Celebrities are similar to the regular people, but they are different in a way. They usually have more secrets which they try to hide from the media and sometimes, some aspects of their lives are hidden for years, even decades. However, Hollywood is a place where the secrets cannot stay in the shadows for a long time, so we give you seven celebrities which lead double lives.
7. Chuck Barris
Chuck Barris became famous back in the 1960s when he was Dick Clark’s assistant. Soon after that, he created his first TV show called The Dating Game with a loan of $20,000 his father-in-law gave him and the show turned out to be a success. Later on, he thought of The Gong Show where the contestants would perform and show their talents.
However, being a successful TV producer was not enough for Barris. Believe it or not, but Barris is said to be working covertly as a spy for the US government. He even wrote an autobiography in 1984 called Confessions of a Dangerous Mind where he admitted that he was an assassin for the CIA in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Although the book is questionable and there is no evidence to confirm these claims, it didn’t stop George Clooney to take it and film a movie in 2002.
Barris also wrote Della: a Memoir of My Daughter in which he tackled the loss of his only child because of drug abuse. The CIA, of course, denies his claims about being a spy, but what else could they do?
6. Caitlyn Jenner
Bruce Jenner was a talented athlete and in high school, he played both football and basketball successfully. Once he went water skiing, which was his hobby at first, but not for a long time since he became the East Coast All-Over Champion three times – in 1966, 1969 and 1971. Graceland College was the next step for the ambitious Jenner and they gave him a football scholarship, but he got side-tracked because of the knee injury after which he focused on track and basketball only.
His first participation in a decathlon was in 1971 and only a year later he competed at the Munich Olympics and he finished 10th. In 1976 Jenner was the gold winner in the Men’s Decathlon in Montreal and the media gave him the title of “world’s greatest athlete”. However, something troubled Jenner.
Only three years ago, Jenner divorced from his wife Kris Jenner. A year after that he underwent gender reassignment surgery and at the age of 65, Caitlyn Jenner was born. In 2015 he was given the Arthur Ashe Courage Award by ESPN as she is the most famous transgender figure in the world who inspired many who struggle with their sexuality.
5. Sam Hurd
If you ever watched college football you would know who Sam Hurd was. However, he was more than a football star – he was a friendly guy and a faithful Christian. Hurd fulfilled his dream when he signed with Dallas Cowboys in 2006 and even though he was a talented kid with a bright future, he had some other plans. In 2011, Hurd was arrested just outside of a Chicago steakhouse as he was trying to by one kilogram of cocaine from an undercover cop.
Hurd said that he wanted to purchase approximately 5-10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana and sell it all over Chicago. Note that he already told the officer that he was selling 4 kg of cocaine per week. Unfortunately for Hurd, this happened just after he had signed a $5 million three-year contract with the Bears. He was trialed for drug trafficking and sentenced to 15 years in federal prison in November 2013.
4. Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel was a legendary designer from Paris, born in France in 1883. When she turned 27, she had already owned a clothing shop and ten years after that she introduced her first perfume line and “little black dress” that completely changed the fashion world.
She was unlucky, though because she had to watch her country rampaged by the Hitler’s army and the Nazis. However, Chanel dated a Nazi officer called Hans Gunther von Dincklage and this may seem like a regular relationship, but the famous journalist Hal Vaughan doesn’t agree. Hal Vaughan is famous for his book Sleeping With The Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War in which he states that Coco Chanel was an anti-Semite herself and that she was even a Nazi Intelligence operative. If you haven’t read the book yet, do so in order to find out how Chanel acted as a celebrity ambassador for the Nazi regime.
She secretly departed to Switzerland after the war, but she managed to reestablish herself in France with the help of the wealthy Wertheimer family. They are still in major control over the Chanel brand and they keep quiet about Chanel’s doings during the war.
3. Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper was the pioneer of Shock Rock, a performance on the stage which style resembles macabre and horror genres. He became famous not only because of his music, but also his style, makeup, and behavior on stage. For instance, Cooper threw a live chicken off the stage into the crowd, which tore the poor animal apart. Although he shocked the world with this move, only few fans know that he is a self-described “prodigal son”.
He was raised by his father who was, just like Cooper’s grandad an Evangelical pastor. Being a heavy drunkard and a rock star was hard for Cooper and he decided to change his behavior and become a devout Christian. Although he continues to play his music and perform the rituals on stage, he looks as if he is an actor who has a role to play.
2. Patty Hearst
Patty Hearst was the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and she came into money because of the media empire her family has built. However, at the age of 19, her luck changed. When she was a freshman at Berkeley University, she was kidnapped by the terrorist group called the Symbionese Liberation Army. They were looking for a ransom from Hearst’s family and this could’ve worked but something else happened.
Two months after she was abducted, audiotapes were released where Hearst announced her full allegiance to the Army. Although at the beginning many believed that she was forced to support the terrorists, Hearst was caught on camera during a bank robbery planned and executed by SLA. Because of that, FBI put handcuffs on her hands in 1975 and she was imprisoned for 35 years. However, President Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence and she walked free in 1979. We may never know what happened to Hearst when she with the terrorists, but some believed it was a Stockholm Syndrome where over the course of time the victims begin to recognize themselves as a part of the captors.
1. Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel is a macho man and he is famous for his roles in The Fast and the Furious, Pitch Black and xXx. There is a secret Vin Diesel doesn’t want to share with anyone and he keeps it in the locked away in his past. During the promotion of The Last Witch Hunter, Diesel had to display the truth.
This is difficult to tell, but Vin Diesel is a closet Dungeons and Dragons player. Many hints came from Vin Diesel that he is in love with this role-playing game. For example, Diesel wanted his xXx’s Xander Cage to have name “Melkor” tattooed over his chest, a name Vin Diesel uses for his Dungeons and Dragons character.
Another hint is clear when he wrote the foreword to 30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons and Dragons. Plus, there is a video on his YouTube channel where he is playing a game of Dungeons and Dragons and at the end, he stated: “I just played a game of Dungeons and Dragons…and I had so much fun!”