2015 had some of the usual suspects on the Globe’s list of top local Names stories: the Wahlbergs bickering, the looming Affleck divorce, rumors of a Brady divorce. But there were some heartwarming tales, too, like the 6-year-old boy who got to meet the Patriots through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Here are the most viewed Boston celebrity stories of 2015:
In August, Mark Wahlberg’s wife, Rhea Durham, weighed in on the Ben Affleck imbroglio. Amid unconfirmed reports that Affleck had a romantic relationship with his kids’ nanny, Durham tweeted: “99% of nannies out there are amazing! I happen to know that personally. But u do get that ‘one’ that’s nannying the husband sometimes.” Affleck’s reps have adamantly denied that the actor was anything more than friends with the nanny.
Boston nightclub promoter Michael Winter says he acted out of anger when he threatened to ban a young woman for posting a picture of herself on Tinder with a sleeping Julian Edelman.
Mark Wahlberg’s wife makes a comment on Twitter about Jenny McCarthy’s pink hair color. Donnie Wahlberg responds.
Wahlberg lost big money when Floyd Mayweather was named champion of the welterweight title fight. In April, the actor bet P. Diddy $250,000 that Manny Pacquiao would prevail.
It was reported that Christine Ouzounian — Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s ex-nanny — joined Affleck and Patriots QB Tom Brady on a private jet to Las Vegas for a celebrity poker tournament in June.
In April, former Patriots cheerleader Camille Kostek confirmed she was dating Patriot Rob Gronkowski. And she was named the new ambassador for the Rhode Island company Benrus.
A hacked Sony e-mail posted by WikiLeaks revealed that Ben Affleck demanded that the PBS show “Finding Your Roots” remove the fact that one of the actor’s ancestors owned slaves.
In September, Us Weekly published a story that said “Gisele Bundchen Threatened Tom Brady With Divorce.” The story, which was attributed to “a source close to the world’s highest-paid model,” says that Brady and Bundchen started fighting after he received his Deflategate suspension in July. The couple have consistently denied the rumors.
Six-year-old Gabriel Aljalian really wanted to meet Tom Brady — and darned if the Watertown boy’s wish didn’t come true.
Thirteen-year-old Brian Hartman brought a sign that read “I Play Guitar” to a U2 concert at the TD Garden in July. The rest is history.
Ren You launched a website where he wrote, “If you introduce me to a girl and I date her for more than 6 months, I’ll pay you $10,000. It’s pretty simple.”
In March, Governor Paul LePage of Maine said Maine’s income tax is one of the reasons people move out of the state, and he cited Stephen King as a prime example. Problem is, that’s nonsense. “Governor Paul LePage implied that I don’t pay my taxes. I do. Every cent. I think he needs to man up and apologize,” King tweeted.