Celebrated cougar Ivana Trump is back on with her much younger ex-husband, Rossano Rubicondi, as the Italian stallion attempts to launch a music career, sources tell Confidenti@l.
We are told the former Mrs. Donald Trump, 64, and Rubicondi, who is 23 years her junior, have told friends in recent weeks that they are very much an item as Rubicondi looks for gigs in the city as a lounge singer.
“It surprised many of us when we found out,” said a close friend of Trump. “There is a reason behind every reunion like this, and in this case it involves Rossano wanting to be a singer.
“It works for Ivana, too, as it will generate some much-needed good press for her,” the friend continued. “And who doesn’t like a bit of young arm candy?”Trump and Rubicondi got married in April 2008 amid much fanfare in a lavish ceremony at Donald Trump’s seaside mansion in Palm Beach. The Donald was among the 400 guests, along with Ivana’s children, Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr. It was Donald Jr. who famously joked at the $ 3 million nuptials that he’d put a hit out on Rubicondi if he mistreated his mother.
He needn’t have worried. The couple divorced in 2009 after just eight months, citing a rift over which city they would base themselves in.
Rubicondi was widely reported to have played the field with women closer to his own age, and is believed to have hooked up with Argentine model Belén Rodriguez while they were contestants on the Italian version of “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!”
Since they split, Ivana has been linked to a number of men, including French art dealer Michael Kennedy, Italian actor Antonio Zequila and real-estate investor Marc Antonio Rota.
We’re told Ivana and Rubicondi began seeing each other again over the summer and vacationed together in Sardinia in August.
Speaking of her beau to Vogue in 2009, Trump said, “He is tall and slim and he goes to the gym every day, he has the muscles, he is fun and, uh, friendly and speaks lot of languages.
“Young! I don’t want to be with old guy. I have nothing against older guys, but with my energy? Ha-ha-ha. They’d die! Someone asked me, ‘But Ivana, the age difference between you and Rossano is OK now, but what will happen in 10 years, or in 15 years?’ You know what I said? ‘If he dies, he dies.’ ”
A rep for Trump didn’t get back to us.
“Finding Bigfoot” stars (from l.) Ranae Holland, James “Bobo” Fay, Matt Moneymaker and Cliff Barackman
A BABE IN THE WOODS, TV-WISE
She’s a skeptical Sasquatch tracker on Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot,” but one colleague says scientist Ranae Holland’s TV qualifications are truly mythical.
Since the show debuted in 2011, the investigative team of Matt Moneymaker, Cliff Barackman, James (Bobo) Fay and Holland have been searching for the beast that’s rumored to roam the forests of North America. According to Fay, what they’ve found is that hanging out with Holland is particularly unnerving.
“I’m the only person who really talks to her on the whole crew,” Fay was overheard telling diners at Hells Kitchen’s Medi Wine Bar. According to Fay, it sometimes requires 20 takes for Holland to recite simple scripted lines on the “reality show,” and it drives everyone nuts.
He says the team brought in Holland because co-star Moneymaker thought he had a shot with her, but that plan didn’t pan out for him.
“He didn’t even know she was a lesbian,” Fay claimed.
Reps for Animal Planet didn’t get back to us.
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Amy Adams has a way to go before she can deal with artificial intelligence.
STAR TECH: THE NEXT GENERATION
The New York Film Festival wrapped up Saturday with a gala presentation of “Her,” about an artificial-intelligence operating system that organizes your life. Star Amy Adams told us she’s still coming to grips with Apple’s intelligent personal assistant, Siri. “I don’t even knowhow to get to Siri. She’sshown up and said, ‘How can I help you,’ and I’m like …” At which point her publicist pulled her away. Maybe we should have asked Siri our questions.
Jimmy Fallon, heir to “The Tonight Show,” at his desk on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
A SLICE OF LIFE, STEAKHOUSE STYLE: FALLON AND THE ROYALS
“Tonight Show” host-in-waiting Jimmy Fallon held what our spywitness describes as a “very serious business meeting” close to midnight Friday over steaks and Opus One wine at the iconic Old Homestead Steakhouse in the Meatpacking District. Also there, at a separate table, was a 20-person group including members of the Kuwaiti royal family. Their version of a midnight snack was $ 350 Japanese Kobe steaks, $ 500 bottles of Sassicaia wine and thick cuts of porterhouse. Before disappearing in their fleet of limos, they sang “Happy Birthday” in Arabic to another patron.
Benedict Cumberbatch in the official trailer for “The Fifth Estate.”
SCREENING THE CALLS
Benedict Cumberbatch,who stars as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in new flick “The Fifth Estate,” was interrupted by a ringing cell phone as he introduced the film at a screening Friday night. “It’s Julian to say, ‘Walk out of the cinema now. Don’t watch this, it is all lies,’ ” the actor joked at the Cinema Society and Vanity Fair/Richard Mille screening at the Crosby Street Hotel. Also there were Anna Wintour and Shelby Bryan, Calvin Klein and Aussie Jason Dundas from VH1.
ANDY AND BROOKLYN’S GAME PLAN
Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker will be going up against each other playing “Hollywood Game Night” on NBC this winter, sources tell us. The game show features celebs playing with contestants who are vying for up to $ 25,000 in prize money. The uber-competitive retired tennis great and his Sports Illustrated model wife will tape the episode of the Jane Lynch-hosted show in November for airing in early 2014.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
There will be a number of tricks and treats as one of the U.K.’s most respected clubs opens in NYC for Halloween. Sankeys — famously founded in Manchester, with an Ibiza outpost — will launch with a Halloween-themed party Oct. 31 featuring DJ Reboot and the duo No Regular Play. The grand-opening fun continues at the midtown location on Nov. 1 with Slow Hands, Fur Coat, Amirali and Tanner Ross, followed by American house legend DJ Sneak on Nov. 2.
SEEN AND HEARD …
Ice-T with wife Coco as well as Henry Winkler in the green room at the Jets-Steelers game at MetLife Stadium … Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson and guitar great Jeff Beck chowing down at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse … 50 Cent making the crowd go bananas at new Meatpacking District venue the VIP Room … Alex Rodriguez at SushiSamba Miami Beach with girlfriend and former Playboy model Torrie Wilson … Sean Lennon and girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl at Serendipity 3 to celebrate his 38th birthday … Scott Lipps celebrating Nylon’s October It Girl issue at La Cenita.