Famous Celebrities You Had No Idea Were Adopted

Nicole Richie

It's pretty common for celebrities to adopt, but not all of those kids become celebs in their own right. Nicole was raised by rockstar legend Lionel Richie and his now-ex-wife Brenda Harvey-Richie in California. Though it's never been confirmed, there are rumors that one of Nicole's biological parents is a former bandmate of Lionel. At age nine, she officially became part of the Richie family.


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The More You Know

  • Growing up, Katy Perry wasn't allowed to eat Lucky Charms cereal because luck was "linked to the devil." Her family also called deviled eggs "angeled eggs."
  • Leonardo DiCaprio has never done drugs and had to speak to a drug expert to prepare for Wolf of Wall Street.
  • Shakira was banned from her school’s choir, and her classmates said she sounded like a goat. The Hips Don’t Lie superstar sure showed them!
  • Actor Joaquin Phoenix was born in a cult, which might help explain why his siblings were named River, Rain, Liberty, and Summer. Their parents were members of Children of God group, which was founded in the 1960s.
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