It’s a weird one. This year has gone by painfully slowly… and yet so much seems to have happened. The year of 2020 saw bush fires ravage Australia, there was Megxit, then Brexit, and a fly became an unlikely TV sensation. Oh, and there was something to do with a virus.

From lockdown to lockdown, Zoom pub quizzes, Netflix binging (The Tiger King! Remember him?), banana bread baking, clapping for the NHS… it’s been an emotional rollercoaster. And, quite reassuringly, something that we all took part in. And, as always, the internet was there to document it all with hysterical memes and videos, so we could never forget.

We’ve taken a trip down memory lane to find the heart-warming, hilarious and often bizarre moments that celebs (both old and new) have found themselves in. They’ve all been instrumental in helping us get us out of bed in the morning (well, to turn the kettle on at least).

Here's Tom Heading Off To Barbados in A Personalised Seat

1. Sir Tom Moore And His 100th Birthday Celebrations

At age 100, Sir Thomas Moore of Yorkshire, has been knighted, become the oldest GQ cover star, raised millions for the NHS and is now jetting off to Barbados with his family courtesy of British Airways. It’s doubtful that many have had a better year than that.

It all started on 6 April 2020 when Tom picked up his zimmer to walk laps of his garden in aid of NHS Charities Together, with the goal of raising £1,000 by his hundredth birthday. On the morning of his birthday the total raised had passed £30 million. Not only that, but he received flybys by the Royal Air Force and the British Army and over 150,000 cards.

But his achievements were not finished. He went on to release a number one single with singer Michael Ball, speaking the lyrics to the tune “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. It sold almost 36,000 copies in its first 48 hours. If you ever feel your age is holding you back, just think of Tom kicking back in the Caribbean with a mojito and crack on.

2. Joe Exotic, The Tiger King (And Convicted Felon)

Hey there all you cool cats and kittens – remember The Tiger King? The Netflix documentary that followed the bizarre world of tiger zoos in America, the people that run them, and, in particular, the feud between Joe Exotic and Carol Baskin. It covered a range of important topics from gay marriage to whether Baskin killed her husband or not (she most definitely did…) The real criminal however, was Joe’s hairdresser, who seemed to have left him back in the 80s with a peroxide blonde mullet and matching biker tache.

3. Gal Gadot And A Bunch Of Celebs Hit A Bum Note With Imagine

“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot enlisted a gaggle of her famous friends for a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine”… and everyone hated it. The idea was that the video would make people feel better about the pandemic – “Doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. We are all in this together” Gal crooned. Apart from all these celebs were in their LA penthouse suites and we were stuck in a one-bed in Camberwell with two kids drawing on the wall and a marriage nearing divorce. We couldn’t quite figure out the similarities.

Will Ferrell, Natalie Portman, Zoë Kravitz, Amy Adams, Jamie Dornan, Kristen Wiiig (…the list goes on)… also tried to explain it, but, no. No sympathy was garnered. Although we all enjoyed having a good laugh at them. Stick to your day jobs people… or move into cyber like the rest of us have been told to do.

4. Brad and Jen’s Reunion (Please Make This Happen)

Brad and Jen. The couple that we’re all still waiting for to get back together. Ever since the Barbie and Ken-like Friends heyday, we’ve not been able to get them out of our heads as America’s sweethearts. So when Dane Cook asked his Hollywood friends, including Matthew McConaughey, Shia LeBeouf and John Legend, to do a Zoom table read of Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Brad and Jen also said yes. It had all the awkwardness of a virtual work Christmas party to start with, but then things got steamy.

Jen and Brad were cast as Linda Barrett and Brad Hamilton… which meant Jen was publicly saying things like: “Hi Brad, You know how cute I always thought you were. I think you’re so sexy. Will you come to me?” The. Internet. Broke. And so did we.

Please get back together Brad and Jen – 2020 has been really rubbish; we need this. Also, Shia, please get out of the car and stop smoking weed.

Jen was publicly saying things like: "Hi Brad, You know how cute I always thought you were. I think you’re so sexy."

5. The Fly On Mike Pence’s Head

Weeks and months of tension, fraught nerves and epic rallies for the American Elections boiled down to one moment: a fly landing on Mike Pence’s head during the vice presidential debate. Trump was taken down with Coronavirus – was he faking it or was it real? Would Biden be able to claw his way to victory? Nobody cared any more. For exactly 2 minutes and 3 seconds, all anyone could do was watch the fly take a break on Pence’s perfectly coiffed white hair.

What was the fly thinking, we wonder? Was this a political statement or merely a pit-stop on the way to regurgitating up the donut it had just salivated over. We’ll never know.

In good spirit, Joe Biden took to Twitter to post a photo of himself clutching a flyswatter under the heading: “Pitch in $5 to help this campaign fly”. Good work everyone. For more inspirational moments like this Google Rudy Giuliani’s Sweat Drip.

6. Reese Witherspoon’s Lockdown Lols 

Ah Reese. From the lofty heights of Cruel Intentions and Legally Blonde to sitting at home with the kids twiddling your thumbs during lockdown in a Hollywood pad. It’s tough going. Hollywood actor or not, we were all slowly losing the will to carry on. And so Reese made a montage of the different faces of her films to document the slow and unnatural decline we were all feeling. And then it went viral. Then all the celebs got involved, from model Cara Delevingne to the fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg.

Since then Reese has gone on to produce such memes as #MyElf, a new take on Elf On The Shelf where you cut out an image of something that sounds the same as your name and put it on your shoulder, e.g. Grease-On-Reese… you had to be there.

celeste teaching us how to stylishly sanitise

This time she used her influence as a force for good and pulled together £27 million.

7. Celeste Barber Turns Influencing Into Charitable Work

Every year the firefighters of Australia prepare for bushfire season, but this year was catastrophic. More than 15,000 fires swept across every state, making it the worst fire season on record. More than 30 people were killed, nearly three billion animals were killed or displaced and there was devastating amounts of air pollution. But the people of Australia and around the world came together to raise money after social media icon and comedian Celeste Barber rallied the troops. She has over 7.5 million followers and spends her time imitating models we love to hate.

This time she used her influence as a force for good and pulled together A$51 million (that’s £27 million to you and me). The idea was that donations would go to victims, charities and animal groups, but a judge has recently ruled that the funds cannot be legally divided and will go solely to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. That’s a hell of a lot of new fire engines.

8. Dolly Parton Saves The World One Vaccine At A Time

Awww, don’t you just love Dolly? Known for saying: “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap” and “It’s a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I’d be a drag queen”, she embraces her fake boobs and fake hair with charming honesty. What’s more, she gives loads to charity, such as her Imagination Library, a gifting programme dedicated to encouraging children to embrace literacy and reading. And this year, she donated $1 million to fund the Moderna Covid vaccine. You might have read our article about it here… but we just wanted to mention it once more. Because we love Dolly.

Paul Mescal auctioned off one of his chains to raise money for the mental health charity Pieta, raising more than €70,000.

9. Connell And His Chain

If you didn’t watch Normal People during lockdown, what were you doing? Baking sourdough and crocheting is not an acceptable answer. The BBC drama series followed the up-and-down, will-they-won’t-they relationship between two Irish students Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal). Based on the book by best-selling author Sally Rooney, it saw them traverse tricky emotional terrain from school, through university, and beyond. The storyline is interspersed with fairly graphic sex scenes, which basically amounts to soft porn when you’re watching it with your parents (speaking from experience), but, most importantly, it features plenty of up-close shots of Connell and his chain.

The British nation, gripped by boredom, suddenly took an overwhelming interest in this character’s piece of jewellery. In fact, an Instagram account was set up, reflecting this adoration and has amassed more than 179k followers. Not only that, fashion brands were jumping on the bandwagon giving styling tips on men’s accessories, and ASOS saw 130% increases in sales across their chain collections.

The best part? Paul Mescal ended up auctioning off one of his chains to raise money for the mental health charity Pieta, raising more than 70,000. It makes us love him even more.

10. Marcus Rashford MBE Saves Our Children

2020 has not been the year for politicians. They’ve come across as very confused (see our latest update on the bamboozling tier system here) and heartless (we’re looking at you Matt Hancock with those crocodile tears). And things got even worse when the government voted not to extend food vouchers during the school holidays. Out stepped Marcus Rashford onto the pitch. The 23-year-old Premier League and England footballer became a national hero when he led a campaign to continue offering free school meals for children from low-income households.

Rashford looked to his own experiences of being reliant on school meals when his mum, who has five children, worked tirelessly to feed them. He argued that the provisions of free meals for children should not stop when school ends, particularly as this year has devastated so many parents’ jobs and earning potential. The campaign and support from the general public meant that the government had to do a monumental U-turn on its policy, continuing to establish them as very confused and heartless.

11. Joe Wicks Works Out With Britain

Lockdown had begun. Children were out of school running truant around the house. Parents were taking critical work meetings while balancing toddlers. Family life had dissolved into chaos. Cue: Joe Wicks to the rescue.

The cheeky chappy family man warmed hearts around the country as he took on the challenge to help the nation exercise and entertain children first thing in the morning… every day throughout lockdown. What started out as a small favour then snowballed into a £500,000 fundraiser, where he donated all his ad revenue to NHS charities. Even when he was ill, he soldiered on, getting his wife to demonstrate the moves for everyone. When the final instalment aired, the whole Wicks family cried. And we did too.

12. Harry Styles Wears A Dress (Shock Horror)

You would have thought we’ve got past any gender taboos by now, but apparently not. A new discussion rippled across the internet when Harry Styles posed on the cover of Vogue wearing a dress. Discussion overlooked that he was the first male ever to be given the honour of a solo Vogue cover, and instead focused on what he was wearing (a frothy periwinkle blue Gucci gown paired with a black Gucci tuxedo jacket if you’re interested).

Commentator and Trump supporter Candace Owens took to Twitter to declare “Bring back manly men”. Then a Twitter storm erupted. “Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with,” retorted Styles, and we couldn’t agree more.

13. Daisy May Cooper, General All-Round Hero

If you don’t follow Daisy May Cooper, go onto Instagram and click on her profile immediately. The star of This Country and general all-round wonderful, down-to-earth human, reached peak levels of madness during lockdown, like the rest of us, and documented it all through experimental dance. Background music for this included EastEnders and the BBC News intro tune.

Not only that, but she also had a public lover affair with the Sea Captain. A man that slipped into her DMs pretending to be a US sea captain, asked her out and then demanded money. But it hasn’t stopped there. Daisy has now started a new Insta series of Shag, Marry, Avoid, which has included Home Alone villains, Rishi Sunak, and Dominic Cummings. Don’t ever stop Daisy, you’re our hero.

14. Romain Grosjean Escapes A Burning Car During F1

This final one pretty much sums up the entire year of 2020. A flaming, burning, wreck smashes into the side of the Bahrain Grand Prix, and somehow, completely miraculously (and thanks to some seriously advanced engineering of the Halo head protection device) the driver clambers to safety. If that isn’t a good enough metaphor for what we’ve all been through we don’t know what is.

Luckily, Romain Grosjean suffered only minor burns to his hands, but other than that remained remarkably unscathed. He even tweeted from his bed, saying he was alive and well. Just like we all will be when we start 2021. Right? Right!?

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