Hilton, 37, and Zylka, 33, called it quits after getting engaged in January 2018, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
“They broke up a few weeks ago,” the insider shares. “The relationship moved very fast, and she realized it wasn’t right for her. She is traveling the world for her skincare and perfume. She wishes him all the best and hopes they can remain friends.”
When PEOPLE spoke with the reality star in August 2018 for the launch of her 24th fragrance, Platinum Rush Paris Hilton For Women, Hilton set the record straight about her wedding date, after rumors began circulating that the couple pushed the ceremony back to 2019.
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“The 11/11 thing was never a set date,” the reality star told us. “It was just, 11/11 is something I love because I always say, ’11:11, make a wish for good luck.’ So Chris was like, ‘Oh let’s do it on 11/11. That’s such a special number for you.’”
She continued, “I was like yeah, but I didn’t look at my schedule. Then this summer we were looking at our schedules and I was like, ‘Oh my goodness we are both working nonstop until like New Year’s.”
“I want to be able to be relaxed, not stressed out and not having to rush off to a different country the next day. I want to be able to go directly from my wedding to my honeymoon and with my schedule [right now] that would be impossible,” Hilton, who stayed busy all summer deejaying on her European Platinum Rush Tour and launching Paris Hilton Skincare, said
Ultimately, Hilton said the wedding was something she and Zylka didn’t want to rush into. “We’re both just working so much and decided it would be much better just to push it to next year,” she said. “With all the planning I want it to be perfect and you can’t rush something like this.”
Hilton also said she had a special wedding fragrance in the works, which she had planned to create by using her nuptials as the inspiration.
“We’re coming out with a new fragrance. It’s a surprise, so I can’t say everything about it but it is inspired by my wedding,” she said. “I can’t say the name or anything yet, but I am going to be wearing that. I’ve already designed the bottle and now I am just picking out different notes, mixing them together and figuring out what exactly I want the scent to be.”
“It is so iconic and I can’t wait for everyone to see. Right now we’re custom making it so it is going to be really special,” she shared. “We looked at a lot of different options because I am friends with so many incredible designers who are so talented. So it was a really hard choice,” the heiress added.
Zylka popped the question to Hilton in Aspen, Colorado, during a ski trip during New Year’s weekend with a stunning 20-carat pear-shaped sparkler.
“I was so excited and surprised! I immediately said yes!” Hilton told PEOPLE at the time. “The ring was so gorgeous and sparkling. I was shaking as I put it on. It is the most beautiful ring that I have ever seen!”
The pair first met an an Oscars party eight years ago, but didn’t reconnect until two years back. Hilton made their relationship social media official in February of last year with a loved-up Instagram post.
“I was crossing the street on Melrose Ave, she almost ran me over,” Chmerkovskiy, 32, said as Johnson confirmed “This is a true story!
Johnson, 24, said she slammed on her breaks before realizing she recognized the man who ran out in front of her car. The near-collision led to a “spontaneous” first date.
“She came over and I taught her how to play chess and that was our first official date,” said Chmerkovskiy.View this post on Instagram My forever dance partner ???????????????? A post shared by Jenna Johnson (@dance10jenna) on Jun 28, 2018 at 1:12pm PDT
Chmerkovskiy worked with Jacob Arabo of Jacob & Co. to design Johnson’s rectangular cushion-cut diamond ring and secretly kept it in his backpack during the trip so Johnson couldn’t find it.
“You completely surprised me,” Johnson told Chmerkovskiy. “I love him so much much, but he’s pretty incapable of planning anything ahead. And so we were in Venice, and basically went through all of his bags and didn’t see anything. And so I was like, ‘Just gonna enjoy the trip.’ ”View this post on Instagram Earlier this summer I proposed to my beautiful lady... here’s how the day went. . Shoutout to @jacobandco for the beautiful ring. . . Venice was one of the most romantic places I’ve ever been in my life and I promised myself when I meet the woman I’d spend the rest of my life will, Venice will be where I’d propose. After a day of sightseeing and sinking in this living breathing work of art of a city I somehow convinced Jenna that we were going to some “super exclusive George Clooney-esq sleep no more type of experience masquerade that is so secretive that we need to wait at this public cafe at the St. Marks Square and a man in a suit will come scoop us up and take us to this undisclosed location where the dinner will take place.” Those were the actual words that came out of my mouth lol. Anyway it worked, and has to be mentioned that my most significant other was starving, and when my lady is hungry things can get a little tense. Thankfully Venice softened her a bit but I digress. I then somehow finagled her into believing it was good luck to slow dance to “Volare” at this square cause it would bring everlasting love... well that lie kind of became the truth in this case, after telling her my little spiel about Venice, and how I always wanted to propose to my wife-to-be here in this city, I said “and so, here I am proposing” got on my knee.. and the rest is our little history. . . Special thanks to @Delode.it for helping me plan this thing out and capturing this beautiful video I can forever cherish and one day will be able to share with our children. . . Oh and a very special thank you my queen @dance10jenna for the obvious... “YES” A post shared by Valentin (@valentin) on Sep 28, 2018 at 10:03am PDT
He also hired a local camera crew to document the entire proposal, unbeknownst to Johnson.
“We were sitting in this cafe, and I have three undercover cameras,” Chmerkovskiy explained of how the proposal went down. “I was in Venice 15 years ago and I promised myself that when I meet the love of my life, this was where I was going to propose.”
“It was perfect,” Johnson added.
Looks like Billy Currington is enjoying warmer weather in Hawaii!
He posted a video of a new song and he performed it without his shirt! WHOA!!!
Blackie, a mother of eight, a grandmother and a fixture at the zoo since arriving in 1966, was euthanized Friday, the Kansas City Star reported.
“It is with great sadness that we report that one of the Zoo’s beloved chimpanzees ... passed away Friday,” the zoo reported Monday in a news release.
The average life expectancy of a chimpanzee in captivity is 37, the Star reported. Blackie was euthanized “due to her declining health,” according to the zoo’s news release.
Blackie was born in Africa. The zoo’s oldest chimp now is Lucy, 31, born in July 1987.
“Her devoted human caregivers will especially remember Blackie for her feisty but sweet personality,” the zoo said in its release. “She loved snow and bubble baths and was a favorite of the zookeepers who worked with her. She will be deeply missed.”
Colorado dad Chris Watts learned Monday morning that he will spend the rest of his life in prison nearly two weeks after surprisingly pleading guilty to murdering his pregnant wife, Shan’ann Watts, and their daughters, Bella and Celeste.
Chris, 33, avoided the death penalty with his guilty plea on Nov. 6 to three charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of Shan’ann, 34, Bella, 4, and 3-year-old Celeste. When she was killed, Shan’ann was 15 weeks pregnant with a boy to be named Nico.
Chris also pleaded guilty to two counts of murdering a child, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.
In exchange for his plea, Chris was spared a possible death sentence. Instead the judge sentenced im to life in prison without the possibility of parole, per the terms of his plea deal with prosecutors.
At Monday’s hearing, Shan’ann’s parents and brother read a series of emotional statements mourning the loss of her and her girls and excoriating Chris for his crimes.
“What kind of person slaughters the people they love the most?” Frankie Rzucek, Shan’ann’s brother, said in a statement read on his behalf.
Shan’ann’s father, Frank Rzucek, repeatedly referred to Chris as a monster and an evil person.
Said Sandra Rzucek, Shan’ann’s mother: “I have no idea who gave you the right to take their lives but I know God and his mighty angels were there in that moment to bring them home to paradise.”
Colorado prosecutors have said they may release more information about the case after the sentencing.
“We believe that we have a partial motive,” Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said at a Nov. 6 news conference.
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The autopsy results on Chris’ three victims will also likely be made public following his sentencing.
The results are expected to confirm the causes of death and could provide further details about the conditions of the bodies of the mother and two little girls and any wounds they suffered in the slayings.
When his wife and daughters went missing in August, Chris gave multiple TV interviews pleading for their return.
Two days later, Shan’ann’s body was found buried in a grave on a remote oil work site of Chris’ former employer. Their daughters’ bodies were dumped in nearby oil tanks.
According to his arrest affidavit, Chris had claimed that he strangled Shan’ann at their Frederick home after watching her strangle Celeste when he said he wanted to separate. Previous court filings in the case suggested that both daughters had been strangled.
Last week, Chris’ parents, Ronnie and Cindy Watts, came forward publicly for the first time, telling local TV station KMGH that their son was not a “monster” but a man who had been easygoing and “normal” until his “abusive” marriage to Shan’ann.
Her parents shot back, slamming the interview, calling it “grotesque and utterly false.”
Beware Friday nights and coworker happy hours.
According to a new survey of 1,000 people by IllicitEncounters.com, a website that helps people find extramarital rendezvous, the most common time for partners to stray down the path of infidelity is 6:45 p.m. on Fridays, Women’s Health Australia reports.
The most common excuse for the cheating partner’s absence was “a social night with co-workers,” while “going to the gym” was also popular.
“What this new research shows is that cheats are creatures of habit,” company spokesman Christian Grant said in a statement. “They have strict routines, which they tend to stick to when they are seeing their lover.”
“If your partner regularly goes out with work colleagues on a Friday night, this should raise suspicions, particularly if they always go out with you the following night,” said Grant.
He recommends being wary if your partner insists on doing something nice for you after their solo outing, adding, “The Saturday night date is partly due to guilt over the Friday night liaison.”
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The second most popular time to get busy outside of a relationship was Tuesday night, and the average amount of time for cheaters to see their sidepieces was about twice a week, according to the survey participants. Many also said they deliberately stick to a schedule in hopes that it would be more challenging for their significant other to find out, IllicitEncounters.com said.
For the first time in decades, the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner will be a humor-free zone.
The White House Correspondents’ Association announced Monday that biographer Ron Chernow will host the event, which normally includes a comedian who roasts the current administration and the news media.
But this year will be a safe space for President Trump and his staff, prompting last year’s host, Michelle Wolf, to slam the WHCA as “cowards.”
Ironically, Chernow will discuss the importance of free speech at the event.
“The White House Correspondents’ Association has asked me to make the case for the First Amendment and I am happy to oblige,” Chernow said in the association’s news release. “Freedom of the press is always a timely subject and this seems like the perfect moment to go back to basics.”WHCA Announces Acclaimed Author Ron Chernow as Featured Speaker for 2019 Annual Dinner. For more, https://t.co/4V0D785Pbi pic.twitter.com/VBDMwxVdWI— WHCA (@whca) November 19, 2018
Wolf’s set last year was particularly scathing and drew its share of critics, but also some praise for its boldness. She tweeted: “The @whca are cowards. The media is complicit. And I couldn’t be prouder.”
According to The Washington Post, the dinner has featured a stand-up act by a celebrity comic since the early 1980s. After Wolf’s set last year, some news organizations who are WHCA members reportedly threatened to pull their financial support unless the comic set was eliminated.
WHCA President Olivier Knox wrote in a press release: “I’m delighted that Ron will share his lively, deeply researched perspectives on American politics and history at the 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinne. As we celebrate the importance of a free and independent news media to the health of the republic, I look forward to hearing Ron place this unusual moment in the context of American history.”
Trump has skipped the dinner during both previous years of his presidency, and last year tweeted, “The so-called comedian really ‘bombed.'”
A new peanut allergy drug is looking like a potential “breakthrough” treatment for people with life-threatening reactions to the legume.
Clinical trials of the drug found that patients given the medication were able to build up a tolerance to peanuts over time, to the point where they would not have a reaction if they ingested peanut products or foods with a trace amount of the nut.
“We’re excited about the potential to help children and adolescents with peanut allergy protect themselves against accidentally eating a food with peanut in it,” Dr. Stephen Tilles, an allergist and co-author of the study, said in a statement. “Our hope when we started the study was that by treating patients with the equivalent of one peanut per day, many would tolerate as much as two peanuts. We were pleased to find that two thirds of the people in the study were able to tolerate the equivalent of two peanuts per day after nine to 12 months of treatment, and half the patients tolerated the equivalent of four peanuts.”
The study included 551 people with peanut allergies aged 4 to 55, with most — 496 people — being between 4 and 17. Each participant started with just a tiny amount of peanut protein powder that they would ingest each day under a doctor’s watch, and over time that dose would increase as their tolerance grew. The goal was to eventually hit the “maintenance” dose, which is the equivalent of one peanut.
The treatment isn’t meant to fully cure peanut allergies, but to end the constant fear that follows people with severe, life-threatening reactions.
“This is not a quick fix, and it doesn’t mean people with peanut allergy will be able to eat peanuts whenever they want,” says Dr. Jay Lieberman, an allergist and study co-author, said. “But it is definitely a breakthrough.”
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The treatment didn’t work for all of the participants in the study, but it did help the vast majority. Two-thirds of the 372 children involved were able to build up a tolerance to two peanuts a day, and only 4.3 percent of the participants had severe reactions to the peanut powder during the study.
The idea of building up a tolerance with small amounts of an allergen over time, called oral immunotherapy, is not new, but this is the first successful trial for peanut allergies, and could be life-changing for the 1 in 50 Americans children who are allergic to peanuts.
“The hope would be to have a treatment available in the second half of 2019. If that happens, people who receive and are able to tolerate this treatment should be protected from accidental exposures,” Dr. Lieberman said.
Taylor Swift is taking a new direction. The musician announced on Monday that she had signed a new record deal with Universal Music Group. The multi-year agreement will make UMG the exclusive worldwide recorded music partner for Swift, with its Republic Records division serving as her U.S. label.
This marks a turning point for Swift, who had previously worked with Big Machine ever since label founder Scott Borchetta first discovered her at age 14. In her Instagram post announcing the news, Swift was thankful to Borchetta, saying, “I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Scott Borchetta for believing in me as a 14-year-old and for guiding me through over a decade of work that I will always be proud of.”
Elsewhere in that Instagram post, Swift revealed the key reasons she took a new deal with UMG. One is that she will now own the master recordings of all the music she makes from now on. The other was a guarantee that all UMG artists, not just her, will reap better profits from the label’s work with Spotify.View this post on Instagram My new home ???? A post shared by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Nov 19, 2018 at 7:37am PST
“As part of my new contract with Universal Music Group, I asked that any sale of their Spotify shares result in a distribution of money to their artists, non-recoupable. They have generously agreed to this, at what they believe will be much better terms than paid out previously by other major labels. I see this as a sign we are headed toward positive change for creators — a goal I’m never going to stop trying to help achieve, in whatever ways I can.”
Read her full statement on her Instagram page.
Ryan Reynolds’ filthy-mouthed Deadpool is making his way to the big screen again — and this time the kids can come along!
The actor, 42, is reprising his superhero role for Once Upon a Deadpool, a recut version of this summer’s Deadpool 2 that is PG-13 rated so his youngest fans can join in on the fun. Reynolds, 42, posted the trailer on his Instagram Monday, finally fulfilling parent’s wishes.
“To all the parents who’ve asked if their kids can see Deadpool… As. You. Wish,” he wrote.
The trailer opens up with a wintry scene with Reynolds’ familiar voice as Deadpool making up with a new Christmas rhyme.
“Right before Christmas a new guy in red is coming to theaters with his new sidekick, Fred,” Dedapool narrates before he reveals that Savage has been kidnapped and forced to take part in the PG-13 version of the movie “filtered through the prism of child-like innocence.”
But despite Savage’s protests that he is “a grown man,” Deadpool pushes on, telling him that “no one does child-like innocence like you, Fred. No one.”
Savage also sneaks in a dig about the Deadpool movies being a different entity from the Marvel movies, with Deadpool falling under 20th Century Fox instead of Disney’s juggernaut franchise of films.
“You’re Marvel licensed by Fox,” Savage explains. “It’s like if the Beatles were produced by Nickelback: it’s music, but it sucks.”
As Reynolds jokes, he was the brain behind Savage’s involvement in the special, although the idea for the PG-13 cut came from the studio.
“Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006,” Ryan Reynolds told Deadline. “I’ve said no since 2006. Now, this one time, I said ‘Yes’ on two conditions. First, a portion of the proceeds had to go to charity. Second, I wanted to kidnap Fred Savage. The second condition took some explaining…”
The film hits theaters on December 12th and will run only through Christmas Eve. For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to F— Cancer.
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