13 Celebrities You Probably Didn't Know Were Adopted

From Bo Diddley to Jamie Foxx, here are a few celebs who've been open about their adoption story.

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Cole was adopted at the age of two by family friends and met her biological father in 2016.

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The Academy Award-winning actor was adopted by his maternal grandparents as a baby.

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The quarterback was adopted by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick as a child, gaining two siblings and becoming the youngest of three. 

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It's widely reported that Kitt was conceived by rape and due to her pale complexion was shuffled between various family members after her mother, Annie Mae Keith, moved in with a man who refused to accept Kitt.

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The late actor grew up in a town outside of Chicago, raised by a nurse practitioner and forklift operator who adopted Coleman when he was a baby.

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With or without reality TV, we have a feeling Nicole Richie would have become a star somehow. She stepped out of her dad's, Lionel Richie, shadow long ago with reality hit The Simple Life, which she starred in with bestie Paris Hilton. Now, Richie has her own fashion line, House of Harlow, has written a New York Times best-selling book, The Truth About Diamonds, and starred in her own reality show, Candidly Nicole

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The civil rights activist was adopted by his stepfather when his mother married, but maintained a close relationship with his biological father. 

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After his father's death, Mandela was adopted by Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the acting regent of the Thembu people. 

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Known as one-third of music group The Black Eyed Peas, Allan Pineda Lindo, aka apl.de.ap, was born in the Philippines and later adopted by Joe Ben Hudgens. 

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A founding member of Run DMC, McDaniels was placed in foster care at birth and later adopted. In recent years, he's been in contact with his birth mother, who he connected with through a genealogist.

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The influential musician was adopted by his mother's cousin, whose surname he took. Born Ellas Otha Bates, he later dropped Otha, going by Ellas McDaniel. 

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The comic and actor was left in the trash at 18 month and rescued by the woman who would later adopt him.

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Singer, actress, and former The X Factor contestant, Crow was adopted by a former hospital counselor and her husband.