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MARIAH CAREY & NICK CANNON
WHAT WENT WRONG
Wearing matching prince and princess costumes, Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey stood before 250 guests and renewed their wedding vows at Disneyland in April 2013. But despite the lavish ceremony—which included fireworks and a horse-drawn carriage!—their fairy-tale ending has come undone. “It’s been bad for a while,” says a source. “They’ve been living apart for months.” While Carey, 45, has remained at the couple’s Manhattan apartment with their 3-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, Cannon—who is in the midst of filming the current season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent—”has been staying in hotels,” the source adds.
So how did the couple’s quirky romance turn into another high-profile Hollywood split? According to another source, Carey’s professional woes may have caused friction between them. “When things don’t go well career-wise, sometimes you turn on your other half,” the source said, referencing the disappointing sales of Carey’s recent album, which was released in May. “While she can be very down-to-earth and hilarious, she can also be high-maintenance.”
Yet despite the bumps in their relationship, the couple appeared happy over the summer as they spent Mother’s and Father’s Days together with their kids. And in July 2013, when Carey posted sexy photos of herself on Instagram, Cannon, 33, told PEOPLE he wasn’t worried about other men admiring his wife. “We’re so secure with who we are,” he said. “And Mariah’s my dream girl.”
From the start it seemed that Cannon also had what Carey—who famously divorced music mogul Tommy Mottola in 1998—was looking for. Just weeks after they began dating in the spring of 2008, they wed in a secret, surprise ceremony at her Bahamian estate. “We really do feel we are soulmates,” Carey told PEOPLE at the time. “I never felt a love like this was in the cards for me.”
As the couple privately hash out the details of their separation (they both released similar statements citing their continued focus on their children), those around them worry that a battle is ahead. “There is a lot to fight over,” the second source says. At stake: real estate, several hundred million dollars and custody of their kids. “It could get contentious,” the source warns.
HOW HIS FAMILY IS COPING
The Aug. 23 Hotbed Benefit for 10,000 Degrees was missing two very important people. One was Robin Williams, a strong supporter of the scholarship program for underprivileged college students, and the other was his widow, Susan, 50, whose art was being auctioned off to raise money. Following the actor’s tragic suicide on Aug. 11 at age 63, Susan has been mourning privately. “She’s resilient and trying to make something good out of this, so others don’t have to suffer,” says the couple’s pal Maxwell Drever, who hosted the event. Overall, Williams’s family (including his kids Zachary, 31, Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22) “is taking it hard, but they’re doing okay,” adds Drever’s son Galen. “Susan is coping the best she can.”
DATING NAKED NEWS
ONE COUPLE FINDS TRUE LOVE ON VH1’S STEAMY DATING REALITY SHOW, WHILE ANOTHER IS HEADING TO COURT
After meeting in May on the show, artist Ashley Fonda, 27, and yoga teacher and self-described “sexual healer” Alika Medeiros, 36, wed on Aug. 6 in a nontraditional—yes, naked!—ceremony that will air Sept. 18 on VH1.
Jessie Nizewitz (below, left), 28, was mortified to discover her nether region wasn’t properly blurred out in the third episode. She’s seeking $10 million in damages.
A NEW CLOTHING LINE—AND A BABY?
Why was it important for your new fashion line Stories to range from sizes 0 to 24?
I’ve been all shapes. I know what that feels like to have to go to the big-and-tall section. I want my customers to feel chic and sexy.
Does Pearl, your brother Jack’s daughter, give you baby fever?
Yes and no. She’s the most magical thing in the world and makes me want children. But I’m not ready yet. I’m too selfish right now!
Would you ever do another reality show?
Been there, done that. It’s weird that we created something that anybody that’s slightly famous and has a family is doing now. It’s all my fault! [Laughs.]
HIS LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY
When Tracy Morgan hears about the well wishes filtering in from across the globe, he breaks into his trademark smile. But the comedian, 45, who remains in a wheelchair following a six-vehicle crash in June, continues to face an uphill battle. “He’s really having a tough time, and he’s struggling,” his New York lawyer Benedict P. Morelli tells PEOPLE. Though he was released from a rehabilitation facility mid-July, Morgan— who suffered traumatic brain injuries, a broken leg and several fractures in his face—is continuing physical, occupational and psychological therapy at home. “He’s making incremental progress,” adds Morelli. “But they’ll have to wait another two months before they can assess him cognitively.”
Besides the physical scars, Morgan struggles with the loss of his friend, comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, 62, who died in the crash. And he is steeling himself for a legal battle with Walmart, which employed the truck driver who struck Morgan’s vehicle. (A Walmart spokesperson tells PEOPLE they are “fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation.”) Despite it all, he’s finding solace in his loved ones, including fiancée Megan Wollover and his kids. “He’s beaten the odds before,” says Morelli. “We’re hopeful we’re going to get our Tracy Morgan back.”