The Duggars, Duck Dynasty & More: 20 Squeaky-Clean Stars Whose Dirty Secrets Were Exposed

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Oct. 20 2014, Published 6:50 a.m. ET

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America is always eager to embrace wholesome celebrities with family values. But often, the facade crumbles and we learn the most supposedly squeaky-clean stars have dirty secrets, from Duck Dynasty family members’ sex lives to Amanda Bynes’ mental problems to 7th Heaven star Stephen Collins’ alleged child molestation past. Click on RadarOnline.com’s photo gallery to see the famous people who have been caught in sex scandals, drug and alcohol abuse, and other misdeeds that have wrecked their previously pristine images.

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Phil Robertson: The Christian patriarch of reality TV’s Duck Dynasty family shocked the public when he admitted his past sins, including cheating on his beloved wife Miss Kay and abusing alcohol. In a 2013 film about the famed Louisiana Robertson clan, Kay recalled, “he was running around on me. And what I would tell my boys all the time is, ‘That's not your daddy. That's the devil in your daddy.’”

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Paula Deen: The down home TV chef made a career out of sugary sweetness—until 2013, when it was revealed she’d used the N word during a legal deposition. Although Deen publicly apologized, her show was dropped by the Food Network and she lost a slew of endorsement deals. Deen didn’t help her cause by giving a bizarre, self-serving interview to Matt Lauer on the Today show, crying, “I is what I is, and I'm not changing."

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Stephen Collins: As Radar has extensively reported, Collins, who played a family man and minister on the CW TV hit 7th Heaven, admitted to molesting at least three girls in a 2012 therapy session with his now ex-wife Faye Grant, who secretly taped the chat, and later leaked it to a media outlet. According to online reports, the New York Police Dept. is investigating Collins. In a taped conversation with Grant, Collins admitted what he did with an underage girl: “There was one moment of touching where…I put her hand on my penis.”

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Amanda Bynes Manhattan Criminal Court Appearance – July 9, 2013

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Amanda Bynes: In 2013, former Nickelodeon child star Bynes first raised eyebrows with driving-related incidents and bizarre Tweeting—and then, she was arrested for allegedly throwing a bong out the window of her New York apartment. Later, after Bynes apparently started a fire in the driveway of a stranger’s home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., she was arrested, placed under psychiatric hold, and then diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The actress tried to get her life back together with her parents’ help, but then accused her father of abuse (a claim she later recanted). In October 2014, Bynes was back in a mental facility. https://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/10/amanda-bynes-release-stay-psychiatric-hold-hospital/

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Chris And Wendy Jeub: As Radar has reported, college student and writer Cynthia Jeub, who became famous as one of 16 children in a strict Christian family on TLC’s reality show Kids By The Dozen in 2007, accused her parents, Chris and Wendy, of emotionally and physically tormenting her and her siblings. Jeub claimed via her website that her mom “grabbed my ear as a small child and threw me on the hard wood floor so my head rang” and her dad “hit my sister over forty times with a belt not as punishment, but because she had a rebellious spirit.”

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Reese Witherspoon: The Walk The Line star was considered a good girl—until she shocked fans by getting arrested and pulling the dreaded “celebrity card” in 2013. After her husband Jim Toth was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving outside Atlanta, Witherspoon screamed at the cop, “Do you know who I am?” The actress got busted for disorderly conduct and obstruction, and both she and Toth were taken to jail. Toth pleaded guilty to DUI and was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service, an alcohol-education program, and one year of probation while Witherspoon pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct and was fined $213.

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Michelle Duggar: Now she’s a covered-up Christian, but the 19 Kids and Counting mom enjoyed a flamboyant past, fans have learned. “Her neighbors used to complain because she'd mow the lawn in a bikini and wear short skirts,” former acquaintance Raymond Yeatman recalled of Duggar growing up in Arkansas. And high school pal Joe Roblee has said Duggar was a popular cheerleader who hung out with a party crowd before marrying Jim Bob.

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Reed Robertson: Duck Dynasty preaches family values, but that doesn’t mean the stars of the show are perfect. Jase and Missy Robertson's teen son, Reed, admitted that he had struggled with his newfound celebrity, and even considered suicide at one point.

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Bristol Palin: Arch conservative former VP candidate Sarah Palin’s daughter, who also competed on Dancing with the Stars, first caused talk by being exposed as an unwed pregnant teen.  But the Palin family image really got blown to hell in September 2014, when Bristol got involved in a brawl at a party in Alaska and allegedly punched the host in the face

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LeAnn Rimes: Country cutie Rimes had a virtuous persona until she and Eddie Cibrian, who filmed the Lifetime movie Northern Lights together in 2009, had a torrid affair. It resulted in tabloid headlines and the breakup of both star’s marriages--Rimes’ to dancer Dean Sheremet and Eddie’s to future The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville. Rimes and Cibrian wound up getting married in 2011 after shedding their spouses. “I was disgusted by myself and thought I was pathetic,” LeAnn later told US Weekly about the cheating.

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Michelle And Jim Bob Duggar: While the 19 Kids and Counting married couple have been sold to the public as perfect parents, viewers have recently noticed oldest daughter Jana is the family’s put upon Cinderella! Jana was seen on TV sewing nine bridesmaids’ dresses for Jill’s wedding while the rest of the bunch enjoyed an afternoon tea party -- and a Radar source has charged that Michelle and Jim Bob have “transitioned a lot of their parental responsibilities onto her” such as babysitting and cooking.

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Jep Robertson: In an interview with IamSecond.com, Duck Dynasty star Jep admitted he “pretty much did anything that was put in front of me” during his wild teen years, including a “joint that was dipped in formaldehyde.” He says his family later staged an intervention and he gave up drugs for religion.

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Mike Thompson: The redneck Thompson family and their little pageant queen Alana warmed American hearts on their reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. But in 2014, “Mama” June Shannon kicked out her common law husband, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, over allegations he’d contacted other women online.  “Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship,” Shannon revealed in a statement.

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The 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards – Press Room

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Britney Spears: In her hit “Oops…I Did It Again,” the onetime sweet teen pop stars sings, “I’m not that innocent.” And in 2007, America saw that in a big way as Spears had a public breakdown, shaving her head with electric clippers. She later sought treatment for her issues

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Jon Gosselin & Rabbi Shmuley Press Conference On Tax Deductible Marriage Counseling

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Jon & Kate Plus Eight began as a touching reality show depicting Jon and Kate Gosselin’s journey of raising sextuplets and twins. Jon appeared to be a caring family man but by the show’s fifth season, his alleged cheating made news; he and wife Kate announced their split in 2009. Since then, Jon hit rock bottom by waiting tables at a Pennsylvania pub and, as Radar has reported,  was evicted from his home after reportedly bouncing rent checks.

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Gwyneth Paltrow: Pretty Paltrow was beloved by the public when she wore a pink ball gown and won the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love in 1999, but since then, her skeletons have come out!  Cheating rumors plagued Paltrow in her split from husband Chris Martin. And as Radar exclusively reported in 2013, Paltrow used all her clout to wage war against Vanity Fair and its Oscar party as the magazine prepared to publish a shocking expose of her life.

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Celebrity Sightings In New York City – December 19, 2013

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Jamie Lynn Spears: Britney Spears’ younger sister Jamie Lynn, the star of the kids’ show Zoey 101, shocked her young fans in 2007 when she announced her secret--she was pregnant at age 16. Jamie Lynn wound up leaving showbiz to raise Maddie, her daughter with ex-boyfriend Casey Aldridge, in her home state of Louisiana.

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Lisa Robertson: In the book The Women of Duck Commander, Duck Dynasty wife Lisa Robertson admitted a dark past--she was molested as a child and she had cheated on her husband, Alan. When he learned of the affair, Lisa revealed that Alan “asked me to leave our home and to tell our two daughters why I was leaving.” She later admitted being a sinner to their church congregation.

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Demi Lovato: Disney made Lovato a star in the parent-approved Jonas Brothers’ movie, Camp Rock. But in 2010, she entered a treatment facility for issues that reportedly included bulimia, self-harm, and drug and alcohol abuse. Lovato admitted she “basically had a nervous breakdown” and was diagnosed as bipolar.

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2014 Open Hearts Foundation Gala

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Julianne Hough: The dancer/actress and Dancing with the Stars judge, who was raised Mormon, startled her fans when she revealed she was once mentally and physically abused. Without getting specific, Hough told Entertainment Tonight, “I’ve been through certain things that have sucked the life out of me… and just the light about me was gone… and I was just a dark person.”

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