Being born to a celebrity must be the greatest thing ever, right? Not necessarily. Sure there’s fame and money, but these things can be difficult for some people to deal with at a young age. It’s not exactly a traditional upbringing.
Plus, celeb kids are constantly living in the shadows of their famous parents, being asked, “Hey, aren’t you so and so’s kid?” It’s hard enough growing up and trying to make a name for yourself, but when you’re the kid of a celebrity, you’re always in the spotlight and expected to live up to the high standards of your family name. It’s no wonder so many celeb kids have led troubled lives.
At one point or another, all kids rebel against their parents. It’s a part of growing up. But when you’re the child of a celebrity, the rebellion is that much worse.
Here’s the list of the 10 celeb kids who went down a bad path, be it through drugs, crime, or some other form of illicit (or downright stupid) behavior.
10 Chet Haze
9 Drew Barrymore
8 Richard Hilfiger
7 Weston Cage
6 Marcus Jordan
5 Charlie Sheen
4 Jaycee Chan
3 Redmond O’Neal
2 Cameron Douglas
1 Christian Brando
Marlon Brando is often cited as one of the greatest actors in American cinema history. He won Academy Awards for his performances in The Godfather and On the Waterfront and inspired future generations of actors. His son, however, is a different story. Christian Brando shot and killed his half-sister’s brother in 1990 at Marlon’s residence in the Hollywood Hills. After being told by his sister that her boyfriend had been abusive toward her, Christian confronted him with a gun, which led to a struggle and the boyfriend being killed. Christian claimed that it was an accident, and he was sentenced to prison for manslaughter. After his release, he faced even more legal trouble, being accused of domestic violence by his wife, Deborah Presley. After years of struggling with drug abuse, he died of pneumonia at the age of 49 in 2008.
Sources: people.com, vulture.com, dailymail.co.uk, espn.go.com
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