Entertainment
389.6k readers

Celebrities Who Were Abused

Updated January 25, 2021 389.6k views56 items

List RulesFamous victims and survivors of abuse

 

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.

Photo:
...more
  • Photo: Pinterest / REUTERS PHOTOGRAPHER / REUTERS

    Halle Berry grew up with an abusive father. The Oscar winner discussed her difficult past with James Lipton on his show "Inside the Actor's Studio."

    (Source)

    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Gender: Female

    More Halle Berry 

    The Best Halle Berry Movies of All Time, Ranked#43 of 272 The Best American Actresses Working Today#9 of 183 The Best Hot Ones Guests Ever

  • Photo: Tinseltown / Shutterstock

    Rihanna was the victim of domestic abuse at the hand of then boyfriend Chris Brown. Brutal photos were released just after the incident showing the pop star with a swollen and bruised face.

    (Source)
    • Age: 32
    • Birthplace: Saint Michael Parish, Barbados
    • Gender: Female

    More Rihanna 

    The Best Rihanna Songs of All Time#5 of 198 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years#1733 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • Photo: DFree / Shutterstock

    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.

    (Source)

    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Gender: Female

    More Drew Barrymore 

    Why Drew Barrymore Emancipated Herself From Her Hollywood Royalty Parents#58 of 222 The Best Actresses Working Today#72 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities In The World

  • 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.

    (Source 1, 2)

    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America
    • Gender: Female

    More Madonna 

    The Best Madonna Albums of All Time#314 of 739 The Best Singers Of All Time#167 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years