Archive for the Dunzo! Category

Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren Move Forward With Divorce

Keepin' it on the downlow

In the wake of the insanely embarrassing Tiger Woods Cheating Scandal, Tiger and his wife Elin Nordegren went thru a few month phase of what looked to be an attempt to keep their marriage intact. Altho the couple were never seen out in public in any affectionate fashion, they did appear to seem willing to work towards salvaging their marriage in an attempt to put Tiger‘s infidelitous extramarital affairs behind them. Just a couple of weeks ago, Elin left the US and returned home to her native Sweden without Tiger … which seemed to signal a break down in their attempt to salvage their marriage. Just recently, Elin returned home to be with her husband … and now TMZ is reporting that the couple are dunzo for good. According to today’s report, Tiger and Elin have decided to divorce and are hoping to do so as quickly and as quietly as possible:

TMZ has learned Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren are trying to strike agreements on child custody and division of assets … and then quietly and quickly file divorce papers to end their marriage. Sources very familiar with the situation tell TMZ … the most important thing for both Tiger and Elin is keeping the terms of the divorce confidential. We’re told Tiger has a team — partly based in NYC — that is working on the division of assets. But … as TMZ first told you … the key player is West Palm Beach lawyer Thomas Sasser, an expert in child custody agreements that involve more than one jurisdiction. Sources say one of the options is to actually file for divorce in Sweden — Elin wants to move there with the kids and Tiger would have to submit to the jurisdiction of the court. Wherever the divorce is filed, the plan is to keep the custody and property settlement agreements out of the court file. We’re told the quicker and quieter the divorce, the better. The big issue, we’re told — Tiger wants either custody or visitation, and assurance that he can go into court and enforce the agreement if Elin violates it. We’re told Tiger wants the option to go to either a Swedish or American court to enforce the custody agreement. And sources say … the couple has not reached agreement on any of the major issues … at least not yet.

This sounds about right. I could never, for the life of me, envision a scenario where Elin would be able to forgive and forget everything that Tiger put her thru both in public and in private. It would take a lot, I would imagine, for her to be able to stay married to Tiger Woods (especially considering how little regard he appears to have had for their marriage vows) and apparently her needs were not or could not be met. On Tiger‘s end, I have to say, I also see where he is coming from. Yes, he is a self-admitted cheating scuzz but he does appear to love his children very much. My guess is that they will be able to hammer out the terms of their divorce to everyone’s satisfaction in that Elin will get a nice settlement and Tiger will get the access to his children that he wants. I wouldn’t be surprised if Elin and the children moved to Sweden permanently with the caveat that they return to the US on a regular basis so that the kids could see their father. As they get older, they’ll prolly make the long trek back and forth on with nannies or on their own. What a crappy situation all around for the kids. Tiger Woods has ruined so many things due to his disgusting behavior … and the saddest part of his destruction has to be the ruination of his kids’ young lives with both of their parents.


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Marc Jacobs & Lorenzo Martone May Not Be Dunzo After All

A new, life long commitment to one another

A week ago today we heard a rumor from the New York Post that married couple Marc Jacobs and his new hubby Lorenzo Martone had broken up … but today we learn that reports of their demise as a couple may have been greatly exaggerated. In the wake of the break-up report last week, a new report suggests that not only are the couple still happily together but they are planning to reaffirm their lurve for one another by getting matching new tattoos:

Scott Campbell is known for his canvases as much as his art—he’s the tattoo artist of choice for Marc Jacobs, Josh Hartnett, and Bruce Springsteen. But last night, he gave New York a look at work he’s done on other, non-human backdrops. Big sheets of dollar bills, hologram paintings, and copper-plate etchings (done with a high-tensile tattoo needle, naturally) are the stuff of If You Don’t Belong, Don’t Be Long, Campbell’s first New York solo show and the inaugural exhibition at Crosby Street’s new OHWOW gallery. “It’s funny, people talk about tattoos and the first word that comes into their mind is ‘permanent,’ ” Campbell explained at Evisu’s after-party at the Trump Soho, where a very mixed crowd did its best to rid the recently unveiled luxury hotel’s third-floor event space of its new-carpet smell. (By a little after midnight, revelers had cleaned the place out of booze.) “But actually, tattoos are the most ephemeral medium that I work in. You do a tattoo and, you know, it goes and gets hit by a bus or gets sunburned.” Now that the show’s up, Campbell can get back to the tattoo clients who had to cool their jets while he was preparing it. That includes Jacobs, who came to the opening with Lorenzo Martone. Far from having split, as recent rumors have suggested, he and Martone were thinking about getting couples’ ink. “They were talking about coming in and getting something together,” Campbell said.

It’s worth noting that neither of these reports offers any official confirmation of anything from either Jacobs or Martone. Neither report should really be taken a 100% face value. That being said, I hope that this second report is the more true because I’d hate to think that Marc and Lorenzo decided to split just 3 months after they were married. But, I suppose it’s also worth mentioning that getting matching tattoos tends to be the kiss of death in relationships … so, let’s just all hope for the best.


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Halle Berry & Gabriel Aubry Are Dunzo!


Sad break-up news to pass along today … People magazine is citing “multiple sources” and is reporting that Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry and model Gabriel Aubry have broken up. After 4 years together, which resulted in a beautiful babygirl named Nahla Ariela, it appears the steam has run out on their relationship. They are dunzo, y’all:

Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry have broken up after four years together, according to multiple reports. The Oscar winner and the Canadian model are reportedly in negotiations to work out a custody agreement regarding their 2-year-old daughter Nahla, reports. Berry, 43, and Aubrey, 34, met at a Versace store opening in Manhattan in February 2006. Their daughter was born two years later. In February 2009, Berry told Essence magazine about motherhood, “I’m complete. I have more to offer my craft because [my daughter] makes me indelibly better every day.” That same month, Aubry told PEOPLE that Nahla “needs a sibling. I think it’s important.” Berry’s rep couldn’t be reached for comment.

Blah, what a bummer. These two seemed so happy together … but break-ups like this truly show that things are not always as they appear. I guess it’s safe to assume that Halle and Gabriel won’t be makin’ any more beautiful babies together, which is a shame considering what an adorable child they have in Nahla. I certainly hope the couple can figure out an amicable way to hammer out custody of their little girl … she is far too precious to be used as a pawn in a break-up. Here’s hoping this split is for the best, even tho it seems from the outside like a damn shame :(


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Marc Jacobs & Lorenzo Martone Dunzo?


Back in January we learned the happy news that fashion designer Marc Jacobs got married to his longtime boyfriend Lorenzo Martone and today we are hearing that the couple have reportedly split! Thus far, there has been no official confirmation from either party but according to the New York Post, they’ve reportedly been telling friends privately that they are over. Could it be? Are Marc and Lorenzo really dunzo?

Fashion world power couple Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone have split — for now. “They’ve both been telling people that they broke up,” friends said. Martone shot down rumors this month that he’d moved out of the Chelsea Merchantile apartment he shared with Jacobs, but sources say he’s planning to go soon. Martone wasn’t with Jacobs in Provincetown last week for the wedding of Jacobs’ business partner, Robert Duffy. Jacobs served as best man. A rep for Jacobs said, “We don’t comment on Marc’s personal life.” Martone also declined to comment.

Considering Jacobs‘s track record, I can totally see how the end of his relationship might come this quickly … but I’m having a hard time believing that the couple — who have been dating for years now — would decide to split so soon after they took the official plunge and got married. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if this break-up report really pans out but I’m hoping it’s just a nasty rumor. It’d be a shame for another celeb marriage to Peace the Spork Out like this :(


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The US Version Of ‘Torchwood’ Has Been Cancelled

Fox drops the show but it may find new life on a new network

Back in January we learned the somewhat disconcerting news that the brilliant UK sci-fi series Torchwood was being adapted for the US audience and earlier this month it was clarified that the US version of Torchwood would be a spin-off rather than a re-cast remake. Today, tho, we learn that Fox has decided to cancel its plans to bring Torchwood to US television … which, to be honest, should have fans of the original series breathing a heavy sigh of relief:

Fox has decided not to pursue a U.S. version of the UK cult hit. The network was developing a stateside version of the “Doctor Who” spinoff, a prospect which divided fans. “BBC Worldwide Productions and the FOX Broadcasting Company have mutually agreed not to progress together with a 13-episode serialized ‘Torchwood’ format,” said BBC Worldwide in a statement. “We are currently in discussion with several interested networks.” As to that last part, BBC Worldwide executive vp of programming and production Jane Tranter reiterated that a U.S. version was still making progress. “It’s very much ongoing and very much alive,” Tranter said.

As I mentioned in my last post about plans for a US version of Torchwood, I’m not opposed to the production of a spin-off series … I think it would be very cool to have a Torchwood HQ here in the US (I understand my beloved Detroit, MI is up for contention as the site for the US Torchwood HQ) so I’m not really bothered that BBC Worldwide is still planning to bring Torchwood to the US. I am greatly relieved, tho, that Fox has decided not make the show. They have a HORRIBLE track record of canceling great sci-fi shows because they don’t really know how to promote those kinds of shows properly. It is my hope that the US version of Torchwood will find a home on a channel like SyFy so that it will have a real chance at survival. All in all, I think this latest development is good news all around.


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Coachella Day 3: Gorillaz In Da Mist

That's all folks

And so … the 3-day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has come to another close. For Day 3 yesterday, acts like Thom Yorke (of Radiohead fame), Julian Casablancas (of The Strokes), Little Boots and Sly Stone rocked the fest while the British “animated” band Gorillaz closed out the weekend with their headline set. Here are some photos from the Coachella stage yesterday and some deets about the overall festival, which — for 2010 — is already dunzo!

The three-day Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is playing to sellout crowds this weekend and shattering attendance records, festival officials said. The Goldenvoice-promoted festival, now in its 11th year, is drawing a record 75,000 people per day to the Empire Polo Club in the desert community of Indio, up nearly 15,000 from last year’s daily average. But the record attendance and a later curfew — 1 a.m. instead of midnight — weren’t the only new wrinkles in the festival. Promoters found themselves worrying about the eruption of an Icelandic volcano and its massive ash cloud, which halted flights in and out of Britain and northern Europe. A festival spokeswoman said seven artists were grounded in Britain, including Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, which had been on tour in Europe. British rock bands the Cribs and Frightened Rabbit were among those unable to get to the U.S. for the festival. “We would have taken any slot, any time, just to play this festival,” said Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison. “If you’re playing to people who’ve come to see you at a club show, the battle has been won.” The band had a prime Friday afternoon slot, and was counting on Coachella to increase its standing in the U.S. “This is bad for us on all levels,” Hutchison said. “We were about to head out on a U.S. tour, and this would have been a good way to get a few more fans on board.” Getting to Coachella wasn’t easy, even for those in Southern California. Traffic was at a near-standstill for much of Friday afternoon, as the four-mile route from the 10 Freeway to the venue was at a crawl throughout the day. Once they parked, fans spoke of hour-plus waits to get into the gates. Henry Conklin, a 19-year-old New York University student, said his friend paid a woman $40 to cut in line. Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron confirmed reports that a small number of ticketless fans had jumped the gate, but police made only 12 arrests Friday, and all were alcohol- or drug-related. Despite the increase in attendance, the arrest number was on pace to be down slightly from last year, when 69 arrests were made throughout the weekend. Police were also adjusting to the later curfew. After Goldenvoice was slapped with more than $50,000 in fines last year when headliner Paul McCartney played past the midnight deadline, the company won approval to extend Friday and Saturday curfew to 1 a.m. As a compromise, the department said Goldenvoice’s country-music Stagecoach festival will end at 11 p.m. rather than midnight next weekend. Even with longer hours and five stages of music, many festivalgoers had to strain for a glimpse of the more hotly anticipated acts. Up-and-coming rock group Yeasayer and beloved electronic act La Roux were performing at one of Coachella’s three tent-covered side stages, which overflowed in the afternoon heat, keeping many fans 30 or more feet away from snaring a glimpse of the artists. Yet the mood on the grounds was far from tense. Attendees were eager to brave the heat and lines for a Friday-night headlining set from one of music’s biggest stars, hip-hop artist Jay-Z. He had an unbilled, A-list surprise guest in tow — his pop-star wife, Beyonce.

And that, my good friends, is that. Coachella 2010 is already in the books and the countdown has begun for next year’s music fest. It’s crazy how things like this tend to come and go in the blink of an eye. Even still, it just does not sound all that fun to fight the growing crowds in the desert just to stand around and watch a shortened concert performance from a great distance. I bet most of the fun is just being there but, yeah, if I’m gonna see a band play … I want to actually see the band play. In any event, Day 3 was well-attended by music fans and celebs alike. After the jump, check out some photos of some of the roving celebs who attended the Coachella festival yesterday … More »

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Melissa & Tammy Etheridge Are Dunzo!

Their 9-year relationship comes to a sad end

Sad news to pass along today … after 9 years together as a couple, Melissa Etheridge and her wife Tammy (Lynn Michaels) Etheridge have announced that they have separated. The official statement released by the couple does not list a reason for the split but needless to say, after everything the couple has been thru and after years of building a family together, the news is extremely sad. They’re dunzo, y’all:

Melissa and Tammy Etheridge have ended their nearly nine-year relationship. “Melissa and Tammy Etheridge are saddened to announce that they are now separated,” Melissa’s rep tells PEOPLE exclusively. The former couple add in a statement: “We ask for consideration and respect for our family as we go through this difficult period.” Melissa, 48, and Tammy (formerly Tammy Lynn Michaels) exchanged vows in Malibu in September 2003. Tammy, 35, gave birth to their children – son Miller and daughter Johnnie Rose – in 2006, after Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. Etheridge is also the mother of two children, Bailey, 13, and Beckett, 11, with former partner Julie Cypher.

While this news is extremely sad, it does go to show that even couples who appear to have everything going for them and appear to be rock solid may not be as perfect as it seems. Any time a couple with children splits the news is sad but these two, ugh, they just seemed so happy together. The couple may announce some day what caused the split but I’m hoping it wasn’t a matter of infidelity … that would just be too cruel. But, alas, I suppose we should pour one out for Melissa and Tammy. Let’s hope this break-up is for the best in the long run.


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Jim Carrey & Jenny McCarthy Are Dunzo!

They announced their split on Twitter

In out-of-the-blue break-up news, longtime couple Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy have decided to end their relationship. And how, pray tell, did they announce their split? Not via press release, not via publicist, not via traditional print media … no, instead, the couple each tweeted their own message on Twitter to announce to the world that they are dunzo:

This is what Jim Carrey tweeted:

Jenny and I have just ended our 5yr relationship. I’m grateful 4 the many blessings we’ve shared and I wish her the very best! S’okay! ?;^>

And this is what Jenny McCarthy tweeted at about the same exact time:

Im so grateful for the years Jim and I had together. I will stay committed to Jane and will always keep Jim as a leading man in my heart.

I suppose Jim was trying to be a funny-man in his tweet but it seems a sort of flippant way to announce a break-up, don’tcha think? Tho, Jenny‘s tweet sounds pretty sterile … and mebbe now we better understand why they broke-up — they were incompatible tweeters? Whatever the case may be, they are dunzo now … oddly out-of-the-blue. Personally, I think it’s Jim‘s loss … I always thought he was a damn lucky guy to be lovin’ up on Jenny. In any event, I wish them both well … break-ups are never easy so I hope they will each make it thru a’ight.

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Did ‘One Life To Live’ Get Too Gay For Daytime TV?

ABC admits the ‘OLTL’ gay storyline did not "appeal" to their audience

The folks at ABC are finally going on the record as to why the ground-breaking same-sex storyline featured on the daytime drama One Life to Live was axed 3 months before it was meant to run its course. OLTL featured a very open, very honest love story between two male characters named Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish (played by Brett Claywell and Scott Evans respectively). A few weeks ago, an announcement was made that the couple’s storyline would be hastily wrapped up and that the couple would be leaving the soap for good. ABC tried to downplay the move in light of the fact that it has already been decided that One Life to Live will end at the finish of this season and all of the storylines will have to be wrapped). But, in a statement released to TV Guide, ABC has admitted that the real reason the Kyle & Oliver storyline was axed was because the too gay storyline did not “appeal” to the US daytime audience:

One Life to Live’s landmark same-sex duo, Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell) and Oliver Fish (Scott Evans), will abruptly exit the soap next week, amidst speculation that ABC dumped them due to complaints from homophobic viewers. The guys’ final scenes together air April 12, when Fish, who’s a cop, goes to court and wins custody of baby Sierra Rose. Kyle, a doctor, is seen just once more after that, on April 16, confirming some huge DNA news to Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier). None of the OLTL brass has been talking on the record about this controversial termination, which came three months before Claywell’s contract was due to expire. Claywell at least got official word from the show the day before the news broke. Evans, who is considered a recurring player and therefore not entitled to official notice, had to hear about his axing via Twitter. At first, ABC tried to play down the double firing in a press statement that trumpeted the Kish story for its boldness and its GLAAD awards, claiming that the couple did indeed resonate with the audience, and making it seem as if their story had simply played itself out and come to a natural conclusion. But, finally, we have some honesty and a little bit more clarity! In an exclusive statement to TV Guide Magazine, ABC Daytime PR chief Jori Petersen now says “The Kish story did not have the appeal we hoped it would. We are going to spend our time on stories that have a more favorable reaction from our audience.” Naturally, the situation has the Kishinistas apoplectic. “It’s the most angry and vocal fan reaction to a firing I’ve ever seen and a lot of it is coming from straight women,” says Jamey Giddens, editorial director of the popular Daytime Confidential Web site. “This goes far beyond the response we got when Days of Our Lives fired Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn.” Gay media, which applauded OLTL for its realistic and passionate depiction of men in love, is handling things way better than the fans. “Kish brought a lot of attention and energy to OLTL, so this is not a smart move from either a business or a karmic point of view,” observes editor Michael Jensen. “Still, we shouldn’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. ABC made history here. The network deserves credit for making a lot of progress.” Claywell seconds that emotion: “Pulling the story off the air is like taking two steps back but I don’t fault ABC,” the actor says. “The fact they let us tell this story at all is what’s important, and if I had to lose my job to get this on TV, then I’m proud of that. I’m just kinda sad and really sorry that there’s still so much fear and ignorance in our society. Maybe five years from now, this won’t happen to two other actors portraying this kind of story.” Claywell suspects the writing was on the wall back on December 30, 2009 when OLTL showed Kyle and Fish in the throes of lusty sex, a first for gay males on a daytime soap (if you don’t count that down-low guy and the psychotic hermaphrodite on Passions). ABC chose not to promote the event in advance, as if hoping not to alarm or infuriate viewers. “I was definitely hurt by that,” Claywell says. “We should have gotten a lot more attention for those groundbreaking scenes. For them to not tell anybody that we were about to make history makes me think the wheels were already in emotion to get rid of us” … The firing will leave CBS’ As the World Turns as the only soap with vital gay characters right now, and that has AfterElton’s Jensen noting a disconnect. “Isn’t the goal of the soaps—and really all programming—to lure younger viewers?” he asks. “Well, it’s the younger viewers who are just fine about seeing gay people on TV. They are much more tolerant than older viewers. They live in a world where diversity is increasing and is an accepted part of life.” Jensen adds that gay fans feel a sense of ownership when it comes to gay characters. “We have so few good representations out there that you become attached to the ones that do exist,” he says. “Obviously, we can’t demand that OLTL keep gay characters on its canvas. It’s their show, not ours. But we sure have a right to say ‘If you have no gay characters then you’re not doing your job when it comes to reflecting reality.’”

I don’t watch OLTL but I understand that while this honest love story was being told, another storyline was unfolding that involved fake same-sex relationship orchestrated to win an election … or some nonsense like that. I’m sure that confusion didn’t help matters. In the end, soap operas mainly appeal to an older audience that is not as accepting of new things as a younger audience might be. This is why the longest running daytime dramas revolved around age-old storylines that aren’t at all revolutionary … soap operas rarely rock the boat. I’ve been watching The Young and the Restless for years and while some gay characters are featured, they are never in the forefront, never central characters and their love affairs are never highlighted in any real way (The Bold and the Beautiful, which revolves around the world of fashion design, does not currently feature ANY gay characters at all). It does not surprise me that soap operas are dying … one by one. If they will not evolve and grow then they will surely all die out. In the end, I feel it’s for the best. The end of stagnant soap operas that choose to ignore a large segment of the population will only make way for more TV shows that feature the inclusion of all types of TV characters. I do commend One Life to Live for making a go of the Kish storyline. At the very least, daytime TV viewers got to see that same-sex love is really no different than heterosexual love. Love is love.


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Sandra Bullock Prepares Divorce Papers, Jesse James Quits Rehab

Ironclad prenup ensures he gets NOTHING from her

RadarOnline is reporting today that there is a lot of movement on the Sandra Bullock/Jesse James front … movement that could mean the official end of the couple’s marriage. According to the site, Sandra has finally decided to initiate divorce proceedings and soon-to-be ex-hubby Jesse James is not happy about it:

Sandra Bullock has prepared divorce papers, has learned exclusively. The Oscar-winning star is ready to proceed against husband Jesse James in the wake of his cheating scandal. Jesse has recently been linked to four other women and as first reported, he confessed to Sandra that there were seven other women during their marriage. He checked into Sierra Tucson in Arizona to receive treatment for sex addiction, as reported exclusively by But Sandra never asked him to get help, and she is still reeling from the fact that he habitually cheated on her throughout the marriage, sources tell She’s been through stages of shock and anger and has been deliberating her next move according a source close to the situation. Things got worse in the last few days when Jesse left rehab after Sandra wouldn’t take one of his phone calls. She is surrounded by security and is concerned that he will try to get face to face with her. “Her attitude toward Jesse hasn’t softened since she found out he was cheating on her,” the source said. “She’s been betrayed and cheated on and she’s not getting over that.” Jesse’s lawyer described him as a “broken man” who desperately wants to put his marriage back together.

Because Sandra would not reportedly have any contact with Jesse while he was in rehab, he decided to quit and leave the facility. Radar also reports that because of the couple’s ironclad prenuptial agreement, Jesse will walk away from his marriage to Sandra with NOTHING … as it should be. Here’s a run down of all of these developments:

Jesse James bolted from Sierra Tucson rehab after Sandra Bullock refused to take his phone call, has learned exclusively. Jesse desperately wants to put the marriage back together and his lawyer recently described him as a “broken man.” He went into rehab for sex addiction treatment on his own, without Sandra requesting he get help. But when she refused to take his call, he took off, a source familiar with the situation told exclusively. And that has Bullock worried – because she doesn’t want to see him and she doesn’t want him trying to get face-to-face. But Bullock has a top security company, the source said, and it would be very difficult for James to get near her if she doesn’t want him around … Star Magazine first reported Jesse left rehab and was staying with a friend. learned the trigger that caused Jesse to go AWOL was his inability to get Sandra to do what he wants.

Regarding the prenup:

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James have a prenuptial agreement that specifies he gets no money in a divorce if he cheats during the marriage, has learned exclusively. While James is financially successful on his own, Bullock is Hollywood’s top actress after her Oscar victory and commands top paychecks. Her fortune is far bigger than his, sources tell “If she divorces Jesse and proves he was cheating, which won’t be hard, Sandra won’t have to pay Jesse anything,” a source familiar with the situation told As was first to report, Jesse has already privately confessed his infidelity to Sandra. He has been linked to four women and told his wife that there are seven women in total.

While we should deffo take all of this information with a huge grain of salt, I suspect there is some truth in all of this. I cannot imagine a scenario where Sandra would take Jesse back. He doesn’t strike me as the sort of person who would stay committed to a rehab program so it also makes sense that he would quit treatment as soon as he realized it wasn’t scoring him any points with his estranged wife. As difficult as this whole mess is, I know that Sandra Bullock will be fine. She just needs to take the first steps to take control of her future. I really feel for her in all of this. But, again, I know she will be just fine.

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