Jason Aldean on divorce
Jason Aldean, 36, has known and loved Jessica Ussery for more than half his life. They were high school sweethearts, and they eventually married 12 years ago. Now it's all over: Jason filed divorce papers in Williamson County, Tenn., on Friday, citing irreconcilable differences. And it's absolutely gutting.
"This is a really tough time for my entire family. Jessica and I have been together since we were teenagers. We've been through a lot of ups and downs over the years as we grew up together as a couple," Jason tells People mag.
Adds the "Don't You Wanna Stay" singer, "She will always be important to me because she is the mother of my children, and I know that we will both always make our daughters our number one priority."
The couple, who have two daughters, Keeley, 10, and Kendyl, 5, broke up seven months after Jason admitted he was inappropriate with American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr.
Fly with Kim Kardashian!
Would you want to sit next to Kim Kardashian on a long flight? Thanks, but no, said a leading 28 percent of the respondents of a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll. Kim leads all comers as the person people would least likely want to sit next to on a plane. Charlie Sheen, Richard Simmons, and Chris Brown tie for second place at 13 percent; Joan Rivers is next at 12 percent. Mel Gibson has 10 percent.
Susan Barnett leaves KYW-TV
Levittown native Susan Barnett, 40, is leaving CBS3 (KYW-TV) and CW Philly (WPSG-TV), where she has been a news anchor since 2006, Roberts and the stations said Monday in a joint statement. "I have decided to not renew my contract with the stations at this time," said Barnett, whose contract expired at the end of March. "I am incredibly thankful for having been a part of the CBS Philly family, but I feel that this is the right decision at this time."
Munch on gossip petits fours
Taylor Swift may be only 23, but the mega-famous chanteuse has Donald Trump-sized consumer chutzpah. TMZ says the singer dropped a lump sum of $17 mil to buy a seven-bedroom mansion that occupies a five-acre waterfront property in Watch Hill, R.I. The manse was listed in 2011 for $23 mil. . . . Britain's Pinewood Studios, best known for producing the James Bond films, is establishing Pinewood Atlanta, a movie studio with five sound stages, located on 288 acres south of Atlanta in Fayette County. . . . Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner will star in a production of fellow actress Amanda Peet's debut as a playwright. The Commons of Pensacola, "an incisive and funny new play about trying to love your family even when you hate what they've done," will open this fall at New York City Center. . . . Hundreds of personal items belonging to Bob Hope and his wife, Dolores, will be sold Saturday in a Southern California auction to benefit a local charity. . . . A few days after joking about the absurdity of online dating sites, footloose and fancy-free single gal Martha Stewart, 71, has been persuaded by Today show host Matt Lauer to join Match.com. . . . Lindsay Lohan must report to rehab by Thursday to undergo a three-month court-ordered program. . . . They're daaating: Johnny Depp, 49, held hands with tender 27-year-old sex bomb Amber Heard at Saturday's Rolling Stones show in L.A.
Farrah Abraham inks film deal
Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham furthered her cause as celeb wannabe last year by publishing her memoir, My Teenage Dream Ended. Now she has become a bona fide movie star! Nah, she won't be playing Robert Downey Jr.'s love interest in Iron Man XXIV. TMZ says she's signed a $1 mil deal to release her sex tape.
Monkees trio to tour
Cut down to a trio since Davy Jones' death in February 2012, the Monkees - Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork - have regrouped for a 24-city tour this summer called :A Midsummer's Night With the Monkees." They'll play the Mann Center in Philly on July 20. Info: www.monkees.net.
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