Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the celebrities who found love, suffered heartbreak or experienced some other major event in their love lives in late August 2021, starting with this power couple… On Aug. 23, Ben Affleck was snapped looking at jewelry at a Tiffany & Co. boutique in Los Angeles with his mom and son. (See photos here.) Page Six practically broke the Internet when they later reported that the Oscar-winning filmmaker was actually checking out engagement rings, sparking rumors that he’s gearing up to propose to his back-on love, Jennifer Lopez, for the second time. (They got engaged for the first time back in 2002 but split in 2004.) The following day, however, E! News reported that things weren’t quite what they seemed: According to a source, Ben, his mother and son were participating in a scavenger hunt that required them to pop into the jewelry store — not shopping for an engagement ring for the singer-actress. On Aug. 22 — amid a highly publicized hangout with their kids — People magazine reported that, according to a source, Ben and J.Lo “are in it for the long run” and “want all the kids to get to know each other” but “are not trying to rush anything.” Ben has three kids with ex-wife Jennifer Garner, while J.Lo has twins with ex-husband Marc Anthony.
Now keep reading for more of the week’s biggest celeb love life updates…
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On Aug. 21, People magazine broke the news that Kanye West and Irina Shayk have gone their separate ways after several months of dating. “It was never a serious thing that took off,” said one source. Explained a second insider, “Kanye has been busy working and spending time with his kids. This is his focus. He doesn’t have time to date right now. He finds Irina amazing though. They remain friendly.” Echoed an E! News source, “[Kanye] wanted to pursue something with Irina that wasn’t going to happen. … He got very busy with work, and they were in different places. It kind of fizzled out from there. They are still friendly and there’s a lot of mutual respect. It just was never going to turn into a full-blown relationship.” Added a second E! source, “They both enjoy art and music, and it was fun for Kanye to hangout out with Irina while he was finishing his album. Kanye felt inspired by her and liked being around her energy. It was never a relationship or going to be serious. … They really haven’t seen each [in] over a month but have kept in touch and texted a few times recently. There is no bad blood and they will probably see each other in the future.” Said an Us Weekly source, “Kanye and Irina are over, but they never really started — there’s nothing going on there. … [They realized they] aren’t great romantic partners.”
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It’s official! Jennifer Garner was snapped spending time with her back-on-beau, businessman John Miller, in New York City on Aug. 16. (See photos here.) The duo — who split in early 2020 after nearly two years of dating — first sparked reconciliation rumors in May. Their NYC hangout is the first official confirmation they’re an item again.
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On Aug. 20, Deux Moi reported that, according to multiple anonymous sources, Bachelor Nation’s Clare Crawley and Dale Moss are secretly married. One source claimed the off-and-on couple filmed their wedding “with a small crew” and are “negotiating with a print outlet” to exclusively cover their nuptials “to coincide with [a] streaming wedding special.” Echoed a second alleged insider, “Yes, Clare and Dale are married! … They are so happy, and now the goal is to have babies ASAP, like within the next few months.” The second source also echoed that the reality stars are “waiting to reveal [the news] with People” magazine, though he or she wasn’t “100% sure about a TV wedding.”
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Sofia Richie and her boyfriend of less than a year, Elliot Grainge, are getting serious! On Aug. 18, the real estate blog Dirt reported that the pair dropped $17 million on a Beverly Hills mansion back in April … less than a month after they were first publicly linked. They recently moved into their new home, which underwent extensive renovations. Could an engagement be imminent for this fast-moving duo?!
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On Aug. 20, Wendy Osefo took to Instagram to publicly celebrate her 10th wedding anniversary with husband Eddie Osefo. “TEN YEARS later and I would choose you each and every time. We met as kids, fell in love as adults, and have built a lifetime of memories together. This past decade has shown me that love is truly the greatest human emotion and with it, you can move mountains! I am blessed to call you my best friend and honored to have your last name. I love you beyond life! Happy 10th Wedding Anniversary my beloved and cheers to 100 more!” she captioned a slideshow of photos including several shots from their 2011 nuptials. Two days later, on the Aug. 22 episode of “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” Wendy was forced to deny seemingly unfounded rumors that her hubby is having an affair — rumors that her co-stars heard about on a blog and brought up on camera. She addressed the rumors again on the Aug. 25 episode of E!’s “Daily Pop,” insisting that and Eddie aren’t letting the drama get to them: “It’s funny because when we had that conversation, Eddie and I already heard about it,” she said. “That’s what happens when you are in and you have a platform. People talk about you. It doesn’t affect us. We just celebrated 10 years of marriage. It’s a lie, so we were not affected. We were just here living good with our three kids, loving on each other. … I’ve known Eddie since I was 17. I can tell when he lies if he burnt the chicken in the oven. I know when that man is lying. But we’re really friends — that’s my homie. What you saw there was me defending my best friend.”
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On Aug. 24 — after Gleb Savchenko and Elena Belle took to Instagram to share photos and videos of themselves vacationing together in Miami — multiple media outlets reported that the “Dancing With the Stars” pro and the Swedish model have been quietly dating since they met through a mutual friend on the Fourth of July. “They have bonded over their love of fitness and wellness and being single parents,” said an Us Weekly source, adding that Gleb and the blonde beauty are “enjoying getting to know” each other as they continue “spending time together.” An “Entertainment Tonight” source, meanwhile, said they’re not officially an item yet but are “having fun and getting to know each other.” Added the “ET” source, “They bonded over their kids, as they both have children around the same age. … Gleb likes that Elena is fun, but also gets the responsibilities of being a parent.” Gleb has two daughters with his estranged wife, fellow professional dancer Elena Samodanova, while Elena has a daughter with her late husband, Michael Theanne, who died suddenly in early 2020.
On Aug. 22, “Modern Family” alum Eric Stonestreet took to Instagram to announce that he and his girlfriend of five years, pediatric nurse Lindsay Schweitzer, are engaged. “She said she’d have her people call my people,” he jokingly captioned a slideshow of photos of himself and the bride-to-be with her massive engagement ring on full display.
On Aug. 24, The Sun reported that Gavin Rossdale has been quietly dating 26-year-old model, influencer and podcast host Gwen Singer — who’s six years younger than his eldest child, model Daisy Lowe — since April. “Gavin and Gwen both find each other hot and they’re having fun together,” a source told the British tabloid. “It’s still early days because they have only known each other a few months but it is all going well. She is drop-dead gorgeous and has loads of men chasing her but she was really drawn to Gavin, as he was to her. They have been spending time together in Los Angeles and seeing how it goes. Neither of them is in any rush to make it serious.” On Aug. 25, however, Gwen took to her Instagram Story to seemingly deny the report about her love life. “Got ya,” she captioned a video of herself laughing while rolling her eyes, adding a “fake news” graphic for good measure.
According to Us Weekly, Zoe Kravitz and her husband of less than two years, Karl Glusman, finalized their divorce on Aug. 23. In the eight months since they split in late 2020, the “Big Little Lies” star has sparked romance rumors with Channing Tatum. Speaking of the “Magic Mike” alum…
On Aug. 20, E! News reported that, according to a source, rumored couple Zoe Kravitz and Channing Tatum are “more than just close friends or co-stars.” Said the source, “They are spending a lot of time together and having fun. … Their relationship has grown into more.” The duo, who are working together — he’s set to star in her directorial debut — were first linked all the way back in January. They were most recently photographed exiting a supermarket in upstate New York with items including a package of toilet paper, a roasting pan and flowers. (Page Six has the photos.)
On Aug. 22 — after controversial gossip vlogger Tasha K claimed in an Aug. 16 YouTube video that Iggy Azalea and Tristan Thompson are secretly hooking up — the Australian rapper took to Twitter to insist she’s never even met Khloe Kardashian’s off-and-on love of several years. “Very weird fake news making the rounds about me dating a man I’ve literally never met a DAY in my life…. Like…. Y’all are really that bored?!?! … Literally have never even been in the same building as that man. I DO NOT KNOW THAT PERSON. … Making up baseless lies about people for fun is lame because I’m a real person with my own private life that gets disrupted by [this stuff], so I’m actually annoyed,” she wrote in a series of tweets. It’s unclear where Tasha K got the idea that Iggy and Tristan are an item. Earlier this month, there were conflicting reports about whether or not Khloe and Tristan have reconciled.
Wendy Williams took to Instagram on Aug. 21 to tease the new man in her life: “My son’s 21st birthday party on the yacht in #Miami was everything he wanted! Even my boyfriend,” she captioned a photo of herself and a mystery man sitting in a car together.
On Aug. 20, Page Six broke the news that Roger Waters is engaged. A spy reportedly overheard the Pink Floyd rocker introduce a female companion as his fiancée while dining in the Hamptons earlier this month. According to the spy, the beauty is the same woman with whom the musician posed on the red carpet at the 2019 Venice Film Festival premiere of his concert film “Us + Them” — but her identity has yet to be publicly revealed. It’ll be his fifth marriage.
On Aug. 23, Hollywood Life reported that, according to a source, Quavo and Saweetie — who split in March amid rumors he was unfaithful — have been “quietly spending time together on the DL.” Said the source, “Quavo has missed Saweetie since they broke up and he’s been asking to see her. Apparently she gave in because they linked up in New York and have hung out since they’re both there at the same time. … Nothing is official as of the moment, but don’t be surprised if you hear they’ve reconciled.” Added the insider, “Their connection certainly hasn’t gone away and the chemistry they’ve always had is undeniable.”
On the Aug. 23 episode of E!’s “Daily Pop,” Chrishell Stause revealed that she and Jason Oppenheim secretly dated for two months before going public with their romance in late July. “It’s just one of those things. You don’t want to share with everybody and get all their opinions before you really know what it is,” she said. “We really were really private and secretive for as long as we could until we realized the walls were closing in — people were getting a little savvy to it. … We made it to a point where we were really happy to share it because then we knew exactly what it was, so it’s all good.” She also revealed that their “Selling Sunset” co-star Mary Fitzgerald was the first one to figure out that she and Jason were an item. As for Mary’s prior romance with Jason, it’s no big deal for Chrishell: “That was so many years ago,” she said. “We’re just all best friends at this point. Her and [her husband Romain Bonnet] are so happy. It just feels like a family. It’s nice.”
The rumors were true! On Aug. 23, Addison Rae was snapped holding hands with Israeli producer-guitarist Omer Fedi during a lunch date in West Hollywood, confirming suspicions from late June that they’re an item.
In other Bachelor Nation wedding news… According to People magazine, which published exclusive wedding photos, Vanessa Grimaldi — who got engaged to Nick Viall on season 21 of “The Bachelor” in 2017 — married Josh Wolfe at the Le Mount Stephen Hotel in Montreal on Aug. 20, almost exactly a year after they got engaged following a courtship of less than two years. “I’m over the moon! Josh is the best partner to have in life and I feel so grateful,” gushed the former reality star. “I’m so excited to call him my husband. I know we’re going to be together forever.”
In other Bachelor Nation love news… On Aug. 16, Seinne Fleming — who competed for Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s heart on season 22 of “The Bachelor” in 2018 — took to Instagram to announce that she’s engaged to realtor Doug Fillmore. “The best surprise and most amazing weekend of my life!!! I absolutely said YES to my favorite person and the sweetest man I know! I’m so excited to continue building an incredible life with you @dougfillmore_ I love you beyond words!!” she captioned a slideshow of photos depicting the proposal. She later told Us Weekly that her beau popped the question in Malibu following a helicopter ride over Los Angeles. “I knew he was the one from the moment I met him, because I’d never felt the way I felt for him with anyone else. He has become my best friend and is truly the most kind and loving person I’ve ever known,” she gushed. “He puts up with all of my antics, and I can be exactly who I am, quirks and all, when I’m with him. … There’s nothing I’ve ever been more sure about in my life than spending it with him.” They started dating in 2018 while her season of “The Bachelor” was airing.
In still more Bachelor Nation love news… On Aug. 23, Victoria Paul — who competed for Peter Weber’s heart on season 24 of “The Bachelor” — took to her Instagram Story to clear up questions about her relationship status after she left the seventh season of “Bachelor in Paradise” amid rumors she has a secret boyfriend back in Nashville: aspiring musician Teddy Robb. “[We] broke up in May and we’ve remained great friends. ASK THE MAN,” she wrote. She also called her ex the “best dog dad and friend” and shared an Instagram Story post from 12 weeks ago in which she addressed their breakup. Teddy also took to his Instagram Story to insist that he and Victoria “dated before she went on” the show. “It didn’t work out for us but we are on good terms and I wish her the best,” he wrote. Later, on the Aug. 25 episode of the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast, Victoria said that she and Teddy only dated for “like two and a half months” in early 2021 and “the weight of whether ‘Paradise’ was going to be a thing or not weighed heavy” on their relationship. “He didn’t ask me to stay and was just like, ‘You should do it. You should go. I encourage you to follow your heart,'” she revealed, adding that when they met after she moved to Nashville in January, they became “really close, like, best friends” until their relationship “developed into something more unintentionally” — even though she’d already signed on to appear on the current season of “Bachelor in Paradise.” Explained the blonde beauty, “He broke up with me and was like, ‘I just feel like you’ve got your own thing going on. [The show] is this huge weight on us, whether you’re going to go, whether you’re not. Are we serious enough for you to stay? Are you going to have regrets if you stay?’ … I think he was probably trying to give me his blessing, but it was like he wouldn’t fully commit. When someone won’t fully commit, naturally it’s like, ‘OK, well, if you’re not going to be all in then maybe I should [go on the show].'”
In even more Bachelor Nation love news… Blake Horstmann said on the Aug. 20 episode of the “Reality Life with Kate Casey” podcast that he and Becca Kufrin might have finally gotten together earlier this year if she hadn’t signed on to appear on the current season of “Bachelor in Paradise.” The duo dated on season 14 of “The Bachelorette” in 2018, but Becca ultimately chose Garrett Yrigoyen — from whom she split in the summer of 2020 — over him. “We did kind of chat here and there [earlier this year]. And we were back in touch within the last like six months. And it kind of came down to if she was going to ‘Paradise’ or not, you know?” he revealed, adding that he “always thought [Becca and Garrett would] never break up.” Explained Blake, “I completely put her out of my head. It was never something like a ‘when they break up’ because I never thought they would. When they did, it was like this weird thing of like, ‘Well, I wonder if there’s anything still there?’ … I would be willing to talk, of course. But we’ll see how ‘Paradise’ works out [for her]. … You know that that show can change you and those producers get a hold of you. The show doesn’t like me. The show doesn’t want to see us together.” Blake — who first sparked reconciliation rumors with Becca in late 2020 — has been an outspoken critic of Bachelor Nation producers in recent years.
According to The Blast, Parvati Shallow — who won the 16th season of “Survivor” — filed to divorce her husband of four years — fellow “Survivor” alum John Fincher, who competed on season 19 — in Los Angeles on Aug. 24. She reportedly cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. The duo welcomed daughter Alma in July 2018.
On the first part of the “Shahs of Sunset” season 9 reunion special, which aired on Aug. 22, Mike Shouhed revealed that he and Paulina Ben-Cohen are engaged. He popped the question on the beach in Hawaii after getting permission to propose from her son. (She has two kids from a previous marriage.) “The love and the connection that we have with each other, like, I would not be able to live a day without him in my life,” said the bride-to-be, adding that she and Mike will not be signing a prenuptial agreement before they tie the knot. “I would not marry someone if I felt that I need to protect myself,” she said. “In my eyes, that’s not a marriage. Then I’ll just date someone.” The ninth season of “Shahs of Sunset” chronicled a rough patch in Mike and Paulina’s relationship after she caught him sexting other women.
During an Aug. 19 Q&A with fans on her Instagram Story, “Teen Mom” star Briana DeJesus revealed that she’s back on the market after calling off her engagement to Javi Gonzalez. When a fan asked when she was planning to tie the knot, she replied, “I am not getting married any time soon. Maybe next 5 years?” Her response prompted another fan to ask, “Are you single?” The mother of two responded with a simple “yes.” Briana announced in late May that she and the tattoo artist had gotten engaged.
On Aug. 23, country music star HARDY took to Instagram to announce that he and his girlfriend of a little more than three years, Caleigh Ryan, are engaged. “I’m not her boyfriend anymore,” he captioned a photo of himself on bended knee at the Lyric Oxford in Mississippi.
On Aug. 22, “Big Brother” season 21 star Christie Murphy took to her Instagram Story to announce that she and her girlfriend, a woman named Jamie, got engaged during a picnic at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The following day, the reality star shared a slideshow of photos depicting the proposal: “Haven’t yet woken up from this dream. Engaged to the LOVE OF MY LIFE in Paris!” she wrote in the caption.
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