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15 Traumatic Events And The Celebs Who Survived Them

Aside from the glitz and glam, the money and the worship, being a celebrity has more than its fair share of negatives. We know everything about celebrities, whether they want us to or not. For many of

Aside from the glitz and glam, the money and the worship, being a celebrity has more than its fair share of negatives. We know everything about celebrities, whether they want us to or not. For many of them, nothing is personal, not even their own tragedy and grief. Yet, while many try to maintain their privacy and deal with their personal traumas on their own, as is their right, others choose to speak out, sharing their experiences with the world. While it is easy to villainize the media and suggest it is only through prying and unwilling cooperation that stars share stories of their personal tragedies, many celebs use their elevated status to speak out to others in their positions, shed light on how they dealt with whatever it was they were forced to deal with, or to simply keep their fans informed.

Like a car crash on the highway, humans are interested in trauma and tragedy. We are especially interested in that which involves people we know, even if we only know those people from a distance like celebrities. Knowing someone's past, informs us about who they are, letting us know them a little more intimately. Some people confuse this as schadenfreude, taking pleasure from another's pain, but we'll argue that most people are empathetic toward a celeb's pain. To us, it makes these people more human. So, with that in mind, let's take a look at some stars talking about their life's most difficult moments. Here are 15 celebs who relive the most traumatic events in their lives.

15 Kelsey Grammer

14 Liam Neeson

13 Sarah Parish and James Murray

via Liverpool Echo

12 Oprah Winfrey

11 Julianne Hough

10 Cheryl Burke

9 Mo'Nique

8 Debbie Morgan

7 Gabriel Byrne

6 Charlize Theron

5 Amber Tamblyn

4 Ashley Judd

3 Keanu Reeves

2 Patrick Stewart

1 Travis Barker

The famed drummer and member of blink-182, Travis Barker, made headlines around the world for all the worst reasons in 2008, when the plane he was in crashed before takeoff and caught fire. Barker and DJ AM were the only two to survive the crash that killed four others, including the pilots and Barkers friends and assistants. "I opened a door, and my hands caught fire," Barker remembered. "I ran to get out of the plane, but I fell through a wing. I immediately soaked up with jet fuel and caught fire. And then I was on fire, running like hell. I was running for my family: I didn't care about anything except being with my dad, my sister, Shanna, my three kids. I'm completely naked, holding my genitals - everything else is on fire — and I'm running, trying to put myself out." After being 65% burned, more than 11 weeks in hospitals and 16 surgeries, Barker returned to his music.

Sources: Wikipedia; USAToday; ABCNews

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