Rebel Wilson joins long list of stars who have faked their ages

Celebrities Lie About Their Age


Rebel Wilson joined a list of A-list stars this week, but it wasn't for the box office success of "Pitch Perfect 2."

The actress was caught in the middle of a firestorm after an Australian tabloid published an article saying that she was not the 29-year-old raised in a "ghetto" like she claimed. Rather, an anonymous source told the magazine Wilson's actual named is Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, and she born in 1979.

Wilson dodged the claims by posting tongue-in-cheek tweets, but Sydney Morning Herald found business records that confirmed the actress was born on March 2, 1980, making her 35 years old.
Wilson has yet to respond to the confirmed news, but she should take heed of the fact she is not alone in this "embarrassing situation."

Check out the other stars that have been caught intentionally muddling their birth years.

Celebs accused of lying about their age
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Rebel Wilson joins long list of stars who have faked their ages

Nicki Minaj

It took a police report to make the singer admit her real age. For years, Minaj said she born in 1984, but after a violent lovers quarrel in 2011, it was made clear that the rapper was actually born on December 9, 1982. We're guessing she was nervous about nearing the big 3-0.

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Jennifer Lopez

J.Lo has somehow managed to stop her body from aging, but she can’t manipulate her birth year to match. While dating Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs she said she was born in 1970 instead of 1969.​ 

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Gabrielle Carteris

Carteris was worried she was too old to play 16-year-old high schooler Andrea Zuckerman in "Beverly Hills, 90210," so the then 29-year-old told producers she was just over 21.

In an interview with Access Hollywood Live, Carteries said she was only caught when a magazine illegally found her DMV information.

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Geri Halliwell

Ginger Spice was quickly dubbed "Old Spice" after it came to light she was actually 25, not 21, as she originally proclaimed when the Spice Girls' first album came out.

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The rapper was outed when he landed on Teen People’s "25 Hottest Stars Under 25" list in 2001 and 2002. Nelly’s entourage claimed he was born in 1980 but he was born six years earlier, disqualifying him from the list. 

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Jessica Chastain

Age is just a number, according to the red haired beauty. She told The Independent that she won’t admit her age because of her profession, but it is not because of vanity.

"I will never say my age because I'm an actress, and I want to play different ages," she told The Independent.

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Sandra Bullock

Bullock joined the elite few who actually lied in order to make themselves older. She told Barbara Walters in 1992 that she told "Love Potion #9" producers she was two years older to play a scientist.

She went on to tell Walters “After a while, you have no idea how old you are because you've lied so many times. I always said I would never lie, but one time, when I didn't, it worked against me. So I figure you just keep them guessing."

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