The hot and not so hot of celebrity 2010

2010-12-23 13:47

This year belongs to celebrity cheaters, according to local celebrity buffs’ worst scandals of 2010.

The feud between socialite ­Khanyi Mbau and her former lover, Theunis Crous, was “by far the ­biggest South African scandal”, said Clayton Morar, gossip blogger and Cape Town radio personality.

The news of the affair between Mbau and Crous broke, followed by a public series of disagreements in which Mbau accused Crous of lying and he accused her of only wanting his money.

“All their intimate details were splashed in the newspapers. As scandalous as it may have been, it was something we all enjoyed reading about,” said Morar.

Another local whose affairs made headlines was cricketer ­André Nel, who admitted to being unfaithful to his wife.

André Neveling, editor of TV Plus, said it proved that “sportsmen are never going to clean up their act.

And cricket is supposed to be a gentleman’s game!”

Nel was joined by American golfer Tiger Woods, whose string of ­affairs resulted in a divorce from his wife.

According to Gilda van Schalkwyk, entertainment editor at Drum magazine: “That put his quiet demeanour in the spotlight, shedding light on the real Tiger.”

Actress Lindsay Lohan deserved a spot on the list of celebrity scandals of the year, as she was sentenced to jail time after her “drunken escapades”, said Kuli Roberts, host of the magazine show Headline on DStv.

Paris Hilton’s arrest on drug charges during the World Cup tops Heat editor Melinda Shaw’s list of 2010 celebrity scandals. “She had a few run-ins with the law and it all started here in Port Elizabeth.”

Neveling was disappointed with Charlize Theron, who instead of sharing in the South African experience, “behaved like a diva and ­refused to talk to anyone” during her World Cup visit. He rated ­Alicia Keys as the top celeb who visited because she took the time to be friendly and talk to her fans.

On Shaw’s list of celebs who impressed was British Prince William “because he finally got up the courage to propose”, while Van Schalkwyk’s vote went to John van der Ruit, whose successful book, Spud, “turned into a great movie”.

International celebs who have done fans proud include President Barack Obama, according to Roberts, and Sandra Bullock for managing her divorce gracefully.

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