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Jon & Kate
CAN THEIR MARRIAGE SURVIVE?
On the morning of her hit TV show’s premiere, a solo Kate Gosselin arrived at her local Starbucks drive-thru for her usual—a tall, skinny caramel latte. Not too long ago, “Jon used to come in all the time to get drinks for both of them,” says barista Evon Danh. But on this coffee run, added fellow employee Josh Butler, “she looked like she was trying to get through the day.” And that couldn’t have been easy. On the Memorial Day return of Jon & Kate Plus 8, viewers were treated to the supersweet sextuplets celebrating their 5th birthday and a gut-wrenching portrayal of a couple on the brink of divorce. “Very swiftly we turned into two different people, and it’s just hard,” said a teary Kate during the show’s hallmark couch chats. As for Jon, he seemed even more removed and defensive during his own couch sessions. His most heartbreaking moment came mid-party when he wistfully asked daughter Alexis, “Miss me?” The youngster replied, “I don’t want you to leave anymore.” That exchange prompted some to speculate that Jon has already moved out, but according to a source close to the family, he is still living at home. So where was he? TLC was not aware of Jon’s whereabouts, but Kate gave his absence her own spin: “Jon decided he needed a weekend off.” With their estrangement now out of the tabloids and in prime time, where does the couple go from here? Both parents made a special point of saying they were there for their kids, but never said they’d be there for each other. In a people.com poll, fans urged the couple to put their marriage first and put the show on hold. But with 39 episodes to go and future college funds at stake, that seems unlikely. What’s a reality TV couple to do? A source says “counseling has not been ruled out.” Stay tuned.
THE People POLL
WHAT SHOULD JON & KATE DO ABOUT THE SHOW?
KEEP GOING. THEY’LL WORK IT OUT
STEP BACK AND REPRIORITIZE
THE ROBERT PATTINSON COMB-OVER!
Well, there’s one thing about Twilight and New Moon vampire Edward Cullen that doesn’t appear to stay up all night—his hair. Fortunately his alter ego, actor Robert Pattinson, 23, is there to give it a hand.
SHE DID IT AGAIN!
During the May 24 semifinals of reality show Britain’s Got Talent, the Scottish YouTube darling, 48, overcame a pitchy start to deliver a rousing rendition of “Memory” and earn a spot in the May 30 finals. But can she go all the way? Boyle hopes so. “My dream is to do the best I can,” said Boyle. “Perhaps get a career out of it.”
After a rampant rumor that wrongly claimed his death, Patrick Swayze responded May 19 by releasing this recent photo of himself and his wife, Lisa, on their New Mexico ranch. Swayze, who has been battling pancreatic cancer since 2008, has called earlier rumors about his health “downright emotional cruelty.”
KATE WALSH & SEAN SMITH
The actress got close and cuddly with Sean Smith, the deputy assistant secretary for public affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, at a recent bash in D.C.
FROM L.A. TO D.C. WITH LOVE?
RASHIDA JONES & JON FAVREAU
The star has been spotted with Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau. “They’re dating,” says a source. “But it’s not serious.”
GOSSIP STARS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL!
Taking a riff from costar Westwick—whose band the Filthy Youth has played in N.Y.C.—both Meester and Momsen will showcase their musical chops with CDs this fall. Meester’s sound is electro-pop, and Momsen’s group the Pretty Reckless is already touring with the Veronicas. Crawford will move to the music too when he stars in Footloose.
BANK’S BIG BASH
Musicians flocked to Sin City for a memorable Memorial Day weekend—Nicole Richie and daughter Harlow stayed home while dad Joel Madden guest deejayed with his brother Benji at the Bellagio’s the Bank nightclub May 24. The Maddens took turns spinning and got the crowd going. “They were grooving to the music, having fun with partiers,” says an onlooker. Not to miss the action, Nelly and Big Boi made appearances late night and Tyrese caught up with his pal Toni Braxton.
CHERYL BURKE TURNS 25!
Three days after placing second in the May 19 Dancing with the Stars finale, Cheryl Burke packed her bags and celebrated a belated birthday (her actual b-day was May 3) at Las Vegas’s Lavo. With her model boyfriend Maxwell Zagorski by her side, Cheryl cut into cake and then fed her beau before letting loose on the dance floor.
• 5/18, N.Y.C.: Rihanna stepped out with pals and rapper-actor Aubrey “Drake” Graham—whom she got cozy with at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge. “They were stealing kisses the whole night,” says a source.
• 5/23, East Hampton: John Legend smooched girlfriend Chrissy Teigen before they hit the dance floor to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” at Lily Pond.
• 5/20, L.A.: Katy Perry worked the crowd while Kelly Osbourne stuck close to boyfriend Luke Worrell at the House of Molinari bash at h.wood.
• 5/20, L.A.: Lauren Conrad was a supportive girlfriend to actor Kyle Howard, who hosted the Havaianas/Details party at MyHouse.
5 Questions for…
The SNL star and host of the 2009 MTV Movie Awards confesses his soft spot for Susan Boyle, love of Las Vegas buffets and cologne of choice (circa 1990 …)
1 What was your first car?
A ’97 Toyota Corolla. It was my “racing Corolla.” It’s a sturdy, dependable vehicle. It had a weird, cheesy racing stripe and a really corny tailfin—not my call. I bought it used.
2 Are you a cologne guy?
Definitely not, but in seventh grade I asked for Drakkar Noir for my birthday. I went to the mall with my mom to get it. It was a big hit at junior high school.
3 Las Vegas buffets: yes or no?
Absolutely yes. I go straight for the prime rib—and follow up with a little shrimp cocktail too.
4 What’s your restaurant tipping style?
I’m a big tipper, even though I’ve never been a waiter. I did work at a movie theater concessions stand, though, and it was hands-down the worst job. People are so rude about their food!
5 Any guilty pleasures?
Susan Boyle. I stumbled upon that clip when it first hit the Internet and watched it five times in a row and cried. I don’t know what it is about that thing. It kills me.