteney tells Melissa. "I'm happy you joined the 'Scream' cast, but this is not OK. This is off limits."

Melissa sweetly implies that it's all for fun.

"No, Melissa, there's only so much," Courteney says before referencing Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights," in which Melissa starred. "Go on, go back to the Heights," she says.

As Melissa walks away, she shouts Monica's catchphrase: "I know!"

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The women clearly recorded the video in jest to promote "Scream 5." Fans loved it: It racked up hundreds of thousands of likes. Followers quoted lines and dubbed it the "best content."

Melissa also commented while still maintaining character. 

"But… I'll be there for you," she wrote. She also posted the video to her Instagram Story, writing, "I tried."