It’s safe to say 2016 has been a pretty memorable year, and not necessarily a good way. There was the multiple attacks in Paris, Brexit, Trump and a whole host of deaths we weren’t ready for.
But putting aside the real news, here we have the biggest celebrity scandals of 2016.
Beyonce drops Lemonade her most raw, personal album yet
The surprise release of Lemonade, Beyonce’s sixth studio album, wasn’t so much the fact that it came out it was the content itself. It was all about cheating, leading the world to believe it was autobiographical and basically, told the story of how Beyonce ultimately forgave Jay-Z after he put her through hell by being unfaithful.
Of course, the hunt was on for ‘Becky with the good hair’ and most the suspicion centred on designer Rachel Roy. Hours after Lemonade dropped, Rachel posted an Instagram pic captioned, ‘Good hair don’t care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self-truths, always. Live in the light #nodramaqueens.”
Pretty much all the evidence we need right?
The death of David Bowie
The most shocking death to hit Hollywood this year was undoubtedly David Bowie. He passed away on January 10 at the age of 69 after a secret 18-month battle with liver cancer.
Few knew of the struggle he was facing, as he only told family and people he was working with about his condition.
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Alan Rickman passes
Alan Rickman took his last breath on January 14, the Harry Potter star has been terminally ill but hid it from nearly everyone but his closest friends. There were also reports that he himself had only found out about the seriousness of his illness, believed to be pancreatic cancer, a few weeks before his death. He was 69 years old.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s divorce raised eyebrows because Heard filed only three days after his mother died. They also just got married a year ago. However, the news started getting worse and worse. The actress accused him of being abusive and submitted photos of her bruised eye and cut lip. She was granted a restraining order against him, which requires him to stay 100 yards from her. There was then a video leaked of Depp going on a tirade in front of Heard and breaking a wine bottle.
In the end, they officially got divorced with Heard getting $7 million. She dropped her domestic violence case against him. They also gave a statement about the whole situation. “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain,” read the statement reported by People Magazine. “There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm … Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future.”
Only time will tell if the abuse allegations will hurt Depp’s career. However the whole thing was messy and Heard was equally torn apart by the public, if not more.
The actor played Puck, a former football player on Glee. Many fans were shocked to see the actor get indicted on two counts of child pornography this year by a grand jury. His laptop was seized last year and there were allegedly thousands of images and videos on it. He is currently out on a $150,OOO bond and his trial date has been delayed while he gets a new attorney, according to People Magazine.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
We were all shocked to learn that Prince Harry may have in fact found his princess, finally. It wasn’t until late October that the story surfaced, and it was reported that Harry was quietly dating Suits actress and humanitarian Meghan Markle.
The rumour mill was in overdrive and articles were spurting out by the dozen, then Kensington Palace issued an unprecedented statement that confirmed Meghan was Harry’s girlfriend and he pleaded with the media to report responsibly.
“The past week has seen a line crossed. [Harry’s] girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public — the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments… Prince Harry is worried about Ms Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game.’ He strongly disagrees. This is not a game — it is her life and his.”
Brad and Ang get divorced
After 12 years together it’s been announced that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are getting divorced. They cited irreconcilable differences as the reason, with rumours of his drinking and anger being a problem, as well as Marion Cotillard and Selena Gomez being dragged into the rumours.
Initial reports indicated that Angie pulled the plug after Brad and their 15-year-old Maddox got into an altercation on an aeroplane. Since then, there’s been speculation that perhaps that fight either never happened or wasn’t really volatile, as there was no mention of it in FAA tapes. Still, Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services launched a child abuse investigation into Brad’s parenting that lasted for nearly two months. The investigation has since been closed and social workers determined Brad did nothing wrong. There were also reports that Brad had issues with drugs and alcohol, but he voluntarily took drug tests that came back negative.
Kim, Kanye and Taylor Swift embarrassing rift
We thought that Taylor and Kanye’s seven-year feud had been put to bed. But this year it certainly reared its ugly head again.
Kanye’s lyrics in Famous seemed to be the trigger, and whilst controversial he insisted he had them approved by Taylor in a phone call. (“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that b*tch famous”)
Taylor made a big deal out of denying his claim that she’d ever heard the lyrics, going so far as to issue a statement saying she never received a call from Kanye, was “never made aware” of the controversial line, and that she “declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.” Her acceptance speech at the Grammys that same month was aimed at Kanye, accusing him of being someone who tried to “undercut her success.”
But that was only the beginning.
In June Kim told GQ that Taylor was lying about the phone call and playing the victim.
In July, an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians aired that showed Kim and Kourtney blasting Taylor, and the same night, Kim made good on her claim to produce the receipts verifying Taylor’s lies. She released a collection of videos on Snapchat that featured the infamous phone call between Taylor and Kanye, which clearly showed Taylor giving Kanye the okay. Later that evening, Taylor responded with a statement via Instagram with the caption, “That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet.”
Since then Taylor’s been keeping a relatively low profile. Who knows if she has any more tricks up her sleeve to backfire with.
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Prince passed away
On April 15, it was reported that Prince was rushed to the hospital after his jet made an emergency landing in Illinois following a concert in Atlanta as he was heading home to Minnesota. Less than a week later, on April 21, the legendary musician passed away in his Paisley Park compound. He was found unresponsive in an elevator.
Taylor Swift’s big rebound to Tom Hiddleston
We’re pretty sure that Taylor Swift would like a big rewind on 2016, she and Calvin Harris surprised everyone when they split after more than a year together. The breakup was initially amicable, he took to Twitter on June 2, writing, “The only truth here is that a relationship came to an end & what remains is a huge amount of love and respect.” Taylor retweeted it.
Then Taylor’s rep confirmed that the pop star had written Harris’ song ‘This is what you came for’ under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg. All the while Taylor was rebounding massively with Tom Hiddleston.
Calvin had, months earlier, given an interview to Ryan Seacrest saying he didn’t foresee himself ever working with Taylor. After the truth came out, Calvin complimented his ex in a series of now-deleted tweets, saying she was an “amazing lyric writer and she smashed it as usual.” Then things got nasty. He also tweeted, “Hurtful to me at this point that she and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage, though.” He then referenced her long-standing feud with Katy Perry. “I know you’re off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I’m not that guy, sorry. I won’t allow it,” he wrote.
Back to Tom Hiddleston, just a couple of weeks after the Harris spilt, Taylor was pictured kissing the actor, on her private beach in pictures that were rumoured to have been set up. Then what followed was a very public romance of the pair getting cosy whenever and wherever they could get pictured.
Rumours swirled that it was all because Taylor needed some good publicity for the upcoming revelation with Kim and Kayne, mentioned above. The whole thing seemed a little off and forced. Then just a couple of months down the line the pair called time on the romance.
Whether there will be any music from Swift on the romance, remains to be seen. Much like Taylor herself who has rarely been pictured since the whole thing.
Ryan Lochte’s Rio Olympics scandal
Lochte initially said that he and three other Team U.S.A. swimmers – Jack Conger, James Feigen and Gunnar Bentz – were robbed at gunpoint during a night out in Rio on Aug. 14. However, Brazilian authorities later claimed that the four men had not been robbed as Lochte had described and instead handed over money as payment for reported damages they caused at a local gas station. All sides agree that the security guard at the gas station drew his gun at some point while demanding the athletes pay for their alleged damages.
Lochte gave his first in-depth interview after the scandal unravelled to NBC’s Matt Lauer, explaining that he was “intoxicated” when he reportedly caused damage to a poster at the gas station and got into an argument with the security guard. “Whether you call it a robbery or extortion or us paying just for the damages,” he said. “All we know was there was a gun pointed in our direction and we were demanded to give money.”
He later told PEOPLE more about how he had been untruthful. “I made things up,” he said. “I didn’t tell the truth. And that’s on me. I messed up and made a big mistake, and I’m sorry.”
He’s since expressed regret for the distraction and apologised to the people who he has hurt. “I’ve been thinking about it a lot, because I have a big heart, and I feel like let down a lot of people,” Lochte told PEOPLE. “It sucks that it was one of the main focuses of the Olympics. That’s what stinks. The media blew it up and talked about it. It got out of control, and this was all anyone could talk about.”
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Orlando Bloom’s naked photos
Paddleboarding is a fun summer pursuit—one that Orlando Bloom may regret having taken part in. He took to a board to relax and let it all hangout—quite literally. Bloom stripped down to nothing but a baseball cap to ferry his girlfriend Katy Perry over crystal blue Italian waters. When photos of Bloom’s Vacation Peen hit Twitter a day later, longtime Legolas fans were more than vindicated for their years of lusting after an elf.
Gigi Hadid smacks prankster
During Milan Fashion Week, as Gigi and sister Bella Hadid left the Max Mara fashion show, Ukranian prankster Vitalii Sediuk grabbed her from behind and lifted her off the ground.
Gigi completely defended herself, thrusting her elbow into the man before chasing him down the street.
What’s more, surprising Gigi had to take to Twitter to defend herself, she said: ‘I am a human being and I had every right to defend myself. How dare that idiot think he has the right to man-handle a complete stranger. He ran quick tho.’
No justification needed Gigi, you did what anyone would in that situation.
Cheryl and Liam Payne pregnant
It’s safe to say that Cheryl and Liam kept us guessing with their pregnancy, the former X Factor judge and former X Factor contestant and One Direction singer embarked upon a surprising relationship and things got super serious this year with rumours swirling that they were having a child together. Still, nothing has been confirmed, but Cheryl and Liam attended an event together in London and it’s pretty hard to deny the bump that Cheryl was sporting under her knitted dress.
Millie Mackintosh gets back with Hugo Taylor
Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green announced early this year that they were, in fact, divorcing, after rumours of a rift for the few months previous. They took a make or break trip to Italy, but alas in February they announced their separation.
The pair were relatively dignified about the whole thing, but just a few months later Millie fell back into the arms of former boyfriend and Made in Chelsea co-star Hugo Taylor, who she split with because he had cheated on her with close friend Rosie Fortescue.
Anyway, the pair is still loved up regularly sharing provocative images on social media.
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Kim Kardashian robbed at gunpoint
It was in October that Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris. During the heist, the men bound and gagged her and put her in the bathtub while they searched for money and jewellery. Her bodyguard wasn’t with her, but with her sister Kourtney, Kim thought she’d be fine alone for the evening. The stole more than $5.6 million worth of jewels and the authorities have few leads about who actually done it.
Kim has been keeping an extremely low profile since the attack, shunning social media and personal appearances.
Kayne West has a breakdown
Kanye was hospitalised after cancelling the remaining US dates of his Saint Pablo tour amid a devastating mental health crisis. According to multiple reports, the rapper was placed on 5150 hold and taken to UCLA Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation after his doctor requested help from paramedics and law enforcement.
Reports have revealed that Kanye was handcuffed to a gurney before being taken away, others say he was simply exhausted and sleep-deprived.
Kanye’s mental health crisis came on the heels of two headline-making outbursts: On Nov. 17, he ranted about how he didn’t vote but would have voted for Donald Trump and thought the President-elect’s campaign approach was “absolutely genius.” Then on Nov. 19, he made jaws drop again when he complained about Jay-Z, Beyonce, Mark Zuckerberg and more from the stage before ending another concert after just 30 minutes.
“Kim has had a very rough time since the robbery [in October],” a source close to her told People magazine. “It hasn’t helped that Kanye has been touring. Their lives have been quite chaotic. It’s been very trying for them both and not a good recipe for a happy marriage.
Rumours are circulating that they could, in fact, be headed for divorce, but it’s something Kim’s bestie Jonathan Cheban laughed off at a recent party.
Carrie Fisher finally admits to Harrison Ford affair
In Carrie Fisher’s memoir The Princess Diarist the actress revealed she had, in fact, had a secret affair with Harrison Ford whilst they worked together on Star Wars. Fisher revealed that the three-month whirlwind romance took flight with the then-33-year-old Ford following a birthday party for Star Wars creator George Lucas.
“No one thought it was happening at the time. I don’t even know if he did,” Fisher jokingly told DeGeneres. “We practised the kissing off-screen. That shows dedication to your craft.”
When asked if it was purely sexual or true love, the actress admitted that her relationship with Ford was more “infatuation,” and the physical connection only occurred during filming, citing, “location, location, location.”
“I was 19. No one told me about location rules or lack of rules. You can do whatever you want as long as you film the movie,” she confessed. “[You] can sleep together if [your] family’s not around. My mother wasn’t there, I don’t think. God, I hope not.”
Blac Chyna literally steals Christmas
Robert Kardashian, the only son of Kris Jenner, spilt all of the details on his Snapchat story after Blac left him with their one-month-old daughter, Dream. Chyna also took all of the furniture for baby Dream and her son King Cairo with Rapper Tyga, AS WELL as all of the food from the house (including Rob’s open bag of BBQ crisps). With a week to go until Christmas, Blac has been branded heartless by Kardashian fans.
It has also been alleged that the former stripper would be trademarking the Kardashian name once she was married to Rob next year, letting go of her former stripper name, and opting for a more demure “Angela Kardashian”. This all comes after Chyna was hacked on social media, were screenshots had been posted of conversations between her and artists such as Jaden Smith and Young Thug. In each conversation, Chyna called Rob a “fat mess” and discussed plans to trademark the Kardashian name after the wedding next year, stating that it “should be easy once I’m his wife”.