With a new year upon us, many celebrities are likely to have some interesting New Year’s resolutions. Celebrity gossip stories involving pregnancies, teens growing up faster than they should, and relationship dramas have all been very popular this year, so many stars will be looking back and reflecting on where they went wrong and how they can improve their images. From the good to the bad to the bizarre, here are the stories of the stars that have been hogging headlines this year:
Miley Cyrus Grows Up Way Too Fast
Miley Cyrus is undoubtedly the biggest teen star of this generation, with many declaring her the next Britney Spears. Unfortunately, she seems to be headed down a similar path as the troubled star by growing up a little too fast. First there was a big controversy surrounding a ‘Vanity Fair’ photo shoot in April where it was revealed that Miley would be appearing on the cover semi-nude and covered by a blanket. If this wasn’t bad enough press for the then 15-year-old teen, in July a hacker stole some photos from her iPhone which were much more revealing than the ‘Vanity Fair’ cover, showing Miley standing in a shower wearing nothing but a soaking wet see-through white T-shirt (supposedly the photos were meant for then-boyfriend Nick Jonas). Miley’s most recent shocking move has been her relationship with a 20-year-old male model named Justin Gaston, but she hasn’t confirmed that the two are dating yet. We can only hope that the teen’s actions don’t lead to the train wreck that the shockingly similar teen years of Britney Spears did.
Hogan Family Doesn’t Know Best
The Hogan family drama started in 2007 when Nick Hogan almost killed a friend of his in a car crash (he is currently in a vegetative state) and ended up serving a jail term from May to October of this year. He kept the news story alive from prison with a few shocking phone calls shared with family members in which he implied that his friend got what he deserved and stated that he wanted to use his prison publicity to start his own reality show when he got out. But the Hogan family woes continued to get press for other reasons. Early this year, celeb blogs were buzzing about an affair between Hulk Hogan and a young makeup artist (and best friend of Brooke Hogan) named Christiane Plante being the cause of the end of his marriage with Linda Hogan. Linda retaliated by rebounding from her divorce with Hulk Hogan in June 2008 with a young, 19-year-old classmate of her daughter Brooke. Gossip mags have also had a field day with photos of Hulk Hogan rubbing suntan lotion on Brooke’s butt and his moving on from Christiane to dating a woman who looks very similar to his daughter named Jennifer McDaniel. There is a lesson to be learned here: don’t ever turn your family life into a reality show.
Sarah Palin’s Daughter Pulls a Jamie Lynn
Jamie Lynn Spear’s pregnancy was big news at the end of last year, but another, then-unknown teen’s pregnancy was the start of a love/hate affair with Sarah Palin and the American public. At the end of August, John McCain announced that his VP was going to be the female Governor of Alaska, a woman the American public knew nothing about. However, she was pretty, had a cute accent, and would soon unleash a bombshell of a story that would catapult her into being an instant celebrity and one of the most talked-about personalities of 2008. Just days after McCain chose her, she revealed that her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant. The floodgates had been opened, and the press and the public were in a frenzy to learn more about the Palin family and the father of Bristol Palin’s child. Sarah Palin’s views on pregnancy and abortion were scrutinized and her parenting skills questioned, but in the end, no amount of scrutiny would end the public’s love affair with her and her family, and many still don’t want to let go.
A-Rod and Madonna’s Relationship Drama
When A-Rod’s wife divorced him in July, it raised a lot of questions about his philandering, and Madonna seemed to be the woman that his wife just couldn’t stand the thought of him sleeping with. However, some old questions about A-Rod’s relationship with Derek Jeter and just how good of friends they actually are were raised. But it seems that it was mainly the relationship of Madonna and A-Rod that led to his divorce, and her own marriage followed suit in October. Now it seems that A-Rod and Madonna’s relationship has been on the down low (it’s probably actually over), and Guy Ritchie has rebounded with a much-younger actress named Kelly Reilly. Will the material girl find love before it’s too late and all of that Botox destroys her brain? Only time will tell, and she doesn’t have much of it left.
‘Sex in the City’ Sex Tape Scandal
Kristin Davis may have played slightly uptight Charlotte on the ‘Sex in the City’ show and film, but she was anything but uptight in a sex tape that was released of her online. The film shows Davis performing oral sex on an unknown man, and it surfaced conveniently in March, shortly before the ‘Sex in the City’ film was released. Many questioned whether the woman in the tape and on the twenty or so photos that were released was actually her, but if it’s not, she must have a twin sister out there somewhere she doesn’t know about. So Kristin joins the Celebrity Sex Tape Hall of Shame as yet another actress who hasn’t learned that some screen time can lead to a real bad time.
Lindsay Lohan’s Same Sex Circus
If Lindsay Lohan isn’t the most gossiped-about celebrity of the year, she’s got to be close. First she shocked everyone by posing for nude photos for ‘New York Magazine’ in February. The recreation of a photo shoot done by Marilyn Monroe angered many Monroe fans and led to a debate over whether or not Lohan should have done the shoot. But that’s not Lohan’s biggest story of the year. Since May there have been rumors about Lohan’s relationship with female DJ Samantha Ronson, and the two have gradually been coming out as a couple over the past few months. Now the big question everyone is asking is: will they get married? Their relationship does seem to still be going strong, but with Lohan making headlines for things like getting a bag of flour dumped on her and referring to Barack Obama as “colored” making headlines, she may want to save this move for a time when she’s not getting as much press.
Girls Next Door Move Out of Mansion
There has been a lot of speculation over the future of the stars of ‘The Girls Next Door’ over the past year, and it seems that two of them are finally ready to give up their life of luxury to have sex with men they actually want to have sex with. Kendra Wilkinson got engaged to football star Hank Baskett in November, and Holly Madison has supposedly been seeing freakish magician Criss Angel. Kendra’s wedding will take place at the Playboy mansion, where she will be given away by her elderly ex-boyfriend, and Holly will likely move on from Angel in her quest to find a rich guy who will settle down and have kids with her. As for Hef, he’s already replaced the two of them with a pair of implantless teen twins who might just be flower girls at Kendra’s wedding.
O.J. Gets His Day
Last year O.J. Simpson really pushed his luck (the man’s already gotten away with murder!) by entering a hotel/casino with a bunch of goons and weaponry and stealing some of his own sports memorabilia. He was charged with criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, assault, and using a deadly weapon. In October he was found guilty of all charges and finally put away. There have been a lot of questions about whether or not the jury convicted him due to the 1995 murder trial, and the case has been appealed. If the Juice’s luck holds up, he’ll weasel his way out of this one to see what else he can get away with.
Brangelina’s Clan Expands
Celebrity pregnancies have made a lot of headlines over the past year, but no birth announcement was bigger than that of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s twins. The twin’s baby bump made its debut in February, and their birth became one of the most anticipated celebrity events of the year. There was a big bidding war for the babies’ first photos, and ‘People’ won the rights with a whopping $14 million. Since then there have been headlines about a wasting away Jolie who can’t deal with the stress of having such a big brood, and that it’s tearing her and Brad apart. Nevertheless, the two have stated that they still want their clan to grow, and a smiling Jolie graced the pages of W magazine, posing for intimate photos taken by Pitt. The actress who once was only famous for her controversial behavior still likes to stir things up; one of the photos was of her breastfeeding one of the twins.
Britney’s Big Comeback
All year there has been talk of Britney’s big comeback. Would she appear with Madonna? Would she have a surprise performance during the VMA’s? Would she start touring again? All of the speculation ended with the release of her newest music video for the song “Womanizer”, which featured an in-shape, costume-changing Brit who even appeared in her birthday suit. An appearance with Justin Timberlake at one of Madonna’s concert stops gave fans even more hope that the star might be back on track, and they probably rejoiced upon hearing that she plans to tour in 2009. So watch out, Amy Winehouse, with Britney’s train back on track, everyone’s going to be watching yours continue to slowly derail.
These are just a few of the many big celebrity gossip stories of 2008, and it definitely has not been a disappointing year for those who enjoy a good controversy. But as this year comes to close, fans will be salivating over what even juicier stories the new year may hold. Here’s hoping that the stars don’t disappoint!