We were all reminded of this not so shocking fact this morning following the news that Coronation Street have sacked Katie Redford and will recast the role of Bethany Platt after it emerged she was in fact 25 not 19.
She is of course not the first to have a stage age and a real age and she won’t be the last. Here’s eleven other stars who have also bent the truth.
In 2008 former Pussycat Doll Nicole, now 36, admitted that she been lying about her age. She revealed she was about to turn 30, when the bands website claimed she was two years younger – 28. When confronted about the white lie she said: “I should’ve said I was 27!”
Model/ actress Agnes Deyn, claimed she was 18 when she met a modelling agent back in 2006. She was in fact 24 – so not a teenage at all.
She admitted: “When I decided I would really do modelling I was like 18, and I think at the time that was quite old for a new face, so we knocked off a few years.”
Agnes is also not her real name – she was born Laura Hollins.
Rapper Eminem, 42, is probably the last person we’d expect to lie about his age. In 1999 he said in an interview he was 24 when he was in fact 27. Ouch
Nicki, who is rumoured to have a fake bottom, also had a fake age when she started out. In 2011 the star was involved in a flight and unfortunately the police report released revealed her real age – which wasn’t 26 but 28. There’s two morals to this story: Don’t lie about your age and don’t get in trouble with the police.
Here’s another example of the police exposing someone’s real age. J-Lo had always claimed she was born in 1970 but when she and then boyfriend Puff Daddy were questioned about a shooting incident that occurred in a nightclub, she was forced to admit she was actually born in 1969 .
James not so blunt, nor truthful for that matter. In an attempt to appeal to a younger audience, JB shaved three years off his age until he was busted by a broadsheet aged 36. That’s not such a Beautiful lie.
The celebs don’t just pretend to be younger – if they need to be older to get something they will. In 2001 Nadine auditioned for Irish Popstars and even won a place in a band before it was revealed that she’d lied about her age. She was 16 years old, two years younger than the minimum age requirement of 18.
There was a happy ending though as she went to enter Popstars: the Rivals in the UK, bag a place in Girls Aloud, got famous, went to the US, opened an Irish bar, released some singles and the rest is a whole lotta history.
Nelly the rapper was betrayed by his birth certificate when Teen People put him in their Hottest Stars Under 25 round-up – a fact confirmed by his reps at the time. Only, one call later and it suddenly emerged that he was, in fact, 28. Oh the shame. Try sticking a plaster over that one Mr Nelly.
The Spice Girl claimed to be 21 when the group first burst onto the scene. But it later emerged she was in fact 25 (which we always thought was more likely). She went on to celebrate her 29th birthday a few times before Victoria Beckham let slip that Geri had already turned 30. That’s what friends are for, eh?
Sandra is another example of someone else pretending to be older to get a job. The brunette beauty admitted that she lied to producers of Love Potion (no, us neither) telling them she was 29 in order to place an ‘older scientist’ when she was in fact a few years younger than that.
She was later outed by Vanity Fair magazine – this time for pretending to be younger.
Her response: “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.”
The British singer knocked four years off her age when she was trying to get signed.
She admitted: “When I was asked what my age was in that first meeting, I blurted out 23, when I was actually 27.”
“I didn’t plan on doing it beforehand and it wasn’t a calculated thing.”
She went on to say: “It was only afterwards I realised why I said it.
“I remember reading about KT Tunstall being old, and she was 27 at the time. So I felt that everyone was going to focus on my age, not my music. I thought I’d try and protect myself in that way.
“I think if I’d said I was 27, I wouldn’t have got signed. One hundred per cent.”