It’s fairly commonplace for celebrities to be involved in some kind of shocking scandal, hook-up, break up or career move that leaves us picking up our jaws from the ground, and last year was no exception. Check out the most shocking celebrity moments of 2013.
Beyoncé Releases a surprise new album
Beyoncé surprised us all with her reinvention of how to release an album when her long-awaited fifth LP, Beyoncé, dropped with no warning. She quietly released the album with 14 brand new tracks and 17 new videos without any radio airplay, a single television appearance, or anyone “accidentally” leaking the album online. She simply announced the debut and release simultaneously on her website and Queen B soon took her throne on the top of the charts. Your move Lady Gaga!
Miley Cyrus: Teddies, Tongues and to much Twerking at the VMAs
By now everyone has seen Miley Cyrus’ raunchy rendition of twerking at the MTV VMAs alongside Robin Thicke as the performance easily went down as one of the most talked about performances of the year, if not in history. It got mixed reviews, with some people praising Cyrus’ departure from her Disney days, and others crucifying her for her overtly sexual performance. But one thing is for sure, it got people talking, and certainly got tongues wagging, even if it was only Miley’s!
Reese Witherspoon arrested
Speaking of good girls gone bad, America’s sweetheart shocked us all in April when she was arrested on disorderly conduct charges after her husband was pulled over in the wee hours of the morning in Atlanta. The actress reportedly gave officers a difficult time when she disobeyed their orders and refused to stay in the car as they arrested her husband Jim Toth on DUI charges.
According to the police report, Reese even pulled the celebrity card:
“Mrs. Witherspoon asked, ‘Do you know my name?’ I answered, ‘No, I don’t need to know your name.’ I then added, ‘right now.’ Mrs. Witherspoon stated, ‘You’re about to find out who I am,'” the police report stated.
Witherspoon later released a statement apologizing for the incident:
“I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said.” Witherspoon stated. “It was definitely scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behavior.”
Shocking behavior for sure, but she was easily forgiven.
Angelina Jolie undergoes a double mastectomy
Actress, mother to six, humanitarian and one half of the world’s sexiest couple, Angelina Jolie made a courageous decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy after learning that she carried the BRCA gene which would leave her with an 87 percent chance of contracting breast cancer. Her decision was widely praised, especially by her fiancé Brad Pitt who was by her side for the entire three-month ordeal. He sang her praises telling the Evening Standard:
“Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic. I thank our medical team for their care and focus.”
He went on: “All I want for is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family.”
A shocking moment, and a scary ordeal, but luckily written with a happy ending!
The tragic deaths of Cory Monteith and Paul Walker
Nothing came as more of a shock this year than when Glee star Cory Montieth and Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker’s lives tragically ended so soon. Montieth, 31, was found dead in his hotel room in Toronto. It was later confirmed that he had passed from a drug and alcohol overdose. Cory had been making progress in fighting his demons and even went to rehab earlier in the year. His girlfriend and co-star, Lea Michele stayed strong during her tragic loss and millions of fans struggled to grasp the loss of such a promising star.
Paul Walker was another well-loved star we lost in December when he died in a car crash when the car he was traveling in hit a tree. Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were driving more than 100 mph in a Porsche Carrera GT supercar when Rodas lost control, causing a fiery crash that killed both men. Walker was in the midst of filming the seventh installment in the Fast and Furious series, and both fans of the movies, as well as fellow cast members were left in utter shock at the announcement of this tragic news. Two stars who were taken from us too early, but whose stars still shine bright in our hearts.
2013 was a year filled with shocking celebrity moments both good and bad, even for Hollywood’s standards. Here is to a new year filled with happiness, free of tragedy and a year guaranteed to shock us!