Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the stars who found love, suffered heartbreak or experienced some other major event in their love lives in late November and early December 2021, starting with this comely couple… On Dec. 1, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra took to Instagram to publicly celebrate their third wedding anniversary: “Living the dream,” the “Quantico” alum captioned a photo showing off an anniversary card and some of the over-the-top decorations — candles, rose petals and a neon sign reading “Always & Forever” — at their celebratory dinner in London. Nick, meanwhile, shared a video showing off even more decorations including giant light-up letters spelling out the word “forever.” In the week since they suddenly sparked split rumors, they’ve also posed together on the red carpet at The Fashion Awards and packed on the PDA and gushed about each other on Instagram in honor of Thanksgiving. “Grateful for you @priyankachopra,” Nick captioned a sweet snap, while the actress captioned a slideshow of photos, “So much to be grateful for. Friends, family.. I love you @nickjonas.” A few days later on the Nov. 30 episode of the “Ladies First with Laura Brown” podcast, Priyanka shared that she and Nick “know each other’s hearts” and “prioritize each other in everything that we do.” She then described them as each other’s “partners and assets” and “champions.” Said the beauty, “It’s very important to keep a check on another person’s heart and how they’re feeling. And I have to say, my husband’s amazing at doing that. … This year was hard for me being in London [for work]. He would just drop everything — come in for even, like a day — just to have dinner with me and fly back. Stuff like that, you just have to prioritize each other and then everything feels right.” How’s that for putting breakup rumors to rest?!
Now keep reading for more of the week’s biggest celeb love life updates…
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On the Dec. 1 episode of Facebook Watch’s “Red Table Talk,” Sandra Bullock explained why she and her partner of seven years, Bryan Randall, have yet to wed: “I am someone who went through the divorce process,” she said, referencing her 2010 split from Jesse James. “[After that] I found the love of my life. … It’s the best thing ever. … I don’t need a paper to be a devoted partner and devoted mother. I don’t need to be told to be ever present in the hardest of times. I don’t need to be told to weather a storm with a good man.” The A-list actress and the Los Angeles-based photographer are co-parenting her two adopted children — they call him “Dad,” she revealed — and his older daughter from a previous relationship.
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On Nov. 23, Casey Affleck was snapped smooching actress Caylee Cowan in Los Angeles. (See photos here.) It was the first indication that he and long-term girlfriend Floriana Lima — to whom he was first linked in late 2016 — had called it quits. Two days after the age-mismatched pair — Casey is 46 and Caylee is 23 — were photographed packing on the PDA, the Oscar winner made their relationship Instagram official: In a slideshow of photos promoting a recent blood drive they attended together, Casey described Caylee as “MY Love” who “ALWAYS shows up when it counts.” The young actress, by the way, was born in 1998 — two years before her beau started dating his ex-wife, Summer Phoenix, from whom he split in 2015 after nearly a decade of marriage and two kids together.
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On Nov. 26, Page Six reported that, according to a source, Jason Sudeikis reconnected with Keeley Hazell because “he feels safe and relaxed with her” following his painful late 2020 split from former long-term partner Olivia Wilde. “Jason was and still is devastated over his split with Olivia; she’s the mother of his kids,” said the source. “But he has known Keeley for a long time, and … they enjoy each other’s company. … Keeley has really helped him through his split with Olivia.” The source went on to say that the English model-actress is hoping to take things with the “Ted Lasso” star to the next level and that while his friends weren’t initially sure how long their relationship would last because he wasn’t looking for anything serious in the wake of his breakup from Olivia, they’re now glad to see how happy he is with Keeley. A People magazine source, however, downplayed the romance, saying, “They’re casually seeing each other again. It’s never been a serious thing. They’re just enjoying each other’s company.”
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On Nov. 25, Kanye West took to Instagram to share a video — a five-minute “Thanksgiving Prayer” — in which he apologized for some of his past misdeeds and how they contributed to the implosion of his marriage with Kim Kardashian West: “All I think about every day is how I get my family back together and how I heal the pain that I’ve caused. I take accountability for my actions,” he said. He went on to detail several of his “misactions” — from abusing alcohol and failing to control his temper to acting self-righteous regarding his religion and going off and on medication to treat his mental health issues. He also acknowledged that his views on Trump affected his relationship with Kim: “My wife did not like me wearing the red hat,” he said. “Being a good wife, she just wanted to protect me and our family. I made me and our family a target by not aligning with Hollywood’s political stance and that was hard for our marriage.” He then admitted that he “embarrassed” the reality star. The following day, he returned to Instagram to share a photo of himself kissing the mother of four, further indicating that he plans to continue fighting for their marriage. On Nov. 30, the former couple reunited in Miami (with daughter North West in tow) to honor Virgil Abloh, who died on Nov. 28, at Louis Vuitton’s presentation of the groundbreaking designer’s final work as artistic director of the fashion house’s menswear division. While Kanye hasn’t give up his hopes for a reconciliation, Kim has clearly moved on…
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On Nov. 29, People magazine reported that, according to a source, Pete Davidson is “exactly” what Kim Kardashian West “needed after her divorce” from Kanye West — “someone to make her laugh and just have a fun time with.” Explained the source, “The end of her marriage was a very dark time for her and Pete has been the best antidote. … He’s flying back and forth and spending more time in L.A. when he can to see Kim. He’s so into her and is always ‘my girl’ this and ‘my girl’ that.” Said a second source, “She still loves the attention. They have been getting to know each other quickly. Kim likes him more and more.” The second insider noted that the “Saturday Night Live” star has yet to meet the four children the reality star shares with her estranged husband.
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On the Nov. 30 episode of the “Today” show, Kathie Lee Gifford revealed that she and the boyfriend she referenced back in April are still going strong: “I have a very sweet man in my life,” she said. “He’s good for me, and I’m good for him. … And that’s all that I’ll say about it, because there’s nothing else to talk about.” She’s yet to publicly reveal his identity.
Another week, another new girlfriend for Braunwyn Windham-Burke! On Dec. 1, the former “The Real Housewives of Orange County” star was snapped making out with Victoria Brito in Miami Beach. (See photos here.) The mother of seven told Page Six that she and Victoria are “having fun” together: “I only came out a year ago and I’m enjoying being single. I really like spending time with her. … I like her,” Braunwyn said of Victoria, adding that the model-dancer-designer “gets along” with her husband, Sean Burke. According to Braunwyn, Sean and Victoria “share common interests” and recently went to an event together in New York City. The former reality star, who came out as a lesbian in late 2020, has said that she has no plans to divorce her husband.
On Nov. 28, Lindsay Lohan took to Instagram to announce that she’s engaged to her boyfriend of two years: Bader Shammas, the assistant vice president at Credit Suisse in Dubai, where she’s lived for nearly a decade now. “My love. My life. My family. My future. @bader.shammas #love,” she captioned a slideshow of photos with her beau wand her new engagement bling on full display.
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On Nov. 29, People magazine broke the news that Tiffany Haddish and Common quietly called it quits after about a year of coupledom. “They are never in the same city together and both of them are just too busy for a serious relationship,” said a source. It’s unclear when exactly they parted ways.
According to TMZ, Valerie Bertinelli filed for legal separation from her husband of a decade, Tom Vitale, in Los Angeles on Nov. 24. She reportedly listed irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and asked that neither she nor her ex pay spousal support to the other. They signed a prenup before exchanging vows on New Year’s Day in 2011.
According to People magazine, Jillian Michaels proposed to her girlfriend of three years, DeShanna Marie Minuto, on Nov. 27. “DeShanna is ‘all the things’ — beautiful, smart, funny, creative, quirky, passionate. … I could run down the list of adjectives. Those characteristics obviously attract you to someone. But it’s the quality of their character that makes you think ‘Thank God for this person lying next to me’ every night when you fall asleep,” the former “The Biggest Loser” trainer told People. “It’s easy to stay together when everything is going great, but when real life sets in and things get messy, challenging, scary, and even downright ugly — that’s when the truth reveals itself. And this woman has revealed herself to be strong beyond measure, wise beyond her years, and loving beyond my wildest dreams. I am so grateful to officially call her mine.” Jillian also took to Instagram to share a photo with her new fiancée showing off her massive engagement ring: “1153 days… here’s to thousands more. She said ‘yes,'” she wrote in the caption. The reality star split from ex-fiancé Heidi Rhoades in 2018.
According to People magazine, HGTV star Ty Pennington married Kellee Merrell on Nov. 27 in front of just eight guests at the 19th century home in Savannah, Georgia, they’re renovating together. The duo got engaged just four months ago in July 2021.
Aaron Carter took to Twitter on Nov. 30 — just one week after he and off-and-on love Melanie Martin welcomed son Prince Lyric — to announce that they broke up … again. “Due to personal reasons Melanie Martin and I have decided to go our separate ways. There has been a very big lie and my sister [Angel Carter] communicating with my ex fiancé ruined everything considering she knew what Angel tried to do to me in court,” he wrote, referencing his sister’s restraining order against him. “[Melanie has] been speaking to my twin sister behind my back for two years and lied to me about it. I asked her many times [and] she lied,” he continued, adding that Melanie allegedly told him she’s moving to Las Vegas with their newborn. The volatile couple got engaged in mid-2020.
On Nov. 25, Sammi Giancola took to Twitter to debut her new boyfriend: “Happy Thanksgiving,” she captioned a photo of herself and beau Justin May during a night out on the town. It’s only been four months since the “Jersey Shore” alum confirmed rumors she’d ended her engagement to Christian Biscardi.
E! News reported on Nov. 30 that “Hamilton” stars Anthony Ramos and Jasmine Cephas Jones recently called it quits after six years together. According to an E! source, they quietly ended their engagement of nearly three years before ultimately parting ways earlier this year. Page Six, however, reported that according to a source, the duo still planned to wed — and even sent out wedding invitations — just “a few weeks ago.” The split news comes just two days after a viral TikTok alleged that Anthony was “all over” another woman at a strip club in Los Angeles sometime earlier in November. The video, which suggested he was unfaithful, included purported evidence, but it’s unclear if the man pictured is actually Anthony. Even if it is the “In the Heights” actor, the timeline of his breakup from Jasmine is murky, so there’s no definitive proof he cheated … yet!
On Nov. 27, photos and videos of Madelyn Cline and Chase Stokes spending time together in Atlanta over Thanksgiving weekend started surfacing online. In a brief clip shared on TikTok, the “Outer Banks” co-stars — who took a break from their relationship after things between them “got rocky” in September — could be seen smiling and dancing together at a nightclub. A witness told Deux Moi that Chase “held [Madelyn’s] hand through the crowd,” prompting Deux Moi to report that they’re “back on.” Sources told E! News and People magazine, however, that they’re “just friends.”
During an interview with Us Weekly that debuted online on Nov. 25, Jeff Dye shot down recent reports that he and Clare Crawley are an item: “I met Clare and she’s awesome but if sitting by someone at a Lakers game means I’m dating someone, I guess me and my friend Richard have been in a relationship for years,” he said, noting that the hangout “was hardly a date” and that he and the former star of “The Bachelorette” were actually joined by two other women at the time. “Since my breakup, I basically just do comedy, write, yoga and watch late-night short films about romance,” added the comedian, perhaps referencing his spring split from Kristin Cavallari, though it’s possible he’s had another romance since then.
On Nov. 29, Ansel Elgort and off-and-on love Violetta Komyshan posed together on the red carpet at the New York City premiere of “West Side Story.” It was the first official confirmation that they’re still an item after months of questions about the status of their relationship.
In other red-carpet news… Romeo Beckham and his girlfriend of about two years, model Mia Regan, finally made their official red-carpet debut as a couple at The Fashion Awards in London on Nov. 29.
On the Nov. 22 episode of the “Help! I Suck at Dating” podcast, Dean Unglert said that he and Caelynn Miller-Keyes could get engaged in 2022 … if she pops the question! “As far as the government’s concerned, [we’re not married], but as far as our hearts are concerned, [we are],” explained the Bachelor Nation star, who’s long chafed against the idea of tying the knot, though he and the former beauty queen live together and wear rings to signify their commitment to one another. Caelynn, however, has told friends they’ll “be engaged by 2022,” Dean revealed. “I don’t know if she’s speaking for me or if she’s saying that she’s going to propose to me,” he said. “I’ve made it pretty clear to her. I was like, ‘If you really want to get married, you should be the one proposing to me,’ so I think she’s got something in the works for that, which I think is pretty cool. Maybe we can do, like, a dual thing. … I guess give us 12 months, 12 [or] 13 months and we’ll have something more formal on the books.” Dean and Caelynn met and fell in love on the sixth season of “Bachelor in Paradise” in 2019.
On Nov. 27, “Emily in Paris” actor Lucien Laviscount — who dated Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock nearly a decade ago — was snapped looking cozy with former Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson, who left the girl group in late 2020, during a night out in London. But they aren’t an item: “Jesy and Lucien met up on a night out after two friendship groups came together,” a source told MailOnline, adding that the duo went to a club together but left separately and have no plans to meet up again. “She was letting her hair down on a Saturday night and is embarrassed her flirtation with Lucien has come to light — but there is nothing more between them. Her relationship with [Harry James] only ended again recently, they remain good friends and continue to work together but he’s now with a new partner. Jesy insists herself and Lucien didn’t kiss even though they looked close in the pictures.” Jesy and Harry have been off and on since 2017 and were last seen together in October.
On Nov. 28, Kyle Richard’s eldest daughter, Farrah Aldjufrie, took to Instagram to announce that she’s engaged to her love of about three years, Alex Manos. “Beyond grateful for you. I love you so much @mralexmanos,” she captioned a slideshow of photos with her new engagement bling on full display.
On Nov. 29, actress Raven Goodwin — who starred on “Good Luck Charlie,” “Being Mary Jane” and “SMILF” — took to Instagram to announce that she married Wiley Battle in Santorini, Greece, on their fifth anniversary: Oct. 29. They got engaged and welcomed daughter Riley Rosa Bell in April 2020.
“Siesta Key” star Garrett Miller took to Instagram on Nov. 24 to announce that he’s engaged to Makenna Quesenberry. “I promised you that I’d be with you & only you till the day I ask you to marry me. Well today is that day where I asked you to be my forever n ever. Words can’t describe this feeling or emotions I’m feeling right now but I can’t stop smiling. The thing is I knew since the night I met you when I kept telling you this is destiny, I didn’t have a doubt in my mind that it wasn’t,” he captioned a slideshow of photos depicting the proposal. “We’ve been through so much together which has made it feel like a lifetime already but guess what that’s exactly what we get to do. I truly love every single thing about you & never could imagine life without you. You make me a better person every single day bringing out the best version of myself. I thank you for that Kenna. … I can’t wait to make you my wife next but for now I’m blessed & excited for this next chapter that we get to create so many more memories together.”
Korey Gandy and Olivia Kaiser, who won the third season of “Love Island” earlier this year, have gone their separate ways. On Nov. 28, Kaiser took to Instagram to release a lengthy statement announcing the breakup: “Alright so I figured I’d get up here and address the question I get at least 20 times a day. Are me and Olivia still together? I feel like I owe everyone an answer so the answer unfortunately is no we are not anymore,” he wrote. “I didn’t want to believe it was real but this was a mutual decision to take a step back in our relationship and just be friends for now. My time with Liv taught me so much about myself. I realized I can be vulnerable again and truly care for someone. When we were on ‘Love Island’ everything was perfect and I can say that was honestly the happiest moment of my life. Unfortunately that’s not real life and In the real world we’re now faced with real world challenges. Some that we couldn’t overcome…. We went through that experience together and no one can ever take that away from us. This girl is seriously one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met inside and out. I will always respect her and care for her. I can’t even begin to explain how thankful I am for the support we received as a couple on the show and after the show. But our journeys unfortunately have to go in separate directions for now. … This goes for anyone who’s going through a breakup currently or has been through one…. You have to realize that you aren’t always the problem. People change, we’re all human and we’re all still growing and that’s perfectly ok. What you can’t do is let past trauma harden your heart because all that will do is keep you away from meeting the right person when the right time comes. All you can do is appreciate the good times with each other and keep it pushing.” Olivia has yet to address the breakup. Season 3 of “Love Island” aired over the summer and came to an end in August.
It was a “Love Island” bloodbath… On Nov. 28, Kyra Lizama took to her Instagram Story to announce that she and Will Moncada — who came in second on season 3 earlier this year — also recently called it quits. “There has been a lot of speculation regarding my relationship status recently. I have been taking time for myself, until I was ready to make things public,” she wrote. “I am single and have been working through the stages of heartbreak and healing. There are no words to explain how grateful I am for the love and support I’ve received since certain instances have come to light.” It’s unclear what exactly “came to light.” Will, meanwhile, has yet to address the breakup.
On the Nov. 28 episode of “90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way,” Jenny Slatten and Sumit Singh revealed that they finally tied the knot after a decade of coupledom. After the episode aired, Jenny took to Instagram to celebrate: “We are married!” she captioned a selfie with her new husband.
On Nov. 22, Summer Walker took to Instagram to reveal that her relationship with longtime pal LVRD Pharaoh had turned romantic when she shared a montage video of PDA-packed pics from shortly after they got each other’s names tattooed on their faces. “Bestfriend,” she wrote in the caption. Pharaoh, meanwhile, captioned the same pics, “Eternal Love Wins.” He first indicated he and Summer were more than friends on Nov. 20: “Relationship Advice : Marry Your Bestfriend,” he captioned an Instagram slideshow of photos with the singer. There’s no indication, however, that the pair, who’ve known each other for years, are married or even engaged.
According to People magazine, country music star Mitchell Tenpenny proposed to his long-term girlfriend, singer-songwriter Meghan Patrick, in front of their families at Losers Bar & Grill in Nashville — the bar where they first met — on Nov. 24. “We have talked about this for a while. But I did not expect this! This is the most perfect engagement I could have ever imagined,” gushed the bride-to-be. Said Mitchell, “I was nervous — and relieved. She was crying, I was crying. All I wanted was to hear her say yes!”
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