Celebs Who Lied About Never Having Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is a touchy subject for Hollywood's elite. According to Botched star Dr. Terry Dubrow, who spoke to The Huffington Post, almost every single female celebrity has had a nose job, and fillers are more prevalent than ever. While that might be an exaggeration or it might be the truth, it's hard to deny we're not in the era of Kardashian-shaped booties and plumped-up pouts. So, if everyone is doing it, why isn't everyone admitting it?

Plastic surgery is still taboo in tinsel town. Though a fair share of celebrities proudly tout their procedures (see: the cast of Vanderpump Rules), many stars lie about going under the knife. Whether it's dodging questions, coyly changing the subject or dishing out a straight-up fairy tale, stars like Sarah Jessica Parker and Kylie Jenner have told some little white lies about their cosmetic procedures only to eventually come clean. Is a celeb's surgery any of our business? Probably not, but in a world filled with FaceTune, it's hard not to wonder.

These lips were made for lyin'

Kylie Jenner's lips are so famous that they pretty much deserve their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. According to Forbes, the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan is on track to become the youngest "self made billionaire" ever (Mark Zuckerberg is suddenly sweating in his FarmVille farm). The success of her company is largely contributed to her famous pout and the Lip Kits she created in their wake (though having a mom like Kris Jenner certainly doesn't hurt).

Though Jenner's lips helped her launch a cosmetics business valued at nearly $800 million, she wasn't always honest about the source of her plumped-up pout. According to OK!, the star famously lied about receiving injections after her lips appeared notably more luscious practically overnight. Jenner claimed she had been overlining her lips, which subsequently led to a stream of how-to articles and a myriad of makeup enthusiasts walking around with swollen-looking pouts (as it turns out, makeup sorcery is pretty hard to execute).

The star eventually came clean in a gripping episode Life of Kylie (via People) where she admitted, "I was 15 and I was insecure about my lips ... I would overline my lips with lip liner just to create the illusion of bigger lips. And then finally I was like this lip liner isn't doing it. [I] ended up getting my lips done."

Jenner has since parted ways with her lip filler and is rocking her natural pout.

Banks goes back on her plastic surgery ban

Tyra Banks has built an empire on her brand of ultra-real, inclusive beauty. Her reality TV competition, America's Next Top Model, famously opened up its doors to short and plus-sized models in an effort to slam traditional beauty standards. According to Jezebel, the supermodel-turned-TV host even explicitly spoke out against plastic surgery amidst rumors of a breast augmentation. She claimed she was "totally against" the practice and went as far as hiring a doctor to conduct a breast exam on her in front of a studio audience to prove that she's 100 percent natural.

Since then, it appears that Banks has changed her tune. After years of nose job rumors, the former talk show host finally owned up to a rhinoplasty in her new memoir Perfect Is Boring (via People).

"Natural beauty is unfair. I get really uncomfortable when women who are these natural beauties judge anybody who does anything to themselves," she wrote, later adding, "I admit it! Fake hair, and I did my nose. I feel I have a responsibility to tell the truth."

Wait, you mean she wasn't born that way?

One of the most shocking celebrity transformations of 2016 wasn't a makeover, it was a makeunder. Lady Gaga ditched the crazy costumes and prosthetic horns in favor of a t-shirt and laid-back ponytail while promoting her fifth studio album Joanne. She didn't just hang up the meat dress and human-sized eggs. She ended her secret love-affair with facial fillers. 

Lady Gaga highlighted extreme body modification in her video for "Born This Way," in which she donned prosthetic horns that mimicked subdermal implants. In an issue of Harper's Bazaar, the singer compared plastic surgery to such extreme body art, and her preference was clear.

"I have never had plastic surgery, and there are many pop singers who have," she said. "I think that promoting insecurity in the form of plastic surgery is infinitely more harmful than an artistic expression related to body modification."

But as it turns out, Mother Monster isn't so opposed to all cosmetic procedures. She let her affinity for facial injections slip in an interview with Howard Stern (via E! News).

"I've never had any work-work done, but I went through a phase when I was smoking pot when I was really obsessed with getting facial injections," she said, adding. "Before I shot the 'Applause' video, [a photographer friend] was like, 'Gaga, I love you but if you don't stop injecting s–t in your face I'm going to just kill you.'"


Sarah Jessica Parker has been through the ringer when it comes to enduring Hollywood's impossible standards of beauty. She was notoriously voted the unsexiest woman alive in a cruel Maxim poll (via The Guardian) and suffered through vicious tabloid takedowns that suggested she wanted to fix her "witch's hands." Who knew we had to be insecure about hands, now?

Despite this, Parker claimed she hasn't been compelled to go under the knife. In an interview with Elle, she said she wouldn't get plastic surgery because she'd "look like a lunatic" even though she's "aging all the time ... like those flowers that wilt in front of you in time-lapse films." While the actress may have not had any aging-related procedures, she did go under the knife in what she reluctantly refers to as mole-gate.

When SJP was spotted without her mole in 2008, her publicist told The Daily Mail, "Nothing has been removed." Two years later, the star finally owned up in an interview with David Letterman. She said that her brother-in-law, who happens to be a plastic surgeon, did the procedure, but she momentarily regretted it when a fan was upset that she got rid of her "signature."

"I was like, 'My mole was my signature? Isn't my brain my signature?'" she told Letterman (via The Huffington Post). "For about the next 15 minutes I couldn't hear anything because I thought I'd make a terrible mistake. Can they put it back on?"

Ashlee Simpson couldn't admit the piece of her that changed

Ashlee Simpson's nose set her apart from the leagues of bleach blonde Hollywood stars with some singing talent. Her natural beauty echoed her down-to-Earth attitude throughout her MTV series, The Ashlee Simpson Show, which aired in the early '00s. That was a simpler time, when Ryan Cabrera was a household name, and acid reflux was a totally valid excuse for lip-syncing on Saturday Night Live. Then Simpson got a nose job, or did she?

In July of 2006, Simpson appeared on the cover of Marie Claire magazine where she touted the idea that people should appreciate their bodies as they are. Then, she allegedly got a nose job while the issue was pretty much still on newsstands. According to The New York Times, the move left editors baffled and "disappointed" while fans sent 1,000 pieces of hate mail into the magazine. Simpson, on the other hand, shrugged off the nose job rumors.

"Everybody's already saying it, so I just don't talk about it. I'm like, okay, whatever. It doesn't bother me," she told the Associated Press (via People). Unfortunately, Papa Simpson spilled the real tea, confirming to Fox News (via E! News) that his younger daughter had "a real problem with her breathing and that was cured." There's no doubt Simpson looks gorgeous either way, so why hide it?

Rose McGowan got some messy PR advice

Rose McGowan isn't one to hold anything back — from bearing it all at the 1998 MTV VMAs to bravely penning a memoir that details the various abuses she allegedly suffered in the film industry. It seems strange then, that an actress who's so no-holds-barred would lie about plastic surgery. So, did she momentarily succumb to the pressures of Hollywood, or what? 

Plastic surgery rumors swirled around McGowan in the late '00s when her face appeared to have a drastic new look. The "Planet Terror" star claimed this was a result of reconstructive surgery she had due to injuries she sustained in a car accident. The star finally came clean in her new memoir, Brave (via Entertainment Weekly). As turns out, McGowan's appearance was actually the result of a different corrective surgery which took place after a surgeon "punctured the skin below her right eye" during an operation meant to "correct a lifelong sinus problem."

"I told my publicists what happened and they said to say it was a car accident," she wrote. "Looking back, I don't know why it mattered but I took that advice."

Does NeNe Leakes need a Housewives history book?

NeNe Leakes is no stranger to plastic surgery, and she's wildly outspoken about the procedures she's received. From joking about plastic surgery on Instagram to documenting the process of getting liposuction, a boob job and a nose job on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, there's really no reason for Leakes to lie about going under the knife. That's why it was baffling when she pretty much forgot her entire plastic surgery history in a 2013 episode of Bethenny.

In 2011, Leakes went on the The Wendy Williams Show and discussed cosmetic surgery. She admitted that she's very pro-lipo and pondered getting Botox and fillers in the future to combat her forehead wrinkles. Fast forward two years and Leakes was showing off a baby-smooth forehead on fellow Housewife Bethenny Frankel's talk show. The star didn't just deny getting a little Botox; she denied ever having plastic surgery at all when she blurted out, "Why would I need plastic surgery?" 

The lapse in honesty was apparently very temporary and perhaps just an innocuous slip of the tongue. Leakes owned up to getting a second nose job in a 2016 episode of Watch What Happens Live (via People). It's hard not to love an honest queen.

Melissa Gorga's 'worst-kept secret'

It's unclear why her friends would care, but Melissa Gorga's nose was a huge point of contention on The Housewives of New Jersey. Both Jacqueline Laurita and Kim D. accused the star of lying about receiving the procedure. Kim D ended up blabbing to the press and telling In Touch that Gorga "had four nose jobs but won't even admit to one." At one point, the rhinoplasty-related tension was so heated that Laurita and Gorga screamed at each other over a table (and surprisingly, no glasses were thrown! Snaps for the Housewives).

According to The Daily Dish, Gorga regularly deflected her nose job rumors with the age-old "contouring" excuse, and the alleged "constant lying" caused Laurita to speak up in the first place. Though Gorga never went under the knife four times to fix her nose, she did eventually come clean.

"Let's be honest, it's the worst-kept secret that I've had a nose job, but it's my secret to tell, not [Laurita's]," she said, adding "I have children, and there are certain things I don't feel like I need to blurt all over the world."

Scheana Shay's botox and lip fillers are not plastic, you guys

It's hardly a secret that the cast of Vanderpump Rules has an affinity for plastic surgery. Jax Taylor's various procedures and Stassi Schroeder's breast reduction were openly documented on the series. LaLa Kent admitted to People that filler and Botox left her looking like a "walking cat-duck" and Brittany Cartwright proudly received a breast augmentation and Kybella injections (via People). The one star who hasn't been as candid is Scheana Shay.

After a Vanderpump Rules reunion episode in 2016, Shay took to Twitter to clear up the Botox rumors. The star claimed she "didn't have work done" and attributed her new look to better makeup and weight loss (she later told Life & Style that she lost around 25 pounds with the help of a personal trainer). Shay quickly went back on her word and admitted to a having a steady regimen of Botox since 2011 and having her lips done over the last two years. Despite that, she maintained that fact that "nothing about me is plastic."

As Schroeder told Page Six, "No one is totally all natural." If you paid for it, why not flaunt it?