As the first of 2017, let’s take a look back at some of the biggest celebrity scandals from the previous 12 months.

It’s been a crazy year, and it’s only the beginning. If you thought 2016 was an unusual year, you might not want to peek into the future. But let’s roll back in time a bit, to January 2017, when the biggest celebrity scandals hit the headlines.

Take Taylor Lautner, for example. The then-27-year-old actor was catapulted to superstardom in 2010 after starring as Jacob Black in the Twilight film series. Since then, he’s starred in several blockbusters, gained a devoted fan base, and, in 2016, married Swedish model Elizabet Lautner. Things were looking up for Lautner. But then, in January 2017, the truth about his personal life was revealed in the form of a sex tape. On January 10, 2017, TMZ published the first footage of Taylor Lautner secretly filming a sex tape with his then-girlfriend, British actress Elizabeth Taylor-Lautner. Soon after, several other news organizations, including The New York Post and People, followed with their own stories. In the videos, the couple could be seen having sex in several different positions, with Taylor-Lautner seemingly enjoying herself. The videos didn’t contain any identifying information, but, given the media coverage, it wasn’t hard for people to figure out who they were seeing. The following week, Taylor Lautner issued an apology, explaining that the sex tape was a “private moment…[that] didn’t reflect my character.” He went on to say that the public had “misconstrued” his apology in a tweet from a supposed hacked account, after which the tweet was deleted.

The #FreeTaylor hashtag quickly went viral, and fans expressed their support for the troubled actor. Some even compared him to their own fathers, saying that their fathers would never do anything like that and comparing Taylor Lautner to their own daddies. Celebrities came out in support of the actor as well, with Ellen DeGeneres donating $100,000 to a sex-addiction treatment center in Lautner’s name. Ricky Martin, a close friend of Lautner’s and the father of his godson, also tweeted that he is “100% sure” that the videos don’t reflect Lautner’s true character. Others, however, weren’t as sympathetic, with many people labeling Taylor Lautner a “little prick” and a “sad piece of shit” in response to his confession. A petition requesting that Vogue magazine cancel its upcoming issue featuring Taylor Lautner reached almost 30,000 signatures. (Vogue) This kind of reaction to a sex scandal is rather peculiar, to say the least. After all, celebrities are always expected to behave in a certain way, and, in most cases, this means keeping their private lives private. (And certainly not having sex on camera!) It’s one thing for celebrities to have affairs and other scandals; it’s another for them to film it and share it with the entire world. The difference seems to be that, with the new millennium, people have started sharing their intimate details of their lives on social media. So, if your spouse is cheating on you, you might as well film it and post it on your Instagram account. Or if you’re getting a lap dance at a strip club, you might as well tweet about it. The stigma that used to surround sex tapes has blurred, and people are no longer afraid to reveal their intimate stories to the world. Even I, a former porn star, didn’t feel comfortable keeping my sex tape a secret when I was 19 years old. Why? Social media made it easy for anyone to see my tape. It wasn’t like it was a secret, hidden film; anyone could have seen it. So, while I understand that Taylor Lautner’s cheating scandal was a private matter, it wasn’t exactly a secret any more. And that, in a nutshell, is why we should have been more forgiving of the scandal.

Then, in February 2017, a sex tape scandal involving another famous Hollywood couple exploded into the open. It started when a mysterious Twitter account, @princes_sexcello, began tweeting out naked pictures of One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and Selena Gomez. The two had previously been spotted together at a Lakers game, and it was already reported that they were an item, but this was the first time that their relationship and sexual encounters had been exposed to the public. The photos, which were reportedly part of an effort to get revenge on both individuals, were accompanied by a barrage of sexual taunts. “@princes_sexcello” later claimed that the photos, which had been circulating on Kik, were a hoax. The photos were eventually traced to a 20-year-old man from New Zealand named Eric Clapton, who had been sending them for fun, not for revenge. (Clapton was later arrested, but the accusation was dropped.) Nonetheless, the scandal caused a stir, with fans accusing the one-time child stars of lacking respect for others. (Huffington Post) This particular scandal, however, was more about social media than anything else. The fact that these two superstardom kids were still willing to engage with their fans, sharing intimate details of their lives, proved that they truly did care about their fans. And that, in a nutshell, is why we should have been more forgiving of this scandal, as well.

This was just the beginning of the end for Taylor Lautner. Several other scandals soon followed, including an alleged altercation with his driver, in which Lautner allegedly head butted him. (TMZ) In addition, there was the allegation that he smoked crack cocaine, and the fact that his hit TV show, The Grinder, was canceled after only one season. (Deadline) In the months leading up to his death, Taylor Lautner was linked to several other scandals, including that he had an affair with a woman named Jasmine Mathenia while married to Elizabet Lautner. (People) Shortly after this last scandal broke, Taylor Lautner was found dead, hanging from a noose in his apartment. An official autopsy report later revealed that he had committed suicide. (TMZ) The final curtain fell on the life of Taylor Lautner in April 2017, a month after his 26th birthday. Whether or not he was successful in tainting his own career, he will always be remembered as one of the most beloved and influential men in the Twilight community. That, in a nutshell, is what makes this particular scandal so much more tragic. Not only was Taylor Lautner a gifted actor who will be missed, but he also had such a huge impact on the lives of so many people. (BuzzFeed News) Hopefully, we’ll soon be past the point of worrying about celebrities’ sex tapes, as our own parents and other close relatives still have some respect left. And, until then, let’s make sure that our hearts are in the right place whenever we’re watching a sad movie or TV show about a celebrity or a friend of a celebrity.