Top five celebrity scandals of 2013
2013 has certainly been the year for celebrity scandals! From Lamar Odom’s arrest, to Amanda Bynes’ public meltdown and everything in between, we’ve managed to narrow the list down to our top five most memorable moments.
Beyonce lip-syncs at President Obama’s Inauguration
She may have one of the best sets of pipes in the world, but even Beyonce can find herself unprepared on occasion! The superstar hit headlines back in January for lip-syncing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ but Bey insisted that she didn’t feel comfortable performing live due to a lack of rehearsal.
“Well, I am a perfectionist and one thing about me: I practice until my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra,” she told reporters at a Super Bowl press conference prior to her performance at the Halftime Show.
“It was a live television show and one of my proudest moments. Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking the risk. I wanted to make [Obama] and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track and I'm very proud of my performance.”
“I always sing live. The inauguration was unfortunately a time where I could not rehearse with the orchestra, actually because I was practicing for the Super Bowl, so it was always the plan,” she added.
Just another thing we love about B – she’s only human!
Lamar Odom gets arrested, goes to rehab
This was definitely one we didn’t see coming – Lamar Odom arrested for DUI! Khloe Kardashian’s husband was pulled over in LA in September after driving too slow in a 50mph zone. After failing to submit to a blood alcohol test, the NBA star had his licence revoked and later checked into rehab – allegedly to overcome his addiction to Oxycontin and crack cocaine.
In December, Lamar was sentenced to three years probation after pleading no contest to the DUI charges and was also asked to enrol in an alcohol education class and pay US$1,814 in fines and fees.
It was just days after Lamar’s conviction that it was announced that Khloe had filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the relationship’s demise. Rumours had been rife for the months prior to the announcement that the couple were headed for splitsville, but until then there was nothing to prove the reports aside from a few cryptic Instagram posts and tweets.
‘Jersey Shore’ star Pauly D becomes a father
Pauly D’s a papa! Say what?! The ‘Jersey Shore’ star was probably just as shocked as we were back in October, finding out that he was the father of a little baby girl.
Amabella was born on May 15 to a 26-year-old woman whom the world-famous DJ met when he was playing a set in Las Vegas in 2012.
The MTV star took a DNA test to prove his status as the world’s most blinged-out dad, and told TMZ: “I’m proud I’m a father. I am excited to embark on this new part of my life.”
Pauly’s co-star Snooki was also shocked, but excited that her son Lorenzo was getting a new buddy!
“I’m so happy for Pauly. Definitely a shock to all of us, but we know Pauly’s the best and he’s going to be an amazing father. He’s so loving and caring. I can’t wait for Lorenzo and her to play!” she told E! News.
Justin Bieber allegedly visits brothel, pees in a restaurant bucket
Just before Justin Bieber touched down in Australia and New Zealand for his ‘Believe Tour’ in November, the pop superstar hit headlines after he was snapped reportedly leaving a brothel in Rio de Janeiro with two women.
Bieber’s security guards were seen covering the 19-year-old with a sheet as he left to protect his privacy, however one of his wrist tattoos was captured in some of the snaps and the awaiting photographers also confirmed it was the singer they were papping.
A few months earlier, a video emerged online of the ‘Baby’ singer taking a leak into a restaurant mop bucket as he was leaving a nightclub through the kitchen. At the end of the video, the star is also seen spraying a photo of former President Bill Clinton with cleaning liquid and saying, “F**k Bill Clinton!”
It seems like guilt may have got the better of the young star, who apparently reached out to Clinton following the leak (pun intended).
“@billclinton thanks for taking the time to talk Mr. President. Your words meant a lot. #greatguy.”
Amanda Bynes has epic public meltdown
Amanda, Amanda, Amanda. If you weren’t familiar with Amanda Bynes in 2012 then she’s sure to have made her way onto your radar in 2013. The former Nickelodeon star and teen movie queen began making headlines for her bizarre behaviour, which began with crass tweets, wig-wearing and talks of a stage tour, and ended in her arrest.
The ‘She’s The Man’ star was charged back in May with attempted evidence tampering, reckless endangerment and marijuana possession, after it was claimed a man in her apartment building told police he saw her smoking a joint in the lobby.
After police entered the house and enquired about what looked like a bong on the kitchen counter, an officer said in a report that he “observed [Amanda] grab said bong, run to the westbound-facing window, and throw it out the window where numerous pedestrians were walking on the 8 Avenue and West 47 Street sidewalks below.”
“Don't believe the reports about me being arrested. It's all lies,” Bynes later told her Twitter followers.
What do you think was the biggest celebrity scandal of 2013? Let us know in the comments below!