We are into 2017 and we cannot forget international celebrity stories that made our 2016 intriguing.
Brangelina broke up. Kim Kardashian dropped off social media. Hollywood lost the election. In a year when the seemingly impossible became reality on a very regular basis, the celebrity-scape hardly knew what hit it.
Here are 5 of the most buzzed-about celeb stories from 2016:
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris
Swift and Harris broke up in late May, which was initially amicable and notable primarily for how long the couple took to get there: They dated for over a year, and it was supposedly the love-but-not-in-love story that did them in. Then in July someone leaked word of their secret collaboration on his summer hit, “This Is What You Came For,” and her people confirmed it. Harris said his ex, who was by that time dating actor Tom Hiddleston, had wanted to keep her role secret and was now trying to make him look like a bad guy.
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian
Kardashian and Odom finally got divorced, but not before he got better, then got worse. She’d called off their split in 2015 after he nearly died from an overdose at a Nevada brothel and helped nurse him back to health. The new year saw him in the friend zone, however, and shortly after Odom was well enough to go cocktailing again — and he did — Khloe refiled for divorce. On the day a judge gave Khloe and Lamar’s divorce the final OK, Lamar checked himself into rehab.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Jolie shocked Pitt in September with a divorce filing asking for full physical custody of their six kids. Jolie accused her spouse of getting physical with their oldest son, Maddox, but an investigation cleared the actor. Pitt currently has visitation with his children, but that’s it. The A-list’s most famous parents have lawyered up and are hashing it out in regular ol’ L.A. County Superior Court. These days, Pitt is doing his best to keep certain aspects of the divorce private, after an unexpected filing from Jolie’s team officially disclosed aspects of their temporary custody agreement.
If it had happened to anyone else, the headlines would have read, “American Woman Held at Gunpoint Overseas in Scary Overseas Jewel Heist.” Instead, a lot of people assumed the mother of two had made up her story about being bound, gagged and having her life threatened by masked men who broke into her Paris hotel room in October and stole millions of dollars worth of jewelry. In the months after the robbery, Kardashian essentially disappeared from the public eye. Social media hasn’t been the same, and the police so far haven’t been successful in finding any of the five robbery suspects, some of whom could be seen on surveillance video.
This was the year when “”Kanye being Kanye” turned into Kanye West being hospitalized after an apparent breakdown. In the days leading up to his doctor’s 911 call, the rapper had praised Donald Trump, cut a show short after ranting about Jay Z and Beyoncé, nixed a forum showat the last minute and canceled the rest of his Saint Pablo tour. Dehydration and exhaustion were tossed around as the official reasons behind Kanye’s eight-day stay at UCLA Medical Center. And two weeks after his release, West met with President-elect Donald Trump for a chat and a photo.
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