Sometimes shocking, sometimes poignant, sometimes just silly — stars say the darnedest things. From Christian Bale to Kanye West, here are some of the outrageous celebrity quotations that helped sum up 2009’s highs and lows.
“I think all women in Hollywood are known as sex symbols. That’s what our purpose is in this business. You’re merchandised, you’re a product. You’re sold and it’s based on sex. But that’s OK. I think women should be empowered by that, not degraded.” — Megan Fox to Entertainment Weekly
“If I’m the emblem for ‘this is what it looks like to be the lonely girl getting on with her life,’ so be it. I can make fun of myself. And I’ll bring it up as long as the world is bringing it up.” — Jennifer Aniston to Elle magazine
“I thought, ‘Wow, is that really what my hair looks like?’” — Kate Gosselin to Ellen DeGeneres on her reaction to the Halloween wig inspired by her signature spiky style
“What the [expletive] is it with you? What don’t you [expletive] understand?” — Christian Bale, in a tirade against a film crew member caught on tape
“Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. Of all time!”
— Kanye West, interrupting Taylor Swift’s “VMAs” acceptance speech for best female video
“[Expletive] you, Kanye. It’s like you stepped on a kitten.” — Katy Perry, tweeting the collective response to Kanye’s “VMAs” outburst
“I think I’d rather get run over by a train.” — Madonna on whether she’ll wed again
“I had just put the casket in the hearse and I was watching it drive away when a beautiful blond woman comes up and embraces me. I said to her, ‘You have a drink on you? You have a car?’ She said, ‘Daddy, it’s me — Tatum!’ I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it’s my daughter. It’s so sick.” — Ryan O’Neal, describing to Vanity Fair how he failed to recognize daughter Tatum at Farrah Fawcett’s funeral and ended up hitting on her
“My father was not a bad man. He was kind of a testament to what drugs and alcohol — in huge quantities — can do to a person’s priorities. … I don’t hate him. I understand that he was a very tortured man, and he sort of passed that torture down to me.” — Mackenzie Phillips, discussing with Oprah her revelation that she and her father John allegedly had a 10-year sexual relationship
“I fell in love with that person. That’s embarassing.” — Rihanna to Diane Sawyer on ex-beau Chris Brown, who ended up physically abusing her
“When I look at it now, it’s just like, wow, like, I can’t believe that that actually happened.” — Brown to Larry King in September, of the February night he beat Rihanna
“There’s no answer that’s not going to tip you one way or the other. Think about every hypothetical situation: ‘OK, we are. We aren’t. I’m a lesbian.’” — Kristen Stewart, refusing to tell Entertainment Weekly whether she and “Twilight” co-star Robert Pattinson are a couple
“I stopped living for moments and started living for people … I want my private life private. I’m living for me.” — Miley Cyrus, in a rap (posted, ironically, on YouTube) about why she quit Twitter.
“Now I know what you’re thinking: ‘Gosh, David had sex?’” — David Letterman, admitting to affairs with show staffers in front of a live TV
“I just want to say ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you can ever imagine. And I just want to say I love him so much.” — Paris Jackson, tearfully speaking in public for the first time at father Michael’s funeral
Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer and astrologer. She welcomes feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.