Friday, April 12, 2024

The Hollywood Seven Year Itch: Scooter Braun, John Mulaney File Papers to Divorce Their Wives


Billy Wilder’s comedy, “The Seven Year Itch,” is 66 years old. But it comes to mind this week as two celebrity marriages are ending after just seven years.

In the case of music manager Scooter Braun, the 7 years also produced three children. But Scooter, whose clients include Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Demi Lovato, seems sanguine about divorcing Israeli mining heir Yael Cohen. Rather than wallow in depression, his Instagram account clearly shows he’s moving on.


Comedian John Mulaney is divorcing his wife, Anna Marie Tendler, after six plus years. No kids, so that’s a relief. He was addicted to drugs, hid it not so well, went to rehab, left, returned and somehow managed to segue into a relationship with Olivia Munn without missing a beat.

Mulaney also turned most of the story into a show that sold out 25 times at New York’s City Winery, and now he’s taken it on the road. Talk about multi-tasking! When I saw the show, at the first performance, he said his “interventionist” was with him. Still, I wonder? Will Mulaney never return to observational humor? Or will he just keep recounting how be bought hard drugs on the street? My guess is, he’ll stick to the script since “From Scratch” is sold out at Boston’s Wilbur Theater. A Netflix special seems guaranteed.

Of course, there’s also JLo and Ben Affleck, the most public celebrity couple in years. They’ve driven the point home at every opportunity: we’re shagging like crazy! Driving around in expensive cars! Shopping for mansions! Their kids, all of them, should immediately be shown Carrie Fisher’s HBO special, “Wishful Drinking,” and start taking copious notes. Scooter’s kids, too. The crop of tell-alls in 2030 will be splendiferous!

Of course, Maddox, Pax, and Shiloh Jolie Pitt may beat them to it at this point. I have a feeling Shiloh already has an agent.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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