Year in Review 2020: Yahoo Singapore readers’ most searched international male celebrities

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Aaron Kwok, Kanye West and Hyun Bin. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
Aaron Kwok, Kanye West and Hyun Bin. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

The names on this year’s most-searched international male celebrities have earned their positions with controversial acts, critically-acclaimed acting, and unfortunately, their passings. Here are Yahoo Singapore readers’ top ten most searched international male celebrities of 2020.

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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
Kim Kardashian, Kanye West. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

10. Kanye West

Most known for being a rapper and the brains behind Yeezy, Kanye West announced on Twitter in July that he would be running in the United States’ 2020 presidential election. The rapper had also gone on a Twitter rant in a series of now-deleted tweets, which his wife, Kim Kardashian, later asked the general public to view his tweet-storm, caused by Kanye’s bipolar disorder, with empathy and kindness.

Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin.
Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin.

9. Justin Bieber

2020 sees Justin Bieber premiering his Seasons documentary series, along with various high-profile music collaborations with singers such as Ariana Grande, Chance the Rapper, and Shawn Mendes. All of the proceeds from his song with Grande went to the First Responders Children’s Foundation, which funds grants and scholarships for children of first responders and health care workers who worked on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In June 2020, Bieber was accused of sexual assault by an anonymous woman on Twitter, who claimed that the singer had made non-consensual sexual acts toward her. The singer denied all accusations and took legal action against the accuser.

Brad Pitt stars as an astronaut in search of his lost father in 'Ad Astra'. (PHOTO: Walt Disney)
Brad Pitt stars as an astronaut in search of his lost father in 'Ad Astra'. (PHOTO: Walt Disney)

8. Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt was restored to single status in late 2019 and had reunited with Jennifer Aniston 15 years after their divorce at a fund-raising table read for Fast Times At Ridgemont High during the pandemic. The pair flirted in-character, fueling gossip that they might be reconciling, but Pitt is, however, at that time, reportedly dating model Nicole Poturalski, who is 29 years his junior. Pitt will be starring alongside Emma Stone in Babylon directed by Damien Chazelle, and in Bullet Train next.

MUMBAI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 2: Bollywood actors Vaani Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra during the promotion of their upcoming film Shuddh Desi Romance at HT's Mumbai office, on September 2, 2013 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Kalpak Pathak/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 2: Bollywood actors Vaani Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra during the promotion of their upcoming film Shuddh Desi Romance at HT's Mumbai office, on September 2, 2013 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Kalpak Pathak/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

7. Sushant Singh Rajput

Known for his works in the Hindi cinema, Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead, hanging from the ceiling fan, in his home in Bandra, Mumbai on 14 June 2020. His death was treated as suicide.

Rajput had bipolar disorder and had reportedly shown signs of clinical depression. His film Hotstar, delayed by COVID-19 pandemic, was posthumously released on the Disney+. It broke records in the film’s first 24 hours viewership, having gathered approximately 95 million viewers.

UNSPECIFIED - OCTOBER 10: In this screengrab Tom Hanks appears during the 2020 Carousel of Hope Ball benefiting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation on October 10, 2020 in UNSPECIFIED, UNSPECIFIED - Region AMER. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for Children's Diabetes Foundation )
OCTOBER 10: In this screengrab Tom Hanks appears during the 2020 Carousel of Hope Ball benefiting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation on October 10, 2020 in UNSPECIFIED, UNSPECIFIED - Region AMER. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for Children's Diabetes Foundation )

6. Tom Hanks

Known for his roles in Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, and being the voiceover star for Sheriff Woody in Toy Story film series, Tom Hanks was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award and Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2020. On 12 March 2020, Hanks announced that he and his wife had been tested positive for COVID-19 and were admitted to the Gold Coast University Hospital for care. Following their recovery, the couple had also donated their blood antibodies for virus research.

Prince Harry & Meghan Meghan to leave Kensington Palace together?
Prince Harry & Meghan Meghan. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

5. Prince Harry

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, announced in January 2020 that they would be stepping back from their role as senior members of the royal family. The couple first lived in Canada before moving permanently to California. In April, the Duke and Duchess had jointly selected Feeding Britain, which provides food packages to families in food poverty, to receive the £90,000 from the broadcast of their wedding ceremony.

HONG KONG, CHINA - NOVEMBER 23: Actor Aaron Kwok attends HSBC Jade press conference on November 23, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - NOVEMBER 23: Actor Aaron Kwok attends HSBC Jade press conference on November 23, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

4. Aaron Kwok

One of the “Four Heavenly Kings”, Hong Kong singer-actor Aaron Kwok performed in an online charity concert, held in support of the Hong Kong Dance Performing Artistes Association. It was also the first time the singer-actor allowed the media to take photos of his two-year-old daughter, Chantelle Kwok.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Artistic Director Kris Van Assche and Lee Min Ho pose after the Berluti Menswear Spring Summer 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 21, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Artistic Director Kris Van Assche and Lee Min Ho pose after the Berluti Menswear Spring Summer 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 21, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)

3. Lee Min-ho

South Korean actor Lee Min-ho, who rose to fame with his role as Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers, was cast in Netflix’s romantic-fantasy drama The King: Eternal Monarch, which is his first TV series following release from the mandatory military service. One of the most anticipated series in the first half of 2020, the series set a record for SBS’s highest 2020 Friday-Saturday drama premiere ratings but was received with mixed reviews.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 25:  Actor Alien Huang wears a Haider Ackermann shirt, Ambush necklace, Dries Van Noten shorts, and And Them on June 25, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Melodie Jeng/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 25: Actor Alien Huang wears a Haider Ackermann shirt, Ambush necklace, Dries Van Noten shorts, and And Them on June 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Melodie Jeng/Getty Images)

2. Alien Huang

Better known as Xiao Gui, Alien Huang was a Taiwanese singer-actor-host. Huang was pronounced dead on 16 September 2020, after his father discovered him lying unresponsive on the floor in his apartment with external injuries to the head. The autopsy concluded that Huang died of aortic dissection, but found no history of cardiovascular disease.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - October 28: Actor Hyun-Bin during a red carpet event of 2020 Korean Popular Culture and Art Awards at Kyunghee University Peace Hall on October 28, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by The Chosunilbo JNS/Imazins via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - October 28: Actor Hyun-Bin during a red carpet event of 2020 Korean Popular Culture and Art Awards at Kyunghee University Peace Hall on October 28, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by The Chosunilbo JNS/Imazins via Getty Images)

1. Hyun Bin

Topping the list for Yahoo Singapore readers’ top ten most searched international male celebrities is South Korean actor Hyun Bin.

Starring opposite Son Ye-jin in the hit romance drama Crash Landing on You, Hyun Bin’s role as a North Korean army captain captured both viewers’ attention and hearts. The actor was praised for his emotional range and acting skills, winning the Presidential Citation Award in the Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards.

Hyun is set to star as a NIS agent in thriller film, The Point Men, based on the 2007 South Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan and its subsequent rescue mission.