10 Famous Families With Big Secrets

  
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Image is a powerful thing, and sometimes it is necessary to flex a little power to maintain it. This is especially true for families bearing the blessings and curses of fame. From politics to big business to entertainment, fame–and/or infamy– this all leads to some version of celebrity, and celebrity has always, and will always result in media coverage. The thing about family: there’s drama in each one. There is always a family member, a family curse… something that needs to be gently swept under a rug, or hidden in a closet. Here are 10 families with big secrets.

10. The Roberts Family

The Roberts family. Let’s see. Who would that be? That’s right. The Georgia crew making up famous siblings Eric, Lisa and Julia Roberts, and let us not forget the daughter of Eric, Emma. If you think we’re going the direction of Emma Roberts being a little a** kicker, that’s not the case. While that story was somehow swept under the rug, we’re turning to something a little darker, and cloaked in sadness–the half sister of the siblings, Nancy Motes. The allegedly strained relationship between Julia and Nancy always seemed to garner a sinister shade, and was repeatedly thrust into the spotlight. The strain of the relationship was outed when Nancy took her own life in 2014, and left a five page suicide note revealing her perspective. It was an utter shock to many of Julia’s fans, as Nancy’s letter attempted to vilify Julia.

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9. The Schwarzeneggers

In one of the strangest unions ever conceived in the realm of celebrity, Arnold Schwarzenegger met and married journalistic celebrity, Maria Shriver. They were political opposites, Schwarzenegger a bold, conservative Republican, and Shriver, the seed of one of the most famous Democrat families in American history…the Kennedys. People presumed a myriad of wonderful and fantastical things about this family union for years. Yes, they had children, yes, Arnold won the governorship of California as a Republican while married to a socially liberal democrat. They had to have a city of secrets stashed in storage, right? As Arnold’s gubernatorial stint came to a close, it was discovered that he had a love child with a former employee, and when the story went public, Maria had no choice but to bail. One has to wonder, how long she knowingly put up with such behavior to maintain appearances?

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