Socialite Life’s Survivors of 2008

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!