The Reliable Source was on vacation through the holidays and will return online today and in print Jan. 3. (See the Reliable Source 2012 Year in Review coverage and top blog posts of the year.) Names and Faces is the column that runs in its place in the Style section during holidays.
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner married model Crystal Harris in an intimate ceremony on New Year’s Eve. The mogul, 86, wed Harris, 26, at the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, Us Weekly reports. The couple were scheduled to wed in June 2011, but Harris canceled, saying it wasn’t the right time to marry. They became engaged again in December. “When the wedding didn’t work out the first time, it was because of me. I needed to explore out there and take the time away,” Harris said. This will be Hefner’s third marriage. He married Mildred Williams in 1949 and divorced her in 1959, then married Kimberly Conrad in 1989; they divorced in 2010 after being separated for more than a decade.
Also going to the altar for the third time is “Dancing With the Stars” judge Len Goodman. The dancer and TV personality married his longtime girlfriend, Sue Barrett, on Sunday. People reports that the ceremony was held in London with 30 guests in attendance. The couple surprised their guests — they had been told the occasion was a private lunch. “She’s gorgeous and makes me very happy — though she likes to stay out of the limelight. It was a complete surprise to my friends and family today, and we’ve had a fabulous time,” Goodman said.
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks is expecting her second child. The reality TV star and her husband, Apollo Nida, confirmed the pregnancy to People, showing off her baby bump while on vacation in the Bahamas.
The Grammy-winning rock band Green Day will resume touring, according to the New York Daily News. The band canceled its 2012 tour after singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong sought treatment for substance abuse. The tour will begin at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.
Pop star Lady Gaga will be offering free mental-health counseling as she continues on her Born This Way Ball tour. The Los Angeles Times reports that the singer has arranged for her Born Brave Bus to offer private and group chats on topics such as depression, bullying, self-esteem issues and more. “Born Brave Bus is a place where mental health + depression are taken seriously with no judgement, FREE real help available to all,” the singer posted on her Facebook page. The Born This Way Ball tour is scheduled to resume Jan. 11 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C.