Respected Musicians Who Committed Terrible Acts

While some of the most famous musicians of all time may be our favorite idols, it can be easy to forget that they’re not as great as we build them up to be. Yes, they may make amazing music, but that doesn’t necessarily make them a good person. Off the stage and behind closed doors, some of these artists are not the people we think they are and have committed acts that most people would consider to be unforgivable. These are the famous musicians that, although loved by many, have done terrible things during their musical career.

Johnny Cash Had Issues With Women

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Although Johnny Cash is considered one of the greatest country music icons of all time, it doesn’t mean he was the best man. Although he struggled with addiction, one of his most significant problems was with women. Cash’s first wife Vivian told stories of his emotional abuse toward her in her book I Walked The Line. Although she had four daughters with Cash, she was left to raise the girls and care for Cash while he was addicted to drugs, getting arrested, and having an affair with his second partner June Carter.

June wasn’t spared either. Cash cheated on her when she was pregnant with their son John. He even cheated on her with her own sister, Anita. Their son John Cash recalls his parent’s marriage as nothing less than tumultuous and at times scary.