Most people who become famous aren’t able to sustain their success and quickly become old news. Artist Andy Warhol is credited with coining the expression “15 minutes of fame” during a 1968 exhibition of his work in Sweden. He said, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” These words turned out to be true as the public has seen people in reality television, movies, and real-life scandals lose their celebrity status as quickly as they get it.
Here’s a list of 13 celebrities who ruined themselves the minute they became famous.
13. Levi Johnston
Levi Johnston was the fiancé of Bristol Palin, the daughter of former U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. He reached public recognition when Sarah Palin announced Bristol was five months pregnant with his baby. She also announced that her daughter and Levi were engaged. Levi received media attention as Sarah Palin was running with John McCain who was a 2008 Presidential Candidate. In 2009 the pair broke up, just a year after their son Tripp Johnston was born.
They both told the public they were going to work things out and became engaged again in 2010. Three weeks later they broke it off. Levi went on to give numerous interviews on national television where he talked about dating Bristol and what it was like being around Sarah Palin. At one point he was on The Tyra Banks Show and The Early Show. After giving an interview for Vanity Fair in which he spread more rumors about the Palins, Levi apologized the next year. His celebrity status steadily declined although he tried to pursue an acting career, and attempted to run for office in Alaska. However, he dropped out of the race because his approval rating was so low. He is now married to Sunny Oglesby and the couple have a daughter.
Omarosa got her big break after being on Donald Trump‘s reality show, The Apprentice. She was a contestant on the very first season, and was known for being outspoken. As a result of the show’s success in 2004, she was thrown into the spotlight. At one point Omarosa was named TV’s number one bad girl by E! Network. However, Omarosa felt like the producers of The Apprentice made it seem like she was a villain. While on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the outspoken woman accused someone of calling her a racial slur. That was one of many controversial interviews Omarosa gave on national shows. For the next several years she was featured on various shows, ranging from The Surreal Life and Fear Factor.
She went back on Celebrity Apprentice in 2008 as the only person from the first season of the NBC show. She quickly started fighting with celebrity Piers Morgan and eventually got fired. In 2010 she worked with Donald Trump on a dating show called The Ultimate Merger, which aired on TV One. After Omarosa rose to fame in 2004, she never received that amount of media attention or success again despite appearing in over 20 reality shows. She is now an ordained baptist minister.
11. Honey Boo Boo
Honey Boo Boo is the star of TLC’s reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. She and her family rose to fame from their participation in the show Todlers & Tiaras. Honey Boo Boo was only six years old during the first season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which also features her mother Mama June. She rose to superstar status after the show was a hit for the network. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was soon the focus on national television shows and media outlets. TLC reported Here Comes Honey Boo Boo as being one of the top shows to ever air on the network.
Despite Honey Boo Boo’s massive fame, her show was suddenly and swiftly canceled a few months ago. News came out that her mother June was seeing a man convicted of child molestation. June denied the rumors but pictures surfaced of her not only with him, but around Honey Boo Boo. In fact, June’s eldest daughter said she was the child who was molested by him when she was eight years old. TLC released a statement about the issue and said they wouldn’t be airing the unaired episodes. The last episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo aired on March 27, 2014.
10. Heidi Montag
Heidi Montag became friends with Lauren Conrad in 2005, she was then cast in the MTV hit show The Hills in 2006. Shortly after Montag began dating fellow co-star dating Spencer Pratt in 2007. He eventually joined the show with her and caused a stir by being involved in fights with Heidi and star Lauren Conrad. Despite the public’s disapproval, the couple eventually married in 2009 after collaborating on a studio album. They were also on the reality show, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and decided to leave The Hills halfway through the sixth season.
Things started to go downhill as the couple excluded themselves from everyone else while also wanting fame and fortune. They took advantage of every interview opportunity, appearing on any show possible. Also, Spencer allegedly threatened to kill a series producer and had to take anger management courses while Heidi underwent ten plastic surgeries. In an attempt to save what little fame they had left, the former reality stars faked a separation to boost Heidi’s suffering career. Heidi is still married to Spencer and very broke.
Psy is a South Korean musician who sings the song “Gangnam Style” which is YouTube’s most watched video ever. The video even caused YouTube to rewrite its software to handle larger numbers when it reached over 2 billion views. In 2012, “Oppan Gangnam Style” was written into The Yale Book of Quotations as one of the most famous quotations of the year. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon even requested to work with the singer because of his global reach on YouTube. Psy wasn’t known outside of South Korea before his rise to success, but quickly became the Viral Star of 2012 according to MTV. Even President Obama mentioned the star in one of his speeches.
Psy soon came out with another single–“Gentleman”–which he performed on YouTube during a live concern that he reportedly spent over 2 million dollars to create. It performed well on the internet, but the numbers don’t compare to his first smash hit song. He then collaborated with Snoop Dogg on the song “Hangover” that currently has around 170 million views on YouTube. He has also revealed to the public that he has a terrible drinking problem. Psy is slowly losing popularity and fame, but you’ll still see him working on many projects to try to regain the success he once had.
8. Nadya Suleman
After giving birth to octuplets in 2009, Nadya Suleman received national attention. There is only one other set of octuplets in the United States to be born alive, which is the main reason why people gave so much attention to her story. There was also much controversy around her since she also had six other kids and people felt like she was taking money away from taxpayers. Additionally, all of her children were conceived via in vitro fertilization. These combined factors caused her to be a huge media sensation. She was given the nickname “Octomom” and also received many death threats. She was on numerous television shows and also had interviews with Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil.
Nadya has been struggling since 2009. She went on welfare after posing nude for a U.K. magazine. In 2014 she was accused of welfare fraud by the state of California. She made an X-rated film to earn money and also began working as an adult entertainer dancing in men’s clubs. She was sentenced to 200 hours of community service this year for welfare fraud and two years probation.
7. Paris Hilton
As a socialite and granddaughter of the man who founded Hilton Hotels, Paris Hilton has always been used to attention. She was also linked to dating Oscar de la Hoya and Leonardo DiCaprio in addition to being a model for Donald Trump’s agency. However, when a sex tape was released to the public in 2003 with her and then-boyfriend Rick Salomon, she received international recognition. Plus, she had a hit reality show with socialite Nicole Richie that same year. At one point, she was charging $300,000 to make club and event appearances. A couple of years later she went on to write an autobiography called, Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose. She went on to feature in films, release perfumes, and DJ.
In 2006 Paris was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. She was also sued by Worldwide Entertainment Group for allegedly not fulfilling her contractual agreement for a film. In 2007 she went to jail for driving without a driver’s license. She has since pursued a music career and also opened up 44 Paris Hilton stores. She is by no means broke or lacking success, but she lost her global fame over a short period of time. Now Paris is still trying to clean up her act by maintaining a low profile, that or the media just doesn’t care anymore.
6. M.C. Hammer
M.C. Hammer was a hugely popular rapper in the 1980s and 1990s. He’s most known for the hit records U Can’t Touch This, and 2 Legit 2 Quit. His unique dance moves, mannerisms, and Hammer pants also gave him a signature look that people loved to copy. He soon became a hip-hop and style icon that made him a household name. He had highly successful music tours all across the world plus merchandise ranging from dolls, clothes, and lunch boxes. At one point Forbes Magazine said M.C. Hammer had a net worth of over $33 million. His last well-received album sold 5 million copies in 1991, but he never achieved this success again.
He eventually filed for bankruptcy in 1996 after poor money handling, spending too much on luxuries, and a large payroll. He eventually had to sell his mansion which only gave him a fraction of what he originally paid for it. In 2011, there was a report that said M.C. Hammer owed almost $800,000 to the IRS. He was arrested last year for allegedly obstructing an officer. He still occasionally performs with other artists.
5. Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton achieved major fame for her role on the television series The O.C., which aired on FOX. The show quickly found an audience and became a huge success, allowing Mischa to become a major celebrity. She was adored by millions of teenagers and even won a few Teen Choice Awards. All of the major entertainment magazines and shows often mentioned her name, such as Entertainment Weekly. She was a fashion icon at one point who modeled for Calvin Klein, Neutrogena, and many more companies. After season three of the O.C., she left and went on to appear in a handful of films as well as a few television shows.
In 2007 Mischa was arrested for possession of marijuana, driving without a valid driver’s license, and suspicion of driving under the influence in California. She was ultimately charged with two misdemeanors and took responsibility for her actions in public statements. After that, she was confined for two weeks under a 5150 (5150 (involuntary psychiatric hold) when she was thought to have a mental disorder. Several years later, she was sued by her landlord for refusing to pay rent, which was $7,000 per month.
4. Sarah Palin
In 2006 Sarah Palin received recognition when she became Alaska’s first female governor. At one point, numerous media outlets called her “the most popular governor in America.” However, she reached global fame after John McCain announced her as his running mate. Up until that time, Sarah wasn’t known by many outside of Alaska. She was soon the focus of jokes and parodies, such as Tina Fey‘s performances on Saturday Night Live. Although McCain didn’t win the presidential election, Sarah went on to have her own show air on TLC in 2010. She also had a segment on Fox News that ended in 2013. She’s released two books and accepted numerous public speaking engagements in which she charged up to $100,000 for. She now has an online channel that people can pay $99.95 a year to watch…
3. Tara Reid
Tara Reid achieved success as the breakout beauty in the hit film American Pie. Soon enough Tara was caught up the whirlwind of fame, partying, taking drugs and hanging out with the wrong crowd. Even after checking into rehab several times, it seemed as though the damage was done. She attempted to get back onto the big screen in a series of films and projects that weren’t well received by the public. She was even nominated for a Worst Actress Razzie award.
Reid also had plastic surgery that went horribly wrong, including liposuction and breast implants that resulted in deformities. She hasn’t landed a major role for a long time and is now known to many as the ‘what could have been.’
2. Isaiah Mustafa
Isaiah Mustafa played in small acting roles, but appearing in popular Old Spice commercials helped him finally achieve fame. This was in 2010 when The Man Your Man Could Smell Like campaign was launched. He was then in a series of YouTube videos with former sex symbol Fabio. Isaiah was able to sign a talent deal with NBC and appeared in numerous television shows and films over the next several years such as the movie Horrible Bosses. He still does work for Old Spice and recently starred in ads featured on the internet. Isaiah hasn’t been able to copy the success he had four years ago and is mainly recognized as being “that Old Spice guy.”
1. Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino
Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino achieved fame for his outrageous personality on reality show Jersey Shore in 2009. He was soon a household name and being interviewed by shows such as SportsNation and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He was also able to secure endorsement deals from Reebok and Devotion Vodka. MikeThe Situation also came out with his own clothing line and workout DVD. As a result, the following year he made more than $5 million, which was only second to star Kim Kardashian. After that he went on to feature in more shows, but his image took a beating after checking into rehab for a prescription medication addiction and arrest this year. This year he was charged with tax fraud for allegedly not paying taxes on earnings totaling around $9 million.
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