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RENEE & BRADLEY WHAT WENT WRONG?
When Howard Stern grilled Bradley Cooper about his girlfriend Renée Zellweger during a March 14 radio interview, the fiercely private actor told him, “I’m not going to talk about that.” He was holding back big news: Four days later sources revealed the couple had broken up after nearly two years of dating. “At the end of the day, they weren’t on the same page,” explains one source. The couple, who met when they filmed Case 39 in 2006, initially seemed to be a good fit. “They totally just clicked right from the beginning,” says the source. “They’re both such low-key people.” Though they never hit a red carpet together, Zellweger, 41, and Cooper, 36, were quite the jet-setters: Early in their relationship they took a PDA-filled trip to Barcelona; she also joined him on location in Vancouver and Philadelphia. Sources say they worked hard to keep their relationship on track. “They were always busy, but they put a lot of priority and energy into each other,” says one insider. (Both stars had been previously married and split after less than six months each.) Last fall the pair moved into Cooper’s $4.7 million L.A.-area home, which the actress-who has an apartment in New York City-helped decorate. Says the source, Zellweger “was pretty head over heels about their relationship,” and looking forward to a future with Bradley. In February she skipped the Golden Globes to be by Cooper’s side when his father, Charles, passed away after a long illness. But “their relationship began slipping away,” reveals the source. “Bradley reevaluated a lot of things in his life.” Another source says the split “was a completely mutual decision.” Publicly, the pair are handling the breakup well: Zellweger, says an onlooker, “seemed really happy” at breakfast on March 20 in New York City, and that night she hit the Broadway premiere of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Meanwhile Cooper is promoting Limitless and had dinner with pal Zach Galifianakis at Kittichai in New York City on March 16. Says a source: “They’re both moving on.”
BRADLEY AND RENEE through the years
“I can’t say enough about her,” Cooper said last September while promoting the couple’s film Case 39. “I just love her. I [loved] coming to work. I love acting with her. I can learn so much from her.”
The romance went public when Zellweger joined Cooper in Barcelona in 2009. “They have fun together,” a source said.
After meeting Bradley’s parents over Christmas 2009, Renee often bonded solo with Charles (above, last June) and Gloria.
“She was a very good girlfriend,” a source says of Zellweger (on a road trip with Cooper last September). “She spent the last year really seeing if it could work out between them.”
CHRIS BROWN’S GMA TANTRUM
THE SINGER STORMS OUT OF THE MORNING SHOW AFTER QUESTIONS ABOUT RIHANNA
Chris Brown left quite a mess after his Good Morning America appearance March 22 to promote his new album. After dodging Robin Roberts’ questions about his 2009 felony assault case involving then-girlfriend Rihanna, Brown, 21, performed the first of two songs, then made a furious exit. After the interview, says an eyewitness, “he appeared livid.” As for damage to his career, “It’s certainly not the best decision in the world to have an incident like that on the day your album comes out,” says a music insider. His rep could not be reached for comment by press time.
TAKING THE PULSE OF CELEBRITY LOVE LIVES
TISH CYRUS & BILLY RAY CYRUS
Miley’s parents have set their differences aside. After filing for divorce in October, Billy Ray, 49, announced on The View March 18 that he wanted to keep his nearly 17-year marriage to Tish intact. “I want to put my family back together,” he said. On March 19, Tish, 43, wrote on her Facebook page, “I feel we are stronger than we have ever been.”
ASHLEY GREENE & JARED FOLLOWILL
Greene, 24, jumped back into the dating game with Followill, 24, the Kings of Leon bassist, after recently splitting with Joe Jonas, 21. The two were spotted together on St. Patrick’s Day and hit New York City’s Avenue lounge on March 19 where, an eyewitness says, “Ashley was affectionate with Jared throughout the night.”
TEEN ‘IT’ COUPLES: then & now!
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HE’S MET WITH THE FOX NETWORK AND THERE ARE RUMORS CBS WANTS HIM BACK-BUT WHERE HE WILL LAND, NOBODY KNOWS …
At the moment, Sheen is preparing for his now 20-plus-date My Violent Torpedo of Truth tour. He has hired a music director and “some sort of coach to take his ramblings and form them into something more structured,” a source tells Scoop. But he’s also thinking long-term. The actor has met with FOX executives-he tweeted about it on March 20: “Perhaps a new lair … ? A Fox and a Warlock? epic.” And there are rumors CBS and Warner Bros. have discussed his possible return to Two and a Half Men, although a source dispels the notion: “Discussions are not ongoing.” Neither company would comment. On the home front, Sheen and his estranged wife, Brooke Mueller, have reached a confidential custody settlement, and her restraining order against him has been dropped.
ROSIE POPE DISHES ON DIVA MOMS
Before they pop, pregnant ladies can have over-the-top demands. Maternity expert and host of Bravo’s new show Pregnant in Heels spills their most outlandish requests.
1 A couture gown while in labor: “I not only had to bring in hair and makeup but also the dress.”
2 Male strippers at a baby shower: “They were dressed as babies with Swarovski crystal safety pins holding up their cloth diapers.”
3 An energy-efficient nursery: “It ended up costing more than any nursery we have ever done.”
4 A naked painting of a client … while riding a horse.
5 Mariah Carey (inset) reportedly took her dogs to a therapist to prepare them for the arrival of her twins. Carey’s rep didn’t respond to a request for comment, but Pope says this is actually very common among her elite clientele.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
PIE 4, REUNION IS COMING: WHO’S BEEN UP TO WHAT SINCE No. 1 IN ’99
SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT
In March he checked into rehab for “health and personal reasons,” says his rep. Still, Scott, 34, signed on for the new Pie movie, set to film in May.
THOMAS IAN NICHOLAS
He continues to act, but Nicholas, 30, has dedicated his career to music. The singer-songwriter has three albums out and is now touring Europe with the Spin Doctors’ Chris Barron.
Following two DUI arrests, Klein, 32, had an extended stay in rehab last year and is now set for a multi-episode arc on the upcoming FX comedy Wilfred.
Known more for partying and fashion emergencies, Reid, 35, says, “I’m not as hyper as I used to be.” She’s dating Danish businessman Michael Lillelund.
For six years Hannigan, 37, has starred on How I Met Your Mother. Married to her Buffy the Vampire Slayer costar Alexis Denisof since 2003, the couple have one daughter, Satyana, 2.
EDDIE KAYE THOMAS
Since he seduced Stifler’s mom, Thomas, 30, has had small comic roles in the Harold & Kumar movies and on FOX’s American Dad!
Still working steadily, last year Suvari, 32, married concert promoter Simone Sestito in Italy. The American Beauty star has yet to sign on for the American Pie reunion.
Married to actress Jenny Mollen since ’08 and currently starring on the CBS sitcom Mad Love, Biggs, 32, has had a relatively smooth ride since he got crafty with the pastry in the original Pie.
By ’06 the actress, 32, had been through several arrests, rehab and a hospital stay for hepatitis C. She’s now working on stage and screen: “I’ve cleaned up my act.”