Celebrities are always in the spotlight. They are famous for their movies, their TV roles, internet presence and music. Because of this fame, they are always visible, even when they don’t want to be. It’s the nature of the industry. Just like any other person, celebrities do have their secrets, and there are times when these secrets are thrust into the public eye for scrutiny because they were stolen from the dark places that they were kept, or they were voluntarily divulged by the celebrities themselves.
There is just something about celebrities and their dark secrets. We just can’t seem to look away. Most of the revelations from big celebrity names challenged and sometimes broke our view of them. This is why we’re shocked – but just like a car crash, we can’t seem to look away. There is that inherent gravity that draws us in. If we are all going to be honest, these juicy celebrity news are our guilty pleasures. We want them to have dark secrets. We want them to be mysterious because we want to be the ones to find out what lurks behind their masks. We may be shocked, but we love it.
12. Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy
Back in 2013, Angelina Jolie shocked the world by saying that she underwent a surgery to have her breasts removed as a proactive measure to prevent the occurrence of breast and ovarian cancer. Angelina Jolie further revealed that her mother died of cancer and she herself was diagnosed to have the BRCA1 gene mutation, a gene mutation that increases the likelihood of developing breast cancer to about 87% and ovarian cancer to 50%. Jolie had already had her ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed prior to her double mastectomy. Just several months after her operation, she underwent reconstructive surgery for her breasts that she said were now “beautiful.”
11. President Kanye West
By now, we are all accustomed to Kanye West’s rants and tirades. But his latest shocker might just be the one that sticks. Kanye announced his candidacy at the 2015 Video Music Awards much to the delight of the audience. His announcement was well received; he even had a very loud standing ovation. So, is he really serious about what he said? When interviewed by Ellen, Kim Kardashian said that she did not know that he was going to say that but added that she knows that he is really “serious.” When asked about his plan for candidacy, Kanye West told reporters that he knows that he is not a politician and that he has “a lot of growing up to do.” We’ll just have to wait and see if he really goes through with it.
10. Jaden Smith’s Social Experiments
The Twitterverse is a place where people try to distill their grand thoughts, life observations, rants, jokes or just about anything that comes to mind down to 140 characters. Those who have something to say get the most followers and re-Tweets. This goes double if you are already a celebrity to begin with. One of the most recent popular Twitter philosophers is Jaden Smith, the wise, young yet already eccentric son of Will and Jada. Jaden recently admitted in an interview that his bizarre public antics were just experiments to see how the public would react. He then added that it is “fun” when people think that you’re “crazy.”
9. “I’m Not Famous Anymore”
Shia Labeouf, the ever so enigmatic actor and artist had once put a paper bag over his head with the words “I’m not famous anymore” written on it. Shia did this on the premiere of Nymphomaniac, a film that was itself very controversial. What would push an undeniable famous young man to pull a stunt like this? Prior to this, he had some trouble with literary fans when he was accused of plagiarizing some parts of a short story for his film. Because of the accusations, he hired a skywriter to write an apology over the LA Sky. He then Tweeted “I am not famous anymore.” The paper bag mask then made a reappearance at his performance art piece entitled #IAMSORRY where he would just sit in an empty room and have people come in and say anything to him.
8. Wentworth Miller Escaping His Own Prison
Wentworth Miller, the star of the four season FOX hit Prison Break, broke out of his own prison when he came out of the closet in early 2013. As Michael Scofield, he is as manly as you could get. He’s masculine, intelligent and physical. His character robbed a bank to get himself in jail. Then he had to wade through the dirty inner society of prisons to locate his brother and finally break him out with the prison floor plans tattooed all over his body. Now that’s masculine. In real life however, Wentworth Miller openly admitted that he was gay to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws. As a reply to an invite to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, he said that “as a gay man, I must decline.”
7. Harry Potter and the Horse
Harry Potter and the start of the hit movie franchise from Warner Bros. inspired and entertained a generation of young kids who grew up with them and even adults who got caught in the magical world of witchcraft and wizardry. Harry Potter was a phenomenon and Daniel Radcliffe, the actor playing the eponymous young wizard, grew up to become an internationally recognized young man with legions of fans. It came as a shock then that in 2007, at only 17 years of age and still under contract with WB to make 3 more HP movies, Daniel accepted the role of Alan Strang, a 17 year old boy who became sexually attracted to horses. The play is notorious for having full frontal nudity scenes for the lead. It’s no wonder then that every night, legions of Harry Potter fans flock to the theater to gaze at their idol casting a spell with his wand.
6. Satan and Miley Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus, the one hit wonder musician of “Achy Breaky Heart” and father of Miley Cyrus, was pretty adamant when he said that Satan was attacking his family. In an interview regarding his daughter’s wild child antics, he said that ever since they arrived in L.A., their family has been constantly attacked by the devil. He then continues to damn Miley’s popular Disney channel show, Hannah Montana, claiming that it was the show that destroyed his little girl. At the time of the interview, Miley Cyrus had just recently been involved in a marijuana smoking scandal wherein she was seen in a picture taking a hit on a bong.
5. Bruce Jenner Transitioning to Caitlyn Jenner
Bruce Jenner, the former American Olympian, shocked the entire world when he finally admitted that he was going to become a she. A couple of years prior to his confession, rumors were already floating around about his sexuality. Kim’s stepfather added fuel to the fire when his facial appearance became softer and more feminine with help from plastic surgery and his hair became longer. Why were we all shocked? Well, this was the first time that this happened to a very high profile individual and it was all done out in the open. The process even made its way to the cover of Vanity Fair and he was even called “Woman of the Year” by Glamour Magazine.
4. See You Again Brother Pablo
Vin Diesel’s close friend and “brother” said goodbye on November 30, 2013. The announcement of his death shocked the world because it wasn’t expected and we all liked that good looking, sweet, young man. He was the star of the Fast and the Furious movie franchise together with Vin Diesel and their onscreen friendship turned into a real tight friendship with them referring to each other as “brothers.” As a sort of poetic twist to a tragic end, Paul Walker died doing something he loved, driving cars. This actor’s death was one of the most emotionally moving events in recent Hollywood history. This intense emotion was magnified by his last movie, which was reworked to have the script centered on his character’s leaving the crew for a normal family life – not to mention, the song “See You Again” which Vin Diesel sang at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards.
3. Bill Cosby Assault Allegations
Bill Cosby, the Jello hawking, friendly star of the hit TV sitcom The Cosby Show, is in some deep trouble. The long running series ran for a total of 8 seasons in the span of 8 years. In the show, Bill Cosby plays the patriarch of the Huxtable family, Dr. Cliff Huxtable who is married to a lawyer wife and they have 4 daughters and a son. The series became a phenomenal hit both critically and in the ratings, cementing Bill Cosby’s wholesome reputation. His on screen persona is in stark contrast to what he allegedly is, a serial sexual assaulter. As of 2015, there have been 41 incidents directly involving the comedian.
2. The Gift that Keeps on Giving : Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen was fired from Two and a Half Men in 2011 because of his public conduct and constant drug use. Him going to rehab had apparently derailed their production one too many times and Warner Bros. had enough. At the time, this comedy TV series was the highest rating show on air and Charlie was the highest paid TV actor of all time, but his behavior just wasn’t cutting it. When asked face to face if he was on any drug, he replied that he was on a drug called “Charlie Sheen” and that if you “would try it, your face would melt off and your children would cry over your exploded body.” He continued to say that he wasn’t bi-polar, instead he was “Bi-winning!” His rants are both tragic and entertaining and they have both shocked and awed us.
1. The Fappening
The Fappening was an internet event in August of 2014, that almost broke the internet. The name of the event comes from the sound that is made by masturbation, *fap*, which has also come to mean the same as the act itself as in “to fap.” A hacker or a group of hackers were able to break into the iCloud and steal pictures of famous girls. This wouldn’t have been so bad if they had been fully clothed, but everyone knows that most of the pictures leaked were selfies of naked beautiful celebrities. Among the most popular and most graphic of these were pictures of supermodel Kate Upton, Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence and Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco