We seem to know everything about celebrities, whether it’s who they’re dating, who they used to date, what they make or to whom they are related. But there are some things you might not know — like these stars being adopted.
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Her biological dad was a musician who toured briefly with Lionel Richie and her mom was assistant to Sheila E. But when Nicole turned three, her parents — who were unable to care for her financially — agreed to let her move in with Lionel and then-wife Brenda, and they eventually adopted her when she was nine.
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The Canadian singer was born in 1968 and placed with the McLachlan family, who later adopted her.
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G-Lo was just two months old when his father deserted their family. At the age of 10, he was abandoned by his mother and George was raised and later adopted by his grandmother and her husband.
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His widowed mother sent Bill to live with family members before being raised by his grandparents — until his mother returned years later. She married Roger Clinton Sr., who adopted Bill as his own.
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The Tony-winning singer and actress was only five days old when she was adopted by Oklahoma couple Junie and Jerry Chenoweth.
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Jamie Foxx was adopted by his grandmother when he was just seven months old.
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John was adopted by his aunt and uncle after his father went AWOL in the military and his mother ran off with another man.
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The Oscar winner was born in Chicago but later raised in Pittsburgh after being adopted by a Canadian pastor and nurse.
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The blockbuster director was adopted as a child and spent his earlier years searching for his biological mother.
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Her father was a pilot in the navy who died in a plane crash when she was sixth months old. She was later adopted by her mother's second husband.
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His mother passed away from a heart attack when he was just eight, then his father suffered the same fate four years later. That's when he was raised and later adopted by his aunts.
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The day after she was born, she was adopted by actor-comedian Paul Gilbert and his wife, Barbara Crane. It was their Hollywood connections that helped Melissa land the role of Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie.
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The actor was adopted when he was six months old and eventually met his birth parents and siblings when he was in his 40s.
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The five-time Grammy winner was adopted as an infant and grew up in rural Mississippi.
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The late Apple CEO was given up at birth in 1955 and adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, a San Francisco couple who were unable to have children.
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JC's mom gave her son up to her former foster parents, Roy and Karen Chasez, whom she hoped would provide him a better life and education. The Chasezes officially adopted him when he was five.
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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
The reality star was born in Santiago, Chile, and was adopted at the age of six months by her Italian-American parents and raised in New York and New Jersey.
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The late politician and peace activist was adopted and raised by a tribe chief and his wife at the age of 9, shortly after his father's death.
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The rocker was born in Connecticut but was raised in Illinois by her adoptive parents — Nancy, an art historian, and John, an AIDS researcher.
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Marilyn Monroe was abandoned by her widowed mother, who was mentally unstable and financially unable to care for her. Then Norma Jeane Mortensen, she spent much of her childhood in foster homes before being taken in by her mother's best friend. But they eventually moved away, without her, and instead of returning to foster care or an orphanage, they married her off to a neighbour's son.