Nowadays it seems like talent and fame come with a heavy dose of trouble. Actors, singers and designers are under the microscope for every false move they take, making headlines more than they get to make their respective arts. Check out our gallery of 14 talented but troubled celebs.
From being obsessed with knives, walking around with an amulet of her husband’s blood to now being UN Peace Ambassador and a mom of six, Angelina Jolie has come a long way from her dark and disturbed early years.
Robert Downey Jr.
This Iron Man actor once had a very long and public battle with drug abuse that included frequent arrests, court appearances and ultimately jail time. Since cleaning up his act, Downey Jr. has become box office gold, adding numerous awards and record-breaking sales to his Hollywood rap sheet.
The pied piper of R&B has become a very polarizing figure in music today. Either you love him for his endless catalogue of hits and baby making music, or you hate him for his much publicized sex tape and penchant for dating underage girls. Take it or leave it.
This once prolific and highly lauded designer ran not one but two fashion houses, Dior and his own John Galliano label, showing multiple collections each year. Galliano came to rely on drugs, prescription pills and booze to make it through. All of his drug abuse came to light in 2011 when he launched into an anti-Semitic tirade in a Paris cafe, that was captured on film. Galliano has since been replaced as creative designer at Dior.
Designer Karl Lagerfeld is constantly making headlines, not for his ethereal designs as creative director at the quintessentially French luxury label Chanel, but rather for his constant stream of off-color comments. From bad mouthing the founder of Chanel, Coco, to calling international music star Adele fat, Karl seems to suffer from diarrhea of the mouth and has clearly forgotten his chubby phase.
Once the star of many Disney’s VHS classics, actress Lindsay Lohan’s disturbing spiral has been public and seemingly unending. Frequent car crashes, to DUIs to posing for Playboy, Lohan just can’t seem to get it together and get back to actually acting on camera. Her latest stunt includes a controversial photoshoot with Terry Richardson, where she holds a gun in her mouth.
Many are the woes of pop star, actor and dancing phenom Chris Brown. After the domestic violence incident with Rihanna, lately Chris was seen causing a ruckus and fighting in a club with rapper/singer Drake. Most recently a boxing promoter offered each star a 1 million dollars to duke it out in the ring.
This gorgeous A-lister has a box office queen since the 90s, unfortunately Halle’s luck with love has been quite the opposite. From abusive relationships, being married to a sex addict to now a messy custody battle with her ex Gabriel Aubry. Halle has been ordered by the family courts to pay up $20,000 a month in child support and is currently engaged to actor Olivier Martinez.
Once known as Shazza Zulu, Freddie’s rasta boyfriend on a Different World, actor Gary Dourdan has made a name for himself on hit drama series CSI. Sadly his run-ins with the law include more than just playing a detective on TV. Dourdan has faced numerous drug possession charges, car crashes and is in talks for a plea deal in an assault and battery case with his ex-girlfriend from last year.
Singer Demi Lovato almost followed the path of many young stars. In 2010, she had to cancel a concert tour with the Jonas Brothers because of questionable incidents including hitting a back up dancer for the Jonas brothers. After entering a treatment facility, Lovato discovered that she had a nervous breakdown and suffered from bi-poloar depression. Thankfully, she used her experience to speak up about mental health and later became a writer for Seventeen magazine.
Lil Wayne may not have the rap sheet to prove that he’s a seriously troubled person by rap-music standards but all you gotta do is look at his body, which is coated in tattoos and his odes to cough syrup and other drugs to know that Weezy has a serious problem with reality and security. We just hope that creative energy can conquer all in the end.
Charlie Sheen is synonymous with the Hollywood Bad Boy and it seems to be an image that he likes. Why wouldn’t he? He’s been capitalizing off his edgy and racy identity ever since he was outed as one of madame Heidi Fleiss’ clients in 1995. He’s had several public meltdowns since then, including a cocaine overdose, a 2010 arrest at the Plaza hotel, and then some. But Sheen is #winning these days with a new show Anger Management.
Many would say that DMX’s amazing musical gifts easily have been eclipsed by his personal problems. The father of 10 has made headlines for stepping out on his wife, stabbing, sexual assault, possession of drugs and weapons possession. His stint on Couples Therapy this year unveiled the roots of much of DMX’s instability, which involves a mother who abandoned him and growing up in the foster care system. We’ll keep praying for this musical genius.
It’s written all over her face…we don’t have to say a word. How does a beautiful woman voluntarily make herself hideous? We’d only have to ask Lil Kim who obviously has a very unhealthy sense of self-respect. We just hope she doesn’t pass such self-hate to her own children should she have them.
StyleBlazers, do you think insanity is a requirement for superstar status?
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