Stars: They’re just like us, right? Money, fame and power have their benefits. Most celebrities will readily admit they have incredible lives. Getting paid millions of dollars to act, attend movie premiers and live in gorgeous houses sounds amazing, but there is a price to pay for everything. Being rich and famous gives you nice things, but it cannot protect you from experiencing life’s harsh realities.
Here are ten celebrities who have more difficult lives than you may think. Some of the names on this list have to live with tragedies they've experienced in their past, particularly their childhoods. From the worst kind of childhood trauma, such as experiencing the murder of a parent, to surviving molestation, sometimes that level of tragedy can fuel success, as it has for two women on this list. Sometimes, you can put the past away, but you cannot always forget what happened. One celeb on this list has to deal with a child who is currently in prison and has been for years. For one formerly beautiful woman on this list, a car accident scarred her for life, leaving the press and the public to wonder why her face just never looked the same.
And there’s always loss. Whether it’s the loss of a child, a parent or even a spouse, it shows us that celebrities are just like us, especially when it comes to the worst losses a person can experience in life.
10 Keanu Reeves
9 Charlize Theron
7 Rose McGowan
Actress Rose McGowan had a difficult childhood, raised in a cult in Italy, called The Children of God. Living on a commune that cut off contact from the outside world, the family left when the cult leaders began to encourage children to have sex with adults. McGowan told MailOnline, “I was not molested because my dad was strong enough to realize that this hippie love had gone south.”
6 Shania Twain
5 Katie Holmes
4 Bruce Jenner
3 Michael Douglas
2 Liam Neeson
1 Lea Michele
Lea Michele appeared to have it all. She had starred on Broadway and was one of the main characters on the hit show, Glee. Her career and love life to her co-star Corey Monteith, were in full bloom. They were planning to move in together, but Monteith had a huge problem, he was addicted to drugs and alcohol. In June 2013, he was found dead in a downtown Vancouver hotel room of an overdose. This was devastating to Michele. While it must have been incredibly hard for her, Michele has moved on and found a new beau in actor Matthew Paetz, but Monteith will always remain a part of her.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, abcnews.go.com, ew.com, vulture.com, hub.contactmusic.com
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