Country singer Jason Aldean, 38, tied the knot with American Idol alum Brittany Kerr, 27, on March 21 in Mexico. The two were first linked in 2012. Aldean filed for divorce from his then-wife Jessica Ussery in 2013 and proposed to Kerr last fall.
Twilight star Peter Facinelli, 41, popped the question to actress Jaimie Alexander, 31, while visiting the Empire State Building on March 16. “Top of the world with my love,” Alexander gushed in an Instagram post.
Mad Men star Jessica Paré, 34, gave birth to a baby boy on March 19. Blues Anthony is her first child with boyfriend John Kastner (who has a daughter, Summer Lee, 8, from a previous relationship). • Actor Jude Law and ex-girlfriend Catherine Harding welcomed a baby girl, his rep confirmed to PEOPLE on March 17. Law, 42, has three children with ex-wife Sadie Frost and one with model Samantha Burke. • Surprise! Actor Kevin James and Steffiana de la Cruz, both 40, welcomed their fourth child, Sistine Sabella, back in January, a rep for James confirmed on March 18. • Furious 7 star Vin Diesel, 47, has revealed that his newborn daughter is named Pauline, in honor of the late Paul Walker. “It felt like a way to keep his memory a part of my family,” Diesel said.
TAKING A BREAK
One Direction’s Zayn Malik, 22, is taking a break from the band’s world tour due to stress. A March 19 statement from the band’s rep revealed that he was “flying back to the U.K. to recuperate.” The announcement followed accusations that Malik was cheating on fiancée Perrie Edwards – causing him to declare his love for the singer, 21, on Twitter.
Good Morning America‘s Lara Spencer, 45, and husband David Haffenreffer, 47, are separating after 15 years of marriage. “After a lot of thought, care and consideration, we have decided to end our marriage,” the couple—who have two children together—revealed in a March 21 statement to the New York Post. “[Our kids] remain our top priority.”
Musician Andy Fraser passed away at age 62 on March 16. Fraser was best known as the bassist for the band Free and cowriter of the ’70s rock anthem “All Right Now.” • Providencia Paredes – the personal assistant to former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and a longtime fixture alongside the extended Kennedy family – died on March 18 in Washington, D.C. She was 90. • Nikita and 24 actress Alberta Watson, 60, died on March 21 after battling lymphoma. She also starred in the 1978 drama In Praise of Older Women and 2007’s The Lookout.
Coming Together After Tragedy
An Orthodox Jewish family grapples with unspeakable grief after losing 7 children to a devastating fire in Brooklyn
The father of seven Orthodox Jewish children killed in a Brooklyn house fire on March 21 wept at their funeral, with thousands from the community mourning the unimaginable loss. Gabriel Sassoon, who moved with his wife, Gayle, and their children from Israel to New York City two years ago, was at a religious conference when the fire began around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The fire began after a malfunctioning electric hot plate, used to keep food warm while obeying Sabbath rules, sparked flames that shot to the upstairs bedrooms. Gayle and a 15-year-old daughter narrowly escaped; at press time mother and daughter remained in the hospital in critical condition. “My children were so pure,” Sassoon said at the funeral before the bodies of the four boys and three girls, ages 5 to 16, were flown to Israel for burial. “I want to ask my children for forgiveness. I did my best and my wife did her best…. There’s nothing to say. There’s nothing to say. There’s only one way to survive this: complete and utter, total surrender. Surrender. That’s it.”
Pretty Woman Turns 25!
The ultimate Cinderella story of the ’90s, Pretty Woman celebrated its 25th anniversary on March 23 with a cast reunion – including stars Julia Roberts, 47, and Richard Gere, 65—on NBC’s Today. Actresses like Molly Ringwald and Daryl Hannah were actually considered for the iconic role of Vivian, but not giving the part to Roberts would have been a big mistake. Big. Huge!
Why I Care
PERSONAL STORIES ABOUT GIVING BACK
The Elementary star works with UNICEF to help children worldwide
I came from humble beginnings, with my father and mother coming from China. They met in New York and built a life for themselves – and a life for us. Even though we didn’t have all the things I would have wanted as a child, I felt like they really gave me an appreciation for the care and love we had. Now, as an adult, I realize what other people don’t have. I’ve been involved with UNICEF since 1994 and was appointed as an ambassador in 2004. The atrocities that I’ve encountered on travels with the organization and the bravery that these children display is just shocking. On a trip to the Congo, I remember seeing children’s faces, and they did not look like children. Their expressions were those of adults who had been going through a very, very difficult time. I went to a school there and children were holding on to these nubs of pencils. To them, they were these precious things. UNICEF has given me an appreciation for life, for people and for humanity. It’s about getting out the message that we need to help children and educate ourselves. Education is key to under-standing what needs to change for these kids in the future.
For more information, go to unicef.org