If there’s one constant in life, it’s that celebrities will stop at nothing to get a blip of attention. Case in point? We’re only nine weeks into 2018 and we’ve already seen A-listers defend dictators, serenade soap, and taken their toddlers swimming with sharks. All of those wacky antics—and more, which we’ve gathered the best of below—have indeed happened just this year. If this is any inclination, you should buckle in, because 2018 is shaping up to be an incomparably bonkers year—at least as far as the red carpet regulars are concerned. And for more fun celebrity trivia, bone up on the 50 Celebrity Facts You Won’t Believe Are True.
Kylie Jenner drops a pregnancy bombshell.
When the rumors first began about a possible Kylie Jenner pregnancy in 2017, the world brushed them aside. Many chalked it up to a possible publicity stunt, because, well, it’s the Kardashians. After enduring months of fan sleuthing, the Kardashian finally revealed, through two Instagram posts—one of which was a surprisingly heartfelt video—that she had indeed given birth, to one Stormi Webster, on February 1. For more on A-lister pregnancies, check out the Most Wild Celebrity Gender Reveals of All Time.
Quincy Jones gives an outrageous interview.
Quincy Jones, the legendary musician, actor, and producer, has proven that even music legends become ornery old men. When the 84-year-old sat down for an interview with Vulture, things quickly went off the rails. Jones revealed, among other wild facts, that he knew who killed Kennedy; he once dated Ivanka Trump; and he had inside knowledge about men Marlon Brando had affairs with (allegedly: James Baldwin, Richard Pryor, and Marvin Gaye). And for more crazy celebrity interviews, don’t miss the 30 Most Outrageous Celebrity Interview Moments.
John Mayer seriously dedicates a song to… soap?
As it turns out, John Mayer loves bath bombs so much that he decided to pick up his guitar and croon a few notes in honor of the great bubble bath. In the song, Mayer sings: “Jelly bombs excreting/All the things my body’s needing/As I climb into the bath/ Because my back just took a beating,” at first to the sound of running water, and then, as the song progresses, to a more composed version set over acoustic pluckings.
Erykah Badu leaps to the defense of history’s worst.
While the singer-songwriter isn’t known for steering clear of controversy, this interview with Vulture helped maintain her less-than-rote celebrity status. In the interview, Erykah Badu not only defended Bill Cosby, she made a point to stand up for none other than Adolph Hitler. According to Badu, she just sees “good in everybody.” (In Hitler? Per Badu: His talent as a painter.) And for more entertaining trivia, check out the 30 Facts You Always Believed That Aren’t True.
Stacey Dash announces a congressional bid.
Clueless star Stacey Dash is running for congress in California. The outspoken Republican is known for taking controversial stances on all manner of issues regarding minorities, including one instance while, at the Oscars in 2016, she openly scoffed at the existence of Black History Month: “I cannot wait to help my people out. Happy Black History Month.” And for more on the celebrity-politician pipeline, see how our correspondent fared on the same cognitive test as President Donald Trump.
Marilyn Manson gets blasted, blasts music.
Marilyn Manson put on quite the performance in Long Island last month. The rocker began the show apparently wasted, and spent the first part of the set knocking over speakers and begging the audience to “love me.” Much to the confusion of the crowd, Manson left the stage after performing only five songs. For more trashed celebs, don’t miss the 10 Times A-Listers Appeared Drunk on Live TV.
Adam Rippon magically dodges a journalist’s question.
Adam Rippon, the American figure skater who took home a bronze at this year’s Olympics, loves the arcane. The athlete blew up Twitter last month with a rather cheeky response to a reporter’s questioning: When asked how he had found the most success at figure-skating at 28, Rippon simply replied, “I can’t explain witchcraft.”
Paris Hilton travels back in time—with music.
The Simple Life star and heiress released a blast-from-the-past song on Valentine’s Day, “I Need You,” and it felt like 2005 all over again. While it’s been awhile since “Stars Are Blind,” critics weren’t exactly ready for this surprise Paris Hilton revival. And for more fun facts about celebs, here are 15 On-Screen Couples Who Hate Each Other in Real Life.
Logan Paul disrespects the dead.
Controversial YouTuber Logan Paul made quite the “discovery” while visiting the Suicide Forest in Japan. As the blogger began to film the experience, the crew noticed a young man hanging from a tree, apparently dead. They continued to film the man for a few minutes. The video shocked and angered many people, who claimed that Paul had no respect for the dead. To make matters worse, Paul bragged that all of the following media coverage gave him a million additional supporters. For a nicer taker on the Internet’s favorite video streaming platform, read up on how this one kid made $16.5 million on YouTube last year.
Emma Watson forgoes copyediting—in ink.
Even celebrities fall victim poor grammar. In fact, even celebrities use poor grammar on very visible tattoos. This was indeed the case for actress and book-lover Emma Watson, who revealed her “Times Up” tattoo at the Oscars. (Eagle-eyed readers will note the missed apostrophe.) Watson is allegedly now on the lookout for a “tattoo proofreader.” For more A-lister ink, check out the 30 Worst Celebrity Tattoos.
Kim Kardashian pays her surrogate a paltry fee.
Shortly after news that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian would be opting for a surrogate for their third child, Chicago, the specifics of their contract became public. It was discovered that the star only paid her surrogate, Lorena, $68,000, far less than the general $90,000 minimum. We just hope Lorena gets a reality show out of this.
Barbra Streisand clones dog, introduces new dogs to their (dead) original self, or “mom.”
Barbra Streisand turned quite a few heads when she took her cloned dogs, Violet and Scarlett, to meet their creator, Samantha, at her grave. The photo was taken by Streisand, with the caption, “My little girls were looking at their mother pictured on her tombstone.” The girls seem less than enthused.
Tommy Lee is knocked unconscious by his son.
Paramedics rushed to the home of rocker Tommy Lee, after his son, Brandon, knocked him unconscious following a dispute. According to his son, he was defending his mother and Lee’s ex-wife, Pamela Anderson, after Lee posted a nasty tweet about her. The next time you whine about your parent’s relationship, it may be a good idea to take a step back and appreciate that you don’t have these two as your guardians.
Jamie Foxx can’t fight the love.
It’s been rumored, time and again, that Jamie Foxx has been recently cozying up to actress Katie Holmes. Foxx has made it his life’s mission to deny these rumors, especially during one ESPN interview when SportCenter’s Michael Smith asked Foxx if the two had played basketball on Valentine’s Day. After he squirmed uncomfortably for a few seconds, Foxx took off the headphones and left the interview.
Brody Jenner repurposes his shoe.
Brody Jenner likes his beer served up cold—and preferably in his shoe. The socialite guzzled beer from his shoe while at The Groove Cruise in Miami. This wasn’t Jenner’s first time in the beer-in-shoe rodeo, and he has even developed his own term for this pastime entitled “shoeys,” which are best enjoyed on a long flight.
Usher gives the gift that keeps on giving.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Usher would be splitting from his wife of three years, Grace Miguel, after multiple lawsuits accuse Usher of spreading herpes to other people. Even though the couple seemed to stay strong when the first allegations surfaced in July of 2017, things appeared rocky after the first case was dismissed in November. Here’s hoping she gets tested ASAP.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. flips his fiancée’s heart like a pancake.
This past winter, fans of The Bachelor were glued to their television sets on finale night as bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed to Becca Kufrin. Two months after the live television proposal, Luyendyk had a change of heart. It turns out that he was actually in love with Bachelor runner-up Lauren Burnham—and ABC filmed the whole gut-wrenchingly awkward breakup.
Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker’s feud reaches a fever pitch.
The long-running feud between Sex and the City cast-mates Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker finally came to a head earlier this year. It’s no secret that things between the two haven’t always been cozy, even during the filming of the television show and subsequent films. Temperatures grew icy between the two earlier this year when Parker appeared on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, addressing Cattrall’s earlier comments about their “toxic relationship,” to which she replied that while they had been cast mates in catty circumstances, Parker still considered them to be friends. Matters escalated further after Cattrall’s brother died. In response to the message of condolences from Parker, Cattrall tweeted, “I don’t need your love or support at this tragic time.”
O.J. Simpson, once again, doesn’t make himself look any less guilty.
In a video promoting the upcoming FOX special, O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?, the former football star gives a chilling recollection about his former spouse, Nicole Brown Simpson. He confessed to still feeling anger towards the murdered woman while attending her funeral.
Coco introduces her toddler to the sharks.
Nicole Austin, who you may know as Coco, took 2-year-old daughter Chanel Nicole and husband Ice-T swimming with the sharks while on vacation in the Bahamas. Apparently Ice-T didn’t even make it into the water, while Chanel Nicole allegedly loved every moment. And for more wacky A-lister antics, check out the wackiest A-lister of them all, by learning about the 30 Craziest Bill Murray Encounters of All Time.
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