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Biggest Celebrity Highs and Lows of 2016

December 12th, 2016 by Liz Brown

david bowie(Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Adam Bielewski)


Let’s be honest. It’s been a tough year for the fabulously famous. In celebrity news, 2016 will go down in history as the year that the world lost some of its most beloved artists, saw breakups of some of Hollywood’s most revered couples, and watched scandal eclipse some of its biggest stars. Don’t let this superstar year-in-review get you too down, though. There were still some bright spots.

Check out our picks for the biggest highs and lows in the world of celebrity news for 2016:

David Bowie Dies
The 69-year-old rock icon passed away in January after a quiet 18-month battle with cancer. His death came just two days after the release of his newest album “Blackstar” and shocked the world who had hoped to keep hearing new material from the Starman for many years to come.

Prince Dies
In April 2016, the music world was dealt another major blow when 57-year-old funk-pop-rock superstar Prince passed away due to an accidental overdose of the pain medication fentanyl.

Brangelina Breakup
In September 2016, Hollywood royalty Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt announced they were headed for divorce after more than ten years together, two years of marriage, and six children.

Kim Kardashian West Robbed in Paris Hotel
In October 2016, the TV personality was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room when five attackers gained access to her hotel room and stole a reported $10 million worth of jewelry.

Kanye West Hospitalized
Things just kept getting harder for the Kardashian clan when Kanye West was hospitalized for psychiatric reasons in November 2016 after erratic behavior at his home.

Ryan Lochte’s Rio Robbery Fakeout
Ryan Lochte went from swimming superstar to international pariah when it was revealed that the robbery he reported being a victim of during the Rio Olympics never really happened. Lochte quietly left Brazil and returned to the US while the investigation continued and was then confronted about the incident during an awkward moment during a live taping of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Shannen Doherty’s Cancer Battle
The star of shows like the original “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Charmed” faced a real-life drama when she revealed that her breast cancer had spread to her lymphatic system this year. Doherty has been open about her battle, sharing her struggle with radiation treatments and a mastectomy with followers and fans.

Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney Call Off Engagement
The Mother Monster was supposed to be off the market for good after her engagement to actor Taylor Kinney, but the couple announced the nuptials were off back in July.


Enough of the death, divorce and darkness. Let’s take a breath and take a moment to look on the bright side. Check out a few celebrity high points from 2016 here:

Jamie Foxx Saves Man from Burning Vehicle
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx kicked off the year with a bright spot when he saved a man from a burning car back in January. Maybe it’s time for yet another “Superman” remake with this guy.

Prince George Greets Obama in a Stylish Robe
Nothing cheers us up like imminently cherubic Prince George. One of our favorite celebrity moments of the year came when the 3-year-old royal stayed up past his bedtime to greet President Obama while wearing a very stylish and insanely adorable luxury robe.

Mila and Ashton Welcomed Baby #2
The “That ‘70s Show” co-stars welcome their second child in November 2016, Dimitri Portwood Kushner.

Dream Kardashian Is Here
If anyone was worried about running low on Kardashians, there was more good celebrity news this year when Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna welcomed Baby Dream in November.