With the excess of tabloids, blind items, and celebrity gossip sites out there (not to mention social media), it can often feel like we know everything there is to know about high-profile celebrities and their personal lives. And yet, the second a tell-all memoir is released, we devour it immediately — and find out so much more than these other sources ever told us. Memoirs are where the true secrets are revealed, and stars like Jessica Simpson, Demi Moore, and more have all made our jaws drop with their revelations in recent years.
To say that these celeb memoirs have rocked our world would be an understatement. From detailing sexual abuse or childhood abuse to opening up about struggles with addiction, rehab, or volatile relationships, these memoirs have been incredibly revealing. Many were gut-wrenching, but all of them inspired us with their bravery and candor after all these years. To open up about such sensitive topics is tough, especially when you’re a well-known celebrity. But when celebrities speak up about these painful experiences, they can use their platform and audience to help those who are struggling in silence, and let them know they’re not alone.
For that, and so much more, we’re grateful that these stars took the time to put their lives on paper. So, which celebs’ revelations of deep, dark secrets had us hooked? Here are the celebrity tell-all books that we couldn’t put down — we suggest you check them out immediately.
A version of this article was originally published in April 2017.