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The Munn-Mulaney People EXCLUSIVE
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Hello and welcome to Gossip Time, a weekly guide to the stars by Allie Jones. This week: a celebrity couple makes a statement, an actress has so much in common with her new boyfriend, and KEELEY HAZELL returns.
I love a People exclusive. When celebrities turn to People, exclusively, you know right away that 1) they have some news and 2) they want to present it in the most flattering light possible. Sometimes, celebrities turn to People because they are getting divorced (see: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in 2015). Other times, they call up the editors because they want to highlight their new relationship while papering over the fact that it may have started as an affair (see: Michelle Williams and director Tommy Kail making their debut in 2019). Sometimes they are pregnant! Or sometimes, well, who knows what’s going on? Such is the case with Olivia Munn and John Mulaney, who turned to People on Sunday to confirm their budding relationship.
This particular People exclusive is a real classic of the genre. There is just one photo, taken by one photographer, at a very close range, and it’s been conveniently cropped to show the subjects’ loving faces.
The story, too, is somewhat abbreviated. Munn, 40, and Mulaney, 38, were getting lunch in L.A., reports People. An “insider” revealed: “They were having a great time during lunch, laughing and talking. They were really enjoying each other's company.”
Great. Why are we getting this update?
If you recall, People was the first tabloid to report that Munn and Mulaney were dating back in May, just three days after Mulaney confirmed he was divorcing his wife of six years, Anna Marie Tendler. At the time, the editors reported that Munn and Mulaney’s relationship was “very new,” that they were “taking things slowly,” and that they “met at church in Los Angeles.” (See here for my thoughts on that backstory.)
A couple weeks later, rumors that Munn is pregnant surfaced on TikTok. Munn and Mulaney did not address them, and People never mentioned them. Since then, Munn has been photographed only a couple of times (see above). On Wednesday, after People dropped the exclusive about their lunch date, she was papped leaving Mulaney’s home wearing a big sweatshirt. Page Six also published more photos from the lunch date that aren’t quite so cropped, which you can see here.
All People wants us to know right now, though, is that Munn and Mulaney are very happy and went to lunch together. I bet, when given the signal, the tabloid will exclusively tell us the rest.
Speaking of tabloid stars: Keeley Hazell is back in the news. You know, The Sun’s iconic “Page 3” girl who is reportedly dating Jason Sudeikis? Well, that’s still happening, I guess, because Hazell, 34, and Sudeikis, 45, were photographed together a few times around New York this week.
A source told E! News that they are “spending downtime together doing normal couple things, like taking walks and going out to dinner." That is pretty normal, good for them.
Sudeikis’s recent ex Olivia Wilde, meanwhile, is still dating Harry Styles. Wilde, 36, and Styles, 27, were photographed together on a Tuscan vacation this week. A source told Entertainment Tonight that their relationship is the real deal, unlike some others we could mention.
“It’s obvious that this was not a rebound or a short fling,” said the source, quite pointedly. “They care so much about each other and have a deep connection.”
Also still together: Renée Zellweger and her random new boyfriend Ant Anstead. According to People, the 52-year-old actress and 42-year-old automotive TV personality have a lot of shared interests. “Both of them are private and dislike public scrutiny, so they have that in common,” a source told the tabloid. “He's a creative guy with lots of interests, and she likes to write and produce, so they have things to talk about when together.”
As long as they have things to talk about!
STUFF BY HILARY DUFF: Happy 4th! Here’s a photo of Hilary Duff at the premiere of the American classic Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius in 2001.
Finally, I’ll leave you with the news that Angelina Jolie and The Weeknd had dinner together at Rihanna’s favorite restaurant Giorgio Baldi this week:
The tabloids are calling it a “date night,” but they left separately, so I don’t know. Do you think they had things to talk about?
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