Kim Kardashian, right, and her fiance, NBA basketball player Kris Humphries, arrive at the Kardashian Kollection launch party in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. The Kardashian Kollection designed by the Kardashian sisters is available at Sears. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Updated: January 23, 2012 2:54AM
Despite repeated denials from Kim Kardashian’s people, rumors continue to fly that the newlyweds’ two-month-old marriage to Kris Humphries is already on the rocks.
“I’m so sick of denying all these crazy stories,” a key Kardashian team member sighed Wednesday. “But something tells me this is going to go on for a while.”
Fueling all the splitsville talk have been sightings of Humphries without his wedding ring, which the pro hoopster told a pal was due to a “skin irritation” on his ring finger.
More important have been stories — in celebrity outlets including Us Weekly and Hollywood Life — quoting sources saying Humphries resents Kardashian “talking down to him” or her being angry over his alleged flirting with other women.
A source in Minneapolis — a former Chicago pal of mine who now is a neighbor of the Humphries family — says the NBA player’s friends have been gossiping about how poorly Kardashian and her clan have treated her new in-laws. “It’s clear Kim thinks Kris’ whole family are a bunch of hicks,” said the ex-Chicagoan. “[The Humphries] have told people they feel like ‘second-class citizens’ when they’re around the Kardashians.”
There have been multiple reports about the couple fighting a lot lately — blamed on Kardashian feeling stressed by all her TV and product endorsement commitments and Humphries feeling frustrated by being idle and bored due to the NBA lockout.
† In an unrelated Kardashian tidbit, there’s buzz that Justin Bieber was taken aback to learn about a tweet Kim sent out — being described as a ham-handed way to help little brother Rob Kardashian’s chances on “Dancing With the Stars.”
Kim tweeted “OMG I have Justin Bieber’s phone number. Call him now @800-868-3402,” which just so happens to have been the call-in number to vote for Rob on “DWTS.”
WHAT A TWIT: Speaking of poor Twitter decisions, actor and comedian Orlando Jones is in hot water with political types and supposedly even the Secret Service and other law enforcement authorities for his tweets about Sarah Palin.
After the death of Moammar Gadhafi, Jones tweeted, “Libyan Rebels kill Gaddafi [sic]. If American liberals want respect they better stop listening to Aretha & kill Sarah Palin.”
Though he got into a huge debate with followers on Twitter — outraged by his Palin comment — and stressed he was merely joking around, few are laughing. A Secret Service source expressed outrage that “a public person like Orlando Jones would be so stupid as to make any kind of suggestion — joking or not — about killing a politician or other high-profile individual.
“There are enough nutcases out there without planting these kinds of seeds to give a weak-minded person a dangerous idea.”
FASHION FLASH: Prominent Chicago designer Maria Pinto — who gained a national reputation for dressing first lady Michelle Obama prior to her White House years — has left local retailer Mark Shale, where she served as women’s creative director for the past seven months.
Pinto, who shuttered her own fashion business early in 2010, believes she has accomplished her goal of helping Mark Shale rebrand its women’s department and is said to be eager to re-establish her own label.
A ROYAL ROLE: No doubt, a lot of actresses will be hankering to star in “Grace of Monaco,” a film being developed about the late Princess Grace. The movie won’t be about her Oscar-winning years as Grace Kelly, instead zeroing in on a six-month period in 1962, when she quietly helped her husband, Prince Rainier, keep France from ending Monaco’s independence as the tiny tax-free haven on the shores of the Mediterranean.
GOOD GENES: While much has been made of incoming Cubs honcho Theo Epstein’s baseball brilliance, it’s also interesting to note his fascinating family history — with strong ties to Hollywood.
Epstein is the grandson of Philip Epstein, who with his twin brother Julius formed a famous screenwriting team in Hollywood’s “Golden Age.” Among the films they worked on were “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Mr. Skeffington,” “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” and the eternal classic “Casablanca.”
As my pal George Bliss points out, Theo’s dad Leslie Epstein clearly inherited that writing gene. The noted author’s impressive output has including the novels King of the Jews, Pandaemonium and San Remo Drive: A Novel from Memory, based on his childhood growing up in Hollywood in the 1940s and ’50s.