What celebrity scandals stood out most to you last year? 2012 was a crazy year for the showbiz world, and it seemed that a week didn’t go by without another unbelievable headline. Therapists have recently revealed that recapping celebrity scandals is a vital therapy tool, offering emotional stability – so here’s the headlines that we viewed most, from the crazy to the tragic.
Can you believe that it was back in February when the music industry went into mourning? The 48-year-old legendary singer was found in a bathtub in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11th. Hundreds of rumors surrounded her death, including reports that she had been partying hard for hours before being found dead, but the coroner ruled that no foul play had been involved. Her funeral was an emotional affair, and thousands of artists thanked her for the endless inspiration. While her family were involved in several other celebrity scandals, it still seems bizarre that such a Queen of pop is gone.
If you are a fan of the UK X Factor, you will have heard about this. N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos managed to turn herself around by getting a seat on Simon Cowell’s judging panel, and transformed herself from an urban singer into a glamorous, feisty solo artist. It seemed that all was going well until a sex tape of her and her ex-boyfriend Justin Edwards appeared online – and despite her legal team quickly getting an injunction, it seemed the whole world has seen the footage. Tulisa responded with her own 5 minute YouTube video, explaining her hurt and devastation that he had sold the video, before releasing her next solo single and carrying on like nothing had happened. She set a great example of how to respond if your own private footage gets leaked – some even claimed that she’d leaked the material herself as promotion for her new song.
Pippa Middleton seemed to enjoy being thrust into the spotlight after her sister Kate wed Wills, but everyone knows fame comes at a price. For Pippa, it was hitting the papers last April, when she was photographed brandishing a pistol while driving around in France. She’d been messing around with friends at the time. The gun-toting friend did apologize for his behavior, and Pippa disappeared from the media for a while, among reports that the Palace had warned her to behave. Pippa then launched her much-acclaimed party guide, but it failed to sell as well as expected and was soon in the reduced pile. With all the horrific gun crime in the media this year, it seems the country has not yet forgiven Kate’s sister.
This could be a deja vu story….but yes, it was last May when squeaky-clean Justin Bieber first hit out at a photographer. Justin, who was with girlfriend Selena Gomez at the time, was said to have asked a photographer to move out of the way of his car, before losing his cool and getting into a fight. He lost one of his shoes, and was investigated for a misdemeanor battery charge, before his PR tried to brush over the incident. It seems the start of the year is a bad time for the young star, as he’s recently hit the headlines for lashing out at UK photographers, and arriving late for the start of a show.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were the hottest couple in Hollywood following the success of Twilight, so it came as a surprise to everyone when photos of Kirsten with Rupert Sanders, director of Kristen’s new movie Snow White and the Huntsmen, emerged. And it wasn’t just Robert that was hurt – Sanders was married to model Liberty Ross, with two young children. The two seemed to be over, with a deeply hurt Rob moving out of their shared house, but they reconciled a few weeks later. Kristen got bolder than ever, appearing in a series of daring sheer dresses at the Twilight promo tour, and giving an interview that seemed to explain her infidelity. Things didn’t seem quite as smooth running for Liberty, who appeared to forgive her director husband before posting a series of cryptic Twitter messages and filing for divorce.
It wasn’t just Pippa who hit the headlines last year. Prince Harry dominated the papers in August, after photographs and films of him playing strip billiards in a VIP hotel suite in Vegas were released, although most British papers declined to actually print the images. The Sun was the exception, publishing the images in their entirety, even after the Palace asked them not to. And Kate had much the same experience in September, when a French magazine obtained photographs of her sunbathing topless in a private villa while on holiday with Wills. The photos had been taken by a British photographer, and were printed in Italian, Danish, Swedish and Irish celebrity magazines, as well as appearing online. It seems the Royal family learnt about their lack of privacy the hard way.
2012 was an amazing year for sport, what with the London Olympics and Paralympics, but not all the headlines were good. Lance Armstrong’s cycling career was plagued by rumors that he had arranged a systematic doping programme for his teammates, but he had always vehemently denied it. The US Anti-Doping Agency foiled his scheme in the end, though, releasing a 1,000 page report detailing his cheating. He finally admitted he had cheated, giving a two-part interview to Oprah after being stripped of all seven of his titles, and banned from cycling for life.
Most of the world felt sorry for Kate when she was forced to reveal her very early pregnancy in December, after being hospitalized with severe morning sickness. But it seems the sympathy didn’t spread to Australia, where two radio presenters decided to play a hoax. Mel Greig and Michael Christian called London’s King Edward VII hospital pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, and adopting English accents. They managed to fool an unsuspecting nurse into revealing that Kate had had a restful night and was managing to keep some food down, before hanging up. But the joke took on a horrifying twist when nurse Jacintha Saldhana was found dead three days later. The nurse, who had answered the prank phone call, had a husband and two children. Mel and Michael were taken off the air for their part in the scandal, and eventually gave an interview describing themselves as “gutted and heartbroken” for their role in the tragic death. Many criticized the interview, claiming that the DJs came off as insincere, and their program remains off-the-air for the time being. A horrific reminder of the true cost of pranks – and one of the worst celebrity scandals in recent years.
There were plenty of other celebrity scandals last year too, including Lindsay Lohan being arrested for theft and dangerous driving (will she ever learn!?), Miquita Oliver filing for bankruptcy and Halle Berry’s custody battle with Gabriel Aubry – it’s definitely been a tough year for the rich and famous. And while not everyone has set a great example (Lindsay, we are looking at you!), celebrities can be a great source of inspiration and courage when you are going through something similar. So whether it’s money trouble, an embarrassing linked photo or a mistaken affair, remember that you can always turn things around. Which celebrity scandals shocked you most last year? I’d love to know who's inspiring you, and who has shocked you!
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