Here we are—the start of a brand new year! What better time than New Year’s Eve to look back at 2013. This past year, there was no shortage of celebrity news, scandals, makeups, and breakups—new May-December relationships flourished, while others dissolved. Here’s a quick countdown of the five biggest celebrity stories of the year on EarnTheNecklace.com.
#5: Alec Baldwin’s Breakdown
It’s been a rough year for Alec Baldwin, despite welcoming a baby girl with his young wife, Hilaria Thomas. Back in June, the 55-year-old actor went on a furious Twitter rant, slamming a reporter who accused Thomas of tweeting during the late James Gandolfini’s funeral. Baldwin was torn apart in the media for calling the reporter a “toxic little queen.” He then got into a physical altercation with a paparazzo who was trying to snap pictures of his family, followed by another angry rant, this time via newspaper. If that weren’t enough, Baldwin also had to testify against a younger woman who was accused of stalking him—the woman, however, claimed they were once a couple. Plus, MSNBC pulled the plug on Baldwin’s new series, Up Late, after less than 50 days on the air.
#4: Clint Eastwood and Dina Ruiz Split
One of the most famous celebrity age-gap couples officially ended their 17-year marriage this year. In October, Dina Ruiz, 48, filed for divorce from her famous husband, 83-year-old Clint Eastwood. Although the celebrity couple has been separated since 2012, the dissolution of their marriage was surrounded by an interesting turn of events. Ruiz was rumored to have gone back to her ex, Scott Fisher, but here’s where it gets interesting. Eastwood reportedly started dating Fisher’s young ex-wife, Erica Tomlinson-Fisher, and this is supposedly what pushed Ruiz to finally end the marriage for good. Ruiz has asked for spousal support and full custody of their daughter, but Eastwood is fighting for no financial support and joint custody.
#3: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Take a Break
Another high-profile May-December marriage crumbled in 2013: Michael Douglas, 69, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, 44. The celebrity couple revealed in August that they were “taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.” Although neither party proceeded with a divorce or legal separation, Douglas reportedly moved out of their family home. Being one of the most well-known age-gap celebrity couples, the news of their split came as a surprise, especially because they always looked so happy together. However, they’re said to be working through their differences and will hopefully be reconciling soon. So, there’s still hope for 2014!
#2: Simon Cowell’s Pregnant Mistress
This was a celebrity scandal that left everyone stunned. In August, it was revealed that iconic bachelor Simon Cowell, 54, was going to be a father for the first time, but it wasn’t exactly happy news. The pregnancy exposed Cowell’s illicit affair with 36-year-old New York socialite, Lauren Silverman, who was married to one of Cowell’s close friends at the time. Not surprisingly, Silverman’s rich husband immediately filed for divorce, citing “adultery” and even naming Cowell as the co-respondent. Although he remained mum on the scandal at first, Cowell eventually expressed his excitement about becoming a father for the first time. His affair with Silverman has since turned into a real relationship, and the celebrity couple is preparing to welcome their baby in February 2014.
#1: Paul Walker’s Tragic Death
The biggest celebrity news story of 2013, by far, was the shocking death of 40-year-old actor, Paul Walker. The Fast and the Furious star was tragically killed on November 30, 2013 when the Porsche he was riding crashed into a pole and tree. The car burst into flames, killing both Walker and the driver, professional racecar driver Roger Rodas. After his death, Walker’s much younger girlfriend, 23-year-old Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, was suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Because Walker was such a private person, not many people knew that he was dating anyone, let alone a younger woman. The couple had reportedly been dating for about seven years, and it was Pilchard-Gosnell who broke the news about Walker’s death to his 15-year-old daughter.
There you have it, a wrap-up of the five biggest celebrity stories of 2013. On behalf of EarnTheNecklace.com, we’d like to wish you and all your loved ones a safe, healthy, and happy New Year! We look forward to bringing you even more juicy celebrity news, racy real-life stories, and helpful advice in 2014.
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