Underneath all of the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood lifestyle, celebrities really are just like us.

They all have to deal with the normal ups and downs of life, like relationship problems, substance abuse problems, issues with work, family drama, and of course health problems too.

Presumably fame and money helps them alleviate a lot of these problems, but in some cases it can make the problems worse. And I’m sure having an unimaginable amount of money plus a worldwide platform to make your wants and needs known definitely helps when celebs have to confront health issues, but being under that kind of microscope when you’re seriously hurting or ill must also be pretty tough, especially if you’re not quite ready to share your pain with the entire world.

If the issue is mild enough then usually it can be kept a secret, but just like any normal person, sometimes celebrities get so sick that it’s nearly impossible to hide it, or at least it’s impossible to hide that something is seriously wrong.

It can be scary to discuss these kinds of problems publicly, especially if it’s something that could affect your ability to work (which I’m sure is a fear anyone who’s ever been sick can relate to), but famous people can sometimes have a hard time controlling the narrative around them even if they’re trying to keep things private.

So what famous faces have hidden some pretty serious sicknesses behind their facade? There are plenty of them that are sure to come as a surprise to you.

Now, without further ado, here are 15 celebrities that tried to hide they were ill.

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Selena Gomez – Lupus


In the past few months Selena Gomez has really been discussing her battle with lupus in a more public way, but according to Gomez, that’s more because she has to than because she wants to. Apparently Selena went through some serious denial when she was initially diagnosed with the disease in 2015 and just couldn’t accept the limitations that the illness might put on her. Her reaction after first being diagnosed was to push herself even harder, to basically pretend it wasn’t happening and just get through it.

But at a certain point the lupus became impossible to ignore, and in retrospect Gomez says it was a mistake to push herself so hard instead of taking a break. But when things got more serious she finally did take a break, which caused a lot of public speculation about what might be going on with the child star. After suggestions that she might be dealing with some kind of drug or alcohol abuse problem, Gomez came out publicly with her diagnosis.

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