According to accounts from friends, relatives, and even neighbors, some celebrities were far different back before they ascended to fame and fortune.
Of course, these details have surfaced thanks to the internet, so do take it all with a little grain of salt.
One of the all-time most famous, and beautiful supermodels, Gisele Bündchen was apparently bullied for being “ugly” once upon a time. Some rude classmates even gave her the nickname “saracura,” which refers to a bird with spindly legs.
“They harassed her constantly, calling her all these names,” former friend Graziela Rodrigues said. “There was nothing subtle about it. They’d say to her face, ‘Shut your mouth, saracura.’”
Cezar Oliveira, another fellow classmate, went on to add, “She was skinny and toothy, and walked with a curved back, not pretty at all. Her sisters were much more attractive than her, so she’d get ignored by the boys.”
How time and ultimately Gisele would have the last laugh.
The badass/heartthrob was apparently quiet unassuming before fame. Sounds about right.
“My sister-in-law grew up and went to school with Ryan Gosling,” “She said he was very sweet and kind of shy. Everyone was apparently surprised when he got in The Mickey Mouse Club and was on TV.”
Not all of Taylor’s former classmates believed the pop sensation would grow up to be the star of stars.
“She would be in class and she’d be writing, rather than paying attention at all,” said Chelsea Alford, Taylor’s old buddy. “Back in school, nobody thought she was actually going to go anywhere.”
She added, “She was different. She wasn’t super popular, she kind of did her own thing. A normal, high school girl kind of thing.”
Before she became America’s favorite reality TV star, Kim Kardashian was just another insecure high schooler who hated her body and nose. Sooo, basically she was just like every other teenager?
“At 13, we started to become more aware of ourselves,” Kim’s former classmate Nikki Lund explained to Heat. “We began wearing make-up and started dieting… We did the Cabbage Soup Diet and we’d be there boiling great big vats of cabbage. We were like, ‘Yes, we’re going to be thin.’”
Nikki went on to add “Kim was always saying her nose wasn’t perfect. I thought she was nuts. Every girl has something they don’t like.”
Whether you think Tom is crazy or not, he went on to become one of Hollywood’s most successful leading men of all time. But a high school ex (again, these are rumors more than facts) explained that Tom was just a lecherous guy with some jealousy issues.
“We’d have sex whenever we could,” Diane Cox told The Daily Mail. “He was a horny guy, like Austin Powers. If my parents weren’t around we’d use my dad’s car. We used his parent’s garage once.” So far I see nothing abnormal about this from any other teenage adolescent.
But Diane went on to describe when their relationship began to crack.
“I wanted to see other people at one point and he got very jealous, very over-protective, and I wasn’t used to that,” she said. “I even said to his sister I wanted to see other people, hoping she might help. The intensity of Tom’s whole demeanor really put me off.”
So…just teenage stuff, right?
It’s hard to imagine THE Queen B any differently than her larger-than-life persona, and according to some, she was never too far from that.
“She lived and breathed her career,” Lyndall Locke, who dated her for 10 years, explained. “Beyoncé told me she would never smoke or drink because that would hurt her voice. She was a control freak.”
The couple began to grow apart once Destiny’s Child took off.
“Once they started to hit big it was obvious she was changing,” he explained. “She became aloof. I told her she was becoming a whole new kind of person and she looked at me and said, ‘I am.’”
After dumping him, Beyoncé would one day upgrade to THE Z, Jay-Z that is. And the rest is history.
Long before High School Musical, Zac Efron was already an overachiever who was gifted at debate championships.
“Zac Efron was in my high school speech and debate league,” reddit user GinDeMint wrote. “He accused me of wanting to kill Oprah in a debate. And he won.”
When pressed for more details, GinDeMint added, “It was a debate about whether political assassinations can ever be justified. I was on the side that they can be. Efron said, ‘Well, what’s a political assassination? Oprah is involved with politics! GinDeMint wants to kill Oprah!’”
Well played, Zac. A real Keyser Söze you are.
According to a friend from her youth, the now Duchess of Sussex, Meghan always knew she’d be famous and had a determined mentality when it came to getting what she wanted:
“Meg always wanted to be famous,” said Ninaki Priddy. “She just loved to be the center of attention. We used to imagine her receiving an Oscar. She used to practice announcing herself.”
In addition, she also worked on her diplomacy skills by trying to keep the peace between her parents.
“She is very poised,” Ninaki said. “A natural mediator. For almost as long as I knew Meghan, her parents weren’t together. It could be hard for her. Sometimes she felt she had to pick sides. She was always trying to make sure each of them was happy. She’d have to relay messages. It was literally stuff like, ‘Tell your mother . . .’ or ‘Tell your father . . . Controlling her emotions is something she learnt back then.”
Although the two were “like sisters” since the age of two, the two had a falling out after Meghan divorced her first husband and started cutting friends out of her life. Ninaki believes fame changed Meghan.
“All I can say now is that I think Meghan was calculated – very calculated – in the way she handled people and relationships,” she said. “She is very strategic in the way she cultivates circles of friends. Once she decides you’re not part of her life, she can be very cold.”
According to his former neighbor, before he became every teenage girl’s fantasy, Justin Bieber was just an ornery kid. “There’s nothing good I can say about him,” the anonymous person told The Daily Mail. “I’m just so glad he is gone. He was always throwing pears into our pool. He’d scare our cat. We used to phone other locals when he was out saying, ‘Be careful, Justin is outside.’”
The details go on to mention Bieber egging houses and trampling on neighbors’ plants, in addition to ringing all the buzzers in a nearby apartment complex and playing basketball in people’s lawns when he wasn’t supposed to.
“I’m glad to see the back of him,” the neighbor added. “I hope he never comes back.”