The Most Shocking Headlines of 2013
If there was one word to describe 2013, it would be "shocking." From Justin Bieber getting into whole big messes of trouble to Angelina Jolie making an announcement that shook and inspired the world, there simply was never a dull moment all year. Though some stars went out of their way to shock us (we're lookin' at you, Miley Cyrus!), the true bombshells were from the least-likely suspects.
Lil Wayne scared the bejesus out of the world in March when he was hospitalized for a seizure. The 'A Milli' rapper had been battling epilepsy for some time, but this seizure was one of the worst. Rumored to be spawned by sizzurp, contradicting reports emerged left and right as to the true nature of Weezy's condition -- which he and his Young Money crew insist was far less dire than it was initially reported.
2013 wasn't exactly a banner year for Justin Bieber. In addition to splitting with Selena Gomez for good, he got into a mess of trouble all year long. But the Biebs' most egregious offense of all was probably when he was caught on camera peeing into a janitor's bucket at a restaurant. But the most offensive part of the incident? Bieber yelling "F--- Bill Clinton!" Dude, leave Slick Willie out of this.
Charlie Hunnam shocked the world when he signed on to play Christian Grey in 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' And he shocked them again when he abruptly dropped out of the steamy near-flesh flick. It shocked producers the most, who had to push back filming to find a new star (replacement Jamie Dornan) ... but sources close to Hunnam say he got cold feet about taking such a risky part in a fledgling franchise.
Cory Monteith devastated 'Glee' fans, friends, cast and crew when he died suddenly in a Vancouver hotel room of a deadly cocktail of heroin and alcohol ... but no one was more crushed than longtime girlfriend Lea Michele. 'The Quarterback' will be greatly missed by all.
Hollywood was thrown a huge blow when eccentric, acclaimed actress Brittany Murphy died suddenly at age 33 in 2009. Despite the coroner's initial report that the '8 Mile' starlet passed away from natural causes, an investigation being led by her father suggests she may have actually been poisoned -- making her tale even more tragic.
The Jonas Brothers had a pretty tumultuous 2013. They attempted a comeback with 'Pom Poms,' which stalled; however, their die hard fans were salivating at their reunion tour. However, that tour never happened: the band dropped out at the last minute, shocking even the promoters, opening act Bonnie McKee and touring crew. The band announced their breakup shortly thereafter, saying severe creative differences led to the split.
Selena Gomez prides herself on being classy and one of the last remaining scandal-free good girls in the Disney alumni set. That changed on Dec. 6 at the Los Angeles stop of the Jingle Ball 2013 tour, where Gomez was busted lip-synching ... and cursing. She has yet to acknowledge the incident.
Amanda Bynes went from a comedic darling to a disturbed danger to society. After a downfall that started years ago with a few DUIs and spiraled into alleged drug use and a Drake obsession, Bynes lit a fire in a stranger's driveway, finally causing authorities to spring into action. The former Nickelodeon star was placed on a psychiatric hold and then under a conservatorship. Bynes has since been admitted to a psychiatric hospital and rehab, and she recently enrolled in design school.
Angelina Jolie had it all: Brad Pitt, adorable tots, an Oscar ... and now, implants. The humanitarian starlet revealed in stunning New York Times editorial that she underwent a double mastectomy after learning she possesses the BRCA1 gene, predisposing her to breast and ovarian cancers. Following her mastectomy, Jolie underwent reconstructive surgery -- and hopes using her voice will encourage women everywhere to take charge of their health.
In a twist of fate so ironic that the world hoped it was a hoax, 'Fast + the Furious' star Paul Walker died at 40 in a car crash. Details are still emerging, but what we know so far: Walker was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT being driven by pal Roger Rodas. Rodas lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree, killing both Walker and himself. Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow and has been mourned by his castmates -- for whom the show must go on.