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A few famous faces were not actually raised by their biological parents. Some celebrities were born to young parents or financially unstable couples and instead of raising their babies in a dysfunctional home, adoption seemed like the best option. Some of these A-listers admit that at first they felt neglected by their biological parents, but as they grew older they learned that being adopted actually helped propel them to the successful lives they lead today. Discover 12 stars you never knew were adopted, who’ve grown up to become some of the most influential celebrities today.

1. Jamie Foxx

Eric Marlon Bishop, professionally known as Grammy award winning singer and Oscar winning actor, Jamie Foxx, was born in Terrell, Texas. Foxx was the child of Darrell Bishop and Louise Annette Talley Dixon, who were both unemployed at the time of his birth. The actor was sent to live with his grandparents shortly after being born. Foxx did not have much contact with his birth parents growing up. He was legally adopted by his grandparents when he was 7 months old.

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2. Nicole Richie

People often forget that Nicole Richie is not the biological daughter of Lionel. Nicole Camille Escovedo, otherwise known as Nicole Richie, was born in Berkley, California. Nicole’s biological father is Peter Michael Escovedo, a musician who played with Lionel Richie, and her biological mother Karen is an executive assistant. Nicole’s parents allowed her to move in with Lionel Richie and his wife when she was only 3-years old, because they could not support her financially. Nicole was officially adopted by Lionel and his wife Brenda when she was 9. Did you know Nicole’s godfather was Michael Jackson?

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