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Simon Cowell Expecting Baby With Friend’s Wife, Paul Haggis Writes Open Letter Praising Leah Remini: Top 5 Stories

Teresa Giudice; Simon Cowell; Leah Remini
Teresa Giudice; Simon Cowell; Leah Remini

Simon Cowell is expecting a baby with his friend's wife Lauren Silverman, Teresa Giudice breaks her silence via Twitter, and Paul Haggis writes an open letter praising Leah Remini: See Us Weekly's top 5 stories from Wednesday, July 31, in the roundup!

1. Exclusive: Simon Cowell Expecting Baby With Friend's Wife Lauren Silverman

Simon Cowell has changed a lot of lives on American Idol, The X Factor, and Britain's Got Talent –– but he's about to undergo the most life-changing experience of all: fatherhood. The notoriously prickly Brit, 53, is expecting a baby with New York socialite Lauren Silverman, multiple sources reveal exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly. "She's around 10 weeks along," the insider shares. And that's only part of the story.

2. Teresa Giudice Breaks Her Silence Via Twitter After Court Appearance

Teresa Giudice isn't going away quietly. One day after the Real Housewives of New Jersey star and her husband, Joe Giudice, appeared in federal court on Tuesday, July 30, the cookbook author broke her silence via Twitter on Wednesday, July 31. "Thank you all so so much for your love and support. It means the world to me and my family," she wrote. "I wish I could hug you all right now."

3. Paul Haggis Writes Open Letter Praising Leah Remini After Scientology Break

Prior to Leah Remini's break from Scientology this summer, Paul Haggis was arguably the most high-profile and outspoken celeb to resign from the organization. After 35 years as a Scientologist, Haggis left the church in 2009, after which he claims he was shunned by many of his "former friends." Remini was "one of two Scientologists who had refused to 'disconnect'" from him when he left, he writes in a new open letter for The Hollywood Reporter.

4. Exclusive Video: Real Housewives of OC Reunion Preview: Briana Curses Out Brooks, Gretchen Rossi Weeps

The original Real Housewives — the ones from Orange County — have wrapped up their eighth season. But judging from a sneak peek at the three-part reunion special (Us Weekly has the first look), the ladies have just begun to fight! Long-suffering Andy Cohen sits down to referee the proceedings between Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi, Alexis Bellino, Heather Dubrow and newcomer Lydia McLaughlin as the women hash out season eight's many layers of betrayals, shifted alliances and bruised feelings.

5. Snooki Shows Off Bikini Body in High-Waisted Swimsuit: Picture 

Home is where her family is! Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi looked excited to be frolicking in the warm waters of the Jersey Shore on Monday, July 29, with fiance Jionni LaValle and 11-month-old son Lorenzo in tow. The fit mommy, 25, paired a retro-style black-and-white striped bikini top with high-waisted black bottoms for the afternoon outing, a set of oversized glasses perched on her nose.

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