Dennis Shields Proposed To Bethenny Frankel Months Before His Passing

What could’ve been…

As we reported, Bethenny Frankel‘s on-again, off-again boyfriend Dennis Shields was found dead Friday in his apartment in Trump Tower. According to The New York Post, the banker allegedly asked his assistant to give him Narcan, an emergency treatment for opioid overdose, but lost consciousness before it could take effect. The Post‘s sources believe Shields was taking the prescription painkiller OxyContin.

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According to a People report published on Monday, the banker proposed to the Real Housewives of New York star months before his passing.

The Skinnygirl founder’s friend revealed:

“He proposed to her with a ring in April. She wasn’t wearing the ring… There were some hurdles to overcome before she could make that level of a commitment. She loved him. He’s her family and her best friend and her confidante. Her partner and her business partner.”

But how did she respond?

“She didn’t say no… She would have loved to have married him, but there were some hurdles to overcome first.”

One of those hurdles may have been the fact that Shields was still legally married to his estranged wife Jill.

Although it is unclear if Frankel and Shields were together before his death, “he loved her and she loved him.”

“She talked to him this past week. He loved her and she loved him… She would have loved to have married him, but they were still working through their issues. She wanted to make it work.”

On Monday, after Frankel posted a tribute to Shields on Instagram, past and current RHONY co-stars commented in support of the businesswoman.

Sonja Morgan wrote:

“Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo. Cookie is with Dennis now. So many are sending you love and prayers through this very painful time.”

Jill Zarin — who lost her husband Bobby in January of this year — commented:

“I never thought I would be sending you condolences for your soul mate. I never met Dennis but he seemed like he truly loved you unconditionally. Words won’t console you but time heals. Doesn’t erase but heals the soul.”

Additionally, RHOC star Vicki Gunvalson wrote:

“Oh Honey, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Peace be with you as you mourn.”

Former RHOC cast member Gretchen Rossi commented:

“Ahh breaks my heart sending love and hugs my friend”

R.I.P. Dennis. You will be missed.

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Kim’s Nightmare! Richards Slammed With $266k Judgment After Her Pit Bull’s Vicious Attack

Kim Richards has been slapped with a $266,000 judgement after the RHOBH star failed to respond to a lawsuit in which a woman claimed her dog Kingsley bit her.

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According to documents obtained by RadarOnline.com, on August 7 a judge ordered Richards cough up a total of $266,092.39 in default judgment, along with costs in the amount of $865 in legal battle over her pit bull allegedly attacking a woman.

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Richards was sued in 2015 by a woman named Kelly Crossley, who accused her of knowing full well how dangerous her dog was and cited previous incidents of violence involving Richards’ friends and family as grounds for her case.

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The defendant described the injuries she sustained as “grave,” claiming there were scars to prove it. Crossley sought recompense from Richards that will “cover medical costs, loss of income,” as well as “damages for [her] pain.”

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Tyrese Gibson: ‘Bitter Custody War With Ex Has Cost Me Work’

Fast & Furious star Tyrese Gibson has accused his ex-wife of killing his acting career by making allegations of domestic abuse.
The movie star went to war with Norma Gibson last year over custody of their daughter, and during the case she accused her ex of being abusive towards her during their marriage and spanking their kid so hard she couldn’t sit down.
Tyrese now claims he makes 75 per cent less than he did 18 months ago.
In new court documents obtained by The Blast, the actor claims he used to make $180,000-per-month, but that figure has dropped dramatically in the last year.
He claims that Norma’s “false domestic abuse allegations” have cost him work, and now he’s struggling, making money from personal appearances and royalties – because the acting jobs have all but dried up.
Tyrese also alleges he spent over $200,000 fighting Norma and now has to use his savings to pay his monthly bills, including a hefty $10,853 in child support, because his monthly outgoings far outweigh his income.
Gibson is appealing to the judge overseeing his custody battle to let him off the hook for his ex’s legal bills.
The judge has yet to rule.

Pistol Annies Star Angaleena Presley Pregnant

Miranda Lambert’s Pistol Annies bandmate Angaleena Presley is expecting her second child.
The Somethin’ Bad hitmaker shared the exciting news with fans at her concert in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, when she was joined by Angaleena and fellow group member Ashley Monroe onstage.
“Since we’re at our hometown show and both of them are married to Texans, we wanted to share some big news with you,” Miranda told the audience. “See, one of us is drinking, one of us is smoking, and one of us is not taking our (birth control) pill!”
She then gestured to Angaleena, who showed off her growing baby bump, much to the delight of the crowd.
“Holler Annie’s having a baby, everybody!” Miranda smiled, before encouraging fans to “stay tuned” to find out the sex of the unborn child.
The baby will be Angaleena’s first with her husband of six years, Jordan Powell, but she also has a son, named Jed, from a previous romance.
The pregnancy news comes as the Pistol Annies prepare to release a new album later this year, their first new material together since 2013’s Annie Up.
Miranda teased the reunion news last summer, and has since performed with her girls on various stops on her ongoing Bandwagon Tour.

Bill Cosby Stripped Of Another Honorary Degree Following Sex Assault Conviction

Board members at the College Of William & Mary in Virginia have voted to rescind Bill Cosby’s honorary degree following his sexual assault conviction earlier this year.
The school is latest on a long list to distance itself from Cosby, who was found guilty on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault related to accusations that he drugged and sexually assaulted a Temple University coach in 2004.
Following their decision on Friday, the board members released a statement, which read: “The William & Mary Board of Visitors voted today to rescind the honorary Master of Arts degree awarded to Bill Cosby in 1993.
“Since that degree was bestowed, information came to light and was confirmed that Mr. Cosby engaged in abhorrent conduct antithetical to our university’s core values.”
The statement continued: “We are committed to both the elimination of sexual violence and the adherence to due process.”
Academics and board members at Yale University, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania and Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University have also stripped the comic of honorary titles and degrees.
More than 60 women have accused him of sexual assault.
Cosby’s sentencing is scheduled for September 24.

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Demi Lovato Reportedly Going To Rehab For ‘Several Months’ Where She Is No Longer Allowed To Speak With Wilmer Valderrama!

Demi Lovato is taking this SERIOUSLY!

Recently we learned the Confident singer had made a special trip to Chicago to see a psychiatric specialist.

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Now we’re hearing she’s following that up with an extended stay in rehab which will cost her months of touring — and possibly save her life.

A source told E! News:

“She will be in rehab for several months and is doing an extensive program to ensure she gets the help she needs.”

The insider says Demi’s program involves some degree of isolation and that she “hasn’t been in communication with anyone and is really focusing on herself.”

That includes friends and… whatever Wilmer Valderrama is to her right now.

The source says “Wilmer has been in touch with the family and has been checking in on Demi’s status” but can’t see Demi anymore:

“The family is trying to make sure they eliminate all distractions and want her to be focusing on her health right now.”

Love can certainly be distracting, but surely communication will be allowed again following treatment.

The insider does have good news to report, saying “Demi is doing much better” since taking in “the severity of what happened and that she almost died.”

“She has become more open and is happy she is getting the help she needs.”

We are so glad she’s committed to this for good.

Go Demi!

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