Short and dramatic marriage
That was fast! In early February — just 12 days after they exchanged vows — Pamela Anderson and producer Jon Peters confirmed they'd split. Then came a confusing game of he said/she said. Pamela reportedly realized she'd made a mistake just a day and a half into the union — which ultimately was not legally binding as they didn't file their marriage certificate following their Jan. 20 nuptials — and called things off with Jon, whom she found to be "too controlling," a source told Page Six. Then on Feb. 10, Page Six reported that the "A Star is Born" producer told the outlet he'd ended it via text and that he was an "old fool" for falling for Pam again 30 years after they first dated and was hurt that things imploded with the "Baywatch" beauty after he paid off $200,000 in bills for her. He also told Page Six that Pam had proposed to him via text and that he "was engaged to someone else" at the time but "dropped everything" for the former Playboy model. Later in the month, Jon denied ever talking to the media while Pam told a Canadian outlet, "I don't need anyone to pay my bills," then admitted Jon wrote her a check for $100,000 after they split and told her, "No hard feelings." On Feb. 21, Us Weekly reported that Jon was engaged again — this time to Julia Bernheim, who might be the mystery fiancée he dumped for Pam in January.
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Stage 4 cancer diagnosis
Shannen Doherty's cancer is back. On Feb. 4, the "Beverly Hills, 90210" star revealed on "Good Morning America" that she has stage 4 cancer. The actress — who went public with her first breast cancer battle after she was diagnosed in early 2015 then revealed in 2017 that she was in remission — said she's known about her new diagnosis for a year but initially wanted to keep it private. "I don't think that I've processed it," she said. "It's a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways." She only publicly revealed her health news because it was about to be made public in a lawsuit she's filed against State Farm over allegedly unpaid insurance claims involving damage to her house caused by 2018's Los Angeles wildfires. TMZ reported that the opening line of the lawsuit reads, "Plaintiff Shannen Doherty is dying of stage 4 terminal cancer." It added that she's unable to live out "her remaining years peacefully in her home." Later in the month, Shannen said she was stressed. "To say that I'm struggling is mild," she said. "But… I believe that I will find my footing. I'll dig deep for the inner strength I need to face it all. I pray I do it all with dignity and grace."
First comes baby, then comes marriage! Jenna Dewan and Steve Kazee announced last year that they were expecting a child together, but they're now also engaged. On Feb. 19, the couple announced their engagement news on Instagram, both posting a photo of Jenna wearing a diamond ring designed by BaYou With Love by Nikki Reed. "A lifetime to love and grow with you…you have my heart," Jenna captioned a photo that showed her kissing her love. Steve, a Tony-winning Broadway star, posted the same picture. "When you wake in the morning I will kiss your face with a smile no one has ever seen," he wrote. "When you wake in the morning I will kiss your eyes and say it's you I have loved all these years."
Harry Styles was robbed at knifepoint on Valentine's Day, according to a Feb. 18 report. The former One Direction singer was apparently confronted by a man in London's Hampstead area shortly before midnight, The Mirror reported. The man pulled out a knife and demanded cash. "[Harry] actually played it pretty cool, quickly giving the assailant cash, keeping himself and the guy calm and getting the situation over with," a source said. "Understandably though it left him very shaken up afterwards." Police confirmed the incident took place thought declined to name the victim.
D-Day came for disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on Feb. 24. The producer was convicted of two sex crimes after a long trial that included graphic testimony from multiple witnesses. After five days of deliberations, a jury found Weinstein, 67, guilty of committing a criminal sex act in the first degree involving one woman and rape in the third degree involving another woman (he was acquitted on three other charges.) Weinstein was remanded into custody following the announcement of the verdicts. The guilty convictions carry possible prison sentences. The third degree conviction carries up to four years in prison, whereas the first degree conviction bears a minimum of five years in prison, and up to 25 years. His sentencing hearing is set for March 11.
Amanda Bynes is engaged! The former actress announced the news on Instagram on Valentine's Day weekend, posting a photo of her ring. "Engaged to tha love of my life," she captioned the photo. The following day, she posted a photo with her fiancé, who Us Weekly identified as Paul Michael. A source told the mag he's "very goth" while reports indicate the couple met a few months ago either in rehab, a halfway house or in AA. There are reports that Amanda will need her mother's permission to get married, as her mom is her conservator.
Hollywood lost an icon this month. Kirk Douglas, who had a six-decade career during which he starred in "Spartacus," "Champion" and other memorable films, passed away on Feb. 5. He was 103. Kirk's son Michael Douglas announced the news. "It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103. To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard of us all to aspire to," Michael wrote on Instagram. "But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply dad, to Catherine [Zeta-Jones], a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband." Hollywood reacted to the news with many tributes. Catherine posted a touching photo of herself kissing her father-in-law on the cheek. "To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the rest of my life. I miss you already. Sleep tight…," she wrote. On Feb. 23, Britain's The Mirror newspaper reported that Kirk left the bulk of his $61 million fortune to charity via his Douglas Foundation.
Jameela Jamil came out as queer on Feb. 5 amid backlash concerning her involvement in a new voguing competition show called "Legendary." "Twitter is brutal. This is why I never officially came out as queer," she began her lengthy and emotional post. "I added a rainbow to my name when I felt ready a few years ago, as it's not easy within the south Asian community to be accepted, and I always answered honestly if ever straight-up asked about it on Twitter. But I kept it low because I was scared of the pain of being accused of performative bandwagon jumping, over something that caused me a lot of confusion, fear and turmoil when I was a kid." Many in the LBGTQ community had voiced their displeasure when HBO Max announced that the "The Good Place" actress would be a judge on the unscripted series, indicating the judges should be from their community. "I didn't come from a family with *anyone* openly out. It's also scary as an actor to openly admit your sexuality, especially when you're a brown female in your thirties," Jameela also said. "This is absolutely not how I wanted it to come out."
Baby on board! Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are going to be parents for the first time. On Feb. 12, multiple outlets reported that the newlyweds are expecting, though they have yet to confirm the happy news themselves. "The couple is keeping things very hush hush but their friends and family are super excited for them," one source told JustJared, which broke the news. On Feb. 21, Sophie, her husband and friends marked her 24th birthday party with a party in Paris, where the Jonas Brothers had a tour stop.
Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova quietly welcomed a third child earlier this year, the pop star revealed on Instagram on Feb. 13. "My Sunshine 01.30.2020," Enrique captioned a photo of himself holding his newborn daughter. Anna also posted photos on Instagram following the birth. Speculation that the couple had quietly welcomed another child mounted earlier in the week after Enrique's brother, Julio Iglesias Jr., said in a radio interview, "My brother now has three children. He's very happy." Fiercely private Enrique and Anna are also parents to twins who were born in 2017. They didn't publicly announce either of her pregnancies.
OMG!!! OMG!!! A "Friends" reunion is officially happening! On Feb. 21, the stars of the hit '90s and early-aughts sitcom announced the news on their social media pages, posting an old cast photo along with the caption, "It's happening." Entertainment Weekly reported that all six original cast members — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer — will reunite for an exclusive untitled unscripted special on WarnerMedia's new streaming platform HBO Max in May. Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max and president of TBS, TNT and truTV, said in a statement, "Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together."
Duane Chapman isn't engaged after all. In late January, there was speculation that the star of "Dog The Bounty Hunter" got engaged to rumored girlfriend Moon Angell after a teaser clip appeared to show him proposing to her on "The Dr. Oz Show." On Feb. 3, the show finally aired. "I think this will put a stop to a lot of this. Moon Angell, will you marry me?" Dog asked. Visibly shocked, Moon said, "What?" She added, "We're friends, Duane. I love you as a friend. I can't marry you. Right at this very moment, I don't see you as that. I love you and [your late wife] Beth as my friends." Dog said he knew Moon didn't view him in a romantic sense and wanted to propose as a test. He said he wanted everyone — including his outspoken daughter — to know the truth about their non-romantic relationship. Moon, who lived with Dog as a companion for a while, has since moved out.
Official royal exit date set
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will begin their new financially independent life on April 1, as that's the day they will no longer be senior royals, the palace announced this month. On Feb. 21, the couple also confirmed reports that they would not be able to use the term "royal" in their branding moving forward. In other words, "Sussex Royal" is a no-go despite the couple investing heavily in their new SussexRoyal.com website to complement their popular Instagram feed of the same name as well as their foundation that also included the phrasing "Sussex Royal." As for what they'll call themselves moving forward, that's still to be determined. Other details about what the British press has dubbed "Megxit" however, were publicly reported on Feb. 19.
The Jussie Smollett drama lives on. On Feb. 11, the former "Empire" star was indicted by a special prosecutor on six counts of disorderly conduct for falsely reporting an assault in 2019 — a move that comes nearly a year after an initial set of charges against Jussie was controversially dropped. In addition to the criminal case, Jussie is also facing a civil case with the City of Chicago concerning the same incident. Jussie, you'll recall, claimed he was attacked by two men in January 2019 as he walked back to his Chicago apartment. In the following weeks, the actor was arrested on multiple felony charges for allegedly staging the racist and homophobic "attack." Then in March 2019, those charges were suddenly dropped. Afterward, the City of Chicago sued Jussie to recoup its investigation costs and Jussie later countersued the city. That litigation is still active. TMZ believes that Jussie "will almost certainly" have to choose to plead the 5th in the civil case — to avoid self-incrimination — considering that he's now facing a new criminal case. The rub is that, according to TMZ, in the state of Illinois, "if a defendant takes the 5th in a civil case, the judge can tell the jury it can conclude that person is hiding something."
Natalie Portman and Rose McGowan got into it in the middle of the month after the "Black Swan" star wore a cape to the Oscars that was embroidered with the names of snubbed female directors. On Feb. 11, Rose scolded Natalie, describing her as a "fraud." "The kind of protest that gets rave reviews from the mainstream media for its bravery. Brave? No, not by a long shot. More like an actress acting the part of someone who cares. As so many of them do," she wrote on Facebook. "I'm not writing this out of bitterness, I am writing out of disgust. I just want her and other actresses to walk the walk." A day after, Natalie responded, "I agree with Ms. McGowan that it is inaccurate to call me 'brave' for wearing a garment with women's names on it. Brave is a term I more strongly associate with actions like those of the women who have been testifying against Harvey Weinstein the last few weeks, under incredible pressure." Days later, Rose expressed regret for her initial comments though later deleted her tweet, which read, "My critique should've been about Hollywood's ongoing culture of silence. I realise that by critiquing someone personally, I lost sight of the bigger picture. All voices, however spoken, are valid. Let's all keep pushing boundaries in whatever way we can, it's time to get loud."