We see famous celebrities on the big screens, doing their jobs flawlessly, and getting compliments on red carpets while wearing expensive clothes. One can imagine them trading in money and not worrying about finances. But is this the whole truth? In these modern times, the definition of success has always been associated with money. Wealthier people are regarded as more successful. The same rule applies to world famous people. They charge exorbitant fees for their talent, and some of them are known to be worth billions. It’s also obvious that since these celebrities are so rich, their siblings should be trading the money too. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
Success brings you money but in order to be successful you must have something in you. The siblings of these celebrities have proven that having a rich brother or sister is not the ticket to unlimited money. Read on to find out more about some of the world’s biggest names and their troubled siblings:
1. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is known as the “Queen of Christmas,” and she has a pair of troubled siblings. Her sister Alison worked as a prostitute and was heavily involved in drugs. Maria broke up with her during the ’90s even though Allison was HIV-positive and in desperate need of help. Her representatives made it clear that she would not help her sister, and did not want her in her life.
In 2013, Mariah’s brother, Morgan, used the cheapest trick on the market and discredited his star sister. He sold all kinds of lies to newspapers in the hope of getting some money for his addiction. It was clear that Maria did not help her brother in any way. Frankly, we don’t blame her. She has two young twins, and such siblings would be nothing but a bad influence.
2. The Kardashians
Surprised to see this name on the list? The Kardashian family and the Jenners are a group of wealthy people. Kim and her sister are collectively net worth billions, thanks to their bold choices in life. However, their brother cannot be said to have the same fortune. It seems that Robert has not yet found his way into the magic of life. He is currently unemployed and lives with his sister Chloe. Fortunately, his mother, Kris Jenner, is generous enough to pay for it, but Robert has no money on his own.
Regarded as one of the greatest musicians of all time, Prince Roger Nelson was a kind-hearted person. He helped his sister, Tika Nelson, with a record deal she successfully released, but her jealousy knew no bounds. Annoyed by her brother’s massive popularity, instead of honing her skills, she succumbed to a life full of drugs. It is said that she had to sell her body to earn enough money to raise her children.
By this time, Prince had had enough, and he was cut off from his sister. He didn’t want such negativity in his life so he stopped supporting it.
4. Josh Brolin
You know Josh as Thanos from the Avengers movies, but the Brolin family has been in the spotlight for a long time. While James and his son Josh enjoy their lives in fame and money, Jess Brolin spends his nights as a homeless man. According to reports, Jess was evicted from his apartment in 2011 and has since been living on the streets. He sleeps behind the shops or wherever he sees fit. What’s more, he refuses to accept any help from his family.
Apparently, Jess inherited an impressive sum from his biological mother, who passed away in 1995. He seems to have spent all his money long ago and is now living the life of a destitute man.
5. Christopher Nolan
Nolan is famous for directing mind-boggling films. His films are considered cinematic masterpieces. Turns out his brother looks nothing short of a character from a typical Nolan movie. In 2005, Matthew Nolan was hired by a shady gem dealer, Robert Prisca, to murder his accountant. Now Prisca had already stolen £5m from his accountant. Matthew conspired with a hotel rep worker and used a fake ID to do his job. The police caught the bell boy, and eventually he mentioned Matthew’s name, but by then, he had escaped from Costa Rica to the United States.
The story does not end here. The Costa Rican authorities did their best to keep Matthew away from his crimes. He must have been very lucky that he was only accused of forging a fake ID and nothing else. Surprisingly, Matthew attempted to escape from the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center using a 31-foot rope.
In 2010, he was sentenced to 14 months in prison for attempting to escape, but was released because he had already served 16 months.
6. Paris Hilton
Sure, money can buy you many things, but it can’t buy you common sense and respect. Peak example is the Hilton family. The rich heiress, Paris, seems to be the only sane of many. In 2015, her brother Conrad Hilton was arrested for threatening flight attendants during a British Airways flight. He kept yelling at the crew, making everyone uncomfortable. He also actively smokes weed in the airplane bathroom.
When the crew tried to stop him, they threatened to kick everyone out using his father’s money as a reference. The crew finally managed to restrain him as he fell asleep. Conrad was sentenced to three years in prison with 750 hours of community work.
7. Gordon Ramsay
Culinary giant Gordon Ramsay needs no introduction. He not only owns several restaurant chains, but he is also a television personality who appears in reality shows. However, Gordon Rooney’s brother does not spend a life of comfort. Ronnie was suffering from drug addiction which led him to homelessness. Gordon admits that he helped his brother with drugs in the late 1990s, but now he has stopped empowering him. Like any other addict, he says, Ronnie lives one day at a time and seeks money that can make him spend the day. He hopes that one day Rooney will be strong enough to support himself.
8. Leonardo DiCaprio
Hollywood’s biggest name is Leonardo DiCaprio. His acting skills have earned him many awards, including the Academy Award. Everyone loves to see Leo on screen, but did you know that he drew inspiration from his brother Adam Farrar in acting. Adam starred in some advertisements and television shows during the 1970s. He couldn’t make a big name for himself, but he certainly did enough to inspire Leonardo.
Now, Adam has been running from the police for theft and other petty crimes. He is accused of stealing $990 worth of merchandise, as well as being involved in drug trafficking. Adam told the tabloids that he was very close to his brother, but now everything has changed. He claims to have been off drugs since 2013.
Everyone is born with their own set of skills and talents. While some people use their skills to make their careers strong, others rely a lot on their loved ones for financial and moral support. Celebrities who annoyed siblings are just a few examples of such situations. Of course, they have to help their siblings, but the point comes when they have to learn to pick themselves. Otherwise the world goes on, and no one remembers a drug addict or a homeless person.