Hollywood is just like a boiling cauldron that hides many secrets below the surface, but through the years they become exposed as they cannot remain in the dark forever.
In the great decade of 2009-2019, many scandals shocked Hollywood, and the secrets that were revealed sent shock-waves throughout the globe.
All of us had the opportunity to take a glimpse through the keyhole into the life of celebrities and our favourite movie actors, which made us realise that many times their tumultuous lives are not the picture-perfect presentation they promote.
Scandals ranging from cheating, divorce, and some serious sexual harassment allegations shocked the world and made us rethink the way we become attached to a celebrity.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane, to this past decade, where some of the biggest secrets were revealed.
Let us shed light on the protagonists of the most shocking scandals that made our hair stand on end!
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: Abuse Allegations
It was May 2016 when Amber Heard was seen bruised outside a courtroom where she went to file a restraining order against her then-husband, Johnny Depp.
The couple met in 2011 on the set of the comedy film called The Rum Diary; the bomb was dropped when they started dating and Johnny Depp had also just separated with his life-long partner and mother of his two children, Vanessa Paradis.
With a promise of a blooming love the couple married in 2015, but a year later pictures of a bruised Amber Heard emerged onto the surface and the Pirates of the Caribbean star was accused of domestic abuse.
Their volatile relationship was exposed through media covering their court appearances, and a blame-game between the two parties made things even more complicated.
According to Depp, Amber Heard was the one who had been abusing him in the relationship and he even accused her of painting on her fake bruises.
Of course, Heard’s lawyer speaking to a well-known magazine denied the allegations and supported that there is a clear case against Johnny Depp, following Amber Heard’s own description of herself as a domestic abuse victim, in a piece of another famous newspaper.
Their divorce was settled in 2016 accompanied by a lawsuit, where both parties were banned from discussing their relationship publicly, and a statement by both actors denying any intentional harm.
So, who was the real perpetrator? We will never know, but this scandal will never go back to the shadows.
The Secret Love Child of Arnold Schwarzenegger
The gentle giant Arnold Schwarzenegger was once the celebrity you would never expect to be involved in a cheating scandal; yet beating the odds, however, The Terminator protagonist not only cheated on his wife, Maria Shriver, but he fathered a baby boy with the family’s housekeeper, Mildred Patricia Baena.
However, revelations over his double life came into light following the announcement of Arnold’s and Shriver’s separation, in 2011, after 25 years of marriage.
At the time, Schwarzenegger was stepping down from his authorial position as the governor of California, and surprisingly that was the first time he confessed to his wife that he had an affair with their housekeeper who had been working for them no less than 20 years and that he also had a child with her.
As expected, the family and the rest of the world were shocked by Schwarzenegger’s revelations and the couple’s divorce was an imminent consequence of Arnold’s foul play.
The good thing is that Schwarzenegger accepted his responsibilities and supported the boy financially, while he was growing up, and they now have a strong bond; this father – and – son relationship continues until today.
As the young Schwarzenegger grows up we cannot ignore the similarities between the duo – father and son – but let’s hope the resemblance remains on the physical nature and Arnold’s habits don’t rub onto his son!
Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie: The Divorce That Shocked Hollywood
Undeniably, one of the most famous couples in Hollywood if not THE most discussed and famous one.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are separately and equally famous, rich, beautiful, they lead successful careers in the film industry, and they always seem to pull off flawless looks. This is the reason that we, mortal followers of this divine duo, collapsed at the news of their unexpected divorce back in September 2016.
We all remember the way the couple met on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith, where their chemistry proved to be more than an on-screen performance, as Brad Pitt was getting a divorce from his then-wife, Jennifer Aniston.
Angelina and Brad were inseparable and they had six children together, some of them are adopted, revealing the sensitive side of these two beautiful movie stars.
The Brangelina couple as they called them, tied the knot in 2014, years after they fell in love, but the end of the fairy-tale exploded like a bomb in 2016 with their divorce.
Jolie claimed that Pitt lost his cool and had a very strong argument with their son, Maddox, which led her to file for a divorce.
A scandalous detail of this divorce is that both parties had been having ongoing negotiations about their children’s custody; yet failing to reach an agreement, as the court battle continues.
It only leaves fans speculating how serious could Pitt’s altercation with his son be and what was the actual cause for this sad outcome?
Kristen Stewart cheats on Robert Pattinson
Another famous couple made headlines with a cheating scandal, in July 2012.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart reminded us of teenage sweethearts, as they continued their on-screen Twilight romance into real life and began dating in 2008.
Stewart admitted that they had been together, in October 2011, followed by a number of public-couple sightings, whilst the paparazzi did not fail to capture their cosy moments, making fans fall in love with them, all over again!
But it wasn’t long before some paparazzi pictures did not bring good news to Pattinson who, along with him and the whole world, just found out that his beloved Kristen was cheating on him with the director of the new movie she was starring in Snow White and the Huntsman, Rupert Sanders.
Steamy paparazzi pictures depicted Stewart and Sanders hanging around at a parking lot in LA and engaging in intimate kissing and hugging. To make matters worse, Sanders was not only her colleague but was a married man and father of two!
Stewart had since then apologised and Pattinson melted the hearts of the crowds, as he proved to be the good guy who would give her another chance.
Betrayal and humiliation, however, are hard pills to swallow; Robert Pattinson ended their relationship and started dating a new girl, not just anyone but Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, Riley Keough.
Harvey Weinstein Scandal
This is a scandal that scarred Hollywood and has made it to its history books, as one of the most powerful Hollywood producers was accused of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and rape by a number of actresses.
It wasn’t very difficult for this producer to become the most hated man in Hollywood! The shocking allegations first surfaced on October 2017 when actresses Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd came forward and accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing them.
Accusations continued with more Hollywood female stars coming forward detailing the abuse they had endured in Weinstein’s hands, which apparently took place and remained hidden for more than three decades.
The Weinstein scandal gave birth to the #metoo movement where women gained the courage and support to talk about their personal stories of abuse, harassment, and rape.
Some of Harvey Weinstein’s victims include A-list actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.
The whole story stirred Hollywood up and revelations enraged Hollywood legends such as Meryl Streep and Judi Dench who were among the first ones to react and become more vocal about the Weinstein allegations, by defending Weinstein’s victims.
It seems that Hollywood productions will never be the same again.
The Fall of Kevin Spacey
Following the Weinstein scandal and the #metoo movement, another sexual harassment/accusation was added on the list of the biggest scandals of the last decade.
This time a popular and beloved actor was in the foreground of a sexual scandal that was unravelling quickly.
Kevin Spacey had been an actor who was very much respected and had never given any slightest hint that he, too, could be a predator.
According to actor Anthony Rapp, Spacey had inappropriately made a sexual advancement towards him when he was a teenager, just 14 years old. Despite the claim that he had no memory of the incident, Kevin Spacey issued an apology to the actor and he blamed alcohol for his inappropriate behaviour.
Surprisingly, Spacey came out as a gay man at the same statement, a move that was criticised by others as there had been an insinuation that his homosexuality drove him to become a predator, and also a paedophile.
As more accusations emerged against the American Beauty actor, police investigations moved beyond Hollywood borders to the UK, as Spacey was the creative director of the Old Vic theatre in London from 2004-2015.
To everyone’s shock, there were more findings of Spacey’s victims, and as his acting career was once built through his talent, his behaviour ruined it all.
The House of Cards collapsed for Kevin Spacey, literally this time.
Mel Gibson’s Phone Calls
We met Mel Gibson through Braveheart and through romantic comedies, such as What Women Want where he had been associated with the romantic gentleman who would do everything for the ones he loves.
But we should know by now that Hollywood actors are not always what they portray on screen. Mel Gibson is not a first-timer in his “how to shock everyone” project. His list of controversies begin with his controversial movie The Passion of the Christ in 2004, to his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol, to the anti-Semitic rant in 2006, and lastly to the publicised recordings of phone calls to his then partner and mother of his child, Oksana Grigorieva, in 2010.
Mel Gibson once abandoned his marital status for his new love Oksana, but the love proved to be short-lived; which left a very enraged and bitter Mel Gibson.
His rage was revealed through the shocking recordings where he slurred profanities, cursing Grigorieva with the most sexist and racist insults, but also violently threatening to physically hurt her.
Not nice Mr Gibson, not nice at all!
Lindsay Lohan’s Jail Time
Lindsay Lohan seems to be one of those child actors that are persecuted by a curse. As a Disney actress, she became famous at the tender age of 10, but she rose to stardom and became an idol in the 2000s when starring in Mean Girls.
Everybody found out about Lohan’s vulnerability to substance abuse, and the trouble she had with the law, as she was arrested many times for driving under the influence. Her acting career only flopped, to say the least, following allegations that she had been very unprofessional and most difficult to work with.
The year of 2010 was a bad one for Lohan, as amidst her preparation for a strong comeback; the actress failed to pass her drug tests and failed to appear in court for her previous cases.
She was soon admitted into rehab, but it wasn’t before she had to do jail time too! The Parent Trap actress served 14 days in jail, and when she appeared in court, she was re-admitted into rehab.
The following year, in 2011 was nowhere near being perfect for Lohan; as she went on to steal an expensive necklace from a California boutique and was consequently charged with theft.
Jesse James Cheats on Sandra Bullock
What could a woman ask for after she wins an Oscar?
Sometimes fate plays ugly games and reminds us that we simply cannot have it all. That’s what happened to the talented star Sandra Bullock who won an Oscar in 2010 for her performance in the film The Blind Side, and three days after her huge success she discovered her then-husband, Jesse James, who had been cheating on her, with not one, not two, but with multiple women throughout their marriage.
The shocking revelations came from the mouth of James’s mistress, tattoo model Michelle “Bombshell” McGee, who uncovered the scandalous secret of their 11-month affair.
Despite James’s apology and his admission into a rehab centre for sex addiction, Bullock filed for divorce months later, and she proceeded to adopt her son, Louis, leaving Jesse James out of the picture.
Surprisingly, years later an arrogant James stated that he did not come to regret his actions.
We’re all with you, Sandra!
Celebrity Photo Hacks
It was 2014 when one of the biggest celebrity photo-hacks of all time.
This time hackers attacked female actresses and stole their data, mostly nude photos, of the Hollywood stars and uploaded them on the World Wide Web for the whole world to see.
More than 100 actresses were affected by this hack, including Jennifer Lawrence, Misha Burton, Rosario Dawson, and Miley Cyrus.
Following the initial turbulent period of the first days, just when the scandal broke out, several actresses, whose naked pictures were on display to the public eye, denied the authenticity of the pictures and claimed that the naked women were not them.
Only Jennifer Lawrence found the strength to admit that indeed, it had been her in the naked exposed picture. The Hunger Games star attacked her vicious hackers and stated her disbelief and disappointment in living in such a world, where she felt violated and was deprived of the right of covering her own body.
Rihanna assaulted by Chris Brown
Pop singers Rihanna and Chris Brown are not involved in the Hollywood film industry (despite Rhianna’s few attempts to an acting career), but they were definitely one of Hollywood’s idolised couples.
That lasted until the scandal of her assault by Chris Brown, which broke out in February 2009. According to several sources, it was the night before the Grammy Awards, when the couple had a verbal altercation and things spiralled out of control.
The result of the fight was Rhianna being hospitalised, as Chris Brown had assaulted her.
Chris Brown admitted to the assault and was charged with a felony assault and five-year probation.
The Umbrella singer revealed several pictures with her bruised, swollen face, and gave detailed descriptions of her ordeal.
Abuser Brown could count himself lucky, as he did not have to face time in prison, but was only required to serve hours of community service and of course he was to stay away from Rihanna!
Rumours were spreading that fans of Chris Brown were no longer fond of him, and rightfully he lost many of his devoted followers.
Roman Polanski haunted by his past
Hollywood director Roman Polanski is not only known for his major films, such as The Pianist and Chinatown, nor for the tragedy that struck him when his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was brutally murdered by followers of the infamous Manson murderer.
Polanski is most notoriously known for the rape of a 13-year-old girl back in the 70s. The director fled the U.S when he realised that he was about to go to jail and returned back to his country, France, where he did not serve any jail time.
He admitted his misconduct decades later in 2010, but his sinful past did not make it easier for him.
A woman came forward and accused Roman Polanski of sexually abusing her when she was 16, more than 25 years ago. The former actress, Charlotte Lewis, caused a new stir in Hollywood.
Polanski was not extradited to the U.S., despite authorities’ attempts in doing so. Scandalously, Polanski has already served his sentence in a house arrest in Switzerland and never found himself behind bars.
Charlie Sheen’s breakdown
The Platoon star who had his breakthrough in 1986 through the aforementioned award-winning film for best picture, had since led a tumultuous life, which was mostly dominated by drugs, alcohol, and women.
Charlie Sheen is a troubled star who has also been the cause of huge Hollywood scandals. His mental breakdown in 2011 is one of them.
Everything started when Sheen claimed that he did not need rehab as he had “tiger blood” (!) and that he was “special”. His mental state obviously seemed to be going downhill when he verbally attacked the Two and a Half Men producer, Chuck Lorre.
He made sure that verbal abuse was not the only thing Lorre got and proceeded to sue both Chuck Lorre and the Warner Bros. Studios after he was fired from the show, whilst asking for the massive amount of $100 million.
The icing on the cake was added by Sheen himself on November 2015, which made it one of the most shocking self-revelations in Hollywood’s history.
Charlie Sheen was HIV positive. Sheen claimed that he had not endangered other people’s health, as rumours of him engaging in unprotected sex were starting to spread, and that he was happy and grateful for the healthcare he received through the roller coaster of his health.
Leaving Neverland Documentary: Michael Jackson on the Spotlight after his Death
Michael Jackson could be characterised as the most controversial figure in Hollywood who has the ability to dominate the stage, even after his death. The world-famous pop star’s weird encounters with underage boys in his mansion called “Neverland” exposed a scandal of child sexual abuse accusations in the 90s.
Nevertheless, the King of Pop continued his bright career, and as we all know, most of his fans remained devoted to him and his undeniable talent until his tragic death in 2009.
Ten years later in 2019, a troubling documentary called “Leaving Neverland” showcases two of Jackson’s victims, now adults, accusing him of sexual abuse, when they were children.
A shocking, extremely detailed four-hour documentary re-introduces us to the King of Pop, but his gentle nature is no longer visible due to his depiction of his monstrous acts.
The two abused survivors Wade Robson and James Safechuck took the opportunity to share their truth through their disturbing revelations in the documentary.
The public’s response was extreme by both sides, as there were people who believed the accusers only managed to tarnish Jackson and his memory, but there was also a portion of his fans who reacted against the documentary by sending death threats to the accusers and the documentary’s director, Dan Reed.
Whatever the case may be, one thing is certain: this scandal will always be the turning point for Michael Jackson’s legacy.
College Admissions Bribery Scandal
Every parent wants to see their children succeed and get admitted into a good college, in order to pursue a high-quality education.
So far, so good, but some of Hollywood’s rich and famous parents went too far for their beloved offsprings! The scandalous news about a college admissions scheme broke out on March 2019 following FBI investigations.
The Federal Bureau disclosed a massive bribery case, where parents paid huge amounts of money to secure unlawful admissions for their children into prestigious Universities, such as the University of California, Yale, and Stanford.
The scam was nicknamed as the “Operation Varsity Blues”, and the prosecutors have described the case as “the largest college admissions scheme” that was ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.
Famous parents involved in the scandal include the Full House actress Lori Loughlin, and Felicity Huffman famous from Desperate Housewives. Loughlin pleaded not guilty, whereas Huffman pleaded guilty and she can face up to 20 years in prison, but her attorneys will seek for four months in prison and a $20,000 fine deal.
Overall, 50 people were involved in the fraud with the organiser of the scheme named as William Rick Singer. Singer used the bribery money to change results of standardised tests, such as the SATs, whilst also bribing University coaches to accept celebrity children as athletes.
The ringer of this scandal also concealed huge amounts of money as charitable contributions.
This scandal will not be forgotten soon; wealthy families are now a target for investigation, and there has been a proven reason behind it.
A New-born Scandal: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
That’s the latest, the steamiest, fresh – out – of – the – oven scandal that broods over Hollywood in 2019!
We all anticipated Lady Gaga’s performance in the remake of the classic romantic drama A Star is Born, but we never expected two things: first that Bradley Cooper is not only super-hot, but he also has an amazing voice, and second that the on-screen couple would have us melting with their undeniable chemistry throughout the film.
We can bet that supermodel Irina Shayk, mostly known as the face of Intimissimi Lingerie who was Cooper’s partner since 2015, as well as the mother of their daughter, noticed the strong chemistry between the duo and became jealous and insecure, as Cooper was spending long hours with Gaga on set.
Following the film’s box office success, the Oscar nominations and the award for best music, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s live performance perpetuated the rumours of an off-screen romance and made Irina boil deep inside.
Despite the denial of an affair by Cooper and Lady Gaga, Cooper and Shayk announced their separation and denied to disclose any details.
Was it a coincidence that their split came months after the release of A Star is Born?
Was Lady Gaga the third person in their relationship? Stay tuned, because news is still cooking for this scandal!