We’ve all had those years, the ones that make you take a sigh of relief as New Year’s Eve approaches. Whether it be financial woes, a crumbled relationship, or that time you got sent to prison for six months. Regardless of the woes, we’ve all been there. You long to have the year end in the hopes that the next one will be even better and why wouldn’t you? That’s where the slogan, “A New Year, a New You” comes from. Cause some of us hit a patch in life that can take over an entire year, sometimes ever longer. As the new year approaches, we want to look back not on our own bad or good years because where is the fun in that? We would much rather look into the lives of other people and feel better about ourselves because of the disasters that are their lives. You know you do, so stop judging me! The good news is that usually, the New Year does bring around different changes, as long as you are willing to work for it.
It’s not just the average Joe that can have a disaster year; there are many celebrities who are longing for the New Year to come as well. In fact, you may think you had a hell of a year but just because these people bathe in champagne regularly, doesn’t mean they can’t have a bad year as well. Check out these celebrities who had a challenging year on 2016.
15. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Who didn’t see this one coming? Jennifer Aniston sure did. It was one of those relationships that many thought would stand the test of time because the couple seemed so selfless in life. I mean, they gave up their lives to raise more children than I have in my entire family and Angelina had become quite the humanitarian. But alas it was not meant to be and in the midst of separating Angelina got real ugly. It’s hard to believe, but the couple has spent 12 years together, and with the impending divorce, all the dirty laundry is being aired. The world was shocked when Angelina started accusing Brad of drug abuse and abusive behavior towards his children. The Children’s Aid was even called in to investigate Brad which must have made his 2016 the worst ever. Their messy divorce seems to be tabloid fodder for the time being, and it just goes to show you that even celebrities can have a rough go at it.
14. Johnny Depp
One of the most shocking events in 2016 when it comes to celebrity relationships was when Johnny Depp’s five-minute marriage to Amber Heard ended with accusations that he was abusive. It was the first claim that’s been made like that about the actor; even his previous wife of fourteen years was appalled by the accusations. The worst part of the ordeal was that Amber Heard filed for divorce only a few days after the actor’s mother died. It made us all think that she was cold as ice. If that wasn’t bad enough, it appeared as if Heard was going for the jugular. Photos were submitted of the beautiful actress that showed a cut lip and a black eye. She even went so far as getting a restraining order against him. The public was shocked and dismayed, and Heard went one step further by releasing a video of Johnny Depp breaking a wine bottle and losing his mind on Heard. In the end, Heard did better than Depp in the divorce leaving with $7 million and speculation that the whole affair may have hurt his career.
13. Kim Kardashian
Well getting robbed while on vacation can certainly make for a bad year. The reality star was vacationing in Paris and taking in all the runway events when her luxury hotel was raided by two men claiming they were the police. What started as a relaxing night in turned into Kim being tied up and locked in her bathroom. The thieves went through the hotel and made off with close to $10 million in jewelry. Who has that kind of bling while on vacation, I ask? There was no harm done to Kim, although she found the event to be quite traumatic. Many people have speculated that the robbery was the result of Kim flaunting her wealth all over social media all day long. Surprisingly enough, Kim has actually gone into hiding as of late, and the whole incident lead to the eventual public breakdown of her husband, Kanye West.
12. Ryan Lochte
Apparently Ryan Lochte never heard the phrase, “liar, liar, pants on fire,” because when he fabricated a robbery story, he never envisioned his career going up in flames. While competing in the Olympics in Brazil this summer, Ryan told his story on NBC Sports about how he and his friends were robbed by men pretending to be the police. “We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over. They pulled out their guns; they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground. And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead, and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.” A shocking story indeed but it wasn’t long before it started to unravel. The most embarrassing part about it was that the story was fabricated because the group damaged a bathroom at a gas station and was confronted by the employees.
11. Kanye West
2016 probably hasn’t been good for the singer. He’s always been known to be a controversial star that seems to get under everyone’s skin. To say that he had a bad year was the understatement of the century. He’s had a rough, oh so rough year. For awhile it seemed like Kanye was on top of the world despite his many outspoken words about Taylor Swift. However, after his wife was robbed, things seemed to go downhill for him. While on his “Life of Pablo” tour the singer started to act out in what appeared to be tantrums about his thoughts on politics. If I had to guess, I wouldn’t think that’s why people paid those astronomical concert prices. Not only did he admit to not voting but during one performance he seemed to completely lose his mind.
“I’ve been sent here to give y’all the truth. Jay-Z, call me, bruh! You still ain’t call me! Jay-Z, call me! Jay-Z, I know you got killers, please don’t send them at my head. Just call me! Talk to me like a man!” In the end, his tour was cancelled, and he was hospitalized for psychosis.
10. Mark Salling
It’s always a bad year when someone gets arrested for child pornography, just ask the Subway, sandwich guy. Most people know Mark Salling from the popular TV show Glee. What most people didn’t know however was that Salling had a few skeletons in his closet. The skeletons came in the form of illicit child porn charges laid on the actor. He was charged with two counts by a grand jury. The actor’s laptop was seized over a year ago, and police found thousands of disturbing videos and photos. People magazine reported that he’s out on $150,000 bond while he looks for a lawyer. There is very little out there that is more disgusting than someone being involved in something so twisted. Judging by the fact that they had so much evidence against him it’s pretty likely that 2017 is not going to go well for the actor either.
9. Anthony Weiner
Ahhh! Congressman, what were you thinking? You would think by now that politicians would get their shit together when it comes to inappropriate sexual behavior. After all, it’s not the first time we have heard about a politician saying or touching something they shouldn’t, and I doubt it will be the last time. It’s not even the first time that Anthony Weiner has been in a sexting scandal; the first time he made a documentary about it. This time, however, the New York Post used his misfortune and made headlines when he sent out a picture of himself in underwear lying next to his son. He sent the photo out to a woman, and she was alarmed by the fact that she could see his bratwurst. When the picture hit the newsstand, Weiner’s wife decided she had about enough and chose to file for divorce. “After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” she said.
8. Taylor Swift
Although she is insanely rich, beautiful, young and has many adoring fans due to her mega-successful career, there are times when you shake your head because this girl cannot catch a break. She has gone through a multitude of breakups, seemingly unable to keep a man for more than a few months but this year has been especially hard for the singer especially after Kanye West started spouting off that she was a liar. Kanye West and Taylor Swift have always had a difficult relationship after he shot down Swift at the Grammy Awards a few years ago. This time, however, he probably went too far after he added lyrics about the singer in his new song “Famous.” He claimed that Swift approved all the lyrics on the song and when it went viral she was quite upset about the words he said. “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b*tch famous (God damn)/I made that b*tch famous.” Swift came back saying that she did not approve the lyrics and warned Kanye about releasing the song.
7. Leslie Jones
Leslie Jones is a comedian who is most known as an SNL actress. She’s taken some serious heat this year however and developed quite a bit of haters in the process. She has a huge Twitter presence and even starred in the new and improved Ghostbusters. She provided comedy for the Rio Olympics but got beat down on social media because of it. She didn’t even make it past the summertime before she considered her life a “personal hell.” She can thank Milo Yiannopoulos for that as he went after her with his pack of wolves. Milo was on a personal mission to destroy the actress and started making fake Tweets from Leslie as well as writing reviews of Ghostbusters that were largely considered to be disgusting. Yiannopoulos was eventually banned from Twitter, but that didn’t stop his fans from going after Jones. She was bashed relentlessly in the most racist of ways, making for a stressful and psychologically damaging year.
6. Khloé Kardashian
All in all, it looks like the Kardashian family has had a terrible 2016, as they seem to be the ones most in the news for bad things happening. Khloe Kardashian was publicly embarrassed, and she sort of deserved it. She did, after all, try to publicly attack Chloe Grace Moretz. It all started when Chloe started tweeting about the feud between Kanye and Taylor. “Everyone in this industry needs to get their heads out of a hole and look around to realize what’s ACTUALLY happening in the REAL world,” and “Stop wasting your voice on something so petulant and unimportant.” This pissed Khloe off, and she decided to post a picture from the set of Neighbours 2 of a woman in a red bikini. She claimed that it was Chloe showing off her butt in a very unflattering way. “Is this the hole you’re referring to @ChloeGMoretz???” The problem with a post like that is that Khloe should have made sure that it was, in fact, Chloe in the picture. “@khloekardashian fact check: first photo is me filming my movie Neighbors 2, the second photo is some girl who was wrongfully photographed.”
It really has to suck when your wife releases an album that publicly eviscerates you for cheating. That’s what happened to Jay-Z however, and it caused many people to shake their heads at him. It’s amazing to me how men can cheat when they are dating women that might as well be super models. The album was called Lemonade, and in it, Beyoncé alludes to the fact that Jay-Z cheated on her. For years there has been speculation that Jay-Z had a roving eye, but there had never been any real allegations, that is until Beyoncé’s album was released. So who did he cheat on her with? There was a lot of speculation on whether it was Rachel Roy or Rita Ora. Despite the outcry, Beyoncé received a ton of free publicity for her album and probably made a ton of money. She has clearly forgiven her man for his cheating as they remain together.
4. Nate Parker
Don’t you just hate when those past sexual assault charges come back to haunt you? Yeah, me neither, but Nate Parker knows what it feels like. Parker probably thought he could keep his skeletons in the closet permanently but that was until he starred in the movie Birth of a Nation. When the movie came out, it got so much buzz that people were sure there would be Oscars in the actor’s future. During his press tour for the film, Parker was surprised to be asked about a past sexual assault. It turns out that in 1999 he was accused of raping a girl that attended Penn State and he wasn’t the only one that was accused. His screenwriting partner Jean Celestin was also involved. Apparently, they had sex with the girl while she was unconscious at a party, while they allege it was consensual. These accusations certainly didn’t do anything for Parker’s career especially after he compared the situation to that of a threesome.
3. Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan were great hosts together on Live! They seemed to be the perfect duo feeding off of each other. Though there were many rumors that Ripa was a tyrant behind the scenes and maybe that was why Strahan decided to abandon her and the show. No one knew the host had any intention of leaving the show; in fact, he left without even telling Ripa that he wanted out. Audiences were shocked when they found out that he left especially since he announced his departure on another talk show, Good Morning America. It was actually how his co-host found out that he was leaving the show. Whether or not they had a good relationship behind the scenes, the fact that he left in the way that he did implies he didn’t like Kelly Ripa very much. Ripa was so shocked by the news that she left the show and immediately went on vacation for a few days.
2. Flip Flop Stars
For all of those people who love the house flipping TV show Flip or Flop, many were crushed to find out the married couple on the show was actually splitting up. That would certainly affect the show, and many wondered if it was the end of the show. What was worse was that the couple had a dangerous dispute that made people wonder what happened to the happy couple they saw on TV all the time. It doesn’t look like the couple will be remaining friends after the split since the husband, Tarek, fled the house with a backpack and shockingly enough a gun as well. His wife called the police and thankfully no one was harmed. “We decided to separate while we re-evaluated the next steps in our married life,” they told PEOPLE. “We believed this was in the best interests of the children and the best way to determine a path forward.” When it came time to explain Tarek and his gun, they issued a statement that said, “Tarek was going on a hike and took a gun for protection from mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, and rattlesnakes.” Sure he was.
Many people adored the fun-loving and often lazy employee of the pawn shop that grew to fame and fortune through the TV series, Pawn Stars. Chumlee grew his own following on the show, and many people were often seen wearing shirts with his face on it walking the streets of Las Vegas. Fans were shocked when in March his house was raided by police, and they found more than they bargained for. Not only were there guns in the star’s house but also marijuana and methamphetamine. At the time, Chumlee was only 33 years old, and he found himself facing a weapon charge as well as 19 drug-possession charges. Instead of going to trial, the star agreed to a plea deal in May and walked away with three years probation as well as an agreement that he would enter counselling. It probably didn’t bode well for the show’s image that the star had his home raided.