J.Lo and Ben Affleck elope in Las Vegas, plus more news ICYMI

J.Lopement!

Surprise! Just after midnight on July 17, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck eloped, tying the knot at Las Vegas’s Little White Wedding Chapel. Clark County, Nevada, marriage records show the couple snatched up a marriage license on July 16. “We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient,” she wrote in her OnTheJLo newsletter a few hours after their “I do’s,” even sharing photos and videos from their nuptials. The ceremony was low-key and “exactly what we wanted,” she added, revealing that she wore “a dress from an old movie” and Ben wore a jacket from his closet. She concluded her lengthy post, “Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things — and worth waiting for,” signing it, “With love, Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.” The two are reportedly planning a larger wedding.

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R.I.P.

Ivana Trump was laid to rest on July 20. Among those attending her funeral at St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church in New York City were her first ex-husband, former President Donald Trump, as well as their children: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric. The invite-only service took place just steps from the late businesswoman’s longtime Upper East Side residence. “It was an elegant and wonderful send-off for Ivana Trump,” publicist R. Couri Hay told Fox News. “The church was blanketed in red flowers, red roses — Ivana’s favorite flowers. It was majestic, it was sober. I would say that the church was drenched in tears.” Ivana died last week in her home after a fall at 73.

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Flight trouble

Kylie Jenner got ripped all week after fans discovered she took a flight on her private jet to travel about 30 miles. The flight — from Van Nuys to Camarillo — lasted approximately 12 minutes. Had she driven, she would have been behind the wheel for about 45 minutes. Incidentally, Kylie’s house is a 30-minute drive to Van Nuys, so the trip didn’t exactly save her time. Kylie was was bombarded with backlash because private planes are notoriously horrible for the environment and contribute to climate change. “Can’t wait to see Kylie Jenner post environmental awareness pics on her [Instagram] stories as if she isn’t single-handedly doing more damage to the environment than most of us with her 3 min flights,” one social media user fumed. She was also dubbed a “climate criminal.”

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Secret marriage

Checkmate! On July 18, Page Six reported that rumors speculating that “The Queen’s Gambit” actress Anya Taylor-Joy had recently married musician Malcolm McRae are true. The pair, who were first linked in 2021, tied the knot in a courthouse wedding in the States before she traveled to Australia in June to continue filming “Furiosa,” Page Six confirmed.

Splitsville

Comedians Chelsea Handler and Jo Koy have called it quits after almost a year of dating. “It is with a heavy heart to announce that we have decided together that it is best for us to take a break from our relationship right now,” she captioned an Instagram video the duo had planned to share on their one-year anniversary, adding, “I know many of you were invested in our love, and I wanted to express to you how much that meant to both of us. How much it still means. And how much I now believe in love for each one of u.” Chelsea also praised her ex. “This man blew my heart open with love and because of him, my life experience has changed forever. To be loved and adored by @jokoy has been one of the greatest gifts of my life. He renewed my faith in men, in love, in being 100% who I am, and I’ve never been more optimistic for the future.” After continuing to gush about her fellow comedian, Chelsea wrote, “This is not an ending. It’s another beginning, and it’s a comfort to know that I am still loved and love this man the way the sun loves the moon and the moon loves the sun. YOUR PERSON IS COMING. So, please continue to root for both of us, because you never know what life will bring…”

Romance rumor debunked

On July 17, Johnny Depp sparked rumors that he has a new girlfriend after he arrived for rehearsals preceding the Umbria Jazz Festival at the Arena Santa Giuliana in Perugia, Italy, with a pretty redheaded mystery woman by his side. (See her here.) However, as rumors grew, the truth came out. The woman is nothing more than a colleague. A source told E! News that she’s “a member of the staff” on the set of “Jeanne du Barry,” which the actor is currently shooting in France. “She is his French teacher and there is no romantic connection whatsoever,” the source said.

Wanted man

A man who appeared on the fourth season of “90 Day Fiancé” is wanted for murder and has been added to the U.S. Marshals Service’s 15 Most Wanted list. According to a press release, the Marshals Service is offering up to $25,000 for information leading to the capture of Michael Anthony Baltimore. Other law enforcement agencies have also offered cash rewards for Michael’s arrest. The one-time reality TV star is wanted for assault, homicide and parole violation charges following claims he shot and killed a man named Kendell Jerome Cook in a Carlisle, Pennsylvania, barbershop that the victim owned. Another man was also injured in the May 2021 incident. Michael and the alleged victim actually both appeared on several episodes of “90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?” In their most memorable moment, they informed Ashley Marston that her husband, Jay Smith, had an affair in the barbershop bathroom.









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