This has truly been a year full of promise — or at least of anonymous sources promising us that certain things were for sure going to happen in the personal lives of celebrities. As 2014 draws to a close, we're taking a quick look back at what all those helpful hints around Hollywood to see how the predictions panned out. The answers might surprise you.
Sure, now we are all familiar with the expression "conscious uncoupling," but there was in fact a time before that was a thing. And let's just say news of Gwyneth Paltrow's split from Chris Martin didn't necessarily come out of nowhere. Back in February, sources were breathlessly insisting that Martin moving the family from London to Los Angeles had made him "miserable" and ready to leave. "Chris has told Gwyneth he wants to move back to his native England with their two children, Apple and Moses, once the school year is over," a source said at the time. "He hasn't been happy living in Los Angeles because Chris just isn't into the Hollywood scene. Chris now recognizes that Gwyneth doesn't need to be living in Los Angeles for her career." Paltrow, as she made clear a few months later, disagreed.
The L.A.-London cultural divide was apparently a big deal in 2014, as anonymous sources were also busy insisting that differing living conditions in the two cities were also driving Kate Hudson and fiancé Matt Bellamy apart, too. "Matt is pretty down-to-earth and happy in England, while Kate is very L.A.-focused," a source told the NY Daily News earlier in the year. "They are leading separate lives. It hasn't been working out the way they planned and they've been trying very hard for the sake of their son." A rep for the couple insisted the story was bogus, but Hudson and Bellamy announced the end of their engagement earlier this month.
Speaking of geographical conflict, Jennifer Aniston was not immune, as the L.A.-based actress was allegedly at odds with fiancée Justin Theroux over his love of New York City, even going so far as to not join him for her birthday. "It's absolutely indicative of the status of Jen and Justin's relationship," a source insisted. "There is absolutely no wedding talk or planning going on. Publicly the couple is saying it's because they are just too busy with work, but if they wanted to get married, it would happen. The relationship is definitely at an impasse. Either it's going to fizzle out — which seems likely — or they get married." Yeah, about that. It turns out Aniston and Theroux chose neither, as they've ended 2014 still together but not yet wed.
Ryan Gosling's main squeeze gave weight to some bubbling pregnancy rumors back in February when she refused to use a body scan machine while going through airport security. A bystander on the scene even claimed that Mendes had told TSA agents, "I'm pregnant." But when the story got out, she was quick to deny it. "Those X-ray scanners, which are really creepy? They basically see you naked," she told Ellen DeGeneres shortly after. "I always opt out. I always ask for a personal pat-down. That was good enough reason [for people to assume I'm pregnant.]" Also good enough? The fact that she was actually pregnant, though she didn't officially announce that she and Gosling were expecting until July. Their daughter was born in September.
And as a bonus, here are a couple where we take on the actual words of some celebrities, seeing just how much they like to stick to their plans.
The "Inglourious Basterds" director got indignant after a script for his next film, a western called "The Hateful Eight," leaked online. How mad was he? So mad that he called off plans to make the movie all together and threatened to sue Gawker for publishing a link to the script. "I'm very, very depressed," he said at the time. But apparently he got over it, since after hosting a star-studded live reading of the script in April, Tarantino is moving ahead with the film, set for a 2015 release and starring Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson and Channing Tatum.
Early in the year, Elton John and David Furnish made it quite clear that they would be taking advantage of newly legalized gay marriage in the United Kingdom by upgrading their civil union. Well, it turns out they were serious, only they were wrong about both the timing and the scale of the event. "I think what we'll do is go to a registry office in England in May and take the boys with us and a couple of witnesses," Furnish said back in March. As it turned out, they were married earlier this month during a lavish event at their country home heavily chronicled on Instagram.
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