Asia Argento, a #MeToo activist and one of Harvey Weinstein‘s most high-profile accusers, reached a financial settlement with her own accuser in April, according to a bombshell report by The New York Times.
Citing documents sent to the newspaper, the report says that in the months after her allegations against Weinstein, the 42-year-old Italian actress agreed to a $380,000 settlement with Jimmy Bennett, who once played Argento’s son in 2004’s The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.
The actor and musician, now 22, claimed that in 2013, Argento, then 37, sexually assaulted Bennett, then two months removed from his 17th birthday, in a California hotel room, the report says. (In California, 18 is the age of consent.)
Bennett claimed in the documents that Argento kissed him before performing oral sex on him and engaging in intercourse at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, California, according to the Times.
An agent for Argento did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, and the Times says Argento and her reps did not respond to multiple requests in the time leading up to the story’s publication on Sunday.
Argento’s late boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain — who died of suicide on June 8 — “helped Ms. Argento navigate the matter,” the Times reports, though additional details about his involvement were not available.
As part the settlement, Bennett forfeited the copyright to a selfie from May 9, 2013 — which was among the documents the Times said it received and verified with three people familiar with the case — of Bennett and Argento lying in bed, according to the Times.
A different photo of Argento and Bennett posted on May 9, 2013 remained on her Instagram account as of this story’s publication.
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Bennett’s notice of intent to sue — sent in November to Richard Hofstetter, a lawyer for both Argento and Bourdain — asked Argento for $3.5 million in damages for the intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault, and battery, according to the Times.
The actor and musician’s attorney, Gordon K. Sattro, wrote in the notice of intent that Bennett’s “feelings about that day were brought to the forefront recently when Ms. Argento took the spotlight as one of the many victims of Harvey Weinstein,” the Times reported.
Bennett declined an interview with the Times, but the outlet reports that Sattro told the newspaper, “In the coming days Jimmy will continue doing what he has been doing over the past months and years, focusing on his music.”
Argento’s attorney lawyer Carrie Goldberg reportedly wrote Argento in April about the agreement and payment in an email obtained by the Times, describing the money as “helping Mr. Bennett.”
“We hope nothing like this ever happens to you again,” Goldberg wrote, according to the Times. “You are a powerful and inspiring creator and it is a miserable condition of life that you live among s—ty individuals who’ve preyed on both your strengths and your weaknesses.”
Argento is one of the over 60 women who have accused disgraced movie mogul Weinstein of sexual assault, harassment, and rape. She alleged in a New Yorker piece by Ronan Farrow that Weinstein forced oral sex on her in 1997.
“I was not willing,” she told Farrow of Weinstein. “I said, ‘No, no, no.’ … It’s twisted. A big fat man wanting to eat you. It’s a scary fairy tale.”
Argento also told Farrow that she had “consensual sexual relations with multiple times over the course of the next five years” after the alleged assault. She described the incidents as “one-sided and ‘onanistic,’” Farrow wrote, and worried Weinstein would “ruin her career if she didn’t comply.”
A spokesperson for Weinstein previously told PEOPLE in a statement that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”
After the New Yorker story was published in October, Bourdain tweeted to his girlfriend, “I am proud and honored to know you. You just did the hardest thing in the world.”
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 10, 2017
“In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes,” Argento said at the Cannes Film Festival’s Closing Ceremony earlier this year. “I was 21 years old. This festival was his hunting ground.”
Scott Disick is turning over a new leaf — or so he insists.
“I am very pro Scott right now,” Jenner told Khloé Kardashian. “He’s getting up early in the morning, working all day, excited all day. He’s like a different person these days.”
“Scott is making some really good improvements in his life and he is natural at flipping houses,” agreed Khloé, 34. “So I think this is a good use of his time.”
Disick, 35, then invited Jenner’s boyfriend Corey Gamble to come with him to Art Basel in Miami. And when Gamble got delayed by a few days, that didn’t stop Disick from networking solo.
“We’re going into business and we’re starting right away,” he said. “I’m going to be the buyer, I’m the seller and I’m actually furnishing my own place. I get to finally show the world that I actually do work, not just appearances and social media and events. I want to take it one step further, build my own furniture. … Like a modern day Martha Stewart.”
“I feel like I probably come across to the world a little bit different than I really am, and I’m not saying a lot of the things are not exactly 100 percent true, because they are,” he acknowledged. “But I definitely think there’s a lot of people that maybe underestimate me and I’m excited that I do have this now to show that I am professional when I need to be.”
But when Disick failed to show up for an important day of meetings that had been planned for weeks, Gamble sensed something was up.
“He did not surface,” he later relayed to Jenner. “When I got there, I didn’t see him at all, or talk to him. I didn’t see if he was f—ed up, he might have just wanted to spend quality time with his girl . But I saw online that he had a wild night. … I think with him, it’s all about his company. His company brings out the best or the worst in him.”
“It’s really upsetting — for his reputation, for my reputation and for his future in general,” said Jenner. “He needs to step up. And I worry about if this is a pattern or not.”
When Jenner confronted Disick about it, he apologized but maintained that he wasn’t spinning out of control.
“When you f— up, you don’t just f— up a little bit,” said Jenner. “You f— up.”
“Yeah, but I really haven’t,” he said.
“Sometimes these little set setbacks can cost you dearly,” she warned. “I get excited when you invite me to be a part of your project. I want to do that. But I want to believe that you’re in 150 percent. I don’t want to be excited to be doing this with my partner who’s MIA in Miami somewhere. I want to make sure that you are serious.”
“I’m just here to make you the best that you can be — the best dad, the best friend, the best son, everything,” she added. “And you’ve got that in you all the time. You just have to realize how amazing you are.”
While Disick appreciated Jenner being the “voice of reason,” he insisted he was on the right track.
“As much as I understand that I need to be responsible, I don’t know when I ever said that I can’t go out,” he said. “I’m doing my best in life, but I still like to have fun when I can. I went out late, I slept in. I don’t really feel like the world should be crashing down around me. When I asked Kris to be a business partner, I didn’t ask for a high school principal.”
“For the longest time, I’ve been going to Kris for advice on pretty much every single thing,” he added. “Even though I do want her to be a business partner, she needs to realize that I really am in a different place in my life and I can have fun and still hold down a job, a relationship, a life, a family, and all these different things. It’s not just all fun and games and things of that nature.”
RELATED VIDEO: Kourtney Kardashian ‘Trusts’ Sofia Richie with Her and Scott Disick’s Kids: Source
Disick wasn’t the only one preoccupying the momager. She was also highly concerned with Khloé, who was 20 weeks into her pregnancy. (She welcomed her first child, daughter True, with boyfriend Tristan Thompson on April 12.)
Khloé — who was hoping to have a natural birth as opposed to a C-section — was cautiously avoiding gaining too much weight too quickly, as recommended by her doctor. But Jenner had a different agenda.
“I think growing up, Khloé was always conscious of her weight,” said Jenner. “Khloé has worked so hard for the last couple of years really getting in shape and looking healthy, and she’s never looked better. So I think she’s a little bit scared of what’s going to happen after baby — but being pregnant is a beautiful thing and the last thing she should be worried about is gaining a lot of weight.”
“My mom has this old school mentality where she thinks I should be sitting on the couch, just eating food,” countered Khloé. “If I don’t have the same experience as my mom, then she thinks something is wrong with me, which blows my mind!”
While Jenner tried to force-feed her daughter mounds of pasta or boxes of donuts, Khloé politely resisted.
“If I want a donut or cookies, I’ll eat them,” she said. “I’m not depriving myself. Everything I’m doing is instructed by my doctor and I would love to avoid a C-section if possible, but if my baby turns out to be really big I’m going to have to get a C-section.”
“I absolutely love my mom, but she is a psychopath,” she continued. ” ‘Are you sure you should be doing this?’ … It’s just so extreme. Enough is enough!”
Finally, Jenner tagged along for one of Khloé’s check-ups, where the doctor reassured the mom-to-be that she’s done “so well” and is on track for a natural birth.
“I am breathing a huge sigh of relief,” said Jenner. “Khloé is the smartest girl and will always take care of herself and her baby. So I’m going to step back and show her that I trust her.”
Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on E!
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Claire Holt is a married woman!
The Originals star, 30, announced on Instagram Sunday that she and fiancé Andrew Joblon, said “I do.”
“8.18.18 ,” Holt captioned a photo of the couple at their wedding on Saturday.
Surrounded by a colorful arbor of flowers, the Australian actress smiled in her flattering lace gown as her new husband, clad in a blue suit and sneakers, beamed. As an adorable bonus, the couple’s dog, Teddy, joined them for the portrait.
Joblon posted another photo with the same caption, but his image showed the duo sharing a passionate kiss with the handsome pooch out of view.
Holt announced her engagement to the real estate executive, who was previously linked to Amanda Seyfried, in December 2017.
“My heart is so full ,” she wrote on an image of the couple kissing as her ring was front and center.
The news came months after Holt’s ex-husband, Matthew Kaplan, filed for divorce — citing irreconcilable differences — on April 27, one day before the couple would have marked their one-year wedding anniversary.
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Holt revealed her romance with Joblon in July 2017 with a flurry of Instagram posts from their getaway in Italy. After posting a shot of the couple smiling on a boat, Holt shared a photo that appeared to show them kissing as the sun set behind them and another pair.
“Finally homeward bound after the best month of my life,” she wrote. “Thanks for the memories!”
A man was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Wednesday while he and his pregnant wife were on their way to the hospital, where she was due to give birth, the woman and her husband’s legal representative told multiple media outlets.
“I never thought that they would take him like that, handcuff him, and that they would leave me stranded at the gas station,” Maria del Carmen Venegas, 32, told NBC Los Angeles in Spanish.
While en route to the hospital for a planned cesarean section, Joel Arrona-Lara, 36, and his wife Venegas were approached by agents after they stopped at a gas station in San Bernadino, California, she explained to USA Today.
In an interview with The New York Times, Venegas claimed that the ICE agents asked to see their identification, but her husband did not have his driver’s license on him at the time.
Surveillance video from the gas station shows Arrona-Lara taken away in handcuffs and Venegas breaking down in tears.
“I asked them why they separate good people, why they weren’t arresting people who do bad things, and I asked them to let us go,” Venegas shared with NBC Los Angeles. “They told me they were only doing their job.”
“ left her at the gas station to fend for herself,” Emilio Amaya of the Community Services Center of San Bernardino, who is representing Arrona-Lara, told USA Today. “The hospital is about two miles from the gas station. She actually ended up driving by herself to the hospital.”
Venegas later gave birth to a boy, whom Arrona-Lara has not yet met because the father of five is being held at the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange, California, the Times reported.
In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, ICE spokesperson Lori Haley said that Arrona-Lara had been taken into custody because of “an outstanding warrant issued for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges,” adding that he is “currently in ICE custody pending removal proceedings with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).”
Continuing, the spokesperson alluded to the Trump administration’s immigration policies: “ICE continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security. ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. However, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.”
RELATED VIDEO: Coming to America Saved My Life: A People Editor’s Immigration Story
ICE’s statement did not mention Venegas’ medical condition — which Amaya said was not a concern to officers during the arrest.
“Even though the officers knew that she was pregnant, they didn’t really care and they still proceeded to do the arrest,” Amaya told the Times. “So for us, on top of the unjustified arrest is the fact that they compromised the well-being of the child and the wife.”
Multiple outlets reported that ICE’s initial statement on the arrest did not mention the alleged homicide charges.
Amaya told CBS2 that after getting in touch with the Mexican consulate, he has not been able to confirm ICE’s claim that his client is wanted on homicide charges, and that Arrona-Lara’s detention papers indicate he is in custody for being in the U.S. without documentation.
“According to the family, he has no criminal history in Mexico, and we did our own search through Mexican channels and we didn’t find anything under his name,” Amaya told the Times.
By Sunday evening, a GoFundMe page set up to assist the family had raised $6,796, exceeding the $5,000 goal.
“It’s never ok to call a woman fat, fatass, plus-size, etc.” the Real Housewives of Orange County star — who recently joined the show for its 13th season — wrote on Saturday in a social media message.
“I will take the criticism and be the voice for all the women out there that feel inadequate because they don’t fit someone’s ridiculous standard of beauty,” she added alongside a collage featuring four photos of herself.
Continuing, she wrote, “Be strong. Be proud. Be confident. I got you.”
It’s never ok to call a woman fat, fatass, plus-size, etc. I will take the criticism and be the voice for all the women out there that feel inadequate because they don’t fit someone’s ridiculous standard of beauty. Be strong. Be proud. Be confident. I got you #RHOC #RT pic.twitter.com/up3KwKJ29i
— Emily Simpson (@RealOCEmily) August 18, 2018
Simpson previously opened up about her unconventional love story with her husband Shane, with whom she shares three children: daughter Annabelle and twin boys Luke and Keller.
“After he and his first wife got divorced we still remained friends and we chatted a lot, talked a lot — chatting through Google Chat,“ the reality star told People Now. “And then it just kind of progressed into a little more flirtatious Google Chats, and then it just became like, ‘Do you want to get married?'”
RELATED VIDEO:‘RHOC’ Star Emily Simpson on How Using Her Sister as a Surrogate Changed Their Relationship
Simpson went on to clarify that before getting engaged the pair had “never dated” or even “went out on a date.”
“We were friends and he was funny and he was a good dad, like I knew these positive things about him…but it really was a huge leap of faith,” she explained.
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She also openly shared that she and her husband went to couple’s therapy while filming the reality show.
“Everybody knows about the whole Housewives curse. How many people have gotten divorced on the show or after the show?” she remarked, explaining that “the entire time we were filming” the pair went to therapy “just to always make sure we were on the same page.”
“That’s what I would tell any new housewife coming in if they’re married and they really want to keep their marriage solid through this,” she added.
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
Bubbles baths are nice, but the best kind of bathing is sunbathing as I always say. Because it brings the hot women out in all their glory. And who’s hotter than Kim Kardashian. I would like to know if Kim qualifies to be celebrated in the body positivity movement because I feel very positive about life after looking at her body. Especially when she’s dipped in pink like a seductive strawberry coated popsicle. I’m not sure if her outfit is for fashion, for yoga, or for saving the day since she also looks like a superhero minus a cape. I’m about ready to get myself stuck in a tree just so she wanders my way to help out. I can always use a hero when they look like her.
I wonder if the ship she’s on has a captain. If not I’d board her boat quicker than a Somali pirate. But I wouldn’t be there in search of booty or looting doubloons. What I want to hold captive is her attention, then steal her heart. She’s a woman I’d be willing to take risks for. I’d throw any scoundrel that dared to get into between us overboard. With a life jacket of course. Because I’m not a mean guy.
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The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards are back in the Big Apple.
After last year’s trip to Los Angeles, the annual event — celebrating the best of music and videos — has returned to the place where it all began: New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, where the first-ever VMAs aired back in 1984.
This year’s show, airing live on Monday, Aug. 20, comes with the theme of “Everything Might Happen” — meaning surprises aren’t just a possibility, they’re a guarantee.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2018 MTV VMAs;
Well here’s the first surprise… there isn’t a host! While Katy Perry took on the emcee reins last year, this year the show is going host-less.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be someone to kick things off. Rapper Cardi B will open the 2018 show, in what will be her first public appearance since welcoming daughter Kulture Kiari less than two months ago.
Cardi, born Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, shared the news on Wednesday, clarifying on her Instagram Stories that her appearance won’t be a performance.
Still, it’ll be a big night out for the new mom. Weeks earlier, she backed out of Bruno Mars‘ fall 24K Magic Tour to spend more time with her newborn daughter and recover from her labor and delivery.
“I thought that after giving birth to my daughter that 6 weeks would be enough time for me to recover mentally and physically,” she wrote. “I also thought that I’d be able to bring her with me on tour, but I think I underestimated this whole mommy thing.”
Cardi’s appearance at the show makes sense, considering she’s leading the nominees with ten nominations. The Carters — Beyoncé and JAY-Z — follow with eight nods for their collaboration, “APES—” while Childish Gambino and Drake are tied for seven nominations each.
The night’s biggest category is video of the year. It’ll be a battle between Ariana Grande (for “No Tears Left to Cry”), Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B (for the remix to “Finesse”), Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug (for “Havana”), The Carters (for “APES**T”), Childish Gambino (for “This Is America”), and Drake (for “God’s Plan”).
As a reminder, in an effort for inclusion, the “Moonman” trophy is now a “Moon Person,” while all gendered categories (best male video, best female video, etc) have been dropped. An artist of the year is now in place. Grande, Cardi, Drake, Cabello, and Mars are all up for artist of the year as well, alongside Post Malone.
For a full list of nominees, click here.
Most of the major nominees will take the stage, including Grande, who will perform her latest single “God Is a Woman.” Shawn Mendes (singing “”In My Blood”), Panic! At the Disco (doing “High Hopes”), Logic with Ryan Tedder (doing “One Day”), Maluma and Malone are all on the schedule too.
Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj will be performing too, but not from Radio City. The Trinidadian-American rapper, who grew up in Queens, will perform on the VMAs for the seventh time, but from a remote New York location.
And if that weren’t enough, a selection of MTV’s Push Artists from the past year will be showcased on their very own stage. Look for sets from Jessie Reyez, PRETTYMUCH, Hayley Kiyoko, Juice WRLD, and Bazzi.
In place of the host, a slew of celebrity talent will help guide the show.
Names announced so far include Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Blake Lively, Liam Payne, DJ Khaled, the Backstreet Boys, Millie Bobby Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Common, Lenny Kravitz, Olivia Munn, Bebe Rexha, Rita Ora, Teyana Taylor, Zedd, Gucci Mane, G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, Amandla Stenberg, and Shay Mitchell.
When does it all start?
The show airs live on Monday, Aug. 20 (at 9 p.m. ET) on MTV.
Is there a preshow?
Yes! PEOPLE will be livestreaming from the red carpet, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.
MTV will also have their own red carpet pre-show, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on Twitter and 8 p.m ET on the network itself.
“No, I swear to God, I think we’re married in real life,” she added, explaining that during production of the 1992 film, director Francis Ford Coppola “used a real Romanian priest” to preside over their character’s wedding ceremony, which they filmed from beginning to end.
“We shot the master and he did the whole thing. So I think we’re married,” she remarked.
Unfortunately for the Stranger Things star, Reeves, 53, didn’t seem to remember their special day as well as she did.
“Don’t you remember that? It was Valentine’s Day,” she replied, before he eventually conceded, “Oh my gosh, we’re married.”
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In Destination Wedding, their characters meet on the way to a destination wedding, soon realizing a shared interest: that neither of them wants to be there. Though the socially awkward, pessimistic duo can’t stand each other at first, they begin to fall for each other throughout the course of the weekend.
In addition to starring together in Dracula, the two stars also share credits on 2006’s A Scanner Darkly and 2009’s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.
“Winona is a lovely person and a talented actress,” Reeves previously told PEOPLE. “I think we make a good couple, and I liked that it’s a two-hander. To them, nobody else matters anyway, right? We did something like five eight-minute scenes, which you don’t often get a chance to do in films.”
Destination Wedding hits theaters Aug. 31.
Lily Aldridge is going to be a mommy — again!
“ SURPRISE,” the Victoria’s Secret model, 32, wrote alongside a photo of her growing baby bump on Sunday.
In the image, Aldridge has a huge smile on her face as she poses in a printed bikini while standing in the water on a beach.
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In a sweet show of support, almost immediately after the mother of one posted the photo, her famous friends began offering up their own enthusiastic congratulations for her happy news.
Fellow model and former Victoria’s Secret angel Karlie Kloss added, “So excited for you mama lily!!!!!
RELATED VIDEO:Supermodel Lily Aldridge Reveals Her Favorite Red Carpet Look Ever
In an interview with Porter last year, Aldridge sweetly revealed that her daughter “is my best friend and the only person that I want to hang out with.”
“I am so proud to be a mom; it’s the greatest achievement in my life without a doubt,” she added.
Aldridge previously told PEOPLE that after her daughter was born, “something switched in me and I totally changed my fashion.”
“I was less scared to make choices that people may not like,” she remarked while describing her style evolution. “I realized, ‘I don’t care.’ If I want to do something fun or if I want to try something new I’m gonna try it and if people don’t like it that’s okay.”
“I think it’s so important to be fearless with fashion because you have to enjoy life, live a little, experiment, do beauty looks you didn’t think about,” she shared. “My style changes daily. My choices change daily. That’s so important. Change up your routine.”
Remember back in the old days of Jersey Shore, before any of the cast members had kids and they were just out there, living their messiest lives?
Those were wild times, right?
And, looking back, they were actually kind of sad times, too.
While Ronnie and Sam's terrible relationship made for some fantastic reality television, it was also pretty remarkably unhealthy.
Since Ronnie's in another remarkably unhealthy relationship these days, complete with domestic violence charges, things obviously haven't changed too much for him.
Snooki and JWoww are both married with kids, and Deena is married and pregnant.
Sammi is trying to lead a more private life now with her boyfriend, and Pauly D and Vinny both seem happy with the lives they've made for themselves.
As for Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino ... boy, he sure was a piece of work, huh?
He partied as much as the rest of his co-stars back in the day, maybe even more.
After all, he did go to rehab in 2012 to get help for an addiction to pills.
In 2015, he suffered an injury at the gym, and his doctor prescribed him painkillers, which led to a relapse.
He went to rehab again after that, and as he announced in a new post on Instagram, he's been clean ever since!
In his post, he shared two photos -- one of him in the neck brace he wore in season four after he ran headfirst into a wall during an argument with Ronnie, and one of him proposing to his now-fiancée, Lauren Pesce.
"33 Months Clean & Sober," he wrote for his caption.
"Went from Running into a Wall to Down on One Knee. We do recover."
It has been a pretty amazing transformation, honestly.
And most of his fellow Jersey Shore cast members have taken the time to praise him for his hard work.
"Proud of u my bro," Pauly D wrote in a comment on Mike's post.
"Love you Mike!!!!!" Deena told him. "So proud of you brother."
Snooki said "I am legit crying im so proud of you," which is really sweet.
Even Angelina popped in with a simple comment of "resilience," and how crazy is that?
Besides the Jersey Shore crew, tons and tons of his followers flooded the comments to tell him how proud they were of him, what a great role model he's become, that sort of thing.
And those people are right -- he really has turned his life around in a major way.
Back in the day, he was really just a seriously obnoxious douchebag who got arrested and sued pretty regularly, and he even thought it was a good idea to commit tax fraud.
Just take a look at the top portion of that "then and now" photo he shared: that's a photo of a guy who got into a dumb argument with his roommate and decided to ram his head directly into the wall for reasons that we still can't quite understand.
But now, he's settled down, he's pretty likable, he's getting his legal issues sorted (even if that means spending some serious time in prison).
He's even getting married.
So good on you, The Situation. Good on you.
Lindsay Shookus has kissed her Instagram account goodbye for now — but why?
After Ben Affleck was spotted on Thursday having dinner with 22-year-old Playboy model Shauna Sexton, rumors began swirling about the status of Affleck’s relationship with Shookus. A source previously told PEOPLE that Affleck and Sexton’s outing “looked like maybe a first date” and that “she looked very cute, and he seemed interested.”
The Saturday Night Live producer was also missing from the actor’s 46th birthday celebration the previous evening.
Adding fuel to the fire, it was revealed this week that Shookus had deleted her Instagram account. Though it was active in recent weeks, the handle now directs to a page that says, “Sorry, this page isn’t available.
The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed.” Page Six was the first to report on the development.
Shookus, 38, has previously spoken about how important it can be to take “a break” and focus on “self-love.”
“I’ve put a lot of time in the past two years into just making myself better internally,” she said during an interview with Elle earlier this year.
“Self-love means something. I thought it was all a joke for a long time. It’s really important. Giving yourself a break is really important,” she added.
Affleck and Shookus, who had been dating for over a year, were last seen together in late July during a mall outing in Puerto Rico, where the Justice League actor was shooting an upcoming Netflix film The Last Thing He Wanted.
A source told PEOPLE that the pair appeared “happily in love” during their outing.
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Affleck’s latest outing also comes after a friend close to the actor told PEOPLE that he has been in a happy, health-focused place as of late.
“Ben is doing well,” the Affleck pal said earlier this month. “He is in a good place mentally and has worked really hard to get here. He continues to focus on himself and the health of his relationships.”
The friend added, “He attends meetings, many meetings, and he also does meditation and yoga. While he still has his moments — and let’s be honest everyone struggles — he continues to work hard on himself.”
Meanwhile, PEOPLE previously reported Buffalo native Shookus had been staying at Affleck’s $19 million mansion on and off, as well as her own place in L.A. for the summer.
Sometimes I curse the fact that I have such short deadlines to meet, but this is not one of those times. Now I am thankful for not being given too much time to contemplate all of the different factors at play amongst the sexiness of these women. If I did not have a deadline I probably would have never finished. I would have taken years to come to no conclusion, and after having lost everything in my life I would have relocated to a Buddhist temple in Asia to live a simple life, far away from any boobs.
But being that I must come to a decision, I choose Amber Davies as the fairest of them all. Despite my natural inclination for blondes, flaxen hair being the holy grail, I feel like Chyna just was not on her A game that night, so I cannot in good conscience give her the title. And then there is Katie Salmon. Granted, she is a beauty, I simply am not a fan of the flapper dress she has on. The style is not very flattering to the female form, and Katie has a hell of a form to be flattered. The ‘20s were a rare time when men’s fashion outshined women’s.
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Things are pretty darn serious between Javi Marroquin and Lauren Comeau.
Because they're expecting a baby at some point in the near future? Yes, that is a pretty good clue.
But we also say this because Javi and Lauren just moved into their very first home together. This is where they will raise their son and where Javi's son with Kailyn Lowry, Lincoln, will also spend a lot of time.
Ready for your first look inside, courtesy of Javi and Lauren's Instagram feeds?
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