Celebrities have the benefit and privilege of being widely known and admired by many people. We all like to read about them and follow everything that’s going with their lives. While most of the time it’s either silly gossip or promotions of their new movies, sometimes something bigger happens, what we would call a full-blown scandal. Scandals are very embarrassing for celebrities and can sometimes really damage their reputation, but as viewers or readers, we have to admit we love reading about scandals!
We have the breakdown of the biggest celebrity scandals in the past 30 years.
As if celeb’s scandals weren’t enough, we have the stars who battled with addiction and came on top – read more here.
Janet Jackson’s nipple was on live TV
Back in 2004, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson performed in one of America’s most important and most watched events, the Super Bowl Halftime show. While the two were performing, Timberlake ripped part of Jackson’s outfit, exposing her breast, but not the nipple, which was covered with a pastie. Back then the whole thing was a huge scandal but by today’s standards, it’s hardly considered nudity. After Adam Levine 2019 Super Bowl performance many were furious at the double standard for men and women – as he was showing two nipples, not just one like Janet.
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake Super Bowl 2004
Kim Kardashian sex tape made public, 2007
Do you guys even remember a reality before the Kardashians were all everyone talked about? Well, that reality existed up until Kim’s infamous sex tape. Way before Kim married Kanye, Kim dated Willie “Ray J” Norwood. The two filmed a sex tape during a vacation in Mexico back in 2002. The tape was released five years later, and while Kim tried to sue her ex, the video is still out there, so that didn’t really work. But luckily for her, this scandal was long forgotten, and she and her family have gone on to build an empire.
Kim Kardashian 2015
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston divorced
Back in the early 2000’s everyone knew and loved Brad and Jennifer, they were both huge stars and we all adored their perfect relationship. But, all of a sudden, in 2005 the two announced that they were divorcing and young girl’s hearts were breaking all over the states. We all thought this was true love! They both tried to pretend that the divorce was mutual and all friendly, but by that time everybody pretty much knew that Pitt had an affair with Angelina Jolie on the set of the movie “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”.
Now, the new scandals are his divorce from Angelina Jolie, which includes custody battle over their kids. Bard also made a surprise appearance at Janiffer 50’s Birthday party. you can never know what these 3 will come up with next.
Kylie Jenner gives birth to a secret child at 20
Usually when stars are pregnant everybody knows about it. They either share it or the information is leaked to the media by different sources. But 20 year old Kylie Jenner somehow managed to hide her pregnancy from everyone and give birth to a girl in February 2018. There was controversy both on the fact she chose to hide her pregnancy and also over the fact she was just 20-years-old, a very young age to become a mother in. When her little baby girl, Stormi celebrated one year, Kyle shared on social media the epic celebrations.
Britney Spears spiral down and shaved her head
Back in the early 2000’s Britney Spears was America’s sweetheart and a huge pop star. She was adored by teenagers and adults alike after hit single “Baby One More Time” launched her career in 1999. But by 2007 it seemed like something weird was going on with the once glamorous sensation, the star was caught beating up a photographer’s car! At that time Britney also shaved all of her hair, which gave her a cancer patient look that wasn’t that popular in Hollywood at the time. But we’re happy to report that even though she never got back to the same level of stardom she had before, it seems like she’s pretty much recovered and her Vegas show is very successful.
Rob Lowe’s Sex tape with a 16-year-old
You may not remember this about him, but back in 1988, Rob Lowe was involved in a pretty major scandal! A video of him having sex with two women was released. Lowe was 24 back then, but one of the women was actually a girl of only sixteen summers! The girl’s mother sued Lowe and they settled outside of court. Lowe paid the girl’s family some money and had to do 20 hours of community service. But the scandal hasn’t affected his career at all, nowadays at 54, he’s still a successful actor.
Michael Jackson’s pedophilia accusations
This scandal lives on to this very day, even though Michael is already dead, people still argue over whether he was a pedophile or just extremely fond of children. The first accusations against Jackson were made back in 1993 by a 13-year-old boy named Jordan Chandler. The boy accused Jackson of sexually assaulting him, the accusations allegedly led to some health issues that caused Jackson to cancel his tour. Later on, the case was settled outside of court, and Jackson paid the boy’s family $23,000. Whether the allegations were actually true remains a mystery to this day. Recently other young kids now grownups emerge with accusations, there was even a documentary about it. Jackson’s family claims it’s an attempt to shake them for money and dismiss all charges.
Michael Jackson 2009
Hugh Grant was caught with a prostitute
We all know and love Hugh Grant from “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and other romantic comedies from the late ’90s and early 2000s. But did you know that back in 1995 the British actor was caught having sex with a prostitute? Grant paid a working girl for a blow job, but the police caught the two during the act and arrested grant, who not only paid for sex but also had a girlfriend at the time. This scandal seems to have been forgotten, just like Grant’s career in recent years.
O.J. Simpson’s arrest for murdering his wife
Back in the 90’s O.J Simpson was more than just a famous football star. He was beloved by everyone. But, in 1994 Simpson was arrested for his ex-wife’s murder.
Nicole Brown and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were both found dead outside of her house. Simpson geared up with some of the time’s best lawyers, played the race card and was acquitted despite a staggering amount of DNA evidence. 13 years later he was convicted of robbery and kidnapping, that was in 2018 he’s been in prison ever since.
Winona Ryder shoplifting
Now we love Winona Ryder on Netflix’s “Stranger things” but did you remember that back in 2001 she had a really embarrassing shoplifting incident? The actress was caught stealing merch from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, California. The merch was reportedly worth over $5,500. Winona was arrested, and left both media and fans wondering why would a celebrity that has everything shoplift? Luckily it seems that the actress has gotten over that rough time in her life and got back on track.
Winona Ryder at the opening of Marc Jacobs 2005
Heath Ledger died of an overdose
Heath Ledger was a beloved and promising actor. His role in the teen comedy “10 Things I Hate About You” brought him fame and he went one to build an acting career. But in 2008, tragedy struck and the young actor was found dead in his apartment in New York. The cause of the death was supposedly an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. But no one truly knows what happened that night. Just before he died he managed to complete his brilliant performance as The Joker in Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”, for which he won an Oscar after his death.
Rihanna was assaulted by Chris Brown
Back in the day, Rihanna was one of the hottest names in pop, with hits likes Umbrella and Don’t stop the Music under her belt. The beautiful pop-star was dating singer Chris Brown at the time. But not everything was perfect between the two. In 2009 photos of Rihanna’s bruised face popped up online, she said Chris Brown punched her and choked her while the two were fighting. Back at the time, the singer got back to him, which also caused quite a lot of controversy. Nowadays Rihanna is dating billionaire Hassan Jameel, and the two are extremely happy together.
Michael Jackson found dead
Michael Jackson had his fair share of controversies and scandals in his life, so it’s only fitting that his death was a scandal as well. The former Jackson Five singer who’s been in the public eye for almost all of his life and was known for his extreme plastic surgeries was found dead in his home in 2009. The cause of death was an anesthetic that his doctor injected him with, claiming it was supposed to treat the singer’s insomnia.
The doctor was blamed for Jackson’s death and spent some time in jail for manslaughter.
The Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift feud
West and Swift have been on bad terms ever since he interrupted her acceptance speech back at the 2008 MTV music video awards ceremony. But, honestly, that was just the beginning. In 2016 West released a song called “Famous” in which he claims he made Taylor famous. In the song her refers to her as “that bitch”. Swift was offended and claimed she wasn’t told her name was going to be in the song. But then, Kim, West’s wife leaked a recorded conversation between Taylor and Kanye where they talk about the song. Taylor then said she wasn’t informed that he was gonna call her a bitch and drama ensued. Nowadays they all claim to have made up, but who knows.
Taylor Swift, Kenya West and Kim Kardashian at the Grammy, 2015
Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assaults made public
Harvey Weinstein was a powerful and famous film producer for many years. But in 2017 allegations against him started popping up. Ashley Judd was the first to accuse him of sexual harassment, and many other women from the industry followed and started sharing their stories about Weinstein’s misconduct. Eventually, Weinstein turned himself into the police. The accusations against Harvey Weinstein started the famous #MeToo movement in which women come forward and share their sexual harassment experiences in hopes of changing the future for all women.
Bill Clinton had an affair with Monica Lewinsky
Celebrity sex scandals are one thing, but when it’s the president of the united states of the America whose involved in a sex scandal it’s something else entirely. Back in 1995, then president Bill Clinton had an affair with a 21-year-old White House intern named
Monica Lewinsky. The scandal itself was actually only made public in 1998. Clinton denied it while Lewinsky became infamous for being the girl who slept with the president. Clinton later admitted that the accusations were true and he was impeached in 1999.
Whitney Houston found dead
The famous singer with a beautiful voice was found dead in a bathtub at a hotel back in 2012 when she was just 48 years old. An autopsy was performed and it revealed that Houston drowned to death. But, it wasn’t a simple case of accidental drowning, drugs like cocaine, marijuana and Xanax were all found in her body, which makes it hard to know whether her death was premeditated or just an unfortunate accident. Tragedy follows this family as her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown dies at the age of 22 after being found unresponsive in her bathtub.
R. Kelly’s child pornography
R. Kelly is a singer and a record producer who used to play professional basketball. But back in 2002 a tape of him having sex with an underage girl was found and Kelly was arrested for having underage porn. He pled not guilty and was actually acquitted but allegations against him continued to surface, with many women claiming he has a sex cult. As of 2018, he has been boycotted by many in the music industry.
Princess Diana was killed in a car accident
This one is an oldie, but it was definitely shocking when it happened. Princess Diana was beloved not only by the British people but by pretty much everyone around the world. She was known for her charity work, but in 1997, she was killed in a car accident while being chased after by the paparazzi. The accident took place in Paris, barely a year after her divorce from Prince Charles. Many believe that the royal family was involved in her death but no concrete proof has ever been found.
Kevin Spacey accused of sexual involvement with minors
Kevin Spacey has been a respected and critically acclaimed actor for many years. But in 2017 former rent cast member Anthony Rapp accused Spacey in engaging in sexual activity with him while he was only 14 years old. Spacey said he doesn’t remember the incident but several other actors came out and accused him of sexual misconduct. Kevin Spacey was never charged with anything but the allegations cost him his hit show House of Cards.