1. Zayn leaves One Direction
On March 25th, Zayn Malik announced via a Facebook post that he was leaving the world's biggest boyband to have some quality me-time and make #realmusic. Directioners were heartbroken (#CutForZayn), the rest of the world wasn't surprised / didn't care.
The months that followed included hilariously petty sparring between Zayn and his temporary BFF Naughty Boy, and 1D's resident rat Louis Tomlinson.
ONTD Post (I highly recommend reading the comments; some of our best work): http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/94883665.html
2. Rachel Dolezal is 'transracial' (i.e. delusional, stupid, racist)
In June it was revealed that Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP (that's National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) chapter president is totally white, but presented herself as an African-American woman. She eventually resigned from her post, but continues to state that she "identifies as black".
Meanwhile, Iggy Azalea prepared a lawsuit to take Dolezal down for stealing her schtick.
ONTD post: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/96329219.html
3. Caitlyn Jenner covers Vanity Fair
After months of speculation, former athlete Bruce Jenner came out as transgender early in 2015. In June, Caitlyn was introduced to the world on the cover of Vanity Fair Magazine, a cover that was met with both widespread applause and transphobia. Caitlyn went on to star in her own docu-series and be awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYs.
She then displayed a devastating lack of social awareness by proclaiming that she is still a republican.
ONTD Post: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/96137795.html
4. Nicki Minaj calls out the VMAs; Taylor and Miley embarrass themselves (allegedly)
In what is OP's favourite string of events of 2015, Nicki Minaj called out the VMAs after her iconic video for Anaconda did not receive a nomination for Video of the Year. After a Nikki tweet that was clearly referring to Miley Cyrus'; "Wrecking Ball"; and to the wider bias against POC in VMA nominations, queen of White Feminism Taylor Swift decided that it was all about her.
Much to ONTDs delight, the internet WENT IN and even Katy Perry, the subject of Taylor's most recent hate-rampage, chimed in.
Miley, the intended subject of Nicki's initial tweet, responded that Minaj's complaints were "not polite" and "just about [her]self".
This lead to the greatest VMA moment in history.
ONTD POST: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/96991321.html
5. Lamar Odom overdoses
EDIT: I realise now how tacky putting this here with the title of this post. I more meant 'things that got people talking' but yeah this was not in good taste. Sorry!!
In October, former basketball star and ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian was found unconcsious in a brothel in Nevada. His family and the Kardashian family rushed to his side, and many reports emerged that he was fighting for his life. He was discharged from a Vegas hospital a week later but is reportedly facing lifelong cognitive and mobility impairments.
ONTD post: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/98453874.html
Honorary mentions go to: the Duggars, Ariana licking donuts, Bobbi Kristina :(, Kylie and creepy Tyga, Kanye announcing his run for president, Kelly Osbourne and Raven Symone repeatedly saying stupid shit, Donald Trump actually becoming a viable presidential candidate, the continued fall of Bill Cosby, RiRi's missing album, Justin Beiber's continued assholery, and Guilana Rancic destroying her own career by being racist about Zendaya.
ONTD, what was your favourite scandal / story of 2015?
This is dedicated to all of you wonderful ONTDers who made 2015 so much more fun for me! Happy Holidays!
Sources: My brain, ONTD archive, Zayn / Dolezal / Taylor / Katy / Nicki
Mods, let me know if the tweets don't embed correctly.