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HER SECRET WEDDING
SURPRISE! AFTER NEARLY A YEAR of dating, Jodie Foster, 51, and photographer Alexandra Hedison, 44, tied the knot on the weekend of April 18 in a top-secret ceremony, which friends of the newlyweds say is just their style. “They are very private when they’re around people they don’t know,” says a source. “But when they’re together, it can be like they’re in their own world.”
That was evident when the couple were spotted just days after their wedding walking through the second annual Paris Photo Show on April 24 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. “They were holding hands and looking like a newly married couple as they walked from gallery to gallery,” says an onlooker.
Being recognized in public was not something Hedison always longed for. The daughter of actor David Hedison, who played James Bond ally Felix Leiter in Live and Let Die and License to Kill, Hedison followed in her father’s footsteps early in her career, landing a string of small roles on dramas such as Melrose Place and Nash Bridges before being cast in The L Word. But it was her personal life that attracted more attention: She famously dated Ellen DeGeneres for three years, and ever since their relationship ended in 2004, Hedison has been cautious about romancing celebrities. “At first Alex was tentative and conflicted about getting involved with another famous person,” says a source close to her. “But clearly she made peace with that with Jodie.” When the pair stepped out at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts inaugural gala last October, “they looked comfortable, like they were enjoying each other’s company,” said a fellow partygoer.
For her part, Foster has also always been fiercely private, only offering a rare glimpse into her personal life at the 2013 Golden Globes. When the actress accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award, she said, “I just have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never been able to air in public,” before quipping, “I am … single.” The Oscar winner then went on to say, “I hope that you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big coming-out speech tonight because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the Stone Age.” She thanked “my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life” Cydney Bernard, 61, with whom Foster shared 20 years. The proud mom also name-checked her two sons, Charles, 15, and Kit, 12, as “my reason to breathe and to evolve, my blood and soul.” Foster added, “I am so proud of our modern family.” Now she has a new wife to add to that mix, and those close to Foster say her loved ones remain her top priority: “She is devoted, loyal and a lot of fun.”
John who? Two months after splitting with John Mayer, Katy Perry, 29, is seeing producer DJ Diplo, 35 (real name: Wesley Pentz). At The Amazing Spider-Man 2 afterparty in N.Y.C. April 24, the pair were “lovey-dovey” and existed in only two states: Either they were “all over each other” or “they were constantly looking at each other,” says a source.
Selena Gomez, 21, and Orlando Bloom, 37, raised eyebrows when they were spotted on April 26 with a group of pals at Chelsea Handler’s live show at the Forum in L.A. But no need for exes Justin Bieber and Miranda Kerr to feel jealous – yet. “They’re friends for now,” says a Gomez source. “But who knows what could happen in six months?”
MUSICIAN RYAN LEWIS
MY MOM’S LIFE WITH HIV
On April 22, Ryan Lewis, the producer behind rapper Macklemore, announced something far more personal than tour dates. He revealed in a video that his mother, Julie, had been living with HIV for 30 years. “My childhood was very much the unknown,” Lewis, 26, tells PEOPLE. “It was a bit of a mystery.”
Julie contracted the virus in 1984 from a blood transfusion she received after giving birth to her first daughter. She had Ryan and another daughter before she was eventually diagnosed in 1990. At that time she was given just five years to live. “The hard part was thinking I could’ve infected my whole family,” she says. Fortunately, Lewis and his two sisters did not contract HIV. When Julie and her husband, Scott, 55, revealed her illness to their children, “I was 6 and very vocal,” says Lewis, who has an AIDS ribbon tattooed on his arm. “I told the grocery lady and my entire second-grade class.”
As Ryan got older and drugs to combat the disease improved, Julie was “maintaining and living life much longer than expected,” he says. To commemorate her survival, the pair launched the 30/30 Project, an initiative that will help build health centers around the world. Their goal is to raise $100,000 to build the first center in the Neno district of Malawi. “It gives me chills,” says Julie. “It’s surreal to think that I am here talking to the world.” Visit 3030project.org to learn more about the organization.
L.A. CLIPPERS OWNER SHOCKER
THE WOMAN, THE TAPE, THE SCANDAL
The life illustrated on her Instagram page shows off a proudly glamorous, if clichéd, L.A. existence: palm trees, Malibu surf, red carpets, designer dresses and lingerie, elbow rubbing with sports legends like Magic Johnson and newer stars like the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp. There, the cryptically named “V. Stiviano” (formerly Maria Vanessa Perez) describes herself as an “Artist, Lover, Writer, Chef, Poet, Stylist, Philanthropist.” But she is now best known as the woman at the center of a scandal, threatening to topple the billionaire owner of the L.A. Clippers, Donald Sterling, whose alleged racist rant toward her was recorded and posted on TMZ on April 26. A voice confirmed by his wife as Sterling’s is heard railing against a woman said to be Stiviano for “associating with black people” and warning her not to bring African-Americans, including Johnson, to his team’s games. In a statement the team’s president questioned the tape’s legitimacy and said Sterling “feels terrible that such sentiments are being attributed to him and apologizes to anyone who might have been hurt by them.” So far Sterling himself is taking the biggest hit as advertisers pull millions from Clippers games and the NBA decides how to sanction him.
Could Stiviano also be the source of the leaked audio? “We know that the woman on the tape – who we believe released it to TMZ – is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family … who told Mr. Sterling that she would ‘get even,’ ” said Clippers president Andy Roeser. Since 2010 Stiviano, 31, has been seen at the side of the 80-year-old real estate magnate, though a source close to Stiviano denies any romance and her lawyer says she did not leak the tape. But the cost of their relationship has enraged Sterling’s wife of more than 50 years, Rochelle, 79, who is suing Stiviano for the gifts her husband bought her, including a $1.8 million home, a Ferrari, two Bentleys and a Range Rover. Amid allegations of gold-digging, a source close to Stiviano says, “She’s a very, very, very nice girl. All the evil things out there aren’t true.”
HOLLYWOOD BABY BOOM!
Olivia Wilde, 30, was dancing alongside fiancé Jason Sudeikis, 38, at a Jon Batiste jazz concert in New York on April 19 when another tiny dancer wanted in on the fun. A source says that Wilde’s water broke at the show, and the couple rushed straight to the hospital to welcome their first child the next day. “Ladies and gentlemen, Otis Alexander Sudeikis has LEFT the building! (I’m the building),” Wilde announced on Twitter.
Otis Alexander Sudeikis born April 20
Two days before the star, 39, and Will Kopelman, 36, welcomed their second daughter, Frankie, Drew Barrymore shared a photo indulging in Chinese food. Now Olive, 19 months, is the one ready to cater to her sister’s cravings. “She’s actually feeding her little baby doll with the bottle,” said the new mom. “That’ll be good practice!”
Frankie Barrymore Kopelman born April 22
For more from Drew, see page 107.
WILDE TWEETS ABOUT MOTHERHOOD
On April 24: “Having an infant son alerts me to the fact that every man, at one point, has peed on his own face. #awesome.”
On April 26: “Jason observed that a breast pump looks like something Katy Perry would wear to perform at the VMAs. #accurate #milkyfashion”
On April 28: “Yessss @AliciaSilv [Alicia Silverstone]. The Kind Mama is so helpful. So far I’m just a milk-stained mama eating peanut butter from a jar.”