They may keep mum during interviews and may go to extreme lengths to avoid the paparazzi, but when it comes to penning down their life story, some celebs don't hold back in the slightest. Most confessions that come out in their books are much darker than the lives they portray to the media and during interviews.
From parental abuse to drug addiction and from tumultuous relationships to suicide attempts, celebrity autobiographies have it all. Most of which are truly shocking, and very dark. Here comes our handpicked list of 10 such autobiographies that left us in shock. Did your favorite star make it to the list? Read on to find out.
10 Christina Crawford, Mommie Dearest
When it hit the stands in 1978 the book was one of the very first of its kind. The darkness at the heart of it, which consists of chilling details about Joan Crawford’s abusive parenting, still survives. Give this book a read if you remotely liked the movie that was released in 1981. While the ‘no more hangers’ line in the film might make you cringe, the abusive details go way worse in Christina Crawford’s firsthand account. The book includes episodes of her mom breaking down into psychotic episodes over things like Christmas card lists, thank you notes, and of course, the infamous wire hangers in the closet. Little wonder that her ‘rules’ were enforced the hard way that often included beating.
9 Melissa Joan Hart, Melissa Explains It All
Melissa Joan Hart has had a rather ‘interesting’ life, and her memoir is surely proof of it. While the title is directly inspired by the television series Clarissa Explains It All (1991-1994), the book itself has many revelations that are enough to shake the imaginary witch world and all the feline lovers alike. This includes her confession that she did not like her animatronic cat co-star Salem on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. At the launch party of the book, Hart was heard confessing “Being around that Salem cat too much …the set was covered in cat food… So yeah, I can’t do cats anymore.” But that’s just scraping the surface. If you have the appetite for more high life scandals, this book won’t disappoint you. Some of the things to keep you hooked are her ecstasy days, making out with a girl during a limo ride back home from the Playboy mansion, sucking face with “man-wh*re” (her words) Jerry O’ Connell and hooking up with Ryan Reynolds and Nick Carter. And oh, she also claims to have taken Britney Spears to her first club.
8 Andre Agassi, Open
The eight-time Grand Slam champion’s autobiography comes packed with too many revelations. In this book the tennis star confesses that he lied about taking crystal meth in 1997. The blue-eyed boy of tennis was using the drug on his own free will but in his letter to the tennis authorities, he wrote that he drank it "accidentally from one of Slim's spiked sodas." This is what he calls the “central lie” of his letter. He continues, "I feel ashamed, of course. I promise myself that this lie is the end of it." He also writes about his experience while on the drug and the downward spiral that drugs had brought him on.
7 7. Jodie Sweetin, unSweetined
6 6. Rosie O’Donnell,Celebrity Detox
5 5. Anjelica Huston, A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London and New York
4 4. Mackenzie Phillips, High on Arrival
3 Linda Hogan, Wrestling the Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes
2 Gayle Haggard, Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made in My Darkest Hour
1 Jenny Sanford, Staying True
Dealing with your husband’s extramarital affair is one thing, but what happens when your husband asks for your advice in his romantic escapades with other women? If you are shocked enough, consider browsing through this memoir because that is what South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford did to his wife Jenny Sanford. The book details her feelings about her husband’s supreme insensitivity towards her that included not only asking for her advice in his extramarital affairs, but also the way he should handle the press when his affair with an Argentine woman came to light. She even says that her husband wondered aloud whether he should follow his heart to Argentina and if he would live a life of regret if he stayed back with his wife. "Clearly those are thoughts I wish he had kept to himself," Jenny Sanford writes. Later on, she felt "gut-punched all over again" when she learnt that the Argentine woman was not alone, and that her husband had liaisons with many others.
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