Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the stars who found love, suffered heartbreak or experienced some other major event in their love lives in late September and early October 2022, starting with this duo… On Oct. 3, Vanity Fair excerpted a portion of the new oral history of “The Big Bang Theory” — “The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story” — in which former co-stars Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, who dated from 2008 to 2010, open up about their off-screen romance. “I had a very big crush on Johnny early on. I was so not even hiding it. He has such swagger. We were both dating people at the time, but I only had eyes for Johnny. Then, when I found out he had eyes for me too, I was like, ‘Uh‑oh, this is going to be trouble,'” said Kaley, adding that “there was chemistry” between them and “it was obvious there was always something there.” (Johnny, meanwhile, noted that he had “zero idea” Kaley had a crush on him off the bat.) The pair shared their first on-screen smooch before they took their real-life relationship to the next level late in the first season. Things took a turn, they said, when they shot a PDA-packed scene in an elevator shaft. “I think we fell a little in love in that elevator shaft,” recalled Kaley before describing the scene as particularly torturous to shoot. Explained Johnny, “[We] knew that something mutual was felt, and that it was going to be more of a distraction from the work to try and continue to ignore it than to actually recognize it and surrender to it.” Once Kaley was back on the market, she and Johnny started spending more time together off set: A few hours after she broke up with her boyfriend at the time, she joined Johnny and their co-stars for a cast getaway at a ranch in Montecito, California, where she made a move on Johnny by asking him to kill a bug in her luxury cabin. He declined because she was “literally jilted from a relationship four hours earlier,” he explained. (“I couldn’t believe he turned me down. I still think he turned me down because he knew what I was doing,” she said.) Not long after that, Johnny invited Kaley to join him at a bar for a glass of wine. She was there within 20 minutes even though she was 45 minutes way when he texted — “She just hauled a** [to get] there,” Johnny joked. “That’s really pathetic that I just didn’t even make him wait for like ten minutes,” said Kaley. They ended up making out and then going back to her place, where she showered and sat on his lap “wearing nothing but a towel,” recalled Johnny. “I was like, ‘Okay, I guess we’re dating!'” But they worked hard to keep their real-life romance under wraps, which is part of the reason why it ultimately fizzled…
Keep reading to find out what went wrong, then read on for more of the week’s biggest celeb love life updates…
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In Vanity Fair’s excerpt of “The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story,” Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki revealed that they were in disagreement over whether or not to go public with their romance. “Johnny can get really in his head and want to hide, whereas I’m the direct opposite. I would have told everybody the next day at the table read. I would have announced it and said, ‘We’re together!’ But he was like, ‘We can’t tell anyone!’ So we kept it quiet,” Kaley recalled, noting that “it was easier to keep it hidden” because social media wasn’t as prevalent at the time. “When we were dating, Johnny was very worried about ruining the fans’ outlook on [our characters] Leonard and Penny, because they weren’t even dating yet at that point in the series. He was so cerebral, and I’m like, ‘What?! Who f****** cares?!’ … I was just so crazy about him, I wasn’t thinking that way.” Ultimately, their differences drove them apart. “I think one of the things that created a chasm between us was my strict policies of privacy, and Kaley being very, very open about her life. I was very uncomfortable with being public about it, and I think that hurt Kaley’s feelings a little bit, and I can understand that. It certainly wasn’t because I was embarrassed of her or our relationship, but I wanted to be protective of the audience’s acceptance of Penny and Leonard, and without distraction from the tabloids. … At a certain point it felt like we were living this lie because we were going to award shows and functions and pretending like we’re not a couple, when in fact we were a very loving couple,” Johnny said, adding that they also “had very different interests” and wanted to experience life differently. In September 2010, Kaley came clean about the relationship during an interview with CBS’s Watch magazine. She and Johnny were working on their friendship at the point — even as they struggled to shoot their on-screen alter egos’ breakup and eventual reconciliation. “I adore the friends that we are. I think I might value my relationship with her more than any other previous relationship or relationship afterwards. … We just have such a bond that I appreciate so much. And I think that’s part of our great friendship,” Johnny said. Added Kaley, “We really adored each other, and we were lucky because as our breakup was happening, there was no foul play, there was nothing bad about our relationship… it just ended. Yes, there was some hurt there for a bit, but it didn’t take us that long to go back to what we were before we were dating and be friends. He was front row at both of my weddings, and we’ve been so supportive of each other ever since. We adore each other.”
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On Sept. 28, Dua Lipa and Trevor Noah stepped out in New York City for an intimate dinner date during which the comedian was snapped pecking the Grammy winner. “It was clear they were into each other and sat close together throughout the meal. They left together and walked, stopping for long embraces and on the second kiss with hugs,” a spy told DailyMail.com, which published exclusive photos of the duo’s headline-making night out on the town. A source later told HollywoodLife of the rumored new couple, “Things are very new for Dua and Trevor, but she’s enjoying spending time with him. Dua has told friends that she had an amazing time hanging out with him and she thinks Trevor is very sweet. She definitely sees potential and thinks they have great chemistry with each other. … They are not in a committed relationship and things are not serious between them at this point. She appreciates how open and honest he’s been with her just about things going on in his life, and what he’s looking for in a relationship. … They haven’t made specific plans to hang out again yet, but Dua would absolutely be open to that. She hopes to spend more time together and is open to seeing where things go.” Just a month earlier, there were rumors that Trevor had reconnected romantically with his off-and-on love of two years, Minka Kelly. Dua, meanwhile, hasn’t dated anyone publicly since she and Anwar Hadid called it quits in late 2021.
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On the Sept. 29 episode of “The Kardashians,” Kim Kardashian revealed that Tristan Thompson secretly proposed to Khloe Kardashian early in their relationship, though she said no and never told her family about the proposal. After the episode aired, multiple media outlets including People magazine reported that the professional basketball player proposed in December 2019 — and then again in February 2021! The second time, the reality star said yes. (At the time, there was rumors they’d quietly gotten engaged.) Khloe reportedly called off the engagement in December 2021 when the news broke that Tristan had welcomed a child with another woman after cheating on her for the umpteenth time.
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According to Us Weekly, former “Sister, Sister” star Tia Mowry filed to divorce Cory Hardrict in Los Angeles on Oct. 4 following 14 years of marriage. She reportedly cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, indicated that neither she nor the “American Sniper” actor should pay spousal support to the other and asked for joint legal and physical custody of their two children. Tia later confirmed the breakup news on Instagram, captioning a photo of herself and Cory, “I have always been honest with my fans, and today is no different. I wanted to share that Cory and I have decided to go our separate ways. These decisions are never easy, and not without sadness. We will maintain a friendship as we co-parent our beautiful children. I am grateful for all the happy times we had together and want to thank my friends, family and fans for your love and support as we start this new chapter moving forward in our lives.” Cory did not release a statement addressing the breakup, though he spoke up when a fan suggested on one of his Instagram posts that he cheated. According to E! News, he replied in the comments section, “Lies!” The duo reportedly signed a prenup before they tied the knot in 2008.
Marvel and DC writer-director James Gunn — who’s helmed the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies and “The Suicide Squad,” plus the “Peacemaker” TV series — and actress Jennifer Holland took to Instagram on Sept. 30 to announce that they recently tied the knot in an outdoor ceremony officiated by the groom’s brother, “GOTG” actor Sean Gunn, at Kevin Costner’s Dunbar Ranch in Aspen, Colorado. “After over 7 years together, I finally married the love of my life, @jenniferlholland. What an incredible, beautiful, stunning day surrounded by the most wonderful family and friends in the world,” James captioned a slideshow of wedding photos. The bride, meanwhile, captioned her own slideshow of wedding photos, “James! Thank you for sharing your love, life and family with me. Thank you for choosing me, for elevating me, and for always making me belly laugh. Here’s to many more years to follow the first extraordinary 7.” The happy couple also shared a joint post featuring photos of some of their A-list wedding guests including stars of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan and Pom Klementieff), Jennifer’s “Peacemaker” co-stars (John Cena, Robert Patrick, Freddie Stroma, Chukwudi Iwuji, Steve Agee and Nhut Le, plus John’s wife, Shay Shariatzadeh, and Freddie’s missus, “Quantico” actress Johanna Braddy) and her “The Suicide Squad” co-stars (Joel Kinnaman, Nathan Fillion, David Dastmalchian, Flula Borg and Daniela Melchior). James was previously married to “The Office” star Jenna Fischer.
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