We might think celebrities have it easy. They have more money than they could ever need, and they are beautiful, successful, and famous. But sometimes celebrities work themselves so hard that they end up losing it a little. Exhaustion can do weird things to people. The pressure of fame can take its toll, and some people handle it better than others.
For some of the celebs on this list, all they needed to get back on track was a little rest and relaxation, while others breakdowns were a signal that something was seriously wrong. Going to rehab for one reason or another seems to be commonplace in Hollywood these days. Either way, the media was there to capture all the ups and downs of these celebrity meltdowns.
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10 Mel Gibson
Shortly after that, audio recordings alleged to be Mel Gibson, were posted on the internet. They featured the actor screaming profanities and threats at the mother of his child, including saying he was going to burn her house down. Gibson later claimed the tapes were heavily edited and said “you have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship.”
9 Martin Lawrence
8 Mariah Carey
Not surprisingly, days after, Mariah was hospitalized for extreme exhaustion and a “physical and emotional breakdown”.
7 Robert Downey Jr.
Despite his history, he was cast in Ally McBeal, and remained on the show through arrests, and stints in rehab. It wasn’t until he was arrested after being found wandering around barefoot and high, that the show’s producers wrote him out of the script. It was then that he finally decided to make a real effort to beat addiction.
Robert Downey Jr. has made one of the most successful comebacks in history, as he is now one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood.
6 Tom Cruise
Cruise went on to reveal his devotion to Scientology on The Today Show, where he bashed psychiatry, and argued vehemently with Matt Lauer about the dangers of psychiatric drugs. His career hasn’t been the same since he made his devotion to Scientology known.
5 Courtney Love
Love has since publicly bashed former Nirvana band member, Dave Grohl, and even accused him of hitting on her daughter. Frances Bean took out a restraining order against her mother in 2009, and they have been estranged for years. Love continues to try to connect via Twitter, although most of her efforts are ignored.
4 Lindsay Lohan
Still, the public is fascinated by Lindsay. She currently has a reality show on Oprah’s network OWN, called Lindsay, but Oprah has spoken out about how difficult Lindsay still is to work with, saying “this is exactly what everyone said was going to happen, and I believed differently.”
3 Charlie Sheen
After trying, and failing, to get more money for another season of Two and a Half Men (he was already the highest paid actor in television), Sheen was let go, and he subsequently went on a series of rants against the network and the show's creators. His highly publicized meltdown included television interviews where he suggested he was a “warlock” with “tiger blood” and “Adonis DNA”. He launched a nationwide tour called “The Torpedo of Truth Tour” which involved him ranting erratically on stage. Somehow, Sheen has come back with another successful TV show, Anger Management, so I guess, despite everything, he is still “winning”.
2 Amanda Bynes
Finally, in 2013, she was arrested after starting a fire in someone’s driveway, and was hospitalized under a 72-hour mental evaluation hold. Her mother was granted conservatorship over her medical care and finances as Amanda lacked “the capacity to give informed consent to medical care.” She has since been released and seems to be doing better. She announced her retirement from acting in 2012, and is now hoping for a career in fashion.
1 Britney Spears
Her father was given conservatorship over her finances, and she was eventually allowed visitation with her sons. Despite her personal struggles, she has continued to release consistently successful music throughout her career, proving that a meltdown or two does necessarily spell the end of a promising career.
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