10 Child Stars Who Were Destroyed By Fame

When a lot of us think about celebrities, we think about it as a glamorous job filled with fabulous clothes and exclusive parties, but that isn't always the case, especially for child stars. It’s hard enough growing up and experiencing all sorts of feelings that you didn't know you were capable of, but being a child star can take these feelings to a whole new level. Not only do child stars have to face teenage angst, and feeling like they don’t belong, but they also have to constantly be in the public eye. Sometimes this pressure can be so overwhelming that it causes some child stars to go off the deep end. Unfortunately, a once beloved child star turning to the dark side isn't a rare story. It’s a sad fact that many child stars can’t face the pressures of constantly being in the public eye. Below is a list of ten child stars who were ruined by fame. Although some of these stars managed to get back in the good graces of the public, the things they did are not easily forgotten.

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10 Corey Haim


9 Jodie Sweetin

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8 Taran Noah Smith

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7 Jeremy Jackson


6 Edward Furlong

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5 Jaimee Foxworth


Jaimee Foxworth first skyrocketed to fame after starring on the popular show, Family Matters, for four seasons. After the fourth season of the show, Foxworth was written out of the script. There was no explanation as to what happened to her character, in fact, the rest of the characters in the show acted as if she never existed. After she lost her job on Family Matters, Foxworth had trouble finding acting jobs, during which she battled with substance abuse and depression. Foxworth later went on to star in pornographic films under the name, “Crave.” Her transition into the p**n industry was documented by the Oprah Winfrey Show. The segment was entitled, “Former Child TV Star Reveals the Biggest Mistake of Her Life.”

4 Macaulay Culkin


3 Britney Spears


At the age of 16, Britney Spears signed with Jive Records and released the album, One More Time. She quickly rose to fame and became one of the most well-known pop superstars. However, in 2007, Spears started to spiral out of control. In February, she stayed in a rehab center for one day. The following night, she was seen shaving her head and in the next few months, she admitted herself into numerous treatment facilities. Later that year, she lost custody of her children to Kevin Federline. But when Spears seemed to be hitting rock bottom, she managed to pick herself back up. Today, she is performing at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. On August 28, 2014, it was confirmed that Spears is writing and recording new music.

2 Amanda Bynes


1 Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan began her career at just three years old, as a child fashion model. Eight years later, Lohan rose to fame after starring in Disney’s film, The Parent Trap. Since then she has appeared in movies such as, Freaky Friday, Mean Girls and Herbie: Fully Loaded. In 2006, Lohan was hospitalized for dehydration. Later that year, she attended numerous alcoholics anonymous meetings. She also checked herself into the Wonderland Center rehabilitation facility. In 2007, Lohan’s personal issues began to interfere with her acting jobs. She dropped out of the film, A Woman of No Importance and was replaced in The Edge of Love. In 2007, Lohan was arrested on a DUI charge and returned to rehab. Less than to weeks after her rehab program ended, Lohan was arrested once again for a DUI and possession of cocaine, after which she went back to rehab. Lohan found it hard to find work after her multiple arrests. Today she is trying to get her career back on track. Her efforts are being chronicled on the reality TV show, Lindsay.

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