Celebrity gossip has kept us going for years, but do you remember these scandals from the naughties?
Here are five of the juiciest celebrity moments from the 2000s that you might have forgotten.
5. Winona Ryder’s Shoplifting Fiasco
The actress is a big name in Hollywood now, and she has been since the 1990s. However, in 2001, she must’ve thought that she needed to make it even bigger… and stole over $5,000 worth of designer clothes and accessories from a luxury store.
Ryder faced up to three years in prison, but she was ultimately sentenced to three years of probation, 480 hours of community service, and some hefty sums to be paid in fines and restitution to the store.
4. Tom Cruise’s Scientology Propaganda
The Mission Impossible star has been a member of the Church of Scientology since the 1980s, but it wasn’t until the late 2000s that he truly became the face of the Church. In 2008, a video of Cruise doing the Church’s bidding was leaked.
The propaganda video lasts nearly 10 unsettling minutes, and the actor spends the entire clip talking up his Church’s apprehensive dogmas.
3. Janet Jackson’s Wardrobe Malfunction
It was the year 2004, and Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake were performing at the Super Bowl halftime. In the middle of the show, Timberlake ripped off a piece of Jackson’s clothing, exposing her bare breast and killing her career for years to come.
Despite the fact that Janet had nothing to do with the Nipplegate (as the incident came to be known), her musical career and personal image suffered greatly, while Justin’s remained relatively unscathed.
2. Britney Spears’ Nervous Breakdown
By 2007, Britney was losing a child custody battle with her ex-husband Kevin Federline. She decided to shave her head, went to the salon, and asked a stylist to do the procedure.
When the stylist refused, the singer took matters into her own hands while the paparazzi were snapping the photos that would make the headlines. The incident was later used maliciously by Spears’ father to place her under a suffocating conservatorship for over a decade.
1. Brangelina’s Rise to Power
In 2005, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s marriage crumbled, and Angelina Jolie took all the heat for it. Pitt and Jolie’s alleged affair while filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith led to one of the biggest divorces of the 2000s and the formation of Hollywood’s IT couple for the next 12 years. Too bad Brangelina ended just as nasty as it began…
Ah, the 2000s… It truly was a different time to be alive!