Celebs who got caught living double lives
When you're a celebrity, hiding your secrets is no easy task, especially in the age of digital media. Camera phones and Twitter can turn anyone into the paparazzi, and you never know who you can trust because friends and even family can be enticed to dish by dollar signs. Many stars have tried and failed to live a double life, but some have come close to pulling off the near impossible. Take a look.
For decades, Caitlyn Jenner presented herself as straight, male, Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, but in private, she identified as a transgender woman.Bryan Singer accused of raping teen boy
Jenner reportedly came out to two wives, Linda Thompson and Kris Jenner, but according to Caitlyn's book, The Secrets of My Life, Kris—momager to the Keeping Up With the Kardashians tribe— allegedly pressured her to stay in the closet and pray away the issue.
Things came to a head when Kris and Caitlyn divorced in 2014. Tabloid reports began trickling in that Caitlyn was transitioning into a woman. It was hard to know what to believe at the time. Jenner was no stranger to plastic surgery, and her long hair could have been an attempt to revive her famous look as a former decathlete. Not to mention, the Kardashians are masters at manipulating the press.
In July 2015, Caitlyn took control of her own narrative in a groundbreaking interview with Diane Sawyer, confirming that, yes, she is a woman. Caitlyn has since lived her life in the open, and her story has inspired many throughout the transgender community.Geoffrey Rush resigns from film academy following allegations of 'inappropriate behavior'
But Caitlyn is the exception. Most celebrity double lives do not end so well.
In 2009, Tiger Woods seemingly had everything: a model wife, two kids, and the fame and fortune that comes with being the top-ranked golfer in the world. He also had a reputation for being a meticulously disciplined player, but one fateful morning would upend everything we knew about Woods.James Franco skips Critics' Choice Awards amid sexual misconduct allegations
On Nov. 27, 2009, two days after the National Enquirer had accused him having an affair with nightclub manager Rachel Uchitel, Woods crashed his Escalade into a neighbor's tree at 2:25 a.m. and was cited for reckless driving. It didn't take long for rumors to start that his wife, Elin Nordegren, had learned about the affair and allegedly attacked Woods in their home, leaving him too disoriented to drive. It also didn't take long for more women, including adult entertainers, to coming forward with numerous allegations of affairs with the golfer. Woods was toast.
In February 2010, he issued a televised statement, admitting to being unfaithful to his wife and to attending rehab for sex addiction. But it was too late. His marriage was over and some of his biggest endorsements were pulled because of the scandal. On top of that, Woods' golf game suffered, and his days as world's best player seem to be over.
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Despite his bad boy reputation through the '80s and '90s, Charlie Sheen surprisingly managed to clean up his image after suffering a stroke during an overdose that scared him straight (for the time being). He married actress Denise Richards, earned critical acclaim for his work on Spin City, and scored a lead role on the hit sitcom, Two and a Half Men. It seemed like the actor had turned a corner. The couple even welcomed two daughters, seemingly cementing Sheen's transition from party animal to family man.
But behind closed doors, Sheen was allegedly a monster. His marriage to Richards fell apart, and she went public with accusations that Sheen was not only verbally and physically abusive to her, but basically out of his mind. Sheen denied the allegations and painted Richards as a bitter, jilted ex-wife. Needless to say, it was a nasty divorce.
Years later, Sheen went on his infamous "tiger blood" and "#winning" meltdown while admittedly stocking his house with adult film stars. The actor also landed in hot water after texting threats to Richards and publicly attacking her on Twitter. It became abundantly clear that Sheen isn't a family man and probably never was.Johnathon Schaech accuses director Franco Zeffirelli of sexual assault
Since the onset of his career, Justin Bieber has positioned himself as a devout Christian, often making spiritual references in his interviews and statements to fans, according to CBN News. In fact, his mom has even referred to him as a gift from God to the world.
However, Bieber ran into trouble maintaining a Christ-like facade as his hard partying ways and out-of-control ego became harder to hide. Soon, the squeaky clean bubble gum pop singer was starting fights, egging houses, getting picked up for DUI, urinating in public, and leaving unfortunate messages at historical sites. He was also banned from several countries and acquired a habit for storming off stage if audiences annoyed him.Meghan’s intense visit to ‘Killing House’
These days, it's tough for Beliebers to believe Bieber's beliefs (Say that 10 times fast.) Though he still claims to be focused on his spirituality, his Instagram seems more devoted to promoting shirtless photos of the pop star than religious messages. Unless, of course, you place value on the cross tattoo on his chest. What selfie would Jesus take?
Teresa and Joe Giudice
From the moment they debuted on The Real Housewives of New Jersey in 2009, Teresa and Joe Giudice were eager to give off the impression that they lived an opulently wealthy lifestyle, complete with a mansion and summer home at the beach. However, the cracks in that foundation started to show when the couple filed for bankruptcy, which they allegedly attempted to shrug off by canceling a public auction and then claiming their finances were fine.Sarah Palin's son Track arrested for alleged domestic violence
The Giudices' facade came crashing down when the couple was indicted on 39 charges of tax and wire fraud. Despite their appearances on the show, the Giudices had spent a decade either understating their income to defraud creditors and tax agencies or overstating it to secure massive loans, according to Us Weekly.
Teresa and Joe pleaded guilty to fraud charges in 2014. After completing her sentence, Teresa emerged from prison $11 million in the hole. She's still on RHONJ, so let's hope she's now living realistically on the high-drama reality show.
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By the time Ben Affleck married Jennifer Garner in 2005, his career and private life were in shambles following a series of flops and the tabloid circus that was his relationship with Jennifer Lopez. Affleck was considered one of the most over-exposed actors on the planet, and his break-up with Lopez was shadowed by messy rumors about wild nights at strip clubs.
After marrying Garner, Affleck rebuilt his career as an accomplished screenwriter, director, and actor with critical hits such as The Town, Argo, and Gone Girl. He also fully embraced his role as a family man, welcoming three children with Garner.
And then he became Batman. In 2013, Affleck surprised Hollywood by agreeing to star in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Jumping back into comic book movies after establishing himself as a serious filmmaker seemed like an unorthodox move, but it paled in comparison to the moves he'd apparently been making n private.Prince Harry broke Royal protocol with Meghan Markle
His seemingly perfect marriage began to fall apart in 2015. Plagued by reports that he'd been sleeping with the nanny, Affleck found himself back in rehab and feeding the tabloids a steady diet of scandal. Was this the real Affleck all along?
Jon and Kate Gosselin
When Jon and Kate Gosselin rose to reality show fame with Jon & Kate Plus 8, the couple was lauded by evangelical viewers for its faith and for making the decision not to pursue selective reduction during Kate's pregnancy. As the show grew in popularity, the family also executed lucrative speaking tours at churches and conferences across the country, but it didn't take long to figure out that the Gosselins weren't exactly practicing what they preached.Darren Criss engaged to longtime girlfriend Mia Swier
"Everything changed," wrote Christianity Today in 2009. "Reports surfaced that Jon was out partying with co-eds and getting too friendly with a 23-year-old teacher. Shortly thereafter the tabloids claimed that Kate was having an affair with her bodyguard and that she had given Jon the go-ahead to see other women, as long as he showed up for filming. The truthfulness of all of these claims has yet to be established. But one thing is clear—the marriage is crumbling."
The Gosselins divorced later that year, and the show lost its family-friendly feel. There was also the rumor that Kate allegedly took fertility treatments behind her doctor's back to increase her chance of having multiples so she could leverage the kids for fame and fortune. The new narrative suggested this supposedly faith-based couple is as slippery as it gets.
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From 1998 to 2012, Johnny Depp seemingly set aside his hotel trashing days and settled down with French model Vanessa Paradis. The couple welcomed two children, and Depp seemingly relished the role of family man as he embarked on his highly lucrative career as Jack Sparrow in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Even when Depp and Paradis separated in 2012, and he immediately began dating Amber Heard, his reputation seemed sterling.
That all changed in 2016 when Heard filed for divorce, claiming Depp was a violent, abusive drunk and not the man fans think he is. No charges were filed and Depp has vehemently denied the allegations, but Heard has shared text messages and legal documents that paint a darker picture. The Hollywood Reporter also published a lengthy feature detailing Depp's alleged money woes, dysfunctional relationships with others, and disruptive behavior on the set of Dead Men Tell No Tales.
With several Hollywood projects still in his future, Depp's career shows no signs of slowing down, so perhaps audiences and studios may be willing to look the other way. Hey, it's not like that's ever caused serious problems before (cough cough).John Cena announced as host of Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards
Bill Cosby was famous for his clean brand of family comedy and his award-winning work with children's programming. After the success of The Cosby Show, the veteran comedian's reputation skyrocketed and he became known to an entire generation as "America's Dad." Cosby's public persona was so revered that in 2006, he essentially ducked accusations of allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting several women, even after a detailed report was published in People.
The entire incident all but vanished from the media until eight years later when Tom Scocca of Gawker published a scathing story about Cosby's alleged history of mistreating women. After an assist from comedian Hannibal Buress, the floodgates opened. More than 50 women come forward with accusations of sexual assault spanning nearly five decades, according to the Los Angeles Times.Dustin Hoffman accused of sexual assault, exposing himself to minor
Though some defenders continue to support the fallen comic, Cosby's good reputation hasn't held up this time around. An assault case ended in a mistrial in June 2017, but prosecutors have said they'll attempt to retry the case.
After Kanye West infamously interrupted her MTV Video Music Award speech in 2009, Taylor Swift effectively positioned herself as a victim of the rapper's erratic behavior. The pity party reached new heights in 2016, when West released "Famous." The vulgar track not only took aim at Swift in its lyrics, but also featured a naked double of her in the video. Yeah, pretty gross.Meghan’s sister slams wedding rumour
However, Swift's part as the innocent victim went up in smoke after West's wife, Kim Kardashian, released a series of Snapchat videos that allegedly proved Swift had actually approved West's derogatory lyrics during a recorded phone call. It was a crushing public relations blow that sent the high-profile, social-media savvy Swift into hiding.
But if Swift has revealed anything, it's that she's a master at media manipulation. Her self-imposed exile could simply be a ploy to boost the hype for her next project. No one really knows the truth about Swift anymore, so it's anybody's guess as to what's up her sleeve.
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Tom Cruise is undeniably one of the biggest movie stars of all time. He still packs theaters with his blockbusters, but after an ugly divorce from Katie Holmes and a controversial relationship with the Church of Scientology, the action star's heroic reputation isn't what it used to be.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Holmes supposedly had to use a burner phone to escape her marriage and its ties to Scientology. TMZ alleged that Holmes left because Cruise planned to enroll their daughter Suri in Sea Org, a radical upper level of the highly controversial religion.
As if the divorce wasn't damaging enough, documentaries such as Going Clear and Leah Remini's public defection from Scientology have connected Cruise's church of choice—which allegedly views him as a "messiah"— to some highly bizarre and disturbing claims.Report: Blac Chyna sues Kardashian-Jenner family