Celebrity news stories are a part of the media that grabs readers’ attention and evokes an emotion. They make people feel connected and even provide them with a way to relieve stress and tension.
The New York Post’s Page Six has been dishing out celebrity drama and gossip for decades fueled by its network of in-the-know Manhattan tipsters. TMZ is also known for breaking celeb stories first.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s relationship as co-stars, married couple and exes was volatile to say the least, as revealed through their numerous legal battles since their split in 2016. The former pair have been involved in defamation suits, domestic violence allegations and more. But the latest drama centered around Heard’s op-ed piece in The Washington Post about her experience with domestic abuse, which Depp claimed was an elaborate hoax for financial gain.
The defamation trial lasted for weeks in a Virginia courthouse, with Heard arguing that her story was factual and that the Washington Post had acted responsibly. But the jury ultimately sided with Depp, who had already lost a libel case against The Sun over his claims of domestic violence in 2020.
Heard’s testimony portrayed an emotionally draining and brutal relationship. She said that Depp repeatedly slapped and kicked her, and he threw her phone at her face and grabbed her hair. She also detailed a bizarre incident in which he became obsessed with dog poop and talked about DNA and feces.
Heard testified that she and Depp had fought over her work with James Franco, and their argument ended with him accusing her of being a “spoiled f—ing brat” and demanding that she never film another movie with him again. The resulting feud prompted Heard to drop out of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel as Gellert Grindelwald, with the role being recast.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Since stepping down from acting and becoming a royal, Meghan Markle has taken on new projects. The former Suits actress has filmed interviews for Oprah Winfrey and a Netflix docuseries, as well as published her first children’s book and created a Spotify podcast. She also launched her own production company and is working on a series of charity projects.
She and Harry have been in a long-running feud with the press, which they accuse of invading their privacy. They have filed several lawsuits against the media in both the US and UK, with Harry especially vociferous in his condemnation of the paparazzi for the 1997 death of Princess Diana as she tried to flee them in a Paris tunnel. They have compared their own experiences to that of Diana.
In March, Harry sued the Splash News and Picture Agency for aerial photographs of their home in the Cotswolds which he said were illegally taken by helicopter. He argued that the images showed private rooms in their property, including the couple’s bedroom. They reached a settlement with the agency, which apologized and agreed to stop distributing the photos. Harry and Meghan were unable to attend their niece Beatrice’s 2020 wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi due to the coronavirus pandemic, but they did call her beforehand to wish her good luck.
Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham
After Dani and Jack left the Love Island villa in 2018, they went on to become one of the most well-known couples of the series. They moved in together, got a dog, and did promotional deals galore. However, the pair split nine months later. Now, Jack is revealing that he has a baby daughter, Blossom, with another woman. Although he hasn’t named her on social media, the mum-of-one said she has no hard feelings towards her ex.
Psychologist Jo Hemmings tells Radio 1 Newsbeat that she isn’t surprised the couple have broken up – especially as they were rushed into a relationship. She added that couples on reality shows often don’t last.
Last week, the pair shocked fans by announcing they had broken up via Instagram stories (how 2018 of them!). But it appears they’re back on track. The pen salesman squashed rumours of a short break up in the best way possible.
And just a few days ago, they shared an emotional post about their love for each other. They’re not the only couple from the 2023 series to have fallen out. PE teacher Kai Fagan and Casa Amor bombshell Sanam Harrinanan are also not together, as are Josh Denzel and Kaz Crossley. But it looks like we’ll have to wait and see what happens in the final showdown between Megan Barton Hanson and Wes Nelson.
Kanye West and Drake
The rapper-singer pair is no stranger to drama. Throughout 2018, Kanye and Drake squabbled in the public eye, with the Yeezy designer taking to Twitter to call out the Nice for What crooner on multiple occasions. The feud took a sharp turn when Pusha T released his diss track The Story of Adidon in September, mentioning Drake’s son Adonis.
The two frenemies appeared to have patched things up by November when they posed for photos together in their hometown of Toronto. But the Yeezy designer took to Twitter in the aftermath of the pictures to call out Drake once again. “Stop putting yourself out there for people to rip you off,” the social media personality wrote. “You can’t use your children as a way to get attention.”
Drake responded in his next tweet by telling West that “it’s not cool to be so disrespectful to grown men and women. I know you have a lot to say, but it’s not OK.”
Despite the apparent peace treaty, Drake seemed to reignite his beef with West this week when he previewed a new song on SiriusXM radio. The title of the track, Search & Rescue, got fans’ attention because the Canadian musician sampled what sounded like a snippet of Kim Kardashian discussing her divorce from the Gold Digger rapper in the June 2021 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.