The coronavirus hits Hollywood
For the first few months of the year, most of the country didn't seem fazed by this thing called the coronavirus. But seemingly overnight, things would dramatically change, particularly after Tom Hanks revealed on March 11 that he and wife Rita Wilson had tested positive for COVID-19 while in Australia. A slew of celebrities followed with reveals of their own including Idris Elba, Andy Cohen, Madonna, Pink, Daniel Dae Kim and Colton Underwood. On March 24, Britain's royal family announced that Prince Charles had also contracted the virus and was self-isolating in Scotland. The pandemic — which shut down productions, closed theaters and ended concerts for many months — would heartbreakingly claim the lives of many famous faces too. On April 1, Fountains of Wayne frontman Adam Schlesinger passed away due to COVID-19 complications. John Prine, Joe Diffie and "Top Chef Masters" winner Floyd Cardoz also lost their lives early on in the pandemic, as did too many others.
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Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli have admitted their crimes. On May 22, the couple formally pleaded guilty for their roles in a massive college admissions scandal, a story that's engulfed their lives for more than a year. The admission of guilt was part of a plea deal with prosecutors. (They both pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and Mossimo also pleaded guilty to honest services wire and mail fraud.) It's a major switch for the former "Full House" actress and her designer husband, who pleaded not guilty last year after they were arrested and accused of paying a $500,000 bribe to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits despite neither girl participating in the sport. Under the terms of the deal, Lori will serve two months in prison, pay a $150,000 fine and serve two years of supervised release as well as do 100 hours of community service. Mossimo, however, will serve five months behind bars, pay a $250,000 fine, serve two years of supervised release and complete 250 hours of community service. (Both are reportedly preparing for prison with help from an incarceration expert.) The fallout from the guilty pleas quickly affected their social lives, as they were pushed out of their ritzy country club after fellow members grew incensed about mingling with admitted felons.
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Hollywood supports racial injustice protests
On May 25, a Black man named George Floyd changed the country. George died after a white police officer pinned him to the ground by kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes as three other officers watched, even though George told them more than 20 times that he couldn't breathe, video taken by bystanders and bodycam footage confirmed. His death sparked outrage throughout not only the United States but the world, and Hollywood's biggest names joined in the demand to end police brutality and racial injustice. For weeks, celebrities such as Jamie Foxx, Ben Affleck, Kristen Stewart, Emily Ratajkowski, Brad Pitt, Norman Reedus and many others participated alongside everyday people in peaceful Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations in Los Angeles and New York City. Some celebrities got caught up in more chaotic situations with police, which were common in the early days of the protests. Halsey, Madison Beer and Porsha Williams said they were tear gassed at demonstrations they attended. John Cusack said police came at him with batons while he documented the protests in Chicago. Cole Sprouse and Jaime King said they were arrested at protests in Los Angeles. "Insecure" actor Kendrick Sampson said he was hit by rubber bullets at a demonstration. Several celebrities (Chrissy Teigen, Seth Rogen, Drake and more) offered money to bail out protesters who'd been arrested. Meanwhile others expressed themselves in the media or social media. JAY-Z took out full-page ads in newspapers across the country dedicated to George. Hundreds, if not thousands, of celebrities participated in June 2's Instagram "Black Out," in which users shared blank black screens, a show of support for Black Lives Matter and peaceful protesting.
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In a move that sent shockwaves throughout the world, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announced on Jan. 8 that they were essentially quitting the royal family, saying they "intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent." In other words, they're no longer living off of taxpayers dollars and can earn a living and speak for themselves moving forward. April 1 was the official "Megxit" day, as it marked the first day of the couple's royal-free lives. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who said goodbye to protocol with a final run of events in the U.K. in March, now live in Los Angeles after a few months of renting a home in Canada. Queen Elizabeth II reportedly had very little notice of their decision, which they announced formally after a British tabloid leaked it, and was upset, s were Prince Charles and Prince William, who all participated in crisis talks. "The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly," Harry said on Jan. 19 in his first public comments on the bombshell choice. "It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option." Harry, an army veteran, was required to give up all of his military appointments and the couple agreed not to use their His/Her Royal Highness titles. In their post-royal lives, Meghan hit the ground running, narrating a nature documentary for Disney+ called "Elephant." The couple also announced their new foundation, Archewell, volunteered in LA by making and delivering food to those in need amidst the COVID-19 crisis and in May celebrated son Archie's first birthday.
Harvey Weinstein is no longer a free man. On March 11, the disgraced former movie mogul was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. Harvey had previously been accused of using his influence to take advantage of dozens of women. Officially, he will serve 20 years in prison for criminal sexual act and three years in prison for rape. The sentences will run consecutively. "I really feel remorse for this situation," he said in court, according to CNN. "I feel it deeply in my heart. I will spend my time really caring and really trying to be a better person. I'm not going to say these aren't great people, I had wonderful times with these people, you know. It is just I'm totally confused and I think men are confused about all of these issues." Many in Hollywood applauded the harsh sentence. As if that weren't enough, Harvey, who quickly became a pariah in the industry, also contracted the coronavirus in late March. And on June 30, it was announced that his victims had won a $19 million settlement.
Roy Horn, one half of the famed Siegfried & Roy duo, passed away on May 8 of COVID-19 complications. He was 75. For decades, "Siegfried & Roy" had a huge presence on the Las Vegas Strip — the magicians found a permanent home there in 1990 when the Mirage opened. Their act quickly became one of the hottest tickets in the city, but the show came to a sudden and shocking end in October 2003 when Roy was mauled by one of their tigers during a performance. On May 10, Siegfried Fischbacher, Roy's longtime stage partner, said Roy had been cremated and that his ashes would remain at the Las Vegas estate they shared, which is known as Little Bavaria. "His urn stays with me," Siegfried told German publication Bild. "I put it in our chapel. We discussed that during our lifetime. Roy never let his mother Johanna's urn and that of our deceased animals be buried, but kept them in his bedroom." He added, "Roy built 'Little Bavaria' for me; I will never leave that. He is everywhere. In the house, in the garden. He has now walked through the gates of heaven, but his soul has stayed with me. Little Bavaria has now become a monument to friendship. And Roy's home remains forever."
Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't mask his disappointment with his longtime gym (a world famous gym, no less). The bodybuilding icon has been working out at Gold's Gym in Venice, California, for as long as anyone can remember. That changed in June… at least temporarily. According to TMZ, the "Terminator" star went to the gym for a morning workout on June 16, which was one of the first days that gyms were able to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. While Arnold was wearing a mask upon entering the bodybuilding mecca, he noticed that several gym members in the middle of their workouts were not wearing masks. Front desk staff informed Arnold that people were required to wear masks when they entered and when they were in certain common areas, but that the law didn't require them to wear masks when they're actually working out. Arnold quickly left. The former California governor "will stay clear of Gold's until people start wearing masks on the floor — or when there's a vaccine," TMZ explained. On June 18, Gold's said it wouldn't change its policy but completely supported Arnold's decision.
Hollywood lost an icon early in the year. Kirk Douglas, who had a six-decade career that saw him star in "Spartacus," "Champion" and other memorable projects, passed away on Feb. 5. Kirk's son Michael Douglas announced the news. "It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103. To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard of us all to aspire to," Michael said on Instagram of his Oscar-winning father. "But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply dad, to [my wife] Catherine [Zeta-Jones], a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband." Hollywood reacted to the news with many, many tributes. Catherine posted a touching photo of herself kissing her father-in-law on the cheek. "To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the rest of my life. I miss you already. Sleep tight…" she wrote.
The most dramatic finale yet
You watch "The Bachelor" for the drama, and the show delivered this year! The season finale of the hit ABC show aired on March 10 with Peter Weber asking Hannah Ann Sluss to marry him. She said yes. However, things changed once filming ended and the duo split after Peter couldn't stop thinking about runner-up Madison Prewett, who left him on the show over their lifestyle differences. After Hannah had her say (and boy did she ever!), Peter was reunited with Madison, something that didn't sit well with Peter's mom, Barbara, who was visibly disgusted. Mama Weber didn't hold back, vocalizing her displeasure with Madison. "He's going to have to fail to succeed," she told host Chris Harrison of her son. "All his friends, all his family, everyone that knows him knows that it's not going to work." She was right. A few days later, the duo split. Then, later in the month, Peter was spotted getting flirty with lawyer Kelly Flanagan, who he eliminated during the season. Peter and Kelly are now dating.
"King" of the world
There was a moment during the spring where you could argue that the most buzzed-about person in the country was a zookeeper in Oklahoma. You couldn't go anywhere without hearing about Netflix's massive hit docu-series "Tiger King" and its over-the-top star, Joe Exotic, who was incarcerated in a murder-for-hire plot involving his rival, animal activist Carole Baskin. In March, Jared Leto dressed up like Joe and live-tweeted about the show. Cardi B wanted to start a GoFundMe to free Joe. While many in the country were introduced to Joe and personalities like Doc Antle and Jeff Lowe via the runaway hit series, it turns out that a slew of incredibly famous faces have known about these guys for a while. Britney Spears, for example, has a surprising connection to Doc, and it involves one of her most iconic moments ever. In 2001, the pop star memorably performed "I'm a Slave 4 U" at the MTV Video Music Awards — and Doc was on stage with her to handle one of his tigers. Miranda Lambert had an experience with Joe in 2017. And, despite Joe's imprisonment — some of which was in solitary confinement — we might not have seen the end of him. There are reports that he's signed on to participate in an upcoming Investigation Discovery series.
Jimmy Kimmel had some explaining to do. In June, the late night host issued an apology for using blackface and insensitive racial language in past comedy skits. "I have long been reluctant to address this, as I knew doing so would be celebrated as a victory by those who equate apologies with weakness and cheer for leaders who use prejudice to divide us. That delay was a mistake," he said. One of the biggest issues that people had was with Jimmy's imitation of NBA player Karl Malone in the '90s. "I never considered that this might be seen as anything other than an imitation of a fellow human being," he said. Jimmy has also imitated other celebrities, like Oprah Winfrey, which mostly happened on "The Man Show," which aired from 1999 to 2004. "Looking back, many of these sketches are embarrassing, and it is frustrating that these thoughtless moments have become a weapon used by some to diminish my criticisms of social and other injustices," Jimmy said this week. The comedian said he's matured since then. "I know that this will not be the last I hear of this and that it will be used again to try to quiet me. I love this country too much to allow that," he said. "I won't be bullied into silence by those who feign outrage to advance their oppressive and genuinely racist agendas." Around the same time, Jimmy Fallon and Howard Stern also apologized for their own misguided blackface comedy sketches in years past.
Pamela Anderson said "I do" for the fifth time… but it was over in just a few days. The former "Baywatch" star married movie mogul Jon Peters, who produced "A Star is Born," on Jan. 20. The pair previously dated 30 years ago. Jon confirmed the nuptials, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "There are beautiful girls everywhere. I could have my pick, but — for 35 years — I've only wanted Pamela. She makes me wild — in a good way. She inspires me. I protect her and treat her the way she deserves to be treated." Pam confirmed the nuptials with a lengthy poem, writing, "We love each other without conditions." The love wouldn't last. Just 12 days after they got married, a split was confirmed in early February. On Feb. 10, Jon told Page Six he was hurt that things imploded with Pam after he paid off her sizable debts. "I dropped everything for Pam. She had almost $200,000 in bills and no way to pay it so I paid it and this is the thanks I get. There's no fool like an old fool," Jon said. Pam denied it. A previous report claimed Jon proposed to Pam over lunch with family and friends.
OMG! It happened! It finally happened! On Jan. 19, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were actually photographed together. The semi-public run-in happened backstage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where both took home some hardware. In fact, when Brad won his award for his work in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," cameras cut to Jen, who smiled and clapped. Brad was actually backstage when Jen won her award for her performance in "The Morning Show." "Wow!" he excitedly exclaimed. He then smiled from ear-to-ear while watching her on the monitor. When told of Brad's reaction, Jen said, "That's so sweet." She added, "It's just, we've all grown up together, we really have and it just feels like a really fun night to celebrate and, you know, cheer each other on and keep working." The two, who were famously married from 2000 to 2005, have been friendly for years, but they'd managed to avoid shutterbugs… until now. Brad later reportedly matched Jen's $1 million donation to an anti-racism organization in June.
Aerosmith's longtime drummer, Joey Kramer, felt like the band was treating him like a rag doll during one of its biggest celebratory moments. In January, he sued the band for allegedly freezing him out of several upcoming big events, including the 2020 Grammy Awards and MusiCares gala, where the group was being honored. Joey's hope was that a judge would order the band put him behind the drums, despite his not having played with the group since April 2019. Joey said the band even forced him to essentially audition for his job after he took a leave of absence (the band thought his audition lacked energy). "This is not about money. I am being deprived of the opportunity to be recognized along with my peers for our collective, lifetime contributions to the music industry," he said in statement. On Jan . 22, a judge sided with Aerosmith, ruling that the band had no requirement to let him play the events, and also agreed that he was probably a little rusty from his six-month absence. Aerosmith, however, encouraged Joey to attend the MusiCares gala honoring the legendary band on Jan. 24, but they prevented him from performing. (He did join Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and crew on stage to accept their award.) Joe was back performing with the band in February when he rejoined them for their Las Vegas residency show.
We'll miss you, gambler. On March 19, Kenny Rogers, a three-time Grammy winner with a career spanning six decades, passed away at 81. The legendary singer was in hospice care in Georgia at the time of his death. "Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world," his family said in a statement. Kenny's death sparked mourning throughout the entertainment industry. Longtime friend and duet partner Dolly Parton said, "I loved Kenny with all my heart. My heart's broken." Lionel Richie added, "So much laughter so many adventures to remember, my heart is broken."
Lea Michele didn't see her summer turning out this way. On June 1, the actress tweeted her outrage about the death of George Floyd. After doing so, Samantha Marie Ware, who starred alongside Lea on "Glee," called out Lea for making her time on the set "a living hell." Afterward, others in the spotlight including actor-musician Dabier, piled on. "GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE 'I DIDNT BELONG THERE,'" he tweeted. Heather Morris said Lea was "unpleasant" to work with on "Glee." Lea's "Spring Awakening" co-star Gerard Canonico said she was "nothing but a nightmare" to work with, saying she made him feel like he "didn't belong there." "The Real Housewives of New York City" alum Aviva Drescher wasn't surprised by the negative feelings, saying Lea was once "very unkind" to her. Amid the on-set behavior implications, Hello Fresh dropped Lea as a spokeswoman. Lea, who publicly announced her pregnancy in early May, responded to the claims on June 3, saying she's now realized her actions hurt people. "Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused," she tweeted. "We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings." The apology didn't work, as many branded it a "non-apology."
Lengthy COVID-19 battle
Broadway star Nick Cordero passed away on July 5 after a 95-day battle that began with COVID-19. His wife, performer-turned-fitness instructor Amanda Kloots, announced the news on Instagram. "I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him," she wrote, adding, "I will love you forever and always my sweet man." Nick's death came after he suffered a litany of health complications including the amputation of his right leg due to clotting issues. The Tony-nominated actor, who also leaves behind 1-year-old son Elvis, first entered the ICU on March 31. For six weeks of that hospitalization, he remained in a coma. While unconscious, he suffered two mini strokes, septic shock and fungus in his lungs and needed a temporary pacemaker to assist his heart.
Didn't see this one coming! On April 26, Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler announced that they were divorcing after nearly seven years of marriage and a decade as a couple. While they implied that the split was amicable, it got ugly quickly. Kristen shot down claims she felt that Jay was "unmotivated" and "lazy" after his NFL career ended. She also said "inappropriate marital conduct" triggered the divorce. A few weeks later, the "Very Cavallari" stars found some common ground. Just days after she accused the former NFL quarterback of blocking her from buying a new home, he agreed to give her marital funds so she could buy a property. On May 4, the couple also struck a custody agreement concerning their three children after fighting about who was the true primary caretaker. The divorce has also affected their "Very Cavallari" reality show. On May 19, Kristin announced that she was ending the series after three seasons.
The fight continues…
The Jussie Smollett drama is far from over. On Feb. 11, the former "Empire" star was indicted by a special prosecutor on six counts of disorderly conduct for falsely reporting an assault in 2019 — a move that came nearly a year after an initial set of charges against Jussie was controversially dropped. Jussie and his team have argued that new charges related to his alleged Chicago attack should be tossed because they equate to double jeopardy. A judge has ruled otherwise, noting that no judicial process ever occurred. In addition to the criminal case, Jussie is also facing a civil case with the City of Chicago concerning the same incident. The city insists the actor faked the attack and owes $130,000 for using city resources. In June, Jussie and his team argued via a court filing that police are lying about his case and the city is helping to cover it up.
"Judge Judy" Sheindlin's 25-year relationship with CBS will soon be adjourned. In March, the popular TV judge announced that she will end her long-standing partnership with CBS after finishing the current season of her wildly successful court TV show. Once the contract is over in 2021, the reality TV star will start a new show called "Judy Justice" on another network. After Judy's March 2 announcement, a report revealed she and CBS have been at odds behind the scenes for months. The ongoing disagreements led her to call it quits, TMZ explained, noting that Judy's feud with the network began after top exec Les Moonves was ousted in 2018. Judy and the new leadership "haven't been seeing eye-to-eye on a lot of things she and Les were square on," the webloid said.
Surprise! Bindi Irwin tied the knot with longtime beau Chandler Powell on March 25 at the Australia Zoo, the same place they got engaged in 2019. The guest list included… nobody. The couple had planned a larger wedding but scrapped all that because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The only people on hand, other than the bride and groom, were some family members including mom Terri Irwin. Her brother, Robert Irwin, walked her down the aisle. "We held a small ceremony and I married my best friend," Bindi said on Instagram. "We've planned this beautiful day for nearly a year and had to change everything, as we didn't have guests at our wedding." She added, "This was a very difficult decision but important to keep everyone safe. We wish all of our friends and family could have been there with us." Bindi and Chandler lit a candle in honor of her late father, Steve Irwin. The wedding was filmed and in April the wedding special finally aired… in America. Although the Irwin family is beloved everywhere, they're essentially royalty in Australia. Many assumed that the wedding would air Down Under first. Instead, Australians will watch the "Crikey! It's the Irwins" wedding special last — long after many other countries — on July 18. Needless to say, the Aussies weren't happy about it.
Kelly Clarkson has ended her seven-year marriage to Brandon Blackstock. On June 4, the singer and talk show host quietly filed divorce paperwork in Los Angeles. Prior to the filing, Kelly had been quarantining with the talent manager and their children at their Montana ranch. She wants joint custody of their two kids and she also wants their prenup enforced. Most friends were shocked by the divorce news. "It came out of nowhere," one insider told E! News. "It's all so sad for the kids. They were always such a loving family. It never seemed like they had any issues." The source said the news is "quite shocking" and noted that friends of the duo "have been texting each other over their disbelief that the couple is splitting."
Diversity pleas answered
Matt James is making history. On June, 12, "The Bachelor" announced that Matt will be the leading man for its next season, making him the franchise's first-ever Black male lead. "The Bachelorette" had its only Black lead, Rachel Lindsay, in 2017. Matt, a former college quarterback and teammate of Bachelor Nation fan favorite Tyler Cameron, was previously cast as one of Clare Crawley's "The Bachelorette" contestants. The move came following calls and petitions demanding more diversity on the popular ABC show. "We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we're seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in, and we are proudly in service to our audience," ABC said in statement. "This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise. We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first Black Bachelor and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him."
Duane Chapman has found love again. Just 10 months after his wife, Beth, passed away following a cancer battle, the "Dog the Bounty Hunter" star got engaged. Duane popped the question to Francie Frane in the Colorado home they now share, he said in a May 4 interview with Britain's The Sun. Francie, who lost a husband to cancer six months before Beth died, said she wasn't expecting a proposal. Recounting that special moment, she said Dog told her, "I know that God brought you into my life and I don't want to spend one moment of it without you." Francie added that Duane "got down on one knee and he opened the ring box and he said, 'Will you marry me and spend the rest of our lives together?' Who can say no to that? It was wonderful." Dog said he wants "biggest wedding there's ever been." Duane's family — who aren't ones to mince words — have made it clear that they support the union.
All Mary-Kate Olsen wanted to do was get divorced from her husband of four years, Olivier Sarkozy. In mid-April, the former child star-turned-fashion mogul tried filing in New York, but she was informed that New York City courts would not accept divorce filings due to the coronavirus pandemic unless it was an emergency, which she claimed it was. "This application is an emergency because my husband expects me to move out of our home on Monday, May 18, 2020 in the middle of New York City being on pause due to COVID-19," she said in her paperwork. "I am petrified that my husband is trying to deprive me of the home we have lived in and if he is successful, I will not only lose my home but I risk losing my personal property as well." She claimed that the only way to protect her property was through a divorce filing, which would trigger an automatic court order preventing him from disposing of her belongings. The court found it was hardly an emergency and told her she had to wait. One week later, on the first day NYC courts started accepting electronic filings again, the "Full House" alum filed. "It was clear my marriage was over," she said in the official documents. "The relationship has broken down irretrievably." Multiple reports claimed one issue is that they disagreed on having children (she wanted them, he didn't).
So, Kylie Jenner isn't a billionaire after all? In March 2019, Forbes put the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star on the cover of its magazine and touted her as the world's youngest self-made billionaire for the second year in a row. Fast forward to May 2020, when Forbes took it all back, declaring that Kylie, momager Kris Jenner and their team had exaggerated the size and value of her Kylie Cosmetics company "for years." The title of the new report was loaded — "Kylie Jenners Web of Lies — and Why She's No Longer a Billionaire." Forbes further claimed that Kylie likely forged the tax returns she showed them, inflating her numbers. Kylie (and much of Twitter) shrugged it off, wondering why her bank account was of such importance given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest over racial injustice following George Floyd's death. "What am i even waking up to. i thought this was a reputable site.. all i see are a number of inaccurate statements and unproven assumptions lol. i've never asked for any title or tried to lie my way there EVER. period," Kylie tweeted on May 29."Even creating tax returns that were likely forged' that's your proof? so you just THOUGHT they were forged? like actually what am i reading." She later added, "i can name a list of 100 things more important right now than fixating on how much money i have." Forbes downgraded Kylie's worth to just under $900 million.
Tekashi 6ix9ine is a free man, and it's thanks to the coronavirus. On April 2, a New York judge granted the rapper a compassionate release from prison effective immediately, stating that he should be allowed to finish his sentence at home and under supervision. The release came after the rapper (real name: Daniel Hernandez), via his lawyers, pleaded with the court to release him, claiming his asthma made him much more susceptible to contracting the coronavirus. Now that he's out, 6ix9ine is on supervised release and has a GPS monitor attached to him. To say he immediately enjoyed his freedom would be an understatement. Reports claimed he bought "a fleet of luxury vehicles" and several massively expensive jewelry pieces. He also started shooting music videos in his backyard and dropped a new song in May, setting an Instagram Live record. Amid the windfall from his song, he tried to donate $200,000 to an organization that feeds hungry children, but his good deed was quickly rebuffed. The music star, who was convicted on racketeering charges and sentenced to two years in prison, is still believed to be a target of his former gang, as he testified against them in court for a reduced sentence. Just a day after his new song dropped, his lawyer said 6ix9ine was moved after the address of his house arrest accommodation was leaked online.
Justin Bieber was battling Lyme disease and chronic mono for most of 2019, he revealed on Jan. 8. "While a lot of people kept saying justin Bieber looks like s—, on meth etc. they failed to realize I've been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease," he wrote on Instagram, adding that he also "had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health." He added, "It's been a rough couple years but getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever." It was actually a big month for Justin. On Jan. 27, the "Yummy" singer also kicked off a 10-part documentary series on YouTube called "Justin Bieber: Seasons." The doc detailed his health battle while making his first album in four years.
Shannen Doherty's cancer is back. On Feb. 4, the "Beverly Hills, 90210" star revealed on "Good Morning America" that she has stage 4 cancer. The actress — who publicly chronicled a breast cancer battle from 2015 to 2017 — said she had known about her new diagnosis for a year, but kept it private. "I don't think that I've processed it," she said. "It's a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways." As for why she decided to come out with the revelation at that moment, she said the news was going to be made public in a lawsuit with insurer State Farm over unpaid claims related to damage to her house caused by 2018's Los Angeles wildfires. The opening line of the lawsuit said, "Plaintiff Shannen Doherty is dying of stage 4 terminal cancer." It added that she's unable to live out "her remaining years peacefully in her home."
On May 4, the Daily Mail reported that Scott Disick had checked himself into Colorado's luxurious All Points North Lodge rehab facility in late April. But just moments after the report was published, Scott checked out of the treatment center and headed back to Los Angeles. In the report, the Mail ran a photo of Scott taken inside the facility, likely during his initial check in. Therein lies the problem: The leaked photo was a massive security breach, and Scott wanted to sue, TMZ reported. A spokesman for the facility said it was "sickened" over the photo, which is believed to have been snapped by a staffer. While the Mail's report claimed Scott was there for drug-related issues, his lawyer denied that, saying Scott was there "to work on his past traumas," including the deaths of his parents. Where was his girlfriend, Sofia Richie, during all this? On May 21, Us Weekly reported that the two split and were "on a break." Later reports confirmed it was over. Scott has since leaned on ex Kourtney Kardashian, even celebrating a serene birthday in Utah with her. Naturally, this sparked reconciliation rumors, which have proven to be false.
"Glee" star Naya Rivera, who played Santana Lopez on the hit FOX show for six seasons, went missing on the afternoon of July 8 after taking Josey, her 4-year-old son with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, out on California's Lake Piru in the Los Padres National Forest, which is about an hour north of Hollywood. The actress-singer had rented a pontoon boat for them to enjoy the water but three hours later, it was spotted adrift with only Josey asleep and alone on board. Authorities launched a massive search for Naya, who grew up nearby and often visited the man-made lake over the years, but the following day announced that it had tragically turned from a rescue to a recovery mission and she was presumed dead.