One 'Friends' star debuts new romance as another calls of engagement
Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the stars who found love, suffered heartbreak or experienced some other major event in their love lives in late May and early June 2021, starting with this “Friends” star… Last week, David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston nearly broke the Internet when they revealed on HBO Max’s “Friends” reunion, which debuted on May 27, that they had major crushes on each other while co-starring on the hit ’90s sitcom. But this week, there’s bad news for fans hoping the erstwhile Ross and Rachel might finally get together IRL now that they’re both single: It appears there’s actually someone David’s life. On June 2, Page Six published a recent photo of the actor walking closely with a mystery woman. In the cozy-looking snap, the beauty appears to be either holding onto his arm or touching his back as she rocks platform boots and a midriff-baring top. David has only been linked to one other woman since he separated from wife Zoe Buckman in 2017 following seven years of marriage.
David wasn’t the only “Friends” star who made headlines with his love life this week…
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On June 1, People magazine broke the news that Matthew Perry and Molly Hurwitz recently called it quits … again. “Sometimes things just don’t work out and this is one of them. I wish Molly the best,” the “Friends” alum said in a statement. The duo got engaged in late 2020 after briefly splitting earlier in the year.
Now keep reading for more of the week’s biggest celeb love life updates…
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John Mellencamp was snapped holding hands with a mystery woman in Malibu over Memorial Day weekend. On June 1, Page Six identified the blonde beauty as realtor Natasha Barrett. The following day, People magazine reported that, according to a source, the rocker met his new girlfriend through his daughter, reality star Teddi Mellencamp. “They’ve been seeing each other for a few months. Everybody really likes her,” said the source of Natasha. John reportedly split from his last girlfriend, dermatologist-to-the-stars Jamie Sue Sherrill, in January.
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Is Brad Pitt pursuing Andra Day romantically? On May 29, The Mirror reported that the duo connected at the 2021 Oscars in April. “They were flirting backstage and are believed to have swapped numbers. It could be just professional, but some of Brad’s pals have been talking about what a great couple they would make,” said a source, noting that the singer-actress “has been on Brad’s radar for a while.” We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on this one … while also taking the news with a hefty grain of salt!
Wait, what?! On May 28, Page Six reported that earlier in the month, Julianne Hough’s niece, Star, claimed in a since-deleted TikTok video that the “Dancing With the Stars” alum “slept with Leonardo DiCaprio.” Alleged Star of the Oscar-winning actor, “Apparently, he’s not good in bed, though.” She reportedly wrote in the caption, “You can look it up,” and added that she was “not lying.” Julianne and Leo were, in fact, linked back in 2013 after a Star magazine source saw them packing on the PDA at Coachella: “They were putting their hands all over each other. At one point he whispered something in her ear and gave her a quick kiss on the cheek. They were so into each other, they ignored everyone else around them,” the spy said at the time.
On June 1, People magazine reported that, according to a source, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are “slowly starting to talk about the future.” Said the source, “This is not a casual relationship. They are taking it seriously and want it to be long-lasting. … They are very happy together.” The duo reportedly plan “to travel back and forth” between his home base in Los Angeles and her home base in Miami. A second People source said the rekindled couple “want to spend as much time together as possible” and “don’t want to hide anymore.” Said the second insider, “They are both excited about their relationship. They want to make sure they do everything they can to make this work. Jennifer is incredibly happy. She feels like she can just be herself around Ben.” In other J.Lo news…
One of Jennifer Lopez’s famous former loves is seeking her attention… and it’s not Ben Affleck! On May 27, Diddy took to Instagram to share an old photo of J.Lo in honor of throwback Thursday. The shot shows the duo, who dated from 1999 to 2001, holding hands after lunch in West Hollywood in December 2000. Of course, it’s not the first time the music mogul has made headlines over his thirsty social media activity regarding his ex. Ben better watch his back!
Another week, another rumored romance for Drake! On May 27, the chart-topper was snapped sharing an intimate dinner date with model Jasmine Rae, who was previously linked to professional basketball players Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball.
Trevor Noah and Minka Kelly aren’t totally over after all. People magazine reported on June 1 that, according to a source, they’re “not officially back together” but are “figuring things out.” In mid-May, multiple media outlets reported that the duo had called it quits after about a year of coupledom, but then they were seen spending time together in St. Barts. According to a second People source, the “Daily Show” host and the actress were “kissing” and “cuddly” with each other during a May 25 dinner on the Caribbean island. The following day, they reportedly left the vacation destination together via the same private plane.
On May 30, Blair Underwood announced on Instagram that he and wife Desiree DaCosta are throwing in the towel after nearly three decades of marriage. “After a tremendous amount of thought, prayer & work on ourselves individually & collectively, we have come to the conclusion to end our marriage that began 27 years ago. It has truly been a beautiful journey,” they said in a joint statement. “Our proudest achievements are our three incredible children. Three souls to which God entrusted us. We continue to be awed & humbled by the blessings of parenting. We have always put their best interests first & will continue to do so. We will continue to be the best of friends and co-parents and have the utmost respect for one another as we embark upon this new chapter of our lives, separately.”
Page Six reported on May 29 that there’s a new man in Eiza González’s life: Premier Lacrosse League founder Paul Rabil. The duo were seen together at a star-studded birthday party for billionaire Jamie Reuben in Beverly Hills on May 22 where, according to a source, “it was clear they are a couple and have been dating for a little while.”
On the May 28 episode of “The Breakfast Club,” Gizelle Bryant revealed that she and her ex-husband, pastor Jamal H. Bryant, are no longer a couple. “We were working on us getting back together and being back together, but he lives in Atlanta, I live in Maryland, and with the pandemic, we realized it’s just not the right time. It’s just not going to work,” she said, adding that she’s “single.” The duo tied the knot in 2002, divorced in 2009 and reconciled romantically in 2018. They then faced rumors he was unfaithful — a topic heavily covered on the fifth season of “The Real Housewives of Potomac.” Gizelle, who’s consistently denied the cheating rumors, went on to say that her ex “will always be in my life” due to the three daughters they share. “We’ve been in each other’s lives for 25 years. He is one of my best friends, I to him. I don’t know anyone more than I know a Jamal Bryant. … So, no, we’re not together. But, yes, we’re still in each other’s lives,” she said.
In other “Housewives” news… On the May 26 episode of “Dish Nation,” Porsha Williams said that she and her new fiancé, Simon Guobadia, are planning three separate wedding ceremonies. “He’s African, so we’re going to have a native law and custom ceremony, and a regular wedding, and then we’re going to have another wedding at one of the houses that is out of the country,” she said. (The weddings will have to wait until Simon finalizes his divorce from Porsha’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” co-star Falynn Guobadia.) Later in the week, the bride-to-be revealed on another episode of “Dish Nation” that she got Simon’s middle name tattooed on her neck. “I think it’s a beautiful way to show you love somebody. It’s sweet!” she insisted.
Bachelor Nation’s Caila Quinn — who competed for Ben Higgins’ heart on season 20 of “The Bachelor” and then appeared on the third season of “Bachelor in Paradise” in 2016 — married Nick Burrello at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, on May 30. “It was truly a dream day,” the bride gushed to Us Weekly, which published exclusive wedding photos. The duo, who got engaged in January 2020, postponed their nuptials multiple times amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In other Bachelor Nation love news… Who else is dying to know why Peter Weber and Kelley Flanagan REALLY broke up?! In a May 28 YouTube video, Kelley clapped back at Peter’s recent claims that she only opened up about their breakup on a May podcast to “get people talking” about her. “I will reiterate this so many times: The relationship ended very badly and there was a good reason as to that,” she said, adding that she told Peter to lose her number after they split for good because she was “drawing a healthy boundary.” She went on to explain that she was inspired to speak out against the former star of “The Bachelor” after he kept characterizing their breakup as amicable during interviews. She asked her manager to “tell him to stop” talking about it because she was “not gonna go with a narrative” that someone else constructed — “this storyline that we’re gonna be friends in New York and all this stuff.” Said the lawyer, who shied away from detailing exactly what went wrong between them, “I’m never going to let anyone speak a narrative for me and put out their storyline and just have me play along with it. I think [he didn’t like what I said on the podcast] because it didn’t play along with the storyline that was being portrayed. But it’s my life too. I’m never gonna let anyone create my narrative. So I stuck up for myself. I’m drawing a healthy boundary. I’m not gonna play along. The bear was poked. There were several warnings to be like, ‘Hey, look, this isn’t how it went. I’m not going to stick up for you.'” Kelley also accused Peter of disrespecting her by hanging out with her family friends and by reaching out to her to get back in touch after their breakup. “I don’t understand. When you end badly with someone, you would think that they would just try to respect you a little bit and just, you know, go their way instead of reaching out to my friends,” she said. She then said Peter reached out to her astrologer “to get his birth chart read” and to get advice on how to get in touch with her: “[The astrologer] understood my anger … and her advice to him was, ‘Hey, I don’t think she’s your biggest fan, and I think it’s going to have to take a big gesture. … It’s actually really bad and I think that she doesn’t really want much to do with you,'” Kelley recalled, adding that she doesn’t “want to be pulled back into” things with Peter. “I’m drawing a healthy boundary for myself, as I think that I should be capable of doing knowing what happened at the end of February,” she continued. “There were a lot of circumstances where I just said, ‘I should not be dealing with this. I shouldn’t be dealing with this,’ and sticking up for myself and drawing a line. … When something happens that’s extremely disrespectful, you have to know your worth and you have to sit there and say, ‘Good luck to you. I wish you the best in the future. But I just don’t necessarily want you in my life.’ And that’s OK! You don’t have to be on great pages with everyone. … In my scenario, it was just best to pull the ripcord, move on and just cut it out completely, which I think is fair.”
In still more Bachelor Nation love news… On May 27, Matt James made his rekindled romance with Rachael Kirkconnell Instagram official. The former star of “The Bachelor” shared a photo of himself watching the brunette beauty as she embraced a child during an official event for his non-profit organization, ABC Food Tours, in New York City. Matt — who tagged Rachael in the post but didn’t mention her in the caption — also shared several photos and videos from the event on his Instagram Story.
Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell weren’t the only off-and-on Bachelor Nation couple who made their rekindled romance Instagram official this week… On May 28, Dale Moss posted a photo with Clare Crawley on his Instagram feed for the first time since they reconciled earlier this year following a brief split amid reports he was unfaithful. “This makes me happy,” the male model captioned a photo with the hairstylist, who was noticeably wearing her engagement ring. The following day, Clare posted the first photo of Dale on her feed since their reconciliation … though she cropped his head and torso out of the shot. “The boys,” she captioned the pic, which showed her back-on beau reclining on a sofa with one of her dogs. (Both Clare and Dale have posted photos and videos of each other on their Instagram Stories since their brief breakup.)
“Jersey Shore” alum Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola sparked rumors that she and her fiancé, Christian Biscardi, quietly called it quits — because she suddenly deleted photos of him from her Instagram feed, unfollowed him on the social media platform and removed a reference to him in her bio. Fans first noticed the suspicious social media behavior — which she’s yet to publicly address — in early June. In April 2020, Sammi and Chris said they planned to wed in September 2020 after initially putting their nuptials on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On May 27, Megan Thee Stallion and Pardison Fontaine made their red carpet debut as a couple at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in Hollywood. The Grammy-winning “Savage” chart-topper — who coordinated with her beau in an adorable gold minidress — first confirmed during a February Instagram Live that she and the rapper were an item. “Yeah, he my boyfriend,” she said at the time.
On May 30, Courtney Stodden announced on Instagram that they’re engaged to tech entrepreneur Chris Sheng. “I said yes …OH and the ring made me gag it’s so beautiful,” the blonde beauty (who uses they/them pronouns) captioned a brief clip showing off their massive new engagement bling. Chris opened up about the proposal on his own Instagram, captioning a slideshow of photos including two close-up shots of Courtney’s ring, “So this happened! Not how I planned but the moment was right. On Friday, May 28, I proposed to the love of my life and they said Yes. I feel so blessed and fortunate. We have both grown so much since we first met, and the fact that we have both been able to grow into better, stronger, more secure individuals while still being in a relationship together makes me have faith that this partnership will last a lifetime. For the first time we’re both experiencing unconditional love. The truest kind of love. The kind where we may not always like each other but will ALWAYS love and respect each other. I promise to always be your rock, support, and shoulder to lean on – no matter what. I got you.” Courtney and Chris have been an item for more than four years. The reality star finalized their divorce from “Lost” actor Doug Hutchison in early 2020 after several years of off-and-on marriage.
Country music star Jimmie Allen and nurse Alexis Gale tied the knot in front of family and friends including Darius Rucker, Tyler Rich and Chuck Wicks at the Lake House Inn in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, on May 27. “My Forever. I love you,” the groom — who proposed at Disney World in July 2019 — captioned a wedding photo on Instagram. The duo welcomed their first child together, daughter Naomi Bettie, in March 2020. Jimmie also has an older son from a previous relationship.
Finally! On May 27, TMZ reported that a court granted Lisa Marie Presley’s request to bifurcate her ongoing divorce from Michael Lockwood. After a judge signs off, the singer-songwriter will become legally single as she and her ex continue ironing out other issues in their divorce pertaining to their division of assets and custody of their twin daughters. It’s been nearly five years since Lisa Marie first filed to legally end the marriage.
In other divorce news… TMZ reported on May 29 that more than a year after they first parted ways, Kristin Cavallari’s divorce from Jay Cutler has hit a major roadblock: his desire for 50% ownership of her Uncommon James fashion line, which she launched while they were married. According to the webloid, the “The Hills” alum is arguing that she funded the company without his financial assistance and is “pushing back hard” on his request.
On the May 30 episode of Australia’s “60 Minutes,” Cody Simpson described his relationship with Miley Cyrus as “just one of those phases.” Explained the singer-songwriter, “You go through [it] and you learn a lot from it.” He added that “everything ended fairly amicably” between himself and the singer-actress. He also dished on how they first started dating, saying, “I’d known her for a long time at that point. We went from kind of being good friends to just having a lot of the same friends, to being together for a while.” Cody and Miley called it quits in August 2020 after nearly a year of coupledom.
Chris Rogers, who’s half of the country music duo Southerland, married Katie Cashman at Front Porch Farms in Charlotte, Tennessee, on May 29. According to People magazine, which published exclusive wedding photos, the couple played the theme from “Jurassic Park” as they walked down the aisle. “I’m excited about it being official. This marks the beginning of the next chapter of our lives together,” said the groom, who proposed in September 2020. He and Katie have been an item for six years — since meeting at a mutual friend’s birthday party in Nashville.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson married 33-year-old British political activist and conservationist Carrie Symonds at Westminster Cathedral in London on May 29. A rep for the 56-year-old politician released a statement confirming the intimate nuptials, adding that “the couple will celebrate their wedding with family and friends next summer.” According to The Sun, the duo — who initially planned to exchange vows in July 2022 — invited fewer than 30 guests to the “last minute” ceremony. “They are both absolutely thrilled. The whole thing has been conducted amid great secrecy and planned meticulously. It was just their secret and that made the day so special,” a source told the British tabloid. Boris has been married twice before. He and his new missus welcomed a son in April 2020 — two months after they revealed they were engaged.
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