6:40am PDT, Jul 27, 2020
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 July 2020, starting with this surprising news… On July 22, multiple media outlets reported that Julianne Hough and estranged husband Brooks Laich, who called it quits in late May, are reconsidering pulling the plug on their marriage. According to an Us Weekly source, the dancer-actress “fully does want him back,” while the former professional hockey player, according to a People magazine source, is “still open to getting back together with Julianne.” Said the insider, “If that were an option, he would be all in.” The pair raised eyebrows when it was revealed Brooks attended a small July 25 pool party to celebrate Julianne’s 32nd birthday. Now keep reading for more of the month’s biggest celeb love life updates…
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Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West might be headed for a divorce after six years of marriage. Their relationship troubles started making headlines on July 22 when the rapper tweeted that he’s “been trying to get divorced” for more than a year. His eyebrow-raising tweets, which arrived amid reports that he’s struggling with mental health issues, have since been deleted — but it turns out there may have been some truth buried in his cryptic comments. According to People magazine sources, “divorce had been in the process for several weeks,” “both sides feel the marriage is over” and the breakup has been “a long time coming.” But on July 25, Kanye took to Twitter to publicly apologize to his wife for his recent behavior, writing in part, “I did not cover her like she has covered me. To Kim I want to say I know I hurt you. Please forgive me. Thank you for always being there for me.”
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In late June, August Alsina claimed that he and Jada Pinkett Smith had an affair after her son, Jaden Smith, introduced them in 2015 — and that her husband, Will Smith, was fully aware of the romance and even gave them “his blessing” to see each other. On the July 10 episode of her Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk,” the 48-year-old actress admitted that she did, in fact, have a romantic “entanglement” with the singer, who’s now 27, about four years ago while briefly “separated amicably” from her hubby. (They also clarified that although Will was aware of the relationship, he never gave his wife “permission” to date anyone — because only she has that power.) Ultimately, Jada reconciled with the A-list actor and reached a “new place of unconditional love” in their marriage, she said. August, meanwhile, dropped a song about his relationship with Jada, “Entanglements,” on July 18.
Keke Palmer, meanwhile, was dragged into Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s drama with August Alsina after an old photo of her and the singer sitting in a car together resurfaced on Twitter. When a fan asked her about the pic on July 10, the actress replied, “August was never my man lol.” The singer quickly caught wind of Keke’s tweet and fired back, alleging that they dated — and that he was the one who called things off between them after her pals “begged” him not to “further disturb [her] mental instability.” She then hinted on Instagram (without mentioning August or his allegations about their past directly) that there was more to the story: “I wanna be mean, but I can’t. I want to post screenshots, but I won’t,” she captioned a selfie, adding that she “wouldn’t feel good kicking someone when they are down.” Later, August accused Keke of playing the victim. He also threw some major shade her way: “What I will say is that covert narcissism exists,” he said.
In mid-May, there were reports that Lily James and “The Crown” star Matt Smith had rekindled their romance while quarantining together amid the coronavirus pandemic. But on July 4, the “Cinderella” actress sparked rumors that she’s now dating Chris Evans when the duo were snapped sharing a cab back to the same hotel after spending the night out at a private members-only club in London. (See photos here.) A few days later, the duo were seen together again — this time eating ice cream cones while lying in the grass at a London park. (See photos here.)
“Flip or Flop” star Tarek El Moussa and “Selling Sunset” star Heather Rae Young announced some happy news on July 26: They’re engaged! The proposal came as the real estate TV personalities celebrated their one-year anniversary of dating with a romantic getaway.
On July 3 — a day after she filed for divorce — Kacey Musgraves and her husband of less than three years, Ruston Kelly, released a joint statement announcing that they’re calling it quits.
On July 17, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi tied the knot in a private ceremony at The Royal Chapel of All Saints, a 19th century church located on the grounds of Royal Lodge in Windsor, England. The duo originally planned to exchange vows at St. James’s Palace in London in late May but were forced to alter their plans amid the coronavirus pandemic. Just 20 guests — including the bride’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II — were on hand when she said “I do.” Surprisingly, it wasn’t the only royal wedding of the month: On July 20, the Archduchess of Austria and Royal Princess of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia, Eleonore von Habsburg — who’s worked as a fashion model and once walked the runway for Dolce & Gabbana — married Belgian Formula E race car driver Jérôme d’Ambrosio at a registry office in Monaco.
What a wild month for Brian Austin Green! In late June, the former teen heartthrob stepped out with both Tina Louise and Courtney Stodden — who made headlines when she posted a bizarre video with the actor on Instagram the same that he was first seen with the Australian model. A few days later, on July 3, the father of four told a paparazzo that Courtney was trying to “create problems” for him and Tina and described her behavior as “disappointing.” Courtney responded by telling Fox News that she was dating the “Beverly Hills, 90210” alum but “blocked him after several other women who he was playing came forward.” She also called him “a womanizer” and said that he wanted her “to remain his little secret.” Meanwhile, Brian and Tina were heating up. By late July, however, they’d also called it quits.
Another former heartthrob who spent the month playing the field? Brody Jenner. In late June, TMZ reported that the reality star was dating Briana Jungwirth — who has a son with former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson — and that things were already serious. But on July 4, he was caught on camera hanging out on a boat off the coast of Malibu with a mystery brunette. (See photos here.) Two days later, he was snapped looking cozy with a woman from his past — model Daniella Grace — on their way into Nobu in Malibu. The reality star and the beautiful blonde were first linked in late 2019 and early 2020.
Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph took to social media in late May to confirm rumors from earlier in the month that they’d called it quits after more than a year of coupledom. Although initial reports indicated the breakup was mutual and amicable, things turned nasty after the blonde beauty vaguely addressed their split on the July 6 episode of “The Bachelor – The Greatest Seasons Ever.” Three days later, Colton took to Instagram to throw some thinly-veiled shade at his ex, prompting her to accuse him of attempting to “monetize our breakup.” Then on July 15, Colton was seen hiking in the Los Angeles area with Lucy Hale. According to TMZ’s sources, she reached out to him after he and Cassie split and they’ve “been seeing each other a lot … over the last few weeks.” A People magazine source added that the former star of “The Bachelor” and the “Pretty Little Liars” alum are “very casually dating.” The actress, meanwhile, responded with a curt “no” when a paparazzo asked her if it’s true she and Colton are dating. She also described herself as “more single than ever” during a July interview with “Entertainment Tonight.”
On July 19, Halle Berry hinted on Instagram that there’s a new man in her life. “Sunday, funday,” she captioned a photo of her feet kicked up next to a pair of male feet. Sadly, she failed to identify her male companion. Back in April, by the way, the Oscar-winning actress described herself as “decidedly single.”
On July 3, Jennifer Grey and Clark Gregg took to their respective Instagram accounts to release identical statements announcing that they’re parting ways after nearly two decades of marriage.
On the July 22 episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” Brandi Glanville finally opened up about her history with Denise Richards, alleging that the “Starship Troopers” actress pursued her romantically and then after they hooked up, told her not to say anything to her husband, Aaron Phypers. “I would have never slept with Denise if I thought that Aaron was not OK with it,” Brandi said. Earlier in the month, Us Weekly reported that, according to a source, Denise and Aaron are “doing great” and are “better than ever” in spite of the drama.
Jordana Brewster was snapped kissing a mystery man — whom DailyMail.com identified as investment CEO Mason Morfit — on the beach in Malibu on July 11. Just 10 days earlier, the actress filed to divorce her husband of 13 years, film producer Andrew Form, after quietly separating earlier this year. On July 17, the “Fast & Furious” franchise star was seen holding hands with her new beau in Los Angeles.
On July 19, The Sun on Sunday reported that Emilia Clarke is dating assistant director Tom Turner, who previously romanced “Mission: Impossible” franchise star Rebecca Ferguson.
On July 2, Christina Ricci filed to divorce her husband of nearly seven years, James Heerdegen. The previous week, the child star was granted an emergency protective order against the film producer following a domestic violence incident at their home in the Los Angeles area.
Sebastian Stan was snapped smooching Spanish actress Alejandra Onieva during a day of swimsuit-clad fun in the sun on a yacht off the coast of Ibiza on July 4. (See photos here.) It was the first indication that there’s a new woman in his life. Three days later, the pair were seen holding hands during another outing in Ibiza.
On July 10, Lisa Stelly took to Instagram to reveal that she and Skylar Astin are an item. The following day, the “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” actor, who was previously married to Anna Camp, confirmed that he’s “dating” the Fancy Sprinkles founder, who was previously married to Jack Osbourne.
On July 11, Brooklyn Beckham took to Instagram to announce that he and his girlfriend of less than a year, Nicola Peltz, are engaged.
On July 11, Darius Rucker took to Instagram to announce that he and his wife of 20 years, Beth Leonard, are calling it quits.
On July 15, People magazine broke the news that modeling legend Beverly Johnson is engaged to financier Brian Maillian.
According to TMZ, Joey Lawrence filed to divorce his wife of 15 years, Chandie Yawn-Nelson, in Los Angeles County Superior Court on July 17.
On July 8, MailOnline broke the news that solo artist and One Direction singer Niall Horan has been secretly dating a designer shoe buyer named Amelia Woolley for the past two months.
On July 13, People magazine reported that a week earlier — on July 6 — Princess Love filed paperwork to have her divorce from Ray J dismissed. According to a Page Six source, the volatile couple have reconciled and are living together again.
On July 22, TMZ reported that Adrianne Palicki filed to divorce Scott Grimes (again), citing irreconcilable difference as the reason for the split. It’s been a roller coaster for the stars of “The Orville,” who announced their engagement in January 2019, quietly tied the knot in May 2019 and then briefly split in July 2019, which is when the “Friday Night Lights” alum first filed for divorce. In November 2019, the actress filed to have her first petition for divorce dismissed.
In mid-June, Jessica White hinted that she and former flame Nick Cannon (pictured together in 2015 with Amber Rose) had reconciled romantically. Then in July, she confirmed rumors that the multi-hyphenate is expecting another child with ex-girlfriend Brittany Bell, the mother of his son Golden. While responding to a fan on Instagram, Jessica alleged that she and Nick have been “together off and on for years.” She also explained that his new addition with Brittany was conceived after she and Nick “had temporarily broken up.” Wrote Jessica, “I am no home wrecker at all. Nick was a free man at that time and can be with whoever he so chooses and for years that person has always been me. That is between him and Britney.” Last summer, by the way, Nick said he’ll “never be able to be with just one woman again” or be in a relationship again.
Morgan Stewart and Jordan McGraw took to Instagram on July 4 to announce that they’re engaged after about six months of rekindled romance. The former “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” star wasn’t the only reality TV personality who got engaged this month… “Big Brother” season 17 housemate Meg Malley took to Instagram on July 10 to announce that “Survivor: Worlds Apart” winner Mike Holloway popped the question. And “Below Deck Sailing Yacht” co-stars Paget Berry and Ciara Duggan took to Instagram on July 9 to announce they’re engaged.
On July 11, Bristol Palin took to Instagram to unveil her new boyfriend: Austin-based contractor Zach Towers.
On July 16, Danica Patrick’s rep confirmed rumors that she and Aaron Rodgers recently called it quits after two years of coupledom. The race car driver and the NFL star are, in fact, “no longer together,” the rep told E! News.
During an interview for the cover of the August 2020 issue of Vogue, which debuted online on July 9, Simone Biles revealed that she and fellow gymnast Stacey Ervin Jr. called it quits in early March after three years of coupledom. By the end of July, there were rumors that the Olympian had moved on with Jonathan Owens, who plays football for the Houston Texans.
On July 15, People magazine broke the news that former “Entertainment Tonight” host Carly Steel and Snapchat VP Jacob Andreou tied the knot in front of eight family members at a Beverly Hills church on June 27.
On the July 14 episode of Dear Media’s “Not Skinny But Not Fat” podcast, “Too Hot to Handle” star Francesca Farago confirmed speculation that she and YouTube star Tana Mongeau are dating. The two women first sparked romance rumors when they were snapped holding hands in Los Angeles on July 5.
“Basketball Wives” star CeCe Gutierrez and former NBA champ Byron Scott tied the knot on July 11, they revealed on Instagram. The duo livestreamed their extremely intimate nuptials so that friends and family could watch from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.