15 of the most gloriously juicy celebrity memoirs of all time

For decades, gossip lovers have frothed at the mouths when a superstar announces a book deal to dish the details on their jaw-dropping lives, whether it’s a rags-to-riches tale chock full of trauma, or a hazy retelling of rock ’n’ roll debauchery.

nd it doesn’t look like this trend will die any time soon, with autobiographies hitting the headlines on a daily basis. Take Bono’s bombshell in Surrender that the boy he believed to be his cousin is actually his half-brother; or Matthew Perry revealing in his recent memoir how addiction plagued his time on Friends. Even just the title of Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir — Spare — has sent pundits, well, spare.

While we wait for that (Spare hits shelves on January 10), here are some of the juiciest, bitchiest and most bombshell-packed books penned by loose-lipped celebrities.

Elton John: Me

In 2019’s Me, the Rocket Man gets extremely candid about his drug use during his ascent to fame, including how Freddie Mercury talked him into going to rehab. He also pulls no punches in discussing his relationship with late mother Sheila, calling her a “sociopath” who tried to stop his wedding to David Furnish and who “stuck carbolic soap up [his] a**e” to cure his constipation.

Christina Crawford: Mommie Dearest


Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford

If you like your memoirs trashy and shocking, look no further than this notorious 1978 memoir from Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter Christina. Mommie Dearest alleges that Crawford was abusive towards Christina — allegations which have been refuted by Crawford’s other children and friends. One memorable moment comes when an unhinged Crawford discovers wire hangers in a wardrobe — something that has become a cult classic scene thanks to Faye Dunaway’s OTT performance in the 1981 film adaptation of the book.

Sinéad O’Connor: Rememberings


Rememberings by Sinéad O’Connor

O’Connor writes in last year’s memoir that she can’t remember a lot of the last 20 years, having only become “present” six months prior to writing. Despite this, her memories of her childhood and ascent to global fame — and her descent following her infamous appearance on Saturday Night Live — are gripping reading, if not harrowing in some parts, namely her accounts of the brutal abuse she endured at the hands of her late mother.

Jessica Simpson: Open Book


Open Book by Jessica Simpson

Considering she shot to fame giving the world access to her marital home in the MTV reality series Newlyweds, you wouldn’t think that Jessica Simpson would have that much left to say. However, she gets extremely candid in 2020’s Open Book, detailing how her alcohol abuse saw her drinking from her “glitter cup” at 7am and how her friends staged an intervention while she was getting her highlights done. There’s also plenty about the state of the pop industry in the early 00s, with Simpson drawing on abs with eyeshadow to please record execs.

Demi Moore: Inside Out

This 2019 memoir details Moore’s rocky relationship with her mother and her marriage to and subsequent split from Bruce Willis. But the juiciest chapters surround her marriage to Ashton Kutcher. Moore tells of agreeing to threesomes with her younger husband to save their marriage, before learning he cheated on her for the second time when she received a Google alert about the scandal. Yikes.

Carrie Fisher: The Princess Diarist


The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

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This 2016 memoir is different in that it’s largely compiled from the diaries Fisher kept as a 19-year-old playing Princess Leia in Star Wars. That means we get a juicy, real-time account of her affair with co-star and married man Harrison Ford. The scandal!

Will Smith: Will

If you’ve read any of Will Smith’s interviews for the past few years, you know he doesn’t have any filters. While there’s plenty about his marriage in 2021’s Will — like when he thought what would make him most happy was a harem of girlfriends including Halle Berry — some of the most heart-wrenching content revolves around his childhood, with the star admitting he considered killing his abusive father.

Ozzy Osbourne: I Am Ozzy

The Prince of Darkness hilariously retells his hedonistic rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and his experience filming The Osbournes in his first ever memoir, published in 2009. But the biggest draw? His description of biting the head of a bat: “My mouth was instantly full of this warm, gloopy liquid, with the worst aftertaste you could ever imagine. I could feel it staining my teeth and running down my chin. Then the head in my mouth twitched.”

Holly Madison: Down The Rabbit Hole


Down The Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison

Madison, formerly one of Hugh Hefner’s main live-in girlfriends, paints a hellish picture of the Playboy mansion in this 2015 tell-all, alleging Hefner offered her Quaaludes (which he referred to as “thigh openers”) before she slept with him for the first time, and describing the staged scenes in the late mogul’s bedroom.

Tina Turner: I, Tina

Turner’s 1986 biography shines a light on the extent of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-husband Ike, and is a window into the personal life of one of music’s biggest icons. The memoir is the basis of the 1993 film What’s Love Got To Do With It.

Andre Agassi: Open

A candid look at the pressures of tennis, sports lovers will relish this 2009 autobiography from one of the greats. Perhaps the most shocking moment comes when Agassi admits to taking crystal meth and lying about his drug use when he tested positive to escape a ban — which worked, by the way.

Jonathan Van Ness: Over The Top


Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

The Queer Eye standout star could have just got a ghostwriter to pack their 2019 memoir full of one-liners and affirmations, but JVN uses this book to reflect on their painful path to where they are today. The biggest moment comes as they reveal their HIV positive status for the first time. It’s a gorgeous tale of overcoming adversity to be your authentic LGBTQ+ self.

Phil Collins: Not Dead Yet


Not Dead Yet by Phil Collins

Collins leaves no stone unturned in this 2016 memoir that’s packed with name-dropping and celeb anecdotes. We’re not sure what’s juicier — revealing he told his second wife he wanted a divorce by fax, or claiming that he witnessed Princess Diana’s affair with James Hewitt.

Anjelica Huston: Watch Me


Watch Me by Anjelica Huston

You want A-list anecdotes? Look no further than Anjelica Huston’s second memoir, published in 2014, which is so jam-packed with celeb cameos it’s basically a guest list for an Oscar party. But in between the name-dropping of everyone from Ava Gardner to Gwyneth Paltrow, we get all the details on her 17-year love affair with Jack Nicholson.

Mötley Crüe: The Dirt


The Dirt by Mötley Crüe

If you want a rock ‘n’ roll tale, Mötley Crüe’s 2001 memoir is possibly the best of the bunch. A must read for any rock lovers, some of the wildest chapters come courtesy of Nikki Sixx discussing his near-fatal overdose, Mick Mars detailing his battle with chronic arthritis, Vince Neal talking about the fatal car crash he was jailed for, and, of course, Tommy Lee giving his two cents on his sex tape with Pamela Anderson. Maybe not one to put in your granny’s Christmas stocking.

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