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12 Celebrities We Didn’t Know Were Raised by LGBTQ Parents



A nuclear family isn’t a requirement for raising a successful child! Before the advent of LGBTQ pride, these Hollywood stars grew up in unconventional types of families, and they grew up happy and have achieved great success!

So here Bright Side brings you some famous celebrities who were raised by LGBTQ parents that refute prejudices and prove that it doesn’t matter what orientation your parents are as long as they love you!

1. Mandy Moore

Mandy’s parents divorced after almost 30 years of married life and her mother Stacy Moore-Friedman started a new life with a female partner, tennis player Claudette Laliberte. Mandy is very supportive of her mother’s lifestyle.

2. Amy Adams

Amy was born in a Mormon family, though her parents, who had 7 children together, divorced when she was 11 and left the church. In that same year, Amy’s mother Kathryn moved in with a woman. Despite the divorce, they seem to have a good relationship. Her mother is very happy about her career and Amy often invites her to the Oscars and other events, along with her brothers and sisters.

3. Kendall and Kylie Jenner

Kendall and Kylie`s father, retired Olympic decathlete, Bruce Jenner, publicly came out as Caitlyn Jenner in 2015 and went through a gender transition, after divorcing Kris Jenner in 2013. However, Caitlyn’s daughters accepted these changes with a deep love and understanding and they all still hang out together.

4. Jay-Z

Gloria Carter, Jay’s mother, came out in 2017 after sharing this news with her son. Jay was very happy about her and even confessed that he cried once he realized she felt had to hide it for so long. Later on he dedicated a song to her called Smile on his 4:44. album, that he recorded one day after his mother came out to him.

5. Robert De Niro

Robert’s parents divorced when he was a little boy. In 1944 De Niro Sr., a famous abstract expressionist painter, came out publicly as gay and had a relationship with poet Robert Duncan. He confessed that they weren’t the type of father and son who played basketball together, but they absolutely had a connection. Later on De Niro Jr. made a documentary about his father’s life.

6. Jodie Foster

Jodie was raised by 2 mothers — Evelyn Foster and her partner, that Jodie called “Aunt” Jo. The actress made a public coming out herself during her Golden Globe Awards speech in 2013.

7. Rene Russo

Rene Russo’s parents divorced when she was 2 years old, and from that point on she and her sister were raised by her mom, her mom`s girlfriend, and their gay friends. Rene revealed that, at that time, their mom was just pretty much abandoned and a lot of her friends came and helped her raise Rene and her sister.

8. Ally Sheedy

Ally Sheedy, one of the stars of the famous movie The Breakfast Club was raised by her mom, New York literary agent, Charlotte Sheedy, who came out as a lesbian after divorcing Ally’s father in 1971.

9. Ana Matronic

The Scissor Sisters singer, Ana Matronic had a gay dad — her parents split up when she was 3 and her father moved to San Francisco with a boyfriend. Despite this, Ana and her sister stayed with him in San Francisco 4 times a year during their childhood.

10. 50 Cent

50 Cent was raised by his mother, who, according to the rapper, was a lesbian. She died when he was only 8 years old, at which point, 50 Cent went to live with his grandparents. The rapper wrote a book called Playground about his childhood and his relationship with his mother.

11. Liza Minnelli

Liza’s father, Italian-American stage and film director, Vincente Minnelli, was openly gay when he lived in New York according to biographer Emmanuel Levy. But moving to Hollywood made him decide to keep his personal life very private. The relationship between Liza and her father was very warm throughout Vincente’s life.

12. Jena Malone

Hunger Games star Jena Malone had an unconventional childhood — she was raised by her mother, Deborah Malone, and her mom`s girlfriend. Jena herself stated that she had 2 moms and it was awesome.

Happy families raise happy kids, no matter whether they’re gay or straight! Were you surprised to find out that these celebrities had gay parents? Do you know of any other stars that we could add to the list? We’d be happy to hear from you in the comment section below.

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7 Hidden Messages in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” That Weren’t Meant for Kids




Lewis Carroll’s tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland had an amazing influence on cinema, literature, and even psychology: movies and ballets were based on it, sequels and remakes were written. There is even a psychological disorder named after the main character: Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AWS). This seemingly innocent children’s story was the subject of heated discussions by scientists of the 20th century and even Freud talked about it. The point of the discussions was simple: was the tale written for children or for adults?

Bright Side has read the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded” and tried to figure out which parts of the story can only be understood by adults.

1. Alice’s shrinking and growing is a sign of puberty.

When Alice ate a cake or drank a certain mixture, Alice would shrink or grow, and she was scared that she would disappear completely. While there were no actual reasons for the changes in her body in the text, scientists have 3 versions of what could have been the hidden meaning behind that episode:

  • Alice’s body changes in a similar way to how it would change as a teenager during puberty. Many people think that Carroll showed the puberty of the character. But why this idea may also be wrong is because Alice is only 7 years old and it is too young to be a teenager.
  • Astronomers link the character with the expanding Universe. According to one of the theories, the amount of matter in the Universe is constantly decreasing which will ultimately lead to its disappearance. Obviously, this is why the character was worried about shrinking so much that she would vanish.
  • Other people see an indication of hallucinogenic substances, which make people completely disoriented, just like Alice.

2. The pig the character has is an English King.

It is believed that the tale is an allusion to the War of the Roses that took place in England in the 15th century. This time period was full of scheming, betrayal, and there were a lot of chopped heads — just like in the tale.

Assuming the guess is correct, then baby that turned into the pig is a member of the White Rose. And more specifically, it was Richard III who had a sigil with a white boar. Shakespeare even wrote a play about it where he presented Richard in a very bad light.

3. The smell of pepper in the house of the Duchess hides the smell of bad food.

The tale casually mentions that the house of the Duchess smells a lot like pepper because the scullery was adding pepper to the soup. But it may have been a hint at the problem that the food at the time was peppered a lot, to kill the smell of rotten ingredients.

4. Alice is Eve, who becomes a sinner.

The adventures of Alice starts in a quiet garden. It was an idyllic place, green and quiet, and that’s why it reminds many people the Garden of Eden. But Alice doesn’t take an apple, she goes down the rabbit hole and goes into a world that gives rise to incredible changes in her. This theory seems to be pretty logical: children are innocent but when Alice went into the hole (took the apple), she entered the world of puberty, adult life, and became a sinner.

5. Keys, doors, and caterpillars are Freudian symbols.

When Freudian theories became very popular around the world, the tale of Alice turned out to be full of gynecological symbols. The fans of Freud managed to see the symbols in the doors that were hidden behind the curtains, and keys that open these doors. Of course, they couldn’t have missed Absolem — the giant caterpillar that looks like a you know what.

Even though this theory has life, it is not very believable, because people can see these symbols everywhere if they really want to.

6. Walrus and Carpenter are actually Buddha and Jesus.

This is the name of the poem that the twin brothers Tweedledee and Tweedledum read to Alice. The poem tells the story about Walrus and Carpenter, that walk on the beach and call out for oysters to walk with them. The oysters go to the shore and Walrus and Carpenter eat them. Walrus then cries at the end.

There are several interpretations:

  • Walrus is a caricature of Buddha, and Carpenter is Jesus. For example, the character Loki from Dogma believes this. The logic is simple: Walrus is fat and happy, so he is Buddha or elephant Ganesha, and Carpenter is the direct reference to the profession of the father of Jesus.
  • J. Priestly is convinced that the poem is the story of England’s (Walrus) colonization of America (Carpenter).
  • There is a more violent interpretation. Some people believe that Walrus and Carpenter are politicians that kill the masses — the oysters.

7. The poem about the White Rabbit in chapter 12 uncovers the love mystery of Carroll himself.

Some researchers see the reference to the unusual connection between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell that was the prototype of the main character. Here are the lines we are talking about:

He sent them word I had not gone

(We know it to be true):

If she should push the matter on,

What would become of you?

This is one of the most sensitive moments in the interpretation of the tale. Some people think that when the girl was supposed to come of age, the writer was going to marry her, but for some reason he had an argument with Mrs. Liddell and he never saw the members of the family since.

Do you want to read the tale now that you have some new knowledge about it in order to find some new hidden meaning? If yes, you can read the original manuscript written by Carroll himself here.

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What 20 Celebs Looked Like at the Start of Their Career




Celebrities are usually known for their biggest successful works, but most of them stepped into the entertainment world with smaller roles. A lot of them have been in the industry for so long that we’ve forgotten what they looked like when they first started. Taking a look at some of their earliest works is indeed a blast from the past.

Bright Side looks into some of the earliest works from certain actors and is amazed at how much they have grown within the industry.

1. George Clooney

2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

3. Keanu Reeves

4. Brie Larson

5. Betty White

6. Leonardo DiCaprio

7. Drew Barrymore

8. Tom Hanks

9. Scarlett Johannson

10. Halle Berry

11. Harrison Ford

12. Denzel Washington

13. Reese Witherspoon

14. Angelina Jolie

15. Johnny Depp

16. Jennifer Garner

17. Robert Downey Jr.

18. Will Smith

19. Nicole Kidman

20. Sandra Bullock

Have you seen the early works of these celebrities before? Do you know what any other famous entertainers looked like when they first began their career?

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14 Examples of How Perfect Photos on Social Media Can Mislead Us




Most Internet users tend to sugarcoat their lives, belongings, body shapes, etc. And Instagram is the perfect place to post these kinds of photos. It’s a world of successful, happy people who take colorful trips, make expensive purchases, and boast perfect bodies.

Bright Side found some “behind-the-scenes” photos of gorgeous shots from social media. Turns out, believing everything you see on the Internet is never a good idea.

1. A 3-minute smartphone photo session + 3 magic filters

2. The king of the road

3. It’s all about the right angle…

4. A popular festival on Instagram vs a popular festival in reality

5. Support is the real hero.

6. A dog can never spoil a shot.

7. Slightly added brightness

8. When summer starts, we see it on every other Instagram account.

9. The process of making up always finishes the same way.

10. Unicorns can be insidious.

11. Everyone wants a photo in a lavender field.

12. Bright cities in photos might not be as bright in real life.

13. Aboard a private jet

14. A fashionable breakfast

Do you edit your photos on social media to try to look better? We’d be happy to hear from you in the comments!

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