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The year 2013 is almost over, but the scandals are still rolling on. The latest: nude selfies of Dylan Sprouse (former star of the Disney Channel's Suite Life of Zack And Cody) leaked onto the Internet on Sunday. The two pics show Sprouse, 21, flexing in front of a mirror. In one, he's wearing very revealing white boxers; in another, he's naked with a hand partially covering his crotch.
To his credit, Sprouse is handling the scandal with honesty and humor. Here are some of his tweets from the past 48 hours:
Whoops, guess I'm not 14 and fat anymore— Dylan Sprouse (@dylansprouse) December 16, 2013
I messed up... but I'd be a fool not to own up to it. Got to move past it I suppose— Dylan Sprouse (@dylansprouse) December 16, 2013
At least you can't see my third testicle— Dylan Sprouse (@dylansprouse) December 16, 2013
Glad holiday spirit is still more important than my penis. pic.twitter.com/Tph3uGcI5g— Dylan Sprouse (@dylansprouse) December 16, 2013
Sprouse also posted a statement on his Tumblr, explaining why he took the pictures ("To be blunt, I was proud of my progress in the gym"), and suggesting that he sent them to somebody (a girlfriend?) who then betrayed his trust by leaking them. But he's not placing blame; he's owning the fact that he took the photos. The post is revealing, thoughtful and funny.
It's too bad all celebrities aren't as good at navigating scandal as Dylan Sprouse. In his honor, let's rank the 5 biggest celebrity shockers of 2013.
5. Simon Cowell Gets His Friend's Wife Pregnant
The X Factor judge is one of those people who was never, ever planning on having children. Well, it's happening, and in the most scandalous way possible: Cowell was having an affair with Lauren Silverman, wife of his longtime friend Andrew Silverman, when she became pregnant with his child. All three of them seem to have recovered from the shock rather quickly, though; Lauren and Andrew are divorced, and Simon and Lauren are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their baby.
4. Reese Witherspoon Gets Arrested
In April, Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth went on a drunken car ride, and ended up being arrested for disorderly conduct and DUI, respectively. That "disorderly conduct" was caught on tape, and consisted of Reese berating a police officer, even pulling a "Do you know who I am?" to try and get her husband out of trouble. It definitely punctured a hole in her America's Sweetheart image -- yet at the same time, it made her a lot more interesting. Go figure.
3. Amanda Bynes Gets Committed
The former Nickelodeon star being put under court-ordered psychiatric care was more of a relief than a shock. For months, we'd been watching her have a complete break with reality on social media, amid run-ins with the law and rumors of drug addiction. After the most disturbing incident yet, in which she nearly set her dog on fire, she finally was ordered to get the help she needed. Thankfully, she seems to be on the road to recovery.
2. Justin Bieber Gets Obnoxious
This was the year that the Beliebers had to face the hard truth about Justin: he's kind of a brat. And that may be putting it kindly. This year was full of cringe-worthy moments for Bieber, 19, including the groupie who photographed him sleeping in her bed and the awful note he left at the Anne Frank museum. The peeing-in-a-bucket-and-insulting-Bill Clinton incident probably takes the cake, though.
1.Miley Cyrus Gets Wild at the VMAS
It's pretty impressive that Miley had the most talked-about scandal of the year, considering that all she did was perform a song at the MTV Video Music Awards. Somehow, the teddy bears, the twerking, the flesh-colored bikini, and the naughty duet with Robin Thicke created a perfect storm. The media exploded with bewilderment, outrage and awe, and Miley was suddenly a star to be reckoned with.