12 Famous People That You Had No Idea Were Adopted


When it comes to Hollywood stars and celebrities, we often think we know everything there is to know about them. And in the modern day with social media and TMZ reporting on everything under the sun, we are usually pretty right. However, despite the lack of privacy these individuals often have, we still are finding new dirt out about them every day. In fact, we are going to hazard a guess that you had no idea that any of these 12 famous individuals were actually adopted. These stars range from current stars to stars from almost a century ago. Number 5 is especially hard to believe as they are a major star in the spotlight.

#12 Simone Biles


Simone Biles is arguably the biggest star that was created during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. She won five medals at the event, including 4 Gold Medals and she is only 19. She was actually raised by her grandmother (along with her sister) due to her mother struggling with addiction.

#11 JC Chasez


While boy bands are largely a thing of the past, they were amazingly popular during their hay day. And JC Chasez was a member of one of the biggest, *NSYNC. When he was a newborn, his biological mother gave him up for adoption after she felt she couldn’t give him a good life. Our next entry is arguably the greatest of all time in a particular sport.

#10 Babe Ruth


Babe Ruth is arguably one of the most famous baseball players of all time and was the home run king for years. But before he was a mega-star, he was sent to live in an orphanage at the age of seven by his parents, who owned a tavern. I’d say things worked out pretty well for him.

#9 John Lennon


A member of perhaps the biggest rock band of all time, John Lennon was a huge superstar across the world. But his life wasn’t always so easy, as his father abandoned him at a young age and his mother couldn’t care for him. He was eventually adopted by his aunt. Our next entry was among the most important and influential people of all time.

#8 Nelson Mandela


Nelson Mandela was the former President of South Africa and is without a doubt one of the most inspirational and important people in history, who made numerous huge changes in the world. After his father died when Mandela was 9 years old, he was taken in and adopted by the Chief of the Thembu people.

#7 Ray Liotta


Ray Liotta is a staple in gangster movies and is known best by most for his role in Goodfellas. While he is a successful actor as an adult, his childhood wasn’t quite as easy. Liotta was adopted at 6 months old and actually hired a private investigator as an adult to help him reconnect with his biological mother.

#6 Michael Bay


Bay is without a doubt one of the best-known directors in movies. He is notable for his non-stop action films that include Transformers. He was adopted as a child and spent years searching for his biological family. Like this man, the next entry was a revolutionary and influential man in his industry.

#5 Steve Jobs


Steve Jobs actually had a very strange birth story. The Apple founder was actually born to a Syrian Muslim but when his parents didn’t approve of his girlfriend, they forced him to give up Jobs for adoption at birth and he was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs and he went on to be one of the most important people in the tech industry.

#4 Jamie Foxx


Jamie Foxx is a jack of all trades in every sense of the word. He can seemingly do it all including sing, act and even be comedic. But Foxx’s life didn’t start out so easy as he was sent to live with his mother’s parents at a very young age. His mother was also adopted, so they weren’t even his biological grandparents.

#3 Bill Clinton


That’s right, the former President was actually adopted. He was born to a widowed mother and went to go live with his grandparents as a child. Clinton actually isn’t the only former President to be adopted, as Gerald Ford was also raised by someone other than his biological mother.

#2 Nicole Richie


Not only is Richie famous, so is her adopted father. While many know her father is Lionel Richie, many don’t know that she was adopted. Her biological parents were friends with Lionel and he adopted her at the age of 9. Our next entry was also a reality TV show star.

#1 Snooki


The woman that was made famous from being a member of the Jersey Shore wasn’t actually born there at all. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was actually born in Chile, but was adopted by an Italian-American family at six months old and was raised in New York and New Jersey.

There you have it, 12 extremely famous individuals that you likely had no idea weren’t raised by their biological parents. But despite that fact, they emerged and became some of the most successful people on the planet. There are millions of children adopted across the world, and this is evidence that no matter your upbringing or biological makeup, you can be a massive success. These 12 people have combined net worths of millions and millions of dollars and have changed the world in a number of different ways. There are also tons of other celebs who have been adopted, and some may still haven’t released that information.


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