Normally when we report on celebrity couples it consists of either a pregnancy or a breakup/divorce, so I figured why not be positive and focus on new couples that got together this year and are still going strong. Here are 14 new celebrity couples that Zimbio remind us who’ve hooked up this year and have lasted so far.
Worlds collided when tween sensation Joe Jonas and Twilight star Ashley Greene coupled up this summer. They’ve been doing everything from grocery shopping to traveling together and always look so darn happy while holding hands in front of the cameras. Darling, isn’t it?
Jessica Simpson has had quite a year: She met, began dating, AND got engaged to ex-football star Eric Johnson in 2010. They began dating in about May, and he popped the question in early November, right after Jessica’s ex-husband Nick Lachey announced his engagement to Vanessa Minnillo. Love is all around!
Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are probably the hottest co-star couple to come out of Hollywood this year. They got together in August after working together on Stranger Tides, just months after Halle and Gabriel Aubry announced their split.
We are so happy Rihanna found new love this year! She and Dodgers player Matt Kemp have been going strong since May and have traveled all over the world together over the last few months. “I smile for real this time,” she said in an interview. “The smiles come from inside, and it exudes in everything I do. People feel my energy is different. When I smile they can tell that it’s pure bliss and not just a cover up.”
Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal have the rumor mill in overdrive these days. They’ve reportedly spent many a romantic weekend together, though there’s been no official word from either camp. If it’s true, this is one hottest, most unexpected new couples of 2010!
Kate Hudson and Muse rocker Matt Bellamy have been together since May. These two have often been spotted out and about with Kate’s son Ryder and it seems like things are pretty serious. Apparently Matt even gets along with his girlfriend’s mom, Goldie Hawn!
It took FOREVER (ok, 5 months) for Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough to confess that they’re an item. The big news came in November, when she gushed all about her man in an interview. She said he’s a “phenomenal” boyfriend and he constantly leaves her flowers and little surprises, even when he’s not around. Definitely a keeper!
Avril Lavigne and Brody Jenner got way hot and heavy in 2010. Things between this couple (who haven’t even publicly admitted that they are a couple) got so intense that they got matching tattoos this year — more than once! Must be love.
Reese Witherspoon and Hollywood agent Jim Toth were first spotted together in February. They’ve never really spoken openly about their relationship, and they steer clear of the red carpet, but they’re often seen watching Reese’s kids on the soccer field. These two seem like a super down-to-earth, happy couple. We like it
Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo was first linked to model Irina Shayk in May. The two have since kept mum about their relationship, but it’s pretty clear that they’re together. They’re one of the most beautiful couples around, no doubt.
Mad Men star January Jones and SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis got the dating rumors going at the ESPY Awards this summer. Apparently they were “making out” all over the place, and didn’t have a care in the world. Still no officially confirmation on these two, but we have to say they do make a pretty cute couple.
Parenthood co-stars Lauren Graham and Peter Krause started dating in April of this year. They’re not romantically involved on the show, she’s actually his sister! We’re sure they don’t dwell on that in their spare time.
Dianna Agron and Alex Pettyfer met on the set of their film I Am Number Four and reportedly began dating shortly after that. They’ve been spotted holding hands and looking mighty lovey-dovey, though they’ve kept mum on their relationship status.
Kirsten Dunst and Rilo Kiley drummer Jason Boesol started dating around the February mark. They make quite the cute indie kid couple.
I’m sure at least one of these will be over by the New Years Eve and the rest will probably be finished by Easter 2011.
source: Cutest New Couples of 2010 [Zimbio]
Forbes have come up with this year best paid celebrities who are under the age of 30 and it seems that it was a good year to be a pop princess because the whole top 5 is female popstars.
1. Beyoncé Knowles, $87 million
One half of the most famous couple in hip-hop, Beyoncé continues to expand her business empire beyond music. Endorsement deals with companies ranging from Nintendo to L’Oreal and her growing House of Dereon fashion line bring in millions of dollars per year. And that’s on top of the $86 million she grossed from a 93-stop world tour.
2. Britney Spears, $64 million
Not long ago, much of the world had written Britney Spears off as a celebrity flameout. But over the last year Spears logged the fifth highest-grossing tour in the world, bringing in $130 million in gross box office receipts by playing 98 dates. High-profile deals with Elizabeth Arden perfumes and Candies, which includes her own fashion line, prove that the public expects Spears to stay in the spotlight for good.
3. Lady GaGa, $62 million
A newcomer to the Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list of the world’s most powerful celebrities, Lady Gaga broke down the door to fame with outlandish outfits and quirky videos, including one that featured her and Beyoncé poisoning an unappreciative boyfriend. Bringing in an estimated $31 million with a 106-date tour that grossed $95 million, Lady Gaga is also a marketer’s dream, teaming up with Polaroid, Virgin Mobile, Monster Cable and Viva Glam.
4. Miley Cyrus, $48 million
The teen star behind Disney’s lucrative Hannah Montana franchise has now matured into a serious entertainment draw, averaging a nightly gross box office of $1.2 million across 57 tour dates. A starring role in the movie The Last Song, heavy radio play for her hit “Party in the U.S.A.” and her cut from all of those Disney shirts with her face on them add up to a large bump over her earnings from last year.
5. Taylor Swift, $45 million
The most-played artist on the radio in 2009, Swift’s 100 live dates during the last 12 months grossed $54 million. She’s one of the few artists who can still convince millions of fans to legally buy music–her Fearless album topped the 2009 sales charts, moving 3.2 million units, while fans downloaded another 12 million tracks from iTunes and Amazon. Large endorsement deals with Sony and CoverGirl helped her bottom line, too.
6 (tie). LeBron James, $43 million
LeBron James snagged his second straight MVP award this year as the NBA’s top player, yet his Cleveland Cavaliers team was bounced from the playoffs by the Boston Celtics. James earned $15.8 million from the Cavs and almost twice that through endorsements. His biggest deal is with Nike, and he signed an extension this year that pays more than $10 million per year. James added McDonald’s to his endorsement portfolio in January in a deal worth an estimated $4 million annually. His new contract with the Miami Heat will be factored into next year’s total.
6 (tie). Roger Federer, $43 million
It was a year to remember for Roger Federer as he reached the finals of all four Grand Slam tourneys in 2009 and captured the titles at the French Open (which completed his career Grand Slam) and Wimbledon (which gave him the record for most Grand Slam titles ever at 15). Federer has amassed the most impressive endorsement portfolio in sports, including Credit Suisse, Gillette, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Rolex and Wilson, among others. He has earned a record $56 million in career prize money.
8. Eli Manning, $40 million
His six-year, $97 million contract signed in August made the New York Giants quarterback the highest-paid player in the NFL. Off the field, the younger Manning brother cashes in on a slew of endorsement deals with companies like Samsung, Reebok, Toyota and Gatorade.
9. Terrell Suggs, $38 million
The Ravens star signed a six-year, $63 million contract last year that made him highest-paid linebacker in NFL. His follow-up: a disappointing season complete with a severe MCL sprain, the result of an illegal block by Browns quarterback Brady Quinn.
10. Cristiano Ronaldo, $36 million
Last June Real Madrid paid a record $132 million transfer fee to Manchester United for the rights to Ronaldo. The 2008 FIFA Player of the Year did not get a cut of the transfer money, but he was rewarded with a six-year deal worth $18 million annually. Ronaldo is challenging David Beckham as the most marketable player in soccer. His biggest deal is with Nike, which pays him $8 million annually.
11. The Jonas Brothers, $35.5 million
Though they stepped into the limelight as part of a Disney show, the Jonas Brothers ache to be taken seriously as musicians. They launched a world tour that grossed $95 million, including $30 million overseas, while playing to an average audience of 14,000 fans a night. Another sign of maturity: Nick Jonas released a record this year with a side project called Nick Jonas and the Administration.
12. Philip Rivers, $32 million
A year ago in August Rivers signed a six-year, $92 million contract with the Chargers. Similarly impressive: Only Steve Young has a higher career passing rating among quarterbacks with at least 1,500 attempts.
On the day that I checked my bank account and seen I barely have enough to pay rent, this is not the day I wanted to see how much these celebrities are making. But good for them, I guess.
source: The 12 Best-Paid Celebs Under 30 [Forbes]
I really wish I kept up playing football, or soccer as some people like to call, when I was younger because here is a list of the 20 most payed players in the world and it makes me incredibly jealous.
20. Raul Gonzalez (Earnings: $10 million / 7 million euros / 6 million pounds)
Major Sponsor: Adidas
The veteran forward is the all-time high goal scorer for Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. He was awarded a contract for life from Real that will be renewed automatically every year as long as he plays 30 games per season.
19. Karim Benzema (Earnings: $10 million / 7 million euros / 6 million pounds)
Major Sponsor: Adidas
Manchester United is said to be on the prowl for this French striker, who just joined Real from French club Lyon in July 2009.
18. Daniel Alves (Earnings: $10 million / 7 million euros / 6 million pounds)
Major Sponsor: Nike
Endorsements are few and far between for this Brazilian right back, who joined Barca in 2008 as one of the most expensive defenders in history.
17. Carlos Tevez (Earnings: $10 million / 7 million euros / 6 million pounds)
Major Sponsor: Nike
The Argentine is having a career high goal-scoring season with Man City (22 goals in 30 games and counting), after transferring from crosstown rival Man United in July 2009, one of Man City’s many high-priced acquisitions last year.
16. Michael Ballack (Earnings: $11 million / 8 million euros / 7 million pounds)
Major Sponsor: Adidas
The German national captain has a streak going: since June 2005, Germany has never lost a match when he has scored. Rumors have swirled the past year that he will leave Chelsea at the end of this season and return to Germany to finish out his playing career.
15. Francesco Totti (Earnings: $11 million / 8 million euros / 7 million pounds)
Major Sponsors: Diadora, Pepsi
The one-club man is also Roma’s No. 1 goal-scorer and most capped player in its history. But he is taking his loyalty to another level: When he retires after his five-year contract expires in June 2014, Totti will become a director of the club.
14. Rio Ferdinand (Earnings: $11 million / 8 million euros / 7 million pounds)
Major Sponsors: Nike, Ben Sherman
The newly named England national captain has recently stated he wants a renewed contract with Man United–one that will keep him there for life.
13. Fabio Cannavaro (Earnings: $12 million / 9 million euros / 7 million pounds)
Major Sponsors: Nike, Pepsi, Sting, Dolce & Gabbanna
The all-time most capped player of the Italian national team’s future is up in the air as he has been rumored to be heading back to Napoli after his brief return to Juve last summer. However, a management position may keep him with The Old Lady.
12. Samuel Eto’o (Earnings: $13 million / 10 million euros / 8 million pounds)
Major Sponsor: Puma
A late bloomer, Eto’o has become a prolific scorer for his clubs, his country and his continent. As Cameroon’s captain, he scored in the World Cup qualification match against Morocco to win Cameroon a spot in the FIFA 2010 World Cup
11. Wayne Rooney (Earnings: $15 million / 11 million euros / 9 million pounds)
Major Sponsors: Nike, Coca-Cola, EA Sports, Nokia, Harper-Collins
Rooney’s recently suffered an ankle injury–something that frightens both Manchester United, where he’s stepped up in absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, and England’s national team. If he regains his form and England has a good showing at the World Cup, he’s considered one of the top contenders to capitalize on endorsement deals.
10. Steven Gerrard (Earnings: $15 million / 11 million euros / 9 million pounds)
Major Sponsors: Adidas, Persil, Lucozade, Pringles
Last summer the one-club man signed a new contract with the Reds that runs through 2013. But Jose Mourinho, coach of Italian club Inter Milan, who once courted Gerrard while he was at Chelsea, has stated Gerrard is his No. 1 acquisition target this summer.
09. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Earnings: $16 million / 12 million euros / 10 million pounds)
Major Sponsor: Nike
The Swedish striker commanded the third-highest transfer fee when Barcelona paid $94 million to Inter Milan in July 2009, signing Ibrahimovic to a five-year contract.
08. John Terry (Earnings: $16 million / 12 million euros / 10 million pounds)
Major Sponsors: Umbro, Samsung, Konami, Nationwide
After an embarrassing e-mail sent by one of the firms handling Terry’s publicity touting him as ideal candidate for commercial endorsements ahead of this year’s World Cup, word broke that Terry cheated on his wife with the girlfriend of a friend and ex-teammate. Equally embarrassing to the man voted Dad of the Year–he tried to sue a British rag to keep the story of his infidelity out of the press but had a judge rule against him, saying he was not about protecting sponsorships. He was subsequently stripped of his captaincy of the England national squad.
07. Frank Lampard (Earnings: $17 million / 13 million euros / 10 million pounds)
Major Sponsors: Adidas, Orange, Gatorade, EA Sports
Chelsea fans have said “As Lamps goes, so goes Chelsea.” He is one of the top scorers this season at Chelsea with 17 goals in 32 games–which includes a four-goal game against Aston Vila–and the Premier League’s highest ever goal-scoring midfielder with 124 goals.
06. Lionel Messi (Earnings: $20 million / 15 million euros / 12 million pounds)
Major Sponsors: Adidas, Pepsi, Konami
Messi swept the awards for the 2008-’09 season, winning FIFA World Player of the Year, European Footballer of the Year and UEFA Champions League Player of the Year among others. His scoring prowess this season–42 goals in 50 games–has both La Liga and national teams fearing him and puts him in contention to repeat a sweep of awards this year. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers counts himself a fan–he has an autographed picture of Leo in his locker.
05. Thierry Henry (Earnings: $24 million / 18 million euros / 14 million pounds)
Major Sponsors: Reebok, Gillette, Pepsi
Henry has been rumored for years to be on the verge of moving to the New York Red Bull of MLS. In reaction to a controversy following the France-Ireland 2010 World Cup qualifier in which Henry admitted to using his hands to assist in France’s winning goal to knock Ireland out of Cup consideration, Gillette faced a boycott but subsequently released a statement backing Henry.
04. Ronaldinho (Earnings: $25 million / 18 million euros / 15 million pounds)
Major Sponsors: Nike, Nutrilite, Konica, Pepsi
The aging Brazillian star, voted player of the decade by World Soccer magazine, was rumored to be moving to the English Premier League after it leaked AC Milan was going to offer him a contract extension with a pay cut. A more sure sign of whether the sun has set on his career is if he is included on his national team for the World Cup.
03. Ricardo Kaka (Earnings: $25 million / 18 million euros / 15 million pounds)
Major Sponsors: Adidas, Giorgio Armani, Bravia, Guarana
The wholesome Brazillian joined Ronaldo at Real Madrid in the second highest transfer fee on record (Real shelled out $91 million to acquire his rights from AC Milan.) While he has been suffering from a leg injury and missed some playing time, he’s expected to be a key factor in Brazil’s bid to win the World Cup.
02. Cristiano Ronaldo (Earnings: $30 million / 22 million euros / 18 million pounds)
Major Sponsors: Nike, Giorgio Armani, Coca-Cola, Castrol, EA Sports, Banco Espirito Santo
Ronaldo is becoming Beckham’s heir apparent both on and off the pitch. Having followed his footsteps first at Manchester United and then on to Real Madrid, he is now trying on Beck’s advertising pants, so to speak. Ronaldo recently signed on to become the new underwear and jeans model for Giorgio Armani. His handlers report turning down 90% of Ronaldo’s endorsement offers.
01. David Beckham (Earnings: $40 million / 29 million euros / 24 million pounds)
Major Sponsors: Adidas, Giorgio Armani, Motorola, Coty, Cabo Sao Roque Resort, Go3, Sharpie
Beckham’s playing future is uncertain, but his sponsorship potential continues. He was recently transformed into a Terminator-like character to promote the Motorola Aura, a $2,000 luxury smartphone. Additionally, after losing top billing with Giorgio Armani, he decided to launch his own underwear line.
source: Soccer’s Highest Earners [Forbes]