Hollywood is a glamorous world. If you’re lucky enough to become a successful star, then you can have just about anything you want from giant mansions to legions of adoring fans. However, being launched from obscurity to dizzying heights of Fame isn’t always as easy as you might think, especially, if you’re a child star. After all, it’s an enormous amount of pressure to have on your shoulders.
More often than not, they go off the rails leaving their reputation and career in bits. Let’s take a look at ten famous child celebs who ruined their career.
10 . Steven Anthony Lawrence
American Actor, Steven Anthony Lawrence, had the world at his feet when he landed the role of Bernard Beans’, Aaron Guren, in the smash hit Disney show ‘Even Stevens’. Although the role only lasted a couple of years Lawrence had a pretty successful run starring in other shows, such as: ‘That’s So Raven’; ‘Married with children’ and feature films ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ and ‘Kicking and Screaming’ to name a few.
All in all, he had a promising career in front of him, unfortunately it didn’t quite work out that way. In 2015, fans started posting pictures of Lawrence in his latest role as Santa’s helper at ‘Sun Valley Mall’ the star was barely recognizable and has definitely aged so much that it’s not hard to see why the 27-year-old actor is out of work.
- Winona Ryder
Whilst Winona Ryder was once one of Hollywood’s hottest, the Edward Scissorhands star had a highly publicized fall from grace in 2001 when she was caught stealing over $5,000 worth of designer clothes from Sakes Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. The incident was quickly leaked to the media and the whole world saw the security footage of Ryder stealing the goods. During the trial, prosecutors accused the 90’s star of using a variety of drugs illegally including, oxycontin valium and vicodin.
In December 2002, she was convicted of grand theft shoplifting and vandalism and sentenced to three years probation and 480 hours of community service. Ryder did manage to work through her issues and land consistent roles but it wasn’t until she bagged herself a main role on the uber-popular Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ that she was fully accepted back into the fold.
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- Tom Cruise
One of the most successful actors to ever grace our screens. Tom Cruise started his career at the tender age of 19, in the 1981-feature film ‘Endless Love’. Since then he’s been the lead in many successful blockbusters, most notably, the Mission Impossible’ franchise. However, things may be about to change during the filming of ‘American Made’ two pilots were killed Alan Purwin, 51, and Carlos Berl, 58, perished when the small twin-engine plane they were flying went down in bad conditions on location in Columbia.
According to the lawsuit filed by the pair’s separate estates earlier this year, Cruise and, Director, Doug Liman are largely to blame after repeatedly adding entire scenes and aerial shots without warning. An executive producer voiced his concerns at the time saying it was “some of the most insane stuff he ever had to deal with”. The families do not directly name Cruise or Liman as defendants in the suit but claimed that the cocktail-star could have flown the plane himself as he is a qualified and experienced pilot. According to them, the flight was a spontaneous, rushed, ad-hoc mission on unfamiliar terrain in unfamiliar weather from a small jungle airstrip.
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- Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf had a wide variety of roles as a kid, playing Louis Stevens in ‘Even Steven’ (alongside previously mentioned, Steven Anthony Lawrence) as well as, in feature films. His successful career went on as he landed the role of Sam Witwicky in the ‘Transformers’ franchise alongside Megan Fox which was a commercial hit. But sometimes the pressure is just too much for superstars and they simply crack.
Things started going awry in 2014 when LaBeouf was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass at Studio 54. His behavior definitely didn’t resemble that of a Disney star when he spat at officers swore and yelled all the way to the station while he attended rehab. After the incident, a similar occurrence happened in July of 2017, where LaBeouf launched a horrible tirade of abuse against officers who tried to detain him in Savannah, Georgia on the grounds of public intoxication. He was subsequently sentenced to a year’s probation, fined $1,000 and is required to attend anger-management. It’s no surprise, given this behavior, that Shia isn’t on our screens anymore.
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- Kendall Jenner
You might be wondering why the uber-famous Kendall Jenner is on this list. Part of the tremendously popular Kardashian-Jenner clan there’s hardly anyone in the world who doesn’t know who that the older Jenner sister is a successful supermodel and reality star.
There was a time when young girls everywhere wanted to be just like her. Sadly for Kendall she made a disastrous career choice in 2017 when she agreed to star in a Pepsi commercial. The advertisement titled ‘Live For Now’ sees her using a can of the beverage to make a truce between police officers and protesters. Upon its release, it was highly criticized for making light of important issues, such as, the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality. The ad was pulled within 24-hours. Pepsi issued a formal apology, including one to Kendall, but maintained that she had the right to approve it before it was released. Many also speculated on her silence throughout the scandal wondering why she hadn’t apologized at all although it was later discovered that her contract prohibited her from speaking out on the issue regardless of what went wrong here.
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- Justin Bieber
Regardless if you hate him or if you’re a die-hard believer you can’t deny that popstar Bieber is one of the biggest names in the industry today. He had his first head with the annoyingly catchy ‘Baby’ song when he was just 16 years old. Although he had the face of an angel he’s now notorious for his bad-boy shenanigans even early on in his career.
Bieber wasn’t the nicest to his fans often telling them to go away when they asked for autographs or selfies. Last year, the star released a statement saying “It has gotten to the point that people won’t even say ‘Hi’ to me or recognize me as a human. I want to be able to keep my sanity. I realize people will be disappointed but I don’t owe anybody a picture.” Couple that with his brushes with the law, following a DUI and vandalism, among other things, the sweet faced Prince of Pop has definitely gone rogue.
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- Adam Levine
Lead singer of Maroon 5, Levine, may seem like the epitome of nice after all he’s an expert at writing love songs. The reality is quite different. One fan was left disgruntled and burning all of her CDs. According to one Reddit user, his girlfriend approached Levine super-excited to get an autograph from one of her favorite singers. Rather than agreeing and happily signing, Levine reportedly said “I don’t give autographs to ugly chicks” before walking away. That’s not the only story out there of the singer being less than gentlemanly either. As a judge on The Voice audiences just assumed that his no-nonsense persona was simply an act, unfortunately not. This kind of behavior that ruins careers and alienates fan bases.
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- Iggy Azalea
Some of these stars might seem infallible but they land themselves in hot water through the wonderful world of Twitter rap. Sensation, Iggy Azalea is notorious for being outspoken, but she’s also notorious for being a keyboard warrior. We’ve lost count of the amount of feuds Iggy has conjured up out of thin air. In 2011, tried to start an argument with Kreayshawn, constantly tweeting negative things at her and retweeting ones about her. Kreayshawn didn’t lower herself and never responded. In the same year, Azealia Banks tweeted her admiration for Iggy, but surprisingly that escalated into a massive issue too. When asked about her constant Twitter arguments Azalea maintained that she didn’t have a problem with anyone, but the evidence says different.
- Julianne Rose Maurellio
If you grew up in the 2000s, chances are you’ll have seen an episode of the ultra colorful and quirky ‘LazyTown’. Full of bright characters and annoying songs pink-haired Stephanie often stole the show. Julianne Rose Maurellio played the part until she was deemed too old by producers according to website Glossy News. Maurellio was arrested several times for prostitution and drugs although many have called this false information. Maurellio herself claims to have never been arrested at all, let alone for offenses, such as, these.
- Britney Spears
Spears was the picture of innocence in 1998. Just 16 years old when baby one more time was released it’s not been all sunshine and rainbows for the once pristine starlet. She had more scandals than you can shake a stick at – from the messy breakup with Justin Timberlake due to alleged infidelity to her very public mental breakdown where she shaved her head. It’s been a long road for Britney due to substance abuse issues. She lost custody of her children to her ex-husband, dancer Kevin Federline, and bounced in and out of rehab. While Brit’s carried on making music for the entirety of her career many still fear the singer will have a tragic end. For the moment though, Spear seems to be doing well. Having just finished a residency in Las Vegas and posting numerous photos of her post-workout bod on Instagram.
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