2016. At this point, we don’t even need to make a joke here, right?
Those four numbers are setup, punchline, and Shakespearean tragedy all rolled into one.
For the celebrity world, the year was one long series of unfortunate events, both minor (See: the
Brangelina split) and staggeringly major (See: the incredible number of celebrity deaths that shook the entertainment world to its foundations).
This may have been the year a reality TV host became the leader of the free world, but that certainly wasn’t the only celeb story that had our jaws on the floor.
Check out the gallery below for the most shocking (and baffling) Hollywood events from 12 months that will live in infamy:
A Year of Tragedy
Prince, David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Alan Rickman, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, Merle Haggard, Leonard Cohen, Christina Grimmie … The amount of loss in Hollywood this year was staggering. Each of those names constituted a massive story in his or her own right.
Taylor Swift Drops Calvin Harris For Tom Hiddleston
Taylor Swift has material for her next 17 albums after this year. The singer made tabloid headlines when she dumped Calvin Harris for Tom Hiddleston … whom she proceeded to date for about 4 seconds.
Miley & Liam: Together Again!
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are once againheaded for the altar. The couple previously broke off their engagement in 2013.
Johnny Depp & Amber Heard: One Ugly Divorce
It wasn’s shocking that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s marriage didn’t last long. It was shocking that heard claimed the beloved actor abused her throughout their relationship.
Beyonce Hints at Marital Trouble With Lemonade
Beyonce dropped the most epic diss album of all time … and it was targeted at her husband, Jay Z. Months later, the world is still wondering about the identity of Becky With the Good Hair.
Kim Kardashian Robbed at Gunpoint
Kim Kardashian was relieved of $10 million in jewels after being held up at gunpoint in Paris. The star laid low for several weeks followint the traumatic event.
Kimye vs. Taylor
Did we mention it was a dramatic year for Taylor Swift? The signer got into an epic feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West after she accused the rapper of slandering in his lyrics. Kim said Taylor was lying – and she brought receipts.
Brangelina Calls It Quits
One of the most beloved couples in Hollywood unexpectedly went their separate ways. Sources say Angie’s decision to leave was prompted by an altercation between Brad and the couple’s oldest son.
Kanye West Hospitalized
Kanye West was hospitalized after what was reported to as an emotional breakdown. Sources say the rapper’s marriage is still under considerable strain.
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Get Serious
Prince Harry is reportedly ready to settle down with Suits star Meghan Markle. In other news: Suits is still a show!
Drake Gets Dumped By Rihanna, Hooks Up With J-Lo.
It was a busy year for the Canadian crooner/emcee. He was dropped by Rihanna following a brief relationship, and he’s now rumored to be dating Jennifer Lopez. You go, Drizzy!
Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna: A Dream Come True?!
Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian shocked the world by getting engaged. Then again by welcoming a daughter. Their breakup, however – not so shocking.
Mr. Trump Goes to Washington
Following a campaign that shocked pundits, prognosticators, and decent human beings the world over, Donald Trump was elected 45th President of the United States. You were saying about things getting better in 2017?