We’re all Hulkamaniacs. Growing up watching Hulk Hogan do this thing in the WWE, WCW and TNA has been one hell of a ride. Known for his signature mustache and sunglasses, as well as his pure domination in the ring, Hogan has not been without his fair share of scandal. From backstage antics, sex tapes and public, messy divorces, Hogan seems to love the spotlight, starring in reality television as well as his wrestling career.
Hogan married his first wife Linda Claridge in 1983. A beautiful blonde from Miami, and the couple had two children; Brooke born in 1988 and Nick born in 1990. As with all families in the public eye, the Hogan children themselves have had their fair share of controversy. Brooke, the oldest, is a singer-songwriter, actress, and model. Like her father, she’s also worked as a pro wrestler. Nick, the younger of the Hogan siblings, is…an actor? Not really. With only a few minor roles to his name, Nick is mainly known for his trouble with the law.
With a family such as the Hogans in the spotlight, there are bound to be some things The Hulkster would rather stay buried. Here are the 15 Things Hulk Hogan Doesn’t Want You To Know About His Kids.
15 Brooke and Hulk Romance Rumors
Brooke is an incredibly attractive woman. Blonde, curvy and all around beautiful. In addition to singing and acting, Brooke has had a fairly successful modelling career. With the modelling success, there have been plenty of opportunities for Brooke to bear it all and show some skin, which she has happily done on multiple occasions. And we thank her for it. So does her dad, according to the media. In 2011, Brooke posed nude for PETA as part of their Women in Cages Campaign. She was in a cage, looking pensively to the camera, her naughty bit barely covered. At the unveiling of the photos, Brooke took her dad to the event. Weird enough as it is, but as the press were taking their photos, Hogan proceeded to place his hands over the photos, covering Brooke up, giving them an embarrassed look. It all seemed very fake and staged, causing Brooke to speak out, claiming there’s nothing weird going on between them.
14 Hogan Gets Racist Over Brooke’s Music
Hulk always had a big hand in the development his daughter’s music career. He invested a lot of his own money in recording and promotion of the albums, so it makes some sense for Hogan to be passionate and emotional about the material. But when a recording surfaced in 2015 of Hulk ranting about the music and getting fairly racist while he was at it, the WWE cut all ties with the Superstar. Apparently Hulk wasn’t happy with Brooke’s quality of music, and after a well-known billionaire started to fund Brooke’s records, this caused Hogan to go on an expletive-filled rant where he admitted to being to being racist. Apparently Hulk doesn’t want Brooke involved with African-Americans. Not cool Hulk, not cool.
13 Nick is Too Fast and Too Furious
In 2007, a 17 year old Nick Hogan was getting into some trouble with his father’s super-fast Toyota Supra. Nick enjoyed speed racing and drifting, when you take a corner at incredible speed, causing the car to drift sideways. August of 2007, Nick and his buddies were cruising Florida, practicing their drifting in the Toyota Supra and another of his father’s vehicles, a high-powered Dodge Viper. Nick lost control of the Toyota Supra, fishtailing into a median and a palm tree, completely destroying his father’s expensive car. That’s not the worst of it, however, as Nick’s passenger, friend Michael Graziano wasn’t wearing his seatbelt and was terribly injured. While Nick was released from the hospital only a few days later, Graziano’s brain injuries were so severe, he will need long-term care for the rest of his life.
12 Brooke Calls Off Her Engagement
Back to Hogan’s weird crush on his daughter, just for a moment. Brooke Hogan was at one time engaged to Dallas Cowboy’s centre Phil Costa. After some time, Brooke announced the couple would be ending their engagement, so she could ‘focus on her musical career’. But guess what? Apparently that was total BS. The real reason the engagement was broken off? Oh yeah. Hulkster didn’t approve. Apparently Phil Costa didn’t ‘walk the walk or talk the talk,’ in Hulk’s own words, so the relationship was ended. There was even a confrontation at some point, but didn’t result in any fisticuffs. It’s hard to believe that a grown woman would let her father decide who she can or cannot be with romantically, but knowing Brooke and Hulk’s relationship in the past, it’s really not all that surprising.
11 Nick Hogan Nude
In 2014, creepy weirdos all over the planet took part in The Fappening; when countless celebrities’ phones were hacked and nude, compromising photos were released to the masses. Those involved were such high-profile names like Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence…and Nick Hogan. The photos released of Hogan were apparently with himself and former girlfriends in his high school days. Yes, the photos of Nick Hogan are not only creepy but totally illegal. As to why Nick actually still had the photos kept on his phone, he claimed he keeps everything and documents all parts of his life. Sure Nick. Sure. Apparently, there were also picture of his mother on his phone, bent over a chair in a thong. Okay, now things are getting super weird. The Hogan’s sure love each other. Moving on.
10 Brooke for President…or not
With Hillary Clinton losing the recent presidential election, we’ll have to wait a little while longer for the first female President of the United States. Of course a woman could and should be president. It’s only a matter of time now, really. But don’t tell that to Brooke Hogan. Brooke made some strange and controversial comments against her own sex, saying; “You know what? I am actually not that much into voting. I think it's kind of crazy that a woman is running because I think that women deal with a lot of emotions and menopause and PMS and stuff.” Uh-huh. She continues to say her hormones would make her a horrible president, as she’d be crying one day and screaming the next. So, according to Brooke, PMS would prevent a woman from being an affective president. Her words. Not mine.
9 9 – Nick No Remorse
When Nick crashed the Toyota Supra when he was 17, he was not only speeding but was also intoxicated. Nick was sentenced to eight months in jail, and thanks to some threats from prisoners, some days would spend up to 23 hours in solitary confinement. Upon his release, Nick stressed his remorse, saying that his actions were absolutely reckless, and that “it was being young and honestly just stupid, not mature." Well said. But not everyone shares the sentiments. The Graziano family released a statement; "Nick has done nothing to show remorse. We haven't heard a word from him.... We don't believe a word of what he says about being remorseful." It’s terrible to know that Nick is more than happy to share his apologies with the media, but not with the family that was directly affected by his actions. Yikes.
8 Setting Up a New Show From Jail
If the Graziano family never actually received an apology from Nick, that’s pretty despicable. Nick didn’t exactly kill their son, but he will never be the same person ever again. You would think that an accident such as that and going to prison for over 8 months would change a person. Not Nick. The Pinellas County Jail where Nick served his time recorded all phone calls made between Nick and his family. They knew that, but what they didn’t know is those phone calls where going to be released to the press. The troubling news is that the recorded phone calls actually back up what the Graziano family are saying; Nick isn’t remorseful. In fact, on said recorded calls, Nick actually pleaded with his father to set him up with a new reality TV show upon his release from prison. "I want to do it where I'll make the most money," he said. Wow dude. That’s cold.
7 The Undertaker Panty Stealer
There are some childhood omissions, so silly and strange, they should probably be kept quiet. Monsters under the bed, sure, but when she was a little girl, Brooke always had a fear of The Undertaker. Why? Not because he looks terrifying, no, but because Brooke thought the wrestling legend would steal her underwear. That’s right. She thought the name Undertaker actually meant he would ‘take underwear.’ Now there’s a terrifying wrestling personality. Imagine, 'Taker rising from the stage through mist and darkness holding handfuls of panties. Later, Brooke obviously realized her mistake and denounced all fear of The Deadman. Speaking on Brooke’s underwear, now that she’s all grown up and smoking hot, she of course posts many lovely pictures to her Instagram.
6 Brooke is No Poet
In this case, Brooke should leave the creativity with those who have some. When Hulk Hogan was fired from the WWE in 2015 follow scandal after scandal, including his leaked sex tape and messy divorce from his wife, Brooke just couldn’t take any more hate. So, she did what we would all do; she wrote a lengthy poem defending her father and posted it to social media. Okay, maybe we all wouldn’t do that. Most of us would have more common sense, especially with how horrifically awful the poem actually reads. Let’s take a look at a quick passage from the poem entitled If You Knew My Father; “And if you met my father, I know he'd give you love! He'd lift you up, apologize and give you all a hug.” Wow, now that’s poetry.
5 Brooke’s Net Worth
It doesn’t seem that Daddy Hogan is going to share any of the $140 million dollars he won from his sex tape lawsuit. That aside, it seems that Brooke, even with her failing musical and acting career, is doing quite well for herself. Her net worth is said to be around $6 million dollars. When she successfully broke onto the music scene, Brooke went on tour opening up for groups like the Backstreet Boys and Hillary Duff. She’s bound to still be collecting some checks for the Hogan Knows Best and Brooke Knows Best series as well. Along with her modelling and attempts at revitalizing her musical and acting career, this is a fairly respectable number for someone who has been out of the limelight for quite some time now.
4 Backstabbed Brooke
After the divorce of Linda and Hulk Hogan, it’s painfully obvious which parent the kids are sticking with, especially Brooke. After defending her father countless times to the media, Brooke goes on to bash her mother, not holding back, which of course the media eats up like hotcakes. Brooke was asked about her mother’s comments regarding Brooke’s breast augmentation, to which she said: “Who does that to their kid?” Then, the media followed up with questions regarding Linda’s new 20 year old boyfriend, who was a friend of her brother Nick’s, and their use of some illegal drugs. "He is a loser. I don't have a problem with age, it's more about character. Her love is not real and not right." Can’t you just feel the love?
3 Brooke Breaks Down
Being in the public eye must be incredibly difficult. Everything you do, from mistakes to victories are well documented and shared for all to see. All the more difficult, is when your family is going through a messy, public trial. When Nick was going through the charges laid on him in result of the Toyota Supra crash, Brooke took it the worst. Plus, on top of it all, there were allegations that Hulk was going through an affair with one of Brooke’s former friends. She was an emotional wreck, barely able to keep herself together, often seen crying. Her emotions were spinning out of control. With all the bad news coming down on Brooke at once, it was a tough time for the TV starlet.
2 When Brooke Lost Her Virginity
When celebrities appear on Howard Stern’s radio show, there’s never a dull moment. The host has a way of getting the most personal information out of people. That was exactly the case when Brooke appeared on the show in 2009. Of course, Stern asked when Brooke lost her virginity, and asked if it was with anyone who appeared on the show Hogan Knows Best. Turns out the answer was yes and the lucky dude was Jerry Reid. She also discussed her breasts and admitted that yes; her mother was right and she had surgery. Duh. Also discussed was Brooke having sex in front of a mirror with her then boyfriend, the possibilities of posing for Playboy and appearing fully nude on Brooke Knows Best, and that she is ‘completely shaved.’ Well done, Mr. Stern. Cue applause.
1 Legal Trouble for Brooke
The legal fun continues for the Hogan family in 2015, the only difference this time, it’s Brooke Hogan front and center. A defamation lawsuit was served against Brooke by Alexis Williams. Williams claimed that Brooke had posted numerous social media posts claiming Williams' was involved in dog fighting. A veteran of the United States Army and a medical lab employee, Williams had never met Brooke, but was beginning to receive death threats as a result of Brooke’s posts. When the lawyers representing Alexis Williams attempting to serve Brooke the paperwork, she deleted all posts in relation to the lawsuit and would hide away from her pursuers. It’s just another notch on the bedpost of the Hogan family’s long line of very public, very messy legal troubles.