The Five Biggest Celebrity Lies of 2016

taylor swift

Celebrities are liars. They lie about not being bothered when fans ask them for an autograph or selfie in the middle of a meal. They lie about loving all their coworkers. They lie about a million things a day; primarily because they are so carefully scrutinized by the media and don’t want their private life out there for all to see. I’m not judging; I lie. I lied to my kids this morning when I told them they are all four equally my favorite when I clearly chose my 8-year-old as my favorite today being she is the only one who was listening to me all morning (my favorite changes based on who is least annoying at any given point in time).

I also lied to my husband the other day when I told him I loved his choice of takeout dinner. I didn’t; I wanted something different, but I didn’t want to hurt his feelings that he didn’t choose correctly (it was an honest mistake being that he can’t read my mind and I didn’t tell him). We all tell a little white lie now and again, but we definitely don’t feel that they’re all that important in the grand scheme of life. After all, if my husband notices that those Manolos really haven’t lived in my closet for years, it’s not splashed across the cover of numerous tabloids or the internet. When celebs tell a lie, it’s a much bigger deal. Take these five celebrities, for instance; they lied in 2016 and they got caught.

taylor swift and kanye west

Taylor Swift

Where do we begin? She probably lied that she was faithful to Calvin Harris and definitely did not cheat on him with that other guy, Tom something. However, we don’t know that. What we do know is that Kim Kardashian West was tired of Taylor looking so good in front of everyone while her husband looked like a jerk, so she released a recording of Taylor Swift on the phone with Kanye issuing her permission for him to release a song with a few lyrics about her. She’d previously adamantly denied it, added her disappointment and her judgement in an acceptance speech and basically called him a liar when he said he asked for her permission and received it; now she’s in hiding.

ryan lochte

Ryan Lochte

Oh, you didn’t think the biggest liar of the year wouldn’t make it onto this list did you? The Olympic swimmer told the entire world he was held up at gunpoint by thugs pretending to be police in Rio. We still don’t know what actually happened, but we do know that he admitted to embellishing the story a bit. Since the rest of the people involved have come out to say that he didn’t embellish a “bit” that he embellished the entire story completely, we aren’t sure what to think. We know he lied, he said he was a little bit drunk and confused, but it turns out he was not held at gunpoint, but he was confronted by Rio Police who just happened to have guns. Because, you know, they’re police.

calvin harris

Calvin Harris

Maybe his lies are so bad in comparison to some of the other people on this list, but he’s still lying about a few things. For one, he mentioned about a half dozen times that he has nothing but respect for Taylor Swift, his ex-girlfriend. We totally believed him, too, which is why we are so upset about this. How can you have total respect and love for someone and then call them out repeatedly on social media in a hissy fit?

I mean, he’s right; she definitely did him wrong. But don’t keep telling us you love and respect her when you’re out telling the world you think she’s a liar and a phony and a jerk. Just a thought.

johnny depp and amber heard

Johnny Depp

He’s finally over what has turned into one of the biggest and ugliest divorces of the year, and he’s not looking too good for it. He was accused of verbally and physically abusing his ex-wife, Amber Heard, and he said he never would consider even touching her like that. Then she released some very telling videos – sorry, someone released some very telling videos – of him throwing wine glasses at her, drunk and verbally abusive to her first thing in the morning and much, much worse. Turns out he might have been making up those stories about being a very supportive, kind husband to her.

Kelly Ripa and michael strahan

Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa

We think they both lied. He didn’t tell her he was moving on, she told him she was all right with it. Then he bashed their show on television when he said he likes his new job because it challenges him and allows him to use his brain. She continues to pretend he does not exist in the world, and they mostly just hate one another. But, they’re still lying to the world and pretending to be super good friends after they worked together for four years and then ended up like this. He shouldn’t have lied to her, she shouldn’t have lied to the world and pretended she was fine about it.

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