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  • It’s so nice to see her having what looks like a normal romance.

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    • According to Daily Fail, that dude broke up with his fiancťe right before the first canoodling pics came out. KH’s Insta comments are FULL of ladies calling her a homewrecker and then patting each other on the back for taking the time to scold a celebrity on the internet.

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      • ENGAGED AIN'T MARRIED (also see all of my other comments in the past about 'homewrecking' vis a vis errybuddy being adults and no kids being involved!).



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        • She looks happier than I've seen her in years. Since before Tom!
          Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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          • Preach, o! These are adult people! My friend spotted KH and ActorChef at another restaurant today, happy AF. They are IN IT.

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            • Someone at InStyle was feeling nostalgic and reflective about some good old DK and The J:

              In Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson's Split, I Was Always Rooting for Pacey


              It took me a while to unlearn the reasons why I felt that way.

              When I told my best friend of 20-odd years that I was writing an essay about the dissolution of Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger’s decade-long relationship, she immediately fired off a series of photos by text. The snaps, which she seemingly had on-hand, were of a theme: In one, Kruger poses in a pink Christian Lacroix on a rainy Golden Globes red carpet, Jackson holding a branded golf umbrella from the Beverly Hilton over her head while he happily gets rained on. In another, a pap captures them strolling through New York City in a visible drizzle, sporting cozy, sweater-weather looks—again, Jackson gallantly positions the umbrella (this one from the Bowery Hotel) so that Kruger is protected.

              The two of us, like any older millennials who were lucky enough to grow up with cable, will always be protective of Pacey Witter. Jackson’s Dawson’s Creek character was so beloved — so obviously the hero of the whole show — that creator Kevin Williamson let him get the girl in the end over his eponymous self-insert lead. But Pacey was also the smartass, the romance you didn’t see coming, the guy who did the dirty with his 36-year-old English teacher when he was in the tenth grade. (A storyline that, perhaps, would not have panned out in the same way today.) That the man behind the smirk would, as an adult, be appreciated by a classy, German stunner like Kruger was, in my eyes, unexpected but ultimately right. Like if Andie had chosen Duckie instead of Blane at the end of Sixteen Candles, as god and John Hughes intended.

              Jackson and Kruger got together in 2006, two years after she helped Nicolas Cage steal the Declaration of Independence and three years after Dawson’s bittersweet flash-forward finale, and it didn’t take them long to become dreamy, red-carpet staples. Google Image search them and the flexes are endless: him, 6’2” and hunky; her, blonde, regal, and one of the most fashionable people on the planet. Though they never married — Kruger insisted that she no longer believed in it, after her five-year marriage to fellow actor Guillaume Canet sank — they seemed to be in it for the long haul.

              In 2015, however, rumors started to fly that Kruger had been spotted making out with Norman Reedus, her costar in a movie called Sky (in which Jackson also appears), in the corner of an East Village dive bar. While none of the three involved parties ever acknowledged the story, Kruger and Jackson were dunzo by 2016 and that seemed to be proof enough.

              To me, it was a betrayal of the highest order. To be lucky enough to be doted on by Pacey Witter — to never even have to feel the rain on your face if he were standing next to you—and then to throw that away? So publicly? I instantly cast Kruger as the villain in their story.

              And it didn’t escape me that Reedus is Jackson’s antithesis in so many ways. In the grand high school drama that I’d imagined, the Walking Dead sex symbol, with his long, greasy hair and mumbled drawl, was the bad boy to Jackson’s class clown. He was pure rebellion for someone who’d gotten bored with too much of a good thing, and she’d see the error of her ways eventually.

              But it’s 2020, Reedus and Kruger are still together. They even have a two-year-old child. While Jackson hasn’t commented publicly on their much-discussed breakup, Kruger has. “That was something that was a long time coming,” she told Vulture in 2017. “Also we broke up many months before we said we were broken up, so by the time I made that decision, it didn’t feel like it was so urgent anymore. You don’t break up overnight after ten years, you know what I mean?”

              Even knowing that that’s true and that what we’re privy to when it comes to a relationship between two public figures is a drop in the bucket, it’s really difficult not to just connect the dots from Jackson’s unfailing nice-guy-ishness (and he remains a socially conscious, unproblematic fave) to anonymous tips to the tabloids to the end of ten years of apparent happiness. I want to blame Kruger like I would have blamed Joey Potter.

              As a celebrity, Jackson is a carryover from a time when “girl power” was just a T-shirt slogan, and when I used to say that I “hated” Britney Spears, when I was really only jealous of her abs, extensions, and that she got to hang out with *NSYNC on a regular basis. I was hyper-trained to perceive other women as the enemy, even when we weren’t in direct competition. I have no concept of how, exactly, this relationship deteriorated, but I was very quick — probably unfairly — to pick a side.

              In the real, non-Capeside world, Jackson doesn’t need my defending. As of sometime last year, he’s married to Queen & Slim star Jodie Turner-Smith, and they welcomed a baby this April. In February, Turner-Smith posted an Instagram story of the newlyweds pushing a cart through Home Depot, a familiar song playing on the store’s speakers. “Is there something amusing you, babe?” he asks, while a giddy Turner-Smith sings along to Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want to Wait.”

              Finally, I thought, somebody who gets it.
              This actually made me realize that I was totally over them! I got the link in my Google alerts for The J and then bookmarked it for 2 days and then forgot about it. In the old thread's heyday (RIP, best work of my life), I would have paused everything else to read this. Ah well, time really does heal everything.

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              • . . . are they not allowed to kiss indoors? Like, is that some kind of NYC pandemic restriction I'm just not aware of?




                I love this pic:









                and this one:












                Dinner with his Pop! I think this is serious, yo.







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                • Hah! They’re probs only caught kissing on food dates, and it looks like they’re choosing to only eat outside. Which I get because I’ve only eaten at a restaurant exactly once since March and we were the only table on a gigantic patio. I know some are some jonesing for the indoor dining experience, but I can’t get hyped to sit between panes of plexiglass for an hour, expose a server to my bare face hole, and wait 14 days to see if I was marinating in virus particles.

                  re: DK, the magic in the fairy was probably gone for me the moment I couldn’t think of her without also seeing Reedus’ face. Yeah. It’s the Fairy-Rat visual for me.

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                  • Pacey owned a restaurant and he has a bit of the Pacey look about him and KH is looking and dressing very Joey Potteresqe - just sayin,

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                    • She looks so happy! It's nice. She's looked like a stressed-out weirdo for like 15 years.
                      Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                      • I am glad to see that Issie has healed. I do get nostalgic for DK and the J sometimes, though I love Jodie.

                        are they not allowed to kiss indoors? Like, is that some kind of NYC pandemic restriction I'm just not aware of
                        And why are they calling paps so much? Who are they trying to make aware of their Adorable New Love?

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                        • It's nice to see Toledo so free and happy, but ugh, I get major skeez vibes from this new dude. Hopefully, she's the one calling the shots and won't get her heart broken.

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                          • Oh, he's a dirty cheater for sure. Never trust a chef with your heart, yo.
                            Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                            • The J got a new job and it has a stupid title, BUT it's pertinent to my interests! Also, Baldwin and Slater seem like they'd be interesting if temperamental co-stars. The only downside is I know nothing about the Peacock streaming service and don't even know if I can get it on my TV.

                              https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/jos...ck-1234801294/

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                              • Peacock is free! I was already going to try it on my laptop for A.P. Bio and Amber Ruffin’s show, so yay, another reason.

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