We all have them: the things you do when no one is watching, the activities you take part in when you think you’re away from your friends and family. Yes, these are the things we’d like to keep secret. They are the things we may or may not be proud of. Each person has at least one secret that they want to keep hidden away. For one reason or another, these secrets are kept from your friends and family. And, just like you, celebrities keep secrets as well.
Sometimes, these secrets range from the comical to the shady. Whatever the secret actually is, there’s no doubt that the celebrity tried to keep it hidden. For example, if you accidentally wrecked your car and injured somebody, would you want that to be public knowledge? It may not be something that was even your fault, but it’s something that will follow you nonetheless. When you’re a celebrity, your entire life is going to be viewed under a microscope. It’s almost impossible to live your life away from the cameras and the paparazzi.
So, if you’re ready to explore some celebrity secrets that they wanted to keep hidden, wait no longer. Prepare to be dazzled, amazed, and maybe a little frightened by this list of celebrity secrets they tried to hide… but couldn’t.
15 Paris Hilton
In the early 2000s, there was one woman who exploded onto the celebrity scene. She became the prime example of someone who became famous for no reason other than being famous and rich. Of course, there’s no other person who fits this description more perfectly than Paris Hilton. Her stardom burst around 2003 and 2004 when her leaked tape became one of the first to take off on the internet.
With so many rumors about Hilton over the years, you may be wondering exactly what her shady secret could be. After all, the heiress has been surrounded in controversy ever since the infamous tape. Her secret has to do with breaking the law. And it’s something she doesn’t want the public to know.
She has been accused of stealing people’s property. Parties were the most popular spot for her to steal stuff. She denies it today, but it’s something that makes you question her character.
14 Jessica Simpson
This secret is shady, but not as dark as some of the others. Rather, it reflects badly on the celebrity involved. If you watched MTV between 2003 and 2005, you are intimately familiar with the reality TV show Newlyweds. The show followed the newly married couple of pop singers Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. Simpson definitely had her share of questionable moments, especially her famous “chicken of the sea” comment.
Simpson gained a lot of popularity in the late 90s and 00s, and she seemed perfect for Nick Lachey. Lachey had a similar arc in the late 90s. If you watched the show, you would know that the couple seemed pretty nice for a celebrity couple. However, the reality behind the celebrity may be a bit more shadowy.
Simpson has been known to dine and dash when going out to restaurants. With millions in the bank, this casts a dark light on Simpson’s character.
13 Vin Diesel
Yes, he’s the action star that has blown the roof off of theaters. Starring in a large number of action movies, the action star has garnered a gargantuan box office return. With The Fast and the Furious franchise raking in over 1 billion dollars at the global box office, Vin Diesel is the man who is a sure bet. He’s also part of another billion dollar universe as well. He voices the ever-popular Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy films.
However, Diesel has a past you may not believe. Everybody has to start somewhere, right? That was Diesel’s thinking as he took any opportunities he could get his hands on. That’s why he starred in an instructional break dance video. Yes, this is a thing and it’s probably not something Diesel flaunts. But, you have to hand it to him. The steps he took led him to being a global powerhouse in the action film industry.
12 Samuel L. Jackson
He’s the man. Need I say more? Samuel L. Jackson is still killing it in the movie industry. The godfather of modern day cool, Jackson can perform in any genre he finds himself in. From drama to action, Jackson always brings his A game. Known for speaking his mind, Samuel L. Jackson is not without his controversy. Take, for example, his past.
When you see movie stars on the big screen, it’s hard to remember that they may have gone to school and pursued other careers. After all, they’re as human as you or me. But, Samuel L. Jackson’s secret involves a heated debate and a passionate message.
In 1969, Jackson was on the Morehouse College campus. Along with a group of students, they held the members of the board hostage. Before you get too riled up, it was to change the curriculum. Still, it’s a defiant act that not many would even think of performing.
The 80s saw the rise of a pop sensation. Storming onto the pop culture landscape in a tidal wave, the singer known as Madonna made headlines many times throughout her career. She did everything from create fantastic music to music videos that would make your jaw drop even in today’s world.
Madonna has always been stirring up controversy. Her famous performance at the MTV awards show cemented her legacy as a figure of controversy. Being as odd as Madonna is, secrets abound all around her. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that there are some things Madonna doesn’t want you to know. Ans what’s one of these juicy secrets? She has someone clean the toilet before she uses it.
Yes, Madonna has a person go in and disinfect the toilet she’s going to be using. In a strange way, it makes sense. But, it’s definitely something Madonna doesn’t want known.
10 Jennifer Lopez
Imagine you’re a musician. You’ve made it big for some time now and you have money to burn. Your autograph is wanted at every turn and you continue to churn out hit after hit. With all of this money and fame, you would think paying your employees wouldn’t be a big deal. But, you’d be wrong. Especially if you were talking about Jennifer Lopez.
Yes, she’s done so much for the Latin community. She’s pushed for equality in the music industry and been very successful. But, reports have come out from numerous employees about Jennifer Lopez’s spending habits when it comes to her employees. And these reports aren’t the most flattering.
According to some employees, they only make about 50% of what they would normally make working under other celebrities. It just goes to show you that even though celebrities may make great strides in certain areas of their lives, there may be some areas that are still lacking.
9 Sarah Jessica Parker
This is something that’s not quite talked about in modern society. Granted, there are a bevy of entertainment outlets that pursue it, but it’s just now becoming more accepted to talk about. The mysterious subject in question? Witchcraft.
Indeed, witchcraft is something you don’t normally start talking about at a party. But, it seems as if one celebrity is deep into it. Sarah Jessica Parker, star of Sex and the City and American darling, is reportedly interested in witchcraft. Now, it’s important to take a couple of things away from this secret.
First off, it’s probably a harmless fascination. After all, many people are obsessed with murderers and serial killers, but they would never kill someone in real life. The same can be said for witchcraft. There’s no proof that she practices it. Secondly, it’s a secret for a reason and it’s probably good that she doesn’t flaunt this. Even if it’s harmless curiosity, this could seriously damage her public image.
8 Angelina Jolie
Action heroines are the types of female characters that kick some serious butt. With an ever-expanding range of actresses to star in the latest action movies, the action heroine is a character worth investing again and again. With the rise in popularity these days, you may be surprised to realize that the female action star has been around for quite some time. And one woman helped push this surge forward.
Angelina Jolie helped establish the female action star when she appeared in Tomb Raider. After that film released in the early 2000s, she was offered a variety of roles. One of these roles was with Brad Pitt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
The on-screen couple soon became a real-life couple. Amid controversy, the couple would be together for many years. That is, until, they began to fight on a regular basis. And here’s where Jolie’s secret comes in. She allegedly threw knives at Pitt during one of these fights. That’s not something you want leaked to the press.
7 Joaquin Phoenix
Signs took over movie theaters in 2002. The thriller from M. Night Shyamalan stars Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix. The film revolves around strange happenings on a rural farm. Phoenix plays Gibson’s brother and does a fantastic job in the role. Sadly, this is one of Phoenix’s last major roles in Hollywood. He began exhibiting strange behavior years later, and he hardly acts anymore. While people are always allowed to change careers, it’s a bit odd that he seemingly dropped off the face of the Earth. However, there may be an answer to this startling question.
Phoenix had an interesting upbringing. He was actually raised in a cult, along with his other siblings. The cult, known as the Children of God, was where Phoenix was raised. It’s where he learned how to be a human being and how to deal with others. Knowing this, it’s not hard to imagine how this has affected his mind in his adulthood.
And, supposedly, he also was exhibiting this bizarre behavior for a faux documentary. Even so, cults will leave a lasting impact on you.
6 Zach Braff
If you’ve ever seen the show Scrubs, you’ve been treated to the comic delight that is Zach Braff. Being the star of the show, Braff showed off his comedic chops and gained a lot of attention and praise for his portrayal of J.D. While the NBC show is probably what he’s best known for, you may also recall another show that was extremely popular in the early 00s.
Punk’d was a show hosted by Ashton Kutcher. It was a prank show where Kutcher would pull elaborate pranks on celebrities. Braff was the subject of one such prank. However, it didn’t go over as well as Kutcher had hoped for.
In the segment with Braff, his car had supposedly been spray painted by a 12-year-old kid. When Zach sees this, Zach goes off. He actually chased down the kid and, before Kutcher could tell him it was a prank, he started beating the kid up.
5 Thora Birch
The actress Thora Birch has been in a slew of fantastic movies. Her roles have challenged her and the audience has been moved by her performances. Most notably, she starred in Patriot Games and the hilarious cult classic Halloween film Hocus Pocus. Now an adult, Birch continues to act and has four films on the slate for 2017. While you may know about Birch, you may not know about her parents. Or, rather, you may know about her parents but you may not have ever known you saw them.
For some celebrity’s parents, fame may come as a shock. After all, some of these parents have normal jobs and lead normal lives. That may not be the case with Birch’s parents. Why? They were adult film stars. Is this something you’d want to keep secret? I guess it depends of how open you want your family history to be.
4 Andy Garcia
Cinephiles rejoice when they hear the name of famed actor Andy Garcia. Starring in a number of amazing films throughout his storied career, Garcia is quite the ladies’ man. He has the looks and the charm to swoon the ladies and has been doing so to audiences for generations. As he has been around for such a long time in Hollywood, you may be surprised to learn that Garcia has never done a scene in which he "bares it all."
While some people may not do it for a number of varying reasons, Andy Garcia has a reason that is quite interesting. Sure, you may not like the way your body looks, but Garcia doesn’t suffer from that lack of confidence. Rather, it’s what he’s missing that’s interesting.
Garcia was born with a conjoined twin on his shoulder. He has a scar where the twin was surgically removed. Whether the scar is nasty or it’s simply too painful for Garcia to share with an audience, Garcia’s choice is to keep it under wraps.
3 Alice Cooper
He is the King of Rock. In the 70s and 80s, Alice Cooper was the singer parents hated. His music was the work of Satan and he was a terrible influence on kids. That’s what most parents thought, anyway. The reality is that Cooper liked to rock out and put on an amazing show. Sure, his material was a bit on the dark side, but it wasn’t anything that ever went over the line.
To this day, Alice Cooper is associated with demonic images. This is his image, and it’s what continues to sell tickets to his concerts. So, with this in mind, you might be surprised to find out that Cooper’s image doesn’t sync up with what he used to do.
Cooper is a born again Christian. He leads Bible study groups and is a wonderful citizen. This is a far cry away from the demonic figure his work from the 70s and 80s would make you believe.
2 Louis Tomlinson
They took over the pop culture scene. They were everywhere and you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing one of their songs blaring through your speakers. Teen heartthrobs came together to create the band One Direction, and their stamp on the world is still being felt today. Even though they aren’t a band anymore, paparazzi still want to know what’s going on in the lives of the members.
One of the more shocking scandals involved none other than Louis Tomlinson. The One Direction band member was dating a woman named Briana Jungwirth. While that may not seem so shocking in and of itself, the next part will shake you. He kept her pregnancy hidden for a good number of months before she gave birth. With being a celebrity, you would think the paparazzi would figure it out. And, why hide it? What’s he trying to hide by keeping it a secret?
1 Matthew Broderick
It’s a classic film. It helped define the 80s and featured many classic lines that are repeated even today. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a cult classic movie that perfectly captured the feel and vivacity of the 1980s. Starring Matthew Broderick, the film did so well that many people consider it a classic. Directed by John Hughes, the film made Broderick a bonafide star. With all of the comedy in the film, it’s a shame that Matthew Broderick had a secret he tried to keep hidden under wraps.
Although it can be argued it’s not really a secret, it’s definitely something Broderick didn’t bring to the forefront or to the public. In 1987, Broderick collided with another car. The woman and her daughter, who were in the other vehicle, died. It’s something that we are sure haunts Matthew Broderick every day. And it’s a secret that you don’t want to really talk about.
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