Partying is everywhere in the entertainment business, whether it’s in Hollywood or in the music industry. So finding out that some celebrities are addicts should come as no big surprise. Most of us that follow celebrities know about the addiction some stars like Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen face on a daily basis thanks to non-stop coverage of such issues in national media.
With fame comes money, and unlimited access to anything. A fun night at the club wouldn’t be complete without the $1,000 bottle of the world’s finest champagne, coupled with thousands of dollars worth of drugs, most notable cocaine. As such, some stars can’t handle the fame and the money, and as a result, fall into bad habits.
Of course, certain celebrities attract more attention than others because they don’t hide their addictions a la Charlie Sheen. Others are more discreet, like Demi Lovato, who revealed in a recent interview about her addiction to cocaine.
For an addict, staying clean is tricky. The lure of drugs and alcohol for some is just too much to overcome. Others keep valiantly trying to defeat their inner demons. Some of the people on this list have been in recovery for years, while others are still struggling.
Here are 10 Celebrities With Past And Present Secret Addictions You Forgot About.
10. Ben Affleck
Affleck is one of the most famous and successful actors of his, or any other generation. He has won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. He has appeared in, or directed, many famous movies such as Good Will Hunting, Gone Girl and Batman.
Sadly, Affleck has long had issues with addiction, and his issues with booze and with gambling are thought to be behind his recent split with Jennifer Garner. Why would someone choose drink and poker over a beautiful woman like her? Well addiction doesn’t care about things like that. It is common knowledge that Affleck has struggled with addiction and entered rehab for the first time when he was 28 years old.
9. Demi Lovato
Lovato is a former child star who was a feature on Barney and Friends. She has since become a huge pop star, who has recorded a lot of hit singles and received many accolades for her music.
When she was 19, Lovato developed a huge problem with cocaine. She says of this time: “I couldn’t go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes. I would smuggle it, basically, and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep and I would do it right there. I’d sneak to the bathroom and I’d do it. … And that was even with somebody (with me). I had a sober companion, somebody who was watching me 24/7 and living with me. I was able to hide it from them as well.”
Demi went into rehab in 2010 and appears to have conquered her demons.
8. Shia LaBeouf
LaBeouf, who was a child star and also the star of the first three Transformers movies, apparently has struggled with alcohol for a while. He has been the center of a few odd incidents in the past.
But his problems became more apparent when he was arrested after watching Cabaret, a Broadway show. LaBeouf was slapping women on the butt and men on the back of the head, as well as smoking during the show. When police arrived, he was incoherent and fell on his face. LaBeouf began to receive treatment for alcohol addiction soon after this incident.
7. Zac Efron
Unless you have been living under a rock, you know who Zac Efron is. He burst onto the scene as a teen, becoming a verifiable teen idol with his starring roles in High School Musical and Hairspray.
What we don’t all know, though, is that he has struggled with drugs and alcohol for a while now, much to the surprise of the public. His public relations team did one hell of job shielding his addiction from the media. He has been to rehab twice already for drugs and alcohol abuse. Up until the latest rumors of a relapse, he was reportedly clean.
6. Michael Phelps
Phelps is one of the most successful athletes in the history of the world, and is certainly known as the best swimmer ever. Phelps has a ridiculous 18 Olympic gold medals to his name.
But still, he has struggled with substances for years. In 2004, at the age of 19, Phelps was charged with driving under the influence and he subsequently went under probation. Then in 2009, at the height of his athletic career, a British tabloid posted a picture of Phelps smoking marijuana at a party. In December 2014, he plead guilty to another driving under the influence charge. This time he receive a probation period of 18 months He had a .14 blood alcohol reading and was pulled over for going 84 miles an hour in a 45 zone. Here is to Phelps getting the required help to stay sober.
5. Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie, the daughter of the famous musician Lionel Richie, became famous for being a socialite, as well as Paris Hilton‘s buddy on the hit show The Simple Life. Aside from that, we don’t really understand the full depth of her popularity and fame.
Nevertheless, according to Richie, she started smoking marijuana at 13 before turning to cocaine a year later. That’s really young to be snorting chemicals. And by the time she was 19, she was shooting heroin. After a few arrests, including one for heroin possession, she cleaned up her act, and seems to be doing okay. Let’s hope she doesn’t suffer from a relapse like some of the people on this list.
4. Mathew Perry
While Perry has appeared in many other TV shows and starred in many movies, he will always be best known for his role in Friends, which was one of the most popular TV shows of all time. It seemed to be a case of too much, too soon for Perry.
Perry was an alcoholic when he started on the hit series at the age of 24, and his problems soon became worse. He went into rehab twice while on the show, but found that trying to get clean while being in the midst of fame and making a $1 million per episode was next to impossible. Now, Perry is sober and spends some of his free time trying to help addicts.
3. Daniel Radcliffe
Say it isn’t so! Daniel Radcliffe struggles with addiction? Sadly, yes it is true. Radcliffe rose to fame when he starred in the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at age 11.
Partying hard during his Harry Potter days, Radcliffe has seen been clean thanks to a stint in rehab. He was once quoted as saying “As much as I would love to be a person that goes to parties and has a couple of drinks and has a nice time, that doesn’t work for me. I’m actually enjoying the fact I can have a relationship with my girlfriend where I’m really pleasant and I’m not f–king up totally all the time. There’s no shame in enjoying the quiet life. And that’s been the realization of the past few years for me.”
2. Drew Barrymore
Most of us know Barrymore as a famous actress, model, author and producer. She started as a child star, with her first big role in ET – the Extraterrestial. She’s also starred in Scream, The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates.
Her problems started early. Barrymore grew up fast. She had her first drink at age 9, was smoking marijuana at age 10, then graduated to cocaine shortly after. By the time she was 13, she had gone to rehab for a long period of time, twice. She became sober, then relapsed, and now seems to be able to indulge occasionally in a responsible way. After all, when you start at nine years old, it certainly is possible to change ones habits.
1. Deryck Whibley
Whibley is best known for being the lead singer of the popular pop-punk band Sum 41 whose enormously popular album “All Killer no Filler” topped the charts. They have continued to be popular over the years.
In April of this year, Whibley’s liver and kidneys collapsed because of severe alcohol abuse and he was rushed to the hospital. It was so bad that he was induced into a coma and sedated for a week to stabilize him. By all accounts, Deryck, who was photographed as scarily thin prior to his hospitalization, is working hard on his recovery and we hope he does well.