Even with all of the different celebrity news sites out there today like TMZ, Perez Hilton, Daily Mail, and Buzzfeed, there are still some celebrity secrets floating around Hollywood that they don’t want you to know about.
I mean, after all, celebrities are people! People make mistakes, have embarrassing pasts, or something that they don’t want other people knowing about them. Though your secrets might just be a little less juicy because you’re not a celebrity.
Celebrities live their lives under a microscope, with constant judging and scrutiny for every move they make. Hey, maybe it’s not even something horrifying, maybe it’s just embarrassing. We’re still going to air the dirty laundry out to dry. We’ve dug deep to find the most unknown celebrity secrets that they have tried so very hard to keep under wraps over the years.
From secret affairs and sexual fantasies to money troubles, drink and drug habits and unusual personal hygiene, these stars had to have known we would find out eventually! There’s even a star from your childhood who killed someone, and another star who I’m sure you love, who got caught smuggling 10 pounds of marijuana when he was 20 years old.
Celebrities should know better by now than to try and hide anything from the public, it is virtually impossible with the internet these days. Scroll down to see which of your favorite celebrities are concealing some major secrets!
20. A Three For One!
To kick it all off, how about a fun fact like how Ricky Gervais was in a new wave pop duo called Seona Dancing. Seriously, watch the YouTube video of their song, “Bitter Heart”, you’ll thank me.
Now how about something unusual. Did you know that Daryl Hannah is missing the tip of her left-hand index finger? Hannah experienced an incident as a child where a rope sheared off her index finger at her grandmother’s house. You may have never noticed Daryl Hannah’s finger because she usually wears a prosthetic one!
Last but not least, but did you know Dean Winters played Randy O’Reily in Oz on Broadway. He went on to play Johnny Gavin on Rescue Me Today. You will probably recognize this guy from the All State Insurance “Mayhem” commercials. And if not, I suggest you watch one! Hilarious!
19. Matthew Broderick Killed Two People in a Car Crash
Matthew Broderick may be best known for his hit role in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Broderick starred in the film with Jennifer Grey, who you may know for her role in Dirty Dancing which also starred Patrick Swayze.
In 1987, Grey and Broderick were spending some time together in Ireland. Broderick and Grey were driving along a road when they collided with another car driven by a mother and daughter. Broderick suffered fractured ribs, a fractured leg, a concussion, and a collapsed lung, while Grey survived with minor injuries. Unfortunately, the two victims, aged 63 and 28, were killed in the crash.
Broderick apparently was in the wrong lane. Although, he claims he had no idea why.
“I don’t remember the day. I don’t remember even getting up in the morning. I don’t remember making my bed. What I first remember is waking up in the hospital, with a very strange feeling going on in my leg.”
Broderick was charged with careless driving and charged a mere $175 fine.
18. The Phoenix Children Grew Up in a Cult
The family decided to change their last name when leaving the cult from “Bottom” to “Phoenix” to symbolize their new beginning. The youngest member of the family, River Phoenix, died of a drug overdose in 1993.
In a rare interview with Playboy, Joaquin Phoenix opened up about his upbringing in The Children of God.
“When people bring up Children of God, there’s always something vaguely accusatory about it….it’s guilt by association. I think it was really innocent on my parents’ part. They really believed, but I don’t think most people see it that way. I’ve always thought that was strange and unfair.”
17. Billy Joel’s Song is Actually His Suicide Note
The lyrics to Billy Joel’s song “Tomorrow is Today” came from the musician’s own suicide note. Joel had tried to kill himself by drinking furniture polish after he discovered his lover was having an affair with his drummer. The suicide attempt failed and Joel ended up with an upset stomach.
This was back in the 1970s. Joel has since downplayed the suicide attempt, but there were definitely some signs of trouble. “Tomorrow is Today” offers his fans into the often bleak inside world of Billy Joel, including
“I don’t care to know the hour
‘Cause it’s passing anyway
I don’t have to see tomorrow
‘Cause I saw it yesterday”
Apparently, Billy didn’t learn his lesson– he later married that same girl who cheated on him with the drummer. He wrote the song “I Love You Just The Way You Are” for her. The song won a Grammy for “Song of the Year” in 1978. The couple divorced four years later in 1982.
16. Zach Braff Beat Up a Child
Remember back in the day when Punk’d was still on air and Ashton Kutcher was still going around messing with your favorite celebrities?
Well in 2005, actor Zach Braff definitely didn’t know that he was being punk’d and genuinely thought that a twelve-year-old kid had just spray painted his Porsche. Braff not only caught but beat up the kid until production intervened. He ended up actually roughing the kid up pretty bad. Whoops… prank gone very wrong.
Scrubs co-star Donald Faison who plays the role of Turk, set the prank with Ashton. Faison couldn’t have imagined it would end up the way it did.
“They choreographed the whole thing and I wasn’t supposed to catch the kid, but I caught him… and I’m not a big fighter or anything, but, with the adrenaline and everything, I just started pummeling him….I didn’t know and it was so dark… (but) part of the punking was that it was, like, a 12-year-old…It turns out it was fake spray paint. They edited (the fight) out because apparently you’re not supposed to punch people on Punk’d.”
Talk about a prank gone wrong!
15. Leighton Meester Was Born in Prison
Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester was actually born inside a prison. Her mother was serving time for drug smuggling when she gave birth to little Leighton in 1983.
Turns out, her mother, Connie, was arrested for helping smuggle 1,200-pound shipments of marijuana out of Jamaica, the same year that Leighton was born!
Here’s something truly wild, her mother was also arrested with her sister, Leighton’s aunt, Judy. Judy also was sentenced to prison, but she broke out and became the first woman in the United States to get on the U.S. Marshals Most Wanted List.
Connie still had to serve sixteen months after Leighton was born. After prison, the family settled in Florida and eventually moved to Los Angeles when Leighton began to pursue acting.
14. Richard Simmons Starred in a Film Before He Was the Richard Simmons
If you’re watching the 1969 film Fellini Satyricon, you may be shocked at what you see. The actor in this movie is a young Richard Simmons. Long before he was super thin, flamboyant, and sweating it out on the dance floor, Simmons was an obese young man.
At 19, Simmons was weighing in at around 268 pounds. Simmons played fleshy grotesques in Fellini’s Satyricon and The Clowns. He also acted in 137 commercials. One which was an ad for chubby jeans…whatever those are.
His weight loss inspiration and career switch was actually inspired by a stranger. A note was left on Simmons windshield that read: “Dear Richard: Fat people die young. Please don’t die.”
Richard began getting into diet and exercise. At one point, he became so obsessive he began popping diet pills, eventually to the point where he was addicted to them.
“I ended up looking like a thin Glad bag,” he recalls. “My hair fell out, my skin drooped, my breath was foul and my mood matched.”
13. Thora Birch Comes From a Family of Adult Film Stars
Her parents are Jack Birch and Carol Conners and the two both appeared in the film, Deep Throat.
For anyone who is not familiar with the film, I think you can take a wild guess…
Needless to say, Birch must have had a less than traditional upbringing. The parents were known for insisting on having been at every performance and were what can only be described as “helicopter” parents, some even said to the point where it was creepy.
Once Birch really got into acting, her adult film star parents started causing problems. Father, Jack, apparently insisted on giving the cameraman pointers while his daughter was filming a sex scene for the film Winter of Frozen Dreams. Not sure why you would even want to bear witness to that, let alone be giving directions out.
Ultimately, her overbearing parents ended up having a negative effect on her acting career. At one point her father ended up threatening to kill one of the assistant directors on set.
12. Vin Diesel is a Major Dungeons & Dragons Nerd
Apparently, big man Vin Diesel loves the game Dungeons & Dragons. Turns out the guy who looks like a bully is actually the nerd!
The actor has said he has played the game for 20 years. He even wrote the forward to Thirty Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons. He also has a Dungeons & Dragons podcast to chat about the game with fans. Now that is a true fan.
In 2002, he started his own development house called Tigon Studios, because, as he says, he was tired of substandard games based on movies.
Definitely an unexpected hobby, especially when you consider Vin is one of the biggest actors in Hollywood. Not to mention that whether you like it or not, we’re probably not done seeing Fast and the Furious franchise anytime soon. One other thing you might not know about Vin is that in 2016, there was a rumor going around that the actor had passed away.
11. Andy Garcia Was Born With a Conjoined Twin
Andy Garcia has never appeared fully nude for any scenes. The reason being, that Garcia was born with a conjoined twin that grew to be about the size of a tennis ball on Garcia’s shoulder.
A scar remains in place of where his unformed brother was surgically removed. Garcia has no memory of the surgery. When he was five years old his family fled the Castro regime and came to Miami. As Cubans who hardly spoke English, they had a difficult time at first.
Garcia found his way and attended college where he met his wife, Marivi. The couple moved to Los Angeles where Garcia started getting into acting. His first breakout role was in a film called, The Mean Season, playing a detective alongside Kurt Russell. He went on to star in hits like Eight Million Ways To Die, The Untouchables, Dead Again, When A Man Loves A Woman, and The Godfather.
10. Prince Charles Collects Toilet Seats
Prince Charles of Wales collects toilet seats, and if that is not strange enough, he insists on taking one with him when he travels.
It is pretty safe to say that the Prince does not collect used toilet seats. But he has purchased a few Antique Victorians, so… haven’t they technically been used?
The Prince is said to have paid over 500 euros for one Victorian style toilet seat.
It is rumored that the Prince has dozens of lavatory seats or shall we say ‘thrones’ at St. James Palace. It is assumed that the collection was brought to Clarence House once Charles declared it his permanent residence.
It’s more than likely just a quirky collection the Prince has had a laugh gathering over time. Although who knows, maybe he just doesn’t like putting his rear end where anyone else’s has been. Regardless, this Prince prefers to bring his own royal thrown to accompany him to the loo.
9. Russell Crowe Used To Be In An Australian Pub Rock Band
Before Russell Crowe hit all of his success with his film acting, he had been a member of a pub rock band called Roman Antix and went under the name Rus Le Roq. That’s a bit of a dramatic name, Russell. He recorded a song entitled “I Want To Be Like Marlon Brando.”
The band later evolved into another band which they called 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. They abbreviated this to T.O.F.O.G. which is still a pretty long abbreviation, guys. Crowe performed lead vocals for the band and they were performing on a regular basis.
After a few years, Crowe decided to go in another direction musically and decided to team up with Canadian rocker, Alan Doyle. Together they formed The Ordinary Fear of God. They toured through Australia in the early 2000s.
8. Former Pope Benedict Loves Fanta
The Pope has a pretty hectic job, unlike any other. So how did the former leader of 1.1 billion Catholics worldwide find the time for a little relaxation? He unwinds by playing the piano, watching TV, and sipping on his favorite treat- Orange Fanta.
Former Pope Benedict (currently it is Pope Francis) revealed his love for the soda after a trip to the Vatican Archbishop of York John Sentamu.
Pope Benedict loves the fountain soda Fanta so much that he reportedly drinks an average of four cans a day. That is around 1460 cans per year. You just need to hope he recycles them! That is just a little more than a “special treat” but he was the Pope, so we literally cannot judge. Plus, I mean, he probably had a dental plan worked into his job.
Don’t you want a, want a Fanta? Benedict certainly does!
7. Bill Murray Tried to Smuggle 10 Pounds of Weed Through an Airport
On September 21, 1970, Bill Murray attempted to smuggle around 10 pounds (that is a lot of weed) through airport security at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. It was actually Murray’s birthday the day he was arrested. He was 20 years old.
He was arrested with possession of 10 pounds of 4.5 kilograms of cannabis which he allegedly intended to sell. I mean, it would be kind of hard to claim that you were going to smoke that all yourself, Bill.
He was apparently discovered smuggling the drugs after he had been joking about it with the passenger next to him! That does not seem to smart, but then again maybe he wasn’t thinking too clearly that day. Murray somehow only received probation for the offense.
6. James Lipton Was a P.I.M.P. in Paris.
Inside The Actors Studio host James Lipton has been on television for quite some time. Recently celebrating his 250th episode of the show, the host admitted in an interview with Parade that he had been a pimp in Paris, France back in the fifties after he became friends with a prostitute.
“It was only a few years after the war…Paris was different then, still poor. Men couldn’t get jobs and, in the male chauvinist Paris of that time, the women couldn’t get work at all. It was perfectly respectable for them to go into le milieu…I did a roaring business, and I was able to live for a year. The French mecs didn’t exploit women. They represented them, like agents. And they took a cut. That’s how I lived. I was going through my rites of passage, no question about it. It was a great year of my life.”
Well, I guess that’s one way to make a living?
5. Frank Sinatra Has the Mafia to Thank For Success
Sinatra was born to Italian immigrants in Hoboken, New Jersey. In high school, he was expelled for excessive roughhousing. As a teenager, Frank Sinatra taught himself how to sing a pocket change at local bars around town.
There is ample evidence that the singer had some connections with the mafia. In fact, it’s very possible that Sinatra had some friends who may have done some favors for him over the years. He was known to be acquaintances with mob boss, Sam Giancana, and Charles “Lucky” Luciano before he was deported to Italy.
Sinatra won several awards for his role in From Here To Eternity. Sinatra was believed to have scored the role over several other more experienced actors thanks largely to his mafia friends’ influence. There was probably more going on behind the scenes than we’ll ever know.
4. Alfred Hitchcock Was a Creepy Stalker
Alfred Hitchcock is undoubtedly a genius film director and producer, but who knew he was a stalker? Turns out he was also a known sexual predator. At the time, there was very little any of the women he preyed on could do about it. Hitchcock had elite status in Hollywood and could pretty much get away with whatever he wanted.
Hitchcock was notorious for becoming overly fascinated with the beautiful women he cast in his films. Hitchcock used his powerful position in Hollywood to enforce a feeling of control over the women.
The most well-known incident was with leading lady of his film, The Birds, Tippi Hedren. Hitchcock became obsessed with Hedren after seeing her act in a soft drink commercial. Hitchcock reached out to her and offered to make her a star. Hitchcock’s obsession grew more controlling and creepy as he then asked crew members to spy on her during filming breaks. He also threatened to destroy her career if she did not reciprocate his advances.
3. Corey Feldman And Pedophilia
Eighties actor Corey Feldman was at one point of his life on top of the world. He was young and handsome and had successfully claimed his “teen heartthrob” title.
His biggest films include The Goonies, Stand By Me, and Gremlins, which were all box office hits.
Unfortunately, after years of struggling with substance abuse, he shattered his reputation in Hollywood. Today, he mostly works on reality TV. Feldman recently came forward and insisted that the reason behind his tragic downfall was because he had been molested by producers when he was a child.
Feldman never filed any charges or got specific with names, but the actor claims that his abusers are still working in Hollywood today and that the problem is only getting worse. With all of the information you are able to gather about someone on the internet these days, predators have even more opportunity to select their targets and “groom” them for sexual abuse.
2. Paris Hilton Had Some Seriously Sticky Fingers
Party girl heiress Paris Hilton was a victim of robbery herself when the infamous “Bling Ring” broke into her house a few years back. The group stole thousands of dollars worth of items from her California mansion. But it turns out, Paris wasn’t quite so innocent herself back in the day.
Despite having unlimited amounts of cash, lavish items, and whatever she wants at her fingertips, Hilton has picked up a bit of a shoplifting habit over the years. Before she was as well-known as she is today and the paparazzi followed her every move, Paris developed a severe case of sticky fingers.
One of her former bodyguards even told RadarOnline, “Before she was so well known, Paris used to grab jackets, jewelry, shoes—anything that wasn’t nailed to the floor.” The heiress allegedly even stole from parties at other celebrities houses which she attended.
“At a party in the Hollywood Hills, she asked me to put a pair of shoes she liked in my jacket and walk out with them. This girl could buy a thousand pairs of these shoes if she wanted to, so I don’t know why she’d steal them.”
Not shockingly, Paris’ representatives deny the former guards’ comments. Note to Paris: Be nicer to your bodyguards and maybe they won’t spill your dirty little secrets.
1. R. Kelly is a Sexual Predator
Why we (society) choose to ignore the terrible things that celebrities have done just because they are celebrities is beyond comprehension. R. Kelly is a well-known R&B singer and rapper. He has continuously had sexual relationships with girls under the age of 18 for the last few decades. This is nothing new.
Kelly married singer Aaliyah when she was just 14 years old! They lied to the court and her parents, and the marriage was eventually dissolved, but Aaliyah was just one of many young girls in R. Kelly’s life.
Kelly has paid off dozens of families after sexually abusing girls aged 12-15. He picks them up in impoverished areas, humiliates them sexually, and then bribes the families who go to the police afterwards. He is nearly bankrupt from doing this.
All of this information is public knowledge, yet so few are aware of what the man they see on stage is truly capable of.