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 January 2020, starting with one of our favorite former teen heartthrobs… Us Weekly reported on Jan. 29 that Zac Efron is dating Halston Sage — to whom he was briefly linked in 2014 — after parting ways with Danish Olympic swimmer Sarah Bro (top), whom he reportedly romanced in early 2019. "The relationship just wasn't working out," a source said of Zac and Sarah. "She came back to L.A., and it never got going again." According to a second source, the actor and his former "Neighbors" co-star are "in a serious relationship and in love." Added the insider, "They spent the holidays together, with part of that time in Santa Barbara." Now keep reading for more of the week's biggest celeb love life updates…
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On Jan. 24, Channing Tatum and Jessie J, who briefly split in late 2019, confirmed reports that they're "fully back together" by making their official red carpet debut at the 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year Gala in Los Angeles. That same night, the "Magic Mike" star — who reportedly joined Raya, an exclusive dating app for the rich and famous, during their romantic hiatus — took to Instagram to gush about Jessie: "Sculpture of magic," he captioned a photo of the singer, who also shared a super-sweet video of herself and her beau locking lips during the MusiCares Gala. "When you put the outside whispers, noise and comparisons on MUTE and turn YOUR life volume UP full blast. When you surrender and fearlessly act on the truth that always was. Love GLOWS and GROWS in a different way. Happiness from the inside out. I love you so much baby @channingtatum The way you love me and the way I love you and the way we feel it is all that matters," she wrote in the caption. But that wasn't the end of their PDA-packed weekend. The duo also attended the Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons presented by The Recording Academy and Clive Davis on Jan. 25 and the Republic Records Grammy Awards afterparty on Jan. 26.
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In other Channing Tatum news… The actor majorly put his foot in his mouth while defending his current girlfriend against an Instagram troll who commented that he "looks better" with his ex-wife, Jenna Dewan, on a Jan. 24 photo of him and Jessie J. After encouraging the fan to "kindly get TF out of here" if she couldn't "support the infinite and untouchable beauty and woman that Jess is," he wrote, "Ain't no body more stunning and beautiful to look at but even more as a human that Jess. And yeah that includes my ex. Sorry about your opinion. But what I said is facts." Yikes. He later backpedaled a tad, adding, "And just to be super clear for the other people that love to turn [stuff] around. Jenna is beautiful and amazing in her own right. But no and I mean no [one] is more beautiful or better than anyone else. Beauty isn't measurable. It's in the eye of the be holder." He later deactivated comments on the photo — though not before Comments By Celebs could grab a screenshot of the entire exchange. (See it here.)
On Jan. 28, the official Twitter account for "The Dr. Oz Show" revealed that while recording the Feb. 3 episode of the talk show last week, Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman proposed to his rumored girlfriend, Moon Angell. "I am a lot happier with her around," he says of Moon in a preview clip. "I have lots of enemies right now," she chimes in, referencing Dog's children, who've publicly spoken out against their relationship. The preview ends with Dog asking, "Moon Angell, will you marry me?" According to TMZ, while shooting the episode, the famed bounty hunter also told his late wife's former BFF that he loves her and that God told him to propose. However, sources close to the Chapman clan say the proposal isn't the real deal and that Dog was simply "overly emotional and got caught up in the moment." He did not give her a ring, they are not engaged and there are no plans for a wedding — despite how real the proposal may have seemed to everyone on the set of "The Dr. Oz Show." TMZ concludes by noting that Dog and Moon have "grown close" following Beth Chapman's death as they've helped each other through the grieving process.
The Jan. 27 episode of "The Bachelor" featured an unexpected twist: During their first one-on-one date, Peter Weber and Victoria Fuller attended a private Chase Rice concert at an Ohio amusement park. The problem? Victoria and Chase used to date — she described him as her "ex-boyfriend" several times and called their forced reunion "weird," "awkward" and "uncomfortable." She even told a producer, "[Chase] told me he didn't want me to come on the show. … He didn't want me to come on here." (For his part, Peter described the concert — during which he and Victoria clearly made out in view of Chase — as "one of the coolest dates" he's ever been on and "a dream.") The episode showed a super-stressed Victoria pulling aside Chase to address the situation. The country crooner played it cool, encouraging her to be honest with Peter about their past: "Don't [lie]. I'm OK with that," he told her. "If I were you, I'd do what's best for you. I would just do what's best for you and [be] honest. All you can do. … At the end of the day, if it's real, he may be cool. He may be alright with it. I'd just be real with him and just be you." Ultimately, Victoria came clean to Peter: "We dated but I broke it off with him because his lifestyle doesn't really match up to what I want," she said of Chase. When Peter asked if she still had feelings for the singer, Victoria replied, "No. That's why it didn't work out. It's why I'm here." Ever the gentleman, Peter dried Victoria's tears and encouraged her to laugh at the situation before giving her a rose. Chase, meanwhile, painted a slightly different picture of his past with the brunette beauty. "We spent a night together in Charlotte. She's a cool chick — from what I know of her," he said during a Jan. 24 interview on the "Fitz in the Morning" radio show. "I got no problem with her. I got no problem with [Peter]." Then on the Jan. 27 episode of SiriusXM's "The Highway," Chase said that he's known Victoria "for a little while now." He also cleared up rumors that she inspired several songs on his new album. "That's not true at all," he said. "Without throwing her under the bus … it's about my ex-girlfriend."
On the Jan. 28 episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Justin Bieber explained why he was "extremely nervous" to propose to now-wife Hailey Bieber. "I felt like in the past, we'd talked about me asking the question and I felt like she would say yes, so I wasn't really nervous about the say saying yes bit," he said. "I think I was more nervous about: Am I gonna make this commitment? Am I able to make this commitment as a man and be able to honor what I say? Because that's a serious commitment when you say you're gonna love someone for better or for worse and be faithful. … Am I able to do that? So I think that was really what I was battling with. And I finally was like, you know, I'm gonna make the decision and follow through with it and be a husband — this is what I've always wanted. I'm gonna just choose this woman and just do it." Hailey also opened up about taking the plunge with the superstar on his YouTube docuseries "Seasons," which debuted on Jan. 27. "It all happened really fast and kind of all at once," she said of tying the knot. "[We've] known each other for so long that there was a part of it that didn't feel scary, but it was such a big life decision that it was just so much emotion all at one time." After Justin proposed, Hailey gave her parents, Kennya and Stephen Baldwin, a chance to talk her out of getting married. "I remember calling my parents when we decided to get married and I said, 'This is the time I need you to stop me from doing something crazy if you think this is a bad idea,'" she admitted. "'Cause in my heart I knew that it's what I wanted to do, but I was like, 'Just tell me right now if you think, well, woah, just relax and take a breath and think about this and see how you feel in like 24 hours or a week or something.' And they were like, 'Honestly, we think that this is meant to be for you, and we know that this is what you want, so we trust you.' And I was like, 'Alright!'" Added the model of her man, "He's the first person I ever had real feelings for. When things went south for a little bit and we went our separate ways, I just knew that no matter what the outcome was going to be, I knew that he was going to be somebody I loved for the rest of my life." The couple finally made their red carpet debut at the Los Angeles premiere of "Seasons" on Jan. 27.
Meanwhile, during an interview with NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday" that aired on Jan. 26, Selena Gomez alleged that ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber emotionally abused her during their lengthy off-and-on relationship. The singer-actress broached the topic while explaining how their early-2018 split inspired her chart-topper "Lose You to Love Me." Said the singer-actress , "I felt I didn't get a respectful closure, and I had accepted that, but I know I needed some way to just say a few things that I wish I had said. It's not a hateful song; it's a song that is saying — I had something beautiful and I would never deny that it wasn't that. It was very difficult and I'm happy it's over. And I felt like this was a great way to just say, you know, it's done, and I understand that, and I respect that, and now here I am stepping into a whole other chapter. … It's dangerous to stay in a victim mentality. And I'm not being disrespectful — I do feel I was a victim to certain abuse." The journalist conducting the interview, Lulu Garcia-Navarro, then asked if Selena was referring to emotional abuse. "Yes, and I think that it's something that — I had to find a way to understand it as an adult," she replied. "And I had to understand the choices I was making. As much as I definitely don't want to spend the rest of my life talking about this, I am really proud that I can say I feel the strongest I've ever felt and I've found a way to just walk through it with as much grace as possible."
On the Jan. 29 episode of the "Today" show, Jessica Simpson opened up about how her 2003 MTV reality show, "Newlyweds," contributed to the collapse of her first marriage to Nick Lachey. "I would watch episodes back and I didn't like what I saw," she said. "I saw what people were laughing at and what was loving about it, but I also saw a lot of eye rolling, and that wasn't just editing. That happened on and off camera. I think that our success together was beautiful, but our success separately was not as accepted." Things got worse after she appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone: "He was supposed to be on the cover with me, and they were like, no," she recalled. "I felt a lot of resentment. I felt that the love wasn't enough. I'm not a liar. I cannot stay in something and play a role. I've tried it many times in my life and I just can't do it." She also shared how her father initially warned her against marrying Nick after she fell in love with him at first sight: "I said, 'Mom, that's the man I'm gonna marry.' Absolutely. I knew. I was 19 years old, but I knew," she said. "My dad thought I was too young. He knew that life had a lot for me. He didn't want anything to hold me back. … I was about to walk down the aisle, [and] he's like, 'We don't have to do this.' I'm like, 'Dad, what are you talking about? We gotta walk!'"
Meanwhile, Radar Online reported on Jab. 29 that in her upcoming memoir, "Open Book," Jessica Simpson cops to "wanting so bad to be with" her "The Dukes of Hazzard" co-star Johnny Knoxville — to whom she wrote love letters during her marriage to Nick Lachey. "It was like Johnny and I were prison pen pals, two people who wanted so much to be with each other but were kept apart [by our spouses]," she reportedly writes, adding that "there was something Nick wanted from me that I no longer had … an emptiness I couldn't fill." Continues the singer-actress, "It's funny, I know, because I placed such an emphasis on sex by not having it before marriage. After I actually had sex, I understood that the emotional part was what mattered. And Johnny and I had that, which seemed far more of a betrayal to my marriage than sex." She adds of old reports about her then-husband's alleged infidelity, "There were so many tabloid stories about Nick in strip clubs or talking to girls that I just didn't know what to believe. Did he feel caught in this marriage? … He kept putting himself into situations where he could be so easily accused of cheating. It was self-sabotage. And I was supposed to stay home and be Betty Crocker? … We were not one of those couples that screamed at each other, let whatever fly out of our mouths, and then make mad, passionate love. No, we would yell at each other, and then he would go out of town and not answer his phone. Vegas or Miami with his boys. Or he would just stay out late to teach me a lesson. … He had a group of guy friends who used him to get into places and enjoy VIP treatment at strip clubs and bars. He liked that scene, and I thought it was gross."
Another week, another round of romance rumors for Rihanna and A$AP Rocky. On Jan. 28, The Sun reported that, according to a source, the duo recently "shared a hotel suite" in New York City following the superstar's split from Saudi Arabian billionaire Hassan Jameel. "Rihanna is reluctant to put a label on it as it's so soon after Hassan," said the insider. "They're really enjoying each other's company and taking things easy as it's still early days. It's really casual between them and she's not thinking about whether there's a future with Rocky. She's a newly single girl having fun." The following day, however, E! News reported that, according to their sources, the longtime pals are just that: friends. "Rihanna is single. She just got out of a long, intense relationship with Hassan. She wants to be single and isn't going to jump into something," said one insider. "She's hanging out with A$AP Rocky, but she is not dating him. They have a long history and she's just having fun."
Us Weekly reported on Jan. 29 that, according to a source, Jennifer Garner's boyfriend of more than a year, John Miller, "very much wants to marry" her but "knows she can't be rushed." The source added that the actress "seems extremely content and blissfully happy" with her beau. They're reportedly "very much together" and "all of their kids have met one another."
During an interview with TooFab that hit the Internet on Jan. 29, Charlie Hunnam backpedaled on his recent comments about being "sort of indifferent" to marrying his girlfriend of more than a decade, jewelry designer Morgana McNelis. "That was a stupid thing to say," acknowledged the actor. "I just said something that doesn't really reflect my true thoughts at all." He went on to explain that he made the comment while goofing off with his "The Gentlemen" co-stars during a joint interview: "It's like being with your pals, sometimes not thinking. … You're not trying to articulate your sincere opinion about something," he said. "And then you see it in black and white. … That really hurt my girlfriend's feelings. I really regretted saying that cause I actually didn't mean it at all. It was just, frankly, some stupid [stuff] I said in the heat of the moment. I'm like so romantic! The reality is: I sort of consider myself married. I've been with my girlfriend for 14 years. I suppose what I was trying to articulate is, like, the official government sanctioning of it doesn't mean anything to me. But the romance of it means an enormous amount. So I really regret saying that. But listen, you spend 12 hours a day for three days doing interviews straight, you're gonna say some stupid [stuff]. Especially a guy like me that's not that smart." So does that mean the former "Sons of Anarchy" star wants to get married soon? "Family is very important to me. I was always a late bloomer. I've left it a long time because everything was great and we were just pursuing other interests in our lives. But we are certainly coming up to that time where we gotta start switching it up and changing gears a little bit," he said. "It doesn't really make me nervous, to be honest, because we've been together for so long. We've been together 14 years, you know? You occasionally hear stories of things changing once you get married. … But I couldn't foresee that happening with us because we know each other so well."
During an interview with People magazine that hit the Internet on Jan. 23, Tanya Tucker opened up about her relationship with singer-songwriter Craig Dillingham. The duo — who made their red carpet debut at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Jan. 26 — started dating last summer but first met almost five decades ago when they were both teenagers. "If it ain't him, I'm done," joked the 61-year-old country star of finding The One later in life. "Craig's always loved me, always. … I mean, he's never not loved me," she added of her beau and longtime pal, whom she briefly romanced in the early '90s and again in 2008. They have mutual pal Lee Ann Womack to thank for their latest romantic rekindling: She arranged a meeting between the two at a concert during which she and Tanya were sharing the bill. "I didn't love him that way [before], and now I do. I love him, and I know it, and I have no doubt about it," said Tanya, adding that Craig has told her, "I think God's put us back together for a reason." Continued the "Delta Dawn" singer, "I love being around him. And we love doing things together. He adores me, but he also don't let me slide. I really want him in my life. … He gets me." So is marriage in the cards for the country star, who's been engaged three times before but never married? "I have nothing against marriage," she said. "It's the opposite. I think it's very sacred, and I don't want to do it but one time. … [Our friends are] all about, 'So when's the wedding?' Blah, blah, blah. And I mean, I'm pretty sure if I said, 'Hey, let's go get married,' he'd go." If he does propose, she wants "the whole thing … on the knee," she said.
Trouble in paradise? Us Weekly reported on Jan. 29 that Kimora Lee Simmons' husband, Tim Leissner, was recently seen "canoodling with a mystery woman" with whom he "appeared to be romantic." Said a source, "The news seemed to spread rapidly to Kimora. … Tim was seen FaceTiming with Kimora." According to the spy, the married couple could be heard having "an impassioned conversation." A second source noted that Kimora has "been spending a lot of time away from" her home in Los Angeles in recent weeks, visiting New York City "for work projects" and to visit one of her daughters at New York University. Kimora and Tim recently added to their brood: They adopted a 10-year-old son, Gary.
On the Jan. 23 episode of Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show, Amy Schumer's ex-boyfriend, Kyle Dunnigan, revealed that he lives with the "Trainwreck" star and her husband, Chris Fischer. "[Her apartment] is beautiful. If you saw it, you'd stay," he joked, adding that his former love has "been very cool" throughout their unconventional arrangement. The comedy writer, who also romanced Sarah Silverman, went on to describe his relationship with Amy as "a while ago" and "brief." He also explained that he's been living with her for the past month and a half while they collaborate on her upcoming Hulu series "Love, Beth." So how does Chris feel about the arrangement? "We bro out," said Kyle.
On the Jan. 23 episode of "Watch What Happens Live," Catherine O'Hara revealed that she used to date her "Schitt's Creek" co-star and longtime collaborator Eugene Levy. "There's nothing sexier than laughing together and having someone who makes you laugh. So everybody at Second City theater tried to date everybody. Like, 'He makes me laugh. I should go out with him,'" she said. "So we did [go on] maybe one or two dates. … He's a gentleman — has always been a gentleman — and we get to have this working relationship because we didn't go anywhere [romantically]." The duo both got their start at The Second City's improv comedy troupe in Toronto.
On Jan. 23, Bossip reported that Cynthia Erivo and Lena Waithe are a couple. And it's serious: They're reportedly living together. The duo — who first connected at the 2018 Met Gala and have become practically inseparable in recent weeks — first sparked romance rumors on Jan. 6 when a fan tweeted about spying them "holding hands and kissing" at the Golden Globes. The rumors picked up steam when Lena announced on Jan. 22 that she and Alana Mayo are ending their marriage … just two months after she revealed that they'd secretly tied the knot sometime last year. In the wake of the breakup news, lovebscott.com reported that Lena and Alana called it quits over the actress-filmmaker's infidelity issues. According to the blog's sources, the duo were already on the rocks when they tied the knot following "multiple instances" of infidelity on Lena's part. "Lena went along with [the wedding] as a way to placate Alana and salvage their relationship," reports B. Scott. Said a source, "Even after they married, Lena was still buying designer gifts — Chanel, Gucci — for other women." The timeline of Lena's alleged romance with Cynthia is murky. It's also unclear what happened to Cynthia's boyfriend of two years, Mario Martinez, whom she briefly mentioned during a late-2019 interview with Vanity Fair.
Wait, what?! During an interview for the cover of the March 2019 issue of Cosmopolitan U.K. , which hit the Internet on Jan. 28, Lena Dunham revealed that while rebounding from her ex-boyfriend, Jack Antonoff, she was briefly engaged to — as the magazine puts it — a man "who proposed with the lace of a Timberland boot while they were snowed in at her parent's apartment." Ultimately, the writer-actress realized she "had no business buying a pair of shoes, [let alone] getting engaged." Said Lena, "Then I just went, 'You know what? I've been dating since I was 15 years old. I'm allowed to take a break. … I've taken a hiatus from dating, which has been amazing for me. I think it's been 14 months now that I've just been totally single. I may have smooched a guy at a party once, but that's not illegal." She went on to explain that her health issues left her feeling "really vulnerable" and made her realize that she doesn't want to be physically intimate with anyone until she feels "super-safe" with them emotionally. "People right now will go, 'Oh my god, you haven't had sex in over a year,' and I'm like, 'No, actually it's been the most healing thing,'" she said. As for Jack, "We fell in love when I was really young," said the "Girls" star. "I was 25. I look back and we had a great ride, we cared for each other, but you know what? We were both starting our careers and that was our true passion. The love you have for someone doesn't disappear because you don't have them; it's just logistically it doesn't work anymore. I love him so much. He is a dear, dear friend of mine. Has it been easy every second? No, it's not easy to divide life with someone. There are definitely moments where I was catty, rude or sassy, but he has been beautifully accepting of those and I've been able to be accepting of his anger too. What's really nice is we don't try to pretend that we don't have this history together, but we're also willing to move forward."
During a Jan. 23 interview with Page Six, Fran Drescher revealed that although she's technically single — and not dating — there's a special man in her life: a mystery man she sees about twice a month for some bedroom action. "I'm kind of dating myself and it's going quite well. I'm not dating. I have my gay ex-husband [Peter Marc Jacobson] who I love and he fulfills a lot of needs. I have someone on the side who is a friend with benefits," she said, adding that their bi-monthly meetups are "more than enough." The former star of "The Nanny" went on to describe her situation as "delightful and delicious." Continued Fran, "[We're] very comfortable with each other and we have our routine. It's always the same experience. We really don't go out, we don't go to restaurants, we don't date. What we do, we do great. … He comes over, we hang out and we do the hot tub and I make us some food and we lay in bed and maybe we'll watch tennis together … or a movie. We talk, we have good conversations. Of course we have sex and it's delightful and it keeps me going."
On Jan. 23, Page Six revealed that Jim Edmonds' new girlfriend — the woman with whom he and his estranged wife, Meghan King Edmonds, once had a threesome — is former Playboy model Kortnie O'Connor. Later that day, his rep released a statement to multiple media outlets addressing Meghan's decision to discuss the threesome on her podcast: "Jim has no desire to roll in the mud with anyone, nor does he have any interest in playing this out in the media," said the rep. "Meghan decided to publicly broadcast what was essentially a 30-minute therapy session about her marriage and she continues to tell stories to anyone who will listen and use this as an opportunity to get attention for herself. Publicly discussing private matters is not in the best interest of his children and he is not going to engage on that level. All of this sort of begs the question of what Meghan is hoping to accomplish by spewing her family's business in public instead of privately talking matters over with Jim, her friends, a therapist or whomever she trusts. I think you'd be pretty hard-pressed to find someone who improved their divorce situation by going on a podcast." Meanwhile, on the Jan. 23 episode of Heather McDonald's "Juicy Scoop" podcast, the mother of three said she hasn't started dating yet — but not for lack of options. "It's now public that Jim is dating," she said. "I don't know what it was, but all of a sudden I've gotten a lot of DMs, which I love. … I've read them and haven't accepted them into my inbox."
On Jan. 26, People magazine broke the news that Brandon Jenner and his girlfriend of just a year, Cayley Stoker — who's currently pregnant with twins — tied the knot at the courthouse in Santa Barbara, California, five days earlier. Her grandmother, Joan, and his daughter from his first marriage, Eva, served as their witnesses.
The Sun reported on Jan. 26 that Mark Ronson has been secretly dating "Harry Potter" and "Knightfall" actress Genevieve Gaunt for the past five months. "Mark is really into Genevieve but he's aware of the spotlight so they have kept the relationship low-key so far. But now they are really close and he has told his wider circle of friends how much she means to him," said a source. "Mark's schedule has been a bit easier in the last few months so they've had time to enjoy each other's company and take a trip together. They both seem really happy." The duo reportedly vacationed in Milan recently.
On Jan. 23, lovebscott.com — the first outlet to confirm Diddy and Cassie's 2018 breakup — reported that, according to multiple sources, Tracee Ellis Ross is dating "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris. It's unclear when exactly they took their professional relationship to the next level. Tracee's "Black-ish" alter ego is based on Kenya's estranged wife, Dr. Rania "Rainbow" Barris, whom he filed to divorce last summer.
YG and Kehlani are giving it another go. The duo, who split in late 2019, debuted their rekindled romance at Universal's Grammy Awards afterparty in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. The following day, they posed together on the red carpet at the premiere of Justin Bieber's new YouTube docuseries "Seasons."
Noah Cyrus and Machine Gun Kelly sparked romance rumors with their flirtatious behavior during the Republic Records Grammy Awards afterparty in West Hollywood on Jan. 26. A spy told E! News that the duo "walked around the party hand-in-hand" and were "holding hands and posing for photos together." Added the insider, "They held hands as they arrived back inside the party [after a smoke break] and continued to be next to each other the entire time. It seemed like they were dating." Things may not be as they appear, though: Noah's rep told E! that she and MGK are "just friends."
On Jan. 23, Lori Harvey sparked rumors that she and Future are engaged when she took to her Instagram Story to share a video of herself flashing a giant diamond ring while hanging out with pal Taina Williams, who's dating rapper G Herbo and was wearing a similar sparkler. "Wife life," Lori wrote across the clip. (See it here.) While it's possible the women were simply flaunting their matching friendship rings, a woman from Future's past, Eliza Reign — who claims the rapper is the father of her daughter — fueled the engagement rumors by writing on her Instagram Story that Future "told me he's getting married."
On Jan. 29, Bachelor Nation's Joe Amabile and Kendall Long released a joint statement announcing that they're calling it quits: "We have decided mutually to go our separate ways. Joe has made the decision to move back to Chicago while Kendall will be remaining in her hometown of Los Angeles," they said. "Our family and friends have always been an extremely important element to who we are as people. We can't imagine continuing our lives without them closer, especially when thinking of starting a family of our own one day. We both respect each other's decision and still have a great deal of love for each other. We appreciate all the love and support everyone has given us throughout our relationship." In October, the duo discussed getting engaged.
In a Jan. 24 YouTube video, Jenelle Evans made it clear that she hasn't reconciled with either Nathan Griffith or David Eason. After insisting that she's "definitely not" back with Nathan, the former "Teen Mom" star explained that they "were getting along" for a while late last year but now are only getting along "here and there." Explained the reality star, "I guess we're just not on the same level. He likes me a lot and I don't like him like that anymore, so [I'm] trying to keep things civil and just [focus on] co-parenting. That's it." She later said that she's "single as hell" right now. "I just want to do my own thing. I'm single now. I need to venture out," she said. "I need to think about my future, my kids and what I'm going to do in life, and I don't need any distractions at all. And I noticed that guys can be a big distraction." She also said that she hasn't officially filed to divorce David yet — as was widely reported in October. But there's an important reason why, said the mother of three, who recently moved to Nashville: "In the state of North Carolina [where he lives], you first have to be separated for a complete year to even file for divorce. In the state of Tennessee, you have to live there for six months to be a resident and you also have to be separated for six months in order to file for divorce, so that's why I haven't filed yet," she said.
Roger Mathews is finally moving on from JWoww: Us Weekly reported on Jan. 26 that, according to a source, the father of two has "been seen out a lot together over the past year" with hairdresser Danielle Miele. According to TMZ, the duo, who met at a concert in New Jersey in May 2019, are "taking things slow" but are "officially an item." The webloid adds that Danielle, who "wants to stay out of the limelight," has met Roger's kids with his ex-wife, Jenni Farley, but has yet to spend the night while they're visiting. As for the "Jersey Shore" star, she "knows about Danielle" but hasn't met her yet. On Jan. 27, the new couple made their Instagram debut. "I'm happily dating," Roger captioned a since-deleted photo with Danielle. He later told Champion Daily that she's not his girlfriend officially just yet because "that's a level of commitment" he's not ready for.
Lana Del Rey and her boyfriend, Oklahoma police officer Sean Larkin, made their red carpet debut at the Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons presented by The Recording Academy and Clive Davis at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on Jan. 25. The following evening, he was by her side again when she walked the red carpet at the 2020 Grammy Awards.
Ty Dolla Sign and his new girlfriend also made their red carpet debut at the Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons presented by The Recording Academy and Clive Davis on Jan. 25. Three days later, the hip-hop artist made their relationship Instagram official. "My love," Ty captioned a slideshow of photos of himself and his girlfriend, tagging her Instagram account — which doesn't state her real name — in the process. It's unclear how long they've been an item, though the model first shared a mirror selfie with her man in mid-December.
TMZ reported on Jan. 28 that although a judge recently signed off on Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's December divorce settlement, they won't be legally single until Feb. 22. (The judge postdated the divorce docs.)
In other divorce news… The Blast reported on Jan. 28 that William Shatner recently settled his divorce from his fourth wife, Elizabeth. According to the terms of their "iron-clad" prenuptial agreement, there will be no spousal support.
During an interview with The Sunday Times that hit the Internet on Jan. 26, Jodie Turner-Smith refused to confirm or deny recent reports that she and Joshua Jackson secretly tied the knot late last year. "I haven't said to anybody, 'Yeah, we got married,'" she said. "People are assuming whatever they want, but when people tell me 'congratulations,' I say, 'Thank you.'" She then gushed that she and the former teen idol "are obsessed with each other." She even "went back and re-watched a lot of [his] movies," she revealed. "I do it whenever we're apart because I miss him so much. He loves that I am obsessed with him," she said. Jodie and Josh are currently expecting their first child.
Us Weekly reported on Jan. 29 that, according to a source, Gina Kirschenheiter is "planning to move into a house" with her boyfriend, Travis Mullen, "and her three kids and his three kids in the next few weeks." The source added that the "Real Housewives of Orange County" star is "really excited about this move and she is looking forward to this next chapter."
During a Jan. 28 interview with Us Weekly, former "The Bachelor" star Ben Higgins said he "definitely" plans on proposing to his girlfriend, Jessica Clarke, before the end of the year. "I don't think that's a question," he said. "We're great. It's fun. It's just healthy. … I think she would say the same. Our relationship is healthy. I'm a better version of myself, a more free version of myself than I've been in a while." But first, Jess is relocating from Nashville to Denver to be with her beau. "We've lived apart based on our own moral and personal choices and history of what we've done in relationships, what's worked and what hasn't," Ben said of their long-distance relationship thus far.
During an interview with British Vogue that hit the Internet on Jan. 27, Irina Shayk reflected on her mid-2019 split from Bradley Cooper: "I think in all good relationships you bring your best and your worst — it's just the nature of a human being," she said. "Two great people don't have to make a good couple. … I think we've been very lucky to experience what we had with each other. Life without B is new ground."
Miranda Lambert took to Instagram on Jan. 26 to celebrate her first anniversary with her second husband, Brendan McLoughlin. "1 year ❤️. I'm so happy to walk through this life with you. Thank you Brendan for making me the proudest wife and stepmom. You are the reason for all my new smile lines. I love you. #MrsMcLoughlin," she captioned a photo from their wedding day. Two days earlier, while performing in Nashville, she reflected on the "highs and lows" she experienced while living in the city in 2015 following her split from first husband Blake Shelton. "I spent a lot of time here on highs and lows," she said. "I went through a really hard time in my life [here]. … I moved here in 2015 in the middle of a s—show, but I was lifted up by people who were like, 'We got you, girl.' My friends and my songwriters and my fans and everybody here."
On the Jan. 29 episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Hoda Kotb dished on how she's "felt different ever since" her boyfriend of six years, Joel Schiffman, proposed in late 2019. "I can't believe how different I feel since that moment. I thought we were in love and love is love, so what? But I did feel different the minute he proposed," she said. The "Today" show star also detailed the proposal: "We've talked about getting married because we have two kids, but we decided, you know, we'll do it later, we'll do it later," she said. "One day we were at the beach and we were hanging out and we had tequila and churros … and Joel started to give one of his — he likes to give little speeches about love. … So he's like, 'I'd like to say something,' and I was like, 'OK!' … And he started talking and I was looking at him, and I said, 'Oh my God, this is going somewhere.' He literally, like, kicked the seat out from under him and dropped down on one knee. I didn't know I could be shocked. And I actually didn't know that I could love him more, but I did in that moment." She added that they plan to tie the knot in the fall. "I think it's gonna be super-simple, like, no big deal," she said. "We'll bring some friends. We'll probably be on a beach somewhere."
During a Jan. 21 interview with Us Weekly, Dustin Lynch revealed that he met his girlfriend of more than a year, Kelli Seymour, on Instagram. "I simply said, 'Hey,' and threw up a big smiley-face emoji. It worked. What a line!" recalled the country crooner. "I remember the initial exchanges, slaving over how to respond because you want to come off witty and funny. You're trying to have a personality through text with somebody you never met. So I guess I tricked her!" He went on to say that Kelli will join him on his current tour: "She'll come out on the road when she can," he said. "That's what's so much fun about touring. Having someone to tour with now and having Kelli there, it's great — it's kind of an excuse to go explore. If I'm alone … there's only so much fun you can have." He then shared that his girlfriend is inspiring his music in "a lot of ways." Said Dustin, "All the emotions of a relationship and falling in love with someone and then getting to travel the world and make memories, it's something that I've never been able to draw from before. It's kind of opened this new chapter of vocabulary, if you will."
During a Jan. 25 group interview with multiple media outlets, Tinashe said she got "really depressed" when she found out that her ex-boyfriend, Ben Simmons, started seeing Kendall Jenner the same month they called it quits in mid-2018. "It may have been the worst day of my life, but it's OK," she said, according to Us Weekly. "I drank for, like, six months after that! Are you kidding me? I was, like, wasted for months. But I'm OK now." Added the singer, "It was terrible. It was bad. Like, it was bad, but I'm good now."
On the Jan. 23 episode of "Live with Kelly and Ryan," Kelly Ripa shared her advice on how to make a marriage last: "You're going to fight. You're going to have disagreements. Relationships, marriages are not sprints — it's a marathon," said the mother of three, who's been married to Mark Consuelos for 24 years. "There's going to be, like, mile 24 when you're like, 'I quit.' But you just got to push through. Just push through. … There's really nothing that's that insurmountable — besides abuse or things of that nature. You're going to fight. You're going to have disagreements. You're going to fundamentally not agree on things. And if you take a breath, you usually can't remember what you're fighting about."
During an interview with Us Weekly that popped up online on Jan. 25, Holland Taylor gushed about her relationship with longtime girlfriend Sarah Paulson, who's 32 years her junior: "It's kind of a mystery given the age difference," she said. "I'm surprised by Sarah. I mean, that we love each other and respond to each other this way is not the surprise, but that she would make a commitment like this and that she would share her life with me is a constant surprise every day really. … A big age span is a challenge to any relationship. And she's just very brave. She's very brave and she is very truthful and she's going to live her truth. And so I basically am following her lead and I'm blessed. I'm blessed to have the life I have right now, which no one could've predicted in 1,000 years. But she's obviously at the center of my life."
On the Jan. 28 episode of Justin Long's "Life Is Short" podcast, Kristen Bell opened up about why she and husband Dax Shepard are so honest with their fans about both the highs and lows in their relationship: Early on, she said, they decided that if they were going to publicly discuss their relationship, they were going to "make sure we show the good, the bad and the ugly, and how we handle it" and "not make it saccharine." Said the actress, "We talk about the fact that we do fight, we do go to therapy, we dislike each other a lot sometimes." She went on to describe "this pretty incredible fight" they had recently that involved "top of the lungs screaming." Explained the mother of two, "It was about things around the house that I felt I needed help with, and we have a relationship where you are supposed to be able to say, 'I need your help with this.'" But Dax didn't appreciate that his wife left a note telling him what to do rather than talking to him directly to ask for help, which prompted the blowup. "We both blacked out and got into a fight, and I don't actually remember what happened, but what transpired was a lot of volume, a lot of harsh words being thrown around, and it was an angry, angry fight about how nobody does anything for anybody else," she recalled. "I grabbed my pillow and I stomped down the hall and I sleep in the front room and I'm crying, right? And we don't talk for three days." Ultimately, they moved on after taking some time to themselves to calm down. "We never talked about that fight ever, but I will say this: Every single thing that I have needed done or thought, 'I'd want help with this,' since that fight, he has been ahead of," said Kristen, adding that she "couldn't complain about him" right now if she tried.
During a Jan. 27 interview with Us Weekly, Alan Bersten said that when it comes to dating his "Dancing With the Stars" partners, he learned "after a few seasons to not mix business with pleasure." After romancing partner Alexis Ren in 2018, the dancer knew "people would talk and assume" about the nature of his relationship with his season 28 partner, Hannah Brown — "especially because she was the Bachelorette, and I'm still single," he said. "So we expected it, but we didn't really let that get into our heads." When it does come to dating, he "likes a confident woman," he added.
During a Jan. 18 group interview with multiple media outlets, Bachelor Nation's Annaliese Puccini hinted that she's no longer with her mystery man from last summer. "I'm in a … I don't know, transitional period," she said when asked about her current relationship status, according to Us Weekly. She reportedly added that she's "definitely not looking" to date right now but may be ready to start looking soon — though she has "no interest" in dating apps. "It just feels really weird to me to put yourself out there that way," she said. "So we'll see. Maybe one day I'll get back on. But, hopefully, I don't have to." She also dished on what she's looking for in a man: "Kindness is always top of the list. Somebody who's kind," she said. "And, I think, somebody who makes me feel special. I mean, it's really simple things. … I have been looking outside of my normal box. And trying to let myself, not like pigeonhole, you know, who I would be interested in. … I think that's the thing. My most serious relationships are actually guys that I probably would never have swiped right for. … So that's the thing, is trying to just go outside of that and [realize] there's other people out there and look outside of just the normal hole that you would go to." As for those "serious relationships," she's only had one since joining Bachelor Nation, she said, adding that her ex "never watched the show and didn't care at all and was super-supportive about it." Said Annaliese, "He thought it was cool, like, when I would get recognized. Like, he was totally [a] cheerleader. Like, 'Oh, my God, this is really fun,' you know?"
Sia recently gushed to GQ about her sexual attraction to longtime pal and collaborator Diplo, with whom she offered to have "no-strings sex." During a Jan. 26 interview with PeopleTV, the EDM artist shared his response to her headline-making comments about their dynamic: "That's no comment," he said. "I love her to death and I value our relationship a lot more." As for her decision to publicly dish on their relationship, "She's a loose cannon, and she does whatever she wants," said the single father of two. "She's spontaneous and insane, so I love her for that."