The pressures of fame have proven a lot for some to deal with - and these celebrities have come up with unique ways of coping ...

1. Joaquin Phoenix

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With movies like Walk the Line and The Joker underneath his belt, Phoenix is truly a star.

But many don't know the story of his bizarre childhood ...

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The Phoenix family were a part of the infamous Children of God cult ...

"I think my parents thought they'd found a community that shared their ideals. Cults rarely advertise themselves as such," he's said in the past.

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The cult had some strange beliefs and led a nomadic existence.

​Although he's still affected by his unusual childhood, it's something Phoenix has managed to put behind him.

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He's achieved both professional and personal successes.

2. Dolph Lundgren

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Many view Dolph Lundgren as a brawny, male model type - but he's actually far more.

Alongside his muscles, Lundgren has a secret ...

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He actually possesses genius level intellect, too.

He was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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But eventually, Lundgren decided to forgo a career in academia to focus on his acting, instead.

3. Rock Hudson

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Hudson was a heartthrob of '50s cinema, and even married to fellow actress, Phyllis Gates.

But underneath it all, Hudson had a big secret.

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He was actually gay - although he remained in the closet until 1984.​

He eventually became one of the first openly gay actors in Hollywood.

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He was also an activist during the AIDS crisis, and his work still has an impact today.

4. Chuck Barris

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Barris was an assistant to Dick Clark during the 1960s.

He then went on to develop his own iconic game shows.

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But Barris had a huge secret.

He claims he was a spy, working as an assassin for the CIA during the '60s and '70s

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The CIA denies these claims - but then, they would, wouldn't they ...

5. Caitlyn Jenner

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Jenner lived the first part of her life as an Olympic athlete.

It wasn't until 2015 that Caitlyn came out as trans.

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At the age of 65, she introduced herself to the world.

​She remains one of the most famous trans public figures.

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And is finally able to be her true self.

6. Sam Hurd

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Hurd was poised for sporting fame when he signed with the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys.

​But Hurd had other ambitions - big-time drug dealing.

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He's now in prison serving time for drug trafficking.

7. Coco Chanel

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The founder of the iconic fashion house had a rather dark past ...

DUring the Nazi occupation of France in the 1930s, Chanel was not resistant.

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In fact, she dated a Nazi officer Hans Gunther von Dincklage.

Some even claim she herself was an antisemite.

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She fled to Switzerland during the war, and owners of the fashion house still don't like to talk about this period of her life.

8. Alice Cooper

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Cooper is known as the pioneer of shock rock, with a dark persona and legendary live shows.

But behind the scenes, he's actually a pretty calm, kind guy.

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After an extremely religiously childhood, Cooper has admitted he thinks of his stage persona as a character he plays, rather than himself.

9. Vin Diesel

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The majority of us know Vin Diesel as the face of the Fast and Furious franchise.

He sure seems like a badass ...

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But behind the scenes, he's also a prolific Dungeons and Dragons player, too.

His character is named Melkor.

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He even uploads videos of his game play to YouTube.

10. Tiger Woods

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He had it all - an incredible golfing career and a happy family.

But in 2009, many stories about the star's true persona came out.

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Many women came forward with allegations against the star of extramarital affairs.

He eventually came clean and entered rehab for sex addiction.

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But he lost the majority of his endorsements, and his golfing career has never really recovered from the scandal.

11. Charlie Sheen

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In the earls '00s, Sheen had a relatively clean public image.

But behind the scenes, things weren't running as smoothly as it seemed.

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And his infamous 2011 "Winning!" meltdown proved it.

Since then, things have gone from bad to worse for the star.

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Including allegations of a murder plot, and nearly half a million dollars in unpaid child support. Yikes.

12. Justin Bieber

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Bieber came to prominence as a child star - and we all know how well that usually turns out.

He went seriously off the rails in his teen years.

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​Getting in trouble with authorities for a whole host of reason, including drug charges and DUIs.

​Nowadays, it seems he put his troubled past behind him.

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He's settled down and married childhood sweet Hailey Baldwin - but now we all know the chaos that lurks just beneath the surface.

13. Jon Gosselin

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Gosselin rose to fame on Jon & Kate Plus 8, during which he garnered praise from his evangelical audience.

But behind the scenes, he was hardly leading a religious life.

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Rumors abounded of Jon's partying and infidelity - and he divorced wife Kate back in 2009 ...

14. Bill Cosby

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In his heyday, Bill COsy was one of the most beloved men on TV.

But in 2006, everything changed.

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More than 50 women accused Cosby of sexual assaults spanning decades.

The star was sentenced to ten years in prison aged 80.

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He'd been horrifically abusing his power over his years of fame.

15. Tom Cruise

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For a while, Cruise maintained a squeaky clean, nice guy image.

But as time has gone on, more and more sinister details about the star have emerged.

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His involvement with scientology and relationship with Katie Holmes painted him in quite a different light.

It seems there's a lot we don't fully know about the star.

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Which makes his double life all the more suspicious!

16. Harvey Weinstein

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The movie mogul was one of the most successful and powerful men in Hollywood - until dark details about his sexual misconduct emerged.

He was handed a 23 year prison sentence in February 2020.

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And is know universally acknowledged as one of Hollywood's biggest monsters.

17. Ellen Degeneres

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Ellen built her career around being the nicest woman in showbiz.

But over the past year, her facade has fallen apart.

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Many show staffers and guests have come forward with tales of Ellen's incredible cruelty.

It's still not known if Ellen's career will fully recover.

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Many feel they've lost trust in the star and will never feel connected to her in the same way.

18. Demi Lovato

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Lovato rose to fame as a squeaky clean Disney channel star.

But behind the scenes, things were far darker than they seemed.

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Lovato was struggling with drug addiction and mental health issues.

"I was sneaking it on planes, sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it through the night — nobody knew," she confessed.

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Luckily Lovato has overcome her issues and is living her best lift.