Tales of Rock – 11 Rock Stars Who Allegedly Slept With Underage Girls

Browse through the annals of rock history, and you’ll find, just right of the spotlight, the women with whom the most famous and sexually appealing men of the era chose to spend time.

Often, it seems, those women were underage — girls, not women.

 

Pop culture’s fascination with teenagers is nothing new. Chuck Berry released “Sweet Little Sixteen” in 1958. The Beatles’ opening track on their debut album, “I Saw Her Standing There,” begins with the line, “She was just 17 / You know what I mean?” “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” idealizes future sexual potential (“Those little eyes so helpless and appealing / One day will flash and send you crashing through the ceiling”). And for some reason, many of the rich, powerful rock stars, who in their sexual primes could presumably sleep with anyone they chose, gravitated toward girls not old enough to drive.

Some of the girls — who are now grown women — linked to the men on this list have steadfastly maintained that their relationships with rock stars were consensual and overall positive experiences in their lives. Others say the opposite. Thinking about these relationships raises a number of questions about how we interact with the art in our lives. Is it ethical to enjoy music made by an awful person? Are all 25-year-olds who sleep with people under the age of 18 awful people? Should every case of statutory rape be equal in the court of public opinion? How old should teenagers be before society grants them complete sexual agency? Why do we view an average 25-year-old man who sleeps with a 14-year-old girl differently when the 25-year-old man is extremely famous?

What would you do if you knew a mid-20s man who was in an ongoing sexual relationship with a 14- to 16-year-old girl?

Here are 11 rock stars who have been linked to underage women.

11 Rock Stars Who Allegedly Slept With Underage Girls

David Bowie
As we detailed after Bowie’s death, David Bowie had strong links to the Baby Groupies of Los Angeles, and famous groupie Lori Maddox (often spelled Mattix) has repeatedly told the story of how she lost her virginity to Bowie when she was just 14. (Bowie was in his mid-20s.) Maddox has told the story many times over the years, and the details remain the same: Bowie pursued her, but she initially rejected him. Then months later she and fellow underage groupie Sable Starr ended up in a hotel room with Bowie, and the rock star took Maddox into a bathroom and took a bath with her and then had sex with her. The two would later have a threesome with Starr. It’s worth noting that Maddox doesn’t have any regrets about her experience with Bowie, noting that she would continue to see him on and off for 10 years after their first sexual encounter. “I feel like I was very present,” Maddox told phicklephilly. “I saw the greatest music ever. I got to hang out with some of the most amazing, most beautiful, most charismatic men in the world. I went to concerts in limos with police escorts. Am I going to regret this? No.”

 

11 Rock Stars Who Allegedly Slept With Underage Girls

Jimmy Page
Lori Maddox lost her virginity to David Bowie, but he wasn’t the only rock star she would sleep with during her groupie days. In fact, she is better known for her relationship with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. In her words, Page had Zeppelin manager Richard Cole “kidnap” her (Cole is also known as the man responsible for the infamous Zeppelin “mud shark” incident.) Maddox was just 14 when their relationship started; Page was 28.

“What happened is that I was kidnapped, literally,” Maddox said once in a documentary. “He told me was going to be with me, and I said no, he wasn’t, and he said, ‘Yes, I am.’ Then we all ended up at the Rainbow [Bar and Grill], and Richard Cole says to me, ‘Get in the bloody car and if you move, I’ll have your head.’ Next thing you know I’m at the [Hyatt House] hotel, and I’m walking down the hall, and next thing you know, I’m pulled into this door . . . And I turned around and, look, there was Jimmy sitting in the corner of the room with a hat and a cane saying, ‘I told you I’m gonna have you.'”

Apparently, Page’s flair for dramatics didn’t end on the guitar. He and Maddox would continue to see each other for the next few years, though he tightly controlled Maddox’s movements when they were together.

“He always left me with his security locked in the room. I wasn’t really allowed to go very many places with him,” she claimed.

Nevertheless, Maddox doesn’t seem to see herself as a victim. Quite the contrary. She speaks graciously of her time with rock stars and fondly recalls their time together.

“It was worth every minute, truly,” she says. “He was a beautiful person and he touched my life, deeply.”

 

11 Rock Stars Who Allegedly Slept With Underage Girls

R. Kelly
This one is dark. R. Kelly was a rising producer when he met teenage singer Aaliyah Haughton. He became the producer and lead songwriter for her debut album. He illegally married Aaliyah in 1994 when she was 14 and he was more than a decade her senior. He even had the guts to name her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. “The marriage was quickly annulled once Aaliyah’s family and the public found out,” reported the Chicago Sun-Times, but more troubling allegations involving underage girls would continue to pile up around Kelly. In 2002, Chicago prosecutors charged Kelly with 21 counts related to child pornography, mostly revolving around one sex tape involving a then-35-year-old Kelly and a 14-year-old girl that included intercourse, fellatio, and urination. Yes, this is the incident Dave Chappelle mercilessly ridiculed on his Comedy Central show in 2003, but you have to remember — there was a real 14-year-old girl in that video, according to her friend’s testimony at the trial. The charges against Kelly did not result in a conviction.

Journalist Jim DeRogatis was the pop music critic at the Sun-Times when someone anonymously shipped two sex tapes starring R. Kelly to the paper. When DeRogatis described the case against R. Kelly to our former sister paper Village Voice two years ago, he used the descriptor “stomach-churning.”

“Dozens of girls — not one, not two, dozens — with harrowing lawsuits,” he said. “The videotapes — and not just one videotape, numerous videotapes. And not Tommy Lee/Pam Anderson, Kardashian fun video. You watch the video for which he was indicted and there is the disembodied look of the rape victim. He orders her to call him Daddy. He urinates in her mouth and instructs her at great length on how to position herself to receive his ‘gift.’ It’s a rape that you’re watching. So we’re not talking about rock star misbehavior, which men or women can do. We’re talking about predatory behavior. Their lives were ruined. Read the lawsuits!”

 

11 Rock Stars Who Allegedly Slept With Underage Girls

Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent released a song in 1981 called “Jailbait.” Here are some of the lyrics:

“Well, I don’t care if you’re just 13 / You look too good to be true /  I just know that you’re probably clean.”

“It’s quite all right, I asked your mama / Wait a minute, officer / Don’t put those handcuffs on me / Put them on her, and I’ll share her with you.”

Yeah, sure, the lyrics are creepy, especially the part about asking a girl’s parents for permission to “share” their daughter with a police officer in order to evade arrest. But what’s even creepier is how those lyrics mirrored real life. Nugent couldn’t legally marry 17-year-old Pele Massa in 1978, so he arranged with her parents to become her legal guardian. They would stay together for nine years, and Nugent would say that at the time he was “addicted to girls.” 

 

11 Rock Stars Who Allegedly Slept With Underage Girls

Steven Tyler
At least the one underage groupie who slept with David Bowie proclaims no regrets. Such is not the case with Steven Tyler.

Julia Holcomb had just turned 16 when she met the Aerosmith singer at a concert in Portland, Oregon. She had not lived a happy life before meeting him. Her father abandoned her mother early on, and her younger brother died in a car accident when she was 13.

She was in a fragile place when a 24-year-old woman befriended her, dressed her in revealing clothing, and got them backstage at an Aerosmith concert.

Holcomb tells this account in a 5,000-word essay on Life Site, an anti-abortion blog with an obvious agenda. Perhaps as a result, she skips the details of how she and Tyler met and skips to her mother granting Tyler guardianship over her, the reason being so that he could bring her on tour with him over state lines.

Tyler ended up impregnating her, and by her account, they almost ended up married. Things soured, however, and Tyler pressured her to get an abortion at five months, one week before the legal limit. She went through with it, moved home, and except for a few phone calls, never heard from Tyler again.

“In spite of everything, I do not hate Steven Tyler, nor am I personally bitter,” Holcomb writes. “I pray for his sincere conversion of heart and hope he can find God’s grace.”

 

11 Rock Stars Who Allegedly Slept With Underage Girls

Jerry Lee Lewis
Yes, it was 1958. But even back then, a 22-year-old marrying his 13-year-old cousin while still married to another woman was scandalous. And yet that’s exactly what Jerry Lee Lewis, one of rock ’n’ roll’s most important pioneers, did. It was in 1958 when British journalists learned of the tender young age of Myra Gale Brown, and the ensuing uproar caused Lewis to cancel his tour and spoiled his chance to dethrone Elvis as the king of rock.

There’s one detail that is particularly unsettling: When Brown moved out of her parents’ house to join Lewis on tour, she packed her belongings in the only container she had — her dollhouse.

“It’s been as if my life has gone on without my permission. I have been a bystander in my life,” she told the Philadelphia Enquirer in 1989.

At 14, the couple had a child, who would die in a swimming pool accident three years later. Lewis’ infidelity and drug use further strained the marriage, and they got divorced in 1971. Lewis, who is still alive, married for a seventh time in 2012. He kept it in the family again — she was reportedly his cousin’s ex-wife.

 

11 Rock Stars Who Allegedly Slept With Underage Girls

Marvin Gaye
Here’s an interesting bit of music trivia — who is Marvin Gaye speaking to in “Let’s Get It On”? The answer is Janice Hunter, Gaye’s second wife and father to two of his children. They met when Hunter was 17, and according to Hunter’s 2015 memoir, After the Dance, Gaye took her out to dinner and bribed the waiter $20 to serve his underage companion apricot sours.

They began an intense sexual relationship, according to Hunter. She quickly learned of Gaye’s possessive side.

“I don’t want to share you,” she says he told her. “There are all those strapping young high school football players looking to love on you. They’re my competitors.”

As an aside, Hunter was the part of Marvin Gaye’s estate that successfully sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for plagiarism, prying more than $7 million from the two musicians’ hands.

 

11 Rock Stars Who Allegedly Slept With Underage Girls

Bill Wyman
No one cares about the bass player if the bass player doesn’t sing, even if that band is the Rolling Stones. Perhaps that’s why no one seems to know or care that Wyman began a sexual relationship with a teenage girl in the mid-’80s.

Mandy Smith told the Daily Mail that she began hitting the English club scene at a young age, where she eventually ran into Wyman. The two began a relationship when she was 13 and he was in his 30s, and it became sexual when she was 14. They married in 1989 to much fanfare, when Smith was 18, but just two years later would get divorced. In an added wrinkle, Wyman’s son from his first wife ended up marrying Smith’s mother.

When the Daily Mail writer asked Smith whether it’s appropriate for a teenage girl to marry a much older man, Smith reacted strongly.

“‘It’s not about being physically mature. It’s emotional maturity that matters,” she said. “I don’t think most 16-year-olds are ready. I think the age of consent should be raised to 18 at a minimum, and some girls aren’t even ready then.”

 

11 Rock Stars Who Allegedly Slept With Underage Girls

Elvis Presley
The King of rock can thank Jerry Lee Lewis’ libido for disrupting a challenge to the throne, but Presley wasn’t without his own girl problems. Priscilla Presley, Elvis’ wife, was just 14 when the couple met. The King’s attention quickly overwhelmed her, and by age 17 she was living with Elvis in Graceland. His demands eventually overwhelmed her personality.

“I was someone he created,’ she told the Daily Mail in 2010. “I was just a kid and I was consumed by him. All I desired was not to disappoint him.”

Alanna Nash compiled tales from Elvis’ lovers in a 2010 book, Baby, Let’s Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him. In the New York Times‘ review of the book, Janet Maslin noted that the book contains a series of pictures of Elvis’ girlfriends, who all share one unsettling physical trait.

“The pictures tell a powerful story,” Maslin writes. “He worked his way through a lifetime’s worth of women who looked like his brown-haired, soulful-eyed mother, Gladys.”

The same review quotes Lamar Fike, a close associate of Elvis, with this observation of Elvis’ fixation with Priscilla:

“I’ll give you Elvis’ relationship with Priscilla in a nutshell. You create a statue. And then you get tired of looking at it,” Fike told Nash.

 

11 Rock Stars Who Allegedly Slept With Underage Girls

Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop was one of baby groupie Sable Starr’s many celebrity lovers. There’s no ambiguity here — besides the many pictures of the two together, Iggy wrote a song, “Look Away,” from the 1996 album Naughty Little Doggy, about their relationship. “I slept with Sable when she was 13 / Her parents were too rich to do anything / She walked her way around L.A. / Till a New York Doll carried her away.”

(Starr moved to New York City to live with New York Dolls member Johnny Thunders at age 16, and their relationship ended in a torrent of abuse. “After I was with him, I just wasn’t Sable Starr anymore. He really destroyed the Sable Starr thing. Se made me throw away all my diaries and all my phone numbers down the incinerator, and he ripped up my scrapbook,” she says in Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Punk.)

Now, Iggy Pop is about 10 years Sable’s elder. “Look Away” is a mournful song, a blurry reminiscence through a hazy lens. Iggy seems to carry a little shame at how he treated Sable, and how when he saw a nasty situation developing between the teenager and the New York Doll, he simply ignored it — looked away.

“I found her in a back street with her looks half gone / she was sellinsomething that I was on,” he sings. He later concludes the story, “So a few years later Thunder died broke /  Sable had a baby back at her folks / Me, I went straight and serious too / There wasn’t much else that I could do.”

11 Rock Stars Who Allegedly Slept With Underage Girls

Mick Jagger
Lori Maddox relates a story about having BDSM-flavored sex with Jagger when she was 17.

“I remember being 17 and hanging out at the Record Plant in LA. I was friends with the owner and everybody recorded there. I saw three of the Beatles with Mick Jagger and Stevie Wonder having this great jam session. But then Mick started fighting with McCartney or Lennon over who would sing on a particular song. Mick got pissed off. He took me to one of the bondage-themed bedrooms that the studio had. Mick said, “Let’s go fuck and get high.” We did blow all night and talked and hung out until the morning. We tried to have sex all night, but, at a certain point, he couldn’t get hard anymore. We were both very high. Another time, Mick [had me] on a bathroom floor while Bianca was getting ready for surgery. The sex was very consensual.”

 

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Celebrity Sightings: Farrah Fawcett – 1947 to 2009 – Life Uncovered – Part 7

Stick Figure Thin

When Farrah was hospitalized, she seemed to fade in and out of consciousness, mumbling incoherent matters in between. She was stick-figure thin, so her dear friend Alana Stewart made every dish on Farrah’s former favorite food list so that she and O’Neal could try to tempt Farrah to eat. She made macaroni and cheese, fried chicken and ginger cookies – but there was no use. Farrah would take a cookie, stroke it gently and hand it back to Stewart with a smile, saying “that’s so beautiful.”

Marriage Wasn’t In The Cards

Fawcett and O’Neal had danced around the idea of marriage since before their son Redmond was born in 1985, with Farrah sometimes pushing it and O’Neal sometimes pushing it. But with three failed marriages between them as well as the difficulties in their relationship, a wedding never happen. One time, O’Neal even proposed to the actress using a cigar band as an impromptu engagement ring, but a flat tire on the way to the shotgun wedding ruined those plans.

O’Neal’s Last Chance

Just before Fawcett’s death, O’Neal decided to ask Farrah one more time to marry him and with tear-filled eyes, she accepted. While speaking about it in an interview, O’Neal said,” The priest at St John’s Hospital arrives to marry us but administered the last rites instead.” The next day, the doctor was ordered to remove the actress’ life support, and Farrah passed away just a few hours later with O’Neal at her side.

In Denial

Before her untimely and saddening death, Doug Vaughan, an NBC senior vice president, worked with Farrah on Farrah’s Story – a type of video diary she made detailing her battle against the disease. Doug was quoted saying: “This is so not the way she thought it was going to go, Farrah was certain that she was going to beat this.” Truth be told, Farrah was so profoundly convinced she was going to make it, the entire point of the video was to show other patients the fight is worth it.

In Sickness And In Health

O’Neal would not leave Farrah’s side during her last days. When he was asked why, he gave a rather unpredictable answer: “She’s never been more lovable,” he said. “There’s a sweetness – she’s skin and bones, but she’s got this beautiful look. I don’t know how long I’m going to get it, but I know why I’ve been around for 30 years for this person.” Although they have certainly had their rough patches over the years, some things never change.

Fighter Right Until The End

For two years Farrah moved back and forth between her comfortable California home and a personal German clinic. In the clinic, she underwent alternative treatments, some extremely painful and invasive. Suffering through the pain and clenching strongly to her mattress, Farrah insisted her best friend Stewart would film every single procedure she had to go through so that the documentary would chronicle her achievement in finding new means of combatting cancer. “She’s had terrible luck,” said O’Neal, “she tried so many different approaches.” Sadly, nothing worked.

 

Rest in Peace, Farrah. I’ll always love you because you were my first.

 

 

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Tales of Rock – The King’s Obsession – Part 1

Elvis could have any woman. So why was he only able to form relationships with virginal girls?

The scene was set for a night of heavy passion, as Elvis Presley welcomed one of Hollywood’s most beautiful young actresses into his suite at the exclusive Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Then 21, Presley was the biggest heart-throb in the U.S. and his date on that September night in 1956 was 18-year-old Natalie Wood, the Oscar-nominated star of Rebel Without A Cause and a wild-child with many previous lovers.

Realizing the publicity value if the two got together, Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker had arranged for them to meet earlier that day on the set of his movie Love Me Tender. For Wood the attraction was instant, but less than 20 minutes after entering Presley’s bedroom that night, she stormed out of the door.

‘What’s the matter with your boss?’ she asked his hangers-on. ‘He’s all hands and no action. I thought he was supposed to be king of the sack, but he doesn’t want to do it with me.’

Elvis Let's play baby

 

Never lonesome: The King lapped up attention from his young female fans

She should not have taken Presley’s lack of ardour so personally. As a disturbing new biography of the ‘King’ suggests, the 18-year-old siren was simply too old for Presley. Shockingly, he preferred girls who were barely more than children.

Most famously there was his future wife, Priscilla Beaulieu, who was just 14 – ten years his junior – when they met in September 1959. Although sexual from the start, their relationship was portrayed as a sweet and innocent triumph of love across the age divide. In fact, it was just one of Presley’s many unsettling liaisons with minors in the years following his rise to fame.

‘He was fascinated with the idea of real young teenage girls,’ said Lamar Fike, a former member of his entourage. ‘It scared the hell out of all of us.’

Such behaviour had its roots in Presley’s dysfunctional childhood, beginning the moment he was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 8, 1935, an identical twin whose brother Jesse died in the womb.

His mother Gladys, having lost one child, was smotheringly protective of the other. Even when Presley was an adult, mother and son shared a secret language in which ice cream was called ‘iddytream’ and milk was known as ‘butch’. When she died of hepatitis in 1958, a 23-year-old Presley was so distraught that he tried to throw himself into the grave after her.

Priscilla Beaulieu in 1960 she later married  Elvis Presley

Young fan: Priscilla Beaulieu in 1960, aged 15, the year after she met Elvis

Gladys’s controlling influence left Presley emotionally stunted. A man-boy who looked to others to take care of him until the day he died, he was insecure when it came to adult matters.

This was most obvious in his relationships with women. Fearing that he might not measure up to their expectations, Presley became ever more paranoid about his skills as a lover – hence his fascination with virgins who would not demand full-on sex and could not compare him to other experiences.

Even as his fame grew, and he embarked on relationships with an endless parade of beauty queens – which Colonel Parker ensured were exploited for maximum press coverage – Presley was on the look-out for young ‘cherries’ as he called them.

Among the first was Jackie Rowland, 14, whose mother Marguerite took her to see a Presley concert in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1956. They were thrilled to be invited backstage, but Marguerite became concerned when Presley took Jackie off to a side room.

A few minutes later she opened the door to find Presley teaching her daughter to ‘kiss in a grown-up way’. Unabashed, he asked Marguerite if he could take Jackie to a bar, promising to take good care of her, but she had seen enough.

‘No sir,’ she told Presley. ‘My little girl is under-age and she is coming home with me.’

Before she left, Presley made Jackie a promise. ‘When you grow up, you are going to be mine.’

Elvis Presley

Love Me Tender: Elvis wed Priscilla in 1969 after pressure from his manager

But within months, she had a rival for his affections in a harem of three adolescent girls, including a petite dark-haired beauty named Frances Forbes. She was 13 when she began hanging around the gates of Presley’s home on Audubon Drive, in a fashionable suburb of Memphis.

‘He didn’t pay any attention to me then, but when I was 14, he noticed me,‘ she said. ‘Fourteen was a magical age with Elvis. It really was.’

Along with her friends Gloria Mowel and Heidi Heissen, both also at that ‘magical’ age, Frances was invited to private pyjama parties in Presley’s bedroom.

During these sessions, he taught the girls how to put on eye make-up the way he liked it – heavy on the shadow and mascara. The evenings would continue with much tickling and kissing, which often went beyond friendly play-fighting.

‘He’d get serious and you’d just push him away,’ said Gloria. ‘But I think if he had really pushed, I would have done it.’

Although he continued to see the trio, Presley’s appetite for such encounters was such that in 1957 he asked his agent Byron Raphael to begin procuring more girls for him. There was no shortage of choice, with hundreds desperate to meet him wherever he went.

Though Presley boasted that he liked sex ‘hot and heavy’, Raphael confirmed that he was far more interested in heavy petting than anything else, particularly when it came to his ‘cherries’.

He recalled one evening when he brought three young girls into Presley’s bedroom. Soon they were all naked, but Presley stayed in his underwear, kissing and fondling them, and eventually falling asleep with his arms around them, as his records played in the background.

Read Part 2 next Sunday, July 29th at 8am!

 

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Celebrity Sightings: 15 Celeb Couples Who Clearly Should’ve Broken Up A Long Time Ago

Do you know a couple that you’re convinced shouldn’t be together? Many of us invest too much on the fictional romances in our favorite shows that we often end up believing we know exactly which of our friends should end up together and which ones are wrong for each other.

Although the concept of “happily ever after” is as fictional as Cinderella and her Prince, most of us still believe some people have a shot at ending up in a relationship which the parties involved will never disagree. However, even those who end up in “perfect relationships” always find out they’re not immune to relationship problems, and they have to work even harder to keep their relationship going.

One of the disadvantages of being a celebrity is that everyone out there makes it his or her business to meddle in their personal lives, so their relationships are subject to public opinion. Therefore, people everywhere have their opinions concerning which celebrity couples should be together and which ones should break up.

This list is about celebrity couples who have been through very tough challenges which should have split them but didn’t. Celebrities often have a reputation for hooking up and breaking up with whoever they’re with, to the point that we love to celebrate those who survive many years in the same relationship. Here are 15 celebrities who should have broken up a long time ago but are still going strong. Which of these do you think are likely to break up in the near future?

 

15.RAY RICE AND JANAY PALMER

Have you’ve watched the video of what happened between Ray Rice and Janay Palmer in an elevator back in 2014? If you have, then you know that at the time, Rice hit Palmer in an elevator while the two were engaged to be married. For the sake of those who’ve not watched it, it’s important to point out that Rice intentionally hit his fiancee so hard that he knocked her out.

In addition to having to answer charges of third-degree aggravated assault, his contract with the Ravens was terminated and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. He appealed the decision in federal courts and won, but he has not gotten an opportunity to play professional football since.

The interesting thing is that these two got married six weeks after the incident took place, and according to Palmer, Rice made a mistake he’d never made previously and would not make again. Palmer is a unique woman since very few women would have married a man who had previously hit them, let alone knocked them out. This relationship should have been over the moment Palmer recovered from the blow, but these two are still going strong.

 

14.JAY-Z AND BEYONCÉ

Many people consider Jay-Z and Beyoncé to be the most powerful couple in music, which is arguably the case. Both have risen to the highest possible levels in the music industry individually, so you can imagine just how powerful they are as a couple. However, their presence on this list means that even the most powerful couples are not perfect.

If you’ve listened to Beyoncé’s Lemonade, then you know she sang songs about her husband’s infidelities at length and was clearly not pleased. In addition, Jay-Z’s 4:44 confirms the unfaithfulness Beyoncé mentioned in her album and even further admitted to straying in an interview with The New York Times.

You must be thinking to yourself just how crazy someone would be to be unfaithful to Beyoncé since every woman would want to be her because she’s so beautiful and successful. This should have been the point at which this high-level couple would have broken up, but they chose not to. Since these two worked out their issues, there’s no reason other people can’t overcome similar challenges as well.

 

13.KANYE WEST AND KIM KARDASHIAN

Although Kanye West and Kim Kardashian got married back in 2014, some people still think their marriage is a sham and a union that happened just to make them relevant and attracted worldwide attention. Since Kim and her whole family will literally do anything to stay in the news, her marriage has played a huge role in helping her meet this objective, and she’s reaping big-time from it. Her social media presence and “reality” shows have made her one of the richest reality tv celebrities in Hollywood.

On the other hand, Kanye West seems like he didn’t mind marrying a hot woman, and was aware of the benefits the union would have on his music career and his image. Many people think these two shouldn’t be in a relationship, let alone a marriage, but somehow, they’ve made their relationship thrive. Whether these two got married because they’re in love or whether it was a good business arrangement is up to them.

 

12.GABRIELLE UNION AND DWYANE WADE

Many people would argue that Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are one of the happiest couples on the planet, owing to just how much fun these two have together. Union, who is a celebrity actress, and Wade, who is a superstar basketball player, first got together in 2009 and got married in 2014. Since their amazing wedding, these two have shared images of the fun moments they have together on vacations and on dates, and it’s clear they’re not afraid of a bit of PDA (public display of affection).

These two make it to this list because, in 2013, Wade hooked up with Aja Metoyer, a longtime friend, and she gave birth to his son in November of the same year. In his defence, Wade claimed he and Union had split up at the time, so he technically didn’t betray her. A month after his son was born, he proposed to Union and she said yes. They got married in August of 2014. These two should’ve broken up even before they got married, but their love is keeping them strong.

 

11.WILL SMITH AND JADA PINKETT SMITH

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett have for the longest time been considered the most powerful couple in Hollywood, owing to just how successful these two are. Will has been called “the most powerful actor in Hollywood,” and has been considered by Forbes to be the most bankable star worldwide; owing to the success of the films he has played leading roles in.

Jada, on the other hand, is a successful actress who has starred in films such as Set It Off and Menace II Society and appeared in successful franchises such as The Matrix films and the Madagascar animated films.

These two have been married for 21 years, and they’re here because so many people have claimed they’ve both been unfaithful to each other at some point. One incident mentioned in the tabloids claimed Will caught Jada and Marc Anthony in their family home— claims which everyone involved refuted. These two have continued to be strong in their relationship, despite the pressure to give up and break up.

 

10.DAVID AND VICTORIA BECKHAM

Since it’s common knowledge that many celebrity relationships and marriages don’t last, David and Victoria Beckham are unique in that they’ve been married for the last 18 years and are still going strong. What makes the relationship even more amazing is that both of them are huge celebrities in their own right. They have the type of celebrity marriage that hardly lives past a few years.

The main reason that they make it to this list is because of a woman named Rebecca Loos, who purported to have had an illicit fling with David back in 2004 when she was his personal assistant. At the time, David was still married to Victoria, and the media had a field day reporting the incident making Rebecca one of the most famous women in the world at the time.

David and Victoria should have split at this time, but they stuck together and overcame the shame and negative publicity which resulted. David admits he has made mistakes in their relationship but has never confessed to being involved with Rebecca in the way she claims he was.

 

9.SARAH JESSICA PARKER AND MATTHEW BRODERICK

Since 1997, Sarah Jessica Parker and Mathew Broderick have been married to each other, and by the way things are going, these two will spend the rest of their lives together. It’s so amazing when two successful actors can stay married for more than 20 years, despite their hectic acting schedules, which often separate them for long periods at a time.

Although these two always look happy, they’re on this list because Matthew allegedly had a secret fling with an unnamed woman while his wife was shooting the film Sex And The City. When the news broke, Matthew, through his spokesperson, didn’t deny the allegations and refused to comment on the issue.

Although this secret relationship should have been the end of their marriage, these two chose to remain together and overcome this challenge. These two have said many times they love each other, and since they’ve gone through so much together, we have no reason to doubt them. They have three children together.

 

8.BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON

Bill Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States, and he served as president from 1993 to 2001. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has held several powerful political posts as well, and when she ran for the presidency in 2016, she won the popular vote but lost the presidency to the incumbent President Donald Trump.

These two have been married since 1975, and chances of them breaking up now are slim to none. However, they make it to this list because their marriage would have ended back in the ’90s when Bill was still president. Several women came forward accusing Bill of misconduct, with Monica Lewinsky’s case coming close to ending Clinton’s presidency through an impeachment because he was accused of perjury.

The allegations, scandals, court case, and all of the things that resulted were possibly the toughest period for their marriage to survive. If these two can survive so much humiliation, then couples all over the world need to work harder to save their marriages.

 

7.DAVID LETTERMAN AND REGINA LASKO

David Letterman was initially married to Michelle Cook, but their marriage ended in October of 1977. Before getting involved with his current wife, Regina Lasko, Letterman had a serious relationship with Merrill Markoe for ten years up until 1988. Letterman’s relationship with Lasko started in 1986 when he was still living with Markoe, and they were in a relationship for 23 years until 2009 when they officially got married.

This marriage would have ended as soon as it began because in 2009, barely six months after they exchanged vows, he was caught in a scandal, which forced him to apologize to his wife in one of his shows. He announced to his viewers that someone had tried blackmailing him by threatening to release information which suggested he’d had inappropriate relations with several colleagues if he didn’t offer him two million dollars.

Although the information was true, Letterman went to the authorities and the perpetrator was caught and his confession worked towards mending his almost breaking down marriage. However, his marriage to his wife continued to this day.

 

6.NICOLE KIDMAN AND KEITH URBAN

Nicole Kidman used to be married to Tom Cruise, and the two adopted children together during that time. However, five years after Tom left her, she married Keith Urban in June of 2006 in Sydney, and they’ve been together ever since. They have two children of their own. In 2015 during an interview, Kidman claimed she and Urban didn’t know each other well when they were getting married, but they got to know each other in their marriage.

These two make it to this list because, in addition to the many problems couples go through when they’re married, they had to survive rumors of Urban’s alleged unfaithfulness. Amanda Wyatt claimed she was repeatedly involved with Urban when he and Kidman were engaged and added she felt sorry for Kidman.

For over a decade, this couple’s marital troubles have hit the tabloids, but it’s safe to say they’ve reduced in the recent past. Such accusations, whether true or false, sure strained the relationship, and Kidman and Urban chose to stick together through that storm.

 

5.DAVID BOREANAZ AND JAIME BERGMAN

David Boreanaz is an amazing actor, most popularly known for his role as Seeley Booth, an FBI special agent in Bones, a comedy-drama series, or currently as Jason Hayes, in SEAL Team. His wife, Jaime Bergman, is a model and an actress who has appeared on several magazine covers and in a number of Playboy videos. These two got married back in 2001 and they have two children, a son called Jaden and a daughter called Bella.

These two have made it on this list because back in 2010, David acknowledged his involvement in a secret fling with one of the women Tiger Woods apparently betrayed his wife with a woman named Rachel Uchitel. In addition to admitting he strayed from his wife, text messages concerning the relationship surfaced on the internet, an embarrassing situation that should have broken this marriage up. What’s even worse about the timing of the whole incident was that his wife was pregnant with their second child.

 

4.SNOOP DOGG AND SHANTE BROADUS

Snoop Dogg is one of the greatest and most influential musicians we have today, and he has developed a huge fan base since starting his music career back in 1992. Throughout his career, he has sold over 23 million albums domestically and 35 million worldwide, making him a very successful musician.

He has so far released 14 studio albums and holds 17 Grammy award nominations. Despite breaking into the music industry with hip-hop, funk, and gangsta rap, he’s currently doing more of reggae, after converting to Rastafari back in 2012.

In 2013, Snoop told Queen Latifah that he took his wife through turmoil on his journey to success, and at the time he didn’t understand just how much he was hurting her. He further explained how he decided to start loving his wife and children by reprioritizing his life. Back when he was placing his career before his wife and children, his marriage should have ended, but the good thing is that they’re still together.

 

3.PINK AND CAREY HART

Do you know two people in a relationship who appear as if they’re wrong for each other, owing to the amount of drama they cause? If you’ve followed Pink and Carey Hart’s relationship for the 12 years they’ve been together, you will obviously think these two don’t belong together.

Since they got married back in 2006, they’ve officially broken up twice, and even picked up divorce papers to end their marriage in 2008 when they were just two years into it. Although we’re not quite sure why they broke up the first time, the reason they split the second time was due to their hectic work schedules, which would force them to spend so much time apart they would hardly have any time to deal with issues in their marriage.

Pink went out of her way to win back her man, and her effort paid off because they’re still together. Both confess that their marriage isn’t perfect, and was it not for their desire to hold on to what they have, their marriage would have ended a long time ago.

 

2.NAYA RIVERA AND RYAN DORSEY

Naya Rivera is popularly known for the role she played in Glee from 2009 to 2015, a cheerleader called Santana Lopez. For this and many roles, she has received numerous awards and award nominations since she’s a highly talented actress and musician. She married Ryan Dorsey in 2014, and although these two have been married for just four years, they’ve had to overcome issues some couples who’ve been married for decades have never experienced.

In November 2016, barely two years into their marriage, Naya filed for divorce, but they called off the separation in October of 2017, meaning they lost a year in the split. In November of 2017, authorities in Kanawha County, West Virginia arrested Naya for domestic battery. Apparently, she hit Ryan in the head and on the face during a disagreement. After she was released from jail, she refiled for divorce, and we’re waiting to see what will happen. This relationship should have ended a long time ago, but these two have a chance to mend it.

 

1.KOBE AND VANESSA BRYANT

If you love basketball and have watched a few NBA games, then the name Kobe Bryant is not new to you. Bryant is one of the best guards in the history of the NBA, and many people have even claimed he was greater than Michael Jordan was. With the Los Angeles Lakers, he won the Championship five times and was the NBA’s MVP in 2008, NBA Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010, and he won an Academy Award for his short animated film Dear Basketball just this year.

However, Bryant and his wife are not on this list because of the great achievements in basketball, but because they went through one of the toughest challenges a marriage could ever go through. In 2003, Bryant was arrested for allegedly assaulting a 19-year-old at a hotel in Eagle County, and the case that followed tarnished his reputation and he not only lost many of his endorsement deals but many of his fans.

During the course of the case, his marriage should have ended, but Vanessa stuck with him. In December 2011 she filed for divorce but called it off a month later, and we can only assume they’re happily married today.

 

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Celebrity Sightings: Farrah Fawcett – 1947 to 2009 – Life Uncovered – Part 6

Mystery Scar

The red, one-piece bathing suit that Fawcett wore during this photo shoot was chosen to cover up a scar she received in her youth. While the exact story behind the injury that caused the scar remains a mystery, sources that were close to her say that it was from an accident while trying to learn to ride her bike. Either way, it all worked out because without the scar to be hidden the red bathing suit wouldn’t have been chosen.

Friends Or Enemies?

After taking a brief break with her former flame, Ryan O’Neal, Fawcett later began dating producer James Orr in 1997, but the relationship almost as soon as it started. In 1998, Orr was convicted of assaulting Fawcett in a highly publicized scandal that was majorly played up in the tabloids. Neither came out from the legal battle unscathed, and since then became enemies. The bad publicity Orr received seriously hurt his name in Hollywood and had trouble finding work.

Kids Before Marriage

Fawcett and O’Neal may have never made it down the aisle, but famously dated from 1979 until 1997 and even had a son together, Redmond O’Neal. Although the couple broke things off more than a decade before her battle with cancer began, O’Neal appeared to be a constant presence in Farrah’s life. While the pair seemed to be picture perfect, their relationship was described by some as stormy and temperamental. There was certainly more than what met the eye.

Sticky Fingers

Just three months after ending her 17-year relationship with Ryan O’Neal, Fawcett began dating James Orr, who directed her in the 1995 comedy Man of the House. Orr’s close friend and sometimes actress Kristen Amber claimed that Fawcett had stolen $72,000 worth of her clothing that she had kept in his home. After a thorough police investigation, and Farrah’s name being dragged through the dirt, investigators failed to substantiate the charge, and Farrah was let off the hook.

‘Til Death Do Us Part

It’s true that hardships can bring people together, and this is especially true in the case of Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal. The relationship was put to the ultimate test after O’Neal fell ill and Fawcett was there for the whole ride. Although they split up in 1997, Fawcett called Ryan the love of her life, and they but got back together in 2001 after he was diagnosed with leukemia. They remained a couple until Fawcett’s death.

Battle With Cancer

O’Neal wasn’t the only one to fall victim to cancer as in 2006, Farrah was also diagnosed. For three years, Farrah fought hard against the disease and sought various types of treatments, but her efforts were to no avail. Cancer quickly spread to the rest of her body, and she unfortunately passed away on June 25, 2009. Farrah was surrounded by Ryan and her son Redmond at the time of her death as well as the final moments leading up to it.

Kicking And Screaming

The first time O’Neal and Fawcett decided to cease their relationship, back in 1997, was not a pretty sight. The two were screaming, scandals of infidelity hit the fan, and even news of low-level violence would surface in tabloids thirsty for information. However, just because they could no longer keep their cool enough to be interlinked romantically, did not mean they were willing to terminate any further interaction with one another altogether. Therefore, the second and last time the two parted was when Fawcett was on her death-bed.

Photo Fight

In 1980, O’Neal set up a meeting between Fawcett and artist Andy Warhol, where Warhol created two portraits of Fawcett. The one of a kind portraits were later loaned by the actress to The Andy Warhol Museum. After a 2013 court case between O’Neal and the University of Texas, whom Fawcett named as the recipient of her artwork, one of the portraits was deemed the property of O’Neal. During the court case, the portrait was valued between $800,000 and $12 million.

Michael Jackson Overshadowed Fawcett’s Death

Fawcett died at age 62 on June 25, 2009, the same day pop icon Michael Jackson died, at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, with O’Neal and Stewart by her side. Unfortunately, the news of Fawcett’s death was largely overshadowed by the coverage of singer-songwriter Michael Jackson’s death, which occurred a few hours later in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles. Even in her final moments, O’Neal said that Fawcett managed to keep a smile on her face.

Permanently Damaged Their Son

O’Neal was quoted recently explaining he fully understands the extent in which his fighting with Farrah deeply damaged their son. He elaborated: “One of us should have been the grown-up. Instead, we were two single-minded people who gave into our baser impulses…Our moral compass had become submerged in a sea of ego and confusion and our sweet little boy would bear the brunt of the corrosion.” Because of his unstable childhood, Redmond turned to substance abuse.

 

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Celebrity Sightings: Farrah Fawcett – 1947 to 2009 – Life Uncovered – Part 2

Whether it was because of her acting and modeling, or her million dollar smile, Farrah will forever remain an icon and we will always remember her. Here are some secrets that you might not know about the blonde bombshell.

Unrecognizable

In a Vanity Fair article, it was reported that Ryan O’Neal, Farrah’s longtime partner, was furious at her before she died because she couldn’t recognize him and kept calling him Steve. Allegedly, Steve is the name of her dealer.

The Origin Of Farrah’s Name

Fawcett once said that her famous name “Farrah” was actually “made up” by her mother, Pauline Alice Fawcett, because it went well with their last name. Another theory behind the well-known name is that her father, James William Fawcett, reportedly thought it would suit her as it’s the Arabic word for “joy.” The spelling of the name which was originally, Farih, was switched after Pauline reportedly asked to change the spelling to “Farrah.” Thank goodness she did!

W. B. Ray High School’s Most Beautiful

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Fawcett’s early education was at the parish school of the church her family attended, which was St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church. After grade school, Fawcett attended W. B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, where she graduated from and was voted “most beautiful” by her classmates during all four years. We can’t blame them, after all, Fawcett was clearly quite the stunner. Farrah was also on her high school’s cheerleading squad.

New Girl On Campus

In 1965, Fawcett enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin, where she planned to study microbiology, but later decided to change her major to art with a focus in sculpting. Farrah opted for off campus housing and lived at Madison House on 22nd Street. During Fawcett’s freshman year, she was named one of the “Ten Most Beautiful Coeds On Campus,” becoming the first freshman in the school’s history to be chosen. Their photos were then sent to various agencies in Hollywood.

College Dropout

After receiving photos from her school David Mirisch, a Hollywood agent, called Farrah and pleaded with her to fly to Los Angeles. Although she turned him down, Mirisch persisted and called her for the next two years. Finally, in the summer of 1968, following her junior year, Fawcett’s parents gave her permission to try her luck in Hollywood and she moved to California. Although this jump-started Farrah’s career, she unfortunately became labeled as a college drop out.

She Didn’t Use A Mirror

In 1976, Pro Arts Inc. requested Farrah for a photo shoot with photographer Bruce McBroom. While getting ready for the shoot, Fawcett styled her own hair and did her makeup without any help or even a mirror! She enhanced her blonde highlights by squeezing lemon juice into her hair. From 40 rolls of film, Fawcett selected six of her favorite pictures and eventually the choice was narrowed to the one which made her famous. The resulting poster, of Fawcett in a one-piece red bathing suit.

The Famous Red Bathing Suit

The red one-piece bathing suit Fawcett wore in her famous 1976 poster was donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on February 2, 2011. The eye-catching swimsuit was designed by CFDA Award-winning fashion designer Norma Kamali and was donated to the Smithsonian by Farrah’s executors. It was Farrah’s longtime companion Ryan O’Neal however, who formally presented the bathing suit to NMAH in Washington, D.C. It’s now on display and can be viewed by the public.

Famous Tennis Partners

Farrah and her ex-husband, television star Lee Majors, were frequent tennis partners with producer Aaron Spelling the man who cast Farrah in the production which made her a star. Spelling and his executives chose Fawcett to play Jill Munroe in their television show, Charlie’s Angels, which aired on ABC on March 21, 1976. The show starred Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith as P.I’s for Townsend Associates, a detective agency run by a multi-millionaire whom the women had never met.

Distance Didn’t Make Their Hearts Grow Fonder

Because her former husband, Lee Majors, was already the star of an established TV show (ABC’s Six Million Dollar Man, which aired from 1974 to 1978) they were both very busy. This ended up putting a strain on their marriage due to filming schedules that kept them apart for long periods of time. The distance was frequently cited as the reason for their split but, Fawcett’s ambition to further her acting abilities in films has also been rumored to be an explanation.

The Inevitable End

Farrah started dating Lee Majors during the late 1960’s. It seemed like a blooming affair that went by the book – they dated for years before finally tying the knot in 1973, and their highly publicized marriage was just short of hitting the 10 years mark. In an interview Lee gave to Fox411 many years later, he explained: “It was quite the extreme. It was probably like Brad and Jennifer when they were together. The press was all over us. Naturally, we really couldn’t go anywhere.”

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Tales of Rock – Elvis Almost Had An Album Produced By David Bowie

Dreams can still come true, especially when you’re David Bowie. In the winter of ’77, Bowie received a phone call from Elvis himself.

In 1997, country star and occasional actor Dwight Yoakam met David Bowie, and the pair got to talking about their mutual love for Elvis Presley, which, despite being a music legend, is generally not a person you expect to find yourself talking about while locked in conversation with David Bowie. As Yoakam tells it, Bowie related a story from 20 years prior, when Elvis had approached him to produce his upcoming album.

This happened in 1976, when Bowie had just released “Golden Years,” a song he’d originally intended to ask Elvis to record. But legend has it that when Bowie asked his then-wife Angie to deliver the request, Angie got so nervous about meeting the rock ‘n’ roll legend that she chickened out and never delivered the message.

However, dreams can still come true, especially when you’re David Bowie. In the winter of ’77, Bowie received a phone call from Elvis himself. He had heard Bowie’s latest hit, “Golden Years,” and was apparently so blown away by it he wanted the pop icon to produce his next album. However, because the universe was not satisfied by the current level of irony present in this interaction, Elvis died of a heart attack that same summer, and the two never got to work together.

However, many critics have speculated that the Duke’s last album, Black Star, was a tribute to Presley, who had a little-known song of the same name. So maybe they’ll do some kind of ghost collaboration, which would be an absolute treat to listen to.

 

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