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Friday, November 9, 2018

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Meg Ryan Confirms Engagement to John Mellencamp. A little ditty 'bout Meg and John... Amid a seven-year off-again, on-again relationship, Meg Ryan has confirmed that she and musician John Mellencamp are engaged, via a hand-drawn photo of the two on Instagram. "ENGAGED!" she wrote. The Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally... actress started dating the "Jack & Diane" singer-songwriter in 2011. They broke up in 2014, then got back together later that year, called it quits again 2015 and then reconciled again in 2017 and sparked engagement rumors. In fact, earlier this year, they also sparked marriage rumors after they were spotted around Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, where Mellencamp owns a home, appearing as though they were planning an event. Ryan's rep later shot down wedding rumors. This will mark the second marriage for Ryan, 56, and fourth for Mellencamp, 67. She was previously married to Dennis Quaid and the two a son, Jack. She later adopted a daughter, Daisy. Mellencamp has five children from three past marriages, including daughter and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, who reposted Ryan's engagement announcement on her Instagram Stories. (Eonline)

Speaking her truth. Nicole Kidman, who rarely speaks about her adopted children with ex-husband Tom Cruise, opened up about her relationship with them in a new interview. "I'm very private about that," she told Australia's Who magazine on Thursday, November 8, of daughter Isabella, 25, and son Connor, 23. "I have to protect all those relationships. I know 150 percent that I would give up my life for my children because it's what my purpose is." Kidman, who has had a rocky relationship with her adopted children who lived with their father after the couple's 2001 divorce, added that she still loves them unconditionally. "They are adults. They are able to make their own decisions. They have made choices to be Scientologists and, as a mother, it's my job to love them," she explained. "And I am an example of that tolerance and that's what I believe -- that no matter what your child does, the child has love and the child has to know there is available love and I'm open here. I think that's so important because if that is taken away from a child, to sever that in any child, in any relationship, in any family -- I believe it's wrong. So that's our job as a parent, to always offer unconditional love." The Boy Erased actress was married to Cruise, 56, from 1990 to 2001. She previously spoke up about Isabella and Connor to Extra in January 2013. "I think everybody has their own path and when they find their path, it's such relief as a parent," she said at the time. Although the Oscar winner still cares about Isabella and Connor, Scientology expert Tony Ortega told Us in October that the siblings are "full-fledged Scientologists and very much under the influence and guidance of their father." Kidman went on to marry Keith Urban in 2006 and the couple share daughters Sunday, 10, and Faith, 7. Us has reached out to the Church of Scientology for comment. (US Weekly)

R&B singer Keke Wyatt is bouncing back from her epic meltdown ... she's got a new husband she knows will support her through thick and thin, and one of her children just kicked cancer's ass! Keke, who once starred on "R&B Divas: Atlanta," is in a way better place now, telling us her new hubby is way better than the man who divorced her when she was pregnant and had another child fighting cancer at the same time. Keke and Zachariah Darring tied the knot last month in Indianapolis, and Keke tells us he's got her back forever, unlike her ex, Michael Ford, who she bashes as "toxic" and full of himself. It's a total 180 for Keke since the last time we saw her ... when she was drowning in tears after Michael told her he was leaving her when she was 8 months pregnant. What a difference a year makes ... Keke's found the love of her life, and her kid is cancer-free! (TMZ)

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are split, but won't be living too far from each other -- it's part of their divorce settlement ... TMZ has learned. As we told you, Chris and Anna hammered out their divorce with the help of a private judge ... who just signed off Wednesday on the deal. According to the docs, they've agreed to live no more than 5 miles apart for about the next 5 years. The clause calls for the 5-mile rule to stay in place until Jack completes the 6th grade. Right now, he's 6 years old ... so, that means they've got another 5 years living in relatively close quarters. If for any reason one of them needed to move further apart, they have to give the other party written notice no later than 3 months in advance of the move ... according to the docs. They also have to provide 30 days' notice if they want to travel out of the country with Jack ... and "reasonable" advance notice to travel out of state. As we've seen ... everything is peachy-keen between Anna and Chris right now -- as evidenced by their trick-or-treating with Jack and their new baes, Michael Barrett and Katherine Schwarzenegger. (TMZ)

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Finalize Their Divorce. Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have officially finalized their divorce. According to TMZ, the famous pair will share custody of their three children and meet with a co-parenting therapist on a monthly basis for a minimum of six months. The outlet claimed they've also agreed on a property split. The duo announced they were separating in June 2015. However, it took nearly two years for Garner and Affleck to file documents with the court, in which they specified their desire for joint legal and physical custody of their children. In the months following, the duo took the divorce proceedings slowly since they "are in a good place with the family and are taking careful steps to make sure everything is in order," a source previously told E! News. Their divorce ultimately came under threat of dismissal after the courts found there was a lack of paperwork in the system. In documents obtained by E! News in August, it states that the divorce cannot be finalized until the judgment is filed and entered, which means two forms must be completed: Garner must send Affleck a final declaration of disclosure, and also file a declaration regarding service of declaration of disclosure with the court. Two weeks later, a source told E! the former couple reached a divorce settlement, but were waiting until Affleck completed treatment in rehab to officially file it in court. On Oct. 4, Affleck announced he completed 40 days of treatment for alcohol addiction and will be continuing recovery in out-patient rehab. The same day, it was revealed that in the days prior Jennifer filed a request for a retired judge, who remains a member of the California State Bar, to be appointed as a temporary judge to oversee the divorce case. Since his tenure ends on March 1, it is expected that the divorce process will be sped up. The request was approved and signed off by a Los Angeles judge in September. The two actors separated after ten years of marriage and share daughters, Violet and Serafina, as well as son Samuel. (Eonline)

YouTube Stars Jake Paul and Erika Costella Announce Breakup. It's official: Jerika is over. On Wednesday, famous Youtuber Jake Paul announced his split from Erika Costell in an emotional statement addressed to "Jake Paulers" on Twitter. According to the lengthy letter, the two broke up a few weeks ago, but have done their "best to work it out & find a solution." However, they weren't able to reconcile. Jake, who is related to Logan Paul, explained to his over 17 million fans, "After many discussions & some serious soul searching, it became apparent to us weeks ago, that we could no longer be boyfriend and girlfriend." The statement continued, "While it was a truly heartbreaking decision, it is the healthiest thing for both of us." Despite his sadness over the breakup, Jake told Jerika fans that he will "be forever grateful that she was part of my life." He concluded his remarks by asking his followers for their privacy in this time of hardship. "We're both at different points in our lives & having a relationship in the public eye is so hard. But this is our decision & I ask that you please support both to us through this tough time," he wrote. Erika has yet to comment on the status of their relationship. Their split comes not long after fellow Youtuber Shane Dawson did an in-depth look into the life of Jake Paul. Throughout the controversial eight-part series, Shane looked into the success and apparent downfall of the former Vine star, including a look into his seemingly happy relationship with Costell. After Jake shared the news on Twitter, Shane joked, "just when i started enjoying my break! Alright.... Andrew grab the camera. i'll call the uber." (Eonline)

"Riverdale" star Marisol Nichols -- who plays Hermione Lodge on the CW show -- has filed for divorce from her husband. Nichols married Taron Lexton -- a cinematographer -- in 2008 and filed docs to end things on Wednesday. The two have one minor child together, a daughter named Rain India Lexton. Nichols has been a regular on "Riverdale" since the show's beginning in 2017, playing the wife of Mark Consuelos' character, Hiram Lodge. Nichols got her start as Audrey Griswold in "Vegas Vacation" in 1997. She was also a cast member on the FOX show "24." It's unclear what led to the split. UPDATE: According to the divorce docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Nichols lists the couple's date of separation as October 23. She contributes "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split, is asking for physical custody of their daughter and joint legal custody. Nichols also wants spousal support. (TMZ)

Demi Lovato's sobriety is still heavily dependent on her ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama, who remains a constant in her life after her return to Los Angeles. Sources close to Demi tell us that while the pair hasn't been seen together in public since Demi returned to the West Coast, she and Wilmer still communicate regularly. Valderrama was a crutch for Demi through her hospitalization and visited her in rehab too ... and continues to do so. Our sources say the two talk several times a week and meet up as well ... but it's nothing romantic, simply a supportive friendship. TMZ broke the story ... Demi is splitting her time between a halfway house -- where she spends 3 days per week -- and a private residence in Los Angeles. We're told she's able to go to the gym, run errands and attend multiple AA meetings with the living arrangement. Lovato has also been spotted out with clothing guru Henry Levy, who she met in rehab several years ago. (TMZ)

Scott Stapp admits he might not be alive today if it wasn't for T.I. being in the right place at the right time, but denies the rapper's claim he was suicidal. We got the ex-Creed frontman Wednesday at LAX and asked about T.I.'s long-held claim he intervened in Scott's 2006 alleged suicide attempt in Miami. Scott tells us T.I.'s version of the story isn't entirely accurate. Check out the clip ... Scott says he'd had an accident when T.I. found him bleeding out on a balcony at the famed Delano Hotel, but says it was NOT an attempt to take his life. T.I.'s memory of the event has become music folklore, but Scott doesn't seem to mind. In fact, he gushed about how the ATL rapper really was a guardian angel of sorts. For the record, in recent years, Scott's described the incident as a fall from his hotel room window while he was on a drug binge. Bottom line ... Scott has nothing but love for T.I. and sent him a heartfelt message, via our photog. (TMZ)

Bella Hadid hits back at bodyshamers ahead of the Victoria's Secret Show. "All body types are different". Bella Hadid might be one of the most beautiful supermodels in the world but even she gets trolled for how she looks. And the 22-year-old has had enough of being body-shamed for being too thin. She shared an image of herself in her underwear as she was prepping for the annual Victoria's Secret Show. The model initially captioned the series of images: "Victoria's Secret fittings today. I can't wait for you to see all of the beautiful outfits. I'm so grateful to be a part of the show again, feeling happier and healthier than ever." But when followers labelled her 'too skinny' and said she was promoting an unhealthy body image; the model amended her caption to take aim at those body-shaming her. She said: "All body types are different and react differently to a great workout routine and a healthy diet." Bella has never shied away from speaking out about her weight. Two years ago, when Bella was preparing to walk in her first Victoria's Secret show, she confessed that she had "accidentally" lost too much weight after undergoing a grueling diet and exercise regime, under which she worked out for up to three hours per day. "I have lost weight and gained weight," she told People. "My weight fluctuates so much. I really didn't mean to [lose weight]. Like I want boobs. I want my ass back. But it's not my fault. My weight fluctuates and so does everybody's and I think that if people are gonna judge, that's the worst you can possibly do because everybody is different." "I worked out so hard and everybody is like, 'Oh, she looks so skinny blah, blah, blah,' but I think that if you just stick to something you can really achieve so much. I've been eating hard protein every day and working out for three hours every day. It's crazy but I think that you know if you set your mind to something, I think you can succeed." The model is set to walk in the lingerie fashion show this Thursday alongside her sister, Gigi Hadid, and close friend, Kendall Jenner. Gigi also has spoken out in the past over criticism of being too thin. We think its time to stop commenting on people's bodies, don't you? (British Glamour)

J.K. Rowling Sues Ex-Assistant for $31K for Allegedly Stealing Harry Potter Toys and More. J.K. Rowling has sued her former personal assistant for allegedly stealing cash and Harry Potter memorabilia and also using the author's funds to buy thousands of pounds worth of gifts. The ex-employee, Amanda Donaldson, has denied the claims in the writer's 24,000 ($31,450) lawsuit, and says Rowling has "not suffered any loss and is not entitled to damages" from her, the BBC reported on Wednesday. In the documents, Rowling, 53, says that Donaldson, 35, was fired in 2017 for gross misconduct after working for her for three years. She claims that Donaldson used a business credit card to make more than 10,000 ($17,000) in unauthorized payments, including 1,636 ($2,145) at Starbucks, 3,629 ($4,758) at the cosmetic firm Molton Brown, and 1,200 ($1,573) to buy two cats, the report said. Rowling also claims in her lawsuit that Donaldson, who controlled Harry Potter memorabilia requests from fans, used her position to steal a motorized Hogwarts Express worth about 467 ($613), a wizard collection worth 2231 ($2,926) and a Tales of Beedle The Bard set worth 395 ($518). Rowling also accuses Donaldson of stealing 7,742 ($10,156)-worth of foreign money from a safe. The case is set to proceed in court next year. (Eonline)

Less than a week after Angela Simmons' ex-fiance Sutton Tennyson was shot dead in Atlanta, the man who is allegedly behind the killing has turned himself in. Michael Williams, of Atlanta, surrendered himself to local police on Wednesday afternoon. His lawyer Jackie Patterson, told PEOPLE that he accompanied his client to the Atlanta Police Headquarters and once they arrived, informed detectives not to question Williams. After the 44-year-old was taken into custody, police charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, and murder, PEOPLE confirms. On Saturday, just before 5 p.m, Tennyson, 37, was shot and killed outside his home, after an argument with another man allegedly escalated. He was dead when police arrived after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. Local police told PEOPLE that after firing multiple shots, the suspect then "sped from the scene in a car." Williams's attorney says his client denies all allegations and intends to fight the charges and prove his innocence. "We are fighting this case vigorously, all the way to a jury trial," Patterson told PEOPLE, noting that murder cases typically takes between one to three years to make a verdict. "It's gonna be a long process." On Sunday morning, Simmons emotionally paid tribute to the father of her young son. Sutton Joseph, 2. The Growing Up Hip Hop star, who is also the daughter of Run D.M.C.'s Rev. Run, posted a series of touching tributes to the father of her son, writing that she was "hurting" and "numb." "Thank you for leaving behind my greatest gift," wrote Simmons, 31, on Instagram alongside a series of family snaps. "I'm hurting. I'm numb. Thank you for the out pouring [sic] of love everyone," she continued, adding that she couldn't "believe I'm even saying Rest in Peace Sutton." Concluding the message, she made a pledge to always watch over their son, Sutton Joseph, 2. "I promise to hold SJ down in every way I promise," she wrote, adding

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