Over the past 12 months, the world has thrown some pretty hard punches our way, often leaving us all in a state of shock or disbelief.
In January, we lost music legend David Bowie
, and a few months later, Prince followed him to the stars
. Then, Hollywood’s most famous union fell apart. Yep, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie split
, and it wasn’t pretty. Of course, no year would be complete without some Kardashian kontroversies, and 2016 was full of them.
Check out our list below for 12 of the year’s most shocking moments in entertainment.
David Bowie’s January death
was one of the most shocking of the year, and boy, did it set the tone. The legendary musician, who brought Aladdin Sane to life, died at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer many had no idea he wasfighting.
Then in April, Prince was found deadat the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound. It was determined the music icon died of a Fentanyl overdose.
Bowie’s and Prince’s deaths shook the world, but the stars were just two of the many — including Leonard Cohen, Alan Rickman, Alexis Arquette and Muhammad Ali— we had to say goodbye to this year. To say it was rough is a major understatement.
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Just when we thought the Kardashians couldn’t do anything more to shock us, the sole brother in the family went ahead and started a relationship with Blac Chyna
, anex-girlfriend of rapper Tyga, who’s dating Rob’s half sister Kylie Jenner. Oh, and don’t forget Chyna and Tyga have a son together. When these two got together, the relationshiphad drama (and ratings) written all over it.
After about two months of dating, Rob and Chyna decided to get engaged
, a decision they reportedly kept secret from the rest of the Kardashian krew. And since that wasn’t enough,they couple then got pregnant and
scoreda deal for their very own E! docuseries. In November, they welcomed their baby girl, Dream,
into the world.
Rob and Chyna continue to fill our newsfeeds with plenty of drama — earlier this month it appeared they had split after what seemed like an extremely messy altercation, which just so happened to play out right before their E! baby special episode aired. Convenient coincidence or Kris Jenner master plan? You decide.
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This summer, Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris had to go and crush our #swangoals
and break up
Things didn’t seem to end well. The couple clearlyhad some bad blood between them, as evidenced by their public dispute over Harris’ track “This Is What You Came For.” Swift co-wrote the song, initially under a pseudonym, but after she decided to take her credit where credit was due, Harris got shady on Twitter and called out his ex’s (rumored) mean girl tendencies.
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The long-standing feud between Swift and rapper Kanye West picked up steam this year after West released his song “Famous.” The track includes the lyrics, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that bitch famous,” which we all knew was a reference to the “Bad Blood” singer. Ye claimed he spoke to Swift about the song and lyrics
, leading us to believe she was in on the joke. But TSwizzle said otherwise
, claiming she had no idea she was going to be called a “bitch” in the song. That’s when Kim Kardashian stepped in
The wife of Pablo posted a video on Snapchat that seemed to prove her husband’s claims. The rapper and pop star clearly did have a conversation about the song, though it still remains unclear if she knew about the “that bitch” line. Regardless, the tape’s release exposed Swift as a liar (in at least one regard) and people on theinternet had a field day, sharing memes and inviting everyone to the #KimExposedTaylorParty.
Swift responded to the drama with the help of the handy iPhone Notes app,saying “I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009.”
You can read all about the Greatest Celebrity Feud of Our Time righthere.
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On Oct. 3, Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint
in her Paris apartment. Naturally, herfamily and followers were shocked. Kanye West even abruptly ended a concert
as soon as he found out about the news. After the traumatic event, it was clear Kardashianwas shaken.Since the robbery — what was surely a terrifying experience — the reality star has been mostly absent on social media, leaving her followers missing her presence online. To top it all off, West was hospitalized in November and rumors that the couple may split
continue to swirl (thoughwe don’t believe them
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood’s former golden couple, called it quits this year
, much to the surprise of literally everyone. We were convinced these two were going to stick it out for the long haul, but we were wrong. Jolie cited irreconcilable differences
in her filing,but sources claimed the separation had to do with Pitt’s parenting methods and marijuana use. Before we knew it, Pitt was being investigated
by theLos Angeles County Department of Children and Family Servicesfor an instance of alleged child abuseand Jolie and her kids were being interviewed by the FBI
Beyonc pulled a Beyonc and dropped another stunning visual album, “Lemonade.” Regular folk and celebrities alikelost it
. The album,a powerful ode to black women everywhere
,touched on topics likeinfidelity, grief, love, joy, relationships, womanhood and blackness.It also seemingly aired out Jay Z’s dirty laundry, but of course, we’ll never know who Becky with the good hair really
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