Their off-color antics on a water taxi in Venice made headlines, but Kayne West and his “wife” Bianca Censori got down to some actual business during their Italian getaway. While Bianca’s exact place of birth is unknown – some reports say she was born in Italy and others in Australia – she did grow up in Australia but comes from Italian heritage. She and Kayne spent some of their time abroad looking at villas so they can spend part of the year in Italy. Since Kayne has 4 kids with ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, moving to Italy full time is out of the question, so their plan is to divide their time much like George Clooney who spends summers at his palazzo in Lake Como.
Now that she didn’t prevail in getting a six-figure monthly child support check, Kevin Costner’s estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner is hoping to bring home the bacon herself, as a realtor! Christine was hoping to get approximately $161,000 per month out of Kevin, but the judge wound up giving her around $63,000 per month instead. Although that’s far from chump change, Christine feels it won’t be enough to keep her in the posh lifestyle she’s accustomed to. Days after the judge’s ruling, Christine shared her real estate plans with a friend. She’s signing up for online classes and hopes to pass the state licensing exam by the end of the year. She wants to focus her efforts in the Santa Barbara area, and feels her celebrity connections will drive her business.
Photo Credit: BACKGRID-USA Kevin and Christine in Montecito
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are looking for greener pastures now that their once lucrative opportunities in Hollywood seem to be drying up. Days after Spotify pulled the plug on Meg’s podcast, a story started circulating that Netflix was gearing up to terminate their $100 million deal. Our Royal source reveals that Harry and Meg are quietly looking for a pied-a-terre on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and plan on being BICOASTAL. The source explains that Meg and Harry feel the Big Apple is an untouched market for them and they could make some new connections there. They’re looking in the $10-$16 million range in co-ops that have full time security. Ideally they want a building that has only one apartment per floor so they won’t have to deal with next-door neighbors.
Looks like Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck FINALLY found a house in Beverly Hills that suits their blended family! Clever paparazzi found them in the process of movng in today. Since they are blending Ben’s furniture with Jennifer’s, we can see hordes of stuff – sofas, rugs, art, and chairs being hauled in to the rear of the house. But there’s plenty of room for it all – this house has 12 bedrooms and 24 bathrooms! 24 BATHROOMS!
Celine Dion might be saying say au revoir to Paris and aloha to Honolulu. The ailing singer is suffering from stiff person syndrome and it’s so bad she indefinitely postponed her tour. Celine’s a fighter though, and she’s NOT giving up. A specialist recommended she avoid cold weather, so she’s thinking about dividing her time between her Paris apartment and her mansion in Las Vegas – and then buying a home in tropical and warm Hawaii. Celine plans to spend the hottest summer months between Vegas and Paris and the rest of the year soaking up the sunshine in Honolulu. A source says she’s looking at oceanfront homes in the posh community between Diamond Head and Kahala Beach.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are lucky in love but so far, unlucky in house hunting. For the THIRD time in months, the newlyweds have entered and then CANCELED escrow on a house they were interested in buying because they can’t seem to agree on a LOCATION. Jennifer prefers a gated community like Mulholland Estates where she lived when she was married to Marc Anthony- because she felt safe from stalkers etc. But that kind of neighborhood can be remote and far from a village or even a coffee shop. Ben, on the other hand, prefers the friendly neighborhood feeling of Brentwood and Pacific Palisades, where you can walk to a park or cafe. According to a real estate insider, that’s one of the main reasons they’ve yet to purchase their new dream house. “She wants gates and security, but Ben prefers low-key luxury.”
Cher just re-listed her beachfront Malibu mansion, dropping the price down to $75 million, ($10 million less than when she listed it last year.) According to a real estate insider, there are already TWO prospective clients and one is Cher’s former boyfriend, the now openly gay multi-billionaire David Geffen! Coincidentally, Cher and Geffen both have very young boyfriends. Cher and her boyfriend Alexander Edwards MIGHT be engaged, and according to Roger Friedman (Showbiz 411) David just married his 50 years younger boyfriend, model Donovan Michaels. David hopes to transform Cher’s sprawling mansion into a super luxurious boutique hotel. The other interested party wants to turn the place into a posh inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Of course both ideas would need to be approved by the various zoning authorities, including the notoriously challenging California Coastal Commission, so hold off on trying to book your hotel room or rehab stay.
Real estate woes for lovebirds Rihanna and ASAP Rocky. Although the proud parents of one baby with another on the way are shacking up in a Beverly Hills mansion, Rihanna still owns a bachelorette pad in a fancy schmancy full service doorman building just a few miles away. A friend reveals that ASAP wants her to unload the condo but Rihanna insists on keeping it “just in case.” It’s become an issue for the usually happy couple since HE suspects she’s holding on to this piece of her past “just in case” they split up. Rihanna insists it’s simply a good investment.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are financially comfortable now, thanks to his autobiography and their Netflix development deal. They are thinking about moving a few miles south, from Montecito to Malibu! Harry and Meg love the laid back yet sophisticated lifestyle of Montecito, but they’ve quickly grown bored of the wealthy but limited neighborhood. “There are only so many restaurants in town, and the shopping doesn’t compare to Los Angeles,” a Montecito resident told me. Since the couple love the beach and Meg wants to be closer to Hollywood, they’re laser focused on The Colony, a gated beachfront community in Malibu less than an hour from their current home. The Colony is as close to having a private beach as anywhere in California, plus it’s loaded with celebrities – which means enhanced SECURITY. It checks all of their boxes, so Harry and Meg have discreetly started their real estate search.
Julian Lennon is wallowing in regret. According to a friend, the 59-year-old son (can you believe it?) of the late Beatle John was delighted to make a nice profit when he recently sold his Hollywood Hills home. But no sooner had the ink dried on the escrow papers, than Julian decided he really MISSED his old home! He knew the buyer purchased the modern house as an investment and planned to lease it. Julian reached out to the new buyer and negotiated to lease it himself. He’s still looking for a new place to buy, but in the meantime he’s happy to be back home.