Anne Hathaway had barely finished filming her race-to-the-altar comedy, Bride Wars, last June when she faced a life-altering moment of her own: Her boyfriend of four years, Italian real-estate developer Raffaello Follieri, was arrested for fraud.
“It’s a situation where the rug was pulled out from under me all of a sudden,” she says. Rather than give up, Anne fought back by revving up her career even further, flaunting a sleeker physique — and brandishing a brand-new man.
Step one in healing her heartache? “Trying to move on and have a sense of humor,” says Anne, who did just that with an Oct. 4 Saturday Night Live hosting gig. “I just had a busy summer. I did some traveling. I’ve got a new movie out, Rachel Getting Married,” she deadpanned on the show. “Oh, and also, I broke up with my Italian boyfriend, and two weeks later, he was heading to prison for fraud. I mean, we’ve all been there — am I right, ladies?”
By then, Anne had already moved on. Later that month, she told London reporters, “This guy I know in L.A. is kind of doing it for me right now. When I think of sexy, I think of him.” And on Oct. 29, she debuted her new beau, Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning actor Adam Shulman, during a trip to New Orleans for a Rachel screening. “We met through mutual friends,” Adam, 27, said.
In contrast to Raffaello who’s serving a four-and-a-half-year prison sentence for wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy, Adam is a stand-up guy. “He comes from a great family,” Fred Gibbons, Adam’s neighbor in L.A., tells OK!. “He is one of the nicest guys I have ever met.”
Ultimately, Anne says, “Everything that has happened to me, good and bad, has happened for a reason. I’ve been made stronger from the good stuff and much, much stronger from the bad stuff.”
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