CHRISTINA ANSTEAD AND HUSBAND ANT SPLIT: Christina and Ana Anstead have separated after two years of marriage, and just weeks after their son, Hudson, celebrated his first birthday. The Flip or Flop star made the announcement on social media. “Ant and I have made the difficult decision to separate,” she wrote. “We are grateful for each other and as always, our children will remain our priority. We appreciate your support and ask for privacy for us and our family as we navigate the future.” Christina shares two children, Taylor and Brayden, with her ex Tarek El Moussa, who is now engaged to Selling Sunset’s Heather Rae Young.
JESSICA MULRONEY TALKS FRIENDSHIP WITH MEGHAN MARKLE: Jessica Mulroney is getting real about where things stand between her and Meghan Markle. The Duchess of Sussex has apparently been MIA from Jessica’s life after the stylist got into a feud with a Black social media influencer and lost several high-profile gigs in the process. But things are all good between the former BFFs, she insisted in a since-deleted IG Story. “I’m going to tell this once and for all. Meghan and I are family. She is the kindest friend and has checked up on me everyday,” Mulroney wrote on her Instagram Story. “Tabloid culture is atrocious. It creates lies and hurtful storyline. Stop feeding into it. Done.”
BRAD PITT’S INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTOLOGY: When Brad Pitt was dating Juliette Lewis in the 1990s, he dabbled in Scientology, according to a report in The Sun. A source says he went through “purification” rituals in a sauna with a 15-year-old girl supervising, and got into a fight with his supervisor, who has since left the Church. Michael Mallen told The Sun of the process: “The ‘coach’ tries to get the student to react by pushing the student’s ‘buttons’. That’s what I did with Brad Pitt. I did it mercilessly, insulting the s–t out of him. His then girlfriend Juliette Lewis was there. He got so pissed off, he walked out of the trailer and just split. Juliette had to rescue him; he just needed to cool off. I guess no one had bullbaited him before. I was going pretty hard on him, but that’s the whole point, to get the person where they’re no longer reacting and can comfortably be there.” Pitt eventually left the Church and split with Lewis.
JESSICA ALBA HAS A NEAR-MISS WITH A RATTLESNAKE: Jessica Alba shared a close encounter with a snake on Instagram. The 39-year-old almost stepped on a rattler just as she was posing for a shot in front of a statue. "There's a rattle snake, right there," the person behind the camera says, while another woman goes on to yell, "Oh crap, it's a rattlesnake, get the hell out of there."
CHEER COACH MONICA ALDAMA SPEAKS OUT: Monica Aldama, the coach of the hit Netflix docuseries Cheer, is speaking out after Jerry Harris was arrested on federal child pornography charges. In a statement, she said: “My heart is shattered into a million pieces. I am devastated by this shocking, unexpected news. Our children must be protected from abuse and exploitation, and I’m praying hard for the victims and everyone affected.”
VIVICA A. FOX & GUILIANA RANCIC TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19: It was announced yesterday that actress Vivica A. Fox and E! star Giuliana Rancic have both tested positive for COVID-19. Both pulled out of hosting E!'s Live From the Red Carpet Emmys Pre-Show because of the diagnosis. Rancic announced the news in a video message during the Emmy's pre-show. Vivica released a statement, which was read on air by Brad Goreski, who stepped in to co-host the show with Nina Parker. Vivica said, “I am terribly sorry I cannot be with my E! family tonight! Unfortunately, I have tested positive for the coronavirus. So, in an abundance of caution, I am isolating myself at home.”