Paris Hilton's fourth engagement, plus more celeb love news for February 2021
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 February 2020, starting with this entrepreneur, DJ and former reality TV star… Paris Hilton announced on Instagram on Feb. 17 that her boyfriend, venture capitalist Carter Reum, proposed four days earlier while celebrating her 40th birthday on a private island. It’s her fourth engagement: She previously accepted proposals from Jason Shaw, Paris Latsis and Chris Zylka. Now keep reading for more of the month’s biggest celeb love life updates…
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On Feb. 19, TMZ broke the news that Kim Kardashian West finally filed to divorce Kanye West after months of questions about the status of their marriage. According to the webloid, the reality star and the rapper have a prenuptial agreement in place — which neither plans on contesting. TMZ noted that they’re actually “far along in reaching a property settlement agreement” and that Kim is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their four children.
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On. Feb. 3, Madison LeCroy admitted to Page Six that she communicated “on the phone” with Alex Rodriguez amid his engagement to Jennifer Lopez. She described him as “just an acquaintance” and insisted that their involvement with one another was “innocent” — they “never met up,” have “never been physical” and “never had any kind of anything” going on between them, she claimed. “He’s never physically cheated on his fiancée with me,” said the “Southern Charm” star, adding that they spoke “randomly” but not consistently. An Alex-friendly source told Page Six that A-Rod “doesn’t know” Madison and “definitely didn’t hook up with her.” (The source didn’t deny that he slid into her DMs, though.) A second Page Six source insisted that Alex and J.Lo are “very happy” together. (Meanwhile, several more anonymous women came forward on social media alleging that Alex also slid into their DMs in recent years.) The Madison-Alex drama first took off in late January when Craig Conover said on the “Southern Charm” season 7 reunion, which filmed in late 2020, that Madison had an affair with an ex-MLB player. After the accusation aired, the Internet erupted with rumors Alex was the aforementioned ex-MLB player. The evidence? The baseball star — who was previously accused of cheating on Jennifer Lopez with Jose Canseco’s ex-wife, Madison lookalike Jessica Canseco — follows the “Southern Charm” star on Instagram and liked several of her recent thirst-inducing snaps. A-Rod and Madison also reportedly stayed at the same New York City hotel at the same time in December 2020. (As the scandal started heating up online, social media sleuths noticed Alex unliked several of Madison’s posts and also deleted the photo of himself at the NYC hotel from late last year.) “Entertainment Tonight” later reported that Jennifer was “truly unaffected” by the rumors Alex was unfaithful because she trusts him and is “so in love with him.” A second “ET” source said that the superstar wasn’t “paying too much attention to the rumors” but also wasn’t happy her relationship was “being called into question over a TV show allegation.” Said the second source, “Alex had assured Jennifer that he did nothing wrong and she believes him. [They’re] looking forward to when this all blows over.” Meanwhile, during an interview with Allure that debuted online on Feb. 9, Jennifer admitted that she and A-Rod “did therapy” last year. “It was really helpful for us in our relationship,” she said. She went on to describe canceling their wedding plans twice amid the coronavirus pandemic as “a big deal.” Said the singer-actress, “We had been planning for months and months and months, and it was overseas. … Maybe that wasn’t the right time.”
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It was a wild month for this unexpected couple… On Feb. 2, E! News reported that Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers — who were first romantically linked last year — were still going strong. A People magazine source, however, said that the actress and the Green Bay Packers quarterback were keeping things casual. But then on Feb. 6 — while accepting his third NFL MVP award during the NFL Honors event — Aaron revealed that he “got engaged” in 2020. Two days later, People magazine confirmed that he and the “Big Little Lies” star are, in fact, engaged and “very happy together,” though according to a source, the “whirlwind romance” came as “a surprise” to members of his inner circle. Meanwhile, Aaron’s estranged brother, Bachelor Nation’s Jordan Rodgers, said in mid-February that he and his fiancée, former “The Bachelorette” star JoJo Fletcher, are pushing their wedding plans (again) amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Feb. 13, The Mail on Sunday broke the news that “Bridgerton” star Regé-Jean Page has a live-in girlfriend: freelance copywriter and part-time soccer player Emily Brown. (The duo were snapped sharing a tender moment outside the London home they bought together in early 2020.) Meanwhile, during an interview with You magazine that debuted online the following day, the English actor’s “Bridgerton” leading lady, Phoebe Dynevor, finally shut down recent rumors claiming she’s the one romantically involved with the heartthrob: “I’d love to say there was really something between us,” she said. “But no, it has always been strictly professional.”
On Feb. 21, Clare Crawley and Dale Moss were snapped holding hands while hanging out by the pool at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida. (See a photo here.) The PDA seemingly confirmed speculation from earlier in the month that the duo — who fell for each other on season 16 of “The Bachelorette” in mid-2020, split in January and then shocked fans when they suddenly started spending time together again in mid-February — have reconciled. Said an Us Weekly source, “Dale has been pretty secretive with friends when they’re asking if he’s back with Clare, but it’s obvious to everyone that they’re back together. They’re just figuring things out and enjoying spending time together.” A second Us Weekly source explained that the California-based hairstylist was eager to reconcile with the male model: “Her love for Dale didn’t just disappear overnight. She still has strong feelings for him. … [She] took the engagement very seriously and was extremely upset when they split.” An E! News source said that while Clare and Dale “are not officially back together” yet, they’re “working on their relationship.” Explained the source, “There’s a lot of resentment but Clare can’t ignore her feelings towards him. Clare has forgiven Dale for his actions and the messy split, and wants to move forward. She has expressed she’s still in love with him and wants to make it work.” Dale is reportedly “very receptive” to the idea. “He regrets how the split happened,” said the insider, adding that the pair are “spending time together right now to see if it can work.” A second E! source echoed that they’re “spending this time enjoying each other’s company and are figuring out where their relationship stands, whatever that may be.” A third E! News source shed some light on how the reconciliation went down: Dale “had regret over everything that happened between him and Clare” and reached out to her. Eventually, she “caved and decided to answer his calls and talk it out with him.” Explained the insider, “She’s been trying to move on but it’s been very hard. She wanted to see him in person so she flew to Florida to be with him.”
Clare and Dale weren’t the only former Bachelor Nation couple who raised eyebrows this month… Peter Weber and Kelly Flanagan, who split in late 2020, sparked reconciliation rumors when they spent time together in Tampa, Florida, over Super Bowl weekend in early February. (The duo were seen together at multiple events.) At the time, an E! News source said the pair had “been in touch” and were “working on their relationship” but were “not back together” yet. According to the insider, the former star of “The Bachelor” had “regrets” about the breakup and started “reaching out to Kelley,” who was “very hesitant” even though she “still has feelings for Peter” because she “thinks he’s not ready to commit to her.” Later in the month, Us Weekly reported that, according to a source, Peter and Kelley “went their separate ways after the Super Bowl” but were still in contact and “on good terms.” The source went on to say that “they’re both single” and “only time will tell” if they’re meant to be. A few days earlier, Peter said that before the Super Bowl, he hadn’t seen Kelley “for a couple of months.” Added the pilot, “It was a good meeting, for sure. We are on good terms.”
In mid-February, there were conflicting reports about the nature of Jason Sudeikis’s relationship with model-actress Keeley Hazell, who had a small role in his 2014 comedy “Horrible Bosses 2” and on the first season of his buzzy new Apple TV+ comedy series “Ted Lasso.” People magazine reported that the duo “knew each other from many years ago” and had started “casually seeing” each other, though the “Saturday Night Live” alum “isn’t looking for anything serious” right now. An “Entertainment Tonight” source, however, said that Jason “is not ready to move into any relationships” following his 2020 split from former long-term partner Olivia Wilde. According to “ET,” Jason and Keeley “have known each other as platonic friends for years now” — since meeting on the “Horrible Bosses 2” set — and the British beauty “has been a great friend to him throughout this breakup.” Olivia, meanwhile, is reportedly getting super-serious with her new boyfriend, Harry Styles.
On the Feb. 10 episode of “The Howard Stern Show,” Kristen Wiig referred to longtime love Avi Rothman as her husband, confirming recent speculation they secretly tied the knot. The uber-private pair reportedly got engaged in 2019 and quietly welcomed twins in 2020.
Rebel Wilson revealed on Instagram on Feb. 2 that she and Jacob Busch were no longer an item. According to a People magazine source, “Jacob was an amazing guy but just not the one for her long-term.” A Page Six source, meanwhile, said that the relationship had “just run its course.” (Jacob’s regular appearances on Rebel’s Instagram feed came to an end on Christmas Eve.) Us Weekly later reported that the Australian actress dumped the Anheuser-Busch scion via text in mid-January, leaving him “really upset” and “blindsided.”
On Feb. 4 — amid rumors they’d become more than friends and collaborators — Mod Sun debuted a tattoo of Avril Lavigne’s name on the back of his neck during a dinner date with the “Sk8er Boi” chart-topper in West Hollywood. The following day, “Entertainment Tonight” reported that, according to a source, things between the duo did, in fact, turn romantic after they grew close working on their song “Flames” and Avril’s upcoming album, which Mod reportedly co-wrote and co-produced. On Feb. 12, the two musicians were snapped holding hands during another dinner date in West Hollywood, confirming the reports they’re an item. They’ve been snapped packing on the PDA several more times since then.
On Feb. 8, E! News confirmed speculation that Ashely Benson and G-Eazy — who sparked breakup rumors when she unfollowed him on Instagram — had quietly called it quits after a little less than a year of coupledom. According to an Us Weekly source, “Ashley is the one who ended things.” Explained the insider, “Ashley and G-Eazy fell hard for each other fast. Everything moved very quickly, and they were obsessed with each other. Recently things took a hard turn for the worse. … They were arguing all the time and it wasn’t good for either of them.”
On Feb. 16, Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker took to Instagram to share the same shot of their entwined hands (pictured) — effectively confirming recent reports they’re a couple. They weren’t the only duo who went Instagram official this month… Kourtney’s former long-term partner, Scott Disick, made his relationship with Amelia Gray Hamlin Instagram official on Feb. 13. … Kendall Jenner and her rumored boyfriend of almost a year, Devin Booker, also made their relationship Instagram official in honor of Valentine’s Day. … Yet another couple made their relationship Instagram official on Valentine’s Day: Vanessa Hudgens and her new boyfriend, professional baseball player Cole Tucker. … Add Bachelor Nation’s Hannah Brown and her new boyfriend, Adam Woolard, to the list! Five days after making their Instagram debut, Jordan Davis’s “Almost Maybes” music video — in which they play a couple — dropped online. … Lana Del Rey’s fiancé, Clayton Johnson, made their relationship Instagram official in honor of his birthday on Feb. 5. … Nick Viall posted about his girlfriend, Natalie Joy, on Instagram for the first time on Feb. 9, a day after he said on an episode of his “The Viall Files” podcast that they met when he slid into her DMs and that she almost walked away from the relationship when he wouldn’t get serious with her. A few days earlier, Us Weekly reported that, according to a source, the former star of “The Bachelor” and the much younger beauty are “pretty much inseparable” and practically live together. … In still more Bachelor Nation social media debut news, Katie Morton took to Instagram on Feb. 16 to confirm her rumored romance with James Rowe. … And Wendy Williams’ ex-husband, Kevin Hunter, finally made his relationship with his long-term girlfriend, Sharina Hudson, Instagram official on Valentine’s Day by sharing a photo of their entwined hands.
On Feb. 4, Emma Watson sparked engagement rumors when she stepped out with her boyfriend, Leo Robinton, in Los Angeles while wearing what appeared to be a modest sparkler on her ring finger. (See it here.) The former child star has yet to comment on the engagement buzz … and it’s unlikely she will! She and the businessman were first linked in the fall of 2019.
In early February, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott sparked a fresh round of questions about the nature of their relationship. On Feb. 2, E! News reported that, according to a source, the duo “are still madly in love” and “seem very happy” but aren’t officially back together. “Kylie and Travis spend a lot of time together with [their daughter] Stormi as a family and aren’t ruling out getting back together. They aren’t putting pressure on the relationship right now,” said the source, adding that neither the makeup mogul nor the rapper — who split in late 2019 — are dating other people “at this moment.” Two days later, “Entertainment Tonight” reported that, according to a source, the former couple “act like they’re an item” and are “relatively inseparable for the most part.” The “ET” insider added that there’s “little to no drama” between them and that they’re not “interested in dating others at this time.”
In other Kardashian-Jenner news… On the Feb. 11 episode of “The Wendy Williams Show,” Lamar Odom admitted that he cheated on his ex-fiancée, Sabrina Parr. He also strongly implied that she claimed she was once intimate with Khloe Kardashian’s off-and-on love Tristan Thompson. (It’s unclear if Sabrina and Tristan were actually involved, and if they were, it’s unclear if he was with Khloe at the time.)
Although there was a report in late January that Kristin Cavallari and her rumored boyfriend of several months, Jeff Dye, had quietly called it quits, the duo proved they were still going strong with their flirty behavior on social media throughout February. On Feb. 2, they exchanged Valentines on their Instagram Stories, and then on Feb. 12, Jeff made a major move by posting a photo of himself and Kristin together (albeit with other friends) on Instagram. Early in the month, an Us Weekly source said that K.Cav and the comedian are keeping things casual: “She’s just hanging out with him. They’re enjoying each other’s company [and] having fun. That’s it,” said the source. “They’re really just getting to know one another and seeing where things go. … Right now, there are no labels. … They’re not exclusively dating and aren’t boyfriend [and] girlfriend.” The insider went on to say that the long-distance nature of their relationship — she’s in Nashville, while he’s Los Angeles-based — “makes it difficult” for them to pursue something more serious. Later in the month, an E! News source echoed that despite the constant hangouts, the mother of three still doesn’t consider the funnyman her boyfriend: “She is single but they are still hanging out. It’s not exclusive,” said the source.
On Feb. 3, Us Weekly reported that, according to a source, Gleb Savchenko and Cassie Scerbo — who were first linked late last year amid his messy split from wife Elena Samodanova — were “taking a break” as she spent time in Florida with her family and he focused on his two daughters and getting “on friendly terms with Elena so their divorce can be smooth sailing.” Explained the source, “He’s taken a step back from dating Cassie in order to help heal his relationship with his ex.” On Feb. 11, however, the actress and the “Dancing With the Stars” pro were snapped on a coffee run in Los Angeles. At one point, they could even be seen sharing a steamy smooch! Meanwhile, Elena said that she’s “moving forward” with her divorce from Gleb: “He’s been served the final paperwork and there’s no looking back,” she told Us Weekly, adding that she wishes “Gleb and all his girlfriends well.”
On Valentine’s Day, Bethenny Frankel confirmed recent rumors that she and Paul Bernon have reconciled, captioning a mirror selfie in which he can be seen standing behind her, “Behind every woman… (you fill in the blanks here.) Happy Valentine’s Day xoxo.”
On Feb. 20, Ricki Lake took to Instagram to announce that she her new boyfriend, Ross Burningham, are engaged.
According to The Daily Mail, Lily James was seen smooching Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman outside a hotel in Suffolk, England, on Feb. 11. “They were laughing and joking and looked very happy together,” said a spy.
Longtime pals Cara Delevingne and Jaden Smith sparked romance rumors when they were snapped smooching as he handed her a giant bouquet of roses in West Hollywood on Valentine’s Day. (See photos here.) The duo recently played a couple in the 2020 romantic drama “Life in a Year.”
On Feb. 7, The Sun broke the news that “Normal People” star Daisy Edgar-Jones and her boyfriend of two years, actor Tom Varey, quietly called it quits last year. “They got on really well during lockdown last year, but they’re both young and passionate about following their careers,” said a source. “Daisy has been inundated with opportunities and feels she has to put them first, Tom’s also really dedicated to his acting and wants the best for both of them. They were sad they couldn’t make it work, but are still close and there’s no hard feelings.”
Dr. Dre and Apryl Jones sparked romance rumors when they stepped out for dinner at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood on Feb. 10. After the photos of their date night hit the Internet, Apryl’s “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” co-star and nemesis Moniece Slaughter said on Instagram Live, “It’s been a while that they’ve been together.” The two women have been at odds since Apryl started seeing Moniece’s ex, rapper Lil’ Fizz, after previously romancing his B2K bandmate Omarion. Dre, meanwhile, is in the midst of an incredibly contentious divorce from Nicole Young.
“One Tree Hill” alum Shantel VanSanten, who currently stars on “The Boys” and “For All Man Kind,” and actor Victor Webster announced on Instagram on Feb. 10 that they’re engaged. The duo co-starred in the 2017 Hallmark Channel made-for-TV movie “Love Blossoms.”
Daniel Gillies took to his Instagram Story on Feb. 11 to debut his new girlfriend: cellist, model and actress Julia Misaki. The “Vampire Diaries” alum and longtime love Rachael Leigh Cook called it quits in 2019 — just a few months shy of their 15th wedding anniversary.
On Feb. 5, E! News confirmed speculation that Karrueche Tran and Victor Cruz called it quits after three years of coupledom. “There are no hard feelings. This is just a case of two people moving forward in life separately. … They will always wish the best for each other,” said a source, noting that the “Claws” actress and the professional football player are “focused on continuing to grow their successful careers.” The duo reportedly hit a speed bump when they were forced to quarantine separately amid the coronavirus pandemic: She’s based on the West Coast, while he quarantined in New Jersey with his 9-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
On Feb. 3, Us Weekly reported that James Marsters’ wife of a decade, Patricia Rahman, filed to divorce the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alum in Los Angeles.
On the Feb. 3 episode of “The Tonight Show,” JoJo Siwa revealed that she had a girlfriend. Five days later, the “Dance Moms” alum — who came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in late January — made her new relationship Instagram official. So far, she’s identified her girlfriend by only her first name, Kylie.
DaniLeigh announced on her Instagram Story on Feb. 7 that she’s “officially single,” indicating that her relationship with DaBaby had come to an end. The duo, who just confirmed they were an item in December, first sparked romance rumors — which they initially denied — in early 2020 when it appeared they were quarantining together amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Bachelor Nation’s Amanda Stanton took to Instagram on Valentine’s Day to reveal she has a new boyfriend: Michael Fogel. He previously dated another Bachelor Nation beauty, Corinne Olympios, following a long-term romance with Kyle Richards’ daughter, Farrah Aldjufrie. It’s unclear when Amanda and her last boyfriend, Oren Agman, called it quits.
During an interview with TMZ that debuted online on Feb. 8, Ray J said that although he filed to divorce wife Princess Love in September, they’ve “been in a very positive place” and are “in a good place right now.” The father of two went on to say that they’re “taking it one day at a time” amid a recent move from Los Angeles to Miami. When TMZ asked if that means they’re officially back together, Ray replied, “Well, we are together. Are we back together? I think that’s just a journey that we gotta take. But I think we are together. I think we love being together. Now it’s just figuring out how do we keep it consistent and how do we enjoy life together and be good together. Because I think we’re meant to be together.”
In other possible reconciliation news… In early February, Vanessa Morgan and her estranged husband, MLB player Michael Kopech, sparked reconciliation rumors when it became clear they were spending time together after welcoming their son, River, in late January.
On Feb. 10, Adam Rippon announced on Instagram that he and his boyfriend of about three years, Jussi-Pekka Kajaala, got engaged in Finland late last year. The Olympian told People magazine that he and his beau popped the question simultaneously so they “both got to be the one who proposed!”
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” alum Victoria Wakile — Kathy Wakile’s daughter — married Teddy Kosmidis in a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, New Jersey, on Feb. 13.
On Feb. 19 — after Kodak Black hinted on his Instagram Story that he and rapper Mellow Rackz had gotten engaged — his attorney confirmed the happy news to Complex, saying, “Kodak is engaged and very happy. He is in a great place and is enjoying the time he has been spending with friends and family.” The rapper (real name: Bill K. Kapri) popped the question by chartering a plane to fly a banner reading, “Might as well marry me Melody. I love you.” (Melody is Mellow’s real first name.) On Feb. 18, the bride-to-be showed off her massive engagement bling on Instagram, captioning a slideshow of photos of herself and Kodak, “Mrs. Kapri. I said yes.”
During an interview with “Extra” that debuted online on Feb. 4, Theresa Caputo revealed she’s finally “dating” again following her 2018 divorce from Larry Caputo after nearly three decades of marriage. “I am in an exclusive relationship. It’s very different from when I originally started dating, oh my God, over 30 years ago,” said the “Long Island Medium” star, who kept her new beau’s identity under wraps.
“The Challenge” alum Jessica McCain married professional baseball player J.P. France at The Barn at Love Farms in Kiln, Mississippi, on Feb. 6.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph — who was linked to Bachelor Nation’s Hannah Ann Sluss in early 2020 — revealed on Instagram on Valentine’s Day that he and tennis star Eugenie Bouchard are an item.
According to Page Six, Rev. Al Sharpton filed to divorce Kathy Jordan in Manhattan Supreme Court on Feb. 11 — more than 16 years after they first separated following 24 years of marriage. The civil rights activist has been in a relationship with fashion designer Aisha McShaw for more than a decade.
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