10 Celebrities Who Had Traumatic Childhood Experiences
6 Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott was just eight years old when she was sexually abused by her 16-year-old cousin. She was lured to his home multiple times and was sexually abused for over a year. She experienced poverty and witnessed her father abusing her mother. Her father even tried to shoot her mother in front of her.
Missy Elliott is a 50-year-old music artist. She is a five-time Grammy award winner and is one of the most celebrated female music artists. Missy is the only female music artist whose six albums are platinum-certified. She has made a strong mark in the world of hip hop. Despite being a most strong and hard-working artist, her childhood was not full of blossoms.
Missy was ambushed by her 16-year-old cousin when she was just an eight-year-old kid. She said he used to come every day after school, and being an eight-year-old girl, she didn’t know what was happening to her.
Being molested is the worst feeling in the world which no one forgets. She also witnessed arguments between her parents as a kid. One time her father pulled out a gun and pointed it towards her mother. Missy’s father said that he would kill her mother while Missy was screaming, “Dad, please don’t kill my mother!”
However, even after facing these traumatic incidents, Missy Elliott didn’t give up on her passion for singing and joined a band. Since then, she has been shining and treating her fans with her sensational music capabilities. (1, 2)
7 Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry experienced extreme abuse from his family and neighbors. One time when his mother was out, his father came home drunk and beat him with a vacuum cleaner extension cord until his skin was peeling off. Tyler even tried to commit suicide to save himself from abuse.
Tyler Perry is a 51-year-old talented actor, screenwriter, director, producer, songwriter, and author. In 2011, he became the highest-earning person in the entertainment business with his successful TV series “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”
He played various roles in plays, sitcoms, and films, although as a child he was also the victim of physical abuse. His father used to abuse him both mentally and physically.
Tyler stated his childhood was a living hell. His father once came home drunk and beat him with a vacuum cleaner extension until Tyler’s skin began to peel off.
Tyler even tried to commit suicide to save himself from this brutality. Tyler was also the victim of sexual abuse when he was just five years old. His mother’s love supported him throughout this time. (source)
8 Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson’s father was a professional hitman. He killed a federal judge in the 20th century and was convicted with two life sentences when Woody was just seven years old. It was also suspected that his father was a part of the JFK assassination.
Woody Harrelson is a 60-year-old actor with a long list of successful films, TV shows, and stage shows. He is a talented and famous actor with his popular performances in Natural Born Killers, White Men Can’t Jump, Indecent Proposal, and many more.
People say Woody gets perfection in his violent roles because of the influence of his father in his life. Harrelson’s father was a professional hitman. His father was a big-time gambler and contract killer. His father was convicted and sentenced to two life sentences for murdering a federal judge when Woody was just seven years old.
Woody’s father was also was suspected of being a part of the JFK assassination. His father passed away in 2007 while serving his two life sentences. Later, Woody was raised by his mother in Lebanon, Ohio. After finishing his studies, he worked in New York theatres where his journey started for being an actor. (source)
9 Robert Sylvester Kelly
Kelly was shot with a stray bullet in his shoulder when he was just 11. He was surrounded by several women in his home while growing up. One of the women used to sexually abuse him, and other women used to perform sexual acts in front of him when his mother was out.
Robert Sylvester Kelly, popularly known as R. Kelly, is a 54-year-old American singer. He is also a songwriter, actor, and record producer. He is famous for his best-selling music in the US. He has a long list of songs that he produced, written, and remixed. Despite being a successful and hardworking singer, his life was full of miseries and abuse when he was a child.
Kelly was raised by her single mother, and he was surrounded by several women while growing up. He was sexually abused by some of these women. The abuse started when he was just eight years old and continued till he was 14. Kelly used to be sexually abused by neighbors and relatives.
He even was forced to watch when women performed sexual acts in front of him. He mentioned all of these traumatic incidents in his 2012 autobiography Soulacoaster. The victim became a victimizer when in 2019 when he became a controversial figure, as he was involved in several sex crimes. (source)
10 Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj’s father was a drug addict. He used to sell their belongings for drug money. He also lit the house on fire and attempted to kill her mother. She states, “Dads out there should think twice before acting crazy. Maybe their daughter will be famous one day and talk to every magazine about it.”
Nicki Minaj is a 38-year-old American rapper and songwriter. With her successful career, she is also an icon of women’s empowerment. She is also known for her bold looks and unique brightly colored makeup styles.
Her fast-flow rap style with her magnificent voice has made her famous as a solo artist and as a featured cameo voice on other albums. She was inspired to work hard because of many reasons, one is her traumatic childhood.
Nicki Minaj’s father was a drug addict who used to physically abuse her mother, which left a deep impact on her. He used to sell her home’s furniture and other belongings for drug money.
Her parents are still together and her father gets offended when she talks about him, to which Nicki says, “It’s a lesson for all fathers out there, as they should think twice before acting like trash. Maybe their daughter will become famous in the future and will talk to every magazine about it.” (source)
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