After her pantsless 2011, we thought that things couldn’t get any better for Rihanna. Damn, were we wrong! The singer made 2012 her best year ever with new songs, new albums, new hair, new drama, but the same DGAF attitude that we’ve come to know and love. So to recap her mindblowing last 12 months, we’ve assembled the 50 reasons why Riri dominated 2012. It’s a lot more than her being pantsless, that’s for sure! Well, OK, we do have some pics of her without pants…
50. Unapologetic earned Rihanna her first Billboard Number One album! And that’s not all: The landmark music mag also named her the top artist of the last 20 years. Take that, Gaga. All hail Riri!
After a confusing couple of weeks in which Chris Brown, Rihanna and Karrueche Tran sent all sorts of mixed messages about who was dating whom — really, you could have told us Rihanna and Karrueche were together and we would have believed it — RiRi and CB took their relationship to that favorite of celebrity PDA venues, a Lakers game. The singers reportedly arrived in the same car at the Lakers-Knicks game on Tuesday, entered separately, but then put their relationship on display in their courtside seats. Something about their expressions as the cameras snapped away still has us scratching our head, though. They appear to be laughing in that super fake way models do in catalog photo shoots, as if they’re doing it just for the sake of the cameras. Is this all part of their continuing effort to mess with our heads/show us how little they care what we think? Or maybe they really do amuse each other to the point of tilting their heads back and heartily “AHAHAHA”-ing. Take a look at the pics and tell us what you think.
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Celebrities — they’re just like us, right? By which we mean, our stars arrive as a mixed bag: We have our American sweethearts, the class clowns and, of course, the bad seeds. Even if it’s normal for a former Disney teenage star to flash her crotch in public these days, Santa does not approve. And yet other A-listers used their stardom in 2012 to rise above the fray, display their philanthropic ways, and prove there are menches in Hollywood. Their hard work does not go unnoticed, and we know those little elves (a.k.a., their agents) are stuffing some A-list gifts in their stockings. Because we all know that Justin Bieber really needs another hoodie. And maybe we need the Lindsay Lohans out there to make us appreciate the Matt Damons even more. Here we’ve broken down our list of our naughty n’ nice celebrities of 2012.
1. Chris Brown – I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Brown brawled with Drake in a club, rekindled a romance with the woman he abused and tattooed an image of a battered woman on his neck. Ah, Chris Brown. You never fail to prove you are the biggest douchebag there ever was. Not only will Santa be skipping your house this year, but I can assure you, Dancer, Prancer, and Rudolph will send you a stocking filled with their droppings.
2. Amanda Bynes – The former child star who rose to fame with All That and The Amanda Show is now giving audiences a different kind of Amanda show — one filled with hit and runs and DUIs. Santa may not think you’re all that this year, but hopefully you can take that as a sign to get it together for 2013. Put down the booze, get some help, and nab a supporting role in an indie comedy to reboot your career. Or, if you’re really retiring from acting, take a break from making headlines too. We’re rooting for you, Amanda.
3. Nicki Minaj – Nicki needs to learn to respect her elders … and the divas around town. She and Mariah Carey have been at it since auditions of American Idol this year, and we’re placing blame on the rap star who allegedly threatened to “shoot” Mariah in an argument. There’s no need for that kind of drama in the search for America’s next pop star, is there? Coal for you, Ms. Minaj.
We love Rihanna with all of our hearts, but she’s starting to test our patience with all of this Twitter teasing in regards to her relationship with Chris Brown. Although it seems like their rekindled romance is now at an end and she’s living it up on the beaches of Barbados, she can’t quite seem to get Breezy out of her system completely. The “Diamonds” singer has taken social media again to make another reference to her controversy-filled dalliance with the man convicted of assaulting her back in 2009. “#THROWBACKtolastTHURSDAY,” she captioned a photo on her Instagram showing Brown’s hand on her thigh, with her own hand resting on top.
So folks at NASA and archaeologists and real news reporters are trying to tell everyone to simmer down about the apocalypse coming on December 21, because of science and stuff. But we’re beginning to suspect differently. Even if the Mayans themselves didn’t think the end of the 13th baktun (things we’ve learned this week!) didn’t actually meant the end of the world, we’ve noticed some signs that really, we should just give up and retreat to our bunkers right now. Let us count down our top 10:
10. Gossip Girl was Dan Humphrey all along! (And also, everyone on the island was dead!) Oof. The resolutions of series-long mysteries are never as good as we want them to be, probably much like the answers to life’s big questions. Bleh.
9. All the hip-hop greats are running corporations, starring on reality-TV shows or dating the stars of reality-TV shows. Not that they shouldn’t trade thug life for the good life, but did they have to sell their artistic souls in the process?
In light of her recent heartbreak with Chris Brown, Rihanna sought comfort in the familiar by returning to two things that she knows and loves: her native Barbados and bikinis! Yes, the two B’s will cure whatever ails ya! The singer is back to spend the holiday with her family, and was seen on the balcony of a sweet beach front resort rockin’ a gold two piece with her best pal Melissa Forde yesterday.
This follows news that Brown is still hooking up with his former flame Karrueche Tran, a rumor that was confirmed by friend Christina Milian. Breezy sure has a thing for his exes, apparently. Rihanna is apparently devastated, going on several Twitter offensives against the dude, and even making extra special demands during her appearance on The Voice on Tuesday. “She made sure her people told everyone on the crew of The Voice that no one could talk about Chris whatsoever, because she didn’t want to hear his name!” an witness told Perez Hilton.
But the plot thickened earlier today when Brown posted an intimate photo of himself with Rihanna to his Instagram. The cozy photo shows him planting a kiss on Riri’s cheek, and seems to have been taken during their time in Europe together a few weeks back. “Always started wit breezy like the letter B…” he captioned the photo, which he has since deleted from his feed. Hmmm, is he missing Rihanna and having second thoughts? Or are they just messing with us? We’re starting to wonder…But hey, at least we have bikini pics! Head on down to the gallery below to check ‘em out!
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Now you have it directly from the source: Rihanna is single. At least, that’s what she seems to be suggesting on her Twitter. The “Diamonds” singer posted an “R Card” to her fans via Instagram yesterday that read, “Being single sucks. The only thing I get to do anymore is whatever the f–k I want to do.” This comes on the heals of a reported tiff with rumored boyfriend Chris Brown when he went to visit his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran in Paris. After months of increasingly intimate contact, and increasingly mushy tweets that seemed to suggest that their controversial relationship was back on, Riri went on a thinly veiled rant against Brown last week.
Oh, this makes sense. We were wondering what was behind Rihanna‘s ambiguously furious tweets and moody nudes (please start using that phrase, everyone) earlier this month, and now we think we have the answer. Turns out, despite his break-up announcement back in October, Chris Brown is still, um, dating his ex Karrueche Tran. Allegedly. “You know what, from what I’ve always known, she’s his girlfriend,” Christina Millian explained on Wendy Williams. “And that’s where it lies for me. I see everything in the media. I really don’t get into the detail of it, but I think everybody has their own life and how they deal with things. They have the right to handle it how they want.” How diplomatic, Christina! Meanwhile, we have the right to raise one eyebrow sky-high at the nonstop public back-and-forth between Rihanna and Chris. The whole thing makes us miss 2004, when all of this would be resolved privately with a series of insanely long, emotional emails…
In all honesty, we can’t say we’re surprised by Christina’s revelation. Even the “source” who recent vouched that Rihanna is with Breezy didn’t exactly deny he was dating Karreuche too. Added Milian, “I think they make a great couple.” Ladies, can we all start 2013 with a fresh slate and never have to talk about Chris Brown’s love life ever again? Though maybe RiRi’s already given herself the gift of zero Chris Brown for the holidays. “Being single sucks,” she posted on Instagram today. “The only thing I get to do anymore is whatever the f— I want do.”
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Love is a battlefield, and 2012 was not immune the heart’s harsh ways. Celebrity relationships had a tough go at things this year and saw a record number of sad splits (Amy Poehler and Will Arnett), shocking divorces (Heidi Klum and Seal) and close-call almost breakups (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson). But 2012 also saw a few reconciliations (Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez), giving us hope for 2013. Browse through our gallery of the 20 biggest breakups of 2012 and tell us which split was the most devastating to watch.
We always appreciate celebrities who take to Twitter and Instagram and share their lives with us. And while a lot of what they share is amusing insight into their world, it’s safe to say some of their most entertaining tweets are shots of their ink. Let’s face it, tattoos are fascinating forms of self-expression and it’s always interesting to see what people permanently etch into their skin — especially celebrities.
Lady Gaga, Drake, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Adam Lambert and more got their ink on this year. And despite commending them for braving the needle, some tattoos are just worse than others. We’ve ranked them from our least to most favorite, so browse through our gallery of 20 Instagram shots and Twitpics and tell which is your favorite celeb tattoo of 2012.