21 Celebrities With Harsh Pasts You Didn't Know About

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It's easy to think of celebrities as either having ridiculous amounts of luck, or ridiculous amounts of doors opened to them. As it turns out, though, some famous people have had to overcome insane amounts of adversity to get to where they are today.

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chelseal Handler lost her brother when she was 9 years old. Her oldest brother chadfelll off a cliff and died while hiking. CRACKED COM

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Woody Harrelson grew up with his father behind bars. POLICE HOUSTON DEPT. TEXAS to 5116 5-20-60 Charles Harrelson went to prison when Woody was only 7

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CRACKED cO COM Pat Morita was hospitalized from age two to eleven with spinal tuberculosis. HE was sent to a Japanese internment camp after he left th

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CRACKED.COM LADY GAGA was raped at the age of 19 by a record producer 20 years her senior. The incident inspired her to write Swine which is about r

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CRACKEDCO RAMONES bass player Dee Dee Ramone spent his high school years addicted to heroin and working as a hustler. The classic Ramones song 53rd a

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Beginning when she was five, Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher was sexually abused for several years by her uncle, a serial pedophile.S She kept

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Ringo Starr wasn't the healthiest boy when he was young. He once suffered a ruptured appendix that was SO severe, he fell into a coma and didn't wake

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As a child, Yoko Ono endured the bombing of Tokyo during World War l1. She also faced starvation and her dad was sent to a concentration camp. CRACKED

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DMX'S mother would beat him until she was tired.' As a child, the rapper (Earl Simmons) would get physically abused by his mother, who whipped him w

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CRACKED c Joe Strummer, lead singer and rhythm guitar player of legendary punk band is, had to identify the body of his older brother, David, after he

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JIM CARREY WAS TWELVE WHEN HIS FATHER LOST HIS JOB AND HIS FAMILY BECAME HOMELESS, HAVING TO LIVE IN A VAN. JIM HAD TO WORK AS A SECURITY GUARD, A JAN

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CHARLIZE THERON'S MOTHER KILLED HER FATHER IN SELF-DEFENSE. Theron's father was an alcoholic, and when she was 15 he attacked her mother. As an act of

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Martin Luther King Jr. attempted suicide. When MLK was 12 years old, his grandmother passed away from a heart attack, while he was at a parade his par

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LONG BEFORE SETTING HIMSELF ON FIRE WHOLE FREEBASING, LEGENDARY COMEDIAN RICHARD PRYOR WAS: .BORN TO A PROSTITUTE WHO ABANDONED HIM WHEN HE WAS TEN RA

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MANNY PACQUIAO'S ROAD TO SUPERSTARDOM STARTED WITH HIS DAD KILLING HIS PET DOG. In his autobiography, Pacquiao recounted the moment he ran away from h

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Cyndi Lauper worked as a topless dancer to earn money for her music equipment. Her boss told her to quit singing, and stick to stripping because that

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CRACKED.COM Roger Moore nearly died when he was five years old. He was so ill with double pneumonia that the doctor who examined him said he'd come ba

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CRACKEDGO sex PISTOLS frontman Johnny Rotten contracted meningitis at age seven, which sent him into a coma. When he awakened months later, he had for

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Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, philanthropist and Golden Globe nominee Mary J. Blige was molested when she was 5 years old. In an interview

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CRACKEDo Christina Aguilera used to be violently abused by her father when she was young. Her mother once discovered her covered in blood. When asked