Biggest Celebrity Stories of 2016 (Part 1)


1. Donald Trump elected president of the United States

In the wee hours of Nov. 9, businessman-turned-reality-star-turned-politician Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in what was perhaps one of the most surprising upsets … well, ever. Despite numerous polls showing Hillary Clinton winning (some by a lot), Trump rallied in the Rust Belt and surged to achieve a surprising victory. “Sorry to keep you waiting. Complicated business,” he told followers as he took the stage to address his supporters. “I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign.” In the wake of his election, Trump has continued to shake things up. He kicked off a “Thank You” tour, has made some interesting choices when it comes to Cabinet positions, irked China by making a call to Taiwan, and has been taking meetings with everyone from Kanye West to Bill Gates. If we could only get him to take a break from Twitter. (Photo: John Locher/AP)

2. Brangelina breaks up

With as much drama as when they got together, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s 12-year relationship came to sudden end in September. The controversial pair with the famous portmanteau, who hooked up when he was still married to Jennifer Aniston, parted due to “parenting styles” — though it later came out that they had a nasty fight on a private jet, with their six children present, that culminated in their eldest, Maddox, going shoulder to shoulder with his dad while defending his mom. Pitt was ultimately vindicated of any wrongdoing, but seems like the loser anyway as he has barely seen their kids (and the visits are always supervised) and must submit to drug and alcohol testing several times a month. (Pitt’s Allied co-star Marion Cotillard made it clear she wasn’t the “other woman” in the split.) While it’s never nice to see any family torn apart, a small bright spot in the Brangelina bust up were the hysterical Aniston memes that served as reminder that what goes around comes around. (Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

3. Kim Kardashian robbed at gunpoint in Paris

On Oct. 3, Kim Kardashian was held at gunpoint, forced into a bathtub, and robbed by men dressed as police officers in a private apartment. She had been in France for Paris Fashion Week, along with her mother, Kris Jenner, and sisters Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner. The attackers made off with a whopping $10 million worth of jewelry, including her nearly 20-carat second engagement ring from husband Kanye West. Though she was physically unharmed, a spokesperson for the reality TV star said she was “badly shaken.” In the aftermath, social media was declared at least partly to blame, as Kim had inadvertently revealed she was alone in her hotel room (sans body guard) when she Snapchatted herself FaceTiming shortly before. (Her bodyguard was watching over Kendall and Kourtney’s night out at the time.) Since the attack, Kim has been keeping a low profile and has not posted on Instagram or Twitter. (Photo: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)