Celebrities seem to have everything, fame, money and a charming lifestyle. Of course, the most important thing is that they can call Hollywood home. For most fans, the lives of these celebrities are so interesting because they can do whatever they want and still look beautiful. But although the grass always looks greener to celebrities, the sad reality is that they are still human. With all the charm, flashlights and record-breaking salary, things will still fall apart.
Just like the rest of us, famous people made costly mistakes that caused them to lose their hard-won wealth. It just shows us that Stellar may also suffer from debt, drugs and doom.
In the world of classic R&B, Marvin Gaye is not just a legend; he is a god. Each time he went into the studio, he churned out one chart-topper after another. As a pro singer, Gaye recorded hits like “Sexual Healing,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You).” These tracks are timeless for old and young fans alike, and new artists can’t resist sampling them. Yet, despite being a musical genius, the Grammy winner’s story is completely different where money is involved.
By the end of his life, Gaye was at least $9.2 million in debt. Before that, he had escaped to Europe to avoid paying the IRS at least $4.5 million in back taxes. The main causes of Gaye’s financial troubles were the settlements from his two divorces, alimony, and an unfortunate cycle of drug abuse. Tired of running from his life, Gaye moved back with his parents in the end, a decision that led to his death. On a fateful night, his father, Marvin Gay Sr., a Pentecostal minister, shot him to death.
While he was never able to personally pay his debts, Gaye’s lawyers turned the royalties to his songs, image, and story rights into profit after his death. In the end, Gaye’s legacy became a lifeline for his three children, but he never got to enjoy it while he was alive.