We've been counting down the biggest headlines of 2008, and we'll be revealing more throughout the month of December. We hope you enjoy this look back at some of the posts and stories that created the most buzz throughout the year.
It was a year of ups and downs for Madonna, who spent the first half of 2008 focusing on her new album before her music was eclipsed by her personal drama in the press. She started things off by taking Lourdes and Rocco around India and continued to raise money for Malawi with her celebrity friends. In February Madonna showed off her first endeavor as a director when her film Filth and Wisdom premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Her debut was a milestone for the pop star, but the buzz quickly shifted to her new album, Hard Candy. She and her little black ensembles were all over the magazine covers and her collaboration with Justin quickly became a big hit.
Madonna's success continued and was marked by her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but by March there were whispers of problems with her marriage to Guy Ritchie. They battled the gossip with hand-in-hand dinner dates, but the speculation was far from over. Madonna hit the road on her Sticky and Sweet tour once Hard Candy was released in May. When she wasn't busy up on stage, she stuck by Guy's side at Cannes but by Summer the divorce rumors were back and bigger than ever. To look back at the rest of Madonna's year just read more.
Not long after Madonna was spotted at Yankee stadium with her kids in June, word spread like wildfire that something was going on between her and Yankee Alex Rodriguez and that both she and Guy had already hired divorce lawyers. Madonna's rep was quick to deny the reports and rumors, and as if on cue, Madonna and Guy were spotted holding hands a few days later in NYC. In early July Alex Rodriguez's wife filed for divorce, which didn't help matters.
Her marriage controversy was put on the backburner for a bit when her brother Christopher Ciccone published a tell-all about Madonna, which bothered her more than the affair rumors. Madonna and Guy continued to keep up the appearance of being a happy couple, celebrating her 50th birthday together in August and appearing together on red carpets for Guy's movie Rocknrolla before it was his turn for a birthday bash.
While everything seemed to be fine on the surface, the year-long questions about their relationship were about to be answered. The rumors about Madonna and A-Rod continued and they were spotted having dinner together in October just a few days before Madonna and Guy officially announced their divorce on October 15.
The split wasn't about to slow down Madonna's touring schedule, and she had friends in her corner on stage and off. It didn't take much time for the rumors about their divorce settlement and child custody to get ugly. The couple reached a divorce settlement in mid December, and went their separate ways. As Guy keeps busy with Sherlock Holmes, Madonna is still performing on stage night after night. She's been spotted with Alex a handful of times in the past months, and despite rumors that they're getting closer, A-Rod claims that there's nothing romantic between them. It was a roller coaster year for Madonna to say the least, but we might have to wait until 2009 to find out if she and A-Rod are more than just friends.