Wowsers! No one saw this coming -- Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger of Nickelback announced their engagement on August 21 after six months of dating. While everyone loves to hate Nickelback (really, who writes a song with lyrics like "I like your pants around your feet"?!?), they must be buying their albums and attending their concerts because Kroeger proposed with a whopping 14-carat ring, rumoured to be worth nearly $900,000. Yikes! The pair met while working on a song together earlier in the year.
Whitney Houston had led a tumultous life but nothing could have prepared the world for the news in February that the Diva had died while staying in an LA hotel in the run-up to the Grammy Awards. Sadly instead of performing, Whitney's life would end up being honoured at the ceremony in a tribute sung by Jennifer Hudson of Whitney's signature tune 'I WIll Always Love You'.
News that Jack Osbourne had been diagnosed with the degenerative condition Multiple Sclerosis only weeks after the birth of his first child tugged at our heart strings. Jack was diagnosed after he lost vision in one of his eyes.
What would you do to pay the bills? It turns out that Octomom is prepared to go pretty far! News that she was turning to porn to make a crust had plenty of people talking, but we can't help but think that it's as much about the attention as the paycheck for Nadya! Her kids will now have the playground ignominy of being told by other kids about their mother's unconventional career move.
In June singers Chris Brown and Drake made headlines by having an all-out brawl in an NY nightclub. The fracas was rumoured to be over Rihanna. Chris Brown subsequently tweeted this pic of his injuries and more recently has released a song that disses Drake. This could turn into one of the great music industry feuds of all time!
Actor George Clooney was one of several protesters arrested outside of the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C. He had been peacefully protesting the Sudanese regime when he was arrested along with his father. Props to Clooney for having the courage of his convictions!
After being together for 14 years we thought these two might actuallybe soul mates but sadly this glamourous, quirky pair announced in June that they were splitting.
When Lindsay Lohan was reported to be unresponsive in a hotel room in Los Angeles in June we all held out breaths expecting dire news to emerge. The shock was that Lindsay was actually fine and just exhausted from a gruelling shooting schedule. This was Lindsay's second major drama in one week, having earlier crashed her Porsche into an 18-wheel truck on the freeway. Having just turned 26, Lindsay has surely given us enough shocks for one lifetime.
Disco Diva Donna Summer who provided the soundtrack to a decade of glitz, glamour and synthetic pants passed away in May aged 63. Miss Summer was a very private person so her death came as a shock to the wider world. Anthemic songs like 'Bad Girls', 'Love to Love Ya Baby' and 'She Works Hard for the Money' will guarantee that her legacy will live on for many years to come.
Were a couple ever more in love with the idea of themselves than Kim and Kanye? It seems a marriage made in heaven that the world's two biggest attention seekers would find one another, and with Kim fresh out of a brief marriage that seemed largely geared for publicity the timing is perfect. We just hope these two don't turn out to be one great big publicity stunt! Caution is advised, we have a funny feeling the public could very quickly lose interest in these two.
Oh Madonna, what were you thinking? Madonna has been the reigning Queen of Pop for decades, but sometimes you have to quit when you're ahead. Instead of ascending to the role of grande dame she is ill-advisedly trying to keep up with the kids. Madonna's ill advised decision to flash her breast during a concert in Istanbul left us all scratching our heads. Has the Material Girl lost the plot?
Mel Gibson is at it again. The scandal plagued actor had another restraining order taken out against him, this time by his stepmother who claims he verbally abused her and spat in her face. Could this be the final nail in Gibson's career coffin?
The news that former child actor Mary-Kate Olsen, 26, was dating the former French President's brother Olivier Sarkozy, 42, certainly set tongues wagging. Even more surprising than their obvious height difference, is their 16 year age gap. What can we say? Opposites attract.
Scientology's most famous union shocked the world when they announced they were separating. With divorce papers being filed and a custody battle brewing over scientolotot Suri the final chapter of this story is far from written. WATCH THIS SPACE.
The Bee Gees Robin Gibb passed away on May 20, leaving only one remaining member of the legendary band alive. Gibb was being trreated for cancer and had initially responded well to treatment but ultimately succumbed to liver and kidney failure.