Thank u, next.
That is what Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Jax Taylor and more stars are saying to 2018 on the last day of the year.
Those three have had quite the trans-formative years, all dealing with major life milestones in the public eye. And really, what better time to reflect on the last 365 days than on New Year’s Eve? 2019 and any resolution-making can wait a few more minutes as we look back on the major changes that went down.
Major relationship shake-ups happened. Lifestyle changes went down. Hair was dyed (and twisted into dreads?!). And yes, some pounds were shed, but in the pursuit of health.
Sure, a lot of celebrities went through some pretty shocking physical transformations (like Kevin Smith‘s inspiring weight loss journey), plenty of stars also experienced different kinds of transformations as the world watched.
What’s the No. 1 thing woman tend to do after a break-up? Change their hair! And the pint-size singer said “Thank U, Next” to her signature ponytail, debuting a sleek and chic lob in November after the end of her engagement to Pete Davidson.
Just before debuting the dramatic new ‘do, the 26-year-old revealed she was “in constant pain” because of her iconic ponytail.
When Camila Cabello tweeted at Grande, “I just did a high ponytail for the first time and it is literally pulling on my BRAIN ITS SO PAINFUL HOW DO YOU DO IT,” she responded, “Well you actually have hair so that (probably) makes it a lil more painful,” Grande replied, alluding to her natural hair, or lack thereof. “Nah jk I’m in constant pain always and don’t care at all.”
But as her hit song “Thank, U Next” proved, she lived through the pain, both from her hair and the tough year she had—enduring two public (and highly scrutinized) break-ups and the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. And guess what? She’s so amazing.
Has anyone had a more transformative year than the former Suits star, who officially became a royal—the Duchess of Sussex, to be precise—when she married Prince Harry in May as the world watched (and her family drama played out in the headlines, thanks to her father Thomas Markle and half-sister, Samantha).
And the big year didn’t stop there, as Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, announced in October that they were expecting their first child, and will be moving away from Kensington Palace.
Last year, Justin was ringing in the New Year with his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez in Cabo, sparking another round of are-they-or-aren’t-they rumors. But this NYE, he’s welcoming 2019 as a married man, as the “Love Yourself” singer reconciled with model Hailey Baldwin, proposed and said “I do” over the summer.
“First thanksgiving as a married man, first time hosting thanksgiving. First time both sides of the family has come together,” Justin reflected in a Thanksgiving Instagram post. “Relationships are hard and love isn’t always easy but thank you Jesus for showing me how! Every day is a learning process, trying to be more like him, patient, kind, selfless, boy I got a long way! But gods grace is sufficient!”
Also, the 24-year-old newlywed also went through quite the hair changes throughout the calendar year, most recently buzzing off his long locks after vowing to grow it to his ankles. (Alas, he never made it that far.)
The Kissing Booth star shocked her fans when she showed off a buzz cut for her new role, the murderer in a new Hulu show called The Act. The 19-year-old told fans, “My name for the next 4 months, is Gypsy Rose Blanchard.”
“This story is very disturbing and I am honored to be able to portray it,” she said of the opportunity. “What a wild ride this will be on The Act.”
Cool look, bro!
There’s no denying Efron, 31, is a very attractive man. (Just look at our Instagram account!) But one new look he debuted this year caused quite a social media storm: dreads.
In July, The Greatest Showman star posted a photo on his Instagram of a full head of dreadlocks, he captioned the pic, “Just for fun.”
RHONJ fans have known Teresa’s strength for years—remember when she flipped an entire table?!—but no one was prepared to see the reality star and cookbook author take on a new profession in 2018: bodybuilder.
Following her 11-month stint in prison back in 2015 and as her husband continues Joe Giudice serves his 41-month sentence, the mom-of-four became dedicated to her health, eventually finding a passion for bodybuilding before competing in her first ever competition in June, placing in third out of eight.
“Teresa has been training since December and doing it five to six times a week,”! News of her fitness journey. “She’s also drastically changed her diet. She was looking for a new way to challenge herself and now she’s in the best shape of her life.”
The E! reality star and Tristan Thompson welcomed their first child together, True Thompson, in April, which was her “greatest dream realized.”
But the cheating scandal that rocked her world just days before she gave birth proved just how strong Khloe is, allowing Tristan to be in the delivery room even after it was revealed he had allegedly been unfaithful with multiple women.
“This is something I’ve been waiting for my entire life,” she later reflected on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. “I don’t want to take away anything from this moment, and I have always been a believer of ‘Don’t make permanent decisions off temporary emotions.'”
And in a tweet, the Revenge Body star said she was “proud of myself for how I handed everything. True gave me the peace and strength I needed.”