Try to contain yourselves, people: Celebrity tweenager Bella Thorne will be in our midst. The actress (Shake It Up, Blended, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) from Pembroke Pines will be signing copies of her debut novel Autumn Falls (Delacorte, $18.99) at 4 p.m. Sunday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables (305-442-4408).
Expect mega crowds: The onetime Disney princess has 6 million followers on Twitter, 4 million on Instagram, and 9 million on Facebook. Give or take a few thousand.
Perhaps some pubescent locals will relate to the topic of the book (the first of a trilogy). The title character is a klutzy, redheaded new girl at Aventura High who has the misfortune of getting on the wrong side of the school’s queen bee. When Autumn scribbles her feelings in a journal that belonged to her dead father, her wildest wishes begin coming true.
Bella’s father, Delancey Reinaldo Thorne, was killed in a traffic collision in 2007 at age 44. Bella was living in Los Angeles at the time.
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“I laid it all out there,” she told Yahoo recently. “When my father first died, the day I heard it, I couldn’t cry. It was very odd. You’re still in a state of shock, I think. That’s kind of where Autumn is. There are times where I’m completely normal even to this day and I see something [he would like] then, all of a sudden, I realize I’m crying…”
TALE OF THE TEXTS
So what went down between Miami Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell?
The pediatric nurse explains in the latest issue of Life & Style how their — cough! — “fairytale romance” came to an end, adding the the breakup was mutual.
Ferrell says the split played out over a couple of days, right before her 28th birthday on Oct. 29.
“We were just going back and forth through texting. He was questioning the relationship, and I was questioning it back. I sent him a message saying, ‘We should fight for this. We should work this out.’ And he didn’t respond.”
To keep it from ruining her birthday, Ferrell decided to block Galavis on Twitter and delete his cell but later regretted those impulsive decisions, she said.
The stars of Couples Therapy did reconnect a few days later but soon realized there wasn’t anything to salvage.
“The relationship wasn’t making us happy anymore,” admits Ferrell, who cited distance as a main issue (she lives in Kansas City, Missouri). “We weren’t willing to make the sacrifices or compromises to meet in the middle and make it work.”
FEELING BETTER NOW
After recovering from a severe case of pneumonia, jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall has rescheduled her U.S. tour.
Her Wallflower World Tour will now kick off on Feb. 25 in Boston and she will visit 26 cities on the tour, including a stop at the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall in Miami on April 14.
Back in September, Krall, 50, was forced to postpone the local show on Dec. 12. All tickets purchased for the original date will be honored.
Krall will also release her new album, Wallflower, on Feb. 3. She interprets a collection of pop songs from the 1960s to the present day by the Mamas and the Papas, the Eagles, Bob Dylan and Elton John as well as a new song by Paul McCartney.
MAKE ME A MATCH
Hey, Mr. Right — Serena Williams is looking for you.
In a Twitter Q&A last week, the tennis star (the proud owner of her 18th Grand Slam title) put it out there that she really, really wants to find a mate.
When a #SerenaFriday fan asked if the 33-year-old wanted to settle down and have a family, Williams replied, “Desperately.”
In a follow-up question, the Palm Beach County resident was asked if she was single, and the world’s top-ranked player responded, “Not by choice.”
Next up for the interior decorator/clothing and jewelry designer: hosting duties at the inaugural Serena Williams Ultimate Run on South Beach Dec. 14. Proceeds go to the Serena Williams Fund, which provides assistance to families affected by violent crimes and finances two schools in Kenya.
Could this also be a good matchmaking opportunity? There are bound to be a lot of athletes there ... just putting it out there.
Registration at www.TheUltimateRun.com.