25 David Beckham’s Dhs94 million Writ
The Beckhams are no strangers to scandal, but when a call girl claimed in September she’d had an affair with David, the famous footballer decided to fight back hard. And fight back hard, he did. Calling on ex-SAS soldiers to hunt down 26-year-old Bosnian call girl Irma Nici, David’s crack team served her with a Dhs92million writ citing ‘libel, slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress’. But in an unexpected turn of events, David was countersued by Nici who cited freedom of speech and insisted she had proof of the sordid affair. Watch this space for round three of Beckham vs Nici!
24 Celebs Get Robbed!
What do Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom have in common (besides being incredibly rich and famous)? They were all targets of the infamous celebrity Bling Ring that terrorised Tinsletown earlier this year. Nicknamed the Bling Ring for their penchant for stealing expensive jewellery, the band of thieves – made up of more than five Los Angeles residents – shocked Hollywood when they were caught with more than $3million (Dhs11million) worth of art, jewellery, cash and clothes stolen from the homes of some of the world’s biggest stars. And among the group of burglars was social-climbing 18-year-old Alexis Neiers, star of the E! reality show, Pretty Wild. Alexis received the lightest penalty with a sentence of three months in county jail and three years probation.
23 ‘IT’S OVER!’: Winslet and Mendes Split!
In news that stunned the film world, A-list couple Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes announced in March they were parting ways after seven years of marriage. The Academy Award-winning duo wed in 2003 and were the picture of familial bliss, but following Kate’s Best Actress win in 2009 for her performance in Sam’s highly acclaimed drama The Reader, sources close to the stars claim the relationship took a turn for the worst. Things finally came to a head in March when lawyers confirmed, “Kate and Sam are saddened to announce that they separated earlier this year. The split is entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement and both parties are fully committed to the future parenting of their children.” The couple have one child together, while Kate has a daughter from her first marriage to producer Jim Threapleton.
22 Billy Ray’s Achy Breaky Heart!
They may have looked like the perfect celebrity family but behind the public displays of affection and smiles, trouble was brewing in the Cyrus household. With superstar Miley lighting up both TV and cinema screens, all seemed peachy until it was announced that Billy Ray was separating from, wife of 17 years, Leticia, better known as Tish. Billy Ray and Tish married in 1992 and have five kids, three of their own and two from Tish’s first marriage. In a joint statement, the couple asked for privacy during the divorce saying, “As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family. We’re trying to work through some personal matters, but we appreciate your thoughts and prayers.” Sources close to the family claim the divorce was “a long time coming”.
21 Sienna and Jude Reunite
He may have cheated with the nanny, but Jude Law somehow managed to win back the love of ex-fiancée Sienna Miller in a rekindled romance that shocked us all. Thinking we had seen the last of the golden couple, it looks like these two were meant to be after all. Following speculation that the pair were spending time together in New York earlier this year, their relationship was finally made public when they were spotted cosying up to one another in every city across the globe. Get a room, guys!
20 Take That’s Comeback!
They were the guilty pleasure of the 90s and everyone’s secret crush, so when news broke that Brit boyband Take That would be reunited with Robbie Williams (eek!), the pop world went mad, literally. Despite being a few years older and looking more like yummy daddies than teen heartthrobs, the five fellas who once made us melt with tracks like Back for Good and Never Forget joined forces once again to create a new album that managed to achieve phenomenal success proving that comebacks don’t always end in disaster (we’re looking at you, Spice Girls).
19 Kanye strikes again!
Rapper throws mega strop on prime-time TV
He stunned fans in 2009 when he stormed the stage at the MTV VMAs and snatched the mic from an unsuspecting Taylor Swift. And while we thought we’d seen the last of Kanye West’s infamous public outbursts, his appearance on The Today Show with Matt Lauer in November proved the rapper just can’t avoid controversy.
Appearing on the morning talk show to formally apologise for labelling former president George W Bush a racist following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the rapper was caught off guard when Matt prompted him to look at the video footage of Bush calling the accusation the ‘worst moment’ of his entire political career.
Kanye criticised Matt for provoking an emotional response to the situation instead of letting him continue. He then threw a fit when speaking about the Taylor Swift debacle as producers once again aired footage, this time of the famous MTV awards moment.
Taking to his Twitter page later that day, Kanye wrote, “Yo I really wonder if Matt Lauer thought that sh** was cool to play the ‘MTV’ clip while I was speaking about Bush? He played clips of Bush and asked me to look at his face while I was trying to talk to him. I don’t trust anyone but myself! Everyone has an agenda. I don’t do press anymore.”
18 Speidi’s publicity stunts
When it comes to reality stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s fake (aside from her breasts, of course). And this year, the fame-hungry couple proved they’re the king and queen of publicity stunts with a string of bizarre antics. The first was Heidi’s revelation that she had undergone 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day. Then followed Heidi’s announcement that she was divorcing Spencer, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’. On September 11, Spencer was arrested in Costa Rica for boarding a plane with a gun. And, just when we thought things couldn’t get any weirder, the pair announced they were calling off the divorce stating, “We’re back together trying to make things work. We love each other and realised that we do want to spend the rest of our lives together.” Riiiiiight!?
17 Mel Gibson’s Domestic Abuse Scandal!
The world was stunned when Mel Gibson announced he would be a dad for the eighth time, but this didn’t compare with reports claiming he had abused girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. The reports emerged after Oksana aired audio tapes of Mel threatening her over the phone. She also claimed the Braveheart star hit her in the face and broke her teeth. In January, Oksana filed a domestic violence case against Mel and seven months later, the LA County Sheriff’s Department began the investigation. The public saga continues.
16 John Travolta’s Baby Blessing!
John Travolta and Kelly Preston shocked fans earlier this year, announcing they were expecting a baby in autumn. Posting a message on his website, 56-year-old John wrote, “It’s impossible to keep a secret. We want to be the first to share the great news that we’re expecting a new addition to our family.” With the devastating death of their 16-year-old son Jett on New Year’s Day 2009, John and Kelly were finally given a chance to smile again when they welcomed their newborn, Benjamin, on November 23.
15 Christina Aguilera Ends Her Marriage!
All seemed peachy for Christina Aguilera and her husband Jason Bratman, but in October the Dirrty singer stunned fans when she announced she was filing for divorce. The couple married in 2005 in California’s Napa Valley and despite looking every inch the happy family with their two-year-old son Max, Christina revealed she and her music executive hubby separated in September, realising they were no longer happy in their marriage. Speaking to People.com, the singer said, “Things were so unhealthy and unhappy for both Jordan and me, I knew I had to end it. I really didn’t want to hurt Jordan, and I felt torn about splitting our family up.”
14 Demi Lovato Checks into Rehab!
The teen star was dealing with ‘emotional issues’
Young Hollywood starlet Demi Lovato stunned fans this year when she checked herself into rehab due to “emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time”. And despite reports claiming drugs played a part in Demi’s decision to seek help, reps for the 18-year-old actress and singer maintained that it was the pressures of stardom that drove her to eating disorders and self-harming. She was reportedly pushed to the breaking point following a physical fight with a dancer on her international tour, as well as a public spat with Twilight star Ashley Greene, who’s currently dating her ex, Joe Jonas.
13 Paris’ Drug Bust!
She’d already been to jail once… would she go again?
Paris Hilton is no stranger to courtrooms, but this summer the socialite was dealt a serious scare when she was collared for cocaine possession while in Las Vegas with her boyfriend, Cy Waits. Paris was stopped by police who found a small amount of the illegal drug, which fell out of her bag. According to officials, the heiress claimed, “she had not seen [the bag] but now thought it was gum.” Gum?! Paris later pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 200 hours of community service, “intensive” substance abuse treatment and a Dhs7,345 fine.
12 Lindsay Lohan goes to jail
Drunk and disorderly antics land lilo in rehab slammer!
It may have been a long time coming, but 2010 was the year Lindsay Lohan lost it all. Shocking fans and peers, the young starlet found herself back in the courtroom and back in jail after she was caught driving under the influence – again! And as the world watched the saga unfold (courtroom antics and all), it looked like Miss Lohan wasn’t about to give up her partying ways. Forced to wear an alcohol monitoring unit as part of her alcoholism treatment, Lilo was caught at an MTV afterparty when the anklet signalled to police that she had in fact been drinking. More courtroom drama ensued leading to her enforced entry into rehab.
11 Corey Haim’s Shock Death
It was a moment that rocked the world as the news spread that former child star Corey Haim was found dead in his LA apartment. The Lost Boys actor was pronounced dead on arrival at St Joseph’s hospital after his mother found him unconscious in his home. While many believe his death to be a result of a drug overdose, it was later proved that Corey died of natural causes due to complications with pneumonia and heart problems. He was just 38 when he died.
10 Lily Allen’s devastating Second Miscarriage!
Fans were shocked and saddened this year when news broke that singer Lily Allen had suffered her second miscarriage. The Smile singer was left devastated after discovering that, six months into her pregnancy, she had lost the baby. This was 25-year-old Lily’s first pregnancy with boyfriend Sam Cooper, and she had previously suffered a miscarriage with then-boyfriend Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers. On her Twitter account, she wrote, “say a little prayer”, to which she received messages of support from famous friends and fans alike.
9 Kelly’s Shock Weight Loss!
The reality star danced her way skinny
Hollywood was left jaw-dropped when a svelte Kelly Osbourne rocked up at LA’s Viper Room in September to perform with sexy girl group, The Pussycat Dolls. The daughter of rock legend Ozzy and TV personality Sharon set tongues wagging with her slim new look, which she showed off in a figure-hugging barely-there sailor outfit. So how did Kel manage to lose the weight and keep it off?
“A trick I’ve learned is to eat just a little bit of something that has no carbs and no sugar in it before you go to sleep because it keeps your metabolism going,” says Kell, who also thanks her gruelling schedule on Dancing With The Stars for dropping the pounds. And fans aren’t the only ones shocked by her dramatic new appearance. The star herself reveals, “People don’t realise it’s as shocking to me as it is to them when they open up a magazine and see it. I’m still getting used to seeing me like this and it’s weird!”
8 Jessica Simpson to wed again!
The singer’s going to be following her ex down the aisle in 2011
Just days after news broke that her ex-husband Nick Lachey had proposed to long-time girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo, Jessica Simpson made headlines of her own when reps announced she too was engaged.
The Dukes of Hazzard star stunned fans by announcing she’d be tying the knot to NFL player Eric Johnson after just seven months of dating. This will be the second marriage for Jessica and Eric but from posts on her Twitter account, it seems she couldn’t be happier to give marriage another go with the 31-year-old athlete. “This is just normal, thank God. He’s very, very supportive. I couldn’t ask for a better man in my life right now,” she wrote months after they began dating. As for Nick and Vanessa, Jessica expressed her congratulations for the couple saying, “I couldn’t be more happy for Nick.”
7 Simon Cowell: Bachelor No More!
Simon Cowell, everyone’s favourite bachelor (after George Clooney, of course), left fans gobsmacked when he announced in March that he would finally be tying the knot after years of championing bacherlorhood. The lucky lady in question? Swathy 36-year-old Mezhgan Hussainy. The couple let on they were making their fairly quiet relationship official after Simon presented Mez with a Dhs1.45million engagement ring on Valentine’s Day (who knew he had it in him?!). Since then, the couple have kept mum on exact dates and plans for the big day, but we’re sure the band will be Simon’s first order of business. Who do you think will perform at Simon’s nuptials?
6 The split that rocked celebville headline
Cox and Arquette call a dramatic end to their 11-year marriage
They were the mismatched couple that somehow felt right in the eyes of the public. But differences proved too much for Courteney Cox and David Arquette who shocked the showbiz world in October when they announced they were parting ways after 11 years of marriage. In a joint statement, the couple said, “We have agreed to a trial separation that dates back for some time. The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage.” Courteney and David met on the set of horror flick Scream in 1995 and wed four years later. The surprising split news came after David was spotted without his ring, sparking rumours that the marriage was over. But despite the pending divorce, the couple have maintained that they will stay friends, especially for their daughter Coco, six. “We remain best friends and responsible parents to our daughter and we still love each other deeply.”
5 Cheryl dumps Ashley!
X Factor judge Cheryl Cole stunned fans when she announced in February that she was ending her three year marriage to England footballer, Ashley Cole. Releasing a statement to the public, the singer’s spokesperson wrote: ‘Cheryl Cole is separating from her husband Ashley Cole. Cheryl asks the media to respect her privacy during this difficult time’. The news came following yet another cheating allegation, this time claiming Ashley had slept with 30-year-old Liverpool FC secretary, Vicki Gough. Tired of his repeated indiscretions, 26-year-old Cheryl put an end to their marriage and was soon spotted in the arms of Dancing with the Stars’ Derek Hough, but the pair maintain they’re just close friends. Cheryl was granted a divorce from Ashley on September 3.
Cheryl’s Malaria Scare!
Just when it looked like things couldn’t get any worse for Cheryl, the star was rushed to hospital after collapsing on the set of a shoot in July and was later diagnosed with malaria. She reportedly contracted the parasite while in Tanzania with close friend Derek and was left bedridden for nearly a month. Cheryl was only able to return to her post as judge on the X Factor weeks into its seventh season.
4 Michael Douglas’ cancer battle
Hollywood was rocked this year by the news that legendary actor Michael Douglas had been diagnosed with throat cancer. The Wall Street star revealed in April that he was battling the disease and would undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Then, distressingly, in August Michael announced on The Late Show with David Letterman that the cancer had advanced to Stage IV. Photographed looking gaunt and weak, the actor was put on a special weight-gain diet to bring him back to a healthy size and has since stablised.
But cancer was not the only news to shock the Douglas family and the showbiz world this year. Just four days after Michael’s devastating announcement, his eldest son Cameron was sentenced to five years in prison for possession of heroin and dealing methamphetamine and cocaine.
Speaking about both issues, Michael told USA Today, “A lot of stuff came down at once, but I believe that things all balance out and I’m happy I have the kind of stamina and tenacity to deal with crises. I haven’t had a moment of reflection yet in any of these areas. My son’s incarcerated and my cancer isn’t [resolved] yet, but I feel strong.”
3 Eva Longoria leaves Tony Parker
From Desperate Housewife to devastated divorcee, Eva Longoria shocked fans this year when she announced she was separating from husband of three years, Tony Parker. The news broke after Eva discovered hundreds of text messages from other women on her husband’s phone. One of these was purportedly the wife of Tony’s San Antonio Spurs teammate Brent Barry, a mutual friend of the couple. In a statement posted on her Twitter account, Eva wrote, “It is with great sadness that after seven years together, Tony and I have decided to divorce. We love each other deeply and pray for each other’s happiness.” Eva turned to close friend Mario Lopez for support during the difficult times and allowed the TV presenter to act as her mouthpiece. “She is devastated,” he revealed. “She wants us all to know that. But she’s strong.”
2 Jesse cheats on sandra
Proving there may be something to the Best Actress curse after all, just weeks after winning the prestigious award at the Oscars this year, Sandra Bullock announced she was splitting from her husband of five years, Jesse James.
The shocking news came after allegations surfaced that Jesse had been carrying on an 11-month affair with a tattooed model. Michelle “Bombshell” McGee, a stripper and exotic dancer, came out with the affair soon after Sandra’s big win at the Academy Awards for her moving performance in The Blind Side claiming she had been intimate with the West Coast Choppers CEO while his wife was filming her Oscar-winning film.
Speaking on the issue shortly after, Jesse said, “There is only one person to blame for this whole situation, and that’s me. It’s because of my poor judgment that I deserve everything bad that is coming my way. This has caused my wife and kids pain and embarrassment beyond comprehension and I am extremely saddened to have brought this on them.” Sandra and Jesse finalised their divorce on June 28.
It’s a Boy!
In the midst of scandal, Sandra was given a reason to smile when she finally completed the adoption of three-and-a-half-month-old, Louis Bardo. Having applied for adoption four years ago with Jesse, Sandra was thrilled to finally have the tot in her arms. “He’s just perfect, I can’t even describe him any other way,” she cooed to People Magazine in April.
1 Prince William’s Proposal!
Will finally stops making kate wait
After eight years of ‘are they?’ or ‘are they not?’, Prince William put rumours and speculation to rest by finally proposing to girlfriend Kate Middleton, nicknamed Waity Katie by the world press. The 28-year-old royal made headlines when he announced he would be tying the knot with his long-time squeeze, not least because the announcement was made on social networking site Twitter in a message that read: ‘The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton’. Following the news, Wills shocked the world once again by presenting Kate with his mother’s engagement ring. William expressed that using Diana’s ring was his way of “making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement”. The royal long-awaited wedding is to take place at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011.