Low-Profile Livin'

Friends predict Brad Pitt won't date another celebrity

Brad Pitt has been loosely linked to a few women since his high-profile split from Angelina Jolie two years ago, but friends predict that he's looking for a more normal life without a famous counterpart in the future..

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"I can't see Brad dating someone super famous again," an insider who's worked with Brad told Page Six on Oct. 27. "I can definitely see him dating someone with a lower profile."

The friend's comments line up with recent buzz about Brad's love life, all involving women away from the spotlight.

In April, romantic speculation arose from Brad' friendship with MIT professor Neri Oxman, and in October, rumors sparked about a relationship with jewelry designer Sat Hari Khalsa.

The Page Six source insists that Brad has been dating here and there but that his primary focus remains on his six children with Angelina: Maddox, 17, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 10.

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"He just likes hanging out with his friends and anyone he meets will have to be from a place of trust," the insider continued. "He's focused on his children, his work and wanting to have some sense of normalcy. He's dating casually but, for the foreseeable future, everything is about the kids."

Another pal agrees that Brad has been getting out there a little bit, telling the mag, "He's not a monk!"

But the friend adds that the split has taken a stressful toll: "To say these two years have been a nightmare is an understatement."

Brad and Angelina became embroiled in a custody battle over their kids following the breakup, with the FBI and Department of Children and Family Services even getting involved over an alleged dispute between Brad and his eldest son aboard a private jet — though he was later fully cleared of any abuse allegations.

The ex-couple finally came to an agreement in which Brad was awarded visitation rights.

accident memories

Simon Cowell gives first interview since breaking his back on e-bike

Simon Cowell knew he broke his back the very moment that he crashed on his e-bike last year. There wasn't a doubt in his mind.

The "America's Got Talent" judge spoke to "Extra" on Feb. 24, which marked his first time addressing the August 2020 accident, save for a few tweets in the aftermath.

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"It could have been a lot worse," he contends. "When I saw the X-ray, I really nearly could have smashed my spine to pieces, so I literally wouldn't have been able to walk." 

In speaking about the moment of the accident, Simon said, "I knew I'd broken my back the minute I landed. It was really, really kind of sudden and it hurt."

In a moment like that, you're not supposed to move, but those thoughts weren't running through his mind. 

"I was thinking, 'I've got to get back into the house because I can't lie there'… and made myself kind of get carried into my bedroom, which is right there at the beginning of the house, and I'm lying there and I'm kind of passing out… It was surreal," he said. 

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Simon, who ended up enduring a six-hour surgery to repair his back and later got $112,000 in new teeth, credited his longtime partner, Lauren Silverman, with nursing him along.

"She was amazing. Both her and [son] Eric, they were like my support. I couldn't have gotten through it without them, so we got closer," the mogul said.

Still, his ailing life at home was no picnic.

"The hardest thing was, and I said this to Lauren when I came out of the hospital… I was so embarrassed about coming home looking about 100 because I couldn't walk, and I have these metal rods in my back and these screws," he said. 

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Simon said he remembered telling Lauren that he didn't know what he would say to their 7-year-old son, Eric.

"[Lauren] obviously said something to him because he came in… and I was lying in bed and he said, 'Daddy, you're like Ironman,' and I thought that was the sweetest thing and it meant a lot," Simon recalled.

While not being able to be a completely hands-on dad was hard, Simon said the worst part of the recovery was "the helplessness."

"I've never been in this situation in my life where you literally can't move," he said. "The pain was off the charts… But you've got to stay positive… I made a promise to myself I'd be fitter than I was before I had the accident. Sure enough, that's what happened."

Host wanted

With Chris Harrison out, what's next for the 'After the Final Rose' special?

Matt James' final pick isn't the only mystery left on this season of "The Bachelor."

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Also a mystery? Who will host the "After the Final Rose" special. Sources tell TMZ that producers are seeking someone without ties to the franchise — but also someone with loyalty to ABC.

In the special, which will air next month after Matt makes his pick, race is expected to be a major topic of conversation.

The "After the Final Rose" special, much like "The Bachelor," has always been hosted by Chris Harrison. However, Chris announced on Feb. 13 that he's "stepping aside" from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" for "a period of time." 

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Chris's announcement came a few days after he apologized for defending a current contestant on the show, frontrunner Rachael Kirkconnell, who had been getting backlash for past social media activity. For example, she was pictured dressed in costume at an Old South antebellum party in 2018.

"This historic season of 'The Bachelor' should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions," Chris said on Instagram. In the post, he said he was "deeply remorseful" for the pain and damage his "ignorance" had brought to his "friends, colleagues and strangers alike."

Rachael, meanwhile, said in a statement that her "ignorance was racist."

But who is going to replace Chris? Although producers now want someone untethered to the show, that wasn't always the case. TMZ reports former "The Bachelorette" star Rachel Lindsay — the show's first Black lead — was asked to host but declined the offer. Instead, she suggested sports analyst Emmanuel Acho, who is outspoken about race issues.

The hosting duties for "After the Final Rose" remain up in the air.

Engagement details

Ricki Lake dishes on her naked engagement moment

Ricki Lake is sharing all the risqué details surrounding her recent engagement … and it involves nudity!

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While appearing on "Watch What Happens Live," the talk show host said she was in her birthday suit when her boyfriend-turned-fiancé Ross Burningham popped the question.

"I was naked in the Jacuzzi with my man on the first night that we're in my new Malibu home. So it was romantic. It was very spontaneous and I couldn't be happier," she told Andy Cohen. "He was surprised too."

Interesting enough, Ross popped the question without any jewelry in hand!

"There's no ring yet!" Ricki said.

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The talk show legend announced on Instagram over the weekend that she had gotten betrothed to her man.

"Friends, I'm so so so excited to share some good news! I'm engaged!" she captioned a photo with her new fiancé. "This is Ross. He is my person. He is wonderful."

Ricki added, "I love him very much and I am so grateful I get to love and be loved so deeply by this stellar human. Our next chapter is sure to be a good one."

While she's clearly happy, it's fair to say that it wasn't love at first sight for Ricki and Ross — it was more of a "love 'em and leave 'em" situation. She joked to Andy that Ross was more of a steady "booty call" for a bit before things got serious.

"He is wonderful," she said, indicating that they met in June 2020. "Everyone in my life who has met him just gets it. We're great together."

The "Business of Birth Control" filmmaker first introduced Ross to her Instagram followers in December 2020 when she posted a selfie with him. "LOVE," she wrote in the caption

Ricki was previously married to Rob Sussman from 1994 to 2004. They share two sons. She later married Christian Evans. In 2017, two years after Ricki and Christian divorced, he took his life after a long battle with bipolar disorder. 

love lines

'Housewives' star reunites with boyfriend after prison release

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Sheree Whitfield has reunited with her off-and-on boyfriend, Tyrone Gilliams, now that he's been released from prison. 

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TMZ reports the duo have been spending a lot of time in Philadelphia, where he was recently transferred to a halfway house after eight years in prison. Additionally, a wedding might not be far off. 

"Sheree and Tyrone are soul mates, they knew when he got out that the two would marry," a source told All About The Tea. Tyrone told TMZ that he is envisioning marriage but isn't ready to pop the question just yet. 

Still, it seems that Sheree is on could nine now that Tyrone is back in her life. "Best day ever," she tweeted on Feb. 24.

Sheree and Tyrone have a long history together. They first dated nearly a decade ago, but they split just before he was indicted in a wire fraud case.

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According to TMZ, Tyrone and Sheree dated briefly nearly a decade ago, but he cut off contact when he realized the feds were going to indict him in a wire fraud case. Tyrone was ultimately sentenced to 10 years in in the slammer back in October 2013.

He and his lawyer were convicted of stealing more than $5 million from investors, including a scheme involving a purported investment in U.S. Treasury Strips, according to Reuters. 

In 2016, Sheree and Tyrone rekindled the flame, and she often visited him in prison. Two years later, they broke things off. With his early prison release (due to COVID-19 concerns) the two are giving it another go. 

Prenup battle

Dr. Dre wants judge to determine validity of prenup with ex

Dr. Dre is ready to let a judge determine whether the prenuptial agreement he and his estranged wife signed two-and-a-half decades ago is still valid.

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Before Dre and his ex, Nicole Young, got hitched in 1996, they signed a prenup — that much is not up for debate. However, Nicole has argued that she was forced to sign the paperwork and claimed that Dre eventually ripped it up.

"Andre acknowledged to me that he felt ashamed he had pressured me into signing a premarital agreement and he tore up multiple copies of the agreement in front of me," she wrote in divorce docs last year. "Since the day he tore up the agreements, we both understood that there was no premarital agreement, and that it was null and void."

Dre has denied this and has filed legal documents asking for a five-day trial to determine the validity of the prenup, TMZ reports. In his argument, Dre is pointing to a clause in the document that says any alterations must come in writing.

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Further, Dre wants the case to be handled by a private judge so that it doesn't play out in the public eye, but Nicole wants a traditional trial. 

In late June 2020, Nicole filed divorce paperwork, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. In her divorce filing, Nicole, a lawyer, didn't mention that a prenuptial agreement exists. However, Dre legally responded to the filing a few weeks later. In his response, he agreed to pay his ex her requested spousal support but said their division of property should be governed by their prenup. 

Concern

Tiger Woods' former mistress Rachel Uchitel weighs in after accident

Tiger Woods' most famous mistress, Rachel Uchitel, is worried for the golfer following his rollover accident.

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"Obviously hearing the news has shaken me up as it's probably shaken everybody up to see that. Hearing [agent Mark Steinberg] say that he's in surgery for his legs is something that really worries me and when you hear a comment like that you know it's true," she told the New York Post

"He's an athlete and his legs are essential to his sport and to him being who he is and he's already had trouble with his body up until this point," she continued. "He didn't need any more injuries." 

Tiger was taken to surgery following his single-car accident in Los Angeles on Feb. 23.. His agent said the five-time Masters champion suffered multiple injuries to his legs. The "jaws of life" had to be used to get him out of the car, a press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff said. His injuries are reportedly "severe but not life-threatening," according to officials.

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The golf legend famously crashed his car in 2009 after his then-wife, Elin Nordegren, found out that he'd been having a long-running affair with Rachel, a former nightclub hostess in New York City and Las Vegas. For more than 10 years, Rachel kept mum about her romance with Tiger, but she recently spoke about the relationship for an HBO documentary.

"I have stayed quiet about this story, but at this point, I have nothing left to lose. My name hasn't lost the stigma at all," she said in the documentary.

The documentary also touched on Tiger's DUI arrest in 2017. In that instance, it was determined he was under the influence of painkillers and sleep medications. It's currently unclear what caused the Feb. 23 accident.

Tiger has been recovering from a fifth back surgery and, just two day before the auto accident, he spoke of returning to golf for the Masters tournament in April.

medical issue

Beloved Bravo star suffers spinal cord stroke

Michael Kelcourse, Patricia Altschul's beloved butler on "Southern Charm," has suffered a "spinal cord stroke."

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Patricia's son, Whitney Sudler-Smith, broke the heartbreaking news to Bravo's The Daily Dish on Feb. 23. 

"I am sorry to inform you that Michael Kelcourse, affectionately known as 'Michael The Butler', recently suffered an acute spinal cord infarction which is often called a 'spinal cord stroke,'" Whitney said. "Although this tragedy has caused significant nerve damage and impairment, with the help of the outstanding physicians at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, we are hopeful Michael will soon recover. Thank you for respecting Michael's privacy during this challenging time."

It's unclear why Michael The Butler, who lives in Charleston, South Carolina, is in Atlanta.

Michael, who's worked for Patricia for 17 years, has been a fan favorite on the reality TV show since its inception.

In her book "The Art of Southern Charm," Patricia opened up about meeting Michael.

"I met with Michael immediately and persuaded him to come work for me, even as he was finishing his responsibilities in [another] household," she wrote, describing hiring him as the "best thing I could have done."

In 2018 while speaking to The Daily Dish, Whitney said of Michael, "He's devoted to mom. He's the nicest guy in the world. He's invaluable to my mom because he helps with her coterie of animals."

on the mend

Ashley Judd 'recovering' after 8-hour surgery following rainforest incident

Ashley Judd is out of an eight-hour surgery in an American hospital after shattering her leg in the Congo rainforest earlier this month. 

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On Instagram, the actress posted a series of snaps from South African and American hospitals. She thanked the medical staffs profusely in a lengthy post. 

"I want to give my deepest and most vulnerable thanks to Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, for making split second decisions upon my arrival," she said. "I arrived to them from DRC in terrible shape and my leg had no pulse. I desperately needed a blood transfusion. Their sisters (nurses) are exemplary, technically top notch, and they cared for the trauma in my body as well as my soul with equal proficiency."

The doctor at the Johannesburg hospital, she said, "was super at stabilizing my leg with the external fixator until the massive soft tissue damage and swelling went down so that I could have the Big Operation. What he did was significant and I am forever in his debt."

On Feb. 12, the two-time Golden Globe nominee revealed on Instagram that she shattered her leg and nearly lost it after something fell on it in the rainforest. A few days later, she posted several Instagram images that showed her being carried out of the jungle via a hammock and driven out on a scooter. It would be 55 hours before the "Double Jeopardy" star got professional medical help.

In her new social media post, Ashley, 52, recalled sending her dad a text message after the incident. It read: "emergency, can't answer questions, please come now." Her father, who's been vaccinated against COVID-19, was able to go to South Africa.

"He has been my rock, companion, resource, helped me listen to so many doctors, critical support system, and kind, loving presence as I have wept and wept," she said. "We then made the 22 hour – 4 flights – to America thanks to unbelievably efficient disaster travel insurance on an Air Ambulance."

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From her unspecified American hospital, Ashley said she had to wait for "the tissue damage and swelling to reduce" before being eligible for an eight-hour surgery. During surgery, doctors repaired bones, decompressed the hemorrhaging nerve and picked "the shards of bones out of the nerve."

"I am now recovering from surgery," she said. 

In one of Ashley's videos, she begins slowly walking with the assistance of a walker.

"I am up and around already. Thank you for your care and kind words," she said. "Let us always remember those without insurance.  Let us remember those who do not have choices. Let us remember those who are lonely and afraid."

Split

Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause finalize divorce

Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause are officially no longer an "us."

The "This Is Us" star and his ex finalized their divorce earlier this month, TMZ reported on Feb. 22, noting that a judge has signed off on the dissolution of marriage. It's unknown how the former couple's assets were divided up. 

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Justin and Chrishell, who were together for six years, don't share any children, so the duo won't have to battle over custody. In addition, they've both already moved on: He's dating actress Sofia Pernas, while she's dating "Dancing With the Stars" pro Keo Motsepe.

The entertainment world was dumbfounded when Justin filed for divorce in November 2019. In his paperwork, he listed their separation date as July 8, 2019. Interestingly, the duo had seemed happy while attending several events together in the months following that July date. In fact, they attended a Golden Globes party just one week before Justin filed his divorce documents. 

During a scene on "Selling Sunset," which aired months later, Chrishell said she was completely blindsided by the divorce filing. In fact, she said she found out over text. In the months that followed, Chrishell admitted that Justin had threatened to leave their relationship several times while they were married.