There is something about celebrities falling from grace that allows us all to feel just that little better about ourselves – realizing that these gods and goddesses we place on pedestals are actually human just like us. Nowadays with paparazzi everywhere and media outlets looking for the next big scandal, celebrities have nowhere to hide from the cameras and protecting their perfect image is proving harder than ever.
So why do we become so excited when a huge star begins to self-destruct on a very public stage? Laura Kipnes, author of How To Become A Scandal, told Newsweek, “Part of the interest is that scandal makes us all into detectives. We get to be the armchair psychoanalyst, and then (we) also get to be the judge, and the jury. It’s sadistic, it’s pleasurable – and ultimately, it keeps the scandal hot.”
Scandals can be dismissed as just gossip or lies from the media, but when a scandal is captured on camera there is very little room for a celebrity to wiggle their way out of it. These following stars all know that too well, as pictures of them were published that they wish could be buried. Here are the celebrity pics you were never meant to see.
15. Britney Spears Dropping Her Baby
In 2006, when Britney Spears’ son Sean Preston was just eight months old when she almost dropped him right on his head. The paparazzi swarmed The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New York, as Britney exited, carrying her son and surrounded by bodyguards. The frenzy was too much for the Toxic singer, who lost her footing as she tried to find her car outside. Her son’s head was jerked back but luckily one of her bodyguards managed to steady her and avoid any serious injury.
This was not the first incident where her son appeared to be in danger. Just months earlier, she was criticized for driving her car with Sean Preston sat in her lap and other reports revealed that he had fallen from his broken high chair when in the care of a nanny. Nowadays, Britney is happier, healthier and better than ever – this is just another incident she no doubt wants to leave in the past.
14. John Travolta Kissing Another Man
Despite being married to the mother of his two children, Kelly Preston, for 25 years, John Travolta has dodged rumors about his own sexuality for years. When he was caught by the paparazzi indulging in a kiss with his family nanny Jeff Katherin, it was just more fuel to the fire.
Travolta’s former pilot Doug Gotterba tried to release a kiss-and-tell biography about his alleged six-year affair with the Hairspray actor, but he was slapped with a cease and desist order that demanded he spoke nothing of it. Gotterba told the National Enquirer that he intended to “tell the story of (Travolta’s) life and those involved in it.” He also claimed the Hollywood actor had a jealous streak and he revealed, “He’d disappear into my bedroom and go through my drawers. He always tried to catch me cheating on him.”
13. Kate Middleton Caught Topless Sunbathing
They were the pictures that caused the Britsh royal family a lot of embarrassment. In 2012, shortly after her marriage to Prince William, Kate Middleton – now the Duchess of Cambridge – went on a honeymoon to France, and when she believed she was safe, removed her bikini and enjoyed some topless sunbathing.
The future Queen of England clearly forgot she was one of the most photographed women in the world and the paparazzi who were lurking in the bushes got their shot. The nude images were published in the French press but at quite a price. The royal newlyweds pressed charges and banned the images from being spread even further.
Furious palace officials released a statement that read: “The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so.”
12. David Beckham Flirting With Another Woman
In 2004, British newspaper News of the World splashed all over their front page that David Beckham had an affair with his personal assistant, Rebecca Loos. These claims he and his wife, Victoria Beckham, have furiously denied. Just one week later, Australian model Sarah Marbeck claimed that she had slept with Beckham on two occasions. Her claims were dismissed as “ludicrous”.
Just a year on from the scandal and David was caught in a tight spot again. The above picture captured a fairly innocent scene – he was dining with his wife and close friends in Madrid, Spain. But beady-eyed fans noticed that he had removed his shoe under the table and was playing bare-footed footsie under the table with the mystery woman sat opposite. Victoria was completely unaware as she keeps the conversation going at the table.
11. Kristen Stewart Caught Out Cheating
In 2012, Kristen Stewart starred in Snow White and The Huntsman and when she should have been busy promoting the film, instead she was caught out cozying up to the film’s director Rupert Sanders. To make matters worse, she was in a relationship with her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson at the time and her new lover was actually married. The pair would have got away with it if it wasn’t for those pesky paparazzi.
Years after the scandal, Kristen recalled the affair in an interview with Marie Claire, she admitted, “I lit my universe on fire and I watched it burn. Speaking very candidly, it was a really traumatic period in my early 20s that kick-started something in me that was a bit more feral.” She added, “‘I’m really proud that I am able to move forward and not fall into every mental crater. That’s a new thing for me. Age has made me smarter and calmer.”
10. Nicole Richie’s Dangerous Weight Loss
It was the image that shocked many – Nicole Richie’s weight loss was so dramatic that she appeared almost skeletal as she was photographed wearing a tiny bikini. Her extreme weight loss was down to a ‘sunseed flower diet’ and at her skinniest she weighed just 88 pounds.
Star magazine reported that Nicole’s husband Joel Madden usually keeps track of his wife’s health and how well she is eating. Their source revealed, “Joel has always tried to keep tight tabs on her diet. But since he’s gone so often, no one’s ever really sure how much she’s eating anymore.”
They added, “He is extremely worried about her. He tells her that she needs to focus on her health for the sake of the children, because they need their mother. When Joel confronts her on how she needs to ingest more nutrients, she says the juices give her all she needs.’ More recently Nicole has appeared to be keeping herself at a more reasonable weight and she looks a lot happier for it.
9. Taylor Swift Wearing Spanx
Taylor Swift suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction on stage in front of thousands of her fans. She let fans in on a personal peep show – although there wasn’t much else to see other than a huge pair of her unflattering spanx. Thankfully we can all breathe a sigh of relief and come to terms with the fact that she is just like one of us.
Taylor must have been having a bloated day because she is constantly photographed leaving the gym after an intense workout session. Her body is praised so much for it’s toned physique that she even insured her own famous legs for $40 million. A source told The Daily Mail, “It seems like a ludicrous sum, but if something was to happen to her legs, Taylor wouldn’t be able to give her signature stage performances. Her $200 million career would be in big trouble.”
8. Angelina Jolie Fights With Brad Pitt On Balcony
Months before they announced their divorce, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were deemed as Hollywood’s power couple and between them and their six kids, everything appeared perfect. However, as Angelina grabbed a quick cigarette break on the balcony of a hotel in Sydney, Australia, it was clear that the cracks were beginning to appear.
An eyewitness told In Touch magazine, “Brad threw up his arms, you could see the frustration on his face. He was clearly exasperated with her. They kept talking over each other and putting their hands up in anger. They were upset but getting nowhere. Angie looked like she was on the verge of tears.”
Angelina was left alone, looking miserable and lost in her own thoughts. No surprise when the couple announced their separation shortly after, with Angelina also fighting for full custody of all six children.
7. Peaches Geldof Saves Her Phone Before The Baby
In 2012, Peaches Geldof, British socialite and daughter of Sir Bob Geldof, lost control of her pram near her London home and tipped her newborn son Astala out onto the pavement. It appeared from the picture that she chose to save her phone from falling to the floor instead of steadying the pram. She was also criticized for continuing her conversation on the phone as she multi-tasked between the phone call and picking up her son off the floor.
In a tweet after the embarrassing incident she blamed the potholes in the road for causing injury to her son. She said, “It’s impossible to see these cracks when pushing a pram. The Mayor of London should do something about it – it’s ridiculous!”
Sadly two years later, Peaches died from a drug overdose. Her father told an Irish radio station, “Part of me kind of half-expected (it with) Peaches, to be honest with you – the way she was carrying on, there’s nothing you can do about it.”
6. Lindsay Lohan Playing With Knives
Things were not going well for Lindsay Lohan in 2007. Her career was sliding down the pan, she had just finished a stint in rehab, she was due to stand trial for a DUI and already her trainwreck reputation was growing.
Then just to cause her PR team more of a headache, photos of her biting a butcher’s knife, whilst her female companion pulled down her top and held another sharp knife up against her. Lindsay had stated that she was sober and getting her life back on track but these worrying images told a very different story.
Luckily no one was hurt, but with that many shot glasses in the background, Lindsay was clearly under the influence again and her fans were not impressed. One source told The Sun, “These photos are very worrying. Lindsay is so out of control. She should not be left within a million miles of a knife. The states Lindsay gets herself into she is lucky to be alive.”
5. Kim Ignores North West Falling Over
Kim Kardashian adores her 3-year-old daughter North West just as much as she adores the paparazzi and sometimes she can’t decide between the two. When little Nori took a tumble on the ground, Kim just carried on working it in front of the cameras. Luckily aunt Kourtney Kardashian was around to hold on to the little toddler and pick her back up as she face-planted on the floor.
North doesn’t have it so bad, as having superstar parents can open many doors, especially those of luxury fashion designers. The pre-school tot has been spotted with a $1000 mini Louis Vuitton handbag, a $375 Oscar de la Renta dress, and her earrings are $50,000 half-carat diamonds from Lorraine Schwartz. A source told US Weekly, “Kim and Kanye are grateful when designers send them some pieces. North loves clothes and getting ready to go out. It’s a lot of fun.”
4. Jay-Z’s Mugshot
Rap mogul, Tidal founder, entrepreneur and husband of Beyonce is one of the most successful men on the planet, although he would prefer everyone to forget his past. Born Shawn Carter, he grew up on the impoverished streets of Brooklyn, New York, and from the age of 13-years-old he sold cocaine and in a later interview with Oprah Winfrey he explained how local drug dealers became his role models.
In 1999, at New York’s Kit Kat club he attacked a rival record producer with a knife and was arrested shortly after. He pleaded guilty in court and received three years probation. In his biography Decoded he wrote, “Before I even realized what I was going, I headed over to him, but this time I was blacking out with anger. The next thing I knew, all hell had broken loose in the club.”
3. Amber Heard’s Black Eye
It was the image that shocked the world in 2016. Actress Amber Heard released photos of her black eye following an alleged attack from her husband of 15 months Johnny Depp. She claimed that during her time living with him she “feared for her life.” Depp’s team had tried to stop the images from leaking but Heard claimed she had no bad intentions and that she wasn’t trying to “bury him.”
His legal team told US Weekly, “Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother (she had died just three days earlier), Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation, and lies about his personal life. Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.”
Depp’s ex-wife Vanessa Paradis also released a public statement stating, “I believe with all my heart that these recent allegations being made are outrageous. In all the years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years.”
2. Nigella Lawson Choked By Her Husband
Britsh TV chef Nigella Lawson raised many concerns for her safety when she was photographed looking frightened, Saatchi & Saatchi founder Charles Saatchi, as he grabbed her by the throat. He was also seen grabbing and twisting her nose whilst they dined outside a London restaurant. The photographer who took the images said the whole incident lasted just under half an hour, which he described as “27 minutes of madness.”
The mother-of-two revealed during the divorce hearing, “What actually happened was that somebody walked by with a very cute baby in a stroller and I said ‘I am so looking forward to having grandchildren’, and he grabbed me by the throat and said ‘I am the only person you should be concerned with. I am the only person who should be giving you pleasure’. Saatchi argued in court, “I was not gripping, strangling or throttling her. I was holding her head by the neck to make her focus.”
1. Britney Spears And THAT Night Out With Paris
Britney Spears was once at the peak of her career, she had a string of number one hits, a signature look, pop star boyfriend Justin Timberlake on her arm and sell-out tours around the world. Then following the split from Timberlake, her excessive drinking started to damage not only her looks but also her reputation.
To make matters worse she started to hang around with notorious party girls, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. The trio was photographed out most nights, smoking, drinking and enjoying dance-offs together.
Then Britney made the horrendous mistake of trying to step out of Paris’ sportscar, with hoards of paparazzi at the door and – wearing no knickers. It took just one second but far too much Britney had started to circle the internet. This is one picture Britney probably wants to set on fire and bury.