Christina El Moussa Returns to Work with Ex-Husband Tarek After Splitting from Boyfriend Doug Spedding

 

A year and a half after splitting, Christina and Tarek El Moussa still have a strong professional relationship.

The Flip or Flop stars were spotted working together in Yorba Linda, California, on Thursday, as news broke that Christina, 34, had split from her boyfriend Doug Spedding, 55.

In Touch first reported that Christina had ended her romance with the businessman, who has entered an in-patient rehabilitation center for addiction issues.

A source confirmed the breakup to PEOPLE, saying Christina “supports Doug’s decision to seek treatment and remains in contact to support his recovery.”

Christina and Spedding had been dating since this summer. In July, PEOPLE reported that the pair, who were linked before her marriage to Tarek, had reconnected.

“Their children are only a few years apart, so they’ve been doing a lot of activities with the kids: ice skating, swimming, BBQs, just low-key stuff at home,” a source said about Christina and Spedding, who is a father of six. “Christina respects that he is a great father; he’s always present when it comes to his children and isn’t distracted by his phone and social media. They’re just taking it slow and enjoying their time together.”

RELATED VIDEO: Christina and Tarek El Moussa’s Divorce Has Not Stopped Their Business Relationship

 

Christina and Tarek, 36, quietly separated in May 2016 following a bizarre incident involving a gun.

She submitted her divorce documents in August, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the breakup and requesting joint legal and physical custody of their two children: daughter Taylor, 6, and son Brayden, 2.

They continue to film Flip or Flop together.

The two are also co-executive producers on Chi-Town Flop, which follows husband-and-wife team Bryan and Maira Segal as they transform homes in the Windy City using the same model as Tarek and Christina’s successful series.

“We’ve been working together for a really long time,” Tarek told PEOPLE in August of the former couple’s dynamic as business partners. “It’s our job. Obviously, we know each other really well.”

You Won’t Believe the Savage Prank Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian Tried to Pull on a Sleeping Kendall Jenner

 

Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian can solemnly swear that they are up to no good.

In a sneak peek at Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the sisters travel to Santa Barbara — and when Kendall Jenner falls asleep first, they decide to pull a prank on her. (As Kourtney claims, she was “asking for it.”)

“Can we cover her with baby powder?” asks Khloé, 33.

“What if we put a blueberry up her a—?” suggests Kourtney, 38.

When they run out of ideas, Kourtney asks her Twitter followers for some suggestions on how to prank a sleeping person. After skipping over the boring ones — “let them rest,” “leave Kendall alone” — one person replies with a particularly … creative response.

“This one’s good! This one’s good!” Kourtney says excitedly. “Put a few squares of chocolate in their bum crack so it melts, and when they wake up they think they pooped themselves.”

“I think that’s the winner,” she continues, laughing so hard she can barely speak. “She’s just going to think she went to the bathroom … She’s going to think she was so drunk.”

“Let me tell you, Twitter is really — it’s a great tool,” says Khloé. “It’s almost better than Google because they give you in real time responses and they’re really crafty.”

RELATED VIDEO: Here’s Why Kendall Jenner Is Missing from the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Lineup

 

Kourtney then sneaks into Kendall’s room with a plate of chocolate, slipping under the covers while Khloé films the operation — but unfortunately, Kendall, 21, wakes up before the deed is done.

“We wanted you to shart yourself,” explains Khloé as the three crack up. “We wanted to see if you would tell us if you s— yourself.”

Ultimately, Kendall puts it best: “You guys are like, 12,” she says.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on E!

At Last! See the Moment Joy-Anna Duggar & Austin Forsyth Share Their Very First Kiss

 

Sealed with a kiss!

On Monday’s Counting On, viewers got to watch a two-hour special episode documenting Joy-Anna Duggar‘s wedding to Austin Forsyth — including their much-anticipated first kiss. (The Duggar family’s extremely conservative version of dating bans kissing until marriage and generally limits physical contact to “side-hugs.”)

“Are you ready?” Austin, 23, whispers to his bride in a clip from the scene.

“By the power vested in me in the state of Arkansas, I do pronounce that you are husband and wife,” their pastor announces. “In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.”

Austin and Joy-Anna, 19, begin expectantly clearing their throats as the crowd laughs.

“Oh, am I missing something?” the pastor says. “Austin, you know — kiss your bride.”

Austin then leans in for the kiss, wrapping one hand around the back of Joy-Anna’s neck. As soon as they’re done, the couple giddily begins marching towards the aisle, until the pastor reminds them there’s one thing left to do.

“I’m honored to present to you all for the very first time, Mr. and Mrs. Austin Martin Forsyth,” he says as everyone starts cheering.

The pair then takes off down the aisle together, timed perfectly with a surprise confetti drop

“That was really special,” Joy-Anna says. “I think it made everything look so amazing.”

RELATED VIDEO: Joy-Anna Duggar Is Expecting Her First Child!

 

Joy-Anna and Austin first met when his family moved to Arkansas and started attending the Duggars’ church. After a whirlwind three-month-long engagement, Joy-Anna wed Austin in May at Cross Church in Rogers, Arkansas. Following the couple’s “I dos,” they jetted off to Geneva, Switzerland, for an “incredible” honeymoon.

In August, the couple exclusively shared with PEOPLE that they are expecting their first child together.

“We’re so happy and thankful to announce that we’re expecting a baby!” Joy-Anna said. “Every child is such a precious gift from God. I’m most looking forward to watching Austin as a dad and raising children together with him.”

“I’m really looking forward to the journey of this pregnancy and all the different stages it will bring,” Austin said. “It’s really exciting and I feel so blessed to be a dad! We are beyond thankful!”

Counting On airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on TLC.

Scott Disick and Sofia Richie Share Passionate Kiss in Venice

 

Scott Disick and Sofia Richie‘s Italian getaway is underway.

After they were spotted jetting out of Los Angeles hand-in-hand on Saturday, the stars flew to Milan. They’re currently in Venice, where they were photographed sharing a passionate kiss while sitting outdoors at a café on Tuesday.

Disick, 34, wrapped one arm around Sofia, 19, as the two embraced.

Sofia has also been chronicling their trip on Instagram, posting a photo of the two posing together on a bridge, as well as several candids on her Instagram story.

“Run away with it,” she captioned the shot.

RELATED VIDEO: Lionel Richie Doesn’t Want to See Daughter Sofia ‘Get Hurt’ by Scott Disick’s ‘Playboy Ways,’ Says Source

 

The couple first sparked speculation in May after they were pictured cuddling up aboard a yacht in the south of France during the Cannes Film Festival. At the time, Sofia — who previously dated Justin Bieber — adamantly denied anything romantic was going on, tweeting that the two were “just homies.”

By mid-September, a source told PEOPLE the two had become “inseparable,” and they confirmed their romance via social media later that month, later packing on the PDA during a trip to Mexico.

The relationship has raised a few eyebrows, and a source told PEOPLE earlier this month that Sofia’s famous father Lionel Richie isn’t too pleased about it.

“He thinks Scott is the worst person she could ever see and that he raised her better than that,” said the source of the American Idol judge’s reaction. “He thinks she should have more respect for herself as a young woman. Lionel knows Scott’s playboy ways and he doesn’t want to see his daughter get hurt.”

The insider also said Sofia is “much more invested in the relationship” than Disick, who shares three kids with his ex Kourtney Kardashian, 38.

“Sofia wanted commitment from him, so he committed to be her ‘boyfriend,’ ” the source said. “Sofia feels like she’s in the in-crowd right now and loves that Scott has swagger and money and that he loves to travel and party.”

Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen Spend Time with Daughter After Split: ‘They Seemed Perfectly Civil’

 

Over a month after their split, Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen are spending time as a family with their daughter Briar Rose, who will turn 3 later this month.

On Sunday, the former couple reunited to take Briar to the PAW Patrol Live show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. 

“They seemed perfectly civil, but not romantic or affectionate in any way,” an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

On Sept. 20, reports surfaced that Bilson and Christensen, both 36, had separated about two weeks prior after nearly 10 years together.

The pair met on the set of their 2008 film Jumper and got engaged later that year. They called off their engagement in August 2010 but reconciled just three months later.

RELATED VIDEO: Rachel Bilson’s Celebrity Crush Might Surprise You

A source close to Bilson later told PEOPLE that a conflict in the two stars’ personalities played a large role in their split.

“Rachel is very outgoing and her friends are very important to her,” the source said. “Hayden is the opposite. He can be very antisocial.”

Christensen’s intensely private nature was part of the problem, according to the source.

“Hayden never wanted to join her for special occasions, like weddings,” the source explained. “Rachel had to attend by herself. Her friends thought she could do better.”

Christensen’s “anxiety issues” apparently only “got worse” after Briar was born: “He got overly protective and almost paranoid that someone would get pictures of the baby,” the source said.

Ultimately, their “constant conflicts about every day stuff … became exhausting and almost depressing for Rachel,” the source said.

“It got really bad over the summer and they decided to separate,” the source said. “She is living with the baby in Los Angeles now. She is a great mom and loves it.”

Kourtney Kardashian Cracks Down on Scott Disick’s Behavior: ‘I Don’t Want the Kids to See Him Like This’

Kourtney Kardashian isn’t happy with Scott Disick‘s behavior on this season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

In a sneak peek at Sunday’s episode, Kourtney, 38, escapes Los Angeles for a California road trip with her sisters — but she can’t escape the ongoing drama with her ex.

In one scene, Khloé, 33, urges her sister to give Disick, 34, some “tough love.”

“I don’t want the kids to see him like this,” admits Kourtney, who shares three children with Disick: son Mason, 7, daughter Penelope, 5, and son Reign, 2.

This season, Kourtney and Disick — who were together for nine years before she officially ended things in 2015 — have been at odds over Disick’s partying, combined with his refusal to accept that Kourtney is moving on with her life.

“How is it that she’s allowed to throw up in bed and I have to go to rehab if I do something like that?” Disick — who has struggled with alcohol abuse — said in an earlier episode after his ex celebrated her birthday by taking a wild girls trip to Mexico in April.

“Kourtney having a good time makes me happy,” he said. “But of course, in the back of my heart and mind I get a little jealous, because I wish we could have had some of those times while we were together.”

RELATED VIDEO: Scott Disick Is ‘Jealous’ of Kourtney Kardashian Partying on Birthday Trip to Mexico

 

In the two and a half years since their split, Disick has regularly been spotted cozying up to different women in Los Angeles, New York City and abroad — most recently with 19-year-old Sofia Richie, whom a source recently told PEOPLE is calling Disick her “boyfriend.”

Kourtney, meanwhile, is dating 24-year-old Younes Bendjima — and in the KUWTK 10th anniversary special (which aired last month but was taped in April), she indicated that she and Disick aren’t likely to reconcile.

“I guess we’re co-parenting our kids and just trying to get along,” she said. “He’s family. But I mean, we’re definitely psychotic.”

“The debauchery that’s gone on has definitely closed the door several billion times,” she added. “He for a time period, he can’t be consistent.”

“Here’s the thing,” Disick said. “Every time I become too good of a person, she stops loving me, because she fell in love with a person who was a little bit f—ed up. I treat you like royalty, you don’t say hello to me. I spit in your face, you’re like, ‘Hey babe.’ ”

Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on E!

Kim Kardashian Says Bad Paparazzi Pictures Have Given Her a ‘Full Phobia': ‘Why Don’t I Just Stay at Home?’

 

Even Kim Kardashian West gets insecure sometimes.

Sunday night’s episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians focused largely on the mother of three’s increasingly overwhelming body images issues, which were sparked after a set of bikini photos of her on vacation in Mexico in April surfaced in the media, which she said led her to develop “body dysmorphia.”

While in the car on her way to the 2017 Met Gala in New York City in May, Kim, 37, dissolved into a panic over her appearance, which prompted her to start sweating profusely. (No worries, they whipped out a blowdryer in the backseat and cooled her down, even if it meant blowing a fuse.)

“I’m literally going to s— my f—ing pants,” cried Kim, later admitting she “was about to throw up” and “totally had a freakout.”

Back in Los Angeles, family friend Jonathan Cheban pointed out that Kim had developed “a real insecurity problem lately.”

“You should have seen met at the Met. If you think this is bad …” she responded. “The Mexico trip really f—ed up.”

Khloé, 33, jumped to her sister’s defense.

“Kim looked absolutely amazing at the Met Ball … but it seems like the Mexico pictures are just never-ending and it’s just making her think about Paris again, was mocked and made fun of,” she said. “It’s one of the few times she’s been seen back and out, and this is how she gets treated. It’s not fair and it’s not cool.”

RELATED VIDEO: Rose Byrne Reveals the ‘Rolls-Royce of Spanx’ She Wore to the Met Gala

 

As the days went on, Kim’s insecurities only grew deeper as articles surrounding the Mexico bikini shots continued to circulate.

“When will they stop with this story?” said Kim. “You definitely get a thick skin once you have been through it a lot, but pictures just keep coming up every day and they just won’t let it go. I know I can handle anything and everything, and if I can’t handle it … who can?”

Kim admitted that the media scrutiny was forcing her to stay home more.

“I just am in the house so much that I get so freaked out if anyone like, looks at me,” she said. “ full phobia — I freak out about everything.”

“Why do I subject myself to being seen?” she continued. “Why don’t I just stay at home?”

Kourtney, 38, tried to advise Kim to stay off all the gossip websites, but to no avail.

“Kim is really not over these Mexico pictures and I feel like this just set her back,” she said.

“I just feel bad that Kim is now so insecure,” Khloé added. “She literally has the body of a Barbie doll. I get like that, too, and I feel fatter so I feel bad, but I don’t think anyone should live life like that.”

“We need to disconnect from all social media for four days so she remembers how hot she is,” said Cheban, prompting Khloé and Kourtney to devise a plan to help their sister regain some of her confidence.

“Kim is normally not this insecure,” said Kourtney. “If she just didn’t have access to social media or just stopped looking at the blogs, I think that she would start to feel better.”

“I feel like one of the best things she did for herself after her Paris incident was she really detached herself from the internet and social media,” said Khloé. “I think we kind of need to step in and do something like that so she realizes this does not matter, and we take that bulls— out of her life.”

The two decided to secretly wipe all social media apps from Kim’s phone. When Kim she found out, she finally agreed that it was for the best — though she insisted she’s “not like, a lunatic.”

“It consumes you and it affects you,” Kourtney said. “You just need to live your life. Why do you need to see this nonsense?”

Kim tried to argue that she uses the apps to read about current events — “that’s how I learn all my news of what’s going in the world!” — but Kourtney quickly shut her down.

“I don’t read any news, and I’m fine, and I’m happy,” she said.

“I mean, you guys are right,” said Kim, finally coming around. “I do need to let this not bother me and not be a thing. I’ll live like this for like, two days, and see how I feel.”

RELATED VIDEO: Kourtney Kardashian and Boyfriend Younes Bendjima Share Steamy Kiss at Paris Soccer Game — But He Appears Distracted

 

And while Kim was busy working on herself, Kourtney was focused on someone else entirely: her new boyfriend. (While they don’t name drop the lucky guy, we can assume they’re probably referring to Younes Bendjima, the 24-year-old model whom she’s been seeing since early May.)

“I know Kourt has been out on the dating scene recently — she’s planning a little birthday surprise tonight,” Khloé explained. “I don’t really know the details, but she’s doing this whole exchange. She’s putting a hotel key into this wallet.”

“I’ve never known Kourtney to be this giddy, ever in my life,” she added. “I’ve never known Kourtney to plan anything. It’s so cute though, to see her this giddy!”

Khloé said she knew “a little bit about this guy,” but was refraining from asking too many questions about him because Kourtney gets “super awkward” and “like, will shut down.”

The surprise seemed to go off without a hitch — but the following morning, Kourtney was typically evasive about it all, refusing to give her sisters any details about the night.

“Kourtney is always coy about what she does,” Khloé said.

“Doesn’t say a word, doesn’t divulge anything,” Kim said.

“It’s really good — I wish we were more like that,” Khloé added.

And as for Khloé? Well, she was busy trying to nail down mom Kris Jenner for some much-needed one-on-one time.

“You know, I’m kind of thinking that I got bamboozled into you moving to Cleveland,” said Kris, 61, of her daughter’s relocation to Cleveland, where her boyfriend Tristan Thompson plays for the Cavaliers.

“You made it sound like you were going to Cleveland for the weekend, and you’ve kind of gone to Cleveland for six months,” Kris said.

“I go back and forth constantly — it sucks,” Khloé admitted.

Luckily, the mother-daughter duo got to enjoy some quality bonding time, involving plenty of wine and a few prank calls. In their own words, cheers to that!

Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on E!

Mindy Kaling Confirms She’s Having a Baby Girl & Talks Oprah Winfrey Spilling the Pregnancy Beans

 

A month after sources confirmed to PEOPLE that Mindy Kaling is expecting a girl, the actress has confirmed the happy news herself.

The Mindy Project star opened up about her pregnancy during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, revealing that she wanted to know the gender of her baby “way early.”

“I am not waiting,” she said. “I’m having a girl.”

Kaling, 38, also took a moment to address the fact that it was none other than Oprah Winfrey who confirmed the baby news. (Winfrey, 63, previously told PEOPLE that she was standing in the film’s press line at Disney’s D23 expo in July when her castmate told her that she’s expecting.)

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“She did announce it,” said Kaling with a laugh. “I had told Oprah and Reese on a movie we’re working on, A Wrinkle in Time, and she announced it at press — she was very excited.”

“If anyone is going to announce big news about your private life, Oprah Winfrey is the person,” said Kaling. “You can’t complain that much about it. And you also can’t be like, ‘Hey, Oprah, zip it’ — because she’s almost like a religious figure. So if there’s one person I have to tell my daughter about that revealed her existence to the world, Oprah is pretty good.”

“I think I learned a long time ago that it’s probably not a good idea to reprimand Oprah,” she added. “There are worse things!”

Kaling also joked about how being “very, very pregnant” has given her a newfound love for sitting down.

“I’ve had a pretty great time of it so far,” she said of her pregnancy. “But I think I took a lot for granted before this, now that I’m my current situation — like, sitting. I’m obsessed with sitting. And even when I was standing back there I was looking at this chair and I was like: ‘Can’t wait to sit in that chair. That beautiful comfy chair.’ ”

“Getting up is going to be challenging,” she quipped. “Counting on you to hoist me out of this chair.”

News of Kaling’s pregnancy broke on July 17. At the time, a source told PEOPLE that the star “just started telling her friends that she’s pregnant, but she’s not telling anyone — not even close friends — who the father is.”

The actress debuted her baby bump for the first time on July 27 at the Television Critics Association panel for her show.

“Mindy is really motherly to the people she loves and cares about,” an insider previously told PEOPLE, adding that Kaling will be an excellent mom. “She takes care of them.”

Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian Worry About Kim’s Body Dysmorphia: She’s ‘Normally Not This Insecure’

The Kardashian sisters look out for each other.

In a sneak peek at Sunday’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Khloé and Kourtney devise a plan to help Kim get over her body confidence issues. (On last week’s episode, Kim, 37, broke down after a set of bikini photos of her on vacation in Mexico surfaced in the media, which she said led her to develop “body dysmorphia.”)

“Kim is normally not this insecure,” says Kourtney, 38, during a confessional. “If she just didn’t have access to social media or just stopped looking at the blogs, I think that she would start to feel better.”

“I feel like one of the best things she did for herself after her Paris incident was she really detached herself from the internet and social media,” adds Khloé, 33. “I think we kind of need to step in and do something like that so she realizes this does not matter, and we take that bulls— out of her life.”

The two decide to secretly wipe all social media apps from their sister’s phone — but they need to distract her first.

“Oh, you look gorgeous,” says Khloé as Kim walks into the kitchen. “Look at that bod. Hot and naughty.”

Khloé asks Kim to help her clean out her closet while Kourtney borrows Kim’s phone to call her kids from the kitchen. But once they’re in the closet, the plan takes a hilarious turn when Kim starts ripping on some of her sister’s fashion choices.

“ rid of this stuff?” she says, pointing to a pile of discarded clothes on the floor. “I think those red thermals are the coolest thing you have in this closet.”

“So you’re keeping this?” she says, picking up a sparkly blue jacket.

“I like sequins,” says Khloé, rolling her eyes. “Why did I even offer this?”

“This is Jersey Shore on another level,” Kim adds, pointing out another shirt.

RELATED VIDEO: Kim Kardashian Wears See-Through Leggings in Her Most Outrageous Fashion Week Outfit Yet

 

“It’s probably the worst idea I’ve ever had, because now I’m being tortured. And like, what the f— is taking you so long?” Khloé tells Kourtney later. “Like, I can’t handle being alone with her in the closet.”

Finally, Kim makes her way back into the kitchen, calling out for Kourtney to give her back her phone.

“Hold on, I’m not done,” Kourtney says.

“What are you doing?!” Kim demands.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on E!

Maks Chmerkovskiy ‘Completely Lost It’ Right Before ‘Raw, Unapologetic’ Dance with Vanessa Lachey

 

This week’s Dancing with the Stars was an emotional one across the board.

On Monday, pro Maks Chmerkovskiy put on his dancing shoes to compete with partner Vanessa Lachey in a routine commemorating her most memorable year — one week after missing last week’s show after sources told PEOPLE the two had hit a rough patch.

Lachey, 36, chose 2017 as the most impactful year of her life, breaking down in tears as she revealed that she underwent an emergency surgery when her son, Phoenix Robert, arrived 10 weeks early in December. (His due date was sometime in spring 2017.)

Lachey and Chmerkovskiy, 37, earned a 24 out of 30 for their emotional rumba, and the dance pro later took to Instagram to pen a sweet note to his partner.

“Everything I ever want for my partners is literally what @vanessalachey has brought to the dance floor last night. Raw, unapologetic, real emotion expressed through a beautiful dance,” he wrote. “Yesterday also marked the first time when I completely lost it right before the dance … I rarely cry but this was something different, something I’ve yet to experience watching someone else’s story.”

“I’m proud of you partner!” he continued. “They can say what they want but you’re a star and I wouldn’t want to be on this rollercoaster with anyone but you! And we have so many more of these moments to share with each other, and everyone else who couldn’t stop their tears… #teamBabiesAndBallroom #DWTS #NeverADullMoment.”

Last week, DWTS co-host Erin Andrews informed viewers that Chmerkovskiy’s absence was due to “a personal issue,” but sources told PEOPLE that the DWTS pro, 37, and Lachey, 36, had been “bickering” since the beginning of the competition, and that he chose to sit out from rehearsals and the live show due to a clash between their “big personalities.”

Chmerkovskiy later apologized to Lachey for his absence, which left his partner to perform with first-time pro Alan Bersten.

“As you are all aware, I had to leave the show last week to take care of some personal issues. I take full responsibility for my absence,” he tweeted. “And want to apologize to my partner Vanessa. We are both looking forward to dancing for our fans next week!”

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Chmerkovskiy’s wife — and fellow DWTS pro — Peta Murgatroyd shared with PEOPLE that even though “a lot was made of the fact that Maks missed last week’s show,” only a “few people know how crazy this show really gets — not only physically on your body but mentally as well.”

“We care about our partners, and that’s what makes it so hard sometime, because you care and love each other, and you want them to do so well,” she said. “You invest so much time-wise, and you just want them to be the best and get the best results possible at the end of the day on the Monday night. But it is difficult to deal with life, stresses, rehearsals and then show time and everything that goes along with that.”

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

Bachelor Alum Caila Quinn Has Found Love! Meet Her New Boyfriend Nick

 

Another Bachelor star is off the market!

Caila Quinn, who made it to the final three on Ben Higgins‘ season of The Bachelor in 2016 and appeared on Bachelor in Paradise later that summer, recently took to Instagram to reveal her new man.

“Now playing in a theater near you,” she captioned a photo of the two kissing underneath an old-school movie theater banner in Cleveland that reads: “Nick Meets the Parents. PS They Love You.”

In a separate video, the couple strolls along hand-in-hand, exchanging kisses before she surprises him with the customized sign.

RELATED VIDEO: Caila Quinn Reveals Why She Relates to Peter Kraus’ Indecision on The Bachelorette

 

Quinn opened up about the romance to Entertainment Tonight, revealing that her new boyfriend, Nick Burrello, is a private equity real estate investor from Chicago, whom she was set up with through a mutual friend a few weeks ago.

“ definitely was instant,” she said, calling him “driven, goofy, adventurous and passionate” and “literally the sweetest human in the world.”

“He entered the New York City bar after I just finished up with a Fashion Week event, and that was it,” she said. “I was hooked. It’s actually really cute. He says it all the time, but when you know, you know.”

“He’s a big family man. The way a guy talks about his parents says a lot about how he prioritizes his relationship,” she continued. “For him, it’s family first.”

Quinn said Burrello’s meeting with her parents went “so well” and they “absolutely love him.”

“They even mentioned they’ve never seen someone make me this happy,” she added.

That being said, the former reality star and lifestyle blogger said they aren’t rushing into anything.

“It’s a little soon for the next step talk,” she said. “But I am definitely smitten and enjoying all the little firsts we’re having together.”

Of meeting someone offscreen, Quinn said “dating outside of the Bachelor family is refreshing” — but she’s still grateful for her time on the show.

“The girlfriend that set us up is a blogger, and if I didn’t go on the show and change career paths, I would have never met her,” she said. “She might have never introduced me to this amazing man. Everything happens for a reason.”

How DWTS’ Victoria Arlen Regained the Ability to Talk & Walk After 4 Years in a Vegetative State

 

Victoria Arlen is no ordinary 22-year-old.

The ESPN features reporter and former Paralympic swimmer is competing on this season of Dancing with the Stars — just a year and a half after she regained the ability to walk after spending nearly a decade paralyzed from the waist down.

On Monday night, the celebrities paid tribute to their most memorable years with their routines, and Arlen chose 2017: the first year she finally feels free to follow her dreams, thanks to DWTS. Arlen’s emotional dance chronicled her life story and began with her in a wheelchair before she foxtroted across the floor with pro Val Chmerkovskiy. Judges loved Arlen’s number and awarded her a 27/30 for the foxtrot.

Arlen first detailed her incredible story in a first-person essay for ESPN in May 2016. It began when Arlen, who was born in Boston and raised in Exeter, New Hampshire, got sick at age 11.

“My back and side ached, so doctors took out my appendix,” she recalled. “Then my legs began giving out. My foot dragged. Within two weeks, I lost all feeling and function in my legs. Next, my hands stopped working. I couldn’t control my arms, couldn’t swallow properly or find the right words when I wanted to speak. It was as if someone was slowly shutting down the switches on the circuit board that controlled my body and brain. I was slowly slipping away from my family.”

“Then everything went dark,” she continued. “Two years later, I woke up inside a body that could not move. I was locked in. I could hear the conversations going on around me, but I had no way of alerting anyone that I was aware they were there.”

It took three years for doctors to diagnose Arlen with two equally rare conditions: Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, autoimmune disorders that caused swelling in her brain and spinal cord.

“I’ve since learned that, had my doctors diagnosed me correctly in 2006, a steroid injection could have prevented all of this,” she said. “But at the time of my diagnosis, they offered my family little hope. They told them I would be a vegetable for the rest of my life. I heard those conversations.”

Arlen lost the ability to speak, eat, walk and move. Doctors believed she had little chance of survival, let alone recovery — but her parents believed in her, setting up a hospital room in their house in New Hampshire to take care of her.

“My three brothers — I’m a triplet and we have an older brother — talked to me and kept me in the know about what was going on outside of my room,” said Arlen. “They empowered me to fight and get stronger. They didn’t know I could hear them, but I could.”

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Then, in December 2009, after four years in a vegetative state, Arlen made eye contact with her mom.

“Slowly over the next year, I began coming back to life,” she said. “Raw sounds became words, became sentences. A twitch of my index finger became the wave of my hand. The ability to swallow pudding eventually led to me mowing on a steak. I learned the name Justin Bieber, held my first cell phone and learned what it meant to ‘poke’ someone on Facebook.”

“But despite daily progress, one thing never returned: my legs,” she continued. “I was told the swelling had caused permanent damage to my spinal cord and I would be paralyzed from my belly button down for the rest of my life. Every specialist told me the same thing: ‘You need to get used to being in a wheelchair.’ I’d already overcome the impossible. I’d woken up and re-learned to live. My idea of what is possible had changed. When my doctors said I would never walk, I didn’t believe them. I knew I wasn’t meant to spend my life in a chair.”

Arlen, who had been a “water baby” growing up, began her journey toward regaining movement in her legs again in the pool.

“As I began to heal from my illness, I came to the sad realization that I would never swim again,” she recalled. “I didn’t think I could swim without my legs. But my brothers disagreed, so in 2010 they threw me into our pool. I was terrified. But it was a turning point in my life. It was the ‘jump’ I needed to get back to my life. When I was swimming, I was free from the chair. And to my surprise, I was still good. In the water, I found freedom — and my confidence.

In 2012, at age 17, Arlen made the USA Paralympic swim team and competed at the London Games, bringing home three silver medals and a gold in the 100-meter freestyle and setting a world record in the 100-meter free.

“When I returned home, I was met with quite a bit of fanfare,” she said. “All of a sudden, my chair and I were thrust into the spotlight. I was invited to speaking engagements and appearances. People recognized me at the grocery store. I began telling my story to television reporters and newspaper writers, becoming a beacon of hope to so many around the world. But I never lost my hope and vision for getting out of that chair.”

With the help of Project Walk, a paralysis recovery center based in San Diego, Arlen pushed towards her goal of walking using the Dardzinski Method, an activity-based therapy. In 2015, her family decided to open the first Project Walk franchise on the East Coast so Arlen could train every day in Boston.

“It became my refuge,” she said. “Despite agonizing frustration, I put in everything I had every day, spending thousands of hours working and fighting for one flicker of a sign that my legs were still alive. For the longest time, I didn’t see even a twitch of movement below my level of injury.”

“Then, on Nov. 11, 2015, I took a small step,” she went on. “I was strapped into a harness above a treadmill and two trainers worked to move my legs. It had been six years since I ‘woke up’ and my legs had shown no life. Most doctors say if there is no improvement after two years, there will be no improvement. Still, I showed up every day, for up to six hours a day, and worked.”

“That day, one of my trainers noticed a flicker, a small movement from within my right leg,” she continued. “It wasn’t much, but it was all the hope I needed. I harnessed that flicker and fanned the flame. Slowly, I began regaining movement in my legs. As they became stronger, I began sitting less and walking with the aid of forearm crutches and leg braces more frequently.”

Five months later, on March 3, 2016, Arlen let go of her crutches and put one foot in front of the other.

“I haven’t stopped since,” she said. “I sometimes feel like the Will Ferrell character Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights. Without my chair, ‘I don’t know what to do with my hands.’ ”

“Sometimes my recovery and the regimen I have to keep feels like a second job,” she added. “But it’s all worth it. It’s been 10 years since I was able to look someone in the eye instead of staring at everyone’s butts all day.”

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For Arlen, standing upright on her own wasn’t just challenging physically — it took a toll on her emotionally, too.

“Without the chair, there is no obvious evidence of my journey, no wheelchair or pink crutches to explain the past 10 years,” she said. “They were such a reminder of what had happened to me that with them; I never felt I could truly move on or be free. But standing was scary, too. I was incredibly nervous about announcing this news. I was unsure how people would react to me. But then I realized this is my journey and nobody else’s and maybe it can give hope to people who need it most.”

“Standing upright felt like drastically changing my hair and then worrying what everyone else would think,” she continued. “I wondered if I would be accepted without my chair. But I needed to be comfortable and at peace with my new identity before I could ask the same from others.”

It goes without saying that the reaction to Arlen’s recovery “has been incredible.”

“I didn’t do this on my own, and I am grateful for everyone who has helped me to this point,” she reflected. “Each day, I become more comfortable with my new reality. I thought taking those steps on March 3 would be my finish line. But really, they were only the beginning.”

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Kathy Griffin Slams Harvey Weinstein, Wears Donald Trump Mask in Return to Comedy 4 Months After Controversy

 

More than four months after sparking nationwide outrage for posing with a replica of President Donald Trump‘s bloodied, decapitated head in her hand, Kathy Griffin has returned to stand-up — wearing none other than a Trump mask.

The 56-year-old comedian — who, in the wake of the scandal, was fired from CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast, which she had co-hosted with Anderson Cooper for 10 years — made her bold return to comedy Sunday night at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, taking the stage wearing a mask of the president’s face, though this one free of blood and gore.

Griffin was the opening act at the annual Aid for AIDS fundraiser Best in Drag Show. In videos taken by The Hollywood Reporter‘s Chris Gardner, she strutted out with both middle fingers in the air, wearing the mask and a bright blue dress with a large pussy bow, seemingly identical to the one she wore in the original severed-head photo taken by Tyler Shields.

She discarded the mask within seconds and tossed it on the floor.

“Hello gays! It’s me, Kathy Griffin, a genuine comedy fugitive,” she proclaimed to the audience. “Can you handle it?”

Making first public appearance, @kathygriffin takes stage at LA drag show wearing @realDonaldTrump mask, waving middle fingers in air. #BIDS pic.twitter.com/55QHdifqwP

— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) October 9, 2017

According to THR, the event’s judges included Dylan McDermott, Selma Blair, Holland Taylor and Marc Cherry, and additional celebrity guests such as Debbie Allen filled the audience.

Griffin didn’t focus her set on Trump, instead choosing to skewer Harvey Weinstein, Billy Bush and the many “deplorables” who she said sent her death threats and hate mail after the photo went viral in May.

“I’m going to spill the f—ing tea,” she said. “I was part of an international scandal, under federal investigation for two months, my sister died, my dog died, and my mother turned on me. My mother took Sean Hannity’s side. She was a little drunk. She goes, ‘Kathleen, I was watching my Fox News and do you know not one of those guys took your side. Not once.’ I said, ‘Yes.’ I got letters from them saying they wanted to shoot me in my c—.”

Griffin revealed that in the wake of the scandal, former Today show host Bush sent her a letter, presumably to offer advice and support as someone whose own Trump-related firestorm cost him his job. (Bush was fired last October after a leaked 2005 tape depicted the then-Access Hollywood host laughing while Trump made lewd and graphic comments about Nancy O’Dell and Arianne Zucker.)

“Would you like to hear my consolation note from none other than Billy f—ing Bush?” she asked.

” ‘Dear Kathy, I will skip my analysis of the moment and go to what matters,’ ” she said, adding, “like he did on that bus. I watched that tape again yesterday. Trump’s all, ‘Grab ’em by the p—y,’ and Billy goes, ‘Whatever you want.’ ”

“And then he , ‘What’s happening here is that there’s no time for debate. Action goes straight into consequence,’ and then he goes in parentheses, ‘Even an off-the-cuff conversation 12 years ago…’ ” she continued. “Billy Bush is trying to be nice; I get it. I don’t want to be in your club.”

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Griffin then took aim at Weinstein, who was recently removed from his powerhouse film studio amid allegations of decades of sexual misconduct. (Weinstein responded to the accusations with a statement announcing he’s working with a therapist to address his issues head-on: “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it,” he said. “Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”)

Weinstein’s then-attorney, Lisa Bloom, said in a statement last week that “he denies many of the accusations as patently false.”

“The Weinstein thing is just f—ing unbelievable, but I’m not afraid to say anything because I don’t appear in movies ever and no one will ever put me in one,” Griffin said. “That guy seems to be what’s called a rapist. I’m using it as a broad term. There’s a lot of them, and they are everywhere. So it’s time we started to f—ing look out for each other because this s— has been going on for way too long.”

While making light of death threats, @kathygriffin addresses Harvey Weinstein story; uses word rapist, says “they’re everywhere” in H’wood pic.twitter.com/ll6DOvC2Cc

— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) October 9, 2017

Griffin ended her set with an anecdote involving her former CNN colleague Cooper, reading a vicious and profanity-filled letter a man sent them both, slamming him for “not supporting” Griffin throughout the controversy. (Griffin has since revealed she ended her nearly two decade-long friendship with Cooper after he publicly condemned her for the beheading photo.)

“I’m going to leave you with a cup of gay tea…and it involves @andersoncooper.” @kathygriffin reads letter they both received. ☕️ pic.twitter.com/VxqETeiKXO

— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) October 9, 2017

“I know people have the cellphones out, and this is going to be on Breitbart and the Daily Caller,” she said. “I don’t care, because I f—ing love you guys. What we all f—ing need is to f—ing talk to each other and laugh.”

In an in-depth interview with New York magazine’s The Cut in August, Griffin said she’s tired of apologizing for the severed-head photo.

“Why are people still expecting me to apologize and grovel to a man that tweets like this?” she said. “I’m a comedian; he’s our f—ing president.”

“President Trump just pardoned Joe Arpaio, who was essentially running a concentration camp in the Arizona desert,” she added. “He said there are some good Nazis, and he’s kicking out young adults who were brought here as kids by their parents, and I’m the one who has to continue to apologize?”