As 2018 is nearing the end, AceShowbiz is offering a recap of each month’s biggest event throughout the year.
A series of both unfortunate and fortunate events have filled 2018. Throughout the year, people are dealing with deaths, births, weddings, new romances and separations. Although we’ve lost some of stunning figures in entertainment world, with deaths also come births. This year also sees some celebrities welcoming new addition to their families.
Giving colors to the events happening this year are long-anticipated royal weddings. In addition, people get to witness some high-profile romances and even whirlwind romances in the hollywood entertainment.
As 2018 is nearing the end, AceShowbiz is offering a recap of each month’s biggest event throughout the year. Check them out below.
2018 had a rather bleak start with Mark Salling’s death of suicide by hanging on Tuesday, January 30. The actor, who was known for his role as Noah “Puck” Puckerman on FOX’s musical series “Glee”, was found lifeless, hanging from a tree near a riverbed in Sunland, the area where he lived.
His death arrived as he awaited sentencing after he was pleading guilty to possession pornography. Prior to his passing Mark allegedly attempted to commit suicide in the bedroom of his L.A. home before he freaked out and called his roommate for help.
Following news of his passing, a slew of his former “Glee” co-stars paid tribute to him on social media. Among them were Matthew Morrison, Iqbal Theba and vocal arranger Tim Davis.
Contrary to last month, February brought an exciting news. Kylie Jenner shocked everyone by dropping a major bombshell. After it was long-speculated that she was pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Travis Scott (II), the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star finally confirms the rumors on February 4.
Taking to Instagram, the makeup mogul announced the arrival of her daughter Stormi Webster. The baby was born on February 1st.
“I’m sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions,” Kylie told online devotees. “I understand you are used to me bringing you along and all my journeys. My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world. I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a life time in the most positive stress free and healthy way I knew how.”
Spring means a new season of “The Bachelor”. This year’s season though, might be different from the previous ones and one could argue that it might be the most controversial season in the franchise’s history.
Arie Luyendyk Jr., who was pointed as the leading man of season 22 of the ABC dating show, was dubbed the most hated Bachelor after he publicly dumped fiancee and winner Becca Kufrin for the runner-up, Lauren Burnham.
The race car driver met up with Becca a couple weeks after getting engaged during the finale. Becca initially thought they were going to spend the weekend together but it turned out they met up because Arie wanted to call things off with her as he still had feelings for Lauren.
“I felt like the more I was hanging out with you the more I was losing the chance of reconciling with her,” Arie told a shocked Becca. “We left Peru and I didn’t want to be as honest with you about how conflicted I was.”
Arie is now happily engaged to Lauren and is planning to have their wedding next year.
Actress Allison Mack, who is known for her role as Chloe Sullivan on “Smallville”, made headlines after news of her getting arrested for alleged sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy broke. She was indicted for an alleged leading role in the NXIVM sex cult, which leader Keith Raniere was arrested late last month in Mexico.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York, both Mack and Reniere were accused of branding their victims and forcing them to participate in sex acts through the various self-help programs that Raniere established within his umbrella organization, NXIVM. Mack was allegedly “one of the women in the first level of the pyramid immediately below Raniere.”
Following the arrest, fellow actress Samia Shoaib revealed that she was approached by Mack as she tried to lure her into the twisted world of the alleged sex cult. The Pakistan-born actress alleged that Mack sent her overly friendly and frantic emails in attempt to get her in a “women’s circle” back in March 2013.
While Mack didn’t seem like a bad person, Shoaib said that one email stuck out to her the most. “Thank you for last night! I had a lovely time with you and [your friend]. You are both delicious women,” Mack allegedly wrote in an email after their final dinner in the same year.
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One of the biggest weddings in 2018 arrived in May when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially tied the knot on Saturday, May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Followed by 10 bridesmaids and page boys, including Harry’s four-year-old nephew Prince George and three-year-old niece Princess Charlotte, the former “Suits” actress walked up the steps of the church in an exquisite white dress with flowing train and long lace veil designed by Givenchy artistic director Clare Waight Keller. She completed her stunning bride look with the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara, made in 1932 and borrowed from Queen Elizabeth II.
In the procession, which was attended by famous figures including Abigail Spencer, Priyanka Chopra, James Corden, Amal and George Clooney among others, Prince Charles replaced Meghan’s father Thomas Markle to walk her down the aisle. Thomas was unable to attend the nuptials since he was suffering from health issues.
During the ceremony, which was conducted by Dean of Windsor David Conner, U.S. Bishop Michael Curry made a passionate address while the guests were treated to a gospel rendition of 1961 song “Stand by Me” by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir. Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, officiated the marriage vows, with Harry and Meghan then exchanging wedding bands.
One of the sweet moments from the nuptials was when the camera caught Harry whispering to his bride, stating the words, “You look amazing.” The happy couple later announced in October that they are expecting their first child together.
Another loss hit the entertainment world after Kate Spade was found dead in an apparent suicide on June 5. The founder of the famed fashion brand hanged herself in her New York City apartment.
The brand confirmed the heartbreaking news through its official Twitter account, writing, “Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed.” It continued saying, “Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought into this world.”
pic.twitter.com/ylX5sA6MpQ— kate spade new york (@katespadeny) June 5, 2018
Kate committed suicide after suffering from depression and anxiety for many years, according to an official statement released on Wednesday, June 6. “She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives. We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy,” the statement added.
Fans were shocked on July 24 after it was reported that Demi Lovato was rushed to the hospital in Los Angeles for a suspected drug overdose. Law enforcement said Demi, who has been open about her struggles with substance abuse for years, was treated with Narcan, an emergency treatment to reverse the effects of a narcotic overdose.
The “Heart Attack” hitmaker was later revealed to be “awake and with her family” following the near-fatal health scare. “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support,” her rep said in a statement. “Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now.”
Taking to Instagram to address her condition in August, the “Cool for the Summer” singer said, “I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well,” before thanking her fans. “I am forever grateful for all of your love and support throughout this past week and beyond. Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time. I want to thank my family, my team, and the staff at Cedars-Sinai who have been by my side this entire time. Without them I wouldn’t be here writing this letter to all of you.”
Alongside Rose McGowan, Asia Argento was one of MeToo movement activists after she accused disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment in October 2017. However, things took a twisted turn after it was reported that the “XXX” star was involved in a sexual assault scandal of her own.
Actor and musician Jimmy Bennett claimed that the actress sexually harassed him when he was only 17 in 2013. According to the document, the two, who played mother and son respectively in “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things”, met at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey with Bennett’s family member before the “Marie Antoinette” actress asked for sometime alone with the actor. The mother of two then gave him alcohol and kissed him. Afterward, she gave him an oral sex before they had a sexual intercourse.
It was also mentioned in the document that the sexual encounter with Argento was so traumatic for Bennett that it affected his mental health, career and income. It reportedly left him feeling “extremely confused, mortified, and disgusted.” The “Poseidon” actor later sued the Italian actress and director for $3.5 million in damages for the intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery.
It was revealed that Argento then paid $380,000 to Bennett in November 2017 as a part of the agreement. In exchange, Bennet had to give a picture of him and the actress in bed along with its copyright to Argento.
The world lost one of talented souls in September. Rapper Mac Miller was found lifeless from an apparent drug overdose in his San Fernando Valley home on September 7. He was 26.
The tragic news comes just months after his breakup with singer Ariana Grande, who was engaged to comedian and “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson” at that time.
The “Swimming” spitter previously shared his concern in an interview, saying, “was not happy and I was on lean very heavy.” Miller added, “I was so f**ked up all the time it was bad. My friends couldn’t even look at me the same. I was lost.”
Despite his passing, friends and fellow musicians are trying to keep his music and legacy with the launch of Mac Miller Circles Fund, a new foundation meant to help provide resources and programming for arts education in underserved communities. The foundation was launched at a benefit concert called “Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life” on October 31 at Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, which featured performances from Travis Scott (II), SZA, Chance the Rapper, Miguel, Ty Dolla $ign and more.
2018 is indeed a hard year for Ariana Grande. The “God Is a Woman” singer has yet to emotionally recover from the trauma she had from the bombing attack at her Manchester in 2017, and she had to face the harsh reality when one of her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, died in suicide. The emotional struggle apparently took a toll on her whirlwind relationship with Pete as it was reported that they decided to call off their engagement in October.
It was said that the “Sweetener” singer thought “this wasn’t the right time for them.” While Pete was understandably heartbroken over this, he knew that this is the best for them.
However, they were allegedly not ruling out any possibility of getting back together as the two are still pretty much in love with each other. “They have a very special connection, partly because Pete has been there for Ariana during a painful time in her life. She will forever and always be grateful to Pete,” a source claimed. “They felt constantly under a microscope. They felt that they literally had no privacy and it really took a toll on their relationship,” said a source.
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Marvel fans mourned the passing of Stan Lee on November 12. The Marvel Comics creator passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after medical emergency.
Four days after his death, Stan Lee was laid to rest in a private ceremony on Friday, November 16. “As we all continue to process our feelings of loss at the passing of a true legend, many are asking if there will be a memorial in Stan’s honor,” the POW! Entertainment said in a statement. “Stan was always adamant that he did not want a large public funeral, and as such his family has conducted a private closed ceremony in accordance with his final wishes. Our thoughts and prayers continued to be with them.”
The company continued saying in the statement, “We at Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment are working on putting together a tribute befitting the greatest creator of our time and the father of modern pop culture. The grandeur of Stan makes this a monumental task, and we hope to have more info in the days to come.”
A Statement from Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. pic.twitter.com/VjTA3Xn7qX
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) November 16, 2018
Following his death, many of stars paid tribute to the comic legend. Original “Avengers” stars including Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans teamed up for an advert that is featured in the November 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.
Cardi B surprised fans when she announced her and husband Offset’s split on late Tuesday, December 4 via Instagram. In a video, the “Bodak Yellow” hitmaker admitted people had been “bugging” her about their relationship before she finally decided to address it in the clip.
“I’ve been trying to work things out with my baby father,” she said, before confirming, “We’re not together anymore.” Claiming that they’ve “got a lot of love for each other,” she said they would remain “good friends” and “good business partners.” She added, “He’s always somebody that I run to … to talk to.”
While she didn’t detail the reason of their separation, Cardi shared, “Things haven’t been just working out between us for a long time. It’s nobody’s fault. We just grew out of love,” hinting that their split was amicable. “It may take time to get a divorce,” she added, before ending it by saying, “And I’m gonna always have a lot of love for him, because he is my daughter’s father.”
The shocking bombshell arrived after reports of the Migos rapper tried to cheat on Cardi again with another female rapper emerged. A woman claimed the rapper, whose real name is Kiari Cephus, wanted to have a threesome with Cuban Doll and her friend.
Cardi and Offset later sparked reconciliation rumors after they were spotted vacationing together in Puerto Rico just a week after the former announced their split. However, the “Money” spitter clarified that she didn’t get back together with Offset. “I just had to get fucked. That’s all,” the Bronx rapper slyly said in an Instagram video.
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