Splitsville

Nicki Minaj and Nas split

Earlier in the week, there were unfounded reports that Nicki Minaj and Nas were expecting a baby. A new report says those reports are false, but said that there is a new huge development between the rap stars: They've broken up.

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TMZ reported on Jan. 4 that Nicki and Nas broke up "a few weeks ago" after the romance essentially ran its course. The report indicated that long-distance dating was simply too much for the duo.

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Nicki and Nas have known each other for years, but romance rumors hit a fever pitch in May 2017 after she posted an Instagram image of them cuddling up at his Sweet Chick restaurant in New York City. They were also spotted at the same restaurant on April 30 (Nas is an investor). In September, they cozied up at his birthday in New York City, and a report indicated that they FaceTimed everyday and texted with each other throughout the day.

TMZ claims that the rappers are focusing on their professional lives now. The report indicates that they still "respect each other," so don't expect their romance to be used as rap fodder in any tracks. However, it seems that perhaps there is a small amount of animosity since TMZ added that Nicki and Nas "won't be hanging out as friends either."

Although they were Instagram official, the duo never formally confirmed their relationship. Looks like they won't have to now.

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 when she met Ross ‚ÄĒ it was more of a "love 'em and leave 'em" situation. In speaking to Andy, she joked that Ross 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 captioned the post.

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

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

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TMZ said the duo has 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 9 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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True "RHOA" fans know 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, got hitched in 1996, they signed a prenup ‚ÄĒ 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 existed. 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 ‚Äď 4 flights ‚Äď 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.

Back on

Clare Crawley and Dale Moss confirm reconciliation with kiss

Things are clearly back on for Clare Crawley and Dale Moss. 

On Feb. 22, the Daily Mail published videos and pictures of the former "The Bachelorette" stars kissing and holding hands and acting every bit a smitten couple while on a Florida beach. Asked if they had a message for their fans, Dale told a paparazzo, "We're just gonna have some privacy."

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The couple has been holed up in Venice, Florida, since last week. On Feb. 16, fans sent Bachelor Nation into overdrive when they spotted Dale and Clare at a crosswalk. The sighting came a month after they split.

"I wanted share with you all that Clare and I have decided to go our separate ways. We appreciate the love and support we've received from so many people, but this is the healthiest decision for both of us at this time," Dale wrote on Instagram at the time. "We strongly believe in leading with love and always remaining true to oneself ‚Äď something our families have taught and instilled in us throughout our lives. We only hope the best things for one another."

Dale and Clare had one of the fastest on-screen romances of all time. 

After the split, Clare said she was in a "dark place" and took a jab at Dale's statement, insinuating that it was anything but mutual.

"I was made aware of a 'mutual' statement at the same time you all were, so I've needed some time to really digest this," she wrote on Instagram. "Speaking for myself, my intentions with this relationship have always been very clear, so the truth is I am crushed. This was not what I expected or hoped for and am still trying to process this."

The duo met over the summer while filming "The Bachelorette" in a bubble environment. The moment Clare met Dale, she mentioned that he was "husband" material. She then continued to fall hard for him, essentially snubbing the other guys vying for her heart in order to focus entirely on him. After just three weeks of filming, Clare left the show with Dale by her side. She was replaced by Tayshia Adams.

Clare and Dale have subtly posted about each other on Instagram since they started spending time together again.

On Feb. 21, for example, the male model's feet could be seen in a photo the hairstylist shared while collecting seashells on the beach.

Fired?

Internet abuzz with claims Kelly Dodd, three others fired from 'Housewives'

Is a major, major shakeup in the works at Bravo?

The Internet is abuzz with chatter that Kelly Dodd, Emily Simpson, Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Elizabeth Vargas are all being squeezed out of "The Real Housewives of Orange County."

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A popular celebrity gossip Instagram account (with an impressive track record for accuracy) posted an anonymous tip indicating that Bravo producers are letting go the four women.

"Same friend also works at Bravo. RHOC shakeup is coming Kelly, Braunwyn, Emily, and Elizabeth are out. Tamra [Judge] will be back. Heather [DuBrow] and Alexis [Bellino] said no. They're trying to get Gretchen [Rossi] and her rich Newport friends but Gretchen won't return if Tamra's still on the show," the message read.

The shakeup, if true, isn't likely a surprise to the legion of "Housewives" fans. Last month, executive producer Andy Cohen hinted that change was in the air after Meghan McCain, a well-known "Housewives" devotee, called for an end to the Orange County franchise. 

"I think you mean reBOOT," Andy tweeted. 

Bravo has not commented on the new speculation.

Many fans have been down on "The Real Housewives of Orange County" recently, mainly due to the casting. Many "Housewives" aficionados haven't connected with Braunwyn, who recently came out as gay; other fans are displeased with Kelly over her controversial social media activity throughout 2020 and into 2021.

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Last year, Kelly¬†downplayed the coronavirus, even once¬†calling it "God's way of thinning the herd."¬†Not long after that, she celebrated the fact that¬†few people were wearing masks at a local restaurant. In the fall, she wore a hat that read¬†"Drunk Wives Matter"¬†‚ÄĒ which many thought mocked the Black Lives Matter movement ‚ÄĒ during her bridal shower. In 2021, after California re-opened outdoor dining, she and a group of friends went out for drinks. In a video, she and her crew toasted to being "super spreaders" of the virus, which has now claimed 500,000 American lives.

Kelly, for what it's worth, claims to be a "victim" of "cancel culture."

Interestingly enough, Kelly said she wouldn't return to the show if Braunwyn is back in the fold for the next season. In early February, multiple reports said Kelly expected to be fired from "Housewives."

If the social media speculation is true, Gina Kirschenheiter and Shannon Beador will be the only returning cast members for season 16 of "RHOC."