Socialite Life’s Survivors of 2008

December 21st, 2008 // 8 Comments

2008 was a tumultuous year for more than a few celebrities. Here’s our look at some of the ones who defined the word “survivor” this year.

A-list Anne Hathaway has been a star on the rise since The Devil Wears Prada opposite Meryl Streep catapulted her into the superstar realm in 2006. Unfortunately, her relationship with longtime boyfriend Rafaello Follieri didn’t follow the same track. The Italian real estate developer, whom Hathaway had dated since 2004, was arrested in June of this year for reportedly fleecing investors out of millions of dollars in a fraud scheme. Hathaway, knowing that Follieri was under investigation by the Feds, broke up with him in the same month. Anne’s diaries were also seized as evidence by the authorities. “It’s a situation where the rug was pulled out from under me all of a
sudden. But just as suddenly, my friends threw another rug back under
me. One said, ‘Go stay at my house.’ ” she later said about the break-up. Follieri went to jail, and Hathaway is reportedly dating again, being linked with both Josh Lucas and actor Adam Shulman. So she bounced back. Let’s just hope that she insists on total honesty in a relationship from now on…

Jennifer Aniston seems to have gotten stronger and stronger since ex-husband Brad Pitt fell in love with his co-star Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and they divorced in 2005. Since then, Aniston has often been portrayed as the sad victim of a villainous vamp who stole her man. Subsequent relationships with Vince Vaughn, British model Paul Sculfor, and John Mayer did little to change that image. It wasn’t until recently, when Aniston got back together with Mayer after seemingly asserting herself over his formerly constant paparazzi whoring, that she finally seemed to come into her own again. Aniston recently appeared nude except for a men’s necktime on the cover of GQ, looking happy and now even jokes about her divorce in interviews. She even says that her and Pitt keep in touch and remain somewhat friendly. $10 says she still keep her “Angelina Is A Slut” shrine up just in case she relapses.

Director Guy Ritchie had a rough year, but ultimately got one over on ex-wife Madonna in the end. Ritchie, who married Madge in 2000, seemed to have spent the last years of their marriage as nothing more than Madonna’s coat carrier and husband accessory. Madonna, a known control freak, reportedly had him on an extremely tight leash, insisted he practice her Kabbalah religion, and would spend months apart from him on one tour or another. Their icy marriage came to a head when her reportedly ongoing affair with New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez was revealed this summer. The couple officially split in October, and it was recently alleged that Ritchie will reportedly receive around $76 million of Madonna’s vast fortune in their settlement. He’s also said to be dating Kelly Reilly, an actress in his new Sherlock Holmes movie that he’s currently filming. Guy Ritchie: 76, Madonna: 0.

And 2008′s truest survivor was Oscar-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson. In October, Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew were were murdered. The prime suspect, William Balfour, has been arrested and charged with the killings and is set to go on trial. He is the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister, and the senseless crimes reportedly occurred over an argument about a borrowed car. Hudson, devastated by the loss, had just released her debut album in September. She is continuing to work (the album scored four Grammy nominations) and seemingly taking it day by day and our hats are off to her. Strong lady.

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2008 was a tumultuous year for more than a few celebrities. Here’s our
look at some of the ones who defined the word “survivor” this year.A-list Anne Hathaway has been a star on the rise since The Devil Wears Prada opposite Meryl Streep catapulted her into the superstar realm in 2006. Unfortunately, her relationship with longtime boyfriend Rafaello Follieri didn’t follow the same track. The Italian real estate developer, whom Hathaway had dated since 2004, was arrested in June of this year
for reportedly fleecing investors out of millions of dollars in a fraud
scheme. Hathaway, knowing that Follieri was under investigation by the
Feds, broke up with him in the same month. Anne’s diaries were also seized as evidence by the authorities. “It’s a situation where the rug was pulled out from under me all of a
sudden. But just as suddenly, my friends threw another rug back under
me. One said, ‘Go stay at my house.’ ” she later said about the break-up. Follieri went to jail, and Hathaway is reportedly dating again, being linked with both Josh Lucas and actor Adam Shulman. So she bounced back. Let’s just hope that she insists on total honesty in a relationship from now on…Jennifer Aniston seems to have gotten stronger and stronger since ex-husband Brad Pitt fell in love with his co-star Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and they divorced in 2005. Since then, Aniston has often been portrayed as the sad victim of a villainous vamp who stole her man. Subsequent relationships with Vince Vaughn, British model Paul Sculfor, and John Mayer did little to change that image. It wasn’t until recently, when Aniston got back together with Mayer
after seemingly asserting herself over his formerly constant paparazzi
whoring, that she finally seemed to come into her own again. Aniston
recently appeared nude except for a men’s necktime on the cover of GQ,
looking happy and now even jokes about her divorce in interviews. She
even says that her and Pitt keep in touch and remain somewhat friendly.
$10 says she still keep her “Angelina Is A Slut” shrine up just in case
she relapses.Director Guy Ritchie had a rough year, but ultimately got one over on ex-wife Madonna in the end. Ritchie, who married Madge in 2000,
seemed to have spent the last years of their marriage as nothing more
than Madonna’s coat carrier and husband accessory. Madonna, a known
control freak, reportedly had him on an extremely tight leash, insisted
he practice her Kabbalah religion,
and would spend months apart from him on one tour or another. Their icy
marriage came to a head when her reportedly ongoing affair with New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez was revealed this summer. The couple officially split in October, and it was recently alleged that Ritchie will reportedly receive around $76 million of Madonna’s vast fortune in their settlement. He’s also said to be dating Kelly Reilly, an actress in his new Sherlock Holmes movie that he’s currently filming. Guy Ritchie: 76, Madonna: 0.And 2008′s truest survivor was Oscar-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson. In October, Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew were were murdered. The prime suspect, William Balfour,
has been arrested and charged with the killings and is set to go on
trial. He is the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister, and the
senseless crimes reportedly occurred over an argument about a borrowed
car. Hudson, devastated by the loss, had just released her debut album in September. She is continuing to work (the album scored four Grammy nominations) and seemingly taking it day by day and our hats are off to her. Strong lady.Check out all 60+ photos of Socialite Life’s 2008 Survivor’s gallery!

By J. Harvey
  1. Definition of a survivor....

    is someone who has gone through something and came out of it unscathed. You can’t say Maniston is a survivor because she’s STILL after ALL this time LIVING through it! She won’t let it end! Yes, she constantly talks about brad, angelina. “Joking” about it? She sounds like a bitter betty when she “jokes” about them and the kids. Sorry but I DON’T know the names of my ex’s kids. Sorry, usually i’m on bored with what you write but saying that Aniston is a “survivor” just makes me laugh. She should pay Angie for all the press she gets talking by bringing up her name.
    Here’s to 2009 & praying FINALLY Aniston can get the heck over it already and not talk about it anymore – either that or someone will make a fortune selling the Aniston whining drinking game: take a drink everytime her whines include “Angie” or “Knox” in it.

  2. karma

    brilliant..I whole heartedly agree…
    Jen is the eternal whiner that seems to get a pass. You know what every woman in the limelight that has been thru what jen has been thru has now moved on to great men. Jen latches on the the Brangelina train everytime a moive is about to open. But like most say Karma is a bitch and it will eventually bite her in the ass once more.

    beginning 2008 most people had moved on …we were happy jen was dating and keeping from looking like a loser but then the movie was die out and she resorted to the usual tactics..
    pose nude for a cover or several cover
    evidence of this can be seen when she was promoting the break up with Vince…she did the exact same thing…to the letter she went to the magazines with a sob story…a one sided sob story. and took the opportunity back then to take digs at Brad.. Brad and angie were silent for two years and lived thier lives did thier films and did goodwill to others.

    Now here we are closing out the year with jen repeated the same sorry sob story onluy this time no more pity party..not even her friends are backing her this time.

  3. give me a break

    it makes me sick that this rag weed of a site should even dare to compare Jennifer Hudson’s loss of family to a brutal murder in the same article she compares Jennifer aniston…who is nothing more than a ridiculaous botoxed filled woman still taking snipes at a man and his family since its very clear not only has he moved on but has kids and has moved to another continent just to get away from her.
    He has clearly moved on to a whole new life with purpose with a woman he truly loves.
    that is digusting to compare the two..
    that show a very big lack of respect for Jennifer hudson and her family and her fans as well.

    I think this site sucks.

  4. you do need a break

    Wow, that’s really wise, comparing tragedies.

    I think this list is just fine, with one more addition – Britney Spears.

    I don’t think being a survivor means emerging unscathed, it is emerging stronger. Sometimes you lose a limb, sometimes you lose a lying boyfriend (or cheating husband).

    Jennifer Aniston could have been any other woman who had been dumped publicly by her more famous husband, except that he and Angie were pregnant before the divorce was formal. Even Ryan Philippe cut Reese some slack there, before stepping out with that Abbie woman. Had he gone around doing photoshoots and starting a new family, people would have felt super sorry for Reese too. She just didn’t happen to have a cheating and obnoxious spouse.

    Funnily enough, for all the talk of complaining, Jennifer has never spoken about Angelina until a month ago, where she criticized an action rather than the person. “Uncool”? Does that sound like a whiner? Sounds like a very measured reprimand. That is why she is strong. Because she could have said so many things and she didn’t . And when she finally spoke, her words spoke about who she was as well. And to end the year with a movie success that trounced her famous ex, who promoted his movie refering to his life with her as a ‘dead-end’ – the icing!

    Britney Spears started the year alongside Amy Winehouse, wasted and delirious, but ended the year on a high. She couldn’t have done it without her father – but she survived many things in 2008, including the infamous obituary someone in media wrote for her.

  5. logical thinker

    ridiculous…
    jenfans are toally ridiculous to even think to compare Jennifer Hudson tragedy to an old story that was dead four years ago!

    thats how stupid the jenfans are they are lumping her into everything.

    Jen has lost nothing .. absolutely nothing.. she has had several men in her bed since the split.. Vince for one was inJens bed way before the divorce was final?

    so dont go there with this old story.

    jennifer hudson suffered real tragedy real loss real heartache….
    She had to bury her mother, her brother, her nephew…
    she lost most of her family.. how dare you insult her and her fans by saying jens old regurgitated news is equivalent…

  6. siska

    I felt to sorry to this people who can not think logic..tragedy is happen in different form..I agree that Hudson tragedy is one of the most sad..but why have to trash aniston for it?
    She is a survivor from different tragedy..tragedy of dissolution of the marriage from someone you love and being cast as a sole reason for it(because she do not want kid) and being on limelight when she need some privacy to console her pain and being humiliated by seeing her ex and the woman who stole it potray as a saint with perfect family picture everywhere..
    Remember how hard Brangelina deny their relation on early day and now suddenly come clean with all the comment to show that his life with jen before is nothing compare to now..how they fall in love at location…they never ending stab to jen..and she still stand strong..she only ever said “uncool”..I will said something more harsh..

  7. jonhar

    i love anne’s gown! she looks so beautiful!!!!!!1

  8. something gotta give

    Jen does not even belong in th8is group..
    this is garbage..
    this woman makes me sick to my stomach…

    so many celebs that have lost family members including jen hudson.. Joanne woodward just lost her husband to cancer why isn’t she on the list.

    Bernie macs wife and children just lost thier children this year where are they?

    So many people we lost to cancer and other illnesses and all the loved ones left behind. those are tru survivors not that insipid excuse for a woman named Jennifer aniston.

    I am so sick of her stupid fans globbing her in like she is something remotely relevant.

    Go away you botoxed freak. those close ups on marley and me clearly shows your nip tuck. fake fake fake
    fake hair
    fake boobs
    fake face
    fake nose
    fake actress
    fake chin…

    People who are the tru survivors are the true heros not Chinnefer Maniston

    To survive means to live on…
    Jen does not live on b/c its been more than four years and she is still regurgitating the same thing. the past…

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