16 Celebs With Shockingly Sad Childhood Stories

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The terrible truth is those who have suffered traumatic events will be affected for the remainder of their lives.

For anyone, a traumatic childhood is a heartbreaking thing. When innocence is stolen and a young child is tormented by the events happening around them, it’s too hard to believe such evil can happen. Celebrities may appear like they have it all, but even huge stars have personal stories that will bring you to tears.

The terrible truth is those who have suffered traumatic events will be affected for the remainder of their lives. Charles Nelson, head researcher at Harvard’s Center for the Developing Child, explained to Psychology Today, “By plasticity, we simply mean the brain’s ability to be molded by experience. And we have an expression that plasticity cuts both ways, meaning that if it is a good experience, it is probably good for the brain. But if it’s a bad experience, it may be bad for the brain.”

Despite the odds being against them, some of the most important figures in Hollywood have shared their stories with the world, proving that no matter what they have been through, they were strong enough to overcome. They serve as an inspiration for other survivors who might not believe it’s possible to thrive following such horrific events.

16. Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood but her life has been a struggle ever since a young age. Born in South Africa, her father Charles Theron was an abusive alcoholic who would terrorize both his daughter and her mother, Gerda Maritz.

In 1991, when Charlize was only 15-years-old, she hid with her mother in the kitchen as her drunk father and his brother were in the middle of another violent rage. Charlize’s mother then pulled a shotgun and to help defend her daughter shot her husband dead and badly wounded his brother – but he survived. South African police ruled the killing was in self-defence and no further action was taken.

In 2015, Charlize starred in Dark Places, a film about a young woman who witnesses the brutal murders of her family as a child. She drew on her own life experience for the role.

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