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HER NEW ROMANCE
When Michelle Willams, 32, left the Met Gala on May 6 holding hands with a bearded, bespectacled mystery man, no one made much of it: After all, it had only been three months since the end of the actress’s yearlong romance with Jason Segel, 33. But in the past few weeks, things seem to have gotten more serious with the new guy, artist Dustin Yellin, 37. On June 4 Yellin was spotted walking Matilda, Williams’s 7-year-old daughter with Heath Ledger, home from school. “They are really happy together,” says a source close to the couple, who spend a lot of time together (often with Matilda in tow) at Yellin’s art gallery in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood. (Williams has an apartment nearby.) On June 3 Yellin also accompanied Williams and Matilda to a children’s birthday party at a park, where, despite getting rained on, they were all smiles.
So who is Yellin exactly? The Colorado-bred artist is no stranger to rubbing elbows with the rich and famous; he counts Kirsten Dunst, Kate Hudson and Ben Stiller among admirers of his pieces, which can fetch up to $100,000. “He’s very involved in the neighborhood and is interested in helping other artists,” the source says of Yellin, whose artwork and studio were greatly damaged by Superstorm Sandy. “He’s a good guy.” He’s also a bit of a Renaissance man. Among his varied projects: serving as editor of a quarterly artist magazine and codirecting a documentary about a remote Amazonian tribe. “He’s an avid reader, goes to see a lot of art and travels a lot,” says Yellin’s studio manager Katie Cooper.
Despite his busy schedule, he’s definitely carving out time for the new woman in his life. “They’re enjoying each other’s company,” the source close to the couple adds. “They have fun together.”
SCOOP HITS THE MEDICAL BOOKS TO EXPLAIN SOME ODD STAR BEHAVIOR
Doesn’t recognize people he’s met before.
Told Esquire he thinks he suffers from “face blindness,” or prosopagnosia.
One day began speaking like a Brit.
Foreign accent syndrome, first described in 1907.
Wears his pants below his bum.
Loss of proprioception (one’s sense of the relative position of parts of one’s body).
Hasn’t changed his look in years.
Anterograde amnesia, the inability to retain new memories; some patients “live in the past.”
KIM & KANYE
APART ON HIS BIRTHDAY
For his 36th birthday on June 8, Kanye West was feted at N.Y.C.’s Miss Lily’s by pals Beyoncé and Jay-Z. But a certain VIP was missing: Kim Kardashian, 32. Due to give birth in July in L.A., “she just can’t travel now,” explains a Kardashian insider, who adds the party was held in the Big Apple because the rapper had a concert there that weekend. While the expectant star couldn’t join the festivities, she tweeted her love of the birthday boy, posting a sweet collage of pictures with the caption: “Happy Birthday to my best friend, the ♥ of my life, my soul!!!! I love you beyond words!” The insider adds the dad-to-be is wrapping up work commitments so he can be by Kardashian’s side “in plenty of time before the baby is due.”
HER SURPRISING DIVORCE
Jane Lynch seemed to be hitting all the right notes as acerbic Sue Sylvester on Glee and as Miss Hannigan in Annie: The Musical on Broadway. But behind the scenes, the actress, 52, and her wife, Dr. Lara Embry, 44, were falling out of tune. On June 10 the pair announced in a statement that they were ending their three-year marriage: “This has been a difficult decision for us as we care very deeply about one another.” According to a source who knows the couple, they simply “grew apart” and are sorting out the details of their separation amicably. One thing remains intact: Lynch’s bond with Embry’s daughter Haden, 11. Says the source: “Jane loves that little girl, and that relationship will continue.”
on the market $2.3 MILLION
ANNA FARIS’S ZEN RETREAT
Hollywood Hills, Calif.
The House Bunny star Anna Faris, 36 – who moved into bigger digs with her husband, Chris Pratt, 34, and their 10-month-old son – is selling her former three-bedroom abode, which boasts a private pool, lush landscaping and peaceful canyon views.
NO TWITTER LOVE!
SOMETIMES THE COUPLES THAT DON’T FOLLOW EACH OTHER STILL DO STAY TOGETHER
Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin
The rocker doesn’t tweet himself, but Coldplay’s official account doesn’t return his wife’s online affection.
Beyoncé & Jay-Z
No darling @ replies here: The power couple don’t track one another.
Wladimir Klitschko & Hayden Panettiere
The Nashville star has 393,000-plus followers – but her boyfriend isn’t one of them.
CELEBRITY WEDDING CRASHERS
NO RSVP WAS NEEDED FOR THESE SURPRISE GUESTS
He met the Georgia couple on the eve of their big day in late May—and ended up in their photos.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II
What a receiving line! Her Majesty greeted newlyweds at the Manchester Town Hall in England last May.
Black tie optional: On his way to an interview, the NBA star joined an aisle-bound Miami couple for photos last June.
While in Ireland last year, the ex-President popped in on a wedding at the resort.
A guest tweeted the talk show host an invite after learning he was staying at the same Atlanta hotel in March.