Let's be honest: celebrities always seem involved in scandalous situations, making them the number one topic of conversation in the news cycle. But, while there's always something to talk about in the Hollywood scene, some of these dramas are bigger than others.
The biggest celebrity scandals of our time include everything from cheating accusations to tragic and untimely deaths. It's impossible to round up every moment that stars have made headlines for something they've done over the last 20+ years.
Still, these are the scandals you'll probably tell your grandkids about one day. And, sure, we could do without the devastatingly sad moments (RIP Kobe), but the gossipy scandals are at least a bit entertaining. So here are some of the biggest scandals you couldn't forget if you tried.
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1. Ellen Degeneres
Ellen Degeneres had a significant reaction in 2020 despite for years being regarded as one of the funniest and kindest personalities in the industry. It began with rumors that Ellen didn't treat her employees kindly.
Then, in July 2020, two reports were released that painted the show as a nightmare where employees were sexually harassed, embarrassed, and talked down to. Then, many more people began telling their own stories about Ellen being cruel to them, leading producers to have to confirm that her talk show was not canceled.
2. Micheal Sorrentino
For tax evasion, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino received an eight months sentence in jail and two years of probation in 2018.
The reality star had been indicted for tax offenses in September 2014, and in 2018, he pled guilty. He served his sentence in January 2019 and was released by September 2019.
3. Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson's Cheating Scandal
After months of rumors that Tristan Thompson was cheating on his then-girlfriend Khloé Kardashian, a story broke that ended the two seemingly for good:
Thompson was accused of cheating on Khloé with Kylie's best friend, Jordyn Woods. Sources said that the NBA star was seen cozying up to Jordyn at a party, where they made out and were all over each other. As a result, Khloé split from Thompson, and Kylie immediately cut ties with her former BFF.
4. A$AP Rocky's Arrest
In June 2019, TMZ released a video showing that A$AP Rocky got into a street fight while in Sweden. A Swedish court detained Rocky for a "suspected attack" days later.
However, Rocky maintained he was acting in self-defense. His detainment and arrest attracted the attention of everyone from Kim Kardashian to Donald Trump, who warned Sweden of "negative consequences" if they didn't release Rocky from prison. Although Rocky was found guilty, he wasn't given any jail time.
5. Britney Spears' Battle With Her Dad
At the beginning of 2019, when Britney Spears pulled out of her planned Las Vegas residency, fans began to worry about her mental health.
This concern only worsened when Spears told a judge that her father, Jamie, had committed her to a mental health facility against her consent and claimed that his actions as her conservator (he's been her conservator since 2008) were illegal.
In September that year, Britney's ex Kevin Federline accused Jamie of abusing Federline's sons. In addition, Britney's bizarre Instagram videos of herself dancing around her house continue to alarm fans.
6. Kobe Bryant's Tragic Death
The first terrible thing to happen in 2020: Kobe Bryant's untimely death in a tragic helicopter accident. The basketball star was traveling to a youth basketball tournament in a private helicopter with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people when the aircraft crashed into a hill near Calabasas, California, due to foggy conditions.
The crash killed everyone on board, and fans and friends publicly mourned.
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7. The College Admissions Scandal
In 2019, Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin became part of a massive scandal when 50 people were indicted in a college admissions bribery scandal that alleged that wealthy parents were paying bribes to get their kids into elite schools.
Huffman admitted to paying $15,000 to up her daughter's SAT scores, issued a public apology, pleaded guilty, and served 11 days of a two-week sentence. Lori was accused of paying $500,000 to get her daughters into USC, maintained her innocence, and, in 2020, was sentenced to two months in prison.
8. Prince Andrew's Ties to Jeffrey Epstein
When news broke that Prince Andrew, the son of the Queen, had connections to Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire and convicted sex offender who passed away in his cell in 2019, the British royal family made alarming news headlines.
Andrew had been photographed at Epstein's Manhattan home and was accused of sleeping with a 17-year-old Epstein victim. After doing a disastrous interview with BBC about the relationship, Andrew ended his status as a working royal.
9. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Step Down
Speaking of le royals—in early 2020, after publicly fighting with the British media and amidst rumors of family struggles, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they would officially transition out of their roles as senior royal family members.
The Queen expressed her full support; the two said they would be dividing their time in Canada and the United Kingdom, and several months later, they had officially denounced their royal titles.
10. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's Divorce
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth finally had an intimate wedding ceremony in December 2018 after ten years of an on-and-off relationship. In August 2019, just seven months later, the two shocked fans when they announced their divorce.
Immediately afterward, images of Cyrus making out with Brody Jenner's ex, Kaitlynn Carter, on a yacht surfaced. Cyrus denied that she cheated, but the two stayed apart.
11. Taylor Swift's Feud With Scooter Braun
In 2019, Taylor Swift published an explosive Tumblr post that detailed her problems with her old record label Big Machine, Scott Borchetta, and Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber's manager). This happened after Borchetta sold Big Machine and all of its rights, which included T-Swift's entire past six-album catalog, to Braun.
As a result, Taylor no longer had control of her back catalog of music, although she created it. Taylor begged fans to help her regain control in her Tumblr post.
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