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The 5 Most Surprising Stories of Summer 2012

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September 20, 2012

It’s been a summer of crazy entertainment news with the most surprising headlines focusing on the love lives of our favorite celebrities.  Whether it was a break-up, hook-up, or a tale of lost love, we were captivated by the details of these famous relationships.

Katie Holmes Divorces Tom Cruise

How shocking was this bit of news?  When people split up, usually there’s some sign that there has been fighting. And after the split up the celebs usually publicly bicker and everyone wonders if they will get back together.

The thing that made this break-up so crazy is that it was quick, quiet and final.  Katie packed up and moved to New York City, taking Suri with her, while Tom was away working on a movie.  There was no squabbling, there was no dirty laundry hung out for the world to see, and there was no contesting the terms of the divorce and custody arrangement requested by Katie.

Kristen Stewart Cheats on Robert Pattinson

Even though the pair never officially confirmed their romance, it was clear that Kristen and Rob were together.  And let’s be honest, their relationship made the romance in the Twilight films that much more believable and swoon-worthy.  Their ability to remain low-key and private, combined with what seemed to be a fierce loyalty to each other, appeared to be the formula to their long-time relationship’s success.

When photos surfaced of Kristen kissing her married Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders, fans hoped there was some mistake. But Kristen was quick to publicly admit to the cheating and, in what could be seen as a desperate plea for forgiveness, declared her love for Rob to the whole world.  The pair have not been photographed together since and it’s been reported that Rob is selling the home he once shared with her.

Miley Cyrus Gets Engaged, Sparks Anorexia Rumors and Cuts Off Hair

It’s understandable that, after years of being a “good girl” for Disney, Miley Cyrus would want to shed that image.  It’s pretty reasonable to say that, after the events of this summer, she’s nothing like her alter ego.

First, Cyrus, 19, announced that she was engaged to Liam Hemsworth, 22, who audiences became very familiar with in The Hunger Games.  She also talked about the beauty of sex and regularly declared her love for her fiancé.  Then, she sparked rumors that she might be battling an eating disorder after she was photographed looking especially tiny. But her Pilates instructor insists that her new slimmed down figure is just the result of a better diet and regular workouts.  The most recent drama was probably the most shocking for fans – she cut off her signature long, brown locks for a short, shaven, platinum blonde do.  She says she has never felt more like herself and, while that may be true, watching the transition has been interesting.

Rihanna Calls Chris Brown the “Love of Her Life”

If anyone was going to make it happen, it was Oprah.  When the Queen of Talk flew down to Barbados to interview Rihanna at her home, viewers were most interested in what she would reveal about Chris Brown.  They had been such a hot couple until the world was left stunned by his attack on her and the pictures that followed.  Still, rumors have always circulated that the pair had not gotten over each other and everyone hoped this interview would confirm or deny the speculation. We weren’t disappointed.

While Rihanna admitted to being angry and betrayed, she also said that right after it happened, she was concerned for Chris. She felt people would label him a monster and he wouldn’t get the help he needs.  Rihanna then left viewers astonished when she said that they are still “very close,” that she still loves him and that she believes he was the love of her life.  This will do nothing to quell the rumors about them getting back together.

Taylor Swift Started Dating a Kennedy, Crashed Wedding, Broke Record

It’s been quite a summer for young Taylor Swift.  First, she was romantically linked to Patrick Schwarzenegger but, it turns out, she’s actually dating his cousin, Conor Kennedy –yes, of that Kennedy family.  As is too often the case in the Kennedy family, young Conor has had his share of tragedy.  Three days after his father, RFK Jr. filed for divorce from his mother, Mary, she was arrested for drunk driving.  Unfortunately, things did not improve and, earlier this year, she committed suicide.  Now, Taylor and Conor appear to be inseparable.

While so much of their young romance has been cute and fun – with pictures of them boating and holding hands along the shores of Cape Cod – they haven’t completely avoided controversy.  Sources, including Kennedy clan member Kathie Lee Gifford, say that Taylor and Conor crashed a family wedding which did not go over well with the bride’s parents.

Still, despite people joking about Taylor being at risk of getting too close to the “Kennedy curse,” she’s done pretty well this summer.  In addition to her budding romance, her new single “We Are Never Getting Back Together” set records for being the fastest-selling digital single and biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman.

Bonus:  Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger Get Engaged

Talk about coming out of nowhere!   The world was astonished by the engagement of Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger.  No one had any idea that the 27-year-old punk pop princess and the 37-year-old Nickelback frontman were even dating, let alone be anywhere serious enough to be getting married.  The Canadian couple have kept their relationship extremely quiet and pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the summer.

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