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Sophia Bush Confesses: I Never Wanted to Marry Chad Michael Murray

Sophia Bush has been divorced from Chad Michael Murray for well over a decade.

The former One Tree Hill co-stars got married in April of 2005 and split up just five months later, shattering the hopes and dreams of all who watched and adored their WB drama.

This all played out a very long time ago, yet Bush stopped by Andy Cohen’s Sirius XM radio show this week and dredged up the ancient and awkward past.

In an interview with the Bravo executive, Bush actually said she didn’t even marry Murray out of love.

She agreed to the legal union due to pressure from those associated with One Tree Hill.

“It was like the second season, but everyone’s been 22 and stupid,” Bush said of the relationship, adding that marriage “was not a thing I actually really wanted to do” and later explaining:

“Ladies have to learn how to take up space in the way that men are taught that they are entitled to.”

Interesting, huh?

And very layered and sort of vague and confusing, right?

“If you didn’t want to get married, how do you get to the point of being talked into it?” asked Cohen.

“How do you let everybody down?” the actress responded, continuing:

“And how do you – what’s the fight and when you have bosses telling you that you’re the only person who gets a person to work on time and 200 people either get to see their kids at night or they don’t because our days start on time?”

So… Bush was talked into being with Murray because she could control him on set?

“Life is always loaded,” she told Cohen. “What the public knows ever is never – it’s not the tip of the iceberg.

“Hilarie [Burton] and I used to laugh and we were like, ‘If we had a behind-the-scenes show, the drama would be so much f-cking better than the drama that the writers write.'” 

Shortly after her interview with viral, Bush tried to walk back her apparent criticism of Murray.

She Tweeted that she was making fun of herself, not her former co-star and husband.

“When you’re taking the piss out of yourself – b/c people can’t let the past go & you really wish they would – & gossip rags try to turn it into inappropriate drama rather than self-deprication,” she wrote.

“Don’t twist people’s words, y’all. If it wasn’t clear, I was making fun of MYSELF.”

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Murray, however, was among those who took offense to Bush bringing up their marriage all this time later.

Especially when she did absolutely say that the romance had as much to do with her professional obligations as how she actually felt about Murray.

“This story is ludicrous,” a rep for the actor said in a response statement, adding:

“Chad conducts himself in a completely professional manner and would never marry for any reason but love.

“Thirteen years since his divorce from Sophia, he has a very happy family life with his wife and children.

“He has completely moved on and doesn’t feel the need to engage in this type of behavior.”

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Vampyr Review: The City That Never Sleeps

Vampyr may seem an unlikely game from the studio that made the narrative-focused Life Is Strange, but being an action-RPG doesn’t preclude it from being a great vehicle for storytelling. It’s set in a harsh city in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, and much of the game involves potentially becoming the savior the world so desperately needs. If anything, Vampyr feels like the spiritual successor to the beloved cult hit Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines, but with much of that game’s vampire politics replaced by heartfelt interpersonal drama. It’s a story strengthened through the power of choice, with the fate of thousands resting on your ability to sacrifice your needs for the greater good.

Vampyr takes place in England, 1918, at the height of the Spanish flu pandemic. You play as Dr. Jonathan Reid, a renowned doctor just back from the frontlines of World War I. Not even minutes off the boat, he’s violently welcomed back to his homeland by a vampire and subsequently shoveled into a mass grave. When Reid reawakens, confused and stark-raving mad with bloodlust, he attacks the first person he comes across. Before he’s able to process his profound grief and confusion, a guild of vampire hunters chases him off into the night.

How deep you’re able to dive into Vampyr’s narrative rabbit holes depends on your dialogue choices, and whole subplots can be blocked off permanently by not correctly identifying what a patient needs or wants to hear.

Thanks to the help of a sympathetic stranger, your time scared and alone is graciously brief. It’s not long before you’re employed for the night shift at a hospital, and it’s there that you also gain the support of Lady Ashbury, another vampire hiding in plain sight. Once acclimated, Reid aims to come to grips with his afterlife, maybe find a cure for his vampirism, and get some much needed answers as to why he was turned to begin with.

The larger story beats delve deep into the lurid lore you might expect from a turn-of-the-century vampire tale, but it’s not until much later that it becomes the crux of the story. For the majority of the game, Vampyr goes all in on the idea of Reid as an altruistic doctor, a man tirelessly dedicated to the wellbeing of his patients and travelling around town seeing to their various needs. Much of the game involves chatting with fellow hospital employees, patients, and citizens about town, finding out how they’re coping with the epidemic, and building a case file to get to the heart of whatever ails them. Sometimes, their problems can be fixed by simply lending a sympathetic ear. Some troubles can be fixed by concocting a bit of medicine in your lab. But the most engaging quests are resolved by getting down and dirty in an infected area of town, spearheading investigations no living person ever could. How deep you’re able to dive into Vampyr’s narrative rabbit holes depends on your dialogue choices, and whole subplots can be blocked off permanently by not correctly identifying what a patient needs or wants to hear.

Vampyr leans hard into the RPG side of the action-RPG spectrum, and though there’s often a campy texture to the storytelling, it’s very easy to get attached to its motley crew of characters. A factory worker waits on surgery to fix a near-gangrenous arm because his two attending doctors can’t agree on an approach to treatment. A nurse and an ambulance driver rely on Reid to keep their interracial relationship secret. A man becomes an alcoholic due to his survivor’s guilt over an anarchistic plot gone wrong. A non-ordained preacher goes around the city burning the sick alive, believing God told him to cleanse the flu pandemic with fire. Everyone you can converse with has a tale to tell, and the vast majority of them are worth the time it takes to hear them out.

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It’s impossible to avoid the fact that Reid needs to feast on blood in order to survive, but his thirst manifests in more subtle, diabolical ways than just a steadily declining hunger stat. Every little thing Reid does for the citizens of London adds to a pool of overall health for each of the game’s four main districts, all of which contribute to the wellness of London as a whole. While that pool is useful for keeping an eye on the citizenry, it also just so happens you can explore that menu to get details on each of the citizens you’ve met. You can learn how nourishing their blood will be should you decide to feed on them–i.e. how much XP you’d get from taking their life–and refamiliarize yourself with their backstory. The stories of the city change depending on who, if anyone, you prey upon, and in much subtler ways than you might expect.

One of the best choices I made was to feed on a gruff man who Reid discovered was secretly a mass murderer. After his death, the man’s mother, while certainly grieving her son, copes by deciding to take in the awkward orphan living nearby and giving him the love she foolishly gave to protect her own flesh and blood. Reid can certainly drive relationships into chaos in much the same way, but the fact that there’s enough information to be had through your interactions to guide those decisions with is both impressive and empowering.

Walking the streets of London between residential districts, Reid is a persistent target for vampire hunters, brutal sub-human mutants called Skals, massive beasts, and highly skilled vampire elites. Encountering any of them means it’s time to take a more hands-on and proactive approach. Using a combination of bludgeons, sharp implements, firearms, and terrifying vampire magic, you’re quite capable of fighting your many enemies off, but these late-night battles are still difficult. Physical attacks and dodges drain a stamina meter that, if not carefully managed, leaves you utterly defenseless while it recharges. Your vampire powers are impressive and can devastate enemies, but they cost fresh blood to execute. While you can bite your enemies in combat to recover some, not only is stunning enemies to get the bite tricky–you either land enough hits in quick succession or parry an attack, which has a frustratingly small window of opportunity–the powers tend to use more blood than a single bite can replenish.

There are games that have tied survival and power to moral choice, but very few have managed to tie the lure of evil so perfectly–or seductively–to the core gameplay.

Mild combat frustrations are further amplified by performance issues. Playing on a PS4 Pro, Vampyr succumbs to frame rate drops and surprisingly frequent loading screens. You begrudgingly learn to live with these hiccups, but the most preposterous load times–stretching well over a minute–haunt you after death. In a game where enemies can one-hit kill you, and where bosses require a bit of trial and error to overcome, such long pauses aren’t easily overlooked.

One of the best ways to avoid death is to trade in XP earned for ability and stat upgrades. You can increase bite damage and improve the amount of blood you draw with each attack, but the most interesting improvements come in the form of advanced vampiric powers. Some are simple, such as sharpening your claws mid-combo to increase your damage output, but you can also learn advanced spells, such as one that boils all the blood in your victim’s body before causing them to explode. You can become an unstoppable force in London, but it all costs XP. And while you can gain XP from handing out meds or killing enemies, the payouts are a pittance compared to the thousands of points earned from killing just one of the proper citizens of London.

If you desire, you can work to improve the vitality (and XP potential) of everyone in town, only to drink your way through an entire district of healthy people in one night, personal connections be damned. This will make Reid nigh-invincible for hours to come, but conversely cause the district to descend into utter chaos as friends, family, and colleagues go missing, leaving those who remain in despair. Alternatively, you can play the game as a much more civilized sort of vampire, getting by only on the blood of rats and those who attack you first. Theoretically, it’s even possible to play the game without killing a single soul, save the few mandatory boss fights. However, walking the path of the righteous man is the game at its hardest, especially as enemies jump up in level.

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Ultimately, I opted for a balanced, Hannibal Lecter-like path: kindness and erudite mystery, coinciding with a predilection to savagely prey on the free-range scum of society–the occasional mass murderer here, a crime boss there, etc. It felt good, righteous, even, for a while. And somewhere around the time I reached level 20, I was still getting ambushed and demolished in two hits by a guy wielding a torch and cheap sword. The problem could be easily remedied by sacrificing yet another juicy, XP-heavy victim, but that could potentially put the surrounding community at risk of devastation. There are games that have tied survival and power to moral choice, but very few have managed to tie the lure of evil so perfectly–or seductively–to the core gameplay.

The narrative does take a mild decline as time goes on. The late-game answers to Dr. Reid’s questions feel more focused on the game’s fantastical threads than they do on Reid himself–though it cleverly delves into semi-obscure British/Celtic legend and very real macabre British history for inspiration. More and more as the game goes on, Reid’s dialogue choices don’t end up corresponding to the intended tone. And a few of the really huge choices to be made are no-win situations none of the characters deserve.

And yet, the credits roll on Vampyr with the realization of how seldom we see an open-world RPG experience like this, where being a citizen with a responsibility to a place and its people feels personal, even if that investment lies in who looks delicious tonight. Vampyr is certainly shaggy and rough in the technical department, but its narrative successes still make for an impactful and worthwhile experience.

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Trump said the June 12 summit is back on, but analysts fear Pyongyang may take the concessions and aid and never give up its nuclear weapons

President Donald Trump has thrown another twist into the North Korean summit saga, announcing he will meet with leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 after all — and raising some concern that history may be repeating itself.


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Morgan Freeman Issues Strong Statement: I Have Never Committed Sexual Assault!

No, Morgan Freeman, insists in a new statement:

NOT me too.

In a disturbing new CNN report that came out this week, the veteran actor was accused by eight different women of sexual misconduct and/or harassment.

The authors behind this report said they spoke to the eight women, along with eight separate witnesses, all of whom offered similar descriptions of Morgan’s behavior over the years.

For example, one production assistant on the 2017 movie Going In Style told CNN that Morgan “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.”

He did until a co-star told him to stop.

Then there was a senior production staff member on the set of the 2013 film Now You See Me who told CNN that Morgan made so many inappropriate comments about her attire that she stopped wearing tight articles of clothing around him.

A CNN reporter named Chloe Melas even went on record with the charge that Morgan frequently looked her up and down and referred to as “ripe” when she interviewed the star last year.

Oh, and she was six months pregnant at the time.

In response to these accusations, Morgan said the following on Thursday:

Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy.

I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected – that was never my intent.

Not exactly the most effective apology ever, right?

He’s basically saying he did all this stuff, he just didn’t mean to offend anyone via his actions.

Now, with his name being associated with others who have been brought down by the #MeToo movement, the 80-year old has issued a far more strongly-worded statement.

He wants to make a few things clear.

“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports,” he opened, adding:

“All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.

“I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women – and men – feel appreciated and at ease around me.

“As a part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way.”

In conclusion:

Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And that is why I apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally.

But I also want to be clear: I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex.

Any suggestion that I did so is completely false.

This is all well and good and likely true.

But no one has accused Morgan of assault.

They’ve said he treated women on set with extreme disrespect, basically viewing them as nothing but sex objects.

Is this as bad as actually assaulting them? Of course not.

However, the behavior is still part of a significant issue in society that is thankfully being addressed more and more often these days. It’s simply the issue of treating both men and women with equaly amounts of respect.

Morgan is an Oscar winner who is best known for a handful of iconic movie roles.

His most notable films include: Million Dollar Baby, The Shawshank Redemption and Batman Begins.

Let’s hope he has learned some valuable lessons from the allegations leveled against him here.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Explains Why She Never Married Ben Affleck

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It wasn’t meant to be. Gwyneth Paltrow is dishing details about her romance with Ben Affleck.

The Goop founder, 45, reflected on the relationship while chatting with Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show on Wednesday, May 23.

“How did you know not to marry him?” 64-year-old Stern asked Paltrow of her former on-again, off-again beau, whom she dated from 1997 to 2000. “You were never in love with him.”

The cookbook author then explained the unique nature of her relationship with the Argo director, now 45. “It’s interesting. I think there’s certain boyfriends where you are trying to work stuff out, right? Like, you’re trying to heal certain stuff from your childhood and he was very much a lesson in that way,” she explained. “I’m not sure exactly what I was trying to heal in that instance, but it was … he was, you know. It was specific.”

Paltrow, who is now engaged to American Horror Story producer Brad Falchuck, previously opened up about her romance with Affleck while speaking to the Shock Jock in 2015. “[He] was not in a good place in his life to have a girlfriend,” she said of the Justice League star.

The Iron Man actress went on to marry Chris Martin in 2003. The exes, who share daughter Apple, 14, and son Moses, 12, “consciously uncoupled” in 2014. Us Weekly exclusively revealed Paltrow and 47-year-old Falchuck’s engagement in November 2017.

The blonde beauty also opened up about her “fantastic” new love while speaking to Stern on Wednesday. “Neither of us want kids,” she said of the former Glee writer, who shares son Brody and daughter Isabella with ex-wife Suzanne Bukinik. “We’re on the same team. It’s always tricky with kids and trying to gently blend families.”

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DJ Khaled: Men Should Never Give Oral Sex! We’re Kings!

When it comes to his views on sex, DJ Khaled pretty much blows.

In an interview with The Breakfast Club radio show from 2014 that went viral on Friday, the musician made some controversial comments regarding how he views the roles of men and women between the sheets.

In a nutshell?

DJ Khaled is just gonna lie there while you do all the pleasuring, okay?

“A woman should praise the man – the king,” the 42-year-old music producer explained when asked why he doesn’t believe in going down on his mate.

“If you holding it down for your woman, I feel like the woman should praise. And a man should praise the queen.

But you know, my way of praising is called, ha-ha, ‘How was dinner?’, ‘You like the house you living in? You like all them clothes you getting? I’m taking care of your family, I’m taking care of my family.'”

Khaled says his only job is to “work” and it’s up to the woman in his life to perform a certain other type of job when he desires it.

(A blow job. We mean that Khaled still expects to receive blow jobs, despite his refusal to perform cunnilingous.)

He can’t be serious, though, right?

He must head downtown on fiancee Nicole Tuck sometimes, right?

“Nahhh. Never!” he replied. “I don’t do that.”

Okay.

So how does he react when a woman won’t take his penis into her mouth?

HA, he shot back to this question.

“It’s different rules for men,” he said. “You gotta understand, we the king. There’s some things that y’all might not wanna do, but it got to get done. I just can’t do what you want me to do. I just can’t.”

First, let us say that we feel terrible for Tuck.

Second, let us turn it over to Twitter to see what users on this platform have to say.

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Even bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood chewed Khaled out, writing online:

“You’re seriously missing out man. Take it from someone who has pride and thoroughly enjoys pleasuring women. You should grow up.”

There was also this perfect reaction from someone on the Internet:

Hmmph…interesting. Looks like he eats everything in sight.

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Heck, even the band Smash Mouth had something to say in response to Khaled’s antiquated notion of sexual relations:

“A King who doesn’t is no King at all,” reads the message on this band’s Twitter account.

Harsh. But also appropriate and hilarious.

So, you tell us female readers:

Would you date a guy who refused to pleasure you and yet who demanded pleasure from you because he thought of himself as far more important in the grand scheme of life?

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Kathy Griffin: Anderson Cooper Will Never Apologize for Ending Our Friendship

Still on the outs. Kathy Griffin opened up about the loss of her friendship with Anderson Cooper after they fell out over Donald Trump.

The CNN New Year’s Eve special cohosts lost touch after Griffin, 57, came under fire for posing with a mock decapitated head resembling the president in May 2017.

“[Anderson] turned on me. I mean, I didn’t even hear from him for two months,” Griffin said on the episode of The Wendy Williams Show set to air on Wednesday, May 2. “I thought, ‘Well, I guess I’m off the list.’”

The comedian noted that Cooper, 50, never called her or reached out personally. Instead, he took to Twitter to express how “appalled” he was by the “disgusting and completely inappropriate” photo.

Griffin added that she’ll likely never rekindle her relationship with The Anderson Cooper 360 host as she doubts he will apologize for severing ties. “He’s not that kind of guy,” she explained. “He and Jeff Zucker who runs CNN, they’re not cut from that cloth.”

Despite their feud, a source exclusively told Us Weekly in December that Griffin is “still really heartbroken” over no longer having Cooper in her life. The insider also revealed that the former cohosts’ friendship “ended almost immediately after he tweeted about her photo.”

Griffin issued an apology in May 2017 after facing backlash for the controversial photo, saying in a press conference that she “went too far.” One day later, Trump, 71, reacted to the image via Twitter, saying that Griffin should be “ashamed of herself.”

The author rescinded her apology three months later, telling Australia’s Sunrise program that she is “no longer sorry” and “the whole thing got so blown out of proportion.”

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Khloe Kardashian: Why She SHOULD Leave Tristan Thompson, But Never Will

By now, you've almost certainly heard the news that Tristan Thompson was caught cheating on Khloe Kardashian while she was pregnant with his child.

Earlier this month, Khloe welcomed her first child – a girl named True Thompson – but she has yet to kick Tristan to the curb.

Fans are growing concerned that she's planning to stick by the Cleveland Cavs forward despite his rampant infidelity.

And as much as we hate to admit it, it's looking more and more like Khloe and Tristan will try and work things out.

Here's why that's a terrible idea.

 

1. The Dilemma

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Khloe’s in a tough spot, no doubt about it. Under normal circumstances, we’re sure she wouldn’t tolerate Tristan’s behavior, but she just welcomed her first child with the man and uprooted her life so that she could relocate to Cleveland for him.

2. Played For a Fool

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Tristan, of course, is not merely some baby daddy to Khloe. Sources say she was convinced from their first date that Tristan was “the one.” Little did she know, she was just one of many for him.

3. Horrendous Timing

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Just days before Khloe welcomed her first child, multiple media outlets published proof that Thompson had cheated on at least two separate occasions while she was pregnant. And as the days went by, the news got even worse…

4. What Comes Next?

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Many thought that Khloe would have already kicked Tristan to the curb by now, but it looks as though the stuation is more complex than that.

5. A Changing View?

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In the past Khloe has been an outspoken and unforgiving critic of men who cheat on their spouses, but it now looks as though she’s had a change of heart on the matter, as evidenced by her decision to stay put in Cleveland – in Tristan’s home, no less.

6. Making Her Move

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So will Khloe give Tristan the boot now that he violated one of her cardinal relationship rules? We doubt it – and here’s why …

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Audrina Patridge & Ryan Cabrera Are Dating Again, More Than Eight Years After Splitting Up… It’s Like The Hills Never Ended!

The more things change, the more they stay the same — or, in this case, revert back to where it all began!

Newly single Audrina Patridge is reportedly once again dating Ryan Cabrera, who she hasn’t been linked to since her time on The Hills in early 2010, nearly a full decade ago!!!

The Cast Of The Hills: Where Are They Now?!

On Thursday night, social media users documented the pair together in an Instagram story of a mutual friend sitting side-by-side and looking pretty cozy on video.

Watch that moment here (below):

Hmmm…

Now the 35-year-old Cabrera and Patridge, 32, have been keeping mum about everything, opting not to comment.

But a source reveals more here, too (below):

“They’re dating. They’ve been spending a lot of time together recently and are having a good time.”

Well, then!! Seems pretty cut and dry.

What do y’all think, Perezcious readers?! This is one way to get back into The Hills, right??

Let us know your thoughts about this new (old!) couple in the comments (below)!!!

[Image via MTV.]

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Best Celebrity Movie Couples (Who Never Dated IRL)!

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have so much onscreen chemistry, it’s crazy to think they’ve never really been in love!

(Some Titanic superfans still think they’re lying about it! LOLz!)

But they aren’t the only pair who were able to fool us in multiple movies.

See all the movie stars with cinematic OTPs (below)!

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‘He Never Should’ve Proposed’: Source Blames John Cena’s Cold Feet For Stomping Nikki Bella’s Heart!

The news that John Cena and Nikki Bella were splitting up hit us like a clothesline.

They were supposed to be getting married in May!!!

Photos: Celebrity Breakups Of 2018!

Well, according to a source spilling the tea to People, it was the impending nuptials that drove John to hit the road.

According to this unnamed insider, it took a long time for Cena to decide to settle down — and apparently it didn’t take:

“She never gave him an ultimatum. He talked a really good game about having changed, about having his priorities straight, about knowing what’s important, and that it was her. But as the day got closer, it was like he just went back to who he’s always been — which is someone who puts himself first, always.”

Really?! He always seemed to sweet to us! The source explains:

“He’s an incredibly dedicated, driven, ambitious guy. And for the longest time he said he didn’t think he had room in his life for a spouse or kids. It seems like in the end that was still the truth.”

Dang. The source has some strong feelings about the Blockers star putting on a front and fooling Nikki for so long:

“But in that case, he never should’ve proposed, let alone in front of millions of people. Now she’s heartbroken.”

If that’s what happened, we’d have to agree.

Has a guy told YOU he could change only to regress when the moment came?? Tell us about it in the comments (below)!

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