‘SideShow': Arquette serves papers; Roberts gets love; Ed Rendell, gramps; Rihanna body double?

Posted: June 13, 2012

David Arquette this weekend became a man, in his own words, after undergoing a bar mitzvah ceremony at Jerusalem's most holy Western Wall.

A few days later, he made that most adult, dread decision: to make official his breakup with estranged wife Courteney Cox, TMZ reports. Filed Tuesday, on the couple's 12-year anniversary, in Superior Court of California in Los Angeles, David's divorce papers cite the catchall "irreconcilable differences." The forms are dated March 23, which means David held onto them for three months before making his move.

David asks for joint legal and physical custody of the couple's daughter, Coco, who turns 8 on Wednesday. He does not ask for spousal support, or mention anything about how the duo's assets are to be divided.

Robin Roberts gets the love

A day after announcing she suffers from the rare blood disorder MDS, or myelodysplastic syndrome, Good Morning America cohost Robin Roberts thanked fans Tuesday for their messages of support and love.

"I slept like a baby last night for the first night since my diagnosis," Roberts said on her show. "My family and I are overwhelmed and comforted by the response from everyone."

Roberts, 51, received notes from boldfacers including Katie Couric, Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Groban, Gayle King, Rob Lowe, and Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

GMA cohost George Stephanopoulos read a tweet from first lady Michelle Obama: "Barack and I have you in our prayers. We believe in you and thank you for bringing awareness and hope to others."

Rendell's new job: Granddad

Congratulations to former Philly Mayor and Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell, 68, who has became a grandfather for the first time. On Monday, Rendell's son, Jesse, and daughter-in-law, Beka Nave, welcomed a boy, Dean.

Jesse is an entertainment lawyer and a former rocker: He toured with the alt-rock band Don't Look Down before going for his law degree. Beka runs event-planning company Innove Events. They married in September 2008.

Don't call me R-Patz

If you live a life devoted to the worship of Twilight lovers R-Patz and K-Stew, if you really love them, stop calling them by their tabloid-concocted nicknames. So pleads Robert Pattinson in a chat with London's Guardian about his Very Serious Drama, Cosmopolis. "When I got this part, every single article that came out was, ‘R-Patz's struggle for credibility!' I don't understand who invented that thing, ‘R-Patz.' I want to strangle them." I prefer RPat. Simpler.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Alyson Hannigan and hub, Buffy spin-off Angel star Alexis Denisof, have welcomed a daughter, Keeva Jane Denisof, their rep tells US Weekly. KJD joins sister Satyana, 3.?... Former Pussycat Dolls doll Nicole Scherzinger, 33, so cruelly cut from Simon Cowell's The X Factor after one season, has landed a job as a judge on The X Factor's British edition, Life & Style Weekly says.?... Rihanna has tweeted a string of nasty expletives in response to a London Sun article that contends that the Bahamian beauty's new, skin-revealing Armani ad does not feature Rihanna's actual chest and derriere, but those of body double Jahnassa Aicken. Will R. also blast TMZ, which reports she was seen partying Monday with ex-beau Chris Brown at New York club Avenue?

Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com. This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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