The secret back stories of some of the world’s biggest stars reads like a blockbuster film script
The secret back stories of some of the world’s biggest stars reads like a Hollywood blockbuster. Murder, drugs, prostitution and illegitimate children are all just part of being an A-Lister these days, it seems.
We are all too aware of Robert Downey Jr’stroubles with alcohol and drugs, but we just found out that it was his drug addict dad that got him hooked.
This week it was revealed that the world’s highest paid actor was forced into a world of drugs and alcohol at the age of six and was shockingly hooked just two years later.
The revelation seems like the plot of a sick and twisted drama but it is just the latest outrageous reality that a lot of stars hid for years. Here we take a look at the biggest, darkest secrets that were revealed years after the stars became world famous.
Jack Nicholson’s sister was actually his mum
Prepare to set your face to stun. Jack Nicholson was raised by who he thought were his parents. He had a 17-year-old sister named June when he was born. Everything seems fine so far.
But his life went full EastEnders when his ‘parents’ passed away and June revealed she is actually Jack’s mum. His parents were actually his grandparents.
They kept it secret because of the stigma associated with June’s underage pregnancy.
Bono has a secret brother
One of Ireland’s most famous celebrities shocked fans this summer when he revealed that he has a deeply personal secret, and spoke of finding forgiveness and peace.
After more than four decades in the public eye, it turns out the U2 frontman has a half-brother, Scott Rankin, who was born after his father had an affair.
Woody Harrelson’s dad was an infamous hitman
Woody Harrelson has an amazing CV and can turn his hand to comedy or drama better than most.
But how many of you know that Woody Harrelson’s dad, Charles, was one of the 20th century’s most notorious hitman?
Harrelson Snr committed the first ever recorded assassination of a federal judge and once killed a carpet salesman over a $1,500 disagreement.
Rihanna’s dad had a secret family
The Umbrella singer woke up one day and came to a shocking truth that her beloved dad was not just a drug and alcohol abuser, but he was also a self-proclaimed sex addict.
Then came the big bombshell that he had fathered three secret children — meaning the iconic singer had two half sisters and a half brother she never knew about.
Sofia Vergara’s family has a history of drug addiction and murder
She may seem like a ray of sunshine on Modern Family, but not everything is as good as it seems.
Vergara’s brothers are victims of substance abuse and violence.
In 1989, her older brother Rafael was killed during a botched kidnapping attempt and her younger brother Julio slowly slipped into drug addiction until he was deported to Colombia in 2011.
Kathy Griffin was sexually exploited by her own brother
She may be all laughs and smiles but never judge a book by its cover. Kathy Griffin’s autobiography, My Life On The D-List, details how her brother was sexually inappropriate with her.
This led to long term trauma she is still dealing with. Kenny was later sent to prison for physically abusing his wife and passed away while incarcerated.
Richard Pryor was raised in a brothel
OK so this is probably better known than most of the other celeb secrets, but it is still shocking to imagine.
The comedian was the son of a prostitute who raised him in her mother’s house, which also served as a brothel.
When his mother gave up on him, Pryor was raised by his abusive grandmother. His dad was an absentee hustler.
Mariah Carey’s sister arrested for prostitution
The famous singer’s sister has been suffering from bipolar disorder for decades and has been arrested for prostitution.
Once she told a couple of officers to let her go and in return, she will give them a “sweet, sweet fantasy”, in reference to her famous sister’s hit.
Rose McGowan was raised by a sex cult
McGowan is a famous actress who likes having her past remain hidden because she was raised by a sex cult called the Children of God.
Her parents and the rest of the cultists believed in free love, which resulted in her witnessing rampant sexual abuse and mistreatment of women.
She left when she was a teenager.
Jackie Chan’s dad was a Chinese spy
Chan inherits his knack of risk taking from his parents.
His mum was an infamous drug lord and his dad was a secret agent working for the Nationalist Guard.
Like every great love story, they met when he busted her for drug possession. Awww that’s sweet.