The year 2018 is rife with celebrity drama, of the stars going to rehab, going broke, or simply off the deep end. Of family-feuds between the British royal family and American rock royalty to the cinema icons lose their millions, these are the biggest celebrity scandals of 2018.
JOHNNY DEPP’S MONEY MESS
If you thought that Johnny Depp divorce was dramatic, you haven’t seen his checkbook.
In January 2017, Depp has filed a $25 million lawsuit against its former directors, the Management of the Group, on suspicion of fraud and mismanagement of his money, claiming that they spent millions of dollars of his money without his permission for years. The Management of the Group filed a countersuit, claiming that Depp has his own money recklessly against their advice.
Depp’s lawsuit opened a massive can of worms about his finances: The Management Group alleged papers that he paid $30,000 per month on wine (which Depp later told Rolling Stone was much lower than what he actually paid), $3 million to launch late friend Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes from cannon, and millions of dollars on real estate.
The Management of the Group also claimed that Depp spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a sound engineer to feed him lines during the film; Depp confirmed with the help of a sound engineer, but denied it was to feed him lines, to explain, “I have bagpipes, a baby cries and the bombs. It creates a truth. Some of my greatest heroes were in the silent film. It had to be behind the eyes. And my feeling is that if there is no truth behind the eyes, no matter what the f—king words.”
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star also owes back taxes, interest and expenses to the IRS.
Depp is estimated to have earned $650 million in his career, and Rolling Stone reported that all that money is gone, with Depp having spent an estimated $2 million per month.
The lawsuits were scheduled to go to trial in August 2018, but Depp and the Management of the Group reached a settlement in July.
“Johnny Depp is pleased to have reached a settlement with The Management of the Group has the following legal steps which he took against the company in January 2017,” a rep for Depp confirmed to Fox News.
“The lawsuit on The Management Group – and subsequent settlement — is a further proof that Johnny is determined to take firm measures for the protection of his personal and artistic reputation in the interests of his family and his career.”
MEL B ‘ S, SEX AND DRUGS-DRAMA
Mel B showed that she was in rehab for post-traumatic stress disorder in July 2018 — but only after the former Spice Girl initially told The Sun she gets the treatment for alcohol and sex addiction.
The move came just a month before she and ex Stephen Belafonte finalized their divorce in August 2018, with Mel is sentenced to pay Belafonte a $350,000 settlement plus $4,800 a month in child support for their daughter, Madison.
In September, it was revealed that Mel B was ordered to undergo random alcohol and drug testing.
“I’m in therapy because my father was diagnosed with cancer nine years ago,” she admitted. “My therapy has changed a bit, because I was in a very intense relationship, that you can read all about it in my book.”
KHLOE KARDASHIAN IS CHEATING BABY DADDY
Tristan Thompson busted cheating on Khloe Kardashian right as she was about to give birth to their daughter, True.
In April 2018, video footage surfaced of a man who looked a lot like the NBA star kissing another woman in a nightclub, as well as a clip of Thompson and still a voluptuous beauty goes to his hotel room in New York and the woman leaving the hotel the next morning. More pictures emerged on TMZ of Tristan getting very close with two women in a club, allegedly from October 2017 — that would have been placed at about three months in Kardashian’s pregnancy.
After the scandal, Kardashian is not from Thompson, but sources told Fox News that he limited his socialising in an attempt to reconcile with his reality star baby mama.
“Khloe wants people to see the value of family, and they just don’t feel that the travel of Tristan was the best move for their daughter, True,” the source said. “Tristan is incredibly forthcoming with Khloe since the scandal, and he still works very hard to build trust not only with Khloe, but her family.”
“Kim and Kris are still his biggest critics, but they appreciate the efforts that he shows to prove that he’s matured,” the source added. “Only time will tell.”
ROSEANNE BARR GETS THE BOOT FROM ‘ROSEANNE’ REBOOT
In May 2018, Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about the former President Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett — and an hour later, her hit reboot of “Roseanne” was cancelled.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is appalling, abhorrent and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to let her see it,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey told Fox News.
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“I apologize for Valerie Jarrett and for all Americans. I’m really sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her appearance. I should have known better. Forgive me my joke was in bad taste,” Barr tweeted at the time.
She would later say that her tweet was not racist, but was “about the Iran deal” and accused her posting on Ambien.
Despite John Goodman penetrate Barr was not racist, “Roseanne” remained off the air, but her co-stars and crew, it was that he “Conners,” a spin-off in which Barr once-titular character was killed off courtesy of the opioid epidemic.
HEATHER LOCKLEAR IS THE NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS
Heather Locklear was hospitalized and placed under psychiatric has several times in 2018.
“Yesterday, Heather was at her home with her therapist and lawyer, and she simply had a nervous breakdown. Emts were called to her house and it was a medical call, not a criminal call,” a source close to the “Melrose Place” star told Fox News after her last incident. “The conversation was just a mental health precaution, and Heather’s family and friends will continue to support on her way to achieving a positive mental health state.”
Locklear was also arrested in February for allegedly attacking police officers after a confrontation with her boyfriend. In June, Locklear was arrested after police responded to a disturbance call; Locklear was accused of kicking responding officers. She has allegedly overdosed after the June incident and checked into rehab for alcohol and mental health.
BEN AFFLECK GOES TO REHAB
Ben Affleck was a difficult 2018. The “Batman V Superman” star split from his girlfriend of more than a year, “Saturday Night Live” producer Lindsay Shookus, in August. Days later he was spotted cavorting with a Playboy model in the House Clerk.
On Aug. 23, the actor checked into rehab, reportedly after an intervention of the then estranged wife Jennifer Garner after photos were published of the Oscar-winning actor with drink delivered to his Pacific Palisades, Calif., home. It was Affleck’s third time in treatment for alcoholism; his father and Oscar-winning brother Casey have also suffered from and been treated for the disease.
Garner and Affleck, who share daughters Violet and Seraphina and son Samuel, settled after their divorce, he got help.
Koster allegedly visited Affleck in rehab in September, October, they would have called it quits — just a few days after she posted snaps with Affleck on a vacation in Montana.
DEMI LOVATO IS AN OVERDOSE
On 24 July, Demi Lovato suffered a dangerous overdose of drugs that allegedly almost took her life.
While the drug Lovato is yet not revealed, reports indicated that she was revived with Narcan, a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses, before being transported to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Sources claimed that Lovato was surrounded by factors in the run-up to her overdose, and the singer gave in June that she collapsed, the release of the single “Sober” about falling back into her demons.
Lovato spent weeks in the hospital, then I went to rehab for months. At the end of October, Lovato’s mother revealed that the singer was 90 days sober, and Lovato posted a selfie in the voting booth on election day to celebrate its release.
“I’ve always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this disease is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and are not yet ready,” Lovato said in a statement following her hospitalization. “I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. My fans, I am eternally grateful for all the love and support over the past week and beyond. Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me to navigate through this difficult time.”
BRANGELINA’S CUSTODY DRAMA
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016, and more than two years later, the couple once known as Brangelina’s custody battle raged on until late November 2018.
In August 2018, Jolie archived documents for the completion of its separation from the “World War Z” star, as well as to force him to pay child support. She had previously claimed that Pitt had not paid any “meaningful support of the child” for their six children in their informal arrangement since their separation, but his legal team denied her claim.
On Nov. 30, Jolie’s new lawyer, Samantha Bley DeJean said in a statement, “A custody arrangement is agreed upon, two weeks ago, and has been signed by both parties and the judge. The agreement, which is based on the recommendations of the custody evaluator, eliminates the need for a trial. The submission and the details of the agreement are confidential to protect the interests of the children.”
THOMAS MARKLE BAIL ON THE ROYAL WEDDING
On 4 May, Kensington Palace announced that both of Meghan Markle the parents would be in attending to her royal wedding to Prince Harry — but her father, Thomas, sent to the royal world in a tizzy when it was revealed he would be held paparazzi photos in the run up to the event, and he cancelled on the big day.
The next day, Thomas reportedly changed his mind and wanted to come, but then canceled two days before the wedding, citing heart problems. Thomas and Duchess of Sussex are alienated ever since, much to the chagrin of royal-watchers and Meghan’s own family.
TOMMY LEE AND SON BRANDON’S FAMILY FEUD
Brandon Lee, son of Pamela Anderson and her ex-husband Tommy Lee, got into a violent argument with his father, that was not reconciled until Thanksgiving.
In March 2018, Tommy accused Brandon of abuse of him, and Brandon is undeniable, even the place of social media images of Tommy unconscious on the floor after an alleged punch. The brawl reportedly occurred about Tommy’s tweets insulting Anderson, while Brandon claimed that was offended by Tommy’s drinking.
For her part, the former “Baywatch” babe”, who also shares son Dylan Jagger Lee, said: “I stay. The children are adults, and they make their own decisions. I look at the differences in their personalities and their fearlessness, and their ambition and their clarity, and I am just so proud of them.”
In June, it became clear that Brandon went to rehab at Tommy’s dime and offered to return the favor. It was not until the end of November that Tommy and Brandon, matched with Tommy posting a photo hugging his oldest son.