Saying that 2016 has been a crazy year is probably be the biggest understatement of the century. 2016 was the year that all hell broke loose, was restored and then broke loose again. Obviously, we can’t enjoy 2017 for all its much-needed glory until we take a deep dive into all the messed-up parts of 2016. This year had us saying WTF more than any other phrase.
It was the year that the entire nation rallied together for Harambe, the gorilla from the zoo that had to be shot down to protect a child that had fallen in his enclosure. It was also the year that Vine shut down. Plus, don’t forget the fact that roaming clowns became a real thing, and we’re still not here for it. Basically, it was a year of great highs and extraordinary lows, but love it or hate it, it’s over, and we can all officially put 2016 to rest and begin 2017 with much higher hopes for the future. So, without further ado, here are 16 WTF celebrity moments that left everyone shocked in 2016, ranked from least to most W-T-F- status:
Justin Bieber Leaves Instagram
Justin Bieber did the unthinkable this year when he chose to delete his Instagram account. To be honest, there probably isn't a single person out there that thought his threat to delete his account after fan harassment of his then-girlfriend, Sofia Richie, was a real thing. At most, people assumed he would reactivate after a week... but it's been months, and there's still no sign of Justin on Instagram. (He thinks the platform is "for the Devil.") You have got to give him props for being a man of his word.
Photo: Instagram (@justinbieer)
Selena Gomez Takes a Break... and Goes to Rehab
In another surprising twist of events, Selena Gomez had a shocking year herself. After publicly opening up about her battle with Lupus, Selena has been more open and honest with her fans than ever before. The singer admitted that she needed a chance to work on and heal herself from some of the stress and things that she was dealing with in her personal life.
"If you are broken, you don't have to stay broken," Selena said in an inspirational speech at the 2016 AMAs, which was her first appearance after her latest reported stint in rehab and a long hiatus from social media.
The Jacob Sartorius Nude Photo Scandal
Wonder boy Jacob Sartorius had a swift fall from grace earlier this year. The star was accused of asking girls for nudes over social media. One girl in particular posted a screenshot of a conversation she allegedly had with Jacob in which he can clearly be seen asking her for nude photos. (FYI, he's 14.)
However, the rumor was debunked due to Jacob's lack of social media at the time of the alleged incident, but it left a lot of questions up in the air about how well we actually know the musical.ly star. The answer: not at all.
Photo: Instagram (@jacobsartorius))
This was not a bright moment for Ryan Lochte... or for everyone in America. Ryan embarrassed the entire nation when he claimed he was robbed in a Rio De Janeiro bathroom and held at gunpoint during the summer 2016 Olympics. The story was eventually found to be fabricated, and the truth was revealed that Ryan and some of his teammates vandalized the bathroom, and the man with the gun was a security guard who had asked them to pay for the damage. Not his best moment.
Marina Joyce's 'Kidnapping'
The YouTube community is very loyal. Team Internet supports its favorite stars with tons of page views and undying love, but this year the group even attempted to save a life.
After Marina Joyce started posting videos in which she seemed to be distracted, constantly shifting eye contact and one video in which there was even a gun in the background, many people started to wonder if these videos were being posted against her will. The hashtag #SaveMarinaJoyce started trending, and fans begin to try to find clues as to what was really going down.
Turns out, everything was fine and Marina is "safe and well," according to the police officers who visited her home after numerous fan calls.
Photo: YouTube (iRaindropsx)
Johnny Depp & Amber Heard's Abuse-Fueled Divorce
No one saw this coming. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard seemed to be a match made in heaven, up until Amber filed for divorce citing that the Pirates of the Caribbean actor abused her. The actress showed up to a hearing with a large bruise on her face, and photos were soon released that showed similar bruises.
Johnny vehemently denied the allegations and many people came to his defense, claiming he was nothing but a loving and doting husband. This quickly turned into a case of he-said, she-said, but their marriage was dissolved and they can both go on their merry ways.
Celeb divorces are kind of common. As sad as it is, it's also true that it is hard to be shocked by a celeb couple deciding to split up. Nonetheless, this one definitely threw the entire world for a pretty big loop.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie decided it was time to call it quits after a decade together. Rumors swirled about child abuse and cheating, but in the end, it looks like this couple simply ran its course. Wow.
The Birth of Louis Tomlinson's Son
Louis Tomlinson became a father this year! Although we found out he was expecting in 2015, 2016 was the year that we finally got to meet sweet baby Freddie.
The One Direction guy was over the moon about it, and though he has refrained from putting his son in the limelight too much, he is the most adorable doting father whenever he talks about the bebe.
Photo: Instagram (@mrsjohannahdeakin)
Liam Payne's (Maybe) Baby Mama
Louis wasn't the only One Direction fellow to announce his plans for parenthood, because it looks like Liam Payne might be following suit.
While nothing has been officially confirmed yet, it HAS to be true that Liam's girlfriend, Cheryl, is prego. She showed off her beautiful baby bump in late November, so she is definitely with child. Whether Liam is the father has yet to be determined. Expect some major news coming your way in 2017!
Kesha's Alleged Rape & Lawsuit
If anyone had been wondering where Kesha's been, 2016 definitely gave us some answers. Kesha has been in a legal battle with her music studio and producer for the last year, and it all came to a head in 2016 with allegations of rape by her producer, Dr. Luke. They were able to come to an agreement, and Kesha is free to record music as she pleases, but justice was never truly served for her alleged assault.
Sadly, Kesha is not allowed to speak out publicly about the incident, but maybe we'll get a new album with some beautiful lyrics to let the world know how she truly feels.
Dylan O'Brien's Accident
When news came out that Dylan O'Brien was badly injured on the set of his film, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, fans were losing their minds. While first reports alleged that Dylan only had minor injuries, later reports revealed that he suffered some pretty severe pain.
Dylan was filming a stunt, which resulted in him being prematurely pulled from one vehicle and accidentally being slammed into a second vehicle. His injuries included a concussion, facial fracture and lacerations. Ouch!
We're so glad Dylan is doing much better and we still get another Maze Runner movie.
Anton Yelchin's (Freak) Accidental Death
This year was brutal when it came to the passing of beloved celebrities gone far too soon. Anton Yelchin, who starred in the newest Star Trek films, was killed in a freak automobile accident at his home on June 19. His car reversed down his driveway, struck him and killed him. He left behind a legacy of great movies, and is definitely missed by many.
Kim Kardashian's Robbery
Kim Kardashian has been the subject of much tabloid fodder and lots of drama ever since she entered the scene, but no one could have predicted what this year would bring for her... wspecially that she would be held at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room while traveling for an event!
Whether you believe the conspiracy theories that this was a publicity stunt or not, this led Kim to back away from all social media, and definitely change the way she conducts herself publicly. We're really hoping she feels better and gets back on social media in 2017, because we miss all the selfies!
Kanye West's 'Famous' Phone Call with Taylor Swift
No one could have predicted that this would be the year that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian would plan the ultimate Taylor Swift takedown. This may have been the best celeb revenge that ever happened.
For those of you who have somehow lived under a rock, let us break it down: Kanye wrote a song with the lyric, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. I made that bitch famous." Taylor spoke out against Kanye and said the song was disrespectful. Kim said she had evidence Taylor approved. Taylor said, you're lying, bring it on... and so Kim did.
A Snapchat clip revealed a convo between Taylor and Kanye, which revealed that Taylor did, in fact, approve. We have a feeling a Taylor revenge album is well on its way. Game. Set. Match.
The Election of Donald Trump
This was an election year, in case you didn't know. It was Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump. Over the course of the year, things got pretty heated; each side lobbed insults at each other, but in the end, somehow Donald Trump pulled through for a win. It's not the ending many people saw coming, and definitely wasn't the ending a lot of people hoped for, but here we are.
The Murder of Christina Grimmie
Christina Grimmie was another beautiful soul gone way too soon. This sweet singer and The Voice contestant was brutally murdered by a crazed fan at a meet and greet. The star was shot four times and eventually died from her wounds on June 10th. In the aftermath of her death, tons of stars, including The Voice coach Adam Levine, Selena Gomez and Shane Dawson, shared memories and kind words for the singer. Her death, though tragic, opened the door for conversations about gun violence and new laws to help prevent this from happening ever again. Rest In Paradise, Christina.