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Chad Johnson Refusing to Sign Divorce Papers?

*TMZ is reporting that Chad Johnson has no intention of divorcing his estranged wife Evelyn Lozada. According to sources close to the couple, he’s refusing to sign any of the divorce documents.

Lozada, star of VH1’s “Basketball Wives,” filed for divorce three days after Johnson allegedly head-butted her during an argument. The incident that led to his arrest and Evelyn receiving stitches.

Sources close to Chad tell TMZ that he won’t sign the docs or participate in any divorce proceedings because he doesn’t want to get a divorce. Chad, according to the sources, still believes he can win Evelyn back, as evidenced by the fact he recently tattooed her face on his leg.

But Chad’s plan isn’t exactly bulletproof  — under Florida law (where Evelyn filed the docs) the divorce can still be finalized with a judge’s approval.

Sources tell TMZ Evelyn is hellbent on making this divorce happen and nothing Chad does will get her back. According to sources, she’s ready to move on and rebuild her life.
Chad Johnson Refusing to Sign Divorce Papers? 

 

Stevie Wonder Files for Divorce from Wife of 11 Years

BY JUSTIN RAVITZ

Stevie Wonder attends the BET Honors 2012 on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Stevie Wonder attends the BET Honors 2012 on January 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Guess she’s not the sunshine of his life anymore.

After 11 years of marriage and two sons together, Stevie Wonder filed for divorce from wife Kai Millard Morris, documents at TMZ confirmed.

Represented by Hollywood heavyweight attorney, the beloved music legend, 62, cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, and asks for joint custody of their boys Kailand, 10, and Mandla, 7; the papers also not that the duo have been separated since October 2009.

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It’s the second marriage for the Grammy-winning “I Just Called to Say I Love You” singer, who divorced singer Syreeta Wright in 1972; Wonder has seven kids overall from his two marriages and other relationshps.

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The division of the couple’s assets — Wonder made millions of dollars long before they wed — has yet to be determined.

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Kris Humphries’ Ex to Kim Kardashian: ‘Stop Spying on Me’

*Kris Humphries’ ex-girlfriend is now accusing his ex-wife Kim Kardashian of getting private investigators to spy on her.

Myla Sinanaj – who was subpoenaed by Kim’s legal team to discuss her relationship with Kris last month as part of their divorce proceedings – has taken digs at the reality TV star via twitter, urging Kim to leave her alone.

Myla tweeted: ”Hey @kimkardashian why don’t u enjoy ur Miami trip & stop sending private investigators to my house-Stop dragging me into ur drama.”

She further tweeted:

  • ”Subpoena me twice for the same thing! Hilarious”
  • ”People get so used to hearing lies that the truth doesn’t even seem real anymore.”
  • ”Choose your friends carefully. Your enemies will choose you.”
  • ”I am who I am. I like what I like. I love who I love. I do what I want. Get off my back and deal with it. It’s my life, not yours. (sic)”

Myla has been ordered to sit for a deposition trial at the end of the month as part of Kim and Kris’ divorce proceedings, and her former lawyer Joe Tacopina already accepted service on her behalf, but there are concerns she might now say he didn’t have authority to accept.

Last month, Kris’ attorneys were said to be planning to issue a subpoena to Kim’s boyfriend Kanye West.

Kim and Kris split in October after just 72 days of marriage.

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Usher ‘By Tameka’s Side’ in Wake of Stepson’s Tragedy

*Usher is said to be “torn up” over the horrific accident that has left his young stepson, Kyle Glover, brain dead, according to US Weekly, and has tabled his contention with his mother Tameka to be by her side .

As previously reported, the 11-year-old was struck in the head by a passing jet ski Friday as he rode an inner tube on Lake Lanier in Atlanta.

Usher has had a notoriously combative relationship Foster, but US Weekly reports the pair has put their differences on the back burner in the wake of the accident.

“Before the tragedy, Usher and Foster were engaged in a heated custody battle. But they’ve put that aside to support each other,” the magazine says.

“Tameka and Usher don’t get along, but in this circumstance Usher is coming to her side,” a source told US. “Usher practically raised Kyle as his own. He’s known him for seven years. It is so sad what happened.”

“[Usher] grew close to Kyle and, of course, that has nothing to do with the situation with Tameka,” the source says. “He loved Kyle. This is a terrible, awful tragedy. Usher is torn up.”

MTV News reported that Glover was riding with a 15-year-old girl who reportedly suffered a broken arm and cut on her head. Both were flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Glover reportedly has registered no brain activity since he was admitted to the hospital after sustaining the injury.

Usher, 33, and Foster divorced after two years of marriage in 2009. The couple share sons Usher Raymond V, 4, and Naviyd, 3, in addition to Kyle, Foster’s son from a previous relationship, US reports.

Usher ‘By Tameka’s Side’ in Wake of Stepson’s Tragedy

Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes divorce

One of Hollywood’s most talked about couples is divorcing after five years of marriage. Here’s a look back at their whirlwind romance.

Happier times

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes surprised the world with their unlikely relationship in April 2005, shortly after Holmes had called off her engagement to actor Chris Klein.
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Holmes, Cruise flying solo even before split

By Olivia Barker

Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise, that is.
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise? They were all but absent from public view, save for the occasional tight-smiled red carpet appearance (their last was at the Oscars in February). Holmes, it seems, was flying solo in this made-for-Oprah marriage — so it comes as little surprise to relationship experts that she filed for divorce from her husband of five years, and for sole custody of 6-year-old Suri, on Thursday. (The official announcement came Friday).

  • Her possible thinking? “I’m doing this all by myself now (anyway), so I can just go ahead and make it official,” says Miami-based marriage therapist Jacqueline Del Rosario.Indeed, the second half of the statement from Holmes’ attorney, Jonathan Wolfe, is telling: “This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family. Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.” (Cruise’s rep says he is “deeply saddened” and is “concentrating on his three children.”)Recent history has shown that celebrity couples who make a spectacle of snuggling together don’t necessarily stay together (see: Heidi Klumand Seal, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher). Now, it appears the other extreme — pairs who lead seemingly separate lives — could be another kind of marital red flag. (The famously seldom seen together duo of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have long been dogged by divorce rumors.)

    “Part of being in love and being in a strong, healthy relationship is growing together, and you can’t grow together if you’re not spending time together. Like a basketweave, the lives must intertwine,” Del Rosario says. “When we’re not evolving and changing together, our lives diverge and we tend to grow apart. We become solo individuals.”

    Except “a solo marriage is a front, and usually a child is put in the middle of it,” says New York psychotherapist Bonnie Eaker Weil, author of Make Up, Don’t Break Up.

    And indeed, there was always a third person in the Holmes-Cruise marriage: their daughter. For Holmes, “her love affair has been with Suri,” says Kathryn Smerling, a New York-based family therapist specializing in divorce (who has not treated Holmes). “You see that she’s so animated when she’s with her,” and not when she’s with her husband. In those shots, she is “always posed. … She looks just like a movie star, not a real person.”

    Theirs was a “child-centered marriage,” says Weil — a kind of union that can be doomed. “What kept them together this long was Suri.” Even before we saw her make her debut on the cover of Vanity Fair, Weil says, Suri was the star of this marriage.

    “All those pictures show the closeness between Suri and Katie,” Weil adds. “That is not a coincidence. Usually that indicates that Tom and Katie are no longer close,” that all they have in common is their child.

    “Solo marriage works for people that do not want that kind of closeness,” Weil continues. “I think Katie needed more closeness, and she got it from her daughter because she couldn’t get it from Tom.”

    Successful couplings “need a balance of distance and closeness,” Weils says. “I call it the porcupine theory.” Two porcupines in an igloo have to stand near each other enough to stay warm, but not so close that they prick each other. Holmes and Cruise “weren’t even in the igloo together! Katie and Suri were in there.”

    But the parent-child, vs. parent-parent, bond only works as a substitute for a little while. “Once a child grows up or leaves for school, whether kindergarten or college, that’s when a woman feels the emptiness and feels the loneliness” that her husband is unable to fill. That’s why talk of another baby — which Cruise swatted down earlier this month — was so significant. ( “I’m so happy with three,” Cruise told People magazine June 14.) With attention shifted to something new, a child “could have diluted this marriage even more and they could have lived together another five years,” on parallel planes.

    Throughout the Cruise-Holmes partnership, Suri became a kind of decoy, Weil and Del Rosario agree. Tracing the trajectory of the family, Del Rosario sees a tactic increasingly common in Hollywood: Give a child an unusual name so people know it’s your child — “they’re branded for life.” Keep the media busy talking about your child, vs. what the public really wants dirt on — your marriage.

    “It’s pretty smart,” says Del Rosario. “I don’t know how healthy it is, but I think it was a pretty good strategy that worked for them for a while.”

Kris Humphries Claims Kim K’s Mom Staged Ray-J Sex Tape

*In his ongoing divorce drama with Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries claims that her mother Kris Jenner staged her infamous sex-tape with Ray J in order to make her a star.

Humphries says Jenner not only directed the tape, but made her re-shoot it because the first take wasn’t good enough, reports TMZ.

Humphries claims were made in conversations and text messages to his former girlfriend Myla Sinanaj, according to the website. Sources say Myla has numerous messages in which Kris says she is the love of her life, and wants to get his divorce from Kim finalized as quick as possible.

Sources close to the family say Kris is lying about the sex tape, and that Kim made it clear at the beginning of their relationship that she would not discuss the tape because she didn’t want to be judged by it.

Both parties appear to be stepping up their respective media campaigns as divorce proceedings begin in Minnesota this week. Kim recently told Oprah Winfrey she was “bored” during her 72-day marriage to the New Jersey Nets star, though sources tell the New York Daily News that the comments were a “sympathy play” designed to drum up public support.

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Exclusive: Tichina Arnold On Her Past Love Mistakes and Preparing to Remarry

By Charli Penn

Actress Tichina Arnold’s resume is beyond impressive. After winning us over in the 90s as Pam on the hit sitcom Martin, she went on to land one memorable TV role after another.

These days, she calls the set of TV Land’s Happily Divorced home. On the show, she plays star Fran Drescher’s best friend Judi Mann, and their both 40-something woman still single and looking for love. In her real life, Arnold’s found true love. Once a divorced single mom, she tells us, she used to think she couldn’t love again. Then she met her fiancé Rico Hines, an assistant NCAA basketball coach and everything changed. They fell in love, he popped the question, and now they’re planning a dreamy Hawaiian wedding.

We caught up with the Queens native and asked her to open about her romantic past and how it has shaped her present day relationship. She even revealed some juicy wedding details. (You’ll never guess which R&B diva will serenade the happy couple.) Here’s what she had to say.

ESSENCE.COM: Has anything that you’ve gone through in your personal life helped to inspire your work with your character Judi?

TICHINA ARNOLD: Yes, and I think they’re writing it more and more into the script. It’s really me being up there in age, you know? Fran kind of jokes more about it on the show. She’ll go, “Ah Judi, you know we’re not gonna get any action!” So, it’s that sort of thing. We’re those two women in our 40s who are still dating, and we’re not with men. Which, you know, is half the population. We’re still looking for love. I’m finding that I’m incorporating that experience. I’m not single anymore, but I find that things do change with age, and I’m starting to see all of that in the script.

ESSENCE: What have you learned from past relationships that has prepared you for the one you have today?

ARNOLD: To not be so bossy. You know, when you’re single, you’re very independent. Very independent women raised me. We didn’t have a lot of male figures as the head of our household, so I got, and took on, a lot of that strong spirit from the matriarchs in my family. It allows you to get on through life a lot easier, but the downside is that you don’t have that experience of watching a male figure interact with women in the home. When you come from an all-female household, when you’re in a relationship, you get into situations you don’t really know how to handle, which I didn’t. A long time ago, when I was married, in the beginning it was bliss. I eloped after one month, and I married for security. I thought, I finally met a man who loves God and comes from a great family. I’m working, I love God, and I’m out here in California by myself, and I’ve met this great man. So, I said yes. And we eloped. The first three months were great, but then after the third month: Whoa. It got physical and it was just not a good situation.

ESSENCE: What went wrong?

ARNOLD: I’m a go-getter, and I move like lightning. I’m used to operating in my own space on my own time. But when you’re married, that dynamic completely changes. So there I was sharing a house, sharing a car, and sharing the money. Sharing everything. That was an adjustment. So one day I made plans for us to travel, because I love to travel. He came home and I told him, “Hey babe, we’re going to go to Mexico!” He’s staring at me, and I go, “What’s wrong? What’s the problem?” He says to me, “Babe, you never even asked me if I wanted to go.” That was wow. That type of sharing is important. I call myself taking control of a situation, but sometimes you really have to learn to humble yourself, and to submit yourself. I’m not really good with submission, so that’s the part of marriage and relationships that I’ve found very hard to deal with.

Most times, when you marry, you don’t know who you are, and there’s no way you can have a successful relationship that way. If you don’t know who you are, how the hell are you going to give to somebody else? I think every person deserves two marriages, because you may not get the first one right. You really never knew. That’s why divorce is so big. We all want it to last, but that’ not always the reality of it. But when I met Rico, I knew what to say to him, and I knew what I wanted out of the relationship. And, when he said he was able to fulfill that, I trusted him. With relationships, it’s all a matter of building trust. Before him, I didn’t trust relationships anymore. I wasn’t willing to put my trust in another person.

ESSENCE.COM: How did you get through those types of experiences?

ARNOLD: My worst experience with relationships was actually dealing with my daughter’s father. I dated him for two years and my attraction to him was just so strong. I didn’t get pregnant with her until after we broke up. But while we were together, it was at the worst point in my life. Financially I was messed up. I wasn’t settled at home. My life was in chaos. Complete chaos. Anything that could go wrong went wrong. He called me one day and was like, “I don’t want this relationship anymore.” That was it for me.

It took me two years to really get through that, because that was kind of the nail in the coffin. I was really depressed – and I’m never depressed – but that was truly a rough moment in time. So I thought to myself, how am I going to get out of this? How do I get through this? But, I got through it. You know, you get through it. You get passed it. You just gotta learn from it. I’m the type of person who doesn’t want to make the same mistakes twice. Now, when it comes to relationships, I know what to look for. Having a daughter, I have no room to see a man that’s not going to provide something beneficial to my daughter and me. I know what it feels like to hit that rock bottom where you have nothing else to give anybody. I had nothing back then. I couldn’t help myself. But getting through that really taught me so much about relationships. You need different things at different points in your life. What I needed back in the 90s is not the same thing I need in 2012.

ESSENCE: Congrats on your engagement! Tell us about the wedding plans.

ARNOLD: Most of his friends are in the basketball world. All of the people who he loves and who are close to him are in the basketball world, so they’re not off-season until August. So initially I said, let’s do a nice private small destination wedding in Hawaii or something. But then I thought to myself, Tichina, there you go again, taking control. So I asked him, but he really was serious about Hawii. So I planned this big island thing. Then the wedding started turned into something really huge. I started to want a concert theme and I thought about having people like Fantasia perform. Then I started getting the numbers, and I said, oh no. So we’re back to an intimate affair in Hawaii with about 30 people, and we’ll call it a day. I blew through a lot of money, and I don’t want to do that again.

Anita Baker is one of Rico’s favorite singers, and I walked into the Four Seasons one day and she was standing there. She came up to me and said, “Girl, I love you. My sons love you. Can I please take a picture with you?” I couldn’t believe it. It made me feel like a star. We became friends and talked on the phone. I told her, “My fiancé loves you and he has listened to Anita Baker music all his life.” She sang happy birthday to him once, and when I told her we got engaged, she said, “I’m singing at your wedding!” So, I just have to call her. I would love to fly her to Hawaii and just have her sing. We’ll see.

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