Cibrian and Rimes, who met on the set of the steamy Lifetime movie "Northern Lights," never 'fessed up to an affair, but both their marriages ended shortly after the Us Weekly cover story. Cibrian's wife, model Brandi Glanville told the magazine in July that she was leaving him because of the reported affair. "Eddie and LeAnn deserve each other," she said.
She was the unlikely singing sensation who shut up notorious critic Simon Cowell.
When Susan Boyle made her first appearance in April on the U.K. talent competition show "Britain's Got Talent," Cowell took one look at the frumpy middle-age Scotswoman with frizzy brown hair and bushy eyebrows and smirked.
Then Boyle brought audience members to their feet with her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the Broadway hit "Les Miserable," forcing Cowell to admit that he had misjudged her.
The video of Boyle's first performance went viral on YouTube, racking up hundreds of millions of hits, before her erratic behavior became known. But Boyle's performance became a triumph for middle-age women in a culture obsessed with youth and physical beauty.
Boyle would ultimately come in second on the show. But it doesn't matter because her album has already sold millions and she draws crowds with every appearance.
There's nothing new about the Lohan family playing out their spats in public.
But patriarch Michael Lohan upped the ante in November when he released an audio recording of daughter Lindsay Lohan making a desperate plea for help in an August phone call to him.
In between sobs, Lindsay could be heard complaining about her family and ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson.
"Mommy says that I'm worse than you were," Lindsay could be heard crying to her dad. "She doesn't back me. She doesn't stand by me."
"No one cares about me," Lindsay continued. "They don't, by the way. It's about how they feel, not how I feel. It's not about me. It's never been about me, unless I fight for it."
After Michael Lohan released the recording to Radar.com, his daughter shot back via her Twitter feed.
"Its so sad that I even have to share this w/everyone, but I haven't had a real relationship w/Michael Sr. In years. That is the truth. Xox," she tweeted.
Her father told ABCNews.com that he released the tape to prove his credibility to his daughter, ex-wife and the world at large. He called her declaration that they "haven't had a real relationship" in years, "a total lie. Every time she has a problem she calls me and I come out here."
Jon and Kate Gosselin
When Jon and Kate Gosselin announced they were separating in June on their popular reality show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8," 10.6 million viewers tuned in; the most ever in the show's history.
It seemed only fitting that the family that came to fame by allowing TLC cameras to document the raising of their eight children, a set of twins and sextuplets, would announce the end of their marriage on television.
The announcement came after rampant tabloid rumors of infidelity and speculation about the breakup of their marriage. In some ways, though, it marked the beginning of a he-said-she-said tug of war that dominated headlines for the rest of the summer and well into the fall.
In the end, the publicity turned viewers off and after TLC fired Jon and announced a new show with just Kate and the kids, he refused to give his permission to let the kids be filmed. That spelled the final ending of the show.