Sharna Burgess and Brian Austin Green. ABC/Christopher WillardChemistry on and off the ballroom floor! Following Brian Austin Green and Sharna Burgess’ shocking elimination from Dancing With the Stars, the couple hasn’t let that stop them from enjoying their burgeoning romance.
“1 year of accepting me in a way I’ve never been loved before ❤️ #damnimlucky,” the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum, 48, captioned a close-up snap with the Australia native, 36, on Saturday, October 16, while celebrating their first anniversary.
One week earlier, the Masked Singer alum and his professional dancer girlfriend were the first couple eliminated — alongside Bachelor Matt James and Lindsay Arnold — during the October 12 episode after performing Disney-inspired routines to “Someday My Prince Will Come” from Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs and “He’s a Pirate” from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
“Thank you so much, everybody, that, like, supported us and voted for us and was there for us,” Green said via Instagram Story on Wednesday, October 13. “It was really a great experience for us, not just with the people we met, but with the fans that supported us and just getting to dance with each other.”
Despite controversy that the pair were salty over their exit and refused to do interviews post-show, they reasserted that they enjoyed the experience.
“We got to be real-life prince and princess. We have some amazing costumes we’re going to try and keep, the kids [Noah, 9, Bodhi, 7, and Journey, 4, with whom Green shares with ex Megan Fox] are going to absolutely love them,” Burgess added in the social media footage. “I can’t wait for them to see our Disney dances. And it’s all love and it is all good and we did not skip out on press. … For now, we’re just going to enjoy each other today and enjoy not having anything to do rather than that.”
Ahead of their show departure, the couple received criticism from the judges for showing too much PDA on the dance floor.
“I never thought the waltz was going to come. It was so much kissing and cuddling and messing about,” DWTS judge Len Goodman said after the pair completed their Snow White number. “I would’ve liked to see a much more traditional waltz.”
One week prior, the DWTS pro slammed similar comments from earlier weeks in the ABC competition as she posted rehearsal photos of the pair.
“For those that say we kiss too much, here’s a full 🍑 grab instead,” the dancer wrote via Instagram on October 4. “But for real though, we kissed once in the first show that’s it. … This isn’t a showmance, this is real life love and it’s a part of our journey. Every step. Every struggle. Every success.”
The couple first went public with their romance after a PDA-packed Hawaiian vacation in December 2020, weeks after Burgess hinted she was dating someone.
Brian Austin Green and Sharna Burgess. Courtesy of Brian Austin Green/Instagram“It’s been really awesome,” the professional dancer exclusively told Us at the time. “I actually am not on the market anymore. But it’s very new and very, you know, it’s dating, essentially. No one’s calling us a relationship yet.”
One month later, the pair made their Instagram debut and have since continued to strengthen their bond, though they aren’t rushing into the next stages.
“Just because we’re in love doesn’t mean it’s for sure that we’re going to make it to the kids stage,” the ballroom dancer exclusively told Us Weekly on October 7, while discussing her new PETA campaign. “We hope so. We hope it’s the endgame. We want it to be endgame, but both of us can’t promise those things early on, especially to [his] kids.”
Though, early on in their relationship Burgess did broach the subject of a potential marriage with the “… With Brian Austin Green” podcast host.
“That was a deal-breaker for me,” she explained to Us, describing the discussion the “grown-up thing” to do. “I was really grateful that he was open to that. He even brought it up. He said with the right person then yes. … And I do want marriage and babies, what a fairy tale. So I needed to know.”
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James Kennedy, Raquel Leviss Had a ‘Tumultuous Relationship’ Before Split
Better off apart? Vanderpump Rules stars James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss went through “some real struggles” before they split and ended their engagement. “It was a tumultuous relationship,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly of the DJ, 29, and the former pageant queen, 26. “[Raquel] still wants the best for him. They had a happy…
Better off apart? Vanderpump Rules stars James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss went through “some real struggles” before they split and ended their engagement.
“It was a tumultuous relationship,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly of the DJ, 29, and the former pageant queen, 26. “[Raquel] still wants the best for him. They had a happy time together. … She’s also grown as well and this relationship outgrew her. She has grown into being a strong woman.”
James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss Gregory Pace/Shutterstock; Chelsea Lauren/ShutterstockThe breakup “was definitely a hard decision” for the pair, the insider adds, noting that “there was a little discourse after the engagement” that prompted their split.
The British reality star celebrated two years of sobriety in July. During the season 9 premiere of Vanderpump Rules two months later, Leviss called her then-fiancé “California sober,” clarifying that he still smoked weed.
Kennedy “grew up a lot” once he stopped drinking, the source says, noting that the musician “changed as a person” after giving up alcohol. Leviss “was there for a lot” of her ex’s ups and downs, but in the end, Kennedy and the Sonoma State University alum simply didn’t see eye to eye.
“They both want different things,” the insider adds. “They don’t have love anymore in terms of a romantic relationship, but they still have love for each other as friends. … They’re really trying to figure out what their lives look like now that they’ve split. They have a lot of admiration and respect for each other.”
The Bravo personalities made their romance Instagram official in February 2016, two months after meeting on New Year’s Eve. Kennedy popped the question earlier this year.
“THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, said yes. 💍 💕,” he gushed via Instagram in May alongside a PDA photo from the Palm Springs, California, proposal.
At the time, Leviss shared the milestone in a post of her own, writing, “James proposed at the iconic Empire Polo Fields of ‘RACHELLA’ Friday night… and I said YES! I’m over the Coachella moon ✨🌵🌙 #RACHELLA.”
Seven months later, the duo announced that they chose to go their separate ways. “After these 5 wonderful years we had together, we decided we have two different goals and made the decision to call off the engagement,” Leviss wrote via Instagram on Sunday. “We love each other very much, but we aren’t in love anymore. We want nothing but the best for each other so please keep any thoughts positive. Sending Love.”
Kennedy shared an identical statement on his own social media account. Two days prior, he and the California native filmed the season 9 reunion special of Vanderpump Rules. A source later confirmed that the split will be discussed in more detail during the episode.
Shortly after the breakup made headlines, Leviss gave fans a glimpse of herself packing as she prepared to move out of the apartment she shared with Kennedy.
“Raquel’s staying strong,” the first source tells Us. “She has been with friends while also working with James to figure out the best possible route [for moving forward]. They’re trying to be private through all of this.”
With reporting by Diana Cooper
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Jen Shah Claims ‘The Housewife & the Shah Shocker’ Caused ‘Irreparable Damage’
UPDATE Monday, December 6: The US Attorney opposed Shah’s motion to dismiss her case on Friday, December 3, on the basis that “the defendant has not and cannot demonstrate any likelihood of success on the merits of any such motion.” The Bravo personality’s legal team argued in response that the court should consider the government…
UPDATE Monday, December 6:
The US Attorney opposed Shah’s motion to dismiss her case on Friday, December 3, on the basis that “the defendant has not and cannot demonstrate any likelihood of success on the merits of any such motion.”
The Bravo personality’s legal team argued in response that the court should consider the government officials who chose to participate in The Housewife & the Shah Shocker.
“Make no mistake, the Government cannot shift the blame to Hulu or ABC News for the manner in which the final program was edited,” the legal docs stated on Monday, December 6. “The Government and its agents publicly expressed their opinions to the press about a pending case, therefore the Government is fully accountable for all that followed. Like any wrongdoer, the Government is entirely responsible for the entire damage caused by its violation of the rules.”
The filing also claimed that “improper and unrepentant conduct of the prosecution team has caused irreparable damage to Ms. Shah’s rights to a fair trial, free from prejudice.”
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After Hulu dropped their The Housewife & the Shah Shocker documentary about Jen Shah‘s legal issues, the reality star is requesting that her charges be dropped as well.
In court documents obtained by Us Weekly, attorneys for Shah, 48, filed a letter that requested her case be dismissed on the basis that the new doc violated the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star’s right to a fair trial. According to the paperwork, Shah’s legal team is arguing that there won’t be an “untainted jury pool” now that the documentary is available for everyone to watch ahead of her March 2022 trial.
“Ms. Shah respectfully requests that the Court grant her leave to file a motion to dismiss the indictment,” the legal docs, which were filed on Tuesday, November 30, read. “Given both the extensive viewership of Hulu nationwide and Ms. Shah’s public notoriety, a change in venue would not protect Ms. Shah’s rights, nor would alternative remedies such as a detailed voir dire or emphatic jury instructions.”
Shah made headlines in March when she and her assistant Stuart Smith were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
“Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businessperson on ‘reality’ television, and Stuart Smith, who is portrayed as Shah’s ‘first assistant,’ allegedly generated and sold ‘lead lists’ of innocent individuals for other members of their scheme to repeatedly scam,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a press release following Shah’s arrest. “In actual reality and as alleged, the so-called business opportunities pushed on the victims by Shah, Smith, and their co-conspirators were just fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal victims’ money.”
The ABC News documentary, which dropped on Hulu on Monday, November 29, features interviews from two alleged victims, the agents that are part of the investigation and legal experts.
Homeland Security Investigations Acting Special Agent in Charge Rick Patel addressed Shah’s alleged involvement in selling “lead lists,” saying, “The folks that are behind this are pros at what they do. It is disgusting. And what we’d like to tell any victim is, it’s not your fault, please come forward, because we need your help to make sure this doesn’t happen to more people.”
In the November filing, Shah’s attorney argued that that the interviews with Homeland Security Investigations offered details on her case that weren’t previously made public in an effort to “poison the jury pool.”
Although Shah and her team didn’t provide a comment for the documentary, her aunt Lehua Vincent showed support for her niece.
“This is the most difficult time for our entire family. The Jen Shah that I know is a woman who has come from a culture that is deeply rooted in honesty, loyalty and hard work,” Vincent said. “There’s just no way that Jen has the ability to be harmful or hurtful or disrespectful. You are innocent until proven guilty … and I believe her to be nothing but innocent.”
Ahead of the Hulu doc’s premiere, Smith, 43, changed his initial not guilty plea and instead plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice.
“He admitted to hiding ownership and money, defrauding elderly people and lying to the Federal Trade Commission in a deposition, which constituted perjury,” attorney Ronald Richards, who is not involved with the case but who appeared in The Housewife & the Shah Shocker, told Us on November 19.
With reporting by Diana Cooper
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Relive Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy’s Whirlwind Romance: Photos
Young love! Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy had a whirlwind romance worthy of a love song — which the musician seemingly documented in her hit “Begin Again.” The Grammy winner was first linked to Kennedy in the summer of 2012 after she was spotted spending time with the iconic family in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts over…
Young love! Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy had a whirlwind romance worthy of a love song — which the musician seemingly documented in her hit “Begin Again.”
The Grammy winner was first linked to Kennedy in the summer of 2012 after she was spotted spending time with the iconic family in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts over the 4th of July.
Swift, who has been vocal about her love for the family over the years, was introduced to Conor after connecting with his aunt Rory Kennedy a year prior.
The “Lover” singer was contacted by Rory for concert tickets in 2011, which is what started her friendship with the family. Swift later attended Sundance Film Festival’s January 2012 screening of Ethel, which is Rory’s HBO documentary about her mom and Conor’s grandmother, Ethel Kennedy.
“She’s a great friend of all of ours,” Rory told reporters during the Television Critics Association panel in August 2012 after she invited Swift to visit the family’s compound one month prior. “She’s awesome, and we love her.”
Ethel noted at the time that she wasn’t the Conor and the “Evermore” singer’s matchmaker, but she did comment on whether she could see Swift becoming a Kennedy down the line. “We should be so lucky,” the Kennedy matriarch told reporters at the TCA event.
After initially being linked to Conor’s cousin Patrick Schwarzenegger over the American holiday, the “Exile” songstress was spotted spending time with Conor on several occasions during the month of July, before Us Weekly confirmed their romance the following month.
Following the death of his mother, Mary Kennedy, who died by suicide in May 2012, Swift has been a “real shoulder to cry on,” a source told Us in August 2012, noting that the country-turned-pop singer is “really smitten” with Conor.
“She’s obsessed with the family,” a second source exclusively told Us of Swift in August 2012.
The twosome’s romance, however, was short lived with them parting ways “quietly” in September of that year, according to an insider.
“It was just a distance thing,” the source told Us in October 2012 of the “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” singer and the then-high school senior. “No hard feelings. They’re fine.”
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