Growing up in an age where we are constantly bombarded with TV and movie stars, pop idols and socialites, it's easy to feel as though you know everything there is to know about your favorite celebrity. However, while we may know a celebrity's favorite color, food or animal, it's often their family backstories that make for the most interesting discoveries. Check out this list of extremely well known celebrities who all have, or had, some very troubled siblings:
Demi Moore and James Craig Harmon
Demi Moore's half brother, James Craig Harmon was sentenced to 10 years in jail after assaulting a woman by repeatedly striking her in the head with a telephone during an hour-long attack in October 2005. This was the latest in a long line of crimes committed by Moore's brother, including theft, possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm. Harmon was released in 2013 after serving eight years of his sentence.
Julia Roberts and Nancy Motes
Julia Roberts' half sister Nancy Motes committed suicide in February 2014 after suffering with drug dependence and depression for many years. The 37-year-old left many different suicide notes to be opened after her death, including one which placed the blame of her suicide on her mother and 'so called "siblings"' including Julia, as well as Eric Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan, her two other half siblings. Prior to her death, Motes had also sold 'tell-all' interviews about the star, including how she apparently used to tease Motes about her weight when they were younger.
Joseph and Dan Gordon-Levitt
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt's brother Dan Gordon-Levitt was a photographer and fire spinner, working on Venice Beach, California. Professionally, Dan went by the nickname 'Burning Dan,' a moniker he earned while performing at the Burning Man Festival. In 2010 Dan Gordon-Levitt died of what has been called an alleged drug overdose following a night of parting, though neither Joseph Gordon-Levitt or his family have clarified his exact cause of death, only stating it was "an accident." Despite their differences in lifestyle and age, Dan was very close with his younger brother, with Joseph naming Dan his 'super hero brother.'
Lindsay Lohan and Ashley Horn
In 2012 it was revealed that Lindsay Lohan's father, Michael Lohan, actually had an unknown fifth child, conceived during a relationship with massage therapist Kristi Kaufmann (while he was still married to Lindsay's mother Dina). But while Lindsay undoubtedly has demons of her own, there's no denying that her half sister Ashley also has her share of issues. After finding out who her father was in 2012, the 19-year-old spent thousands on plastic surgery to try and emulate Lindsay's look through surgeries on her nose, cheeks, jaw and chin!
Paris Hilton and Conrad Hilton III
There's no denying that Paris Hilton has done some wild things in her time, but her younger brother Conrad Hilton III can certainly top anything that the famous socialite has ever done. In 2012 Hilton was arrested for marijuana possession and earlier this year the 21-year-old was arrested for disturbing behavior displayed on board a British Airways flight. During the 10 hour flight, Conrad managed to smoke marijuana in the toilets, throw punches, and threaten to "fucking kill" several crew members. Apparently the incident was sparked by a crew member asking Hilton to switch off his phone. More recently, Hilton's ex-girlfriend and her family members were granted a temporary restraining order after he repeatedly came to her home and threatened to kill himself.
Beyoncé and Solange Knowles
While her sister Beyoncé may be the Queen of the music world, Solange Knowles proved she has more than her share of issues when a video surfaced in 2014. In the video Solange Knowles violently attacked her sister's husband, rapper Jay-Z, in an elevator following the Met Gala. The attack was apparently over Jay-Z's decision to attend Rihanna's afterparty without his famous wife, though none of the three involved have ever spoken publicly about the incident to confirm or deny this rumor.
Dane Cook and Darryl McCauley
Comedian Dane Cook's half brother Darryl McCauley proved he was a scumbag when he stole a reported $12 million dollars from Cook while masquerading as his 'business manager.' Fortunately, he was caught and in 2010, and he pled guilty to larceny, embezzlement and forgery charges. He was sentenced to six years in prison and 16 years probation.