Sofia Vergara is one of the highest-paid television actors today, but life has not always been so easy for the Colombian-born beauty. Sofia, her mother, and two of her siblings moved to the United States in the late 1990s after someone murdered her brother. Unfortunately, the brother who moved with her had quite the criminal record, and authorities deported him back to Colombia.
Rihanna likes to live life on the wild side, and it's quite possible this is a trait she inherited from her father. Growing up, the singer's father had a secret family in Barbados. Rihanna admitted that her father is quite the womanizer, and she has a few older siblings (who are not her mother's children) living in her native country.
Charlize Theron seems to have it all, but childhood for the Oscar-winner was not so great. When Charlize was just 15 years old, her mother murdered her father, claiming she did so in self-defense because the alcoholic attacked her. The actress refuses to speak about the incident publicly.
Sometimes the celebrity is not even aware of the family secret, but thanks to an overzealous Time magazine reporter, Jack Nicholson now knows that his childhood was not quite what he thought it was. Jack's grandparents raised him as their own child, and his mother acted as his sister. Unfortunately, the family died before Jack found out, so he will never know the reasons behind the secrets.
Kathy Griffin makes a living by making people laugh, but life has not always been so funny for the comedian. Kathy's late brother Kenny had a history of violence, sexual abuse, pedophilia, and drug use. In an interview, she admitted that his unfortunate behavior had a major impact on her family, including the fact that he used inappropriate sexual behavior with her when she was a child.
For every successful member of a family, there seems to be a sibling or a cousin whose life does not quite live up to that success, and Mariah Carey's sister is the perfect example. While Mariah works as a Grammy award-winning artist, her sister, Alison, is a prostitute and drug addict. Alison is HIV positive and has been in jail for prostitution.
Sometimes a less-than-famous family member spills family secrets that the celeb does not want the world to know, and this is the case with actor Kevin Spacey. Kevin's brother, Randall, revealed that the father of the two men joined the American Nazi Party when they were children and sexually abused them. Kevin has never mentioned it publicly.