The year 2013 was packed with stories that left us shocked, heartbroken, and sometimes both simultaneously. Using Google’s annual “Trends” chart, we reviewed the biggest stories of the past 365 days, the celeb stories that you cared about most. And here they are…
– Paul Walker was the most searched person of the year. The 40-year-old actor’s shocking death just two days after Thanksgiving left friends, family, and fans devastated. The media followed every new detail that emerged from the car crash that took Paul and his business partner Roger Rodas’ life that tragic afternoon.
– Cory Monteith’s overdose on heroin and alcohol was another huge heartbreaking story that saw “Glee” fans the world over come together to remember this promising life gone too soon. On July 13th, the actor’s dead body was discovered in a Vancouver hotel room. He was just 31 years old.
– The most searched entertainment program of the year was the 2013 Video Music Awards, thanks to Miley Cyrus’ attention-hogging stage antics with Robin Thicke that tossed “twerking” into the public vernacular.
– Miley’s breakup with Liam Hemsworth also kept the rapt attention of the singer and actor’s fans.
– There were no massive celebrity weddings this year. The most searched was Kerry Washington’s surprise wedding to a football player. It was celebrity pregnancies that dominated the celebrity beat with Kim Kardashian’s coming under the most scrutiny for her choice of non-maternity maternity wear. On June 15th, the topic changed to motherhood and post-baby bikini selfies, when she and Kanye West welcomed their daughter North West, followed by an engagement on the reality TV star’s 33rd birthday on October 21st.
– In related Kardashian news, Khloe Kardashian dropped the “Odom” in her last name, filing for a divorce after multiple reports surfaced revealing Lamar Odom‘s alleged infidelity and drug abuse.
– Kate Middleton’s royal year had all eyes on her baby bump and ultimately that burgundy door of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital, where she and Prince William first introduced Prince George Alexander Louis to the world.
– Jennifer Lawrence’s always entertaining and endearing interviews made her the most searched GIF in the celebrity category. The Silver Linings Playbook Oscar winner is so relatable; you know there’s an emotion you yourself have strongly felt that Jennifer has specifically conveyed at one point or another on the press circuit.
– This year also saw the end of an era: AMC’s “Breaking Bad” ended its five-season run with a compelling finale that not only saw the series go out on top creatively, but also leave its mark with numbers that broke TV viewing records—10.3 million people tuned in to see how the narrative would end.
– Speaking of records, Beyoncé swooped in out of nowhere to release a much-anticipated surprise album with 14 new songs and 17 (17!!!!) music videos. It was an unheard of strategy—no advertising or pre-promotion leading up to the release—that ultimately paid off. The album sold a total of 828,773 copies worldwide in its first three days on iTunes.