The global economy is on its knees, the war in Iraq is still raging, and global warming is apparently getting worse. Hardly the best way to start off a new year, is it?
But death and destruction has never had too much of an impact on the showbiz world - that is, unless the California wildfires suddenly send the Hollywood Hills up in flames (God forbid).
Nothing would be more shocking than seeing Amy Winehouse
‘do a Britney’ and chop off her trademark beehive in a drink-and-drug fueled night of disaster. Or squeaky-clean Miley Cyrus
getting caught up in a sex tape scandal...
But what does 2009 really hold for our favorite celebrities? We've called on the expertise of our resident psychic Joe Power for his take on all things celebrity for the next 12 months. And we've teamed up with British bookies William Hill to get the odds on a host of potential starry situations in case you decide to take a dive and put your money where our mouth is.
Madonna has had a whirlwind 2008, what with turning 50, launching an extensive world tour and, oh yes, a little matter of divorce. News of her crumbling marriage to director Guy Ritchie
has threatened to overshadow the pop superstar’s return to the charts - even bringing out Britney Spears
and Justin Timberlake
as guest performers on her Sticky & Sweet world tour failed to bump the divorce from the front pages of the newspapers.
But leaving Ritchie wasn't the most shocking part of the story - after all, even the optimist in us wondered what the Queen of Pop would want with a cockney-speaking indie filmmaker! Instead, it was the rumors of an affair between Madonna and ‘close pal’ Alex 'A-Rod' Rodriguez
- the tall, dark and handsome baseball star who was going through his own marriage problems - which caught the interest of the scandal-loving public.
Denials of a romance between the two, who are both managed by the other Guy in Mage's life, Guy Oseary, have done little to cool the affair claims - especially after A-Rod’s estranged wife, Cynthia, accused the New York Yankees ace of having an “affair of the heart” with the star.
So what does 2009 have in store for Madonna? Well, for starters, a much smoother love life. Having put her failed seven-and-a-half year marriage to Ritchie behind her, Joe Power predicts Madonna will go public with her true feelings for A-Rod - and he sees a big rock in her future.Power’s not the only one sensing it will be third time lucky in Madonna's quest
for true love.
William Hill is offering odds of 10/1 that the she and A-Rod will get engaged.