While celebrities appear to have it all, fame, money and the adoration of millions, it’s not news that these gifts also come with some unpleasant realities. One Direction’s Zayn Malik
is currently at the beginning of what could become an extended time out from the spotlight.
The world has bared witness to countless stars in such scenarios and their very public breakups, breakdowns and for some a complete break from the spotlight. Here are just a few of those celebs that had to reel it in on their rising star.
We all remember the adorable little boy who nabbed our hearts in films like Home Alone
and My Girl
, unfortunately many of us also remember a vicious and very public family legal battle, a young marriage and divorce and now…The Pizza Underground.
Culkin reached the height of his fame at the tender age of 12 only to then ‘retire’ from acting at 14. The hiatus was reportedly the result of intense troubles at home. The Uncle Buck
actor became embroiled in legal dispute with his father/manager Christopher Culkin over his then $30 million fortune. Shortly thereafter his parents separated and a custody battle was piled on top of everything else. Culkin’s father eventually lost it all and his mother, Patricia, stepped in as manager.
At 18 the star married actress Rachel Miner, though the relationship would only last two years. Following the divorce Culkin announced a return to acting and had a successful stint on stage in London and on Broadway. More recent work also includes the film Party Monster
and the dark comedy Saved!
Despite these successes Culkin got involved in his own legal troubles in 2003, with an arrest for marijuana and possession. We haven’t seen much from the star since then, except for his recent foray into “music” with the comic rock band, The Pizza Underground
and a his unsuspecting role in a ridiculous death hoax
Amanda Bynes is another example of someone who got too big too soon. Bynes became famous during her Nickelodeon days, when she starred in the series, All That
and on her own hugely popular sketch comedy show, The Amanda Show
. She later received great critical success for her role in Easy A
with Emma Stone.
This would be the actress’s last film before becoming involved in a string of legal issues. The trouble began with a DUI in 2012, followed by several hit and runs, criminal possession of marijuana, and starting a small fire in driveway of stranger’s home. At this point Bynes’ parents stepped in and gained temporary conservatorship over her affairs, which included medical and financial care. This judgment was extended this past February until the next scheduled court hearing on June 23, 2015. She has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
The bulk of her mental health issues were unfortunately well documented on Twitter
, as the star actively updated fans with the ongoing drama. Despite a temporary hiatus from the site, Bynes recently returned to Twitter just this March, posting a drawing of a self-portrait. People
, also reported on February 25th
that Bynes has apparently been improving,
has moved out of her parent’s home and is mending her relationship with them. Hopefully, the troubled star takes the time needed to recover from these last few years and learns to find happiness despite her difficult mental health disorder.
Yet another former child star that hit the breaks on Hollywood was Mara Wilson. Wilson gained notoriety for her adorable screen time in films like Mrs. Doubtfire
and the remake of Miracle on 34th Street
. However she is best known for her role as the precocious Matilda Wormwood in the 1996 film Matilda
. The film would be one of her final performances on the silver screen after she made the decision to walk away.
Wilson opened up about her bold choice on her blog, “Mara Wilson Writes Stuff”. She wrote, “…film can be exciting, but more often, it’s tedious. The celebrity aspect is nothing short of ridiculous, and auditioning is brutal and dehumanizing. Every time I see a pretty young girl on the subway reading sides for an audition, my only thought is, ‘Man, am I glad I’m not doing that
anymore.’ I never feel nostalgia, just relief.”
Wilson is happily keeping herself busy these days writing and sometimes acting in off-Broadway shows. She has also finished writing a book of essays entitled, (K) for Kid
, to be published by Penguin Random House and released sometime in 2016.
The former star also wrote an intelligent and self-effacing essay
on the difficulties of child stardom for Cracked.com in 2013 titled, “7 Reasons Child Stars Go Crazy (An Insider’s Perspective)”. The piece should be required reading for the parents of young Hollywood-bound children.
But, it’s not just child stars that have struggled with how to manage their celebrity. The undeniably hilarious Dave Chappelle hit it big with his 2003/4 Comedy Central success, Chappell’s Show
. After two incredible seasons and three Emmy nominations Chappelle signed a $50 million, two year contract with Comedy Central. Sadly, those seasons were never finished. After season three of the show wrapped Chappelle virtually disappeared, from the limelight and even from his wife and children.
While rumors quickly escalated that Chappelle had gone insane or was a drug addict, he later revealed that he had gone to South Africa in an attempt to catch his breath. Chappelle told Oprah in 2013, “One, I needed a break. Two, we have family and friends down there … And here’s the other thing: I was only gone for two weeks! They made it sound like it was so mysterious.”
Well, walking away from $50 million and your family is a little
mysterious, though it turned out be the best thing for the comedian. Citing unhappiness with the show’s direction and the ‘hostility of the environment of show business’ Chappelle told Oprah, “There’s some quote that someone told me that says, ‘Success takes you where character cannot sustain you’.”
Chappelle had a brief comeback with 2006’s Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
and has since made a triumphant return to the stage, with ten sold out shows
at Radio City Music Hall.
This is kind of one of those boomerang situations, but nonetheless Mason Durell Betha, better known as Mase definitely makes this list with his dramatic decision to leave the music industry and become a pastor.
Mase was once one of Puff Daddy’s and Bad Boy Records’ biggest stars. After being featured on hits like 112’s ‘Only You’ and Puff Daddy’s ‘Mo Money, Mo Problems’ Mase released the album Harlem World
in 1997 which debuted at #1 on Billboard Pop and R&B charts.
Following the slightly less successful sophomore album, Double Up
, Mase announced his musical retirement during a radio interview, and his then plans to pursue a calling from God and become a pastor.
Though he did drop the mic and pick up a Bible for many years it turns out the call from the stage was even more powerful than God’s. The MC made several comebacks in the years since his initial retirement and announced in 2013 that he was working on a new album
titled, Now We Even