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Nikki Bella details real reasons behind John Cena breakup

When wrestling stars Nikki Bella and John Cena split two years ago, there was a lot of speculation about what led to their devastating broken engagement and, later, their failed reconciliation. Some reports even claimed Nikki wa trying to score ratings for her reality show, "Total Bellas."

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Now she's is explaining the real reasons that led to their sad end. And, perhaps surprising to some, she's not blaming John.

In her new book, "Incomparable" — which she wrote with twin sister Brie Bella — Nikki explains that during her six-year romance with John, they "struggled to align" their goals for the relationship. However, she writes, as reported by DailyMail.com, "Rather than turn and face that, I pushed it under the carpet and figured I could pretend like it wasn't there. Because I was terrified of losing my love, I stuffed my desire for marriage and kids as deep as I could."

As Nikki has said before, John had initially made it clear that marriage and kids "weren't on the menu for him… that's tough, though," she writes in her memoir, "because if you're inclined that way, then the more you grow to love someone, the more you want it all. I stopped giving voice to those needs, though. I was worried my ex would call it off and let me go. And while I wanted those things very badly — I just wanted him more."

DailyMail.com reports that Nikki also recounts the time John refused to leave her side as she recovered from a 2016 surgery for a herniated disc in her neck, how "he wouldn't let anyone send him home" and even "helped me go to the bathroom, even though it made me want to die with embarrassment."

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Though grateful for his help, the former "Total Divas" star was also miserable. "I couldn't stand to feel so needy, even though it seemed to make him so happy to take care of me," she writes. "I wish I had seen that experience for what it was: an opportunity for me to identify, and then talk about, how undeserving and unworthy I felt, how terrified it made me feel to be dependent. How uncomfortable it makes me feel when I'm not working for affection but instead just basking in love."

Nikki also explains how she lost herself. She was so singularly focused on not losing John that it came at the expense of her own wants and needs. "By continually putting him first, and choking my own voice back, I didn't give him the respect of actually hearing about how I was doing," she explains in her book, as reported by Us Weekly. "I didn't give him, or our relationship, the benefit of the doubt that maybe it could handle more."

John, she writes, "had no idea I wasn't getting what I needed because I never said anything." She was convinced that she had to fit "into the contours of [John's] very busy and big life," she further explains. "That was paramount to me, pleasing and keeping him content, not voicing my own needs."

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Nikki made assumptions. "Because I assumed he wasn't willing to make sacrifices, I did not persistently ask. Because I was so fixated on what I believed he wanted, I made many decisions on his behalf, even though I was losing myself in the process," she writes.

She also admits she has "many regrets about that relationship." The main one? "I wish I'd known myself better before I got into it. I wish I'd understood how the patterns in my life, and my relationship with my own father, informed how I react to love, boundaries, and feelings of abandonment," she explains, as reported by DailyMail.com. "I think I could have averted some of what happened. Because my dad left when I was 15, I learned how to fill in the holes. I expect to be left behind and to find a way to not confront or acknowledge those feelings of loneliness and abandonment."

When she competed on season 25 of "Dancing With the Stars" in 2017, she "really woke up," she writes. She lived alone in an apartment that ABC provided for her. "I liked how it felt to be that independent girl. I had been sitting in a jail cell without realizing that the door wasn't locked and that I had built it myself," she explains, as reported by Us.

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"After 'Dancing with the Stars,' I felt like I'd found myself. I didn't want to lose her again. … 'Dancing with the Stars' also unlocked for me was the idea that I can stand on my own," Nikki adds in her book. "I think it's partly growing up as a twin, and then becoming a star based on that twindom, but being involved with a mega-star [like John] also undermined some of my faith in myself."

Coincidentally, Nikki is now engaged and expecting her first child with her "DWTS" pro partner, Artem Chigvintsev. The pair started dating many months after Nikki and John's split.

Friends forever

Rachael Kirkconnell helping latest Bachelor 'villain' after Instagram drama

Rachael Kirkconnell is letting her "Bachelor" Season 25 co-star Pieper James lean on her amid the drama surrounding the latter's "Bachelor in Paradise" run.

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Pieper quickly fell into "villain" territory after it was revealed that she and Brendan Morais were in relationship before both went on the reality TV show. They were also later caught on camera discussing their Instagram followers, screen time and media coverage of themselves.

"Rachael has been in Pieper's shoes before," a source told Page Six, although Rachael believes her own scandal was "much worse," as it involved accusations of racism, not social media and fame. "Rachael felt compelled to reach out and let Pieper know that it will all be OK and that the situation with Brendan isn't the end of the world. She feels like the perfect person for Pieper to lean on right now."

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Both Pieper and Brendan were accused of being on the show for the "wrong reasons," a sin among Bachelor Nation. Brendan even lost 100,000 Instagram followers amid the scandal.

"Rachael can't believe Pieper said some of the things she did on camera," Page Six's source said. "But she still feels really bad for her. She got close to Pieper while filming 'The Bachelor' and knows she's a good person. She feels like she got dragged into unnecessary drama. Rachael told Pieper that she's here for her whenever she needs it."

Pieper and Brendan have both since apologized. 

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Rachael certainly knows a thing or two about being cast in a bad light. Not long after Matt James, the first Black lead of "The Bachelor," picked her on the season 25 finale of the ABC show, three-year-old social media images surfaced that show Rachael at an Antebellum-themed party. She also "liked" other images that contained a Confederate flag and posts about QAnon conspiracy theories online. 

Matt and Rachael split after the finale was filmed, but before it aired, due to the situation. Longtime "Bachelor" scion Chris Harrison was also shockingly ousted after defending Rachael in an interview. However, after the dust settled, Matt and Rachael reconciled, and they often post about each other on social media

"Rachael finally feels comfortable in the public eye. She made it through a really tough time," the aforementioned source said. "She knows there's light at the end of the tunnel for Pieper, too."

Freedom!

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro avoids jail time after probation violation

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro caught a huge break in court after a judge decided on Friday not to toss him in jail for a probation violation. 

The "Jersey Shore" star attended a court hearing in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, and a judge felt that Ronnie should remain a free man.

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After the hearing, Ronnie told TMZ that he is "very thankful" and "very happy with the outcome."

This is a big win for Ronnie, as jail time was definitely on the table when he walked into the courthouse.

Ronnie was arrested in Los Angeles on April 22 for felony domestic violence following an incident with his now-fiance Saffire Matos. Police said Saffire called 911 after an argument that turned physical. Once officers arrived, they noticed "visible marks on Saffire's body" and determined that Ronnie was the aggressor. 

The arrest could have easily spelled doom for Ronnie, as he is currently on probation for a different domestic violence incident in L.A. involving his ex Jen Harley, with whom he shares a 3-year-old daughter. Ronnie struck a plea deal last year in that 2019 case, and he was given three years of probation that required him to keep his nose clean.

While Ronnie is free, the judge on Friday did order him to take 26 parenting classes. The judge also gave him credit for completing a rehab program in Florida, so he won't have to spend 30 days in jail. The webloid also said a three-year protective order was put in place so he can't harass or intimidate Saffire.

Miss me?

Meghan McCain: I don't miss 'The View' at all

Meghan McCain is very much at peace with her decision to leave "The View" after four years. 

The fiery conservative spoke about her life these days with The Daily Mail, where she's been hired as a columnist.

"I left New York during the pandemic and I had sort of had an existential crisis when my dad died. I got really scared and I just really started thinking about life and what I wanted and what I said on 'The View' was true," she said. "I just didn't feel like moving back to New York was the right choice for me. And it was a really hard decision, but, I feel really good about it now and I don't miss it at all."

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During her memorable four-year stint at the ABC show, Meghan often butted heads with her fellow co-hosts, but that didn't really play into her decision to leave. Her daughter, Liberty, was a significant reason for the departure.

"When I think about where I want Liberty to take her first steps and her first words, I just have this wonderful life here that I felt ultimately like I didn't want to leave," Megan, who now lives in Washington, D.C., said.

Over 25 seasons of "The View," many women have come and gone. For Meghan, she exited the way she wanted.

"I felt like I was really happy to do it on my own terms because a lot of people get fired from that show," she said. "I was happy that I got to make the decision and be in control of my own life. And, you know, 'The View' was and is incredible and gave me so much. I don't feel anything negative about it. But I also really pride myself in life on knowing when to hold them and when to fold them, like I'm such a gambler."

She added, "I like change. I like trying new things. And, you know, one of the opportunities here — and I'm also working on a lot of other projects — but especially at the Daily Mail, being completely uncensored and working for a company that really values true free speech."

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The 36-year-old isn't blind to the fact that she'll likely ruffle some feathers with her new gig, much like she did at "The View." She's okay with that.

"People really love fighting with me and I've come to terms with the fact that people love me and love to hate me," she said. "I really have gotten to a place where I'm comfortable with that."

product pitching

Fans cringe as Teresa Giudice's 12-year-old daughter hawks supplements

Social media doesn't seem to be buying what Audriana Giudice is selling. 

Teresa Giudice's 12-year-old daughter stunned the Internet this week as she began promoting health supplements. 

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On Sept. 16, the youngster shared a sponsored post for Bloom Nutrition Greens & Superfoods supplements on TikTok, encouraging her followers to mix the powder into "water, any juice or even your favorite smoothie!" Audriana, who began appearing on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" as a baby in 2009, claimed the supplements help "with digestion and bloating."

Quickly, fans were in disbelief.

"Since when do 12 year olds get bloating?? I'm sorry they're making you do this," one user wrote, according to Page Six. Another said, "WHY ARE THEY MAKING A 12 YEAR OLD DO THIS LIKE WHAT." 

Coincidentally, Audriana only turned 12 this week on Sept. 14. She just started 7th grade.  

The Instagram account Bravo By Betches posted the video of Audriana, which only made more people comment. 

"This is actually sad," one person said. "I would never buy from a company that has a 12 year old talk about bloating," another said. 

Arguably the best comment read, "When i was 12 i still believed in Santa."

Another humorous comment came via "The Real Housewives of New York City" alum Jill Zarin's daughter, Ally Shapiro, who joked, "I can't even get them to sponsor me!!!!"

All-knowing!

Bethenny Frankel claims Erika Jayne's legal woes were 'well-known secret'

Erika Jayne's legal issues were old news to Bethenny Frankel, who called they were a "well-known secret."

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The Skinny Girl founder and former "Housewives" star dished about her knowledge of Erika and ex-husband Tom Girardi's financial woes, and she felt early on that something was off because the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star was "flaunting" her money.

It turns out, it may have not been her money after all. Late last year, Erika's ex-husband, once a prominent lawyer, was accused of embezzling money from his law firm, and he was later sued by his business partners, resulting in a chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. The partners claim Tom used money he owed them for "personal gain." Because of this, Erika's finances are being questioned as she is allegedly refusing to hand over her own bank records.

On the podcast "Just B With Bethenny Frankel," the former New York housewife recalled meeting Erika a few year ago at a conference. Bethenny was attending with her late ex-fiancé, Dennis Shields, who was an attorney.

"My experience is — especially with the Housewives, but really, everywhere as well — if someone's flaunting their money, they don't really have it," Bethenny said. "The more that they flaunt it and the more that they brag about it, usually there's something wrong."

Erika, Bethenny alleges, was "flaunting it." Dennis noticed, too. 

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"Dennis said to me, '[Tom] doesn't have it like that," Bethenny recalled. Dennis then claimed Tom was in major debt with a slew of people.

"He owes me money. He owes me half a million dollars. I know this other guy he owes a million and a half dollars. He doesn't have money. He owes everybody money," Bethenny claimed Dennis said. 

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Bethenny, though, was initially perplexed and noted how Erika was always flying in private planes. 

"And he said, 'It's because he's using people's money to support her lifestyle. He's using the company's money to support her lifestyle.' Dennis said this. … I said, 'Why would he do that?' He goes, 'He can't say no to her,'" Bethenny persists.

After hearing this, Bethenny claims she told friends, including Bravo scion Andy Cohen. 

"I told [Erika's makeup artist] Kristofer Buckle about it. I told Andy Cohen about it, just to say, 'It's not what you think,'" Bethenny remembers. "When this came out … Andy called me and said, 'Holy s**t. You really do know it all. You told me about this years ago'. I'm like, 'Yeah, I told you.' … I knew about this whole thing. I knew since, yeah, probably 2017 and 2018, I knew about this."

Weight watcher

Ree Drummond dishes on 'rock bottom' moment that led to weight loss

It was a trip to college that made Ree Drummond change her diet and workout regimen, but this had nothing to do with the so-called "freshman 15."

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In a new chat with "Entertainment Tonight," the "Pioneer Woman" star recalled her weight slowly increasing while working on her Food Network cooking shows and cookbooks. In January, she hit "rock bottom."

"In January of this year, we took my son, Bryce, to college. And I tell this story, but I basically hit rock bottom eating chips and salsa one night," she said. "I went a little overboard, but I thought that night, 'I am going to start tomorrow, I am doing something different.' And I just started and I almost lost 60 pounds now."

For Ree, she totally changed her lifestyle, rather than going on a diet.

"I feel great and that's what matters. The scale was sort of a gauge for me that I was heading in the right direction. And it was never about 'I have to lose this amount,' it's really about how I feel," Ree said. "I feel great, I have, I feel strong. Even when I was thinner, I don't think I ever have been a squatter or a lunger before. Not since my ballet days. So it's really nice to just kind of feel the muscles that I thought were gone forever."

Ree notes that she still cooks the same way as she always has, but she's better at managing how much she eats. 

"It changes your whole outlook just having the routine of exercise in your day and, you know, I still eat the foods that I cook my family. I still eat cake," she said. "I just eat a Rhode Island-sized piece instead of a Texas-sized piece."

Acceptance or nah?

Lisa Rinna 'tried really hard' to accept daughter's romance with Scott Disick

It's no secret that Lisa Rinna was frustrated when her then-teenage daughter began dating Scott Disick last year, but she's trying to stay diplomatic about it.

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While appearing on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star was asked to reveal the "worst thing" she said about Scott "behind his back."

"You know, I've actually been quite nice about Scott Disick," she said after taking a pause to think about her answer. "And I would never say that out loud, anything. I might have thought things that weren't very good. Can I atone for my thoughts?"

She added, "I wasn't mean. Listen, I tried really hard. I was really patient, and I tried really hard. We'll leave it at that."

Lisa famously said during an episode of the Bravo show last month that she would have preferred her daughter Amelia Gray Hamlin to date someone like Harry Styles, not Scott. 

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Amelia was 19 when she began dating Scott, 38, in October 2020. The pair lasted nearly a year, but they ultimately split after the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star's private message about ex Kourtney Kardashian was outed by another one of her exes, Younes Bendjima.

The drama over the message called his romance with Amelia, now 20, into question, as he seemed jealous over Kourtney's romance with Travis Barker. Amid the fallout from the DM, many of Amelia's Instagram followers bombarded her social media and urged her to end things with Scott. She did.

"The breakup was coming, but the Younes DM was the final straw," a source told TMZ at the time. 

After the split, several outlets reported that Lisa commented on an Instagram post about the breakup with a smiley face emoji.

Picture issue

Former 'Bachelor' favorite sues Proctor & Gamble over picture usage

Former "Bachelor" star Hannah Ann Sluss is trying to clean up her image.

According to TMZ, the reality star has filed a lawsuit against Proctor & Gamble, CVS Pharmacy, Target and Walmart, claiming that one of her old modeling photos is still be used to sell Downy laundry products, even though her contract with Proctor & Gamble, which makes Downy, has expired.

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Hannah states in her lawsuit that she allowed Proctor & Gamble to use her image on a single product from Oct. 1, 2017, to Oct. 1, 2019. She alleged that the company has continued to use the image, especially after she gained prominence from "The Bachelor."

She argues that her image is now being used on six products, despite the licensing contract ending two years ago. 

TMZ says that one thing particularly irksome to Hannah is her image being associated with a tagline that reads, "Life Gets Stinky." The reality TV star says that campaign is "especially egregious because it associated [her] with the word 'stinky.'"

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In her lawsuit, she's asking a judge to order Proctor & Gamble to stop using her likeness to sell the product, and she wants the judge to order the department stores to stop selling items with her face on them.

Hannah gained fame in early 2020 while appearing on Peter Weber's season of "The Bachelor." The 25-year-old was initially picked as the winner of the 24th season and Peter proposed. She said yes. Hannah and Peter split before the finale actually aired.

White house confusion

Nicki Minaj claims she's been invited to White House over vaccine stance

Nicki Minaj claimed on Twitter that she was invited to the White House to discuss her viral stance on the COVID vaccine, but a government official says otherwise. 

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"The White House has invited me & I think it's a step in the right direction. Yes, I'm going. I'll be dressed in all pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business," she tweeted on Sept. 15. "I'll ask questions on behalf of the ppl who have been made fun of for simply being human."

Nicki Minaj caused quite a stir this week over her position on the COVID-19 vaccine, and it had to do with, among other things, her cousin's friend's testicles and a canceled wedding. 

"My cousin in Trinidad won't get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent," she wrote. "His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you're comfortable with ur decision, not bullied." 

The claim got so much attention that health officials in the United States and Trinidad had to publicly debunk it, as both indicated impotence is not a side effect. 

After Nicki's White House claims, an official told Fox News that a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. wasn't actually offered, but rather a phone call with a doctor was. Nicki, however, insisted that she got a White House invitation.

"Do y'all think that I would go on the Internet and lie about being invited to the … White House?" she said in a lengthy Instagram Live session.

Despite her tweet saying she was going, the rapper implied in her video that she likely wouldn't go to D.C. because she didn't want to travel, but she reiterated that a phone call took place regarding an invite.

"I said, 'Well, I would rather not have to travel, can we do something like a [Instagram] Live' and they said that they're open to me choosing a platform to do a Live but they never have taken that off the table for me to come to the White House," she maintained. 

Nicki's stance, particularly the one regarding her cousin's friend's testicles, was the subject of much online ridicule, and late night hosts also couldn't help but comment on it. 

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The "Starships" singer later said she was in "Twitter jail" over her stance. 

"I'm in Twitter jail y'all," she said on Instagram. "They didn't like what I was saying over there on that block…"

She later added: "Look at what they just did. I will never use Twitter again. First of all, I didn't give any facts about any vaccine… I didn't give any facts about anything."

A Twitter rep told BuzzFeed that the social media company "did not take any enforcement action in the account."