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Ryan Seacrest, Julianne Hough split; ‘no ugliness,’ an insider says

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Updated: March 18, 2013 9:31AM

As news emerged that Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough had gone their separate ways, a source very close to the “American Idol” host told this column Sunday, “I am sure there will be a lot of totally specious stories claiming the real reason Ryan and Julianne have broken up, but it’s truly pretty simple.

“There’s no drama, no ugliness at all. In fact, Ryan and Julianne are talking to each other all the time, even though they have decided to live separately at this time.”

According to People magazine, the couple’s split was caused by busy work schedules and an inability to concentrate on their relationship, something my own Seacrest source agrees “is absolutely true.”

Known to be a major workaholic, Seacrest runs a multi-million-dollar entertainment empire that includes producing a number of hot reality shows, including the Kardashians’ various series, in addition to his $30 million annual hosting gig on “Idol,” his daily L.A.-based syndicated radio show and his E! News duties.

“If anything, he is married to his career — and I don’t see that changing,” added the source, stressing “this is not about a third party causing the breakup. … In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised that after a break, Ryan and Julianne got back together, realizing how much they missed being together.”

Not long ago, Hough gave an interview to Parade magazine, admitting that maintaining a relationship is difficult when careers are booming.

“It’s a hard thing to do, especially when you’re so caught up in your work and bettering yourself. … It does get hard because you’re so focused on that, but I think at the end of the day you have to find a balance with what’s really important.”

Apparently, at least for now, those careers did eclipse the relationship.

Seacrest, 38, and Hough, 24, began dating in 2010, after meeting during an interview. A number of people who know the couple insist their 14-year age difference was never a problem. “Julianne is extremely mature and very worldly. … Age was not an issue here,” said a “Dancing With the Stars” insider who has remained close to Hough, since she left the show as one of its pro dancers.

HAPPIER NEWS: It took Danny DeVito five months of wooing his estranged wife, Rhea Perlman, but the actor and producer has convinced his wife of 31 years not to proceed with divorce plans. Along with a lot of counseling, DeVito showered his wife with spa treatments and fancy dinners. The couple also reportedly had a number of in-depth conversations with their two grown children — who I’ve been told helped the duo to resolve their differences.

Perlman has been in town a bit lately in advance of her star turn in “Stella & Lou,” a new play by Bruce Graham at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, set to run May 3-June 9.

NOT GIVING UP: While Michael Jordan vehemently denies fathering the 16-year-old boy his mother, Pamela Smith, claims is the NBA legend’s son, Smith continues to push the case in the courts. She has filed new legal documents in the ongoing paternity suit, with TMZ first reporting Smith’s demand that the NBA legend take a DNA test.

Earlier this month, Jordan’s attorneys filed their own countersuit, not only denying he’s the father of the boy known as Grant Taj Reynolds, but also declaring that the kid’s paternity was established many years ago in a previous case.

FASHION FLASH: Some of Our Town’s best-dressed set made a beeline to the Chicago History Museum for the opening gala of “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair.” Understandably thrilled were Johnson Publishing CEO Linda Johnson Rice and her daughter Alexa Rice, as the 350 guests raved about the exhibit — the largest in the museum’s history — a spectacular tribute to the cutting-edge Fashion Fair shows created by Linda’s late, great mother, Eunice Johnson, and the groundbreaking vision of her father, the legendary John Johnson.

As the Chicago Who’s Who were wowed by the gala’s décor, created by top events czar Tom Kehoe, many were excited to see famed Vogue magazine international editor-at-large Hamish Bowles on hand for the party. His presence — preceded by a day happily digging through the Costume Council’s vaults at the museum — insures news of this very special Chicago exhibit will be made known to fashionistas worldwide.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: The Rev. Jesse Jackson and some family members dined Saturday at Joe’s Stone Crab while, separately, sportscaster Jim Nantz enjoyed dinner nearby. … Friends and family members of Tim Smithe Jr. of the Walter E. Smithe furniture clan and his fiancée Kyla McCarthy, daughter of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, toasted the happy couple at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie. … Fans of Scheana Marie spotted the star of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules’ getting styled at the Blowtique on Huron — plus getting a festive green bow in her hair, perfect for her St. Patrick’s Day weekend show at Hydrate. … Speaking of the wearin’ of the green, there were a lot of emerald hues spotted at the party Loyola University’s president, the Rev. Michael Garanzini, and the university’s regents hosted Saturday upstairs at Gibson — where the guests included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Shelley and Bill Farley, Christina and Ron Gidwitz, Marilyn Miglin, Sugar Rautbord, Tom Gorman, Dori Wilson, Mike Segal, the Rev. John Costello, Peggy Lombardo, Janice Blankenstein and Ted Tetzlaff.

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