It seems like every other day we're learning something new about our favorite stars—from their guilty pleasure fast food chain to just how much they're worth. But sometimes, the most surprising things come down to their roots. Here, 12 beloved figures with beginnings you never knew about.More
The singer, songwriter, and country star was adopted as an infant and raised outside of Jackson, Mississippi with two older brothers. Her first foray into the music world was singing in the Baptist church her family belonged to and the rest, as they say, is history.
Nicole was raised in California by music legend Lionel Richie and his then-wife Brenda. Nicole's biological parents are often said to be friends of the couple and a one-time bandmate of Lionel, but it's never been confirmed. She was legally adopted at age nine, and had another music icon play a role in her childhood: her godfather was Michael Jackson.