A curious year 2020 has been, with Singaporeans searching up female personalities from the British monarchy to Kim Kardashian, and from famous talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to Filipino actress Kim Chiu. We have rounded up the top ten most searched international female celebrities by Yahoo readers and a rundown on possible reasons why they are high up on the most-searched list for those who might have missed out.
10. Jennifer Aniston
Most known for her role as Rachel Green on the television sitcom Friends, Jennifer Aniston broke the internet when she joined Instagram in late 2019 and had recently crossed the 35-million followers mark. Aniston reunited with her ex Brad Pitt, 15 years after their high-profile divorce when they joined a fund-raising table read for “Fast Times At Ridgemont High” during the pandemic. The pair flirted in-character during the table read, raising gossip that the couple might be reconciling.
With more than 120 million records sold worldwide, Adele is one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Adele’s massive weight loss had been reported in the news for the better part of 2019, and in February 2020, she announced that her fourth studio album, releasing after five years, would be out by September. It was later confirmed that the release had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In October 2020, Adele made her first television appearance in almost four years as Saturday Night Live’s host.
8. Ellen DeGeneres
As the host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003, Ellen DeGeneres has also hosted various prestigious award shows such as the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Primetime Emmys. During the COVID-19 pandemic, her show faced controversy when accusations of a hostile, racist workplace and alleged staff harassment were reported on Buzzfeed, tipped off by former employees. Several senior staff were fired after an internal investigation, and DeGeneres apologised both to the staff and viewers, vowing to be better in the future.
7. Kylie Jenner
Founder and owner of cosmetic company Kylie Cosmetics, Kylie Jenner topped headlines in 2020 for less than ideal reasons. After being titled the world’s youngest self-made billionaire by Forbes in 2019, the publication released a statement in May 2020 accusing Jenner of forging tax documents to appear as a self-made billionaire and fabricating revenue figures for her cosmetics brand. The Jenner sisters’ fashion brand Kendall + Kylie has also been accused of failing to pay factory workers in Bangladesh during the COVID-19 pandemic.
6. Kim Chiu
Best known as a Filipino actress and television host, Kim Chiu released a song in May 2020 titled ‘Bawal Lumabas: The Classroom Song’, which quickly became the most disliked song in WISH 107.5’s YouTube Channel, raking up over 400,000 dislikes. The actress was also threatened by two unidentified gunmen earlier the year when gunshots were fired at her van. It was later revealed to be a case of mistaken identity, and no one was injured.
5. Kim Kardashian
No stranger to controversies and scandals, Kim Kardashian lands on the fifth spot in Yahoo Singapore’s most searched international female celebrities list. Accused of being “tone-deaf”, Kim revealed that she had flown her inner circle to her 40th birthday celebration on a private island amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The media personality also bore the brunt of husband Kanye West’s erratic Presidential run when Kanye went off at rallies speaking about the couple’s personal life without Kim’s consent.
4. Son Ye-jin
South Korean actress Son Ye-jin is well-known for her roles in romance-themed films and television series. She was reunited with Hyun Bin in the hit romance drama, Crash Landing on You, which is the third highest-rated South Korean TV drama in cable television history. Winning Most Popular Actress (TV) in the 56th Baeksang Arts Award, South Korea’s equivalent to the Oscars, Son is also set to have her Hollywood debut in an upcoming movie, The Cross.
3. Kate Spade
Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan Spade, better known as Kate Spade, was an American fashion designer and the founder and former co-owner of the designer brand Kate Spade New York. After her suicide in June 2018, the company announced that Spade had several years’ worth of designs readied for the brand, and the company plans to launch them.
2. Kate Middleton
Between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, not a day goes by in 2020 without news from the royal family. Wife to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Kate Middleton’s ongoing legal battle with Tatler since May 2020 is a stark difference to the royal family’s usual “never complain, never explain” mantra. The publication had written a cover story about the Duchess with sources claiming that she was upset about her workload following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit as senior members of the Firm.
1. Meghan Markle
Topping Yahoo Singapore readers’ most searched international female celebrity of 2020 is Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, wife of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.
In January 2020, the Duke and Duchess announced that they would be stepping back from their role as senior members of the royal family, and since June, are living in California. The Duchess has an ongoing court case against Associated Newspapers over the publication of a private letter she sent to her father in 2018. In an extraordinarily disclosure by a member of the royal family, Markle had also opened up about her miscarriage in an opinion article published in the New York Times in November. Her heart-wrenching piece is applauded by many for opening up difficult conversations about miscarriages.
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