25 biggest celebrity stories of 2017

2017 was an especially crazy year in Hollywood. As a former reality TV star took high office (we’re still not used to saying “President Trump”), we watched movie producer Harvey Weinstein be dethroned as a major player in the biz after a far-reaching sexual misconduct scandal. (He maintains his innocence.) While there was a lot of bad (including the Manchester bombing at an Ariana Grande concert and the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, during the Route 91 Harvest music festival), there were good things too: Beyoncé and Jay-Z welcomed twins, as did George and Amal Clooney, and the Kardashian family is baby-booming. Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal engagement delighted — on both sides of the pond. We look back at the biggest celeb stories of the year here…

1. Sexual harassment scandals rock Hollywood

When the New York Times first published its bombshell report in early October alleging that Harvey Weinstein had committed sexual assault and misconduct, Hollywood wasn’t ready for the avalanche it created in its wake. Nearly 90 women — including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow — have accused the disgraced producer of harassment, misconduct, and/or assault. (Weinstein has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.) What followed was a string of accusations against many powerful men in Hollywood, among them Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Brett Ratner, Russell Simmons, and Jeffrey Tambor, as well as people sharing their stories in the #MeToo movement. (Photo: Getty Images)

2. Bombing occurs at Ariana Grande concert

Tragedy struck an Ariana Grande concert in May, when a terrorist bombing killed 22 and injured more than 500 as she wrapped up the Manchester leg of her “Dangerous Woman” world tour. Grande subsequently suspended her tour to deal with the tragedy, sharing how she felt “broken” on Twitter. She then organized the “One Love Manchester” concert, with proceeds benefiting the families of the victims of the attack. Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Usher, and Niall Horan joined the event, causing tickets to sell out in six minutes. Before the concert, Grande visited those who were injured in the hospital. (Photo: Getty Images)

3. Country festival becomes site of deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history

Just months later, before we could process what happened in Manchester, Jason Aldean was mid-performance at the “Route 91 Harvest” festival in Las Vegas in October when the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred. Fifty-eight people died and about 500 were injured when a gunman opened fire at the crowd from his Mandalay Bay hotel room. “Tonight has been beyond horrific,” the country singer shared. “I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe…. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.” (Photo: Getty Images)

4. Beyoncé and Jay-Z welcome twins

From a cheating scandal to … twins! The “Lemonade” singer announced in February that she was expecting two new additions to the Carter family. “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. — The Carters,” she wrote. The big day came in June when Queen Bey gave birth to Rumi and Sir. Jay-Z shed some light on the unique names, explaining, “Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter… Sir was like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.” (Photo: Beyoncé via Instagram)

5. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce engagement

In other royal news, Prince Harry has found his future princess, popping the question to Suits actress Meghan Markle in November. The couple revealed in a BBC interview that he proposed during a quiet night at home while they roasted a chicken. The pair, who were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend in July 2016, plan to get married in May 2018. (Photo: Getty Images)

6. Tom Petty dies

The iconic voice behind “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down,” and dozens of other radio staples suffered cardiac arrest in September, just days after finishing a three-night stand at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl as part of a tour celebrating 40 years of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. News of his death was particularly dramatic when it was reported by CBS News that he had passed away before he actually did, and was beyond hurtful for his grieving family. (Photo: Getty Images)

7. Oscars Best Picture flub

The Academy Awards were nothing short of boring this year as La La Land won Best Picture … until it didn’t. Shortly after the Emma Stone/Ryan Gosling film was awarded the top prize, it turned out the real winner was Moonlight. The confusion happened onstage after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope by two social media-loving accountants. Host Jimmy Kimmel had to correct the mistake while the La La Land crew was onstage, announcing the real winner to a stunned audience of A-listers. (Photo: Getty Images)

8. The Kardashian baby boom

Get ready for a whole new generation of Kardashians to keep up with as there will be three born next year. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will have their third child via surrogate after the reality star was deemed unable to carry another baby due to health issues. Khloé Kardashian also has a baby on the way with her boyfriend, NBA star Tristan Thompson. And — most surprising of all — Kylie Jenner, 20, is also expecting her first child, with boyfriend Travis Scott. Obviously nobody is as excited as momager Kris Jenner. (Photo: Getty Images)

9. Kathy Griffin’s Trump photo shoot

There was no shortage of drama surrounding the Apprentice star turned president, who took office in January. Hollywood didn’t exactly embrace him — and he didn’t show Hollywood any love either. Out of all his entanglements (stop tweeting!), the one with comedian Kathy Griffin made the biggest headlines. She came under fire after participating in a photo shoot holding his “bloody decapitated” head in May. Despite initially apologizing for going “too far” (she had a press conference to address it), the career backlash was swift as she lost various gigs, including co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve program. Famous friends, including Anderson Cooper, also distanced themselves. Months later, Griffin backtracked on her apology, saying, “I’m no longer sorry — the whole outrage was B.S. The whole thing got so blown out of proportion.” (Photo: Getty Images)

10. Chris Cornell commits suicide

The grunge-rock artist, best known for his work with Soundgarden and Audioslave, hanged himself in a Detroit hotel room in May, hours after playing a show. Cornell had long been public about his battles with depression and addiction. His pal Chester Bennington, the Linkin Park musician who would die by suicide just two months later, performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at Cornell’s private L.A. memorial. (Photo: Getty Images)

11. Chester Bennington commits suicide

The Linkin Park singer’s death at just 41 was unexpected, even though Bennington had struggled with depression and addiction for years. TMZ later reported that he had attempted suicide nine months before he died on July 20 — the birthday of his late friend Chris Cornell. (Photo: Getty Images)

12. Anna Faris and Chris Pratt divorce

The Hollywood couple stunned many when they announced in August that they were separating after eight years of marriage. “We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed,” Faris and Pratt said in a statement. “We still love each other and will always cherish our time together.” They share a son, 5-year-old Jack. Busy schedules and fame were rumored to be why the comedic pair called it quits. Pratt made things official, filing for divorce in November, citing irreconcilable differences. Faris has already moved on and is dating cinematographer Michael Barrett. (Photo: Getty Images)

13. Selena Gomez receives kidney transplant from best friend

Following a string of canceled tour dates in 2015, Selena Gomez revealed that she was struggling with the autoimmune disease lupus. “I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy,” she told Billboard magazine that year. But this year, the “Wolves” singer was noticeably absent from the limelight, especially during the summer. Well, that’s because she secretly underwent a kidney transplant, thanks to her best friend, Francia Raisa. “There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend,” Gomez wrote on Instagram. “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.” (Photo: Selena Gomez via Instagram)

14. Mary Tyler Moore dies

In January, the actress who charmed audiences and made a difference with The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the ’70s died following a battle with pneumonia. She was 80. Cloris Leachman, a co-star on her hit show — which broke barriers by depicting an independent woman with a career, confronting issues of the day — explained the effect of the show. “When she came on, it changed America,” Leachman said in a 2015 retrospective that aired on PBS. “So many women have told me it changed their lives. It made it possible for them to work themselves.” (Photo: Getty Images)

15. Julia Louis-Dreyfus diagnosed with breast cancer — one day after winning an Emmy

Coming off her sixth consecutive Emmy win for her role in Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed in September that she was battling breast cancer. She had been diagnosed the day after the Emmy Awards. “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” Louis-Dreyfus shared soon after. “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.” In October, she posted that she had completed her second round of chemotherapy. (Photo: Instagram/Julia Louis-Dreyfus/Getty Images)

16. Barry Manilow comes out at age 73

The singer has been known the world over for crooning iconic hits such as “Mandy” and “Copacabana,” but in April he came out in a big way by gracing the cover of People to announce that he is gay. During an interview on the Today show, he revealed that it was largely old news in his inner circle and he only came out because he felt “forced” to, as a tabloid was running a story that he had married his longtime companion, Garry Kief. Of their relationship, Manilow said, “Garry and I have been together going on 40 years. That’s amazing for anybody.” (Photo: Getty Images)

17. George and Amal Clooney welcome twins

Continuing with the baby boom… The power couple celebrated the birth of their highly anticipated twins, Ella and Alexander, in June. Even though as a bachelor Clooney had said he didn’t want children (never say never!), the 56-year-old actor came around once he married the human rights lawyer. Speaking about his new babies, he said, “Ella is very elegant and dainty. She has these big beautiful eyes. She looks like Amal,” while Alexander “weighs three pounds more than his sister. [He’s] just a thug, he’s a fat little boy” and has the “loudest laugh in the room.” (Photo: Getty Images)

18. Corey Feldman names alleged accusers

After launching a “Truth Campaign” to expose Hollywood predators, the actor did just that. The child star named two alleged abusers in November — not too long after receiving flak from Matt Lauer for seemingly withholding the information to raise funding for a film. (Photo: Getty Images)

19. “Bachelor in Paradise” shuts down production over misconduct allegations

Days after filming on Season 4 began in Mexico in June, production was shut down when producers allegedly filmed DeMario Jackson in a sexual situation with a contestant who may not have been sober enough to consent. The show was put on lockdown while Warner Bros., which produces the show, investigated. Meanwhile, Jackson and the contestant in question, Corinne Olympios, lawyered up and issued statements — he insisting that it had been consensual, and she saying that she didn’t remember. Eventually, Warner Bros. ended the investigation and found that there was no misconduct. Both Jackson and Olympios spoke during the finale event, where she explained how she had been affected by a bad mix of medication and alcohol (and didn’t blame Jackson), and the two shared their desire to put the incident behind them. (Photo: Getty Images)

20. The “Fyre Festival” fiasco

After attempting to launch the “new Coachella” in April, Ja Rule and his business partner ended up pissing off a lot of rich kids. The luxury festival — which was promoted by models like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid — never happened, as those who descended upon a private island in the Bahamas were greeted with no shelter, food, or music. Multiple suits were filed against the organizers, including a class-action lawsuit for $100 million for fraud. Ticket packages for the postponed event reportedly sold for $4,000 to $100,000 per person. (Photo: Getty Images)

21. Kendall Jenner misses the mark with Pepsi ad

Speaking of Kendall, the backlash against the model’s “tone deaf” Pepsi ad in April was immediate, with many calling out the reality star and the soda company for trivializing the Black Lives Matter movement. Borrowing imagery from the movement, the ad featured Jenner participating in a photo shoot when a protest started nearby. Encouraged by one of the marchers, Jenner joined the crowd and brought peace by going up to one of the police officers and handing him a can of Pepsi, miraculously solving everything. Pepsi ended up pulling the mocked and insensitive ad, apologizing and saying they had “missed the mark.” The company also apologized to Jenner, who was said to be devastated by the whole thing. (Photo: YouTube/Pepsi)

22. Taylor Swift comes out of hiding, drops “Reputation”

After going into hiding following her “famous” feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Swift emerged with a new album and a new boyfriend. It was revealed earlier this year that the singer was dating British actor Joe Alwyn, and unlike her romances with Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston, this one is decidedly low-key. Not so low-key? Her feelings toward Kimye and the media. The singer’s first single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” was a not-so-subtle diss track about that infamous phone call. Her album Reputation attempts to reclaim her reputation, which was dragged through the press, and it is the ultimate middle finger to those she thought wronged her last year. (Photo: Universal Music Group)

23. Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” launches a new era for female superheroes

As Marvel continues to make excuses as to why there are no plans for a Black Widow movie (and only announced Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in 2016), DC burst out of the gate with Wonder Woman, featuring Gal Gadot in the star-making role and director Patty Jenkins leading the film to box office and critical success. It became the third-highest-grossing domestic release for Warner Bros. and the highest-grossing film for a female director, it inspired the most popular Halloween costume alongside Pennywise the Clown, and it became 2017’s most tweeted-about movie as well as one of AFI’s top 10 films of 2017. It also catapulted Jenkins into the role of the highest-earning woman director for the upcoming sequel. Meanwhile, Gadot won the adoration of her peers for her astounding performance. (Photo: Everett Collection)

24. Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian feud

The couple’s relationship (and engagement) went up in flames this year, leading to Kardashian’s July social media meltdown, where he posted a series of explicit photos of Chyna, claiming that she had cheated on him and had substance-abuse issues. Chyna alleged that Kardashian was violent toward her and threatened suicide. She filed a lawsuit against not just her ex, but the entire Kardashian family for “damaging her brand and verbally and physically abusing her.” Rob and Kylie countersued, claiming assault and that baby Dream was part of a shakedown attempt. Needless to say, Chyna didn’t make it into the Kardashian Christmas card. (Photo: Getty Images)

25. Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber get back together

The Weeknd and Selena Gomez split in October after 10 months of dating, and faster than you could say “Jelena,” the songstress was already back together with ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber. The reunited couple is reportedly taking it slow. Hopefully, the hundredth time’s the charm! (Photo: Pacific Coast News)