Part of the reason that celebrities are so intriguing to the general public is because they’re a bit mysterious. Even though some famous people are willing to let the public in on their personal lives, there are still so many questions left unanswered. These days, people feel that they are entitled to know every single detail about their favorite celebrities. This often causes media outlets to dig extra deep to find negative information on famous people—especially those who try to keep their lives as private as possible.
It’s no secret that there are some celebrities who know things about other famous people that could be devastating if revealed. After all, famous people form bonds with each other, become friends, get married, date seriously and get into arguments (sometimes all in the same week). So, it’s no surprise that personal details are going to be exchanged at some point. In a time when tabloids are competing with each other to get the juiciest stories, some celebrities may be tempted to spill a secret or two in order to make some extra cash. Depending on who the secret is about and the level of fame the celebrity has, people can be paid millions for revealing juicy details. Here are 12 stars who can make a fortune for spilling some of the dirt they know.
Legendary singer Cher has been in the business for quite some time, so it only stands to reason that she’s had her share of lovers. Many people don’t realize that Cher even dated Tom Cruise briefly in the 80s. He was just 23 at the time (Cher was 39), and some say that this is around the time Tom became interested in Scientology. Cher likely has some dirt on Cruise, especially when it comes to what he’s like in the bedroom and his philosophies on life. Cher even said that Tom was one of her “top 5” lovers, which has likely helped his level of fame, depending on who you ask. Either way, chances are that Cher could probably make a few extra millions if she were willing to spill some secrets about Cruise. But she’s been pretty quiet all these years, which may have something to do with Cruise’s Scientology connections. Interesting.
11 Brian Austin Green
Brian Austin Green was pretty popular in the 1980s and 1990s, but these days, he’s most well-known for being Megan Fox’s ex-husband. The former couple has two sons together, and it has been rumored that Megan’s lesbian relationships were part of the reason for her split from Green. Allegedly, part of the “deals” in their marriage was that Megan was allowed to sleep with whoever she wanted to. We’re guessing Brian got pretty tired of this arrangement and had to call it quits. Fox also made the news when she got into it with director Michael Bay while filming Transformers, comparing him to Hitler. If Green wanted to make some extra cash, he could spill some personal information about Fox –unless, of course, he’s legally unable to do so.
10 Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon is a former Nickelodeon kid who has turned into a successful host, actor and media mogul. He’s also known for marrying Mariah Carey, and divorcing her in 2015. Cannon states that he and Carey still care for one another, and are successfully co-parenting. Before Nick settled down with Mariah, he had a few relationships that the media took interest in. He was in a serious relationship with Christina Milian for a while, but apparently wasn’t faithful to her. Nick also dated Kim Kardashian, so there’s no doubt he saw some interesting things that the tabloids would still be interested in. Cannon likely also knows some personal information about Mariah’s family. Carey’s brother recently called her a “witch” for not helping their sister, and we’re pretty sure Nick Cannon knows more than the media does about this topic. However, we doubt he’ll ever share these details with the media.
9 Eric Johnson
Ex-NFL player Eric Johnson is pretty popular these days for being married to Jessica Simpson. The pair have two children together, and are often seen being affectionate in public. The media would likely be willing to pay Eric a pretty penny to spill some secrets about the Simpson family. One of the biggest stories concerning the Simpsons is that Jessica’s parents got a divorce, and her dad, Joe, came out of the closet. Joe was also Jessica’s former manager, which may explain why she hasn’t come out with any new music in a while. Jessica’s little sister Ashlee, was married to Pete Wentz, had a son with him, and went on to marry Evan Ross (Diana Ross’ son), and had a daughter with him. So, we’re pretty sure there are some juicy stories concerning this situation as well. Eric doesn’t seem like the type who would snitch, though.
8 Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson had a long-term relationship with Kristen Stewart. But, that all went downhill when Stewart went to work on Snow White And the Huntsman and had an affair with the director. Pattinson and Stewart tried to work it out but eventually called it quits for good. This confirmed some suspicions that the two were never in a real relationship, and were only “together” to promote the Twilight movies. Pattinson likely has a wealth of information on Stewart, and likely knew that she was open to dating women before the rest of the world got this information, So, what else does he know? Robert has also been linked to Katy Perry and was engaged to FKA Twigs, so tabloids may be willing to cut a check to get him to spill details about these two women as well.
7 Brad Pitt
Of course, there are some things that Brad Pitt knows about Angeline Jolie that are a secret to the rest of the world. After all, she’s his wife. However, he may be hiding the fact that Jolie is a “minimally talented spoiled brat.” That’s the way producer Scott Rudin described her, which may indicate that Angelina is pretty difficult to work with. The fact that Jolie has been called a “spoiled brat” by a Hollywood exec also leads many to believe that she “did what she had to do” to get Brad Pitt when the two were filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Brad Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston at the time). What else has Angelina Jolie done to get her way? Unless Brad Pitt tells us, we’ll likely never know.
6 Jenna Dewan-Tatum
Jenna Dewan-Tatum is the envy of hundreds of women who have crushed on her husband Channing Tatum. Channing has become wildly popular since the Magic Mike movies, and admits that he was once an exotic dancer. If the Tatums ever needed some extra cash to take care of their daughter, Jenna may be able to sell some stories to the media about her husband. It has long been rumored that Channing is bisexual, and people have stated that he’s been in relationships with men over the years. Jenna has never addressed these rumors, so some people who follow the couple believe Mrs. Tatum may just be waiting for the right time to do a tell-all.
5 Amy Adams
Actress Amy Adams would probably be paid a lot more if she were willing to talk more about how women are not paid as much as men in Hollywood (or anywhere else, for that matter). When Adams starred in American Hustle, she and Jennifer Lawrence received 2 percent less in back-end payments than the men in the movie. Amy Pascal, the studio co-chairman, stated that there was “truth here” in reference to the fact that male stars Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper received 9 percent in compensation, and Lawrence and Adams only received 7 percent. We’re guessing this is just a small detail when it comes to all the disparities that Adams has seen and experienced first hand.
4 Alex Trebek
Alex Trebek is often viewed as a laid-back and family-friendly host, and has been the frontman of the popular game show Jeopardy! for decades. However, Trebek knows that hosting a show is not without its challenges, and he could probably make some serious money by revealing what goes on behind the scenes. During 'Kids Week' on the show, the mothers of one of the contestants accused Trebek of not consoling her daughter correctly when the little girl lost on the game show. Alex was asked to re-tape the ending of the show, and apparently, he’d had enough of making edits for overly sensitive parents. He apparently emailed the show’s execs and stated that “maybe it’s time for me to move on.” Ouch.
3 Denise Richards
Denise Richards made more headlines for divorcing Charlie Sheen than she did for being an actual actress. When she wrote her memoir The Real Girl Next Door, she also revealed that she had a lesbian experience with another actress because they were both curious. She probably could make more money by divulging additional details about the experience, but Richards obviously respects the other woman’s privacy. Since she hasn’t been in the spotlight as much these days, Denise could actually make a fortune by revealing more details about Charlie Sheen’s sordid life. Sheen has recently come out as HIV positive, after he was being blackmailed into admitting his health status. But, we’re pretty sure Denise Richards has even juicier details about her ex-husband’s life that the media would die for.
2 Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is more well known for her out-of-control twerking and zany outfits than her role as Hannah Montana these days, and that was part of her goal. She’s also revealed that she’s not opposed to being in romantic relationships with women. Cyrus has dirt on several people, since she’s been in the business for a while, but she probably has some expensive details about Justin Bieber. It has long been rumored that Cyrus and Bieber are friends with benefits, so Miley likely knows some things about Justin that has yet to be leaked to the public. For instance, does Justin Bieber really have children? Are he and Selena secretly back together? Was Bieber’s erratic behavior all for publicity? Looks like we’ll never know—or will we?
1 Solange Knowles
Solange Knowles has a wealth of information that tabloids and entertainment news outlets would pay millions for. Remember that fight she got into with brother-in-law Jay-Z at the Met Ball? Media outlets still want to know the real reason behind the fight. Solange also knows the ins and outs of her parents’ marriage and divorce, and could provide the media with more information on the two children her father, Matthew Knowles, has with other women. Matthew actually tried to create a documentary about Destiny’s Child, but it never turned into anything substantial. Solange has her own successful career and has always been pretty unspoken about her dislike for tabloid media, but there are rumors that she’s writing a tell-all book about her famous relatives.