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Top 10 Times Celebs Were Caught Lying

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It never pays to lie, especially when you're in the public eye. From Britney Spears, to Beyoncé, to Brangelina, many stars have been caught telling fibs. WatchMojo is counting down the biggest lies told by celebrities.

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Top 10 Times Celebs Were Caught Lying


It never pays to lie, especially when you're in the public eye. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we'll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Times Celebs Were Caught LYING.

For this list, we'll be looking at celebrities and athletes that were eventually caught lying about either their work or personal lives. Politicians are exempt from this list because lying – or at least, the appearance of lying – seems to be the norm in that line of work.

#10: Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

Though Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt would initially deny allegations of an affair, many did think it was a very big coincidence that the scandal broke out the same year that Pitt and then-wife Jennifer Aniston ultimately divorced. During the proceedings, Jolie would claim no infidelity took place and cited her father’s cheating on her mother as ample deterrent. And yet just a few months after the divorce was finalized, Jolie announced her pregnancy with Pitt’s child. So did they or didn’t they? Well, in 2008, both Jolie and Pitt would refer to “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” as the movie where they “fell in love” in 2 separate articles… so we guess that answers that.

#9: Milli Vanilli

They certainly can't blame this one on the rain. Milli Vanilli was hot in the late '80s, but soon after their lip-synching facade began to crack. Charles Shaw, one of the actual singers came forward in 1989 and revealed he was one of three vocalists who recorded the tracks. As the vocals were attributed to Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus, this got messy, fast. Morvan and Pilatus had to ultimately relinquish their Grammy, lawsuits were sprung on them and Arista Records, citing consumer fraud protection laws. While Morvan recovered from the humiliation, Pilatus did not, suffering from drug addiction until his death in 1998.

#8: Lil' Kim

Some lies can get you jailtime! That's what Lil' Kim found out during a court proceeding in 2005. She told a Federal grand jury that her co-manager, Damion Butler, and bodyguard, Suif Jackson, were not involved in a 2001 shootout in front of radio station Hot 97 in New York. She also claimed to have not been on the scene or to know one of the suspects. But, Lil' Kim ran into big problems when security footage was released showing that not only was Kim there, but also so were Butler and Jackson. This mis-recollection earned the rapper 366 days in prison, 30 days house arrest, and three years probation.

#7: Britney Spears

Back when Britney Spears was dating fellow pop sensation Justin Timberlake in the early 2000s, Brit attempted to stick to her Southern morals and leave sex until after marriage... or at least, that's what she said. Despite her claiming to be a virgin, Justin indirectly let the cat out of the bag in an interview with Barbara Walters in 2002, after the young power couple had split. A year later, when confronted with the question in a magazine interview, Britney then admitted that they had slept together, but was not expecting her former lover to make the info public.

#6: Paris Hilton

After serving jail time, Paris Hilton appeared on Larry King Live to talk about the experience. During the interview, King asked the heiress if she had ever taken drugs, and twice she denied it, claiming all she's taken were meds for ADHD. Photos began to pop-up showing Hilton smoking weed though, and perpetrators of a 2008 robbery claimed to have found cocaine in her Hollywood mansion. However, what cast the most doubt on Paris' drug-free claims was when she was arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession in 2010 – a suspicion cast due to 0.8g of the stuff being found in a hand bag that also contained her credit cards, phone, and drivers license.

#5: Beyoncé

In a 2008 interview with Marie Claire UK, Beyoncé appeared to imply that some of the lyrics to her 2006 single “Irreplaceable” weren't actually aimed at Jay-Z. Prompted by an on-stage claim that Bey wrote the song for her “ladies”, Ne-Yo came forward saying he had written the lyrics himself, for himself. Ne-Yo went so far as to express regret for giving the song up, although he acknowledged it was better suited to a female artist. The singer also confirmed that Beyoncé re-wrote the song's harmony and melody lines, and thus, did in fact earn her song-writing credit – just not for the lyrics.

#4: Kim Kardashian

In 2007, when Kim Kardashian was only semi-famous, rumors emerged about a sex tape made by her and her ex, Ray J. In an interview with Complex magazine, she publicly denied that any sex tape was made. Even worse, she denied it to her then boyfriend Nick Cannon. When the tape finally got leaked, Nick called it quits, saying it was mostly the deception that pushed him away. Despite claiming she wouldn't release a sex tape for any amount of money, Kim is reported to have settled for a $5m payout from Vivid Entertainment, and has long battled arm-chair speculation that she herself was directly involved in the leak.

#3: Taylor Swift

Kanye West plus Taylor Swift always seems to equal controversy. In West's 2016 single, “Famous”, the rapper took a shot at Taylor with lyrics about how he made her, as the title suggests, famous... and that he could have sex with her on account of it. Tay Tay’s spokespeople denied that any approval of the lyric had been given, and she then responded by throwing shade back at Kanye at that year’s Grammys. And then ... a video surfaced. Free of unadulterated acts of fame-making, the video instead showed Kanye having a phone call with Taylor, wherein she seemed totally fine with the dig, making her later response seem very unwarranted.

#2: Brian Williams

In 2003, while on assignment in Iraq, Brian Williams was travelling on a military Chinook helicopter when the chopper ahead was hit by RPG fire. Williams reported a story to this effect at the time, but as the years passed the story morphed until he was no longer a mere witness, but a victim of the attack. Williams chalked up the mistelling as a “bungled” attempt to thank a vet involved in the incident... an explanation that seemingly overlooked his past re-imaginings of the event. The fallout was a 6-month suspension from the NBC Nightly News, and a serious blow to his professional reputation.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

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#1: Lance Armstrong

Cancer survivor and Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong always maintained that his legacy was drug-free. But in 2012, after years of denying charges to the contrary, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency determined that was a lie. By October of that year, Armstrong had forfeited prizes and awards dating back to 1998, he was stripped of all seven Tour de France titles, and he was banned for life from Olympic sports. The IOC would later delete Armstrong's Olympic results and take back his bronze medal. Additionally, he was forced out of the foundation that once carried his name, lost multiple sponsorships, and even saw the episodes of Arthur he appeared in be banned, all due to this one massive long-running lie.
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