DWTS Champ Rashad Jennings Needs a Dance Partner: ‘If You Can’t Get Along with My Mom, Something’s Wrong’

 

When Rashad Jennings finds that special someone, there’s one very important lady that she’ll need to get along with — his mom.

The 32-year-old Dancing with the Stars champion, who is currently “super single,” has a very close bond with his mother, and assures that whoever he brings home in the future will already have her stamp of approval before she even walks through the door.

“My mom knows me very well and she knows anybody that I give the okay to be around, she’s gotta be okay. My mom, she’s gotten to know me over the years: ‘My son don’t talk to just anybody.’ So she gives the thumbs-up. Whoever comes in the door, she’s already coming in the door with a thumbs up because I brought her,” Jennings tells PEOPLE just days after taking home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy on the DWTS season 24 finale with pro partner Emma Slater.

“My mom is the sweetest. You’re going to love her no matter who you are, so she doesn’t play that much of a role in yes, no, yes, no. But, if you can’t get along with my mom, something’s wrong,” he says with a laugh.

In 2014, just before the start of his first year with the New York Giants, the NFL star and his longtime girlfriend mutually called it quits.

“We went through each other’s growing stages and phases and shared all of those moments with each other: mistakes, happy times, sad times,” says Jennings, who proposed to his ex.

As to why they decided to end their relationship, Jennings admits that “it was an accumulation of stuff” between the former couple, who was on two different pages when it came to their “wants and ambitions.”

Throughout the months following their breakup, the running back remembers feeling “a lot of emptiness.”

Says Jennings, “Luckily, I had work to put me in focus and take all of that, but when I went home, that’s all I could think about.”

“There was a lot of looking in the mirror — because you think you have your life all figured out, especially when it’s with somebody. You start seeing family together, you start making those kind of ambitions, decisions mentally and when that’s kind of taken away, there’s an emptiness,” he recalls.

But reflecting on the past now, although the season of life was “tough” on the duo, they’re both grateful for how things turned out.

“We’re so thankful that it didn’t happen at that moment because life would have looked completely different. You know how you want something when you want it, the way you want it, but it’s just not right? That’s exactly what both of us were doing. We both agreed to that. We both were thankful for it,” says Jennings.

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Since the split nearly three years ago, the NFL free agent says that he’s “been learning about” himself, and in turn has been afforded the ability to pursue the “things that I really want to accomplish in life,” including dedicating time to the Rashad Jennings Foundation.

While Jennings one day hopes to get married, he isn’t in a rush and doesn’t feel any pressure to tie the knot.

“I don’t have a clock at all,” he says. “I feel like I can accomplish a lot more being single, but I know if the right person’s beside me, that statement’s false.”

When it comes to his forever partner, Jennings says he’s “attracted to cuteness over sexy” and hopes to find an “everyday girl.”

“She has to be quirky and spunky, and she has to be able to laugh at herself. I love a goofball!” says Jennings, who also notes that he’s attracted to someone who is ambitious, health-conscious, family-oriented and a believer.

“My heart’s on lock,” admits Jennings, “but I can’t stop it if somebody has the master key.”

Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly Promises ‘Sharp, Strong Journalism’ in First Preview

NBC is promising “sharp, strong journalism” when Megyn Kelly returns with her new series next Sunday evening.

During Thursday’s episode of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, the network released its first promo for Kelly’s upcoming Sunday night news program: Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.

“Coming June 4, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly. Sharp, strong journalism and the power of NBC News,” the promo states.

Kelly, who can be seen speaking with Dancing with the Stars co-host Erin Andrews at one point during the preview, says, “We have to tell this story.”

The former FOX News host has joined NBC News with a multi-year agreement that includes her anchoring an hourlong daytime program Monday through Friday, as well as the new, in-depth Sunday evening news show and contributions to the network’s larger political coverage, special events, and breaking news.

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Come June, she will be sharing a stage with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.

“Megyn Kelly of NBC News will moderate the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on stage with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin,” an NBC News Spokesperson told PEOPLE.

“The conversation will cover a wide range of global political and economic topics, including international trade agreements, cyber-security and the impact of rising military tensions,” the statement continued. “The annual conference will take place from June 1-3, 2017. The exact time and date of the plenary session will be announced in the coming weeks.”

The longtime news anchor will be going up against ABC’s Live with Kelly & Ryan (hosted by Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest) during the week at the 9 a.m. ET time slot.

Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly premieres Sunday, June 4 at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

How Rashad Jennings’ DWTS Win Helps Him Support Kids — and Master a Future Super Bowl End Zone Dance!

 

Even before Rashad Jennings was crowned a Mirrorball Trophy winner, the 24th Dancing with the Stars champion knew what he wanted to focus on once his time on the reality dancing competition series came to an end — helping kids.

During Tuesday night’s nail-biting live finale, Jennings competed against veteran pro baseball player David Ross and Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei in the final round of the competition, but it was the NFL running back free agent and his pro partner Emma Slater who were crowned the season’s big winners.

Speaking with PEOPLE prior to his win, Jennings said that he would be pouring his energy into his nonprofit foundation at the wrap of the series.

“I have a foundation that I do so much with kids. I work with so many amazing people and I definitely will do some stuff with the foundation,” the 32-year-old Rashad Jennings Foundation founder told PEOPLE.

As a teen, Jennings was “bullied” and “made fun of a lot.” Now as he reflects on his childhood and teenage years, Jennings understands the significance of a positive example being set for the next generation, and he plans “to move that forward” and “be a voice — continue to be a voice for things I believe in and make a difference.”

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In addition to leading efforts with his foundation, which partners with players from all 32 NFL teams to give back to youth through literacy, mentorship and health and fitness programs, he still has his sights set on actively returning to the NFL.

While Jennings may not yet be signed to a team, he continues to train daily and credits his stint on DWTS for helping him get into the “best shape” of his life. “Dance has helped me so much with football. I wish I had known about dancing eight years ago. I would have done it,” said Jennings. “I’m working on my balance like I’ve never done. Awareness like I’ve never done. I’m working on hips and core strength like I’ve never done.”

“I’m hopeful that I’ll be landing somewhere,” said Jennings, who previously played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and New York Giants.

Although fans will no longer see him each week in the ballroom his Dancing journey is not yet over: Jennings will dance on the upcoming Dancing with the Stars: Live! — Hot Summer Nights tour. And in the not-too-distant future he wants to return to Hollywood — but in a different on-screen capacity.

“If I could write the script, I would do all those things: get picked up by a team, win the Super Bowl and one day somebody in Hollywood will give me a chance for acting,” he said.

DWTS Champ Rashad Jennings Looks Back on the Tearjerking, ‘Full-Circle’ Moment ‘That Was More Than Dance’

Throughout the past three months, Rashad Jennings has mastered the art of dance through competing on Dancing with the Stars. But beyond the skills that he gained and showcased in the ballroom, he’s learned an exponential amount about himself.

“I’ve really been getting to know myself. It’s an emotional journey, truly, because the intimacy of each song that you have to get inside of and find that place to truly bring out the art of dance, it is emotional,” Jennings, 32, exclusively told PEOPLE ahead of the DWTS finale on Tuesday evening, when the NFL running back was crowned the season 24 Mirrorball Trophy winner.

The athlete specifically noted the emotional number that he danced during week four of the competition, alongside pro partner Emma Slater, in honor of his handicapped father who had both of his legs amputated as a result of Diabetes.

“Having that special number for my dad really was — regardless of whatever happens, regardless of any score — that was more than a dance to me. I got to do something special for my family that made life kind of go full circle for me,” said Jennings.

Immediately after completing the tearjerking number with Slater, audiences watched Jennings walk directly over to his parents, where he fell to his knees and embraced his wheelchair-bound, weeping father who was flown out to watch the live performance for the “Most Memorable Year” night.

“After he cried, like holding him after the dance immediately, and hearing him cry, it was touching,” Jennings said about his father. His mother, who sat beside her husband and also witnessed the live performance firsthand, “laughed and cried at the same time” when she watched her youngest son complete the heartfelt contemporary dance.

But beyond the impact that the dance, which was performed to Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally,” made on him and his immediate family, the Rashad Jennings Foundation founder is grateful for how the dance touched families across the U.S. who witnessed the reconciliation between the father and son.

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“What was neat from that experience, not only from my family, but the responses and comments that I got after that of people saying that not only did they majorly shed a tear for my trials, but they also shed a tear because it made them go to their own place, and look at their family and be thankful for what they have,” he continued.

Said Jennings, “I think that was the most touching thing. Because I felt like, for a second, I felt like an artist that I got to paint a picture for people to dive into however it emotionally changed them.”

Although his time on DWTS has come to an end, Jennings will continue his dancing journey on the upcoming Dancing with the Stars: Live! — Hot Summer Nights tour.

Rashad Jennings Crowned Dancing with the Stars’ Season 24 Champion

Dancing with the Stars has officially crowned its season 24 champion!

Audiences tuned in on Tuesday evening to watch the three remaining contestants — David Ross, Normani Kordei and Rashad Jennings — compete for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy on the second night of a nail-biting two-part finale, and it was Jennings who took home the winning title.

After competing a previous number from earlier in the season, the veteran pro baseball player, Fifth Harmony singer and NFL free agent each performed a 24-hour fusion as their last judged dance of the competition.

Ross and Lindsay Arnold kicked off the final round of dances with their foxtrot salsa fusion, and were awarded a 36/40 by judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli.

Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy competed second, and were given a perfect 40/40 for their Argentine tango foxtrot fusion. “You’ve made such a challenging and intense journey look like you were born to do it,” Inaba complimented Kordei.

Lastly, Jennings and Emma Slater performed their cha cha tango fusion and were just shy of earning a perfect score; judges awarded them a 39/40 for their last dance.

In the suspenseful final moments of the show, it was revealed that Kordei came in third place in the competition, leaving Ross and Jennings as the two remaining contestants vying for the winning title.

But after the judges’ scores were tallied with audiences’ votes from across the United States, it was a surprised Jennings who won the competition.

After being presented with his glittery Mirrorball Trophy, co-host Tom Bergeron said to the new winner, “So you never won anything?”

“Yeah, that turned around right now!” Jennings said with a laugh.

Although his time on DWTS has come to an end, Jennings will continue his dancing journey on the upcoming Dancing with the Stars: Live! — Hot Summer Nights tour.

DWTS Finals! Find Out Which Contestant Judges Were ‘Blown Away’ by — and Has the ‘Momentum’ Going into Finale

There’s just one night to go until Dancing with the Stars crowns its season 24 Mirrorball Trophy winner — and the race is tight.

On part one of the reality dancing competition series’ two-part finale on Monday evening, the three remaining contestants — David Ross, Normani Kordei and Rashad Jennings — each danced two dances (a redemption number first, followed by a freestyle), but one celebrity dominated the night with their scores and skills.

Ross, 40, kicked things off with pro partner Lindsay Arnold, first performing a Viennese Waltz. Despite receiving a standing ovation from the audience, the pair was only awarded a 33/40 for their first number.

But for their second dance of the night, Ross and Arnold hit a grand slam with a baseball-themed freestyle.

“Week one, I said, ‘David, not a home run but you got to first base.’ And every week after that I’ve been waiting for you to come out and knock it out of the park. The only thing missing was a beer and a hot dog. That was fantastic!” head judge Len Goodman complimented Ross after watching his second dance.

As for Kordei, the Fifth Harmony singer came out strong and earned a solid 78/80 for the entire night with pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy: 38/40 for her quickstep and a 40/40 for her freestyle.

“So inspirational, so achingly beautiful, but what it had above all I think it was honesty, purity of style and form. It just came out of you as if from your soul,” judge Bruno Tonioli said about Kordei’s freestyle. “It was like watching angels dancing. Divine.”

Carrie Ann Inaba echoed Tonioli’s comments: “You’re in a class of your own as far as I’m concerned in the way that you articulate yourself through the movement and through the dance. … I think it’s been beautiful for us to get to see you unwrap layer after layer and layer after layer to see what an incredibly dynamic, deep and beautiful soul that you are. It was all over that dance.”

“So emotional. So much beauty. It was just breathtaking,” Goodman complimented Kordei.

Although Ross and Kordei each earned a perfect score for one of their dances on Monday, it was NFL free agent Jennings who had the perfect night.

“Refined, polished, majestic, smooth as silk. But what you did, you put romance in there and you had just the right amount of sexual tonality,” Tonioli first complemented the running back on his Viennese Waltz with pro dancer Emma Slater. “Your footwork is unrecognizable. You really have become the polished diamond that everyone was expecting.”

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Inaba was also “blown away” by the football star’s first number. “Your tireless pursuit of absolute personal best perfection is so amazing … but what’s special is you have magic happening. The thing that we can’t put words to, it’s happening right now. And this is what make’s winners winners. It’s amazing!”

Jennings was awarded a 40/40 for his Viennese Waltz with Slater, but his high scores didn’t end there. After performing their freestyle dance, which Jennings helped choreograph, the rave reviews from the judges continued — and a second perfect score was awarded.

“I tell you, uptown, downtown, across America, everybody will never forget this one!” Tonioli told Jennings, 32, about the freestyle.

“You are naughty because you have been holding out on us. Tonight, that is how you turn this mother out!” Carrie Ann Inaba. “That was amazing!”

Goodman also extended his praises: “That was so good I could even put up with the music. … You have gone from strength to strength. You’re the one with the momentum going in tomorrow night. Well done.”

Added Julianne Hough: “Now that is a freestyle. There are so many iconic freestyles and that is going in the books as one of them.”

Who do you think will win season 24 of DWTS?

Dancing with the Stars‘ season 24 finale airs Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Amber Portwood Went to Couples Therapy with Her Fiance: ‘I Don’t Know How Many Damn Times We’ve Broken Up’

In an attempt to fix the issues in their rocky relationship, Amber Portwood and Matt Baier previously entered couples therapy.

Speaking with Brandi Glanville on the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member’s Unfiltered podcast a few weeks ago — prior to putting their fall wedding on hold — the Teen Mom OG star and her fiancé opened up about their romance.

“People can change and I think that we’re walking, talking examples of people who have a past that have come out on the other side,” Baier told Glanville, 44, during the in-studio chat.

Portwood, 27, chimed in, “I feel so bad for this guy. … There’s a reason why we’re together. First of all, because he’s a badass motherf—er. Nobody knows this. Me? C’mon now. Everything I’ve been through, you think I’m naive? People say, oh God I get that all the time, ‘You’re so naive. You’re so this.’ We’ve broken up I don’t know how many damn times.”

Although the couple has admittedly split numerous times — even if only “for a few hours here and there,” according to Baier — they are committed to loving one another and making their relationship work.

The MTV star explained, “we love each other like it ain’t nothing. But we get through it. Either you move on because somebody did something in their past, or you stay with them. I said, ‘Amber, look at your life. Look at his life. Let’s talk. Let’s do this.’ This relationship — we’ve been to couple’s counseling.”

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Baier added, “We’re true life partners because of that.”

Upon observing the interactions between the couple, Glanville gushed about Baier’s evident love for Portwood.

“Do you see the love that I have for him? Nobody ever says that and I want people to see that,” the Teen Mom OG star said. “You know what I want people to know about him? The novel that he wrote was from years ago. When I met this man, he was an author and he never said anything. And he was getting people telling him, ‘Oh, you have no money. You’re this, you’re that.’ This man was playing poker making thousands of dollars. I’m talking about, that was his job.”

As for fans and viewers who questioned Baier’s motives about appearing on the series, he assured that he didn’t receive a paycheck from MTV until last year.

“I didn’t get paid from the show until last year. I didn’t ask for anything. People thought, ‘He’s on the show for money,’ ” said Baier. “Do I make a good living now? Absolutely, I’m not ashamed of that, but like she said, I think I’ve earned it after, I’m going into my fourth season.”

Last week, a source told PEOPLE that Portwood and Baier’s fall wedding is currently on hold — but the couple continues to live and film together. As of right now, Portwood wants to continue to work on their relationship before walking down the aisle.

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In a recent episode of Teen Mom OG, Portwood had a breakdown on camera while trying on wedding gowns.

“We’ve just been through a lot these past few years, that has really shut me down from the wedding,” she explained to an MTV producer, adding that she doesn’t trust Baier and that her depression was caused by him.

“When you put your trust in somebody … that’s what a relationship is built on,” Portwood said on camera. “You get to a good place in life, and you can love each other and want to be with each other for the rest of your life, and still not trust each other. That’s what messes up everything.”

And this isn’t the first time their wedding was put on hold. Portwood and Baier called off their initial wedding in August 2016 after the pair’s relationship took a hit when Portwood found out about her fiancé’s past mistakes. Reports at the time had surfaced about Baier allegedly failing to pay child support for several secret biological children with multiple women.

Teen Mom OG airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on MTV.

Shahs of Sunset Star Golnesa ‘GG’ Gharachedaghi Files for Divorce

Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi has filed for divorce from her husband, PEOPLE confirms.

“GG has filed for divorce and hopes to end the marriage as simply and respectfully as possible,” the Shahs of Sunset star’s rep, Steve Honig, said in a statement to PEOPLE.

According to the court documents obtained by PEOPLE and filed May 12, Gharachedaghi separated from her husband, Shalom Yeroushalmi, on March 27 and has filed to dissolve their marriage citing irreconcilable differences. She is also requesting to “terminate (end) the court’s ability to award” spousal support to Yeroushalmi, TMZ first reported.

The Bravo star got engaged in December when Yeroushalmi scored a billboard with her picture on it in New York’s Times Square to pop the question with a stunning ring. And a month later, the couple wed on Jan. 25, her rep previously confirmed to PEOPLE.

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But nearly two months after she wed Yeroushalmi, Gharachedaghi split from her husband due to “certain facts” that she became aware of.

“During the past few weeks, certain facts have come to GG’s attention that have made her realize her marriage can no longer continue and, in fact, should have never happened,” a rep for Gharachedaghi said in a statement to PEOPLE. “She is hoping to end the relationship as amicably and respectfully as possible.”

Kourtney Kardashian and Younes Bendjima Aren’t Built to Last — but Fling ‘Serves a Purpose for Now’: Source

Kourtney Kardashian is having fun and living in the moment.

On Sunday, the mother of three was spotted getting cuddly with model Younes Bendjima in Cannes, France, just weeks after the duo, who are casually dating, were out and about together in Los Angeles.

“She has been in France for a few days. She is vacationing with Younes and friends. The kids are in L.A. with Kourtney’s family. Younes is fun for Kourtney,” a source close to the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star tells PEOPLE.

Although the 38-year-old seems to be enjoying her time spent with Bendjima, 23, the source says their romance “will probably never to turn into more than a fling,” but adds, “it serves a purpose for now.”

“Younes is young, but very responsible,” the source says. “He doesn’t really party. He is very sweet to Kourtney.”

“Kourtney is having fun and he makes her happy. After all the drama with Scott, he is a great distraction. Scott is an absolute mess. Kourtney is aware, but seems less bothered by it. Scott hasn’t been around much for the kids,” says the source.

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The source adds: “Kourtney is like a single mom. She is also the best mom. She really deserves a break for a few days.”

In early May, a second source previously told PEOPLE that Kardashian’s on-and-off-again beau Scott Disickdoesn’t like that she is dating.

“For him, it’s fine to hang out with girls, but when Kourtney does, he pouts,” the second source said about 33-year-old Disick, who recently got cozy with actress Bella Thorne during a dinner date in L.A. and days later was seen out and about again, dining with a blonde female friend.

But Disick’s feelings about the mother of his three children — they ended their nine-year relationship in 2015 and share Mason, 7, Penelope, 4, and Reign, 2 — don’t seem to bother Kardashian.

“Kourtney doesn’t care what he thinks,” said the second source. “She just thinks he is the last person who should have any opinions about who she is dating.”

Alan Thicke’s Widow Claims Late Actor’s Sons Want to Turn His Family Ranch ‘into a Massive Pot Plantation’

Alan Thicke‘s widow is alleging that her late husband’s sons are attempting to “bully” her with the recent petition they filed against her.

In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE on Friday via her attorney, Tanya Callau is claiming that the Growing Pains actor’s sons — Brennan Thicke and chart-topping singer, Robin Thicke — previously propositioned her about turning Alan’s Carpinteria, California, ranch into a marijuana plantation, and filed Tuesday’s petition against her out of retaliation when she declined.

“Since Alan died, his sons have been haranguing her to let them turn America’s dad’s homestead into a massive pot plantation,” Callau’s attorney, Adam F. Streisand, writes in a statement to PEOPLE. “When she said no, they filed this bogus lawsuit and smeared her in the tabloids.”

The statement concludes: “They’re just trying to bully a woman whose only crime is loving their father with everything she had for 17 years.”

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According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE and filed Tuesday in L.A. County Superior Court, Brennan and Robin claim in the petition that Callau is now alleging that the prenuptial agreement she signed ahead of marrying Alan in 2005 is invalid.

Prior to his death, Brennan and Robin were named co-trustees of their father’s living trust if his brother, Todd Thicke, declined to take on the responsibility (Todd did decline). In February 2016, the most recent iteration of Alan’s trust was signed; the two brothers allege that Callau did not make any complaints about the estate or prenup at that time, according to the docs.

According to the documents, Alan, who passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 13 at 69 years old after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his youngest son, Carter, left each of his sons “(in equal shares): ownership of the Carpinteria, California ranch that he bought in 1989 and desired to keep in his family forever (the “Ranch”), 75 percent of his personal effects, and 60 percent of his remaining estate.”

Callau was left “all of the Ranch’s furnishings, 25 percent of his personal effects, a $500,000 life insurance policy, all of his death benefits from pensions and union memberships … and 40 percent share of his remaining estate. Alan also provided that Tanya may live in the Ranch after his death so long as she maintains the property and expenses.”

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But in the time since her husband passed away, Callau is allegedly now claiming that the prenuptial agreement she signed over 10 years ago is invalid. “Nonetheless, despite Alan’s generous benefits and careful planning Tanya demands more. Tanya insists the Prenuptial Agreement that she entered into before marrying Alan is invalid,” the documents state. (According to Streisand, Callau “has never claimed that the prenup is invalid and has no intention of ever claiming it.”)

Attorney Alex Weingarten writes in the petition, “Now that Alan is dead, Tanya claims there are numerous problems with the Trust and the Prenuptial Agreement,” which includes Callau’s alleged claims that “she had to forego opportunities to pursue and advance her own career in order to support Alan and be his companion and partner, including raising Carter.”

Callau also allegedly claims she has “rights of reimbursement with respect to improvements to the Ranch.”

However, Streisand previously told PEOPLE in a statement: “Tanya Thicke has never threatened to take private family matters public and she never has. It is clear that Alan’s sons have chosen this distasteful public smear tactic to bully Tanya, by stirring up the tabloid media, filing a bogus lawsuit, and refusing family mediation. Tanya is still grieving the death of her beloved husband and out of respect for Alan’s memory intends to handle his sons’ false statements privately.”

A rep for the Thicke brothers did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Ben Higgins Is ‘Feeling a Little Empty’ After Lauren Bushnell Moved Out and ‘Rightfully’ Took Their Furniture

Ben Higgins and his home are “feeling very similar” after his split from Lauren Bushnell — empty.

On Monday, PEOPLE exclusively reported that the Bachelor star and his fiancée broke up, and the former ABC leading man is now discussing the aftermath of their relationship.

In a PEOPLE exclusive clip of Higgins’ new podcast, which he will be co-hosting alongside Bachelor alum Ashley Iaconetti, he reveals that his Denver pad is in need of some furniture since Bushnell moved out.

“I’m looking at Ben’s phone right now and there’s a picture of what his family room looks like right now after Lauren moved all her stuff out. And because it’s technically her furniture, she basically took it all except for one mirror on the wall,” Iaconetti explains in the clip after seeing a snapshot of his near-empty family room. “It just screams heartbroken.”

“My house and I are feeling very similar: sad, mourning, a little empty. And so I feel like this is a bonding time for my house and I. In all seriousness, it’s really sad,” Higgins explains. “But, I do have my whiskey cart left.”

Although the majority of his family room furniture is now gone, Higgins does have a television, a bed (which he purchased in college) and a token wicker chair that he’s resorting to. Unfortunately, “it’s not comfortable,” Higgins tells his co-host: “But honestly Ashley, life’s not that comfortable for me right now.”

When Iaconetti suggests that the 29-year-old get a dog, he declines, admitting, “I don’t need anything else right now. Right now, commitments and I are staying far apart.”

“Life will be just okay,” he assures her.

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In another segment from the same podcast, which was previously obtained by PEOPLE, Higgins explained that Bushnell “rightfully” took their furniture pieces when she moved out.

“I’m currently leaving here today to go furniture shopping,” Higgins said. “And it’s hard to look around my house now and know that she’s not going to be there.

“It was hers,” Higgins explained to Iaconetti when she asked if Bushnell took all of the furniture. “She did it for a Joss & Main shoot, and so it is rightfully hers — it should be hers. And that’s okay, but it’s hard now. It’s difficult to have that piece removed.”

Higgins and Iaconetti’s new podcast Ben and Ashley: “Almost Famous” launches Tuesday, May 23.

‘Obviously Intoxicated’ Deadliest Catch Star Sig Hansen Cuffed for Alleged Uber Assault: Police

Deadliest Catch star Sig Hansen was arrested early Thursday morning following an alleged altercation with an Uber driver.

According to a police report from the Seattle Police Department in Seattle, Washington, the driver told authorities that he picked up two men and two women, “who had requested a ride from the 2200 block of Northwest Market Street to an address outside of Seattle in Shoreline.”

The driver alleges that the trip was canceled in the application, and he asked the passengers to request another ride. The Uber driver claims that the passengers offered cash — which are against Uber’s rules — and he stopped the car so that the passengers would exit the vehicle.

In the police report, the driver alleges that Hansen “kicked the outside of the rear of the passenger side of the vehicle, causing a dent” and also claims Hansen spat on his head and on the back of the driver’s seat.

The Uber driver then contacted police — according to the police report, the officer “observed several droplets of apparently fresh-looking saliva on the back of the driver’s headrest” and damage to the vehicle — “leading officers to contact Hansen at his residence in Shoreline.”

Two officers then went to Hansen’s home, noting in the police report that he was “obviously intoxicated.”

“ vociferously declared that he did not know what I was talking about, that he got a ride from ‘an Uber guy … he took me home, we’re here, we had Norwegian Independence Day, everybody’s happy, I’ve got my family home, we’re safe and sound, that’s it!” officers claim Hansen told them, according to the police report.

Although Hansen initially denied the confrontation, he was handcuffed and arrested and allegedly told officers that he would pay for the damage to the vehicle.

Hansen was transported to King County Jail, where he was booked for assault and property destruction.

Discovery had no comment, and a legal representative for Hansen did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Sophie Turner Opens Up About Her Relationship with Joe Jonas and Why She ‘Found it Easier to Date’ Him

Sophie Turner is opening up about her relationship with Joe Jonas.

The Game of Thrones star recently spoke with InStyle about her romance with the musician, and shared a key element that makes their high-profile romance work.

Although the 21-year-old British actress admittedly likes to “keep things pretty private” in her personal life, she revealed what she found “easy” about dating her 27-year-old beau.

“I found it easier to date someone who understands the industry or is in that world,” she told the publication.

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“You realize that you’re not going to see each other all the time,” she said, and added, “And you don’t feel like a jerk when you’re like, ‘My publicist says I can’t do this … ‘ ”

Last fall, the duo were spotted getting cozy at a pre-MTV Europe Music Awards Kings of Leon concert at the Oude Luxor Theater in Rotterdam, Netherlands at the beginning of November, and spent Halloween and  Thanksgiving weekend together.

“She’s always been into him, but he’s starting to like her more and more,” a source previously told PEOPLE before the couple became exclusive.

In early December, a second source confirmed to PEOPLE that the pair were “dating exclusively. He was playing the field, but he really likes her and is willing to settle down for her.”