Discovering intimate details about oneself from the news can be a surreal and unsettling experience for celebrities. The invasive nature of media coverage sometimes leads to revelations that catch them off guard. From personal struggles to past indiscretions, these public figures are confronted with their own vulnerabilities on a global stage. While some individuals use these revelations as opportunities for growth and introspection, others find themselves grappling with the consequences of past actions and their newfound public exposure.
Natasha Gregson Wagner
One user shared, “Natasha Gregson Wagner wrote in her autobiography that she found out her mother, Natalie Wood, had died when she was sleeping over at a friend’s house—she had kept the radio on when she went to bed the night before, and it was hearing her mother’s death being reported on the radio that woke her up the next morning. Keep in mind: She was eleven years old at the time. “
A second user said, “Buddy Holly’s pregnant wife found out he died while watching the news and had a miscarriage. That’s when they started notifying the families before announcing on TV.”
A third user added, “Anthony Perkins found out he had HIV from a supermarket tabloid while he was buying groceries. He was sick, and a nurse tested his blood without his knowledge. When it came back positive, she didn’t even tell him. She sold the story to a tabloid, and he read it in the checkout line.”
A top-liked comment, “Minnie Driver learned she and Matt Damon were no longer dating after he said on the Oprah Winfrey Show that he was single.”
A poster recalled, “A fairly recent one… the director of The Haunted Mansion, Justin Simien, found out last week that he was no longer attached to the Star Wars Lando show via the press.”
Someone shared, “Lucille Ball mentioned in her book “Love, Lucy” that she found out she was pregnant through the radio when the host, Walter Winchell – who is basically the person responsible for celebrity gossip in media – suddenly announced she was expecting. (Winchell had once told her that he had “spies” in every big hospital in NYC, so in order to avoid any publicity, she used her hairdresser’s name. Somehow, he still found out).”
This commenter posted, “Britney Spears finding out her sister, Jamie-Lynn, was pregnant through the paparazzi. There’s a video of it somewhere on YouTube. I don’t think she believed them when they told her, but it was the first time she had heard of it, and it, of course, ended up being true.”
This person recalled, “According to Demi Moore’s memoir “Inside Out,” she discovered Ashton Kutcher had cheated on her from a Google alert on her phone. Apparently, she got the notification “Ashton Kutcher caught cheating”… during the weekend of their anniversary.”
Someone shared, “This is a very mild one, but Vanessa Lachey found out that Nick Lachey allegedly sent Jessica Simpson a baby gift while Vanessa and Nick were being interviewed to promote Love is Blind.”
This poster mentioned, “Laura Dern found out she and Billy Bob Thornton had broken up when she saw that he and Angelina Jolie had gotten married.”
A commenter posted, “Vanessa Bryant learned of the deaths of her husband and daughter Kobe and Gianna, via LA Times, and the photos were circulated, but I don’t believe they were ever published.”
A top-liked comment said, “Jane Asher broke off her engagement with Paul McCartney on live television. In fairness, Paul should’ve seen this coming because she’d recently walked in on him having relations with a groupie.”
This user shared, “Not about himself, but Steve-O discovered that his Jackass costar and friend Ryan Dunn had died because TMZ called him to confirm the news. I remember an interview where he said the call came super early in the morning and woke him up. Can’t even imagine finding out that way.”
Someone added, “Kris Humphries learning about his divorce from Kim Kardashian from a tabloid.”
Finally, a user shared, “Perri Edwards from Little Mix found out that her then-fiancé Zayn Malik cheated on her when some photos and voicemails leaked.”
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