The new issue of Us Weekly reports that Vienna Girardi told new fling Gregory Michael she was single — while still-fiance Jake Pavelka was 2,000 miles away in Georgia taping Drop Dead Diva.
In an exclusive interview with Us, Michael, 29, says, "She made it very clear they were not together." How did she explain why she was still wearing her $42,000, 2.72-carat Neil Lane engagement ring? "She said it was for the show," adds the Greek star.
An insider explains the two met in a crowded limo en route to a Children's Hospital of Orange County Reality Cares event on June 19, and then attended PacSun's Summer Solstice Beach Ballyhoo on June 20 in Santa Monica, where they "were all over each other… Vienna kept saying, 'I'm a smitten kitten,' and he would say, 'No, that's what I call you!'"
Admits Michael, "I have a fond affinity for her."
The 24-year-old former Hooters waitress then dumped Pavelka over the phone June 21 — after selling an interview to a tabloid, a source tells Us. See the top 10 worst ways to break up with someone.
"He was taken aback. It was unexpected," says a source. Adds another insider, "He realized he couldn't be blinded by love anymore and he has no tolerance for infidelity."
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To read more about Michael and Girardi's steamy weekend, the sneering comment she made about Pavelka while flirting with Michael, and how Pavelka is finally seeing Girardi for who she really is ("She showed her true colors," he was overheard saying on the Lifetime set), pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now.
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