Vibe magazine switches up a bit for the upcoming new year, by highlighting some of 2008’s most controversial news mainstays with their 2nd Annual “Tabloid” Issue.
Rumored couple, Rihanna and Chris Brown, grace the January 2009 cover, while married superstars Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and the “Hot Bodies” of tennis star Serena Williams and rapper Nelly, serve as secondary features.
In the mag’s special issue, Brown and Rihanna’s “relationship” is showcase in an article called “Secret Lovers?” Where the mag weighs in on the reasons whether or not award the pair are an official item, or “just friends.” Although the stars have never publicly confirmed their “more-than-friends” status, R&B singer and close pal Ne-Yo has said, “I’ve hung out with them so much that I know that it’s the real deal and they’re in a relationship.”
Later inside, in a story called “Scandal in the Caribbean!,” Vibe unveils one of the year’s most explosive stories. In what was once seen as another storybook romance, actress LisaRaye McCoy and Turks and Caicos Islands Premier Michael Misick had the blogs buzzing when their marriage crashed and burned. With the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee accusing Misick of corruption, the rape investigation of a woman in the British Caribbean and rumors of his infidelity, the bizarre string of events proved to be too much for McCoy to handle. After announcing their divorce, the story took a disturbing turn when photos revealed a deep bite mark on McCoy’s shoulder, received when she unsuccessfully attempted to enter their Leeward Mansion.
The mag also introduces the “The 80 Best Songs of ’08,” the worst looks in “Hot Mess!,” the best female booty in “Stop On A Dime,” the best male body in “Beefed Up,” ups and downs of the music stock market in “Brick City,” what’s hot in 2008 in an extensive fashion report titled “Style A to Z,” and more.
The “Tabloid Issue” hits newsstands December 16.