Celebrities are often regarded for their talents, philanthropy, performances, and sometimes outrageous acts. Although they are most known for their roles in movies, television, and music, celebrities are human, and they have real-life experiences that have shaped them or hurt them, just as everyone else has. Many celebrities have opened up about their experiences with abuse, tragic loss, and more.

VH1, a top online news source for celebrities and shows, has identified several people who have gone through a lot:

  1. Mary J. Blige – At 5 years old, Mary was sexually abused, and it haunted her for most of her life. She told in an interview with Behind the Music,That thing followed me all my life. The shame of thinking my molestation was my fault. It led me to believe I wasn’t worth anything”.
  2. Nicki Minaj – Her father was addicted to drugs, and Nicki told the Rolling Stone, “When I first came to America, I would go to my room and kneel down at the foot of my bed and pray that god would make me rich so that I could take care of my mother”.
  3. Charlize Theron – At 15 years old, Charlize’s father, who had alcoholism, attempted to kill Charlize and her mother by firing his gun at them in their house. Charlize’s mother fired back at him and killed him in self-defense. Charlize discussed this in an interview stating, “I know what happened. And I know that if my daughter was in the same situation, I would do the same thing”.
  4. Dylan McDermott – When his mother was killed at 20 years old, Dylan at the time was 5 years old and he was sent to his grandmother’s because his father was in prison. He told Esquire, “It shapes you forever and you don’t get over it”.
  5. Jim Carrey – When he was 12 years old, Jim’s father lost his job and their family struggled with poverty. Jim explained that they lived in a van and worked as guards and janitors. Jim worked 8 hours shifts after school to help his family through.

As Helen Keller stated,

All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming”.

Although these celebrities have gone through extremely devastating and challenging events, they have managed to push through. They have sought help and have continued towards their dreams. You can too. The first step required is seeking the help you need to work through your trauma, instead of self-medicating through drugs, alcohol, gambling, shopping, etc.

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