It's been an incredible year in the world of showbiz, with the usual headline-grabbing antics, scandal, sleaze, celebrity births, star weddings, and bitter break-ups. Here's a look back at the first six months of 2011...
The new year began with wedding bells for many couples including singer Shania Twain, who married her fiance Frederic Thiebaud in Puerto Rico on New Year's Day, while country star Kellie Pickler and actress Valerie Bertinelli also walked down the aisle on 1 January.
The new year brought baby news for a number of celebrity couples - Orlando Bloom and his wife Miranda Kerr became first-time parents with the birth of their son Flynn. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem also welcomed a son, and Owen Wilson became a father just days after he announced his girlfriend's pregnancy. Nicole Kidman also hit headlines when she and her husband Keith Urban revealed they welcomed a daughter called Faith via a surrogate mother over the holidays.
There was also pregnancy news for actress Kate Hudson, who announced she was expecting a baby with Muse rocker Matt Bellamy, as well as Marion Cotillard, Jewel, Selma Blair and Victoria Beckham, who confirmed she was pregnant with her fourth child.
However, the first few weeks of 2011 also brought a slew of celebrity splits - Keira Knightley ended her longtime romance with actor Rupert Friend, Shakira parted ways with Antonio de la Rua, her boyfriend of more than 10 years, and Mila Kunis and Macaulay Culkin separated after eight years together.
Many stars saw in the new year by addressing their personal problems, and a number of famous faces went in and out of rehab in the first few weeks of 2011. Lindsay Lohan and Demi Lovato both ended long treatment stints in January, while David Arquette, Backstreet Boys star A.J. McLean and his bandmate Nick Carter's younger brother Aaron all enrolled in programs.
Troubled actor Charlie Sheen also admitted himself to a clinic just weeks after he was hospitalised to treat a hernia, and he later admitted he turned to booze to blot out the pain of the medical condition. Sheen’s rehab stint forced TV bosses to shut down production on his show Two and a Half Men.
Another colourful character to hit the headlines in January was British funnyman Ricky Gervais, who managed to cause controversy during his stint as Golden Globes host. The comedian was condemned by organisers for poking fun at celebrity guests including Robert Downey, Jr., Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks during the glitzy prizegiving.
The month held good news for veteran actor Michael Douglas as he was given the all-clear after a gruelling battle with throat cancer. His wife Catherine Zeta-Jones subsequently admitted she cried tears of joy when doctors told the couple the actor had beaten the disease. Poison rocker Bret Michaels also overcame a health crisis after undergoing successful surgery to close a hole in his heart.
January also saw the loss of a number of great stars including Oscar-winning James Bond theme composer John Barry, and Scottish musician Gerry Rafferty, who passed away after suffering liver failure. The world of Hollywood was again plunged into mourning following the death of British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who died at the age of 64.
As awards season got into full swing, The King's Speech was the toast of Hollywood after scooping four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth, and Best Director for Tom Hooper, while Natalie Portman fought back tears as she walked away with the Best Actress honour for her role as a tormented ballet dancer in Black Swan.
It was a different story at the Independent Spirit Awards, where Black Swan trounced its rivals, picking up four honours including Best Director for Darren Aronofsky.
In the world of music, Lady Gaga's incredible rise continued as she picked up three Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Vocal Album, but her achievements were overshadowed by country trio Lady Antebellum, who scored five accolades, and the shock win for Canadian rockers Arcade Fire in the prestigious Album of the Year category for their disc The Suburbs.
Across the pond at the Brit Awards in London, Arcade Fire were again bathed in glory when they were handed the International Group and International Album honours, while newcomer Tinie Tempah crowned a triumphant 12 months by taking home the British Breakthrough Act and British Single titles. Rihanna was named Best International Female solo star, and Justin Bieber was named the International Breakthrough Act of the year.
Away from the red carpet, it was a bleak month for My Name Is Earl actress Jaime Pressly, who was charged with driving under the influence after failing a field sobriety test, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey, who was underwent an operation to remove a growth from her foot, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who was hospitalised with a flesh-eating bug, and Dame Judi Dench, who broke two of her toes on the set of her new movie J. Edgar.
There were also woes for Rihanna, whose raunchy promo film for single S&M provoked outrage around the world and was banned in 11 countries, actress Eliza Dushku, who broke a finger on holiday, and fashion king John Galliano, who was suspended and later sacked by Christian Dior after he was filmed launching an anti-Semitic rant at stunned drinkers in a bar in Paris, France.
Rock duo the White Stripes stunned the music world when they announced they were splitting up after 14 years, and Lady Gaga's much-hyped new single Born This Way was unveiled to a barrage of accusations she had ripped off Madonna's classic Express Yourself. But there was good news for older music fans, as '60s icons The Monkees announced they were reuniting for a UK tour.
Loved up celebrity couples Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, and Anna Friel and Rhys Ifans, both continued to blossom, and there were wedding bells for Kelsey Grammer - who married for the fourth time - and Mark Ronson and Katherine Jenkins, who both announced their respective engagements.
Among the stars hearing the pitter-patter of tiny feet this month were Christina Applegate, who gave birth to a daughter, magician David Blaine, who became a first-time father to a baby girl, reggae star Zac Marley, rocker Rod Stewart, Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon, and No Doubt star Tom Dumont.
Jude Law continued his unlucky-in-love streak when he split - yet again - from Sienna Miller, Iron Man star Terrence Howard was hit with divorce papers, Olivia Wilde split from her husband after eight years, and celebrity couple Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz announced their marriage was over.
The world of showbiz bid farewell to guitar legend Gary Moore, who died aged 58, blues legend Eddie Kirkland died in a car crash at the age of 88, Seinfeld star Len Lesser succumbed to pneumonia aged 88, and The Dukes of Hazzard actress Peggy Rea, who passed away at the age of 89.
Tinseltown lost one of its brightest lights in March after movie icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor died of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. Tributes from the world of showbiz poured in for the Cleopatra legend, with Sir Elton John, Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli leading the heartfelt remembrances. The acting great was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, where her dear friend Michael Jackson was also laid to rest in 2009.
March was also marked by controversy as a host of famous faces found themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Pop star Christina Aguilera was arrested for drunkenness in West Hollywood, while Boardwalk Empire beauty Pas de la Huerta was also apprehended after a bar fight in New York City. Jackass daredevil Steve-O was taken into custody in Canada on an outstanding warrant, and rapper Rick Ross got caught smoking marijuana in a Louisiana hotel room.
But it was Charlie Sheen who really gave fans something to talk about after he was fired from Two and a Half Men following months of public feuding with writer/creator Chuck Lorre. Days later, cops raided Sheen's Los Angeles home to investigate a tip that the troubled star was in violation of a court order by keeping a gun in the house.
March also brought one of the year's most devastating tragedies as Japan was hit by a massive earthquake, which then created an enormous tidal wave. More than 15,000 people perished in the disaster and Slash, Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and the Foo Fighters were among the big-name acts who staged gigs to raise money for victims, while actresses Sandra Bullock and Demi Lovato also donated $1 million (£625,000) each to boost relief efforts.
Back in Hollywood, there was plenty of heartache as Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel ended their romance, Renee Zellweger called it quits with Bradley Cooper and Twilight beauty Ashley Greene split from Joe Jonas.
But love was most definitely in the air for Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, who married showbiz agent Jim Toth in a romantic ceremony at her California home. Canadian crooner Michael Buble also wed stunning supermodel Luisana Lopilato in a civil ceremony in her native Argentina.
Celebrations were in order for former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, who announced she and husband Stephen Belafonte were expecting their first child together. Actors Robert De Niro and Mel Gibson became proud grandfathers in March, while Elizabeth Banks also became a first-time mother to a baby boy, born via surrogate.
Emily Deschanel confirmed she was expecting her first child with actor husband David Hornsby, while Cruel Intentions star Ryan Phillippe also had baby news after the tabloids reported that his ex-girlfriend, actress Alexis Knapp, was pregnant.
There was a health scare on the cards for tennis ace Serena Williams after she was hospitalised with a blood clot in her lungs, while fears for Zsa Zsa Gabor's wellbeing mounted when she began coughing up blood and suffered circulation problems in her left leg.
There was a close call for actor David Arquette after he was in a head-on car crash in Los Angeles, and Glee star Lea Michele was also involved in a smash when her car was struck by a drunk driver.
Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean had a lucky escape after he was shot in the hand during a visit to his native Haiti, while James Taylor suffered a broken leg in a skiing accident in Utah.
Courtroom battles loomed for Britney Spears, who was hit with a $10 million (£6.25 million) lawsuit over a perfume deal, and Jay-Z was accused of trademark infringement over the logo for Roc Nation.
Even clean-cut teen pop sensation Justin Bieber found himself named in court papers after a songwriting duo sued over claims they hadn't received royalties for his hit song One Less Lonely Girl.
There were births, marriages and bust-ups galore as Spring sprung in April, but only one subject was on everyone's lips - the royal wedding. Celebs and commoners alike got carried away in the buzz of the big day on 29 April, when brunette beauty Kate Middleton walked down the aisle with her very own Prince Charming, William. Who would design the dress? Who would be invited? Would best man Harry fall for bridesmaid Pippa?
But all questions fell by the wayside on the morning of the magical day, as Britain and two billion viewers across the world came to a standstill to watch the future Queen of England step out of her Rolls-Royce wearing a stunning Alexander McQueen lace gown to huge cheers from the crowd. The pair wed in front of 1,900 quests, including Queen Elizabeth II, the entire royal family, and even showbiz royalty Victoria and David Beckham, and left London's Westminster Abbey to great fanfare as the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But Kate didn't hog all the limelight - who can forget the backing support of her sister Pippa, hailed Her Royal Hotness thanks to that figure-hugging dress and her much-discussed derriere?
The wedding was of fairytale proportions, one even our favourite celebs couldn't compete with - but that didn’t stop them from trying! Canadian crooner Michael Buble was one of the biggest stars to walk down the aisle in April (11) - his second set of nuptials to stunning fiancee Luisana Lopilato following their original wedding day in March.
Controversial couple LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian also wed in a private ceremony in Malibu, which was a surprise for guests - they thought they were there for the pair's engagement party!
Funnyman Rob Schneider also joined the marriage club, exchanging vows with fiancee Patricia Azarcoya Arce over the Easter Weekend. The marriage mood of the month gave many stars ideas; the likes of Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy, and Tom Fletcher and his longtime girlfriend became engaged.
Despite love being in the air, some unions were destined to end - Elizabeth Hurley started divorce proceedings against her millionaire husband Arun Nayar, while Christina Aguilera's five-year marriage to Jordan Bratman was declared officially over. After marriage must come babies, and April was awash with stars welcoming newborns. Superstar Mariah Carey welcomed twins Moroccan and Monroe, and in true diva style, gave birth to them on her fourth wedding anniversary to Nick Cannon. The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers and Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo both welcomed their third sons, while Jane Krakowski, Kevin James, Toni Collette and Drea De Matteo all also became parents to baby boys. Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal was an exception to the rule - he became the proud father of a baby girl.
But with ups, there must be downs - and nobody does scandal like the stars. Teen sensation Demi Lovato stunned her legions of loyal fans by opening up about the emotional issues which landed her in rehab earlier in the year, revealing she was battling an eating disorder and cut herself at her lowest moments. Charlie Sheen continued his madcap ways by embarking on a comedy tour following his sacking from Two and a Half Men - only to get booed offstage on his first night, with critics calling his stand-up debut an "epic failure".
Bond fans mourned April as the month Sir Sean Connery announced he was retiring from public appearances after he failed to show up to a charity event in New York. Lindsay Lohan was back in trouble - and in court - when a judge decided she'd had enough of the actress' antics and sentenced her to 120 days behind bars for violating her probation. Nicolas Cage hit the headlines when he was arrested on domestic violence charges following a street bust-up with his wife in New Orleans, and Vince Neil was also in hot water for domestic violence - his ex-girlfriend accused him of jabbing a finger at her during an argument.
However, the biggest shock came when Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones checked into a mental health facility to overcome her bipolar disorder. The stint in the clinic came after a tough year for the Oscar-winner following husband Michael Douglas' cancer battle.
April was a sad month for actor Tim Robbins, who tragically lost his father, Gil, and his mother, Mary, within days of each other. The punk world was left in mourning when X-Ray Spex legend Poly Styrene lost her battle with cancer at the age of 53, while British actress Elisabeth Sladen, Dr Who's longest running sidekick, also passed away after a fight with the disease.
May was a shocking month as Hollywood tough guy Arnold Schwarzenegger split from his wife of 25 years Maria Shriver, only to reveal later on in the month he had fathered a lovechild with their housekeeper 13 years earlier. Although the scandal rocked Hollywood, he wasn't the only one heading for splitsville - Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller became officially divorced, as did actress Neve Campbell and James Bond star George Lazenby. Lady Gaga also split from boyfriend Luc Carl, while Hayden Panettiere ended her romance with her boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko. Girls Aloud beauty Nadine Coyle also became single after calling off her engagement to American footballer Jason Bell.
But it wasn't all doom and gloom - Beatles legend Sir Paul Mccartney announced he was engaged to marry for the third time, to American Nancy Shevell, while director Sophia Coppolla and reality star Kim Kardashian also announced plans to walk down the aisle.
As for marriages, Marie Osmond remarried her first husband Stephen Craig, 29 years after they first exchanged vows and in the same wedding dress. Wedding bells also rang for Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill and Victoria's Secret supermodel Lily Aldridge, while country king and queen Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert also became man and wife in Texas.
New romances between Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge, as well as Nick Jonas and Australian pop star Delta Goodrem also came to light.
It was a baby boom month, with many stars becoming parents for the first time. Rockers Bryan Adams and Matthew Followill, actors David Schwimmer and Mike Myers, and actresses Alicia Silverstone, Marion Cotillard and Lost's Evangeline Lilly all became first-time parents. Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton welcomed her second son. French first lady Carla Bruni and actress Bryce Dallas Howard were also celebrating pregnancies. But it was a sad month for British actress Kelly Brook, who suffered a miscarriage.
Other sad news in May came when Grease actor Jeff Conaway passed away at the age of 60, sending Hollywood into mourning. Boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper died two days before his 77th birthday and Superman star Jackie Cooper also died, aged 88. The month started with the shock news that al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden had been shot dead in Pakistan. Other stars facing struggles included Sean Kingston, who was involved in a horrific jet-ski crash, while veteran actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was also hospitalised with pneumonia-type symptoms and fell into a coma.
It was also a controversial month for Lindsay Lohan, who started a 120-day jail term in the comfort of her own home for parole violation. British rocker Pete Doherty was also jailed for six months for cocaine possession. Other stars facing woes included Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Friends star Matthew Perry and boxer/singer Oscar De La Hoya, who were all submitted in to rehab programs. It was an embarrassing month for British singer Cheryl Cole, who was hired, then fired to sit on the judging panel of America's The X Factor.
In music news for the month, Silverchair announced they were to split, Rod Stewart announced a Las Vegas residency, while it was a big movie month as the Cannes Film Festival in France also kicked off. While Brad Pitt was hailed at the glitzy event, with his film Tree Of Life winning the coveted Palme d'Or prize for Best Film, it was a bad experience for director Lars Von Trier, who was banned from the festival for controversial statements he made about Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during the festivities.
As summer blossomed, June marked a baby boom in Hollywood. Pop star Pink became a first-time mum at the beginning of the month when she welcomed little Willow, while drummer Adrian Young added to the No Doubt family with daughter Magnolia. Natalie Portman became a yummy mummy to son Aleph, actress Tia Mowry also welcomed a little boy, and model/actress Devon Aoki was another addition to the first-time mum club with the arrival of Hunter.
Denise Richards made headlines when she announced she'd adopted a baby, Eloise, into her brood, while Meat Loaf became a grandfather when his daughter Pearl Aday gave birth to a baby boy. Lindsay Price and Nia Long also announced their pregnancies in June, as did Lily Allen - whose baby news went public on the same day she married partner Sam Cooper.
Lily's wedding wasn't the only one at the start of summer - Rachel Weisz married actor Daniel Craig following a whirlwind romance and Noel Gallagher put his wild ways behind him after exchanging vows with longterm partner Sara MacDonald.
However, the month was marred by a string of high-profile splits - David Duchovny and Tea Leoni separated just two years after reconciling following the actor's sex addiction admission, Jack White parted ways with model/singer wife Karen Elson after six years of marriage, and Hugh Hefner was dumped by fiancee Crystal Harris - just days before their planned wedding. Elizabeth Hurley's divorce from Arun Nayar was granted, and George Clooney split from Elisabetta Canalis.
There were health dramas aplenty - pop princesses Selena Gomez and Jennifer Hudson were hospitalised within days of each other. Both stars were forced to pull performances, and getwellselena even became a top trending topic on Twitter.com as fans rallied to support the Disney idol. Gomez later revealed she was malnourished and feeling exhausted, while Hudson was diagnosed with a severe bout of food poisoning.
The music world was left reeling when legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who had worked with Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga, died from complications stemming from a major stroke. The rocker led the tributes to his pal, declaring, "His loss is immeasurable and we are honoured and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years." TV fans were also left in mourning following the passing of Columbo star Peter Falk at the age of 83, while legendary TV cowboy James Arness also died.
In other June news, the vampires from Twilight overpowered the magical Harry Potter kids at the MTV Movie Awards, taking home five golden popcorn prizes to their film franchise rival cast's one. The CMT Awards took place in Nashville, Tennessee just days later and newlyweds Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert dominated the ceremony - picking up three of the nine top honours between them. But it was a bad month for their country music rival Trace Adkins when his Tennessee home was destroyed by fire.
The month was special for U2 when they headlined Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival after a year-long wait - they were forced to pull out of the event in 2010 after frontman Bono underwent surgery on his back. In a spooky echo of U2's concert drama, pop star Jessie J was forced to axe several summer shows after undergoing emergency surgery on her broken foot - but still fulfilled her duties at Glastonbury, performing while perched on a red and gold throne.
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2011 kicked off with some good news as Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding announced her engagement to long-term boyfriend Tom Crane after he popped the question on a New Year's break in the Maldives.
The late Jade Goody's husband Jack Tweed was arrested along with pal Mark Wright after they were involved in a scuffle outside Mark's new bar. After spending a night in the slammer, Jack admitted to the claims, while Mark was proven innocent in court.
There was excitement in celebsville when Victoria and David Beckham announced they were expecting their fourth child. After much speculation, the Beckhams told the world they were having a baby girl and Harper Seven Beckham was then born on 10th July, becoming sister to Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.
In the least surprising news of 2011, the much publicised marriage of Katie Price and Alex Reid came to an abrupt end after less than a year of martial, er, bliss.
There was tragic news for Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, after her baby boy was stillborn at seven months. After returning to work on BGT and a starring role in Shrek: The Musical, in August Amanda announced she was expecting a second baby girl.
Adele stormed the Brit Awards with her stunning and moving performance of Someone Like You, which was propelled straight to number one after the ceremony. Although she wasn't eligible for any awards in 2011, we're expecting massive things for the Brits 2012.
Charlie Sheen appeared to suffer a breakdown after a series of confusing incidents, which later led to his axing from comedy Two And A Half Men. But we will never forget the tiger blood. Hashtag winning!
A definite contender for the strangest story of 2011 saw Ashley Cole accidently shoot a work experience student at Chelsea's training ground after he was messing about with a gun. As you do.
A heartbroken Dougie Poynter checked himself into the Priory after he struggled to cope with his break-up from The Saturday's Frankie Sandford and her new relationship with footballer Wayne Bridge.
She's at it again! Katie Price bagged herself a new man in the shape of toy boy and Argentinian model Leandro Penna. Despite getting inkings of each other's names and declaring they were madly in love, it all ended in October. Speaking to a tabloid, Leandro revealed they spent most of their relationship having sex as neither of them could understand each other. TMI Leandro.
Tara Palmer-Tompkinson was on the hunt for a new nose after hers began to look as if it was making a bid for freedom from her face. She'd previously had it rebuilt after it was ravaged by her old £400-a-day cocaine habit, but small knocks left the delicate cartilage bent and crooked.
In what was possibly the longest labour ever in the history of celebrity babies, Holly Willoughby finally gave birth to her second child Belle Baldwin. We still kind of miss Phillip Schofield giving us Twitter updates on the state of Holly's uterus. Not.
Catherine Zeta-Jones made the courageous decision to speak out about her battle with bipolar disorder.
After months of hype, speculation, and royal related hoity toity, Prince William got hitched to Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. Many men around the world will also remember the occasion as when they were first introduced to Pippa Middleton's arse.
Cheryl Cole's dream had finally come true - she'd bagged herself a role as a judge on one of the most hyped American TV shows of all time, The X Factor USA (let's not mention the ratings disaster though). But after the lion-hair/p'orange combo she rocked up in to the first day of filming, it was all down-hill from there... She was unceremoniously dumped from the show two weeks later with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger installed in her place. Cheryl came back to the UK with her tail between her legs and straight into the arms of her love-rat ex Ashley...
Ryan Giggs found himself named in the Imogen Thomas/ premier league footballer affair scandal despite obtaining a super-injunction to keep his identity a secret. More controversy followed after it was revealed he'd also been having it off with his brother Rhodri's wife Natasha. Footballers, eh?
Former EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy spilt from her fiance Adam Cotteral after the pair were involved in a domestic incident were Adam was claimed to have hit Natalie with a slipper and punched a microwave.
After Dannii Minogue announced she had quit The X Factor, and with Simon busy with the US version and Cheryl still licking her wounds from her US axing, it was all change on the judging panel. It was revealed that long-standing judge Louis Walsh would be joined by N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos, Beyonce's mate Kelly Rowland and the original manbander Gary Barlow.
Wayne Rooney showed off the results of his £30,000 hair transplant.
There was double joy for Lily Allen as she tied the knot to Sam Cooper in a private ceremony in Gloucestershire - she announced to guests she was having an ickle baby!
X Factor judge Louis Walsh found himself at the centre of allegations he had sexually harassed a young male during a night out. After weeks where Louis admitted he had thought about taking his own life, the man retracted his claims and admitted they were false.
Glastonbury Festival was rocked by a certain US megastar when Beyonce wowed the 175,000 strong crowd with her unbelievable vocal range, nifty dance moves and enviable thighs. Little did everyone know, she was hiding some VERY big news...
TOWIE may have been off-air but the Essex lot were far from removed from our conciousness as relationship dramas hit our favourite reality TV show gang. Both Lauren Pope and Kirk Norcross and Sam Faiers and Joey Essex called time on their romances during the summer. But there was good news as James Argent and Lydia Bright finally got their acts together and rekindled the love. Ahhhh.
What do they say? Once a cheat, always a cheat. And that was a lesson Cheryl Cole had to learn the hard way. After allegedly getting back with her ex-hubby, she was left broken hearted once again as an air stewardess came forward to tell the world she had been having it off with Ashley while he was supposed to be getting back with our Chez. We won't say we told you so...
The marmite news of the year - you either rejoiced or recoiled at the news Steps were to reform for a special TV documentary to mark the 10th anniversary of their split. Despite tears, tantrums (and Claire's weight gain) the group put their differences behind them and announced plans to release a Greatest Hits album and subsequent arena tour.
After a shambolic performance in Belgrade in June where she appeared drunk on stage, concerns for Amy Winehouse's well-being were sparked once more. Everyone's worst fears were realised when the singer was found dead at her flat in Camden on 23rd July 2011, aged 27. An inquest into her death later announced a verdict of 'death by misadventure' as it was revealed that she was five times over the legal drink-driving limit at the time she died.
Kate Winslet was hailed as a hero during her holiday at Richard Branson's home in Necker Island. The Hollywood star rescued his mother from a house fire that swept through the villa where 20 other guests were staying.
That's how to make an entrance! Beyonce revealed she was with child when she turned up to MTV's Video Music Awards sporting a cute little bump. The world is now awaiting the birth of what will undoubtedly be the coolest baby ever.
Never the wallflower, Lady Gaga didn't exactly keep it low key at the VMA's either, turning up dressed as her male alter-ego Joe Calderone. But the defining moment of the night was as Gaga, sorry Joe, presented Britney Spears with her Lifetime Achievement Award, she stole Britters' limelight by trying to snog her.
EastEnders' star Jessie Wallace was left heartbroken and redfaced when it emerged her fiance Vince Morse had sent nudey snaps of her to an ex-girlfriend begging for a threesome. As guests turned up unaware to their nuptials, they were told the wedding was off and Jessie fled the country.
The Only Way Is Essex's golden couple Mark Wright and Lauren Goodger broke off their engagement. To this day we still don't know exactly what happened to end their on/off 10 year romance, but Mark was later back in the arms of exes Lucy Mecklenburgh and Sam Faiers...
David Walliams overcame all the odds (and a bout of Thames tummy) to complete his 140 mile swim of the River Thames for Sport Relief.
After a whirlwind romance, Alex Reid got down on bended knee and popped the question to former Celebrity Big Brother winner Chantelle Houghton live on TV. Of course she said yes, and the following month the couple announced they were expecting a miracle baby together, after Chantelle had previously been told she would be unable to conceive naturally. And inevitable reality TV show is set to follow in the new year.
With a new blonde 'do, our Cheryl headed out to Afghanistan to do her bit for the troops as part of the Pride of Britain Awards. But the nation's sweetheart got down and dirty with the lads and was proved her credentials as a solider, taking part in mock gun battles. It was even reported that a young solider had caught her eye while she was out there.
Rihanna was back to her controversial best when she hit the headlines for annoying an Irish farmer by dancing topless in his field while shooting the video for We Found Love.
Sarah Harding and Frankie Sandford proved that being a celebrity can take it's toll when they both checked into clinics. Sarah was in rehab battling problems with alcohol in the wake of her split from fiance Tom Crane. Meanwhile, Frankie took time out from her commitments with The Saturdays, spending time in a clinic for unconfirmed reasons.
Xtra Factor presenter Caroline Flack and One Direction's Harry Styles set tounges wagging after they shared a cheeky snog at an X Factor bash. Rumours Caroline was secretly dating co-presenter Olly Murs were thrown out of the window after the revelations with Harry. And while neither Harry or Caroline have spoken out, they are said to be rubbing belly buttons after he was pictured leaving her house after a 'sleepover'.
In what was dubbed 'bully-gate', the proverbial hit the fan on The X Factor when Tulisa and Louis accused contestant Misha B of being a bully, after alleged comments she made to other hopefuls. Misha's mentor, Kelly Rowland was none too pleased at the accusations and had a full-on spat with Tulisa. Kelly then missed the following week's show after falling ill - mamma had a sore throat y'all!
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries tried to set a record for the shortest ever celeb marriage when then announced they were splitting after 72 days of married life. But Kim swears the multi-million dollar wedding was not a publicity stunt...
Justin Bieber found himself at the centre of a paternity lawsuit after 20-year-old fan Maria Yeater claimed that he had fathered a child with her after an alleged 30 second backstage encounter. Justin declared he would take a paternity test to prove the claims were untrue, but there was no need, as after days of speculation, Maria withdrew her case and admitted he was not the father after all.
Jaws hit floors when Dawn French arrived at a celebrity bash looking like a shadow of her former self. The comedian showed off her new skinny frame after shedding over four stone, and is still continuing to diet.
After endless weeks of boozing and countless bedroom conquests, X Factor wild child Frankie Cocozza was axed from the show after admitting he had taken cocaine on a night out. The headlines preceded to write themselves as Ameila Lily returned to the competition in his place.
It was all over for one of Hollywood's golden couples as Demi Moore announced she was to divorce husband Aston Kutcher after it was claimed he had cheated on her with a 23-year-old blonde on their wedding anniversary.
After terrible year for Daybreak where viewing figures still continued to disappoint, presenters Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles found themselves on the scrapheap after they were axed from the flop breakfast show. It wasn't all bad news though as Christine was announced as Holly Willoughby's replacement on Dancing On Ice, after she departed the series to host The Voice.
After a bad start to the year, McFly's Dougie Poynter ended it on a high by being crowned King of the Jungle, beating TOWIE's Mark Wright to the I'm A Celebrity... crown.
Little Mix made X Factor history when they beat Marcus Collins to win the talent show. In the show's eight years, they became the first girl group to make the final, and the first group ever to win. Their debut single Cannonball hit the number one spot, but missed out on the coveted Christmas number one to the Military Wives.
2012 is certainly looking bright for the McFly boys with two reality show wins under their belts. Fresh from Dougie's jungle triumph, drummer Harry Judd became the ballroom champ on Strictly Come Dancing.