Whether it's actresses breaking up with boyfriends, actors cheating on girlfriends and/or wives, major sports figures lying about girlfriends (or coming clean about doping), or just those who somehow gain their 15 minutes of fame, there is always, *always* scandal in the entertainment world. Need proof? Just take a nice stroll down memory lane by revisiting the 2012 celebrity scandals list. Or, if you're so inclined, enjoy perusing this list of celebrities we love to hate, because it's almost a given they'll land on this scandals page soon enough.
The Internet lit up on July 31, 2013 with news that Simon Cowell, of American Idol and X-Factor fame, is expecting his first child. Simon Cowell, who is a notorious meany, or at least plays one on TV, has been quoted many times saying that the whole "fatherhood" thing does not suit him. So who's the lucky lady? The expecting mother is none other than his close friend (and NY real estate mogul) Andrew Silverman's wife, Lauren Silverman. The two are pictured here yachting with Andrew last year.
Andrew and Lauren's relationship had been falling apart for some time and Cowell stepped in to give Lauren a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand, and a little something extra...amirite? (Sorry) While Andrew and Lauren's divorce has been in the works for a while, they are technically still married. Andrew has since filed for divorce and is trying to use his wife's adultery in a court case against her.
Some sources say that Cowell, who is 53 years old, was blindsided by the news and did not, in fact, want to be a father. Others say that he is smitten with Lauren, who is now about 10 weeks pregnant, and will go above and beyond to care for the child. Either way, the mini American idol-to-be is coming soon!
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Justin Bieber Pees in Mop Bucket, Curses Bill Clinton
How many times can Justin Bieber make this scandals 2013 list? Answer: Multiple times, and more could be coming, we've got a ways to go folks. The Biebs' latest scandal involved a video that surfaced on TMZ of him urinating in a mop bucket in a nightclub (with his posse around him of course). Before the crew ("Wild Boyz!") departed, Bieber sprayed a photo of former President Bill Clinton, saying "F*** Bill Clinton!"
Reports say that Justin Bieber later called President Clinton to apologize for his lewd and totally insulting behavior. Biebs later told his gazillion Twitter followers, "thanks for taking the time to talk Mr. President. Your words meant alot. #greatguy."
It's not just Bieber's apparent potty training incident that's made headlines. Wanna see more? You sure? Okay, check out this list of the douchiest things Justin Bieber has ever done.
Paula Deen Racism Allegations
Celebrity chef Paula Deen made headlines in June of 2013, after a former employee filed a lawsuit alleging racial and sexual discrimination. A transcript from Deen's deposition, in which she admits having used the N-word, also included the revelation that Deen at one time wanted black, male employees to dress up in uniforms traditionally worn by slaves during the Civil War era.
The revelations touched off a firestorm of controversy. Within days, Paula Deen was fired from the Food Network, and she lost several other high-profile endorsements, including one for Smithfield Foods.
For her part, Paula Deen has maintained that she is not a racist, apologizing for her remarks via two videos published on June 21, 2013. Deen's sons also went on televison, saying their mother isn't racist and calling the charges against her "character assassination."
On June 26, 2013, a tearful Paula Deen appeared on the 'Today' show, strongly denying that she's racist. During the 13-minute, highly emotional interview with Matt Lauer, Deen said, "I have never ... with any intention, hurt anybody on purpose, and I never would."
On August 12, 2013 a federal judge dismissed the racial discrimination claims.
Lil Wayne Tramples American Flag
During a video shoot in June of 2013, Lil Wayne trampled on an American flag. Still photos of the incident, which happened while Wayne was filming his "God Bless Amerika" video in New Orleans, surfaced online and stirred major controversy. A video later surfaced (seen here) that clearly shows Weezy rapping away as he steps all over the stars and stripes.For his part, Lil Wayne tweeted that the entire incident was misconstrued, saying: "I didn't step on the flag on purpose! It's a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it's just there as I perform."