Lots of us dream of becoming famous, rich and successful. We think about the good things fame can bring like recognition, respect, financial welfare, fun opportunities, etc. But we rarely think about the bad things that come with fame like the complete lack of privacy, the people who are willing to betray your trust for profit, and of course the immense amount of pressure. Most celebs can navigate this weird and difficult world of fame, but it’s not for everyone. Today we’re going to talk about celebrities who couldn’t deal with the pressure of fame and went off the rails.
We all remember that unfortunate day in 2007 when Britney Spears went a bit mad and shaved her head. It became its own thing. Now when someone goes off the rails and shaves their head it’s known as pulling a Britney. But why did Britney do it? Well, there are different versions, but not being able to deal with the pressures of being a pop star seems to fit the bill. But also apparently she just returned from rehab that day and when her ex-husband refused to let her see her kids she just went to the hairdresser and shaved her head.
2. Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston wasn’t in it for fame. She was an amazing singer, she had a great talent and a great voice. But the fame and money didn’t really make her happy, it only added pressure to look and act a certain way. She even said in interviews that it’s a stupid misconception that people think money and fame bring you this incredible life free of problems and people expect you to be this great person who’s always happy. She struggled with drug addiction a lot and in the end, it was a contributing factor in her death.
3. Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse is a legend. That voice, those songs, that freaking hairdo. She was destined for success. But with success came fame and it came fast and hard and Amy didn’t know how to deal with it. She turned to drugs, alcohol and questionable people and in the end, she died far too soon. And we all watched that horrible decline and how fast she wilted away.
4. Mcauley Culkin
Macauley Culkin became extremely famous as a child. The Home Alone movies propelled him to the top quicker then he could’ve ever imagined. And it’s hard to deal with fame when you’re still a child. You’re thrown into this weird world that you have no idea how to deal with and no frame of reference for it. So it’s not that surprising that he went through a very rough time. Thankfully he seems all better now.
5. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lonah, much like McCauley Culkin became famous as a child star. Her role in the Parent Trap was such a success that she started getting other roles in Disney movies. And then Mean Girls happened and became such a phenomenon. The spotlight was on her all the time and she succumbed to drug addiction. She had a couple of brushes with the law, we all remember those court pictures. Since then she’s been to multiple rehabs and started spending most of her time in her Dubai home. She’s hardly a public person anymore, choosing to stick to the business side of things and stay away from fame. But at least she got better.
6. Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes also started out a child actor. She was headed towards success. Everyone talked about her as this picture of perfection her career seemed like a roller coaster that only goes up. But soon she found herself being typecast for the same character all the time. She was bubbly, funny, slightly clumsy but very cute. She has mentioned in interviews that she wants to do something new and different and something that would surprise people. But no roles like that happened and it looks like she just snapped. She kept getting into car accidents and has been fined for driving under the influence. In the end, she had to do into rehab and it seems like she’ll never be the same.
7. Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton became very popular while she was on the O.C. but she regrets doing the show. Apparently, it derailed her career and all people saw her since that show was a spoiled rich girl. She struggled a lot at the height of her popularity and even had to be checked into the psychiatric ward.