Off the wagon

What pushed Luann de Lesseps back into rehab

On July 16, Bethanny Frankel confirmed that her "The Real Housewives of New York City" co-star Luann de Lesseps had returned to rehab six months after her first stint in the wake of a humiliating drunken arrest in December.

Now a new report is revealing what happened over the last few weeks that pushed Luann back into treatment.

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According to TMZ, the last few weeks saw Luann caught in a spiral of "boozy partying" as she faced escalating family issues.

On July 2, she posted a photo on social media with ex-husband Alexandre de Lesseps and shared in the caption that she'd just spent the weekend with him and their two kids. "Counting my blessings," she wrote. "Celebrating 6 months of sobriety!"

But TMZ reports that by the following day, Luann had fallen off the wagon. When she arrived at a charity event in the Hamptons, sources reveal, she "made a late and noisy entrance — disrupting a piano performance — then was seen hitting up the bar and hitting on several guys in a very touchy-feely way," TMZ writes.

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The same day Bethanny announced Luann's return to rehab, Page Six reported that friends had unsuccessfully tried to stage an intervention a few weeks ago. Because Luann was reluctant to seek treatment at the time, the report claimed, it drove her "further away from her inner circle.

Though friends believe there's no single reason Luann broke her sobriety, a source told TMZ, lingering issues related to her Florida arrest last year as well as a new lawsuit her ex and their kids just filed against her are what people close to her believe pushed her over the edge.

On July 12, The Blast reported that Alexandre is suing Luann, claiming she screwed her children out of millions by failing to create a trust she'd agreed to fund as part of their divorce settlement nine years ago.

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In court documents, he claims that after he handed over the deed to their $8 million marital home in Bridgehampton, New York, Luann was supposed to create a trust for kids Victoria and Noel so that they'd get half of the property. He claims she never did that and instead sold the home, bought a new one for $3.1 million and threatened to sell it too. He and the kids are now seeking to block a sale and force Luann to honor the terms of the divorce agreement.

Bethany — who was authorized by Luann to speak on her behalf — revealed in a statement to People magazine on Monday that Luann realized she needed to focus on her health: "This weekend, Luann was surrounded by her girlfriends and decided — with their support — that in light of recent circumstances, it is the healthiest choice for her not to attend Tuesday's reunion taping so that she can continue in her healing process. Luann is now surrounded by a core group of people who truly have her best interests at heart and who are working to make sure she gets the help she needs. Bravo has been very supportive of Luann during this time. It's a brave and honest decision by her, and everyone is rallying around her and wants the best for her."

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Though Luann's returns to rehab means she's missing the Season 10 "RHONY" reunion show taping set for July 17, exec Andy Cohen says she also has his full backing to focus on her recovery. "[Luann is] making the decision that is healthy for herself and you can do nothing but support that," Andy said on his SiriusXM show "Radio Andy Live" on July 16, Us Weekly reported. "She's been through it. We send our love to Luann and support [her] decision."

Though Luann won't be there, Andy said the rest of the cast won't shy away from discussing her issues. "We will talk about it," he promised.

Released

Dr. Dre released from hospital after brain aneurysm

After nearly two weeks in the hospital, Dr. Dre has been discharged and is headed home. 

On Jan. 15, the hip-hop mogul was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, but TMZ reported that doctors are still monitoring him very closely, as he still needs constant attention.

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"There are medical professionals at his home who will monitor him 24/7 for the next few weeks to make sure he's okay," the webloid said.

Dre was rushed to the hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm on Jan. 4 — all but two days of his hospitalization were spent in the intensive care unit. 

Despite his release, doctors still don't know what caused his brain bleed. Still, there is hope that the worst is over, and sources told TMZ earlier in the week that a "bad outcome" isn't expected, but doctors have told Dre's family to stay cautiously optimistic.

It's not publicly known whether Dre had surgery, but it seems likely.

Of course, brain aneurysms are very serious and result in death about half of the time. The majority of those who survive a brain aneurysm suffer permanent neurological damage.

After news of hospitalization made headlines, the rapper posted an encouraging message on Instagram. 

"Thanks to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes. I'm doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team," he wrote on Jan. 5. "I will be out of the hospital and back home soon. Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars. One Love!!" 

Shedding the lb's

Blake Shelton plans to lose 10 pounds before wedding

Blake Shelton is looking to slim down before his wedding ceremony.

While speaking to his pal Luke Bryan on an episode of Party Barn Radio, the "Minimum Wage" artists said he's determined to get in better shape before tying the knot with fiancée Gwen Stefani. In fact, he's looking for double-digit weight loss.

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"I feel like if I say 10, I have to do it. So, 10. It's out there now, I can't let people down," he said. "I've readjusted all the mirrors in the house. So they look like you when you're taking a selfie from up above, because you can't even stand and look at myself in the mirror."

"So I've rearranged them or they're kind of angled down, looking down at me," he added. "So I'm looking up and it's not so bad."

It's not known when Blake and Gwen will eventually get hitched, but she's indicated that she doesn't want to get married during a pandemic

"It's like, Blake, why couldn't you have done it before," she mused to Jimmy Fallon earlier this month. "Now we can't have a wedding with the pandemic. It's like sitting around going, OK, drag it out more!"

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During that same conversation, the "Hollaback Girl" singer spoke to Jimmy about the moment that her country singer beau finally popped the question after five years together

"Wasn't expecting it at the moment that it happened, at all," she said on "The Tonight Show" on Jan. 5. "Didn't have any idea, nobody knew. I think he had told my dad on my birthday about two weeks earlier, and I gotta tell you, I was sorta like, What's happening with us?"

She began to doubt that Blake would ever pop the question.

"It was kind of in my mind like, We've been together a long time now. What's going on? I was in that place in my head," she said.

Before the proposal, reports claim, Blake got the approval from Gwen's sons Kingston, 14, Zuma, 12, and Apollo, 6, whom she shares with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale.

Music is coming!

Adele's friend hints that new music is coming within weeks

We might be less than a month away from new music from Adele.

It's been over five years since Adele dropped "25," but the wait will be over soon, according to one of her friends.  

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In a chat with Grazia UK, comic Alan Carr said he's heard some of the unreleased music, and "it's amazing."

Adele's name was brought up when the "RuPaul's Drag Race" host was asked who of the following women would drop music in February: Adele, Cardi B or Rihanna.

"Adele, isn't it? I've actually heard some tracks on it," he said. "Oh my God, it's amazing — so amazing."

It's believed that Adele's album is finished, and it's been unofficially dubbed "32," as that's the age she was when it was recorded. Previous Adele albums have all been named after her age during recording.

Upon hearing the new songs, Alan recalled telling Adele, "That voice is like an old friend."

He continued, "There are some people in the charts who sound a bit like Adele and then when you hear Adele's voice, you go, 'Oh no, there's only one.'"

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In referring to Adele's massive weight loss, Alan was asked if the songstress' voice had "gone skinny."

"No, no, no," he said. "She's still got a chunky but funky voice — don't worry."

Adele, for the record, has stayed mum on her plans to release music. Many wondered if she might tease a new song during her hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live" last year, but that didn't happen. Likewise, she hasn't posted on Instagram since that appearance.

"Look after each other and go easy on yourselves," she wrote on social media after thanking the cast and crew of the NBC show. "I'm going back to my cave now to be the (single) cat lady that I am! Peace out til next year."

Friends forever

Mario Lopez dishes on chat with Dustin Diamond after cancer diagnosis

Bonded by Bayside.

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On Jan. 14, Dustin Diamond's reps confirmed that the former "Saved By The Bell" star has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. A few hours later, one of Dustin's "Bayside High" classmates reveled that he reached to the ailing actor. 

"I connected with Dustin earlier this evening and although the news of his diagnosis is heartbreaking, we remain positive that he'll overcome this," Mario Lopez tweeted alongside two pictures from the nostalgic show. "Praying for him & his family and for a speedy recovery. God Bless."

On Jan. 11, multiple reports revealed that Dustin had been hospitalized after feeling uneasy and experiencing pain all over his body. He also discovered a lump in his throat. Dustin's medical team felt it was "likely" cancer, and on Jan. 14, TMZ reported that those fears were confirmed. Dustin, the webloid explained, has stage 4 cancer and is also experiencing pain from shingles. 

His rep later confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Dustin, who famously played Screech, had already started chemotherapy.

"It's serious, but we don't know how serious yet," Dustin's rep told EW. "He's at an undisclosed hospital in Florida and will probably go home after treatments. We just want him to get well soon."

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Dustin's health issues come amid the recent revival of the sitcom on Peacock. Several of Dustin's former castmates star in the new show, but the actor who played Screech wasn't offered a gig, perhaps given his fallout with the majority of the cast over the years. 

In 2009, he released a book titled "Behind the Bell" that painted a dark picture of the show, alleging drug use and backstabbing. Most of the cast spoke out against the book, calling it fiction. In 2014, Lifetime released a movie largely based on the book: "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story."

Dustin eventually said he didn't write the book and apologized for it.

There is buzz that Dustin might make an appearance on the revival. "They've been talking, so we're keeping our fingers crossed," his reps said.

Remembrance

Celine Dion honors late husband on 5th anniversary of his death

Celine Dion is paying tribute to her late husband, René Angelil, on the fifth anniversary of his death.

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On Jan. 14, the singer posted a photo to Instagram of her and René holding hands on the beach. 

"René, it's been 5 years already… There's not one day that we don't think about you," she sweetly captioned the image. "We're reaching out to you now more than ever, to guide us, protect us, and continue to watch over us. And we pray that you'll shine your love on the entire world, to all those at this very moment, who are facing incredibly difficult times."

She added, "You are in our hearts and in our lives forever. We love you, Celine, René-Charles, Nelson and Eddy xx…"

Celine often speaks about her late husband, who passed away in 2016 after a long battle with throat cancer. 

Celine often keeps René's spirit alive in Instagram tributes to her kids. She took the opportunity to reference René last October when their twin sons, Nelson and Eddy, celebrated their 10th birthdays. 

"Nelson and Eddy, you have been bringing so much joy, love and laughter into our lives every single day for the past 10 years," she wrote on Instagram at the time. "You make me, your big brother and your Dad, who is for sure watching over you, so very proud. Happy birthday my beautiful boys! We love you so very much… – Mom, RC and Dad xx…"

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She did the same when René-Charles' turned 19 years old in January 2020. 

"I want you to know that your father's guidance continues to support and protect you… as I do," she wrote on Instagram last year. "Keep being the best of yourself… strong, passionate, and wise, as you pursue all of your dreams in life – the sky's the limit!"

Name game

Anne Hathaway isn't a fan of her first name, says it 'doesn't fit'

Anne Hathaway wants to play the name game.

During a chat with Jimmy Fallon this week, the actress bemoaned the fact that people call her "Anne," despite that being her birth name. She's hoping that people can learn to call her "Annie."

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"When I was 14 years old, I did a commercial, and I had to get my SAG card and they asked me, 'Well, what do you want your name to be?'" she began. "And I was like, 'Well, it should be my name. My name's Anne Hathaway.' So that seemed like the right choice, but it never occurred to me that for the rest of my life, people will call me Anne."

For the most part, she says only fans and movie posters call her "Anne."

"The only person who ever calls me Anne is my mother, and she only does it when she's really mad at me," the "Locked Down" star continued. "Like, really mad."

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Anne, er Annie, said she always thinks she's in trouble when people call out her birth name.

"Every time I step out in public and someone calls my name I think they're going to yell at me," she said. "People are like, 'Anne!' And I'm like 'What? What did I do?!'"

Her co-workers even have "workarounds" when they address her because "the truth is nobody's comfortable with" calling her Anne.

"It doesn't fit," she said. "I'm an Annie. People call me H, people call me Hath, so feel free, call me anything but Anne."

Upbringing details

Elizabeth Olsen dishes on growing up in the shadow of famous twin sisters

Growing up as the younger sister of two global superstars, Elizabeth Olsen admits that her unbringing wasn't "average."

"It's definitely not a lot of people's average childhood, but I don't know if any of us look back at our childhoods and think of any of them as average," she said of her experience as the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

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"I guess it was unique to me and my sisters' experience," she told United Kingdom host Lorraine Kelly.

Mary-Kate and Ashley became known worldwide for starring in "Full House." They quickly began their own brand, as they released movies, clothing and merchandise. They were two of the richest women in the world as teenagers. 

Elizabeth followed her sister's footsteps into acting, and carved her own path. She's now a part of the Marvel universe, including Disney+'s new series "WandaVision."

"We have these characters, they are these super heroes that are just trying to fit in the suburbs, but things aren't what they seem and it will be revealed in every episode," she said. 

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She's also about to start filming the "Doctor Strange" franchise in London.

"We love it here, we're so happy here, we love walking in the rain and bundling up. It's so nice to quarantine everywhere else, even if it's inside our home," she said of her United Kingdom pad. "Every opportunity I have to come here, I seize it. Even if I'm in Europe, I figure out how to swing to London. It's my home from home."

Elizabeth's interview comes as her sister Mary-Kate finalizes her nasty divorce from Olivier Sarkozy.

Nothing to see here

Chrissy Metz sets the record straight on engagement speculation

Chrissy Metz's much-discussed ring is not what it seems. 

The "This Is Us" star isn't engaged to her boyfriend Bradley Collins, despite being seen with a ring on her wedding-ring finger

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"So we went crystal shopping for a friend and I also love crystals as well, but I was like, wait, this is a ring that he bought me for Christmas," she said on SiriusXM's "The Covino & Rich Show." 

In discussing the design of the ring, she said, "It's a honeycomb. I'm obsessed with bees. I love bees. I'm like, 'Who thought that this was an engagement ring, first of all?' And like, 'What?'"

Trying to shift the topic, the actress added, "Let's talk about some real stuff. Okay? About like what's going on in our country as opposed to a ring that I might be wearing. I'm like, 'Y'all, goodness!' Anyway, thanks for clearing it up. It's a honeycomb ring and I love it very much, but it's not an engagement ring."

Chrissy and Bradley went Instagram official last September but later confirmed they actually began dating in May 2020.

"Happy #nationalboyfriendday to my dreamboat!" she posted on Instagram after confirming their relationship. "Bradley, from the first moment I laid eyes on you I wanted and needed to know you. Now I feel so lucky to love you. You can #Collinsmesmitten for sure! Thank you for being the absolute wonder that you are, I love you."

Bradley has gushed about her too, calling her "my love" on her 40th birthday.

In his first post with Chrissy, he wrote, "You're not the best thing that's happened during quarantine; you're the best that's ever happened to me. I love you."

Settled

Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy settle divorce

Following a nasty high-profile split, Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy have finally reached a divorce settlement.

"As of this morning, we reached a final agreement," his lawyer told a judge during a video hearing on Jan. 13, according to Page Six.

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Mary-Kate's attorney agreed that the former duo have come to terms.  

"Yes, your honor, that is correct, everything is resolved," her lawyer said. "We've been working very hard. We do have a settlement."

A New York judge is expected to receive details of the settlement next week. 

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The fashion mogul officially filed for divorce from her husband of less than five years in May 2020, but she had plans to split earlier. In fact, Mary-Kate tried filing for divorce in New York in mid-April, but she was informed that New York City courts would not accept divorce filings due to the Covid-19 pandemic unless that filing is an emergency — which she claimed it was. 

"This application is an emergency because my husband expects me to move out of our home on Monday, May 18, 2020, in the middle of New York City being on pause due to COVID-19," she said in her paperwork . "I am petrified that my husband is trying to deprive me of the home we have lived in and if he is successful, I will not only lose my home but I risk losing my personal property as well." 

She claimed that the only way to protect her property is through a divorce filing, which would trigger an automatic court order preventing him from disposing of her belongings. 

The court felt her argument for wanting a divorce was hardly an emergency and told her she had to wait until she could formally file. On the first day New York City courts were taking cases again, the "Full House" star filed divorce paperwork.

"It was clear my marriage was over," she said in the official documents. "The relationship has broken down irretrievably." 

Following the split, she rented a summer home in the Hamptons for $325,000.