First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes divorce and aims to disparage. So is the story of Hulk and Linda Hogan who were married for 24 years, brought 2 kids into the world (Brooke and Nick) and then everything came to a screeching halt in 2007. In the short 3 years since their divorce, Hulk got engaged to a girl who looks disturbingly like his daughter and not be outdone, Linda has made sure she wins this battle.
To do that, she got engaged to her son’s friend Charlie Hill, who is a mere 21 years old! Linda will be 52 in August. If that seems ridiculous, wait, it gets better. The couple will get married on her boat called The Alimony. The 21 year old is the epitome of absurdity with bleach blond hair, orange tan and essentially a beach bum. Linda is obviously trying to make a point that she’s still got it, but unfortunately no one seems to now what it is or even if there’s a cure for it.
Brooke and Nick (the offspring) went to school with Charlie and he was a grade below Brooke. I’ll let you re-read that last sentence so that you can soak it in. He is younger than her offspring. Brooke was quoted as saying, “I personally don’t like it at all or condone it, but she’s my mom, so I have to show her support. I went to school with him. He was a grade under me. Me and Nick know him well.” It’s no surprise that Brooke is supporting her Mom because she’s still paying for Brooke’s struggling music career since Brooke is under the impression that the TV show had nothing to do with album sales and that people actually liked what they were hearing. Well played, Brookey. Well played.
This past weekend was a tad strange because there must have been some deal on wedding favors or something because the celebrities ran to the altar to hitch the wagon in droves. Among them were;
Martin Lawrence and Shamicka Gibbs
Martin Lawrence, 45 tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Shamicka Gibbs, 35, this weekend. This couple has been together for over a decade which is amazing. Considering that Martin has been in tough relationships before, it was probably a very scary move for him. The couple decided to hold the ceremony in his backyard and in attendance were some very notable guests such as Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington and others. The couples 3 daughters were all flower girls including 9 year old Amara, 7 year old Iyana and 14 year old Jasmine from Lawrence’s previous marriage. They kept it very intimate and held the reception on the Beverly Hills property as well.
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt
In a much more extravagant wedding, John Krasinski (from The Office), 30, and Emily Blunt (from The Devil Wears Prada), 27, exchanged vows in Villa D’este in Como, Italy. The bride adorned a 3 carat Edwardian and platinum diamond ring that costs somewhere in the vicinity of $100,000. According to UsMagazine, she wore a “cream, chiffon, sweetheart-draped Marchesa gown with embroidered detail.” Unlike the Lawrence’s above, this couple have only known each other since 2008, but they’ve been a couple ever since. They have apparently been holed up in George Clooney’s villa in Italy since the 4th of July weekend getting all of the arrangements together. George and John shared the screen in Leatherheads and he was also in attendance at the wedding with his girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis. John noted that the wedding on The Office was a great way to have a practice run through of the real thing.
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher
Top 40 Grammy winning country megastar Carrie Underwood, 27, said “I Do” to Ottawa Senators hockey player Mike Fisher, 30, in a ceremony in Greensboro, Georgia. The event that apparently cost somewhere in the vicinity of a half a million dollars took place under a lakeside tent. Probably doesn’t matter though since People magazine was rumored to have paid $2 million dollars to have exclusive access to the event. Guess we know what the next cover will be for People magazine. The wedding took place in Greensboro, GA at Reynolds Plantation. Carrie was said to have worn a Chantilly lace Monique Lhuillier gown and Monique also designed the bridesmaid dresses as well. The couple was spotted at LAX for their honeymoon that is to take place in Bora Bora and Tahiti.
Carmelo Anthony and LaLa Vazquez
The names may not be familiar to some, but sports fans definitely know Carmelo Anthony,26, as one of the many stars from the Denver Nuggets. LaLa Vasquez, 31, has been in many film and TV roles including Soul Plane and You Got Served, but was also on many TV shows like Charm School with Ricki Lake, Flava Of Love, I Love New York 2, etc. Yeah, those shows. The wedding took place in Manhattan and was heavily attended by many NBA players including LeBron James who was boo’ed when he arrived. But the stars were out as also in attendance were Justin Timberlake, Spike Lee, Kim Kardashian (with hubbie Lamar Odom), Serena Williams, Ludacris and many others. According to CBS News, the wedding “featured towering marble columns and chandeliers, and was decorated using red tablecloths, centerpieces of red Ecuadorian roses, hundreds of candles and thousands of red roses hanging from the high ceiling.” And if that doesn’t seem over the top, the couple, who have been engaged since 2004, sent out red and gold invitations that were decorated with Swarovski crystals and delivered in a black box featuring their initials. Good God.
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton caught a lot of flack for a photo that wasn’t even real and could even possibly do jail time. Hilton posted a “upskirt” photo of Miley Cyrus on his website and even linked to it from his Twitter account to help publicize it. The upskirt part of the photo was real which was taken as she exited a vehicle very “un-ladylike” according to Perez. The problems started when the photo was doctored to make it look like she wasn’t wearing any underwear.
In L.A., this is typically referred to as “marketing” as practiced by the likes of Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, and Paris Hilton (no relation). The issue however is that Miley is a mere 17 years old which is very, very illegal and magically transforms from “marketing” into the realm of “child pornography”. Even though Perez admitted that the photos were doctored, he is not at all apologizing simply arguing that she shouldn’t have gotten out of the car like that.
Meanwhile, authorities are now involved, but let’s take a moment here to get real. No one should forget that Miley is not the all innocent role model that people are swooned into believing she is. She is certainly more of a role model than the aforementioned upskirt stars, but even some of the non-nude photos that were posted are pretty risque on her part. Not to mention the uproar over her Vanity Fair photo shoot taken when she was an even younger 15 years old. She is desperately trying to escape the world of Hannah Montana and photographs like the one shot by Hilton will certainly fast track that journey into adulthood. Does anyone really believe that Miley isn’t aware of what will happen when she gets out of a car inappropriately when photographers are swarming around her vehicle? Be honest with yourself. I’m not saying she was aware either way, but it certainly seems suspect a mere week before her new album release.
I am also certainly not condoning Perez Hilton’s behavior or the fact that he is a sleazebag who frequently posts hand drawn obscenities and drawings of penises onto celebrity photos. Intentionally taking a photo up the skirt of a minor is most definitely crossing the line and I personally think he should be harshly punished for his actions. Maybe he may actually get his wish of spending quality time alone with a bunch of men. Here’s hoping…
Sometimes a couple is together for so long that you simply just can’t see them with anyone else. Such is the case with Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen who were married for over 25 years until their official divorce in 2007 even though the papers were filed two years prior in 2005. The demise was primarily due to Eddie’s addiction to Coke which was the ultimatum set by Valerie. Eddie chose the Coke.
While Eddie wrestled his demons, Valerie had begun a relationship with her financial planner Tom Vitale in 2004. A disturbingly convenient person to have on your side during a divorce for sure. The relationship blossomed and as of yesterday during a trip to Florence, Italy, Tom proposed and Valerie accepted. Valerie told the press, “We’d talked about getting married, but I was still shocked. It was sweet when he asked me, because he was so scared. I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?'”
Tom will do the wedding planning since apparently he even has specific ideas about what type of bells should ring during the ceremony. Now that is a man in touch with his feminine side for sure. He was deathly nervous about asking her stating that, “If the time wasn’t right, I wouldn’t have asked. We’re both still a little afraid of commitment, but then we were over there, and it was like our souls were calibrated.” So ladies and gentlemen, a big congratulations are in order because Valerie, you deserve it!
Word is that pop superstar Carrie Underwood is way too busy to do the whole beautiful wedding cake shtick and so she does what all brides in her position would do. No, dont buy the wedding cake from Publix, you do something that’s even MORE time consuming than a cake. Cupcakes! Where you have to make dozens of little cakes instead of one big one. Yes, that makes sense. Much more time efficient. However, some are saying it has nothing to do with time. It’s just what she wants to do.
Carrie has been with her fiance, hockey player Mike Fisher, since 2008. She initially shared some details about the wedding when she stated, “I‘m Southern. I like big hair and eyeliner. I want my wedding to be me, so I’ll probably be rocking some big hair and eyeliner… I want the dress to be pretty traditional. I think I want flowers on it – not real flowers. The designer will probably be someone I’ve worked with before.”
We know that the wedding will most likely be Fall or Winter themed since Carrie is currently on tour until the end of July. So, we have cupcakes for the reception, a wedding dress from a designer she’s worked with before that will have fake flowers on it, and that will most likely take place in Fall or Winter. We’re going to call Fall, because as a Georgian, there isn’t any place more beautiful in the fall than the Georgia mountains.
The first time since the bizarre unraveling of one of the most covered stories of 2009 and even into 2010, Tiger Woods is set to make a public apology (which we’ll post a link to here after it’s over, of course). It is being done at the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA tour, to a very limited amount of people described as a group of friends, family and colleagues, and only a few members of the press. The remainder of the uninvited will have to watch via satellite over a mile away. Not surprisingly, Tiger will not be taking questions.
While that alone may seem like news itself, the timing of the event is greatly in question as a possible swipe from Tiger Woods to Accenture. This weekend is big for Accenture since they are the sponsor for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona that will be in the middle of its third round when Tiger makes his apology. As you may recall, Accenture was the first to cut Tiger from their sponsorship roster when the scandal broke.
None were as annoyed as Ernie Els. The former U.S. Open and British Open Champion didn’t mince words as he told Golfweek magazine, “It’s selfish. You can write that. I feel sorry for the sponsor. Mondays are a good day to make statements, not Friday. This takes a lot away from the golf tournament.”
Tiger’s agent Mark Steinberg said that the announcement will be done well outside of their TV window and that Accenture officials were notified in advance that this was occurring and there were no issues. Even PGA commissioner Tim Finchem said that it most likely would have a positive effect by drawing crowds in to see what “this game of golf is about.” Besides the fact that people will watch simply to hear the inevitable commentary.
Regardless, Tiger has to win back the hearts and minds of fans again and even PGA officials agreed that there has been a huge financial hit with Tiger out of the mix. A near 50% drop. When he eventually decides to come back, the level of his fame will have severely dwindled along with a greatly diminished draw.
The saddest of it all is the children that have watched the rise and fall of their hero, which is a crying shame. There probably isn’t a way to recuperate from that aspect and it’s the worst of all of the fallout from this fiasco. Tiger’s image is tarnished and it could have been salvaged if he either waited to get married until he got it all out of his system, or simply maintained control of himself. Either way, hindsight is 20/20.
Beverly Hills 90210 actor Ian Ziering announced his engagement on his Facebook account when he changed his status from “In a Relationship” to “Engaged”. Ziering, now 45 years old, was previously married to Nikki Schieler Ziering and they were divorced in 2002. In and out of various relationships, Ian hooked up with Erin Kristine Ludwig on Labor Day in 2009. Gee, that’s so long ago.
At least she has met the one of his prerequisites, which is to have 3 or more letter I’s in their name. That is just weird. None of my dozens of close friends have more than 2, but yet he has three in his name (Ian Ziering) his ex-wife Nikki has a whopping FIVE in her name when she was married to him (Nikki Schieler Ziering). And when he gets married to Erin, she will also upgrade from four to five I’s (Erin Kristine Ziering) and if she does that multiple name thing and does Erin Kristine Ludwig-Ziering, then she’ll have them all beaten with SIX. Is it strange that I noticed that? Must be a German thing.
Anyway, their shooting for a Spring wedding. Erin a nurse and Ian is obviously a well known teen star from the original Beverly Hills 90210 back in the 90’s (when he wasn’t even a teen) and he made a comeback on the 4th season of Dancing With The Stars with dancing partner Cheryl Burke. Everyone seems to think the couple is happy together and well, the “I’s” have it. Sorry. I had to do that one more time.
So here they are in no particular order, the top 5 celebrity rumors of January 2010 and we kept the theme about celebrity wedding engagements this time around.
Photo from YourTango.com
1) Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green Are Engaged
Ok, yeah. This one came onto the scene and then disappeared and now is back again. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green are apparently engaged again and the rumor mills are a buzz. When asked about the engagement, Brian Austin Green noted on his Twitter account, “Engaged and have a son from my previous relationship.” Since then, the post was taken down and the account was also closed. There’s been no input from Megan’s camp.
The Verdict: False. While this would be a great boon for Green, Megan Fox is the most sought after actress not only in film, but also in her personal life. Everyone wants Megan Fox and she certainly knows that taking herself of the market is career suicide and part of what makes her sexy is because she’s available. It is certainly not her acting skills.
Photo from AP photographer Chris Pizello
2) Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell
Paul McCartney is rumored to be engaged to Nancy Shevell from New York City and they were just seen together at the Golden Globes. She’s known the McCartney family for over 20 years and comes from a wealthy family so she doesn’t have any need for Paul’s money in the shadow of a divorce with Heather Mills who walked away with $49 Million after the very nasty divorce. While friends and family had an issue with Paul’s ex Heather Mills, everyone loves Nancy including Paul’s 38 year old daughter.
Verdict: True. Let’s face it, Paul is an all or nothing type of guy and he has to be in a relationship to be happy. As he gets older, that desire simply isn’t going away. Family and friends have already bought into it, so if it isn’t true, it will be soon.
Photo obtained from San Francisco Chronicle
3) Miley Cyrus is Engaged to Liam Hemsworth
The rumor mill is abuzz about Miley Cyrus getting engaged to 20 year old Liam Hemsworth. This rumor got jumpstarted when Miley appeared at a Grammy Awards ceremony wearing an engagement ring. Ok, let’s go ahead and not even talk about this now.
Verdict: False.Heck no. Don’t believe it. Not only is she too young to get married, but her father would never let that happen at this stage of her career. I see her hitching the wagon about 10 years from now, but not right now.
4) Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly Are Engaged
Photo from MTV.com
Baseball hero Derek Jeter is rumored to be engaged to Minka Kelly, the actress from Friday Night Lights. The New York Post is even reporting that they already have the wedding venue picked out at the Oheka Castle. Sorry. While it seems like there’s enough evidence to back this up, I’m going to cry foul ball on this.
Verdict: False. This is one of those that could swing either way. No pun intended. But with all of the drama that follows Derek Jeter on a regular basis and his well documented exploits, I find it hard to believe that he’s getting engaged this quickly jumping into a relationship of this magnitude. So, I’ll say false for now, but maybe true later on in the year.
Photo obtained from Gossip and Gab
5) Russell Brand and Katy Perry
Comedian/Actor Russell Brand and singer Katy Perry supposedly are planning to tie the knot. These two are certifiably insane and made for each other, but are they really engaged? While the couple has been seen attached at the hip at multiple events, it’s not known if the relationship is anything more than just that.
Verdict: hmmm, False. While they may be in a relationship, I’m not buying the engagement. They may have talked about it and even wear rings, but the two of them are individually unstable, so I don’t see this working out.
If these rumors were true, and some of them just may be, which one do you actually care about?
So there you have it. I’ll gather more engagement rumors for February 2010 for you.
So what celebrities got engaged during the month of November 2009? And does anyone really care? Of course we do! Hey, weddings are a big deal around here.
1) Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart
While most twilight fanatics are screaming foul play and refuse to believe it’s true, Robert Pattinson confirmed the rumor as true to Matt Lauer on the Today Show. However, some say that even though he admitted it, that it was done jokingly and that it probably won’t happen because he’s been pretty much dating non-stop and it just doesn’t seem realistic. Well, believe it Team Edward fans. There’s even been a lot of “I’ll believe it when I see it” stances as well. You gals are hardcore about this man. He’s on the market until he says I Do! – Source
2) Hulk Hogan & Jennifer McDaniel
Assuming that he actually does know best, the Hulkster has decided to get engaged to a woman who disturbingly looks like a hybrid of his ex and his daughter. Hulk Hogan pointed out the engagement ring to TMZ photographers at the LAX airport and said that she could be the next Mrs. Hogan. Her name is Jennifer McDaniel and she even showcased a “lovely” tattoo of his first name (Terry) that she had tattooed on her right wrist. The couple has been dating since 2008 which is only 4 months after Hulk’s divorce from Linda Bollea. Some guys never learn. – Source
3) Chelsea Clinton & Mark Mezvinsky
Being the daughter of a former president qualifies for you for celebrity status. When photographers follow you to the bathroom stall, you’re a celebrity. Chelsea made the announcement via email during Thanksgiving to friends and family. The couple met in Washington DC and have been dating since 2005. They simmered the relationship at Stanford University and he’s now an investment banker while Chelsea finishes up her studies at Columbia. – Source
4) Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem
While Penelope Cruz refuses to confirm the rumor, we’re going to push it as fact simply because she refuses to deny it. When asked directly by David Letterman during her late night appearance if she was engaged, she simply said that she refused to discuss her private life. But when she appeared at a premiere with a sapphire and diamond engagement ring on her ring finger, it was her way of letting people into her private life. Women get ridiculously excited when they get engaged, so this was her way of publicly gushing. If she simply said, “I’m not engaged”, then that would have been that, but the very denial is a confession! So stop being silly Penelope. We’re actually still happy you didn’t stay with Tom Cruise. – Source
5) Jensen Ackles & Danneel Harris
photo from JustJared.com
The Supernatural star Jensen Ackles has confirmed that he and longtime girlfriend Danneel Harris from One Tree Hill are finally engaged. Even though the public says that it doesn’t appear that there’s a lot of passion between them, source from both parties have confirmed the rumor. The couple have been dating for about 3 years now, but have been friends for almost a decade. He confirmed it to JustJared.com and she confirmed it on her Twitter account. – Source
Other notable wedding engagement news:
Tara Ried says that even though she’s wearing an engagement ring on her finger that she is not engaged…yet. People
Eminem’s mom got engaged to her bisexual agent, Neal Alpert. Why they felt that detail was important was apparently important for some reason. China Daily News
Mickey Rourke & Elena Kuletskaya are NOT engaged and he’s telling everyone and carrying on as if he’s single. Besides the fact that she is engaged to another man. Hmmm. Zimbio
Playboy Bunny Stephanie Adams is engaged to…a man. ‘The Man” wasn’t named, but the big deal is that Stephanie is a lesbian and even came out at a Pride parade, so that’s why they simply say “a man”. Hey, it happens. Can you say “Anne Heche”? SheWired.com
and finally, Robbie Williams denies that he’s engaged. Daily Mall
Know of any November wedding engagements we missed? That’s what the comment box below is for. But which one of these top 5 engagements is the biggest deal to you?
It seems that the Tiger Woods debacle is just getting worse and one has to imagine that all of the deity status that most had with Tiger are about to get majorly tarnished and that Tiger is human after all.
The trouble started last week when Tiger Woods wrecked his truck into a fire hydrant and then a tree where he then needed medical attention. Tiger was taken to a hospital and treated for his injuries which also included “scratches on his face”. What would seem like a self inflicted minor accident then started presenting red flags as Woods refused to speak to authorities to address their questioning for days after the accident. Many were trying to assess the cause of the accident and then a rumor arose that it had something to do with an altercation between him and his wife Elin Nordegren over an affair with a New York Club Manager named Rachel Uchitel which possibly explained the scratches.
Rachel Uchitel - London Entertainment Photo
Rachel Uchitel denied the allegations that she was having an affair with Woods, but sources say that Uchitel frequently bragged about having an affair with not only Woods, but also Yankees players Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, as well as actor David Boreanaz. Being “overwhelmed” with all of the attention, Uchitel hired “lawyer to the stars” Gloria Allred to keep the wolves at bay which is really not working too well and only adds to the speculation that things are about to get really bad before they get better.
Meanwhile, Florida authorities had no choice but to subpoena certain traffic and hospital reports and aspects of the events to put the traffic part of the case to rest. They ended up charging Tiger with a non-criminal charge which will cost Tiger $164 in fines (pocket change), but will also cost him 4 points on his drivers license. As far as the authorities were concerned, the case was closed.
Then another “mistress” appeared out of the woodworks named Jaimee Grubbs, a cocktail waitress that he met in Las Vegas in 2007. Not only was she not denying a relationship (excuse the double negative), but she also came to the party with text messages and even worse, voice mail recordings of Tiger pleading with her to remove her name from the cell phone ID because his wife was becoming highly suspicious.
Jaimee Grubbs - Photo from People.com
The voice recording is unmistakably Tiger’s voice pleading, “Hey, it’s Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favor. Can you please take your name off your phone? My wife went through my phone and may be calling you. So if you can, please take your name off that. Just have it as a number on the voicemail. You got to do this for me. Huge. Quickly. Bye.”
Grubbs reported to a British tabloid The Sun that they had 20 sexual encounters spanning a 2 and half year time period with the first one being literally days before the birth of Tiger’s son. She quoted Woods as telling her that “quietly and secretly we will always be together.”
As expected, with so much evidence verifying the allegations as truth, Tiger has had no choice but to try and come clean to some extent, but insisting that it’s a family matter with his statement on his site saying, “I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.” Which in some cases is true, but he is a public figure, paid by the public (via tournaments and attendance), but even more damaging adored by the public both young and old.
Tiger Woods & Wife Elin Nordegren - Photo by Regina H. Boone / Detroit Free Press / AP
Tiger’s statements on his website do everything but admit to the affair which included statements such as: “I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect.” and then finally, “Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions… I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology.”
In closing, one would simply have to say that while, yes, this should be a private matter, he made it into a public matter by refusing to speak with authorities which caused all kinds of rumors and allegations to spawn from what started as a simple traffic violation. One also has to be concerned that this may possibly be just the beginning of a slew of women that may come forth digging this hole deeper than it is now. If there were two, there most likely are many more.