It is easy to imagine celebrities living the good life with lavish cars, private jets, exclusive parties, personal chefs, and other luxuries. In reality, however, they face personal and professional challenges just like everyone else. In their memoirs, some of the biggest names in music, film, and television reveal how they got to where they are and the struggles they experienced along the way. The stories are often dark and heartbreaking but almost always full of hope. Here are ten shocking stories Hollywood celebrities have revealed in their memoirs.
Not That Kind Of Girl
Lena Dunham’s notorious memoir Not That Kind of Girl sparked controversy because of several stories she included in it. Initially, the memoir made headlines because of Dunham’s story about how she was raped by another student, who she refers to as “Barry,” while in college. The book eventually had to be republished to clarify that Barry was not her rapist’s actual name. The memoir also created a stir because of a passage in which Dunham describes being curious about her younger sister’s anatomy. In the book, she describes how she “carefully spread open her vagina” when she was only seven years old and her sister was only one. When blogs interpreted the story as an admission of abuse rather than as a description of adolescent curiosity, Dunham canceled her book tour and issued an apology for the passage.
When athlete memoirs cover drug use, they often discuss steroids. In tennis legend Andre Agassi’s case, however, his relationship with drugs was much more dangerous. In Open, Agassi discusses using crystal meth with his former assistant, whom he refers to as "Slim" in the book. He recalls Slim offering him a substance named gack, which Agassi had never heard of. Slim told him it was crystal meth and that it would make him feel like Superman. Agassi describes agreeing to take the drug as if he were in a trance: “There is a moment of regret, followed by vast sadness. Then comes a tidal wave of euphoria that sweeps away every negative thought in my head. I’ve never felt so alive, so hopeful – and I’ve never felt such energy.” The incident led him to lie to the Association of Tennis Professionals.