He Did What Now!?: Little Known Facts About Your Favorite Celebrities And Their Lives Before They Blew Up

January 24, 2013  |  
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The world of fame guarantees that all of your personal business will be aired out; it’s the simple downside to a life that’s decorated with the finer things. Even so, many celebrities, for years, have managed to keep small nuggets of knowledge about their past and personal lives from the public for long stints of time before that info is unearthed. We learned as much from Janet Jackson’s secret marriage.

So, in the interest of discovery, here’s a list of little known, but more fun facts about some of your favorite celebrities.


Jamie Foxx

As a 2nd grader, Django Unchained star, Jamie Foxx was so talented at telling jokes, his teacher used him as a reward for the hard work and cooperation of her students. If the class behaved, Jamie would entertain them.

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Tupac Shakur

In 1993, Tupac got a letter from the parents of Joshua, a terminally ill boy in Maryland. They wrote that Joshua’s dying wish was to meet the rapper just once. So Pac flew to Maryland and fulfilled Joshua’s wish. He talked with him and even took the young man to a basketball game. Soon after, Joshua passed away, and Tupac changed his publishing company’s name from Ghetto Gospel Music to Joshua’s Dream.

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Whitney Houston

Early in her career, Whitney Houston sang the jingle used in commercials for Bounce fabric sheets. So now when you throw those babies into your dryer, think of Whitney.


Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson played a supporting role as a crack coke addict in Jungle Fever. You’d think this would be traumatic for someone who had recently recovered from addiction (heroin and coke), but he called the role ‘cathartic.’ His performance was so acclaimed that when the movie was shown in the 1991 Cannes Film Festival, a special “Supporting Actor” award was created just for him and his hard work.

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Halle Berry

Halle Berry was actually named after a department store. The actress was born Maria Halle Berry, her parents chose her middle name (which became her stage name) as a tribute to local Cleveland, Ohio, landmark, Halle’s Department Store. ALSO, on an interesting side note, Halle Berry used to date New Kids On The Block member Danny Wood. They broke up because the band gave him heat about messing with her because they thought that she was nothing but a groupie.


Even though she used to appear in ads for Tommy Hilfiger’s True Star fragrances and of course started releasing her own successful line of scents, Beyonce is reportedly allergic to perfume.



Usher holds the Star Search record for the longest note held by a child performing on the series: 12.1 seconds.


Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon might be a multi-million dollar actor, comedian, record producer and rapper, but his career started from modest beginnings. At the age of 11, he started his career doing stand up comedy on the Baptist TV channel run by his dad.


Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey was nicknamed “Mirage” in high school because she never showed up for class.

Another little known fact about the butterfly-loving singer is that Mariah Carey sleeps 15 hours a night in a room full of air humidifiers before her live concerts. “It’s bleak, but you gotta do what you gotta do… I live in my own little universe.” You don’t say!


Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana used to be a ballet dancer, performing with the Faces Theatre in NY until she switched careers and became an actress. Obviously her big change up has been very successful for her.



Rihanna was an army cadet that trained with the Barbadian military – and fellow Barbadian singing star Shontelle was her drill sergeant.

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