NEWS, GOSSIP & HOLLYWOOD BUZZ
REAL HOUSEWIVES’ TERESA GIUDICE
PREPARING FOR PRISON
TERESA GIUDICE’S holidays will be jam-packed with the usual activities, like whipping up lasagna for family gatherings, shopping for presents and decorating her house. But behind all that cheer, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star is wrestling with what the New Year brings: prison. “It’s a very emotional time,” says a Giudice pal. “She has a lot of sadness. It’s been very difficult.”
On Jan. 5 Giudice, 42, starts her 15-month prison term for bankruptcy fraud and other counts. (She pleaded guilty in October.) Her husband, Joe Giudice, 44—who was sentenced to 41 months for multiple counts, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud—will serve his sentence after her release. “She’s afraid,” says a source close to Giudice. “But ultimately her priority is her children and anything she can do to make them smile.”
While Giudice is incarcerated, Joe and other relatives will care for her kids—Gia, 13, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 8, and Audriana, 5. “It will be hard without Teresa since she does everything for them, but they’re good kids,” says an insider, who adds that the girls will likely visit their mom during her sentence.
Until then Giudice is trying to squeeze in plenty of family time. “She’s going about life with as much normalcy as possible,” says the Giudice source. “She spends her days going to birthday parties, karate class and soccer practice. She’s doing her best to not focus on all the negative things that are ahead and all the negative things being reported about her.” One of those rumors: that her marriage to Joe is on the rocks. “They are okay and have a loving marriage,” counters the source. If Joe is deported to his native Italy upon his release, adds the insider, “she will go with him.”
Another looming stress: the ailing health of Giudice’s father, Giacinto Gorga. “Her biggest fear is that he will die while she is in prison,” says the insider. “She’s been praying a lot about it.” Despite the very dark times, Giudice’s pal says the Real Housewife hopes to use this experience to become stronger and smarter: “The lesson has been learned.”
On Her New Life and New Music
“I’ve been in a mommy cave! I’m married now [to Brandon Blackstock, 37, whom she wed last October]; I have three kids [Savannah, 13, and Seth, 8, from Blackstock’s previous marriage, and River Rose, 5 months],” she says. “I’m so blessed.”
Clarkson (left, volunteering at a food bank Nov. 11) is working with Musicians on Call and Citizen’s Little Kids Rock, two initiatives using music to improve children’s lives. Without music, says the singer, 32, “I wouldn’t be here. It saved me.”
Getting Back to Work
After taking some time off, she’s the face of Citizen Watch’s new campaign (right) and will release an album early next year: “The next record is more innovative,” she says. “It’s really, really awesome.”
AT THE SAVE THE CHILDREN ILLUMINATION GALA ON NOV. 19, THE SUPERSTAR DUO SHARED SOME OF THEIR MOM AND DAD MUST-DOS
SET STRONG EXAMPLES
“I think my kids [Violet, 9, Seraphina, 5, and Samuel, 2] would love for me to be home every day,” says Garner. “But I want my kids to know that if working is important to me, that’s valid.”
PUSH THEM TO PUSH THEMSELVES
“I want my girls to think that being a scientist is the coolest job. I want them to not be afraid to lean toward their femininity,” says Garner. “And kick ass! They’ve been taking karate since they were little!”
EXPOSE THEM TO THE WORLD
At last year’s event, their older daughter met Hillary Clinton. “Having two little girls, I realize how powerful it would be for them to see a woman be the President of the United States,” says Affleck.
ONE to WATCH
He’s played a Dothraki warrior on Game of Thrones and a man of the future in Interstellar, and he currently stars as an Irish genius on the hit CBS drama Scorpion. One trick to his character-shifting? “My ethnic ambiguity,” says the Brit, 31, who has French, Algerian, Spanish, Dutch, Anglo-Indian, Irish and Portuguese ancestors. “It’s allowed me to be a chameleon and has given me a lot of opportunities.”
WORD ASSOCIATION WITH JENNY SLATE
THE STAR OF OBVIOUS CHILD, 32, WHO CO-CREATED THE VIRAL SERIES MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON, FREE-ASSOCIATES:
My husband and I lived together for five years before we got married, but I think it is very romantic to hear him call me his wife. I think it’s a beautiful, old-fashioned pleasure.
It is my therapist.
I didn’t hit puberty until the very end of high school. I wanted to have boobs and a boyfriend, and I was watching everyone else get those things. I’m glad that high school was only four years!
I love ordering french fries and chicken fingers and just sitting in my room watching TV.
It is really a place to fly your freak flag, which is one of my talents.
I like to embroider T-shirts for my friends. I put their names on them or personal jokes. I’ve had the same embroidery hoop since I was in second grade. I love the ritual of it.
My grandmother always says, “An education is something no one can ever take away from you.” I firmly believe in that.
‘I’M A PROUD GAY MAN’
COUNTRY STAR TY HERNDON
Within 24 hours of revealing that he is gay, Ty Herndon went from a country star to a viral one. His exclusive interview with People.com (in conjunction with Entertainment Tonight) was shared more than 40,000 times on social media. And Herndon’s phone hasn’t stopped buzzing with encouraging texts and tweets. “I’m touched and humbled by the extraordinary outpouring of love and support,” Herndon, 52, tells PEOPLE. (His announcement inspired another country singer to follow suit. See box.)
Though Herndon—known for ’90s hits like “What Mattered Most”—began coming out to his family at age 20, he didn’t consider going public until five years ago when he attended an Anthony Robbins seminar. “I realized that I had an incredible story to tell that could possibly help someone’s life not be as difficult as mine has been,” says Herndon. Indeed his journey hasn’t been easy. He spent time in rehab and married (and divorced) two women before coming to terms with his sexuality.
Now happy in his personal life—he hopes to marry his longtime partner Matt, 40, a specialty drug rep—he’s ready to redefine his place in country music. He’s touring with pals Jamie O’Neal and Andy Griggs and expects to release an album in 2015: “I’m just going to continue making country music. I think Nashville is ready for this.”
THE HUNGER GAMES CAST
He’s shooting two movies: The Dressmaker and the western drama By Way of Helena, which reunites him with Woody Harrelson.
She’s teaming up with David O. Russell for the third time on Joy, a biopic of self-made HSN star Joy Mangano.
She directs and stars in Pitch Perfect 2. Given the original’s success, the sequel’s stakes were “much higher,” she told ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.
Besides saddling up for By Way of Helena, he joins Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kate Winslet as a sergeant in the heist thriller Triple Nine.
He next appears in the thriller Escobar: Paradise Lost opposite Benicio Del Toro and is rumored to reprise his role in Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon.