Image 1 of 10: The Arab French Kiss! Asala's faux-French kissing scandal saw the Syrian soprano get serious heat for smooching her *shock horror* husband in front of a studio audience. With no tongue in sight and wed-locked, you’d never think Asala's paltry peck would leave fans scathing. She should give them something to really wag their tongues about.
Image 1 of 10: Love affair: An adulterous question mark has lingered over X Factor judges Elissa & Wael Kfoury after they seemed pretty cosy on screen. Holding hands and flirtatious giggles and Wael’s rumoured marital problems were enough to send the public into a tailspin, convinced that the two judges were getting jiggy-with-it.
Image 1 of 10: Ouch, bikini wax: Even celebs have to keep up with their grooming! Nancy Ajram was the victim of a pervy pap who snapped candid shots of the superstar getting her cha-cha waxed. Although we’re used to seeing her half-naked on stage, this up-close-and-personal view of the star made us all cringe.
Image 1 of 10: Forbidden sex: What scandal hasn’t Maya Diab had a part in? If her fashion faux-pas weren’t enough, she had to blab that her and her husband were getting up to no good in the bedroom...before marriage! From the outrage it caused in fans, it seems Maya should keep her unfitting bedroom sexcapades safely under her fitted sheets!
Image 1 of 10: Sex-tape enough for Arab world: Razan Al Moghrabi is sex-crazed and isn’t afraid to show it. In a leaked YouTube vid, Razan gave her fans an eyeful when she started touching up a male friend when talking about her porno plans. Keep your friends close and your porn even closer!
Image 1 of 10: You’ve been punk’d: Haifa Wehbe showed she can swear like a sailor after being pranked on Ramez Ankh Amon’s show last month. Her filthy language almost got her episode binned and she shocked fans who are used to Haifa acting the lady. If she wants to keep the ratings, Wehbe needs to wash her mouth out with soap!
Image 1 of 10: Murderous mind: Being homicidal isn’t cute, Ghada Abdel Razek! Just like her character in Hayat’s Story, Ghada seems to be going bonkers. The director has accused her of attempted murder in a slander-slinging game that went on for months. After this fatal scandal, she’s harldy the people’s sweetheart any more!
Image 1 of 10: Sexy and I know it: It almost seemed housewives’ favorite Amr Diab could do no wrong...that was until he held a secret concert full of ladies, all but naked bar lashings of golden bodypaint and strategic nipple covers, frolicking with super-sized champagne bottles. Luckily, his six-pack can do some of the PR work needed to repair his reputation.
Image 1 of 10: Slap in the face: Hitting women is never OK, and Omar El Sherif should have known better when he lost his temper at the Qatar Film Festival and struck a young woman who wanted her picture taken with him. No one loves a woman-beater, Omar. Fans were shocked and this is one scandal his reputation may not recover from.
Image 1 of 10: Singer turns Salafi-Fugee: Fadel Shaker went cray-cray in 2011 and decided to join a Salafist Sheikh’s militant group. Fadel claims he killed two Lebanese soldiers during an offensive, and is now wanted by the government for his crimes. His flirtation with jihad didn’t do much for his reputation and now Fadel’s fans have deserted him.
Oh Em Gee, did that really happen? These scandals may be oldies, but they're goldies.
Oh, how we love a scandal or two with our morning coffee! And, we can surely count on our trusty Arab celebs to deliver them on cue! In the cray-cray celebosphere, our Arab papzz are always on patrol, never sleeping on the job even on the hottest of summer days. Ready to capture the stars' most cringe-worthy moments and reveal their dirtiest secrets, the Arab media gives as good as the West's most unscrupulous photogs.
Every superstar has to go through the painful ordeal of a public scandal at least once in their career as a right of passage. Arab stars' mishaps may not be as wild, damning or lewd as those of celebs' in the West, for example Miley Cyrus’ recent disturbing display of on-stage ‘twerking’, but they're still enough to leave critics condemning and fans in a flap.
Naturally, the most intriguing scandals are those of a sexual nature. In the past, we've had a few juicy sex-shockers, such as leaked naked pix of Muna Zaki at the spa and Tomy Omran’s nearly-nude-pose on the cover of a Greek magazine that upset the self-righteous Saudis big time!
While french kissing and getting jiggy on the silver-screen was part of the norm in Egyptian cinema in the black & white era, our Arab denizens won't have any of that nowadays. The West may be shaken to the core by outrageous MTV VMA makeouts between female celebs Madonna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera, but we can still be just as shocked by our region’s superstars’ public displays of marital snogging!
They might not be 'twerking' in latex underwear, a la Miley Cyrus, but for your eyes only, we've rounded up the biggest, the baddest and most bawdy scandals of the past few years in the celeb land of Araby!