Paula Deen, also known as "The Butter Queen," is one of TV's most most recognizable cooking gurus. Over the years, the cook's inspiring rags to riches story made everyone fall in love with her and her southern-style comfort cuisine.
Unfortunately, there was a time when her career went through the ringer after she admitted to using racial slurs. As a result, she lost her position at Food Network, multiple endorsements, and the respect of many fans.
Deen, who is known for her perseverance, has since apologized for her actions and managed to make a comeback with two television shows currently on air, and a stint on Dancing with the Stars.
However, despite everything we think we know about Deen, there is still so much about the 71-year-old television personality that we're not aware of. So here are 10 facts that will make you see her in a whole new light.
1. She used to be a brunette
Most of us are familiar with Deen's grey locks, but she actually used to be a brunette.
2. She suffered from agoraphobia
While in her 20s, Deen started experiencing severe panic attacks and agoraphobia, a type of anxiety disorder in which a person has a fear of situations or places that make them feel trapped. Her condition was so bad that she wasn't able to leave her house. Instead, she focused on cooking for her family, and perfected the skills that would later make her famous.
3. She has a couch in place of her bathtub
In an interview with Us Weekly, Deen revealed that she doesn't have a tub in her bathroom, she has a couch. She never really explained why, so we're still very confused.
4. Forensic Files is her favorite TV show
Deen craves mystery just like the rest of us, and even admitted that she loves solving crimes to the crowd at the 2010 NYCWFF.
5. The last name "Deen" is from her first marriage
Although she remarried after her divorce from Jimmy Deen, the TV chef didn't want to go through the hassle of changing her last name, so she kept her first husband's name.