10 Celebrities who had shockingly rocky past
Sometimes we forget that the celebrities that we see in glamorous photos, on our TVs, and in the movies, are real human beings and have pasts. They too have had their share of problems and difficulties and some of them have a distinctly rocky past. In many ways, it’s quite inspiring to find out that, despite the hardships and shady histories, these celebs have still somehow managed to make it big and to become much loved names in showbiz. If you ever thought that the top celebrities of today must have been born lucky, then read on, and you will find some of the shocking and tragic pasts that some celebs have had to try to put behind them.
1. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey had a dreadful, poverty stricken childhood to contend with. Her parents were two teenagers who split up when Oprah was still very young and, after she moved to Wisconsin, Oprah was repeatedly sexually assaulted by male relatives. As a result of her traumatic upbringing, the talk show host then got heavily into drugs and alcohol and she herself became pregnant at the age of 14, but the baby was born premature and died soon after birth. Thankfully, Oprah Winfrey managed to turn her life around when she landed a job with a local TV station and that was beginning of her media career.
2. Demi Moore
Demi Moore had a tough upbringing too. Her mother was an alcoholic who also suffered from Bipolar disorder and her father had disappeared from the scene altogether. Her stepfather also had addiction problems which led to both of Moore’s parents abusing each other. Her stepfather then committed suicide in 1980. Demo Moore finally got her break in life when she he got her part in the TV soap opera General Hospital.
3. Kelsey Grammer
Best known for playing Dr. Frasier Crane in the TV sitcoms Cheers and Frasier, Kelsey Grammer’s life has been filled with one tragedy after another. At the age of 11, his grandfather, who had been caring for him, died and then, shortly after that, Grammer’s own father was murdered. Even in later life, tragedy has never been far away from Kelsey Grammer. His sister was murdered as well and his two half-brothers died in a tragic scuba diving accident.
4. Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves has not had an easy ride ever since he was abandoned as a child by his father. Later on, he lost his very good friend River Phoenix who died of a drug overdose. The bad luck for Reeves didn’t end there though; just one year after the death of River Phoenix, Reeves and his then girlfriend Jennifer Syme had to bury their still born daughter and, a year after that awful tragedy, Jennifer Syme was killed in a car accident.
5. Barry White
Some celebrities have found themselves on the wrong side of the law and the late R&B legend Barry White was one of those. As a teenager, White was raised in the crime torn streets of South Central L.A., and both he and his brother got involved with street gangs. At just 17, Barry White was imprisoned for seven months for stealing car tyres. It was an experience he decided he didn’t want to repeat, so he went straight, and he vowed that he would never go back to his old ways.
6. Charlize Theron
South African born actress and model Charlize Theron was brought up on a farm near Johannesburg and her father was a violent alcoholic. He returned home one night after drinking too much and began shooting at Theron and her mother through the bedroom door. Theron’s mother defended herself and her child by shooting back and she killed the rampaging father dead and wounded Theron’s brother. Her mother was acquitted on the grounds of self-defence, but the episode left a lasting mental scar on Charlize Theron.
7. Shania Twain
Canadian country singer Shania Twain has real heartbreak to fuel her singing because, in 1987, when her singing career was just beginning to take off, both her mother and father were killed in a car accident. Twain had already worked her way through a difficult childhood, which included poverty and homelessness, and then she had put her career on hold to take care of younger siblings.
8. Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey’s past only came to light when his brother spoke up about it and it is as strange as it is tragic. Spacey and his brother were abused by their sadist father who also liked to dress up in Nazi regalia and was a member of the American Nazi Party.
9. Nick Nolte
Most people know that Nick Nolte was arrested for driving under the influence in 2002, but that was not Nolte’s first brush with the law. He was arrested in 1965 and sentenced to 45 years in prison for selling fake draft cards. His sentence was later suspended and Nolte went on to be the star of over twenty movies.
10. Christina Aguilera
Christine Aguilera was born in New York to a mother who was a singer and a father who was in the US Army. Her father was often abusive and the police were frequently called to the Aguilera home. When her parents finally divorced, Aguilera, her mother and sister moved to Pittsburgh, where the singer first made her name singing in local talent shows.