Fame and success are something that everyone wishes to have. Some people struggles their whole life to attain it and some never gets noticed at all. Then, there are some lucky individuals, who saw it coming their way at an age most can’t even imagine.
These child actors got fame in their diaper days and see what fame did to them. Dealing with fame is certainly not a child's play.
1. Drew Barrymore
Although her career on the silver screen began at just the age of 5 with movies like ‘Altered State’ and ‘ET’, Drew Barrymore had a troubled childhood. Barrymore was a star through and through. But all of it did not suit her well. She took her parents’ split rather badly. She got hooked on cocaine, drugs, and cigarettes in her adolescence. She went through a sea change in her career by posing nude for magazines like Playboy. She then went into rehab and was able to win the battle against drugs and depression.
2. Macaulay Culkin
The kid from ‘Home Alone 1’, ‘Home alone 2’ and ‘Richie Rich’ rocked the silver screen and was everybody’s favorite. He retired from acting at the age of 14 and then things went south. Culkin was arrested in 2004 for possession of marijuana. He served a 3-year prison term with $540 fine. He now plays for a band called ‘The Pizza Underground’.
3. Edward Furlong
Edward Furlong may not strike as a name anyone wouldn't recognize now but this picture is something that no one can forget. He is John Conner from ‘Terminator 2’. Edward rose to fame at an early age with Judgment Day, breaking all box office records. Soon, the high of success led him to make some bad decisions. From domestic violence in 2011-13 to alcoholism and drug abuse, Edward’s fame plummeted and now he has been forced to get into rehab to avoid jail time.
4. Britney Spears
Britney was 16 years old when she signed her first contract with Jive music. Her first voice acting contract came at the age of 11 for Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in 1981. Since then Britney has been scoring A+ in her musical career. She started dating Justin Timberlake in 2001 which lasted a year only. It was from this moment her life took a new turn. Legal troubles, divorce, and problems in personal life made her drift off the right path. She now has gone back to making music.
5. Lindsay Lohan
At the age of 3 Lindsay Lohan was already a star child fashion model. Lindsay’s career peaked its highest best with her brief stint in Disney movies like ‘Herbie Fully Loaded’, ‘Parent Trap’, ‘Mean Girls’ etc. She was then admitted into a hospital later in 2003 for dehydration. She continued to struggle with alcoholism and drug problems. Lindsay was arrested few times after for possession of cocaine and driving under the influence. She is now trying to get her life back on track as a star.
6. Shia LaBeouf
He may have risen to mainstream fame with Transformers but Shia was a childhood star. You may not have recognized him then, but he did Disney’s ‘Even Steven’ at the age of 14 and went on to bag a role in the movie ‘Holes’. Rising fame soon saw him making unethical decisions, which saw his downfall. More problems followed him in the years 2007-2013 on the charges ranging from Driving under the influence to plagiarism.
7. Demi Lovato
Demi was 7 years old when she had a chance to give her voice for Barney and Friends along with Selena Gomez. She even starred in Disney productions like ‘Camp Rock’ and ‘Sonny With A Chance’. She then went to make a debut album of her own ‘Don’t Forget’ with the help of the Jonas brothers. Demi was a star in her teens and that’s when things changed for her. She began consuming drugs and alcohol and got addicted to them. She even smuggled cocaine everywhere she went. It was in 2010 that she got a rude awakening and she got herself into rehab. Now out of rehab, Demi is trying her best to regain her former self.
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