Child stars who rose to fame and fell into a cycle of vices

It is well known that many of the people who enter the world of fame, mainly from an early age, they end up succumbing to the world of drugs and alcohol for various reasons, including the demands of being at the top of his artistic career.

There are several examples of celebrities who, over the years, have shown that there is a lot to be gained, but, in equal or greater proportion, there is much that can be lost.

Recently, Mara Wilson, known for being the protagonist of Matilda, offered an interview to the British media The Guardian, where she talked about the many things she faced as a child, such as being sexualized and the death of her mother as a result of a breast cancer.

She also brought up the complications of living in a character’s shadow, which she described as “living with a fabulous older sister.” For this reason, one of the things he assured is that he does not believe “May you be a child star without harm.”

“Imagine having all that pressure and all that money…I’m not surprised that so many of us end up drinking, taking drugs and partying”


Mara WilsonMatilda Protagonist

In that sense, these are some celebrities who went from being at the top of their careers to falling into a cycle of vices:

Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin

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Macaulay Culkin’s acting career began at the young age of four. Some of his best known performances are from the films My poor little angel, The Pagemaster and Ricky Ricon, for these last two he earned eight million dollars, the highest salary ever paid to a child star.

Thanks to this, he managed to establish himself as one of the most successful and renowned actors. However, a few years later, Culkin shared that he became addicted to oxycodone and heroinas well as benzodiazepines. She eventually she left him, but she got three suspended prison sentences and a $540 fine.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan in The Twins played Hallie and Annie, two twins who look like two peas in a pod, who were separated shortly after birth due to their parents' divorce.

Lindsay Lohan in The Twins played Hallie and Annie, two twins who look like two peas in a pod, were separated shortly after birth, due to their parents’ divorce

Lindsay Lohan is perhaps one of the most maligned pop culture figures of the early 2000s. And it is that Lohan’s storied past with alcoholism and drug abuse it remained a central tabloid topic until the end of the decade.

She got her break at the age of three as a child model, but ended up becoming known for her roles as an actress. Some of her best-known performances are from the movies: Twins, Mean Girls, You to London and I to California, among others.

After several stints in rehab and legal trouble, Lohan was the subject of the 2014 docuseries Lindsay, which chronicled her journey to sobriety and the removal of the rubble of his currently collapsed career.

Demi lovato

Demi lovato

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One of Demi Lovato’s first acting appearances was in the children’s television series Barney and Friends. However, Lovato rose to fame for playing Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel musical TV movie Camp Rock and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.

She first entered treatment for drug and alcohol abuse shortly after the release of the hit Camp Rock 2. She has revealed that she began abusing opioids at age 13 and developed a cocaine addiction at 17.

In mid-2018, Lovato was rushed to the hospital and later entered into a drug treatment program for hospitalized patients following a near-fatal opioid overdose at his Los Angeles home.

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes at the Choice Awards.  Photo: Instagram update amanda bynes

Amanda Bynes at the Choice Awards. Photo: Instagram update amanda bynes

Amanda Bynes began her career as a child actress working on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy All That, and gained further recognition starring in her series The Amanda Show, for which she received various accolades.

In 2010, Bynes abruptly announced that she would be taking an indefinite hiatus from acting.

Two years later, Bynes began exhibiting a series of erratic, bizarre, and increasingly dangerous behaviors, including drink driving and light a small fire in the driveway of a stranger’s house in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Recently, the actress was urgently admitted to a psychiatric hospital after being seen, on March 19, wandering naked Through the streets of Los Angeles.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

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Britney Spears began acting at a very early age, through roles in stage productions. She later gained fame by participating in the television show The Mickey Mouse Club.

Like Bynes, to Spears’s parents they were given guardianship and control of their finances after her visitation rights with her children were revoked, when she refused to release them into the custody of her ex-husband Kevin Federline, who would be given sole custody of the children, while Spears was placed on involuntary psychiatric hold at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

This was a very hard stage for Spears, who ended up entering the world of drugs, which is why she gave a lot to talk about in the different media.

zac efron

zac efron

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One of Zac Efron’s most iconic roles, through which he was catapulted to fame, was Troy Bolton on Disney Channel’s High School Musical.

For this reason, Efron was forever crystallized as an undeniable teen heartthrob.

After a series of roles in critically and commercially successful films such as Hairspray and 17 Again, alcohol and substance abuse problems of Efron became public in 2013 when he entered rehab.

After 2 seasons in rehab and participation in Alcoholics Anonymous, Efron has been able to maintain his sobriety since 2013.

With the passage of time, the negative effects that the world of fame can have on an individual come to light more and more.

The aforementioned are just some of the cases of so many that have been made known. Other of these are those of Miley Cyrus, Tatum O’Neal, Edward Furlong, Robert Downey Jr., among many more.

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