Ever wonder what celebrities’ lives were like growing up? Us too. We did a little digging and learned that some celebrities had less than normal childhoods. From cults to family secrets, these 10 celebrities had crazy upbringings.
10. Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson grew up in a family that wasn’t quite what it seemed. Jack’s mother, June Frances Nicholson, was a young showgirl when she became pregnant with him. She was 18 years old, unmarried, and unsure of who Jack’s father was at the time. June and her parents agreed that Jack would be raised by his grandparents. They hid this situation from Jack, who grew up believing his grandparents were his parents, and that his mother was his sister. Not until Nicholson was 37 did he learn the truth about his family. In 1974, a Time journalist discovered Nicholson’s true family background. Unfortunately, his grandparents and mother had passed, and he was unable to learn who his biological father was. In finding out about the family secret, Nicholson said, “I’d say it was a pretty dramatic event, but it wasn’t what I’d call traumatizing. After all, by the time I found out who my mother was, I was pretty well psychologically formed. As a matter of fact, it made quite a few things clearer to me. If anything, I felt grateful.”