’80s heartthrob Corey Haim is not the first– or the last– former squeaky clean child star who later became a drug addict (read: Lindsay Lohan) and while some make a successful recovery like Lohan, many unfortunately do not. Whether it’s to sell more records, fit in with a certain trend, or due to mounting pressure in the spotlight, we’ve watched child stars “go bad” so frequent, it’s become a syndrome of sorts. After showcasing all her bad girl glory on the MTV VMA stage (much like Britney Spears did in 2001) it seems as if Miley Cyrus is essentially following Britney’s footsteps. Sometimes the transition works, like in the case of Selena Gomez, other times it’s painful to watch (read: Amanda Bynes). See the 15 most notorious cases of the child stars gone bad.
Before twerk Miley, Cyrus was Disney’s saccharine sweet Hannah Montana. Two years after her Disney reign, the ‘Wrecking Ball’ singer ditched her good girl image, and is now on a mission to piss off every parent. Just this month, it was revealed that VOGUE‘s Anna Wintour revoked Miley’s December cover after catching wind to the now notorious latex-clad VMA performance.