Oscar winner's former spouse makes 'outrageous' new demand for nearly $1 million in divorce, more news

Nasty split continues

Kevin Costner’s divorce continues to be acrimonious.

On Sept. 12, TMZ reported that Kevin’s ex, Christine Baumgartner, is asking a judge to make the Oscar winner pay $885,000 to argue a single issue in divorce court. The actor’s lawyer called it “nothing short of outrageous.” Kevin’s lawyers added that based on usual rates, Christine’s legal team would have to put in 1,106 hours of billable work hours to justify charging that amount.

The “Yellowstone” star’s ex has had very few wins in the legal battle since filing for divorce in May. She asked for $248,000 in monthly child support for their three kids. A judge temporarily set it at $129,755, but Christine then wanted it raised to $161,592. Kevin said he’d happily pay $75,000 a month, but Christine rejected it. On Sept. 1, a judge set it at $63,209, which is less than half of what Kevin was paying. The actor has claimed Christine’s child support demands were actually for “disguised spousal support.”

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Concert protest

A Jason Aldean concert was the site of a protest where self-described communists shouted anti-American phrases and burned American flags. The men, who were from the Revolution Club of Chicago, took direct aim at Jason, too, calling him a “fascist piece of s***.”

It appeared that the commies descended on the country singer’s concert as result of his controversial “Try That In a Small Town” song and music video. “Jason Aldean says ‘try that in a small town,’ we did it at his f****** concert,” one man said into a microphone while stationed outside Jason’s Chicago show. “We will try that in a big city. And, we will try it right in front of your concert.”

With the demonstration well underway, police showed up and ordered the group to leave because they didn’t have a permit to lawfully assemble. TMZ reported that the group dispersed shortly after that.

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Health situation

Liam Payne “is in a bad way” after being rushed to an Italian hospital with extreme kidney pain.

The former One Direction singer had been on vacation with girlfriend Kate Cassidy in Lake Como when things took a turn for the worse. A source told The Sun, “Liam [Payne] is in a bad way but he’s in the best place he can be and finally doctors will be able to get to the bottom of what is going on.”

The singer is “gutted” that his and Kate’s one-year anniversary trip was “ruined.” “Doctors have warned him not to expect to be signed off to go home for at least another six days,” The Sun’s source said. “They want to do every test possible to understand the issue fully but they now suspect that there has been an underlying issue for a while that has been getting worse.”

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A stunner! On Sept. 15, Hugh Jackman, 54, and Deborra-lee Furness, 67, announced that they were splitting after 27 years of marriage. “We have been blessed to share almost 3 decades together as husband and wife in a wonderful, loving marriage. Our journey now is shifting and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth,” they said in a statement. “Our family has been and always will be our highest priority. We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness. We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition in all of our lives.” They signed their remarks “Deb and Hugh Jackman” and further noted that “This is the sole statement either of us will make.”

Baby news

Josh Duhamel and second wife Audra Mari, who was Miss World America 2016, are expecting their first child together.

The couple announced the happy news on Instagram on Sept. 11 — one day after their first wedding anniversary — captioning a pic of ultrasound images, “Baby Duhamel coming soon.”

This will be the former beauty queen’s first child and Josh’s second: He shares son Axl, 10, with his music star ex-wife, Fergie, who was giddy over the pregnancy news. “I am truly happy for you guys,” she commented on social media. “Axl can’t wait to be a big brother.”

Reunited and it feels so good

Don’t ever go bye, bye, bye again!

For the first time in 10 years, *NSYNC reunited on stage, doing so on Sept. 12 at the MTV Video Music Awards. The group didn’t perform but they did present Taylor Swift with the award for best pop video for her smash “Anti-Hero.”

Taylor was joyously flabbergasted by the reunion. “I had your dolls,” she told Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick. “You guys are pop personified, so to receive this from your golden pop hands is too much.”

The day after the VMAs, there was more exciting news: A new trailer for the animated movie “Trolls Band Together” was released featuring a brand new track by *NSYNC, “Better Place” — their first song in more thans 20 years.

The single comes out on Sept. 29 and the movie is out Nov. 17.


Country music singer-songwriter Charlie Robison — who was best known for his Top 40 hit “I Want You Bad” and his work as a judge on “Nashville Star” — died on Sept. 10 at a San Antonio, Texas, hospital after suffering cardiac arrest and other complications, according to a family representative.

He was 59. In addition to his music and TV work, Charlie was once married to The Chicks musician Emily Strayer, with whom he had three kids. He also leaves behind a toddler son with his widow, Kristen Robison.

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