2012's Most Shocking Moments
1 Kate Middleton’s Busy Year
Just two months after topless snaps of her were splashed all over the papers, Kate was forced to admit she was pregnant after being rushed to hospital suffering from severe morning sickness. Luckily the world’s press is now far more concerned about her baby bump than her bikini body. Genius move, Kate, it’s almost like it was planned.
2 Tom and Katie Divorce
Now this was a shocker! Not so much that they were getting a divorce, they were always an odd pair, but the fact that the paperwork went through so quickly. Katie filed for divorce on 29 June and within weeks the couple had agreed on a deal allowing daughter Suri to live with Katie with financial support from Tom until she turns 18.
3 Whitney Houston Dies
We knew that Whitney had problems, but nobody expected news like this! The 48-year-old diva was found dead in the bath at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA on 11 February after taking a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs and drowning. Whitney’s only daughter, Bobbi Kristina, quickly signed up for a reality TV show with her adopted brother/boyfriend, Nick. Awkward!
4 Prince Harry’s Vegas Scandal
Prince Harry’s never been the shy and retiring type, but even we were surprised to see a naked picture of him, with a strategically placed star, splashed across the front page of a British tabloid in September. Next came the kiss and tell from the ‘party girl’ he was spotted canoodling with before heading back to work in Afghanistan. Thanks Harry, you never let us down.
5 Kristen Stewart Cheating
Twilight couple Robert Pattinson And Kristen Stewart seemed so happy together, until she was papped in a secluded car park getting friendly with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. K-Stew issued a grovelling public apology and R-Patz forgave her just in time to promote the last film in the Twilight saga. How convenient.
6 Jennifer Aniston Gets Engaged
Finally! After years of being taunted by that husband hustler Angelina Jolie, Jen Aniston had something to celebrate this year when boyfriend Justin Theroux proposed in June. What’s more, he secured her hand with a massive rock. Jen’s since pulled out of two films amid rumours that she might be hiding a baby bump under her wedding dress.
7 Heidi and Seal Split
Who would have thought that the couple who made a big song and dance about renewing their wedding vows every year would end up getting a divorce, but this year the unthinkable happened! Heidi’s moved on and is now dating her bodyguard while Seal’s been seen with a succession of younger models after blasting Heidi for her behaviour.
8 Brangelina Engagement
Finally, after years of waiting and a gaggle of kids, Brad was brave enough to put a ring on it in April. Apparently their six-strong brood had been begging them to get hitched. By the time you read this, we predict they’ll be married after picking their wedding bands in early December.
9 Justin Bieber Murder Plot
We still can’t believe this one. We know he’s precocious, but even we were shocked when a gang in America were arrested for plotting to maim and murder the Prince of Pop and two members of his entourage. The gang were hired by a crazed ex-fan, Dana Martin, and were caught red-handed with hedge clippers.
10 Lindsay Lohan’s Probation Revoked
T’Town’s biggest train wreck’s one step closer to the slammer after having her probation revoked on 12 December. The rebel redhead’s now due back in court in January and is facing a whopping 245 days in jail, but it’s not all bad news, she’d save a lot of money on rent, which she now claims she’s too poor to pay.
11 Madonna Shocks Abu Dhabi
We waited for years to see Madonna in the UAE and the Queen of Pop didn’t disappoint us. Not only did she bust some moves we didn’t think were possible for the over fifties, but her array of Middle East-inspired outfits were a sight to behold. Luckily, she saved her cringe-worthy wardrobe malfunction for her gig in Turkey. Thanks Madge, that’s one slip we’re mighty glad we missed.
12 Jessica Biel’s Pink Wedding Dress
And there we were thinking Jess was some sort of style icon, until we saw her wedding snaps. What was she thinking? The meringue shape might have been acceptable, if it hadn’t been the colour of candy floss, but it was. We’re choosing to believe that Jess was so pleased she’d finally dragged JT down the aisle that she lost her mind.
13 Lady Gaga’s Weight Woes
The once super-skinny star, who’s admitted to struggling with eating disorders, let it all hang out this year and piled on the pounds. Sadly, she didn’t get herself some new stage outfits to match, which resulted in some unfortunate snaps of her bursting out of her meat leotard. It wasn’t pretty. Gaga’s since dropped a few of her extra pounds and invested in some roomier new duds. Phew.
14 Katy and Russell Drama
We were so disappointed when word reached Ahlan! HQ that Russell Brand had filed for divorce from his wife of less than a year, Katy Perry, back in 2011, but this pair of exes just keep on giving. This year has seen treats from Russell’s many yoga class conquests to Katy’s relationship with John Mayer. Such a shame, but, Russ, call us.
15 Demi Goes to Rehab
Poor Demi Moore, as if being dumped by hubby Ashton Kutcher for the younger Mila Kunis wasn’t bad enough, she also made a trip to rehab in February. To make it more embarrassing, she checked herself in after collapsing when she inhaled a mysterious substance at a party with her daughter.
16 Kim Gets Flour Bombed
Now this was an odd one. We’ve all wanted to throw things at Kim K from time to time, and don’t get us started on Kanye, but flour? Kim was attacked back in March on the red carpet in LA by an assailant shouting, “fur hag”! Refusing to ruin her night, Kim brushed it off and carried on. Respect.
17 Adele Has a Baby
This has to go down as one of the best kept secrets in T’Town. Nobody had a clue that Adele was pregnant until she was more than six-months gone (the beauty of being a larger lady) so she was pretty much left in peace up until she had her baby boy in October. Plus, we still don’t know what he’s called.
18 Jessica Simpson’s Baby Body Bounceback
There’s not much we wouldn’t do for a few million dollars and it looks like Jessica Simpson agrees. The new mum netted $4 million to lose 40lb as the new face of Weight Watchers but her big reveal back in September wasn’t as spectacular as the diet giants had hoped for. Whoops!
19 Beyoncé’s Baby
After revealing her bump on the VMA’s red carpet last year, we’d been on Bey baby watch ever since. Luckily, we only had to wait six months until we got a peek of Blue Ivy who was born in January. True to form, Bey was back in action in no time and returned to the stage in an unforgiving leotard the following July.
20 Spice Olympics
She’s a good friend, that Vicki Becks. Or maybe she was just contractually obliged to grimace her way through a Spice Girls performance at the Olympics? The pop star-turned-fashion designer did not seem happy to be posing alongside her B-list bandmates, but almost managed not to sneer during the photo ops.
21 Blake and Ryan Get Hitched
We still haven’t seen the pics but we know that Blake and Ryan tied the knot on 17 September and that Blake got a whopping ring. We also know that it was “magical” and that the whole thing was planned by Martha Stewart. Yawn, yet still shocking considering they’d only been together for five minutes.
22 David Leaves LA Galaxy
LA’s loss is the UK’s gain by the looks of it as David Beckham played his last game for LA Galaxy on 1 December and swiftly headed back across the pond. He still hasn’t revealed what his future plans are but Posh has been spotted looking at schools in London and has her design studio in the city’s Battersea area.
23 Snooki Has a Baby
We couldn’t have imagined a less likely mother than Jersey Shore star Snooki but the tiny perma-tanned reality star ditched her much-loved sunbeds and wild nights out in the Garden State in time to welcome her first son, Lorenzo, at the end of August.
24 Taylor and Harry
This has been one busy year for Taylor Swift in man terms, but her latest conquest has been the most newsworthy. Taylor hooked up with One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles for real in November and, at the time of going to press, they were still together.
25 Mariah VS Nicki Minaj
Now this was funny. We’d written it off as a fake fight, until we heard the potty mouth on Nicki Minaj back over the summer. Sadly, the divas seem to have made up now and won’t stop going on about how they’re “jelled”. So dull, ladies. More fighting please.