Inside Job: Lauren Sanchez's Brother Leaked Jeff Bezos's Intimate Texts; Other Celeb Siblings Who Sold Secrets
Lauren Sanchez and Michael Sanchez
The Jeff Bezos (inset) and Lauren Sanchez (left) saga took a dramatic turn when reports revealed that their private messages were leaked by Sanchez’s brother Michael for $200,000.
Here are the other times when celebrities had to deal with a turncoat in their family.
Meghan Markle And Samantha Markle
The Duchess of Sussex (R) has been plagued with family woes ever since her marriage to Prince Harry. The Duchess’s father Thomas Markle and her half-sister Samantha Markle have given the royal trouble by leaking her secrets to the tabloids for money. Samantha has ranted on Twitter and even considered entering the Big Brother house, saying that she was “cashing in”. She didn’t participate in the reality show, but has recently announced that she would be penning down two tell-all books that are set to release this summer. The Duchess’s 53-yearold half-sister told tabloids that she would “hold nothing back”.
Oprah Winfrey And Patricia Lloyd
Oprah Winfrey (R) had a traumatic childhood that included rape, abuse and a teen pregnancy. While the television queen has spoken about abuse by her cousin and uncle, it was Winfrey’s half-sister, Patricia Lloyd, who spilled the beans of the teen pregnancy to a tabloid in 1990 for a reported sum of $19,000. Oprah was 14 at the time of the pregnancy and her son died in hospital. When Winfrey learnt that Lloyd spilled her secrets, she “went home and cried for three days”.
In Pic: Patricia Lloyd (L) joins her biological sister, Oprah Winfrey, on 'The Oprah Show'
Julia Roberts And Nancy Motes
Nancy Motes (R), who is the step-sister of Hollywood actress Julia Roberts (L), committed suicide in February 2014. Roberts has long suspected that the cash-strapped Motes, who vocally attacked the actress on Twitter, sold her secrets to the tabloids for money, but was never able to prove it. In her suicide note, Motes referred to Roberts as her “so-called sibling” and said that “her mother and her so-called siblings get nothing except the memory that they are the ones that drove me into the deepest depression I’ve ever been in”. Speaking about her step-sister’s death, Roberts said, “It’s just heartbreak.”
Madonna And Christopher Ciccone
Madonna (R) and her brother Christopher Ciccone had a solid sibling bond for many years. Ciccone was Madge’s backstage dresser and show designer. In 2008, the siblings had a fall out and Ciccone came out with a tell-all in 2008 titled Life with my sister Madonna, which was a surprise to the singer. The siblings had a bitter feud going on for many years and have in recent years mended fences, but Ciccone still blames Madonna for not finding work in Hollywood. In an interview, he said, “Well, it’s passed for me, but I do know Madonna likes to hold grudges. There’s nothing I can do about that.”
Kris Jenner And Karen Houghton
While the world continues to keep up with the Kardashians, a new face that has cropped up more recently is Kris Jenner’s younger sister Karen Houghton (R). It has been alleged that Houghton’s glam standards are not on par with Jenner’s expectations and this has led to bad blood between the sisters. The Kardashian momager’s sibling has given several interviews about how fame has changed Jenner and other family secrets, while retracting them after publication. Houghton was also the first one to talk about Kris and Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner’s split.