Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Chelsea Clinton, the former first daughter, is outraged by a New York Post story hinting that there may be trouble brewing — even at this early stage — in her marriage to Marc Mezvinsky.
It all started with a report about Mezvinsky quitting his job with a New York hedge fund and moving to Wyoming to become a “ski bum” for a few months. Clinton reportedly would commute occasionally to see her husband — taking breaks from her pursuit of a Ph.D. in public service at New York University.
† “Chelsea is so private but also is very savvy about the media, for obvious reasons,” a friend said. “But I have never seen her so angry — including back during the whole Monica Lewinsky [scandal]. She is just furious about this.
“Trust me, there is no truth to any rumor about problems in that marriage. Chelsea and Marc are a great couple.”
† Reportedly, after the story broke alleging problems in the Clinton-Mezvinsky marriage, the recent groom was summarily told to hightail it back to New York and be seen in public with his wife — orders issued supposedly by both his in-laws: former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state.
The young couple, wed six months, were spotted over the weekend in the Big Apple, though Chelsea was seen lunching with her father — alone.
“What makes Chelsea especially angry is knowing that despite there being no truth to this, a story like this plants that seed in the minds of many people,” said the source.
WEDDING BELLS? Speaking of relationships, there’s increasing buzz that the romance between embattled Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and his reality TV star girlfriend Kristin Cavallari is quickly moving to the really serious stage.
According to several sources, the couple will soon announce their engagement — and already have been ring shopping.
Maybe that’s what was going on in those recent Beverly Hills shopping photos of Cutler and Cavallari that have been seen everywhere.
SPLITSVILLE:Sounds like South Side native Jenny McCarthy is still rebounding from her split with Jim Carrey. She and Boston-based sports agent Paul Krepelka reportedly have gone their separate ways — apparently another example of long-distance romances rarely working.
No drama here. McCarthy and Krepelka remain chummy, but neither wanted to move cross-country.
The actress and autism activist recently gushed about Krepelka on Ellen DeGeneres’ daily chatfest. He succeeded a brief McCarthy fling with a Vegas entertainer, which itself followed the end of her three-year relationship with Carrey last spring.
GRAMMY GOSSIP: Not surprisingly, Christina Aguilera is said to be very carefully rehearsing the lyrics for the big Grammy show tribute to Aretha Franklin on Sunday, which also will include Our Town’s Jennifer Hudson.
On the heels of her embarrassing national anthem boo-boo at the Super Bowl, Xtina certainly does not want to screw up the Queen of Soul’s lyrics.
ACROSS THE POND: In case you didn’t know, “Jersey Shore” is almost as big a hit in Britain as it is over here.
That’s one reason two of the TV reality phenom’s stars — Pauly D and Vinny — are heading to London to promote the series in the United Kingdom and to help judge a “Miss Jersey Shore UK” contest this week.
TV TALK: Given the fact the pilot episode of “Pawn Queens” drew 1.2 million viewers in November, it’s not surprising TLC has picked up the series and ordered eight more episodes about the Naperville Jewelry & Loan pawn shop. The show focuses heavily on two of the shop’s partners, Nikki Ruehl and Minda Grabiec, and the operation’s decision to market to women.
The new series bows on TLC May 5.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Topher Grace — who first found fame in “That ’70s Show” — was joined by his “Take Me Home Tonight” co-star Demetri Martin at Rockit Bar & Grill on Monday. The movie, opening March 4, brings Grace closer to the present — it’s set in 1988.
Bill Zwecker reports regularly on “Good Day Chicago” and “Fox Chicago News at 9,” on WFLD-Channel 32.