Grapevine: It’s true, Mariah & Nick have separated
Mariah Carey’s husband of six years, Nick Cannon, 33, finally confirmed Thursday that he and the “I Don’t Wanna Cry” crooner, 44, have been living apart for months, and that their marriage is in deep trouble. “There is trouble in paradise. We have been living in separate houses for a few months,” Cannon told “The Insider” on Thursday. Page Six reports that Cannon, host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” has actually been living in motels since the break-up. Infidelity is said to be the cause, though Cannon denies he’s ever cheated. The couple have 3-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.
Broadway’s “Motown The Musical” will close in January — or as its producers are putting it, will go on “hiatus” — until its return to New York in 2016. Its last performance at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater will be Jan. 16. Producer Kevin McCollum tells U.S. News & World Report that by closing in January, “We have an opportunity to use the production assets from Broadway for the U.K. production next year.” The production, based on the life of Berry Gordy, 84, has gone great guns since opening in 2013, pulling in more than $1 million a week until very recently, when that occasionally dipped to $900,000. Variety speculates producers want to close before ticket sales slump any further.
Maria Shriver’s new beau?
Maria Shriver’s moving on, or so it appears after she showed up at Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s wedding this month with ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, 53, on her arm. Shriver, 59, and her muscle-bound ex, former California Gov. Arnold Scharzenneger, split in 2011 after he had a kid with their housekeeper — oopsie. They have reportedly remained good friends, according to Page Six. Perhaps that’s why they haven’t finalized their divorce. With Dowd suddenly getting introduced to family, Shriver and Schwarzenneger better get a move on.
No ice for Pamela
Celebrities from Jessica Alba to President George W. Bush may have taken the ice-bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, but party-pooper Pamela Anderson, 47, won’t be joining the fun. The longtime animal-rights activist is boycotting the creative gimmick that’s swept the nation to protest the use of animals in research on Lou Gehrig’s Disease. People.com reports that the former “Baywatch” star wrote on Facebook, “Trying to cure human diseases by relying on outdated and ineffective animal experiments isn’t only cruel – it’s a grave disservice to people who desperately need cures.”
Katie Holmes and Suri are heading west. While Holmes has lived in New York City since her 2012 bust-up with Tom Cruise, TMZ.com reports that the 35-year-old mother just bought a 6,000-square-foot house in Calabasas right outside Los Angeles — a steal at $3.79 million. Reasons for the transcontinental shift are reportedly Holmes’s acting career and schools for Suri, 8.
Elliott Smith tribute
Ferndale’s Magic Bag will host a fundraiser Oct. 3 with a sneak peek of “Heaven Adores You,” the new documentary on the life of Oscar-nominated rocker Steven Paul “Elliott” Smith, who died in 2003 at age 34. Smith was known as a “sad-sack” genius who first catapulted to fame with his song, “Miss Misery,” which Gus Van Sant used in his 1997 film “Good Will Hunting.”