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JULIANNE HOUGH & RYAN SEACREST

SHE WANTS HIM BACK

At the Met Costume Gala on May 6, Julianne Hough, 24, worked her mega-watt smile to perfection, capping off a glamorous day that began with rocking out to '80s music with friends. But two days earlier she was caught in a more somber mood when she ran into ex Ryan Seacrest, 38, at L.A.'s Soho House. After pulling him aside for an intimate conversation, she walked away visibly upset. "She's hoping they can reconcile," says a Hough friend. Despite her bubbly outings since splitting with Seacrest two months ago, "Julianne's been miserable without Ryan," the friend adds. Seacrest hasn't been doing much better. "He's been really bummed out," says a Seacrest source. "It was difficult [for him] to see photos of Julianne partying with her friends and seemingly flaunting her single life."

So what's keeping the former couple - they dated for two years and shared a $37 million compound Seacrest purchased from Ellen Degeneres and Portia De Rossi - from reconnecting? Blame the radio deejay and American Idol host's unforgiving schedule. "He's made it clear that while he loves her very much, his career is his priority," says the Hough pal. "Ryan's always said this was the tough part about being with him. He's worked very hard to get what he [has], and he never misled her." (As for reports that Seacrest bought her a $4 million mansion as a parting gift? False!) For now, expect to see more of Hough palling around with buddies like fellow newly single Nina Dobrev and throwing herself into work. (She stars in Juno scribe Diablo Cody's next film.) Still, she hasn't given up on a future with Seacrest. Says her friend: "She's hoping that they can continue to talk and eventually get back together."

BLOOMING BABY BUMPS

TREND ALERT! THIS SPRING, SOME CELEBRITY MOMS-TO-BE ARE DISPLAYING THEIR BELLIES IN FULL BLOSSOM

Fergie

Busy Philipps

Jaime King

Evan Rachel Wood

Kim Kardashian

HEART BEAT

STILL ON!

While Stacy Keibler, 33, mingled at the Met Gala in New York on May 6, George Clooney, her boyfriend of almost two years, celebrated his 52nd birthday in Germany, where he's filming The Monuments Men. Despite the distance - and rumors it signaled their romance's end - the couple are expected to reunite at the actor's Lake Como home in Italy. "I love spending my summers in Europe," she told Scoop on May 10.

SPLIT!

Vampire Diaries costars Nina Dobrev, 24, and Ian Somerhalder, 34, have called it quits. On May 9 Somerhalder cryptically tweeted, "People change and forget to tell each other."

DATING!

Following her split from husband Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, 41, is now dating comedian Nick Kroll, 34. "Nick is goofy, funny and smart," says a source. "He and Amy are a great fit."

FAST FOOD FANS

BRITNEY SPEARS

The singer was spotted picking up fried chicken after her Shape cover shoot.

LIAM HEMSWORTH

While on break from The Hunger Games, he ate "close to 20" burgers.

TINA FEY

Her treat after doing "terrifying" love scenes? A Filet-O-Fish.

TRISHA YEARWOOD

She wowed the ACMs, then celebrated with a burger.

FUTURE SUPERHEROES!

THESE CELEB OFFSPRING ARE ALREADY SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER-READY!

Kingston Rossdale

as Wolverine

Zuma Rossdale

as Hawkeye

Willow Smith

as Storm

Brooklyn Beckham

as Bruce Wayne

Honor & Haven Warren

as Batman & Robin

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