Update: Opening up about his breakup on the “Howard Stern Show,” Richard Jefferson says that he did not end his relationship with fiance Kesha Ni’cole Nichols via e-mail. Instead, Jefferson said that the two discussed breaking up in person and he then sent her an e-mail to clarify his thoughts.
Money can’t buy love, but apparently runaway groom, San Antonio Spurs star Richard Jefferson, thinks it can buy some sanity for his jilted bride, former New Jersey Nets dancer Kesha Ni’cole Nichols. The cold-footed former Nets star is giving Kesha a “six-figure” settlement so she can start a new life. “I won’t say a negative word about Kesha. She is one of my best friends,” he said.
Richard pulled the plug on his posh Manhattan wedding via an email to his former bride-to-be, following a tense Fourth of July weekend. “Sometimes you might write an email to get your thoughts down right,” Richard says of his seemingly cold method of calling off his nuptials.
Richard said a “combination of things” led to the split and that it’s been “an emotional time for both of us. I know she’s hurt. I’m hurt too.” On rumors that he’s gay, Richard said, “I’m not gay. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. I have nothing to hide.”
After speaking on the phone with Kesha for two hours following the email, Richard told his family the wedding was off. Kesha told family and friends the next day. Some out of town guests were already in or en route to New York, so they went on with a dinner that was supposed to have taken place as part of the wedding celebration. Kesha checked into her suite at the Mandarin Oriental on what would have been her wedding night and stayed in a luxury suite overlooking Central Park.
Of the six figure parting gift, Richard says, “I’m not trying to buy her off. She has a lump sum to help her move on.” [Source: NYPost.com; Photo: Getty Images]
Following his split with Jessica Simpson, Tony Romo has not been sitting home sulking. Friday night the football star headed out to Hollywood hotspot MyHouse where he had “a typical guys night out,” and sat at a table “packed with people” and “was talking to several girls throughout the night.”
Saturday afternoon Tony and his pals reportedly lounged poolside at the Sunset Marquis and had a “relaxed boys weekend.” Monday, however, Tony was back out when he hit up West Hollywood’s Key Club where he ironically serenaded Jessica for her birthday last year.
On Tuesday Tony picked up some T-shirts and board shorts at L.A. shop Affliction. He also reportedly shot a Pepsi commercial that morning. [Source: People.com; Photo: Getty Images]
Joe Simpson is infamous for his meddling ways with daughter Jessica Simpson‘s relationships, so it’s no surprise that a source claims Tony Romo ended his relationship with the pop star after her dad got in the way one too many times.
“At one point Joe was even giving Tony football advice which doesn’t go down well,” a source says. “Tony was a football superstar before he got mixed up in Hollywood, this move will probably be good for his career.”
A source also says that the “sudden” split was not so sudden after all. “It was a long time coming, he hasn’t really been into her and the relationship for awhile, but stayed together because he didn’t want to look like a jerk for not having a better reason to break it off. And she’s trying to save face by saying it’s because of their busy schedules.” [Source: FoxNews.com; Photo: Getty Images]
The divorce proceedings between Nas and pregnant Kelis are getting nastier, with Nas calling Kelis a liar and claiming that he pays her more than she says and makes less than she claims.
Kelis claims Nas raked in $11 million for a record deal, but Nas responded saying, “I did not even receive half that amount.” Nas also claims his income is declining, and that he is ONLY making $147, 165 per month.
Kelis also claims that Nas has not paid any child or spousal support, while Nas claims that he wants to be “fully involved” in the parenting of their child and thinks $5,000 per month is enough for a newborn – not bad, that’s more than most grown-ups make per month! [Photo: Getty Images]
Nice timing, Tony Romo. The football player reportedly broke up with his girlfriend Jessica Simpson the night before her 29th birthday July 10. Jess was supposedly getting ready for a Ken and Barbie themed birthday bash, but abruptly canceled the plans due to the split.
“She canceled her party because of this,” a source says. “She’s doing OK.”
Another source claims this might just be temporary. “They go from one fight right into another, without a second break. It’s always something with Jessica.”
If it is permanent, maybe Jessica will recycle ex Nick Lachey, who recently split with girlfriend Vanessa Minillo! [Photo: Getty Images]
Phew, the girl’s got some sense. Hayden Panettiere has called it a day with Welsh TV presenter — and ex of Pamela Anderson — Steve Jones, after the pair were spotted getting cozy on a yacht in Cannes. Hayden blames that old chestnut, “distance” on the split, although we’d say a 13-year-old age gap might also be a valid reason when you’re only 19 years old.
“I’m single and mingling. Steve lives in London, the distance is a bit too much. I’m not dating anyone specifically and I’m not looking for a house with anyone. Cannes was a great experience. I was on vacation and some friends were going so I decided to come along. It was fun,” she said.
Firmly put. Now your next mission, Hayden, is to find a suitable boy under 25. Although we’re not holding out much hope. [Photo: Splash News Online]
Holly Madison and Criss Angel are back together. After breaking up in February, the Girl Next Door and the illusionist have reportedly started seeing each other again.
“Holly still had feelings for Criss, so around mid-June she gave him a call. She was thrilled when he asked to meet for drinks. They’ve seen each other a few times since,” a report says.
Holly moved from L.A. to Las Vegas, where she currently stars in PEEPSHOW and Criss of course, also performs in Sin City. Maybe second time is the charm? [Photo: Getty Images]
The May-December romance between Rachel Hunter and her 12-years-younger ex-fiance Jarret Stoll is officially over. The couple have called off their wedding, which was set for August.
“Can Associates Limited regret to inform you that the August wedding of Rachel Hunter and Jarret Stoll has been canceled and the couple have decided to split. We ask you to respect Rachel and her family’s privacy during this extremely upsetting time,” her rep said.
Just last month, it seemed as though wedding plans were moving right along. “I need to be given less time than a year to plan, because I change my mind so often. It was going to be in Mexico, but we decided otherwise. I’ve made seven changes to the location,” Rachel said.
Well, now the location is decided: Nowhere. [Source: People; Photo: Getty Images]
On the heels of Paris Hilton‘s breakup with Doug Reinhardt, her family isn’t quite sure why they broke up, because they really didn’t even know him!
“I don’t really know what went wrong, I don’t know him well enough,” Paris’ mom Kathy Hilton said. “I actually only met him a couple times.”
Kathy thinks Paris’ sis Nicky has it all figured out with her boyfriend David Katzenberg. “Nicky and David have their own separate lives, they’re very close but they have their own businesses. He doesn’t get in the middle of hers and she doesn’t get in the middle of his, they come together at the end of the day and they have a wonderful relationship,” she says.
“Paris needs to have someone strong enough; Paris is in love with the idea of being in love. It’s important for her to find someone who has their own business,” she says.
And as for who has been the best so far? “Jason Shaw, he was my favorite,” she said. [Photo: Getty Images]
Although Nas is engaged in a bitter battle over money with estranged wife Kelis, the artist took time out to blog about fatherhood on Global Grind:
“Like Chris Rock said..”All we fathers get is the big piece of chicken- if we lucky”…Moms get songs by the O’Jays and everything!!!!! Moms deserve that love, but right now I’m shouting out to real dads.
Some are great role models with real academic achievements. Some are not. Some are no longer alive. Some fathers are locked up, but they are praying for their kids and hoping to be on the streets soon and be betters dads 1 day.
We deserve the love!!! Becuz we don’t even expect it, we do what we do regardless! With no signs of a reward for it. We put up with everything, standing true to what’s real and letting life take its course protecting our household, our woman, our children, our family. Protecting and leading a nation. Shout out to my pops, a great man! Blessings to our granddads who came b4 us who laid the seeds and the foundation….I wish every dad takes a minute to look at what’s he’s done…just a minute…No need to glance too long.. Just smile.
Biggest Shout To My Son On The Way!! Salute!!!I It’s a GREAT DAY!!!”
So, is Kelis getting some $$$ for the little one or not? [Photo: Getty Images]