Celebrities Who Were Abused 

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Abuse comes in many forms. It can be physical, mental, sexual or a combination of horrors. Sadly, several famous people have been molested and abused, physically and verbally. Many of them speak of their past so that other victims can feel empowered to move past their experiences. If you are a victim of abuse and need someone to talk to, call the national hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

Rihanna, for example, was involved in a very public incident of domestic abuse at the hand of her boyfriend, abuser Chris Brown. Photos released after the incident showed Rihanna's face bruised and swollen. The incident occurred the night before the Grammy Awards, and both singers canceled their appearances at the show.

Tyler Perry was a victim of multiple forms of abuse. He discussed the incidents and how he got over them in an interview with Oprah Winfrey:

I think that everyone who's been abused, there is a string to the puppet master, and they're holding you hostage to your behaviors and what you do. At some point, you have to be responsible for them. What I started to do is untie the strings and chase them down to where they came from. And I was able to free myself and understand that even though these things happened to me, it was not me.”

Other famous women who were battered and dealt with violence in their lives include Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Shakira, and Roseanne Barr.


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Drew Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrities Who Were Abused
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Drew Barrymore suffered child abuse and neglect from her father John Barrymore. Drew, growing up a child star, was also introduced to drugs, alcohol, and sex at an early age.


Age: 44

Birthplace: Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrities Who Were Abused
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Madonna was raped on a New York rooftop when she was just 19. She also suffered mental and physical abuse from her ex-husband Sean Penn throughout their four year marriage.

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Age: 60

Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America

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Shakira is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrities Who Were Abused
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Shakira suffered domestic abuse from an old boyfriend. The Colombian singer has become a symbol of women's empowerment across the globe.


Age: 42

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Colombia, Atlántico department, South America, Barranquilla

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Pamela Anderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrities Who Were Abused
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Pamela Anderson stated that he ex-husband Tommy Lee was mentally and physically abusive to her and her children. Anderson and Lee divorced in 1998.


Age: 51

Birthplace: Ladysmith, Canada

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