10 Child Stars Gone Bad


5. Gary Coleman

Gary Wayne Coleman (1968-2010), was an actor and a former child star. He is best known as his childhood character named Arnold Jackson in Different Strokes, and for his small height as an adult. He had a successful childhood acting career, but later on had to struggle financially. Being a famous person doesn’t make him/her GOD. If anyone wants to take your autograph or wants to have a picture with you then why the hell would anyone deny it? But Mr Coleman did something which caused hatred of fans towards him. The violent acts caused many arrests of Coleman. In 1998, while he was working as a security guard. Tracy Fields, a fan of Coleman, approached him and requested his autograph while he was shopping for a bulletproof vest in a California mall. Coleman refused, an argument started, and fields mocked Coleman’s downfall as an actor. This caused Coleman to punch Fields in the face, later saying that she had threatened him for which he naturally defended himself. He received a suspended sentence and was ordered to pay Field’s hospital bill which was approx. $1,665. In 2008, another fan asked to take a picture of him, but Coleman once again refused on the basis that taking a picture with him would cost the man $20. The person tried to take it either way which caused Gary to knock that person over with a truck, a full-sized real truck. And with these types of acts people want us to love them.


4. Britney Spears

Britney Jean Spears, 29 is an actress turned singer. Britney tried for “The All New Mickey Mouse Club” (1989) at merely the age of 8, but was turned down due to her young age. After she turned 11, she tried again and succeeded as a mouseketeer alongside many stars of today (Justin Timberlake and J.C. Chasez of NSYNC and Ryan Gosling). She got her big break when she was signed as a Jive Recording Artist in the late 90s with the release of her debut album, “Baby One More Time” in early 1999. Britney Spears has a huge amount of fans across the globe. But that doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want. In 2007, she underwent a public breakdown in front of the army of paparazzi that follows her. In addition to losing custody of her children to ex-husband Kevin Federline, being charged with a hit-and-run, and several brief stays in rehab, Spears attacked a photographer’s car with an umbrella and shaved off her hair. On January 3, 2008, police were called to her house when Spears refused to hand her children over to Federline’s representative. She was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, after police that arrived at her house noted she appeared to be under the influence of an illicit substance. The following day, Spears’s visitation rights were suspended at an emergency court hearing, and Federline was given sole physical and legal custody of the children. These violent cases not just even caused her not only public humiliation but also losing her children.


3. Lindsay Lohan


Lindsay Lohan, 25 is an American actress, pop singer and model. She started her career in 1989 as a child fashion model. But in 1998, she got her big break in acting through a Disney movie named “The Parent Trap”. Lohan gained more fame between 2003-2005, with leading roles in blockbuster movies such as Freaky Friday, Mean Girls and Herbie: Fully Loaded. She was arrested for drunk driving twice and cocaine possession and went to rehab three times. As she gained more fame through movies and music, she also became a fixture on the Hollywood party scene. The problems in life for Lohan started from 2007. She was almost fired from the film “Georgia Rule”, due to her exhaustion while shooting the film. The producer released a memo saying that the cause of exhaustion is due to heavy partying going all night. Then Lohan went through a series of car crashes, arrests and stints in rehab. Lohan was charged, imprisoned for one day and had to do 10 days community service on August 23, 2007 for cocaine use and driving under the influence. She was also instructed to complete an alcohol education program, and was given three years’ probation. Lohan served 84 minutes in jail on November 15, 2007. The probation was extended by an additional year, following several instances in which Lohan failed to attend the court-ordered substance abuse treatment classes. On September 24, Lohan failed a drug test for which she spent part of the day in jail before being released on bail. A few days later she entered a drug and alcohol treatment center, where she remained for three months under court order. Lohan has also been charged with felony grand theft of a $2,500 necklace stolen from a jewellery shop on February 9, 2011, but was said not guilty. Lohan spent 35 days under house arrest, wearing a tracking ankle monitor, between May 26 and June 29 because of the violation of her probation. While under house arrest, Lohan failed a random alcohol test on June 13. On June 23 a judge decided it did not constitute a probation violation and Lohan would receive no additional punishment.


2. Macaulay Culkin


Macaulay Carson Culkin, 30 is an American actor, who is known all over the world by the name “Kevin McCallister”, due to his role in blockbuster movies “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”. At the peak of his fame, he was regarded as the most successful child actor. He is one of my personal favorite child stars because of his movies. And anyone who has seen these movies can’t help but to admire the actor’s acting. But here again, the influence of bad environment led our innocent looking child star into doing some bad stuff. Culkin was arrested on September 17, 2004 for the possession of 17.3g of marijuana and two controlled substances, 16.5 mg of Alprazolam and 32 mg of Clonazepam, but was soon released on a $4,000 bond. Culkin was arraigned in court for drug offenses to which he pleaded not guilty at the trial, and then later reversed the plea to guilty. Culkin received three one-year suspended prison terms forced enrolment into a probationary drug treatment program and a $540 fine. The news of these penalties sure gave me a shock, and also will to anyone who has seen the innocent looking boy in the movie and comparing him to the crimes he has committed.


1. Michael Jackson

Michael Joseph Jackson (1958-2009), is a name not unknown to any person who walks this earth. Many love him; a few despise him, but whatsoever he was and will be a legend. The title “King of Pop” was always meant to be his. Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. Michael Jackson started his career in 1964, at barely the age of 6 years. He was a member of his family singing band “The Jackson 5”. He topped the charts at merely 11 years of age with his family band the Jackson 5. After growing up, he emerged as one of the biggest pop star ever. Jackson’s “wacko jacko” reputation included hanging out with a chimp; trying to buy the Elephant Man’s bones and sleeping in an oxygen chamber, which seemed harmless but in 1993, the father of a 13 year old child who was a guest at MJ’s Neverland Ranch accused the pop star of sexually molesting his child. The accusation was supported by Jackson’s sister LaToya. Jackson settled lawsuit filed by the child’s family by paying over $20 million. Criminal charges were also dropped because the accuser was no longer willing to testify. He admitted in 2002, while giving an interview to Martin Bashir that he has slept in the same bed with “many children”. This interview led to Jackson’s arrest and trial on child sex abuse charges. Jackson was found not guilty on June 13, 2005. I personally think that this filthy act was done just to destroy the reputation of MJ by the haters. But who knows what the truth is and what’s not.

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  1. It should also be noted that Todd Bridges has made huge strides since those difficult years.

    He was a victim of abuse and dealt with a lot of struggles growing up, all while being in the public eye.

    He’s been sober for 18 years now and counsels others on addiction and recovery which should be greatly applauded.

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