This year went from 0 to 100 real f*ckin' quick. From the deaths of well-known celebrities to surprise pregnancies, this year in celebrity news was one helluva rollercoaster.
Shortly after Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London posed for their iconic GQ photoshoot, the rapper was slain in a tragedy that was felt worldwide. To add insult to injury, we discovered America is slowly but surely becoming a real-life Handmaid's Tale. But along with the not-so-positive moments we experienced this year, there were also several moments of light, we had a chance to experience.
Rihanna closed yet another history-making deal, Simone Biles was breaking records all over the globe, Keke Palmer landed a full-time gig on what is now the Sara, Strahan, & Keke Show, and Black queens dominated the global competitive circuit. While you may have missed out on a few of the most viral news moments of the year, we gathered up the Top 10 most popular celeb stories on xoNecole, and it's safe to say, it was the year of personal growth, career elevation, self-care and mental health.
Here were our Top 10 most viewed celebrity news stories of this year:
Is monogamy making us insecure? Willow Smith says yes. The starlet boldly declared her adulthood and proved that she's all grown up after a candid Red Table discussion with her mom and grandmother where Willow revealed her equal attraction to men and women. In this piece, we dive deeper into Willow's insights and explore whether it's truly possible to be in love with more than one person at a time.
As we sashay into a new decade, it's time to kick self-doubt to the curb and level up your internal dialogue. Jada Pinkett-Smith has the keys to helping us do exactly that. Click to read how the 48-year-old mother-of-two is trading out negative self-talk for a more positive perspective on self-love.
You're only as tight as your circle and Taraji P. Henson needs you to know that if you're not careful, your squad can be instrumental in sabotaging your success. There are things you should absolutely expect from your friendships and Taraji has a word about selectivity in this exclusive interview by Shanelle Harris.
4. Alicia Keys Opened Up About Her Self-Worth Struggles On 'Red Table Talk' & There Wasn't A Dry Eye In The Room
For the second season of Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett-Smith invited R&B songstress Alicia Keys to pull up for a candid conversation about self-worth. (I'm not crying, you are!) In the conversation, the ladies talk people-pleasing, motherhood, and letting shit go that doesn't serve you.
5. Beyonce Took A Year-Long Hiatus To Focus On Her Mental Health
Beyonce took a yearlong hiatus from music to focus on her mental health, and I've never loved her more. In a rare interview with Elle, Queen Bey fills us in on how she really feels about the hustle mentality, talks recovering after several miscarriages, and reminds us all that she can't (and won't) be our superwoman.
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Before Regina King was a crime-fighting, Bible-toting, ass-kicking vigilante on HBO's Watchmen, the actress had dreams of becoming a dentist. Luckily, the actress realized that comfort zones are where dreams go to die and has potent advice for any woman that's feeling stuck or stagnant in their professional lives.
Michael Ealy says learning his wife's love language saved his marriage and now we're on it like Rosetta Stone. According to Michael, the secret to a healthy relationship is putting your partner's needs ahead of your own and in this exclusive interview with xoNecole, he opened up about how he had to learn this lesson the hard way.
8. Multi-Hyphenate Hustlin': B. Simone Makes $100K In Two Months, Plus Other Money Moves She Made This Year
If you haven't heard of B. Simone, it's possible that you've been living under a rock for the past decade. This year, the influencer broke quite a few glass ceilings, and it's clear that she doesn't plan to slow down anytime soon. Click to read how this multi-hyphenate hustler secured all the bags in 2019.
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It seems like only yesterday when we were relishing in Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London's modern-day love story, proving that the only thing consistent in life is change. Luckily, you can take a Slauson-style stroll down memory lane by checking out our recap of their iconic cover shoot.
10. Big Sean Reveals That He Took A Year-Long Hiatus From Rap To Focus On His Mental Health & Go To Therapy
Black men are not immune to mental illness and Big Sean proved this fact when he prematurely canceled his tour to seek therapy. The Detroit-born rapper took to Instagram to talk overcoming depression and refocusing his energy, and we have all the details.
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Featured image by Instagram/Beyonce.