Being a celebrity can seem glamorous and the greatest thing that can happen to someone, and let’s face it, it probably is for most. Earning tons of money, getting perks everywhere you go, having millions of fans adoring you, it’s not too shabby. But there’s a downside to this life coveted by many celebrities, and that’s the lack of privacy. The very real fact that you can do next to nothing without the whole world knowing about it. And since celebrities are human, just like the rest of us, and therefore make mistakes, we all get a front row seat for any faux pas they’ve made, thanks to the press. Even though Hollywood still loves Hugh Grant, many can’t forget his 1995 photo alongside Divine Brown after he was arrested for lewd conduct. And nothing could make us forget the admission on stage of Kanye in Taylor Swift.
But even if somehow a star’s behavior or inappropriate thoughts or words escape the mainstream — or may have happened before they were famous — some celebrities throw under the bus, on purpose or by accident. Celebrity confessions can either endear us to the person, who no longer seems so different from ourselves, or grab the attention of the masses that fame might not have been prepared for. So, let’s take a look at some of those celebrity confessions gone horribly wrong.
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton: sacred necklaces of what?
In 1999, when people were apprehending the millennial with stories of something upsetting or devastating looming, their fears turned to shock and confusion when Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie became a couple. The two had just appeared together in the movie ‘Pushing Tin’ and after a short period of dating, they ended up getting married in May 2000. Of course, all eyes were on this unusual couple, and it didn’t take much. long before the press cracked. photos of them, showing the two clearly wearing some sort of matching necklaces – which turned out to be small vials of each other’s blood. There were also rumors that the couple had some sort of “dungeon” in their home,
But the necklaces were real, and as Thornton clarified in her 2014 interview with the publication, it was Jolie’s idea. “You know those clear lockets you buy and put a picture of your grandmother on and wear it around your neck? She bought two,” he said. He went on to explain that the reason was that they were separated, working on different movies, so they each smeared a bit of blood in a locket so the other could have a piece when they weren’t together. . Thornton compared it to a mother carrying a piece of her baby’s hair.
Matt Damon’s homophobic confessions
From the start of his celebrity status, Matt Damon portrayed a “regular guy vibe” much like his resourceful character, Will, from the Oscar-winning film “Good Will Hunting,” which put him on the map. Over the unfolded decades, he transformed into a top actor, landing roles in blockbuster films. He married Luciana Barroso in 2005, and the couple have four daughters – one of whom called dad for inappropriate language, something Damon himself shared in an interview, causing backlash from the general public.
In August 2021, Damon was interviewed by The Times to promote his movie “Stillwater.” Part of the focus was on how movies and movie watching have changed. Perhaps as another example of change, Damon said, “The word my daughter calls the ‘f-slur for a homosexual’ was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application. He went on to say that he made a joke and his daughter was upset, left the room and started writing a “very long and beautiful treatise” about the dangers of the word.
Twitter users wasted no time responding. One user wrote, “Everyone is surprised that Matt Damon is using a slur like he’s never heard of his Boston debut. using this word. Others slammed Damon for his follow-up Variety interview, in which he denied ever using the word in his personal life, saying he said it was used “constantly and casually.”
Madonna’s strange statement on Instagram
Of course, pop star Madonna needs no introduction. She’s no stranger to pushing boundaries, following her own path and being a trailblazer, but after four decades in the spotlight, her limitless ethos may have hit a snag in October 2022. Madonna released a series of four images on her Instagram Stories on October 20, each with a different word written on them. When put together, the sentence reads: “I have not been circumcised [sic]. In the final shot, it looks like she took off the sheer blue skirt she was wearing and draped it over her head.
The backlash to the bazaar post quickly spread across social media with comments not only about what she wrote, but about her appearance as well. One tweeted, “She won’t leave if you keep hiding her desperation to be relevant,” while another commented, “She looks like a weird cross between Jeffree Star and Marylin Manson. »
Some of the comments about Madonna (who released “Finally Enough Love” in 2022) trying to stay relevant may have been fueled by another social media post she made less than two weeks before her Instagram statement. This time, a TikTok video from October 9 in which Madonna hinted that she was gay. The singer held up a pair of pink underwear as the words on screen read, “If I miss it, I’m gay.” She threw off the panties, clearly with little effort, and missed.
Ben Affleck says he felt ‘trapped’
Divorcing when the whole world is in the ring makes it exponentially more difficult. For Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, this struggle has lasted nearly three years since they announced their separation in 2015, but didn’t officially divorce until 2018. Prior to the divorce, in March 2017, Affleck shared on Facebook that he had completed treatment for alcoholism, saying, “I am lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and took care of our children while I did the job I had planned to do. »
An admirable thing to be open and honest about your downfall and fight to overcome addiction. But Affleck didn’t stop there. In December 2021, he appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” and shared his reasons for drinking as well as his motivation to get sober. “Part of the reason I started drinking was because I was trapped,” he said (via Daily Mail). “I was like, ‘I can’t leave because of my kids, but I’m not happy, what do I do?’ And what he did was drink.
Unfortunately, his admission sparked a storm of comments on social media. A Twitter account posted, “@JLo Hope Ben realizes his kids will see this interview! Another called him a “disgusting person”. Affleck did a follow-up interview with “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to counter the critics, who he said misrepresented his remarks. “I would never want my children to think that I will ever speak ill of their mother,” he said.
Jennifer Lawrence’s Itchy Booty
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has been described as talented, beautiful, tall, even clumsy and graceful after her fall in 2013 on the steps of the Oscars. The actor is no stranger to self-deprecating humor or the occasional drift into TMI territory, but one admission got the actor in hot water with fans.
During “The Graham Norton Show” in 2016, Lawrence shared the story of a time when they were filming “Hunger Games” in Hawaii. Apparently there were holy rocks they were shooting at, and you weren’t supposed to sit on them. According to Lawrence, the reason was that “you’re not supposed to expose your genitals to them.” As she explained, she was wearing a wetsuit and felt that was fine, but unfortunately as she sat there her butt started to itch, and the rock provided the perfect tool for relieve him. Unfortunately, his actions somehow shook the rock and he rolled towards a crew member. “All the Hawaiians were like ‘Oh my God. It’s the curse,'” she said, “and I’m around, like, I’m your curse. »
The story didn’t reach the way it might have expected, with viewers calling it disrespectful and demanding an apology, which Lawrence did in a since-deleted Facebook post. She wrote, “I meant absolutely no disrespect to the people of Hawaii. I really thought I was self-deprecating that I was ‘the curse’. Still, there were those who didn’t think his apology was genuine, sparking a whole new thread about the actor.
L’histoire de revenge de Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson might have “a special set of skills,” but that doesn’t give the “Taken” actor a pass when the general public calls him out for potentially dangerous and racist comments. In February 2019, Neeson met the independent while promoting his current movie, “Cold Pursuit.” The subject of revenge was brought up, as his character seeks revenge for the death of his son. Neeson said he had a story from his past to share, something he had never shared before.
As he said, someone in his life told him she had been raped, and Neeson immediately started asking her for a description, anything to find that person. The woman said it was a black man. Then Neeson took to the streets each night, scanning faces. But, the scary part of the story was the actor’s state of mind. “I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and attack me about something, you know, so I could kill him.” he declared. He said it was horrible, but he learned that violence and revenge would only cause more violence.
Of course, those shocked and angry took to social media to condemn the actor, who bounced back in a “GMA” interview, saying, “I’m not a racist.” But his apology didn’t prevent the premiere of “Cold Pursuit” from being canceled, unfortunately.
Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly’s favorite drink
If you thought Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton’s declaration of love with vials of blood was disturbing, you’ll love this one. Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly, who got engaged in January 2022, are certainly drinking each other’s blood. To announce their engagement, Fox and Kelly each posted on Instagram: Kelly showing a video of Fox wearing the unique engagement ring that features both an emerald and a diamond, and Fox posting a video of Kelly proposing. under a banyan tree. She wrote: “And as in every lifetime before this, and as in every lifetime after this, I said yes…and then we drank each other’s blood.” »
The discussions sparked by this statement were more about people showing off their comedic talents than people appalled by the practice. One user wrote, “Blood ain’t gonna cut it, someone give this guy a sandwich. Another commented, “Billy Bob and Angelina have done it before. As millennials, we need to be original when trying to be shocking artists. Do better. »
In April 2022, Fox took the opportunity during a Glamor UK interview to set the record straight, first commenting on the word “drunk” and how some may have been misled into imagining a much larger amount. “It’s just a few drops, but yes, we do consume each other’s blood on occasion just for ceremonial purposes,” she said, although she added that Kelly would be more than happy to give more.
Cardi B’s Violent Past
“I have a past that I can’t change, we all do,” Cardi B wrote in a March 2019 Twitter post after an incendiary Instagram Live from the three-year-old rapper resurfaced, sparking shock and outrage. In it, Cardi B confesses that she used to drug and rob men when she worked as a stripper.
Following the confession, not only did people express their displeasure on social media, but some compared her to Bill Cosby and R. Kelly, with a hashtag #survivingcardiB and at least one alleged victim coming forward. New Yorker Kevin Smith claims to have had one of those nights with Cardi B, losing consciousness and waking up with missing personal items.
In her explanatory post on Twitter, Cardi B wrote, “I [sic] out of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you came from, talk about the bad things you had to do to get where you are. Responses to this were mixed between those willing to forgive and those who call it a double standard. She also wrote, “I still own my shit.” Which seems fitting since in September 2022, the rapper pleaded guilty to assault charges stemming from a 2018 altercation at a nightclub. These were two attacks against employees of Angels Nightclub in New York.
Neil Patrick Harris’ Young Crush
Neil Patrick Harris is arguably one of Hollywood’s most likable stars, but that doesn’t shield him from public scrutiny. Harris, an award-winning actor, singer and host, came out as gay in 2006, amid speculation about his sexuality. “The public eye has always been kind to me, and until recently I’ve been able to lead a pretty normal life…” he shared with People. And from there it seemed like an open book, especially on his relationship with David Burtka, whom he married in 2014 and with whom he shares two children. But the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ actor would learn that some pages weren’t meant to be read.
In 2015, Harris appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” and revealed what many saw as inappropriate feelings for an “underage” man — Nick Jonas, to be precise. At the time, both the question (who’s your celebrity crush?) and the answer seemed innocent enough, except perhaps when he added, “And he was really handsome before we let him believe that he was handsome, which was a bit of a problem. You kind of had to wait until he was, you know, 19 or 20.
In 2022, when the video resurfaced, viewers did a double take. The TikTok repost prompted hundreds of critical comments, with some responding to those who condemned Harris, saying it was a double standard to call her, referencing past public comments about Emma Watson and the Olsen twins. .
Sharon Osbourne said she fired her assistant
In 2020, Sharon Osbourne appeared on the BBC comedy game show “Would I Lie to You?” which features celebrities telling elaborate, funny, or embarrassing stories about themselves, and others having to decide if they’re true. For Sharon Osbourne’s turn, she claimed to have fired her assistant after a traumatic house fire, giving as reason that he had no sense of humor. When the other players questioned her, she related the details of the evening.
According to Osbourne, she and her husband, Ozzy Osbourne, went to bed and left a giant candle burning, which started a fire in the living room. And when the assistant entered the room, Sharon ordered him to search for the dogs first, and then save all the paintings. The assistant found the dogs but apparently drew the line while collecting the paintings. Sharon said when she found him outside wearing an oxygen mask, “I took the mask and put it on my dog. Later, at the end of the event, she and Ozzy laughed it off while the assistant didn’t think it was funny. “’If you don’t think it’s funny, do you think it’s funny?’ And he says, ‘What?’ I said, ‘You’re fired,'” Sharon said.
Fans took to Twitter, calling Sharon a “horrible person”, with one user saying, “It’s a bad thing over there”, and another commenting, “No wonder Ozzy did drugs”. And while Sharon pressed the ‘truth’ button on the show, she later said on The Talk that she was joking and didn’t fire the assistant until years later.
Kevin Spacey sort
It’s a wonderful world where people can speak publicly about themselves, share their truth, and be applauded for it — unfortunately for Kevin Spacey, that wasn’t the case. Her ill-timed coming-out party came on the heels of allegations of sexual abuse by actor Anthony Rapp, who was just 14 at the time of the incident.
According to an interview Rapp gave to BuzzFeed News, he and Spacey both appeared on Broadway and went to some of the same celebrations. After a night out, Rapp found himself at Spacey’s apartment, wandered into his room to watch TV, and at some point realized that everyone had left. Spacey – who appeared to be drunk – entered the room. “He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold,” he told the outlet. “But I don’t squirm at first, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lies on top of me. »
Spacey took to Twitter for a public apology that turned into an admission: “I now choose to live as a gay man. Not only did the actor catch the heat for turning Rapp’s traumatic experience into something personal, but he would later take on Rapp, who filed a lawsuit, and many others who have also come out publicly. . Although in November 2022, Spacey was found not liable in the $40 million civil lawsuit, he still has to pay damages to the producer of his “House of Cards” series and face other charges. sexual assault.
Alicia Silverstone shares her parenting tips
Alicia Silverstone, best known for her role as Cher in 1995’s “Clueless,” might just be as unique as the character she played. In 2011 she gave birth to a son, Bear Blue, and less than a year later sparked controversy in a viral video of herself feeding Bear from her mouth after chewing the food for him. She also posted about it on her website The Kind Life in the parenting section. His blog subsequently received thousands of comments, many of which called it “rude” and “unsanitary.” The actor responded to the critics by saying it was something that had been done for thousands of years.
In 2022, Silverstone revealed on “The Ellen Fisher Podcast,” “Bear and I always sleep together,” adding, “and I’ll get in trouble for saying that, but I don’t care. And she was right because again the reaction was not entirely positive. The animators of “The View” passed the idea around the table, starting with a grinning Whoopi Goldberg. As for Sara Haines, she said not having sex with her kids was a mental health issue. “For our sanity and their sanity, because I want them to be self-soothing sleepers. Joy Behar said she had no problem with the concept.
As someone who is both open about parenting and often widely criticized, Silverstone simply says, “I’m a natural mom, and I’m a loving mom, and I believe in love, and I believe in nature, and our society is afraid of nature and afraid of love. »