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15 Former Child Stars Who Completely Lost Their Innocence

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15 Former Child Stars Who Completely Lost Their Innocence

You wouldn’t be alone if you had some struggles in your transition from youth to adulthood. You also wouldn’t be alone if you spent some nights doing some things that definitely made you feel like you weren’t quite as innocent as you once were.

Now just imagine if some of your raunchiest or wildest moments were caught on camera, or if every time you got yourself in cuffs, that the world would never forget. That’s the life of a celebrity and as you’ll read below, these are 15 child stars who absolutely felt the weight of growing up under the spotlight and engaged in various shocking moments.

Whether it was getting into some adult situations in front of the camera and getting the footage leaked like Kaley Cuoco, entering the adult film industry like another star on our list, the partying lifestyle of Jodie Sweetin or Lindsay Lohan or you know, Miley being Miley, we’re sure you’ll be entertained as you read about the variety of situations that have landed these stars a spot on the list.

15. Demi Lovato – Needed A Hit Every 30 Minutes

Demi Lovato may have rocked out with the big purple dinosaur on Barney, but Barney definitely wasn’t coming to save her from her wicked drug addiction that hindered her life.

Demi has since cleaned up since spending some time in rehab, but when talking about the height of her addiction she admitted,

“I couldn’t go 30 minutes to an hour without [using] 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.”

You can imagine that photo would have sold for quite a bit at the tabloid magazines!

14. Miley Cyrus – Racy Photos, Partying Lifestyle

If you Google the name Miley Cyrus and partying, you aren’t going to have to look very hard to find some photos of Cyrus getting her drank on, smoke on or any other variety of illicit drugs.

On top of the fact that Cyrus isn’t exactly afraid to take off her clothes, whether for fun or for professional photo shoots.

When talking about her drug habits, Cyrus said,

“I think marijuana is the best drug on earth. One time I smoked a joint with peyote in it, and I saw a wolf howling at the moon,” so to say she is open about it may be an understatement!

Definitely not the innocent girl we once saw on Hannah Montana. 

13. Lindsay Lohan – Arrests, Rehab, Racy Photos And Partying

Where do you get started with Lindsay Lohan? How about the fact that she’s been in handcuffs more times than anyone would like (and not always for the fun reasons), or the fact that there are several photos out there of her that proves that alcohol makes it tough to stand. Which also helps explain the fact that she’s familiar with the inside of a rehab facility.

Then you also have that came out in 2014 which revealed that Lohan (while drunk of course), had written on a piece of paper a list of 36 people that she did some very “not innocent” things with.

On the list were Heath Ledger, Colin Farrell, and Justin Timberlake to name a few!

12. Macaulay Culkin – Substance Related Arrest And Partying

You wouldn’t be alone if anytime the Christmas season comes around you bust out some Home Alone and transport back to your childhood.

For Culkin however, that was clearly the highlight of his acting career and his adult life has been marked by partying and drug use, including getting arrested for marijuana possession.

It was also reported that when Culkin was working as a DJ that every month the club held a party in his honor, and while that is pretty awesome, it’s definitely a sign of someone who gets up to some pretty non-innocent situations.

11. Drew Barrymore – Drugs, Rehab And Racy Photos

Drew may have stolen everyone’s heart in the movie E.T, but her real life childhood was a lot more tragic. She battled both alcohol and drug addiction and spent two stints in rehab, the first trip which included 18 months at an institution for those who are mentally ill.

“When I was 10 ½, I was sitting in a room with a group of young adults who were smoking pot. I wanted to try some, and they said, ‘Sure. Isn’t it cute, a little girl getting stoned?’ Eventually that got boring, and my addict mind told me, ‘Well, if smoking pot is cute, it’ll also be cute to get the heavier stuff like cocaine.’ It was gradual. What I did kept getting worse and worse, and I didn’t care what anybody else thought,” said Barrymore when talking about her addictions.

If that isn’t “losing your innocence” enough, you can also factor in that she also posed for Playboy!

10. Jodie Sweetin – Severe Substance Addiction

Jodie Sweetin may have been sweet (heh) on Full House, but in real life Sweetin’s biggest sweet tooth was tracking down her next hit of drugs.

Sweetin admitted that she got hooked on drinking after the filming wrapped when she was 14 years old and that it didn’t take long until she was experimenting with harder drugs; including but not limited to crack, ecstasy and methamphetamine.

Sweetin opened up about this part of her life in her book Unsweetined,

“I was always up for any party, especially if it involved Las Vegas. One weekend, everyone decided to head out to Vegas, but before I could leave, I had to get cash from the bank since I had misplaced my ATM card. I took out $10,000 in cash to bring with me to bankroll the alcohol and drugs for everyone.”

That’s definitely enough money to have a serious night out!

9. Vanessa Hudgens – Leaked Photos On Several Occasions

Vanessa Hudgens bummed around on a few television shows before getting her big-screen debut in the movie Thirteen. It wasn’t long after that, that she got one of the lead roles of High School Musical and her start to fame was well on its way.

And while Hudgens has had some roles on the risqué side, her innocence was permanently removed when her intimate photos were leaked on the internet in 2007.

Then, it happened again in 2009 and it happened once more back in 2011.

When talking about the incident, Hudgens said,

“With the Internet these days, you don’t have a personal life. Nothing is private: Everyone knows everything, and they can find out everything about you. You’re not as safe as you think you are,” and stated that the incident was traumatizing.

8. Shia LaBeouf – Several Arrests Including DUI

Shia LaBeuof may have appeared in the movie Holes, but he’s also dug himself into plenty of holes as an adult that show he’s far from the cute kid that you also probably loved on Even Stevens.

His first brush with the “adult world” came when he was arrested back in 2005 after getting into a fight with his neighbor, hitting him with his car and then later showed up at his house with a kitchen knife.

LaBeouf was also charged with a DUI after a car accident in 2008 that also badly damaged his hand and required several surgeries.

Lastly, LaBeouf entered a treatment program for alcoholism in 2014 after an incident that including him using “impolite slurs” and swearing at the officers who came to ask him to leave a theater after he was being loud and acting disorderly.

7. Kaley Cuoco – Leaked Photos 

If you went back and saw Kaley Cuoco on the television series Alley Cats Strike, you definitely would agree that she is far from the innocent girl that the Disney Channel Original Movie loved.

Granted she doesn’t appear to have been heavy into drugs or drinking, but when it comes to keeping your innocence one thing that doesn’t help your case is having leaked photos of you emerge online in your birthday suit!

Then you also have the fact that Cuoco is constantly rocking some cleavage whether out for a night on the town or on Big Bang Theory and you have a child star that is definitely all grown up.

6. Amanda Bynes – Arrests Including DUI + Throwing Bong Out A Window

When you are out getting your drink on to a significant level with your buddies, one of the last things you should think about doing is going for a drive after. Sadly for Amanda Bynes, she didn’t quite have that foresight and proved she was far from the innocent girl from All That when she decided to drink and then hit a police car.

Yikes, definitely not what you want. Bynes is definitely a menace behind the wheel, also being nabbed with various hit and run charges.

No stranger to partying, Bynes also came under fire in 2013 when she decided to throw a bong out of her 36th floor apartment window after police came knocking.

Bynes also spent time in a psychiatric facility following another DUI. While in the facility she also elected to tweet out that her father sexually assaulted her when she was younger, before recanting that and instead saying he made her say that by planting a microchip in her brain.

5. Edward Furlong – Severe Addict, Physically Abused Partners

Edward Furlong was pretty awesome in the movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day when he was only 14 years old, so maybe that’s why by the time he was 15 years old he was hooking up with his 29-year-old tutor!

If that isn’t “grown up” enough, you also have to factor in that Edward has gotten himself into hot water on several occasions, often getting arrested for domestic abuse and battled hard drugs including heroin and cocaine.

In 2006, Furlong opened up how he got clean “I don’t even think about [partying] anymore. It seems lonely now: running and clubbing and doing coke. I have nightmares about doing hard drugs. I’ll wake up and I’m like, ‘Did I relapse?'”

…but then in 2013 he was arrested and went to rehab for drug addiction, so clearly, it’s a slippery slope for Furlong.

Perhaps Arnold can come and motivate him!

4. Emma Watson – Several Leaked Photos Released

Emma Watson is always going to be linked to the role of Hermione, and thus you may never be able to forget that she got a start for herself at a very young age. She has since tried hard to step away from that role, including rocking out as Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

And when you look at Watson’s everyday life, she seems to be relatively clean and outside of a few wardrobe malfunctions there’s nothing that screams “lack of innocence.”

Then she became the main target of a privacy violation which showed several photos of her with her wizarding robe (so to speak) left on the rack, and that’s definitely one way to feel like your innocence has been taken away.

3. Britney Spears – Rehab And Partying

Britney Spears got her start out on The Mickey Mouse Club where her talent stood out and by the time she got older, it was definitely her appearance that was also catching the world by storm.

While Spears has always kept her clothes to her body, there are no variety of photoshoots that show off Spears’ body, not to mention the fact that she has her own lingerie line.

Spears’ innocence also went away with her various controversial moments, ranging but not limited to when she shaved her head, spent time in rehab and the various photos of her clearly getting her drink on!

2. Alyssa Milano – No Shortage Of “Clean” Roles

Alyssa Milano knows that you may not consider her the innocent girl that made a name for herself on Who’s The Boss. In fact, towards the end of her run on the series, Milano was getting tired of the cookie-cutter life of a sitcom star.

Which meant that when she was able to choose what movies she wanted to appear in, she elected for several that feature her leaving her clothes on the floor. Though if Milano was in front of you without her clothes on, we’re sure she would be the one who is the boss!

The good thing about Milano? Unlike a large portion of our list, she was able to keep herself free of the temptations of drinking and drugs.

1. Jaimee Foxworth – Entered The Other Film Industry

If you were a fan of the television series Family Matters, you may remember Jaimee Foxworth as the character Judy Winslow.

If you are an adult entertainment fan, you may prefer to look her up under her adult name “Crave” (seriously, she went with CRAVE).

Foxworth didn’t appear in the industry for long, but battled drug and alcohol addiction prior and realistically during her time booty bumping.

Foxworth turned her life around in 2008 after appearing on Celebrity Rehab and later finding out she was pregnant. While she may not be the biggest star on the list, she very well has had the biggest transition from child star to adult!

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