As summer inches to a close, we look back at some of the most memorable events that shaped the celebrity world from June through August 2013. They are, in no particular order:
Kim Kardashian Gave Birth & North West's Photo Was Finally Revealed
The reality star's pregnancy was one of the most followed, photographed and talked-about, maybe ever. Every bumpin' look was carefully analyzed, her weight viciously dissected in tabloids, baby name speculations ran rampant. Then, on June 15, Kim gave birth to a healthy baby girl, whom Kanye and she named North (Nori for short). It wasn't until over two months later that North West was revealed to the world via photo on grandmother Kris Jenner's talk show.
The Royal Baby, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, Was Born
Another highly anticipated baby was the royal heir to the throne. Many comparisons were unnecessarily made between Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian's pregnancies, but on July 22 baby George entered the world and became its own separate, most-watched baby. A month later, the first official family portraits of the prince, the duchess and their firstborn were released.
James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Gia Allemand, Lee Thompson Young Tragically Passed
Every Hollywood death is a tragedy, but some took us completely by shock this summer and left us feeling great sadness. "The Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini died June 19 of a heart attack while in Italy, at 51 years old. "Glee" star Cory Monteith died of a lethal mix of heroin and alcohol in his Vancouver hotel room on July 13, at 31 years old. "Bachelor" breakout star and model Gia Allemand tragically took her own life August 14, at 29 years old. "Rizzoli & Isles" actor Lee Thompson Young, who also played "The Famous Jett Jackson" when he was younger, was found dead five days later, Aug. 19, at 29 years old. He also took his own life.
Miley Cyrus Caused Continuous Outrage
Miley Cyrus made habitual headlines this summer for trying her hardest to break out of the "child star" mold. Her attempts included wearing as little as possible at all times (here, here and here), sticking her tongue out at all hours of the day and night, releasing a disturbing music video which may or may not refer to the use of hard drugs, bringing a controversial racial and cultural discussion to the table, twerking nonstop, and capping it all off with a mind-boggling VMA performance that made everyone (but her dad) blush. And the girl isn't even 21 yet.
Robin Thicke's Song "Blurred Lines" Became The Unofficial Song Of The Summer
True, there were many great songs this summer (Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" comes to mind) and Robin Thicke didn't even win Video of the Year at the recent VMAs, but few songs were as ferociously loathed and fiercely adored as "Blurred Lines" these past few months. It was dubbed "rapey" and a blow to the feminist movement due to the questionable lyrics and gorgeous nude girls in the video. And yet, the catchy tunes conquered charts and reigned supreme for weeks on end, and spun numerous parodies that went viral. In its latest installment, the song made headlines after Thicke sued Marvin Gaye's family to ensure that his song's likeness to Gaye's song "Got to Give It Up" doesn't cost him any future money.
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