The celebrity stories that shocked us in 2022

The celebrity stories that shocked us in 2022

These celebrity stories had us clutching our pearls in 2022...

Amber Heard, Kim Kardashian and Nick Cannon/
Amber Heard, Kim Kardashian and Nick Cannon/ Instagram (@amberherd, @kimkardashian, @nickcannon)

The land of Celebville is never without scandal - and the year 2022 was full of drama and shocking stories. 

We're taking a look at some of the biggest celebrity stories that made headlines this year. 

Drake hot sauce condom 

In one of the most bizarre stories of 2022, Canadian rapper Drake found himself at the centre of a hot sauce condom scandal. A model reportedly wanted to sue Drake for allegedly putting hot sauce in his condom. The woman allegedly tried to impregnate herself with the used condom that the rapper had discarded in a bathroom bin after their little romantic rendezvous. She discovered that the 'God's Plan' hitmaker had allegedly poured hot sauce into the condom before disposing of it! 

Drake did not respond to the crazy rumour but this story sounds like a tall tale to us! 

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Riky Ricky's death 

Riky Rick's sudden death in February left a huge hole in the music industry. The rapper lost his battle with depression at the age of 34. His partner, Bianca Naidoo, was inconsolable after his death

"My king, my heart, my forever love, thank you for giving us all you that you had to give in this lifetime. Thank you for choosing me, teaching me and for believing in us. I will forever be grateful for the gift of you," she said at his funeral service. 

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Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard

Johnny Depp's relationship with his ex-wife Amber Heard took centre stage at one of the biggest celebrity trials of the decade. The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star sued the 'Aquaman' actress for defamation for an op-ed she wrote about domestic abuse. Amber lost the case and was ordered to pay her ex $10.4-million. She received a small victory after the court awarded her $2-million for a comment Johnny's former lawyer made about her abuse allegations. 

Amber has been keeping a low profile over the past few months. Johnny was last seen in Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Vol. 4 show in November. The verdict is still out on whether their careers will recover from the drama.  

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Trevor Noah leaves 'The Daily Show'

South African comedian Trevor Noah had a busy year in 2022. The 38-year-old started 2022 on a high. He was spotted ringing in the new year with then-girlfriend Minka Kelly and his friends. But the couple called it quits in May, with Minka said to be disappointed after their split. Trevor was later linked to singer Dua Lipa, but the pair are allegedly just friends. 

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But Trevor's most shocking news of 2022 has to be the moment he announced that he would be leaving 'The Daily Show'. His tenure on 'The Daily Show' began in September 2015 after he took over the reins from Jon Stewart. Trevor told viewers that he wanted to spend more time doing stand-up comedy. His final show aired on Thursday, December 8.

Here's a look at other big Trevor Noah stories that made headlines in 2022:

  1. Kanye West takes another swipe at Trevor Noah
  2. Trevor Noah lists his NYC apartment for R230m after 'Daily Show' departure
  3. Get excited, South Africa: Trevor Noah is coming home for some shows!
  4. British media slam Trevor Noah over King Charles remarks
  5. Trevor Noah on how he has been dealing with the loss of his grandmother

Kanye West vs Everyone

Kanye West went from a billionaire to a "regular" millionaire in 2022 after several controversial statements. When he was not bashing his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, Ye was making alarming statements about the Jewish community. Several high-profile brands, including Adidas and Balenciaga, cut ties with the rapper in 2022. But Kanye seems to have no regrets and continues to keep Hollywood talking.

He is reportedly dating South African model Candice Swanepoel. The model is said to be friends with the Kardashians and appeared in a campaign for Kim's popular shapewear brand, SKIMS. She also featured in Kanye's Yeezy GAP sunglasses campaign.

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Kim Kardashian - 'Nobody wants to work these days' 

Speaking of Kim Kardashian, the beauty mogul and reality star also grabbed headlines in 2022. She raised eyebrows in May when she revealed that she lost 7kg to fit into Marilyn Monroe's 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President' dress for the 2022 Met Gala. She was then accused of ruining the iconic dress, which is now owned by 'Ripley's Believe It or Not'. Kim denied the claims, saying she only wore the dress for a few minutes on the red carpet before changing into a replica. 

Kim also shocked her fans in August when it was announced that she called it quits with Pete Davidson after nine months of dating. She was also accused of making tone-deaf comments about women in business when she claimed "nobody wants to work these days". 

Kim was not the only person in the Kardashian-Jenner clan making news. Kourtney Kardashian married Blink-182 drummer Travis Baker in May, Khloe Kardashian welcomed her second child with Tristan Thompson, and Kylie Jenner's baby still doesn't have an official name - 10 months after his birth. 

Oh, and Kendall Jenner is so rich that she doesn't know how to cut a cucumber

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SK Khoza joins OnlyFans

Actor Sthembiso 'SK' Khoza made headlines in 2022 for all the wrong reasons. A disturbing video of 'The Queen' actor when viral in April that showed him in an altercation with an unidentified man. "Do you know me? You fat **s," he can be heard saying in the viral clip. Social media users expressed concern, with some urging him to seek help. 

SK denied claims that he was drunk or on drugs. Another shocking clip of the actor went viral in 2022. An explicit video of the star and another woman made the rounds in July. The clip was allegedly from an OnlyFans account he created. 

"It’s from my only fans page so I’m chilled, I don’t want to talk about it,” he told TshisaLive when asked for comment. 

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Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at the Oscars 

Will Smith, one of the most respected actors in Hollywood, made headlines at the 2022 Oscars when he slapped Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith's bald head. The actress suffers from alopecia, but Chris was reportedly unaware of the fact when he made his  G.I. Jane joke. Will slapped Chris before telling him to keep his wife's name out of his mouth. The 'Bad Boys' star has since apologised for his actions. He was banned from the Oscars for 10 years

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Nick Cannon AKA Father Abraham

Actor Nick Cannon was dubbed 'Father Abraham' in 2022 after welcoming four children from four different women in 2022. He also has a 12th child on the way! Abby De La Rosa gave birth to baby #11, Beautiful Zeppelin Cannon, in November. Brittany Bell welcomed #10, Rise Messiah, in September. Both women have two other children with the star. 

Model LaNisha Cole welcomed baby #9 in September as well. It is her first child with 'The Masked Singer' host. Bre Tiesi gave birth to baby #8, Legendary Love, in July. 

Alyssa Scott - who lost her first child, Zen, with Nick in 2021 - is expecting his 12th child. Nick paid tribute to Zen in an emotional post he shared on the first anniversary of his death. 

"I can’t believe it’s been a year already since the toughest day of my life occurred. Such a painful anniversary. Losing a child has to be the heaviest, most dark and depressive experiences that I will [ever] get over. A mixture of guilt, pain, and sorrow is what I suppress daily... I just wish my Little Man could’ve felt more of that love while he was here on Earth," he wrote. 

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Harry & Meghan vs The British Press 

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, continued to make headlines in 2022. Meghan launched her first podcast, 'Archetypes', in August. The podcast won 'Best Pop Podcast of 2022' at the People's Choice Awards

Meghan and Harry also received the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award in December for the work they do with their Archewell Foundation. The royal couple released their Netflix docu-series, 'Harry and Meghan', on Thursday, December 8. They shared new details about their love story and personal pictures of their family. 

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