Austen Kroll is reportedly hooking up with his friend’s ex-girlfriend | Gallery
6:11pm PST, Mar 8, 2023
Take a look back at the stars who found love, suffered heartbreak or experienced some other major event in their love lives in early March 2023, starting with this tangled web…
On March 8, Deux Moi reported that there’s trouble in Charleston: According to an anonymous source, “Southern Charm” star Austen Kroll “slept with” Taylor Ann Green — the former long-term girlfriend of his friend and co-star Shep Rose. A few hours later, Page Six reported that, according to multiple sources, the duo did, in fact, get together while shooting the Bravo show’s upcoming ninth season — and while they initially “try to say they only made out … it gets revealed to be more than that.” According to one Page Six source, Shep is “fine” with the romance and has even “defended” Austen and Taylor. It’s unclear, however, where Taylor’s friend Olivia Flowers — who dated Austen in 2022 — stands on the situation, though fans have speculated there’s a rift between the two women. (Based on their social media activity, they haven’t hung out in a while.) According to a second Page Six source, the female cast members “don’t f*** with [Taylor] because they know she’s crazy and will do anything to climb the ladder.” Page Six reports that there are also rumors Taylor hooked up with “Southern Charm” creator and executive producer Whitney Sudler-Smith, who regularly appears on the show.
Keep reading for more of the week’s biggest celeb love life updates…
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New couple alert?! On March 5, Deux Moi reported that Evan Peters and Haley Lu Richardson “hooked up” after the 2023 SAG Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 26. The “White Lotus” actress and the “American Horror Story” and “Jeffrey Dahmer Story” star were also reportedly seen dining together at a restaurant in Malibu.
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On March 6 — just two weeks after Avril Lavigne’s rep confirmed that she and Mod Sun had called off their engagement and gone their separate ways — she was snapped smooching Tyga in Paris. The pop star and the rapper first sparked romance rumors in mid-February, though multiple media outlets reported at the time that they were simply close, long-term friends and that Avril and Mod Sun were still going strong. Those same media outlets later reported that Avril’s relationship with Tyga had nothing to do with her breakup from Mod Sun, who was said to be blindsided by the split. “Avril and Tyga are genuinely friends and nothing more. There was absolutely no third party involved in the split,” a People source insisted in late February.
After Avril and Tyga were seen locking lips, a second People source said that they’re “getting to know each other” and that their apparent romance is “very new” and “very casual.” According to an Us Weekly source, “Avril and Tyga never imagined a romance would happen and this was totally unexpected. They have no idea where things are going but they’re enjoying spending time together. They have great chemistry.” The Us Weekly insider added that Avril and Tyga were “strictly platonic up until recently,” and because “they had already built a foundation of friendship, it was an organic transition to something more.”
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On March 3, TMZ broke the news that Ariana Madix dumped her partner of nearly a decade, Tom Sandoval, after she caught him cheating with their “Vanderpump Rules” co-star Raquel Leviss — who ended her engagement to yet another co-star, James Kennedy, in late 2021. On March 1, Ariana reportedly found inappropriate messages of a sexual nature between Tom and Raquel on his phone. In the days that followed, multiple media outlets reported that the affair kicked off sometime in mid-2022 and that Tom and Raquel are now serious about each other. “[They] are the real deal. … They have confided to pals that it’s love and they have fallen hard for each other,” a source told Us Weekly, adding that “they see a long-term future together,” though “only time will tell if their bond can survive the backlash.”
On March 6, Natalie Dormer’s partner of several years, “Vikings: Valhalla” actor David Oakes, took to his Instagram Story to share a joint statement clearing up rumors about their marital status: “Contrary to recent reports about us getting married, three weeks ago we entered into a civil partnership during an intimate and private ceremony in Bath [in England] — and we couldn’t be happier!” he and the “Game of Thrones” actress wrote. They welcomed a daughter in January 2021.
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On March 2, Barbara Palvin was snapped sporting what appeared to be a massive diamond engagement ring while out with her long-term boyfriend, Dylan Sprouse, during the Mammoth Film Festival in Mammoth Lakes, California. (See a photo here.) The rest of her ensemble was noticeably casual: She paired cargo pants with a puffer jacket and a beanie — with no other bling in sight. The sparkler sparked rumors that the model and the former child star are engaged.
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During a March 4 interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” Josh Richards cleared up recent rumors that he and Dixie D’Amelio are an item: “We’re not dating, we’re just friends right now,” he said, adding that it’s “been a while” since he’s dated anyone seriously and that he’s “ready to get into a relationship soon probably.” The TikTok star, who previously dated singer Nessa Barrett, went on to share what he’s looking for in a partner: “Just be a loving person. That’s all I need,” he said.
The rumors were true! On March 7, Madonna took to her Instagram Story to share a photo of herself kissing her new boyfriend, Josh Popper. “Killers who are partying,” she scrawled across the PDA-packed pic. (See it here.) Josh is 29 and 35 years younger than the Queen of Pop.
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