They say all publicity is good publicity. However, there are a few celebs who definitely beg to differ. While a breakup, new hairstyle or talk about a new role can get a celebrity a significant amount of Hollywood buzz, there are some scandals famous people never want the public to find out about.
Some celebrities in committed relationships had children with someone other than their spouse. Some celebs were involved in crimes that are almost too terrible to talk about. There are even some alleged scandals floating around, suggesting that some celebrities faked their pregnancies just to get publicity. It’s also important to keep in mind that the PR teams for some celebs allowed “scandals” to be leaked so that the celebrity can either go on a press tour and deny that the scandal is true, or keep quiet through the media firestorm and leave people to wonder about the validity of the story. There are also some cases in which the celebrity keeps quiet about a scandal for years, then finally comes clean, which generates a considerable amount of press as well.
Yes, Hollywood can be a pretty complicated place sometimes. As a matter of fact, there are even celebs who are as famous for their scandal-free careers as they are for their talent. Here are 12 celebrities who were involved in scandals they tried to hide from the public.
12. Benicio Del Toro
Actor Benicio Del Toro isn’t in the media much when it comes to scandal. So, when it was revealed that Del Toro had a daughter with Rod Stewart’s daughter Kim, the media rushed to find out the rest of the story. Apparently, the two were never in a relationship, and the pregnancy was likely a result of a one-night stand. Sure, this probably isn’t news that Del Toro or Stewart wanted to make public, but it looks like they’re making the best of it. Benicio was at the hospital for the birth of his daughter, and he and Kim traveled with their little girl to Puerto Rico for the child’s christening.
11. Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson is known for his upbeat personality, but this may be a way to distract the public from the fact that he’s got a family scandal that he doesn’t want people to focus on. Woody’s father was a hired hitman, and claimed to have been the one who assassinated president John F. Kennedy. Harrelson’s father was part of the Three Tramps who were hiding in a boxcar on the railroad tracks behind Dealy Plaza. Harrelson’s father passed away in 2007, and Woody describes him as one of the most charming and well-read people he’s ever known. Harrelson’s father was also charged with the killing of drug dealer Sam Degelia, Jr. in 1968.
10. Pete Doherty
Pete Doherty is a rocker who used to sing with The Libertines. He’s also model Kate Moss’ ex-boyfriend. Doherty also escaped being charged with death when he got into an altercation with Matt Blanco, an actor. In 2006, Blanco was found beneath a London flat, with injuries to his head. Shortly before his body was found, Matt Blanco was engaged in a heated argument with Pete Doherty and some of his friends. Doherty left the party where the incident took place before the ambulance and police arrived, according to The Daily Mail. He is also seen on camera stepping over Blanco’s body to make an escape.
9. Vince Neil
Vince Neil is best known as the lead singer for the legendary heavy metal band Motley Crue. However, in the 1980s, Neil was involved in a very serious situation that resulted in the death of his friend. Vince was driving with twice the legal limit of alcohol in his body when he hit an oncoming car. The individuals in the car were seriously injured, and Nicolas Dingle, the passenger in Neil’s car was killed. Vince Neil was arrested on both vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving charges. He was only sentenced to 30 days in jail. Even more surprisingly, he only served 15 of those days.
8. Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick comes across as sweet and unassuming, and has been married to fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker for years. However in 1987, when he was dating actress Jennifer Grey, he was involved in a car accident that killed two women. The incident occurred in Northern Ireland; Broderick and Grey traveled there on vacation. When Broderick steered his rental car into the wrong lane, he collided with an ongoing car, killing a woman and her mother who were inside. Broderick only suffered a broken leg, and the next day at the hospital, he told authorities he didn’t remember anything. He was charged a fine but didn’t serve any jail time, which the family of the victims called a ‘travesty of justice.’
7. Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom has been getting some negative press for a few years now, since his separation (and eventual divorce) from Khloe Kardashian. It was alleged (and proven in some instances) that Odom was unfaithful to Kardashian, and was suffering from a drug addiction. These were obviously problems that he didn’t want leaked, but this wasn’t the first time the NBA player was involved in a sex scandal. When Lamar was 17, he was arrested for trying to solicit a prostitute in Vegas. Odom was playing for UNLV at the time, and he was arrested immediately because the “hooker” turned out to be an undercover police officer. The case was ultimately dismissed, but word has it that Khloe knew nothing of the arrest while the two were together.
6. Fred Smoot
Fred Smoot is a former college football player who was talented enough to be drafted by the NFL. He played nine seasons in the league with both the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings. In 2005, 17 members of the Minnesota Vikings decided to throw a sex party, and rented two houseboats-and a lot of prostitutes. Some of the football players were seen performing sex acts in front of the houseboat crew. Some of the athletes were found guilty and fined for their behavior, and Fred Smoot was believed to be the one who planned the whole “celebration.” He pled guilty to disorderly conduct and being a public nuisance.
5. Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe was a member of the Brat Pack in the 1980s, a group of gorgeous teen heartthrobs. In the late 1980s, when he was helping out with a presidential campaign, he found himself in the middle of a huge scandal. Lowe traveled to Atlanta with presidential hopeful Michael Dukakis, and after attending the Democratic Convention, he decided to find some “fun”. He videotaped himself in a hotel room having sex with two women that he met at a bar. Lowe went to the restroom after the tryst, only to find that the girls had stolen some money, along with the videotape. Later, Rob found out that one of the “women” was only 16. He got a lot of negative attention for the scandal in Hollywood, but two years later, he talked about it in a comical way when he appeared on Saturday Night Live.
4. Steven Tyler
The famous Aerosmith singer definitely lived the life of the quintessential rock star back in the day. He had several bouts with drugs and “entertained” quite a lot of groupies. He is, of course, the father of actress Liv Tyler, but for a long time, Liv wasn’t aware that the rock star was her dad. It’s likely that Steven didn’t think it would be best for him to be in Liv’s life, and we’re guessing he didn’t want the revelation that he was Liv’s father to turn into a scandal. The public has mixed feelings about this, since Liv has long been a fan of Aerosmith and even had a picture of Steven on her wall as a kid. It’s obvious she’s always felt a connection to the band. Now that the two are close, the public seems to be taking the news well.
3. Mel B
We all remember when Mel B (aka Scary Spice) was in a short-lived relationship with actor and comedian Eddie Murphy. She became pregnant with her daughter Angel, while the two were together, but the pair broke up during Mel’s pregnancy. There’s not much of a scandal there, except that Murphy denied for years that he was the father. Mel B didn’t want the story to go public, but Murphy continued to slander her, saying that she exaggerated their relationship and tricked him into impregnating her. Murphy already had seven children before Angel was born, so perhaps he was just hoping against hope that he didn’t have another baby on the way. The two could have just been civil co-parents, which is probably what Mel B was going for.
2. Gavin Rossdale
Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale has three children with now ex-wife, No Doubt lead singer and clothing designer Gwen Stefani. Rossdale also has a daughter with Pearl Lowe, a British singer and author. Apparently, Lowe and Rossdale were good friends, because he was the little girl’s godfather (before it was revealed that she was actually his daughter). Pearl had a feeling that Gavin was the father, but in order to avoid scandal and unwanted media attention, she kept quiet. That is, until her now 14-year-old daughter, Daisy, confronted her. A DNA test confirmed Rossdale’s paternity, and Pearl and Gavin are kind of on the outs. Also, Rossdale and Stefani are divorcing.
1. Charlize Theron
Actor and model Charlize Theron, who recently ended her relationship with Sean Penn, was in Hollywood for years before she talked about a family tragedy that occurred when she was 15. Perhaps she didn’t want the news to drive her career. She stated that her mother fatally shot her father, in what was believed to be self-defense. Police records surfaced that included a statement from Theron’s sister, stating that she found Charlize huddled underneath the blanket during the incident. Theron’s father was an alcoholic and abused her mother, and during the shooting, her paternal uncle was also injured. Charlize stated that after the shooting, her mother went to go sit in the corner of her bedroom and cried while she confessed that she’d killed her husband.