- INSIDER chose 11 controversial celebrities of 2018.
- The list includes YouTube star Logan Paul; rappers Tekashi 6ix9ine and Kodak Black; and Hollywood actors Johnny Depp and Chris Pratt.
Many celebrities cause controversy, simply by nature of their fame — but some scandals are far more consequential than others.
INSIDER rounded up a list of public figures who were involved in some of the biggest controversies of the year.
Here are 11 of 2018’s most controversial stars, in no particular order.
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Johnny Depp will continue to appear in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise, despite allegations of domestic violence.
Heard filed a restraining order against Depp in May 2016, less than a week after filing for divorce from the “Fantastic Beasts” actor. She donated her entire divorce settlement to domestic violence and children’s charities.
In court, Heard presented a photograph of herself with a bruise on her right eye. Months later, TMZ published a video taken by Heard, which seemed to capture Depp yelling, attempting to grab Heard’s phone, and throwing a wine bottle at her.
“Twenty-five feet away from her, how the f— am I going to hit her?” Depp said about Heard in a GQ cover story, published in October. “Which, by the way, is the last thing I would’ve done. I might look stupid, but I ain’t f—ing stupid.”
When the GQ reporter asked if he considers himself a violent man, Depp seemed to defend himself by saying people — paparazzi in particular — should keep their distance.
“I’ve even said before, if a paparazzo gets a shot, they’re far away and they get a shot of me and my kid, whatever, that’s their thing,” he said. “But if I catch you, I will eat your nose. I will eat your nose, chew it up and swallow it in front of you and then you’ll f—ing think about it next time. I f—ing mean it.”
Depp is currently being sued by a film location manager, who claims Depp punched him on set in 2017.
Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to probation and community service after pleading guilty in a 2015 child-sex case.
Daniel Hernandez — also known as 69, 6ix9ine, and Tekashi69 — is a top-charting rapper and Instagram star with more than 15 million followers. After spending several years on the indie-SoundCloud-rapper circuit, Hernandez recently achieved mainstream credibility with “FEFE,” a hit single he made with Nicki Minaj earlier this year.
In November of this year, federal authorities arrested Hernandez on racketeering and firearms charges and alleged that he’s part of a violent gang.
Hernandez was also sentenced in October to four years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service for a 2015 child-sex case (there were a number of procedural delays and appeals between his plea deal in 2015 and 2018). The lurid acts are described in detail in a criminal complaint obtained in 2017 by Jezebel.
Piers Morgan is known for making sexist remarks and controversial arguments.
Piers Morgan is a 53-year-old British journalist who has a history of writing widely criticized editorials, usually about female celebrities.
In August 2018, Morgan wrote about Tess Holliday on the cover of Cosmopolitan UK. “As Britain battles an ever-worsening obesity crisis, this is the new cover of Cosmo,” he wrote on Instagram. “Apparently we’re supposed to view it as a ‘huge step forward for body positivity.’ What a load of old baloney. This cover is just as dangerous and misguided as celebrating size zero models.”
Days later, he refused to mince words after Holliday posted a photo of herself in lingerie and wrote an open letter to Holliday that said she should be “deterred from celebrating because it’s unhealthy.”
In addition, Morgan slammed Ellen DeGeneres and called her a hypocrite for praising shirtless male celebrities. He also accused the band Little Mix of “using sex to sell records” after the group released images of themselves naked with insults written on their bodies to promote their song “Strip.”
The group defended their choice, saying: “What we do with our bodies is our choice and we felt liberated owning the negative words thrown at us as women. We’ll never stop talking/writing music about issues that affect so many women around the world. We have a voice to use it!”
Ariana Grande also took issue with Morgan’s words.
Grande wrote on Twitter: “Ellen is an incredible & kind human being.. I use my talent AND my sexuality all the time because I choose to. women can be sexual AND talented. naked and dignified. it’s OUR choice. & we will keep fighting til people understand. I say this w all due respect but thank u, next.”
Morgan continued to target celebrities, like the time he criticized “James Bond” star Daniel Craig for being photographed carrying his newborn daughter in “an emasculating papoose.”
Twitter had a field day with that comment and even Chris Evans called him out.
Morgan also appeared to have a problem with 92-year-old actor Dick Van Dyke’s name. The “Mary Poppins” star shut him down with a simple tweet, though.