The majority of celebrities may be mostly honest people, or at the very least, understand how difficult it is to keep the truth under wraps when millions of people are paying attention. For those famous folk who decide to play fast and loose with reality, there is something of a sliding scale. Sure, we expect most actors to speak highly of their co-stars, at least while the film is still in theaters, and age is just a number that can easily be fudged.
We’re going to be looking at those stars that chose to fib in far more grandiose fashion. When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie chose to deny they’d become romantically involved on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, it was pretty silly, considering they would go on to have children and get married. That is the caliber of obvious and silly dishonesty we were looking for to make our list.
10 Lady Gaga Wasn't Unpopular
The heir apparent to Madonna’s Queen of Pop throne, Lady Gaga is a unique entity in pop culture. Fully embracing anyone who has felt ostracized or has struggled with accepting their true selves, the “Born this Way” singer has spoken about being bullied as a youngster. Stating she “didn’t even want to go to school sometimes” because she was “being teased for being ugly, having a big nose, being annoying”, her empathy for fellow outcasts made perfect sense.
9 The White Stripes' True Relationship
One of the most respected rock bands in decades, this duo out of Detroit, seemed to come out of nowhere. Everything about their image was carefully crafted, from their sound and wardrobe to their supposed past as siblings. As you may predict, the other shoe eventually dropped and the façade they created was torn asunder when a newspaper uncovered that they were, in fact, husband and wife in 2002.
8 Brian Williams’ Helicopter story
For a journalist, there is nothing more important from a professional point of view than integrity. That is why Brian’s choice to tell a credibility-destroying lie about barely surviving an attack during the first Iraq War was so ill-conceived. Claiming that a helicopter he was traveling in was “forced down after being hit by an RPG”, he also said that his “NBC News team was rescued, surrounded and kept alive by an armor mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry”.
7 Beyoncé “Songwriter”
One of the most discussed and revered musicians alive today; Beyoncé has a hell of a lot to brag about. A member of one the most successful girl groups ever, she broke out on her own and somehow became even more successful. Having sold more than 118 million albums as a solo act, she has also far too many awards for us to list here, to brag about.
6 Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky
It goes without saying that, The President of the United States is a position of immense power that takes a special kind of person to attain. Bill Clinton, the 42nd man to hold the office, has had several women come forward over the years, to claim that he used his charisma and career to solicit sexual favors from them. Unlike the others, Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern, had revealed to her supposed friend that she had fooled around with the man and it was leaked to the press.
5 Rick Ross, Correctional Officer
In some music genres, reputation means a hell of a lot more than others. Nobody cares if Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus grew up in wealth but 50 Cent’s persona was incredibly wrapped up in the fact that he’d survived being shot at point-blank range nine times. Rick Ross, like other performers in his genre, largely based his persona around boasts of how much of a gangsta he is.
4 Lance Armstrong and Doping
The most famous cyclist of all time, Lance’s story of extreme commitment to his sport, overcoming of a deadly decease and founding a charity made him a beloved celebrity. Winning the Tour de France an astounding seven times in a row, few athletes have reigned on top of their sport for so long. Retiring in 2005, he likely could have remained a beloved figure if he hadn’t mounted a comeback that would result in a protracted doping investigation.
3 Stephen Rannazzisi and September 11th
One of the stars of The League, Stephen is a stand-up comedian and comedic actor whose career required comedic timing, not a sob story. Yet for some reason, he spent far too many years living a lie that linked him to one of the greatest tragedies in United States history. Claiming to have worked for Merrill Lynch in the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001, the man described in great detail how his death-defying experience changed his life.
2 Brian Dennehy’s Five-Year Tour in Vietnam
A beloved actor with pivotal roles in First Blood, Silverado, Cocoon, Tommy Boy and lots of other movies, television shows and theater productions, Brian played the tough guy to perfection. A truly respected actor and man, who brought a believable bravado to his performances, his history as a former Marine was a big part of his mystique.
According to the book Stolen Valor, his claims of serving 5 years in war-torn Vietnam, where he was wounded in action and witnessed horrific events, were wildly inaccurate. Only active in Okinawa, where he played football instead of firing his weapon, he eventually admitted his claims were false and apologized for it. Absolutely amazingly, he later reverted back to his lies in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
1 Milli Vanilli’s Music Career
The Wizard of Oz story brought to life, the two men the world was introduced to as Grammy Award winning, Billboard-topping and six times platinum-selling singers weren’t what they seemed to be. A couple of pretty boys who lip-synched and danced while a recording of other people singing played, it seems impossible to believe that anyone thought the ruse would hold up.
During a live MTV performance in 1989, the first cracks appeared, when the group’s recording jammed and began to skip, which resulted in the two men running off stage, but nobody batted an eye. All it took was one of the actual singers, becoming sick of someone else getting all the glory, choosing to come forward and tell the truth. Though he was paid to retract his statements, the genie was out of the bottle and before long, they were stripped of their Grammy, publicly ridiculed and drummed out of the business.
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