When it comes to the celebrity world, it’s easy to assume that many movie, television and music stars are living the high life. After all, they are cashing in fat paychecks for a couple of hours a work each week. And what’s more, they love to flaunt their wealth with designer clothes, the most expensive jewelry and accessories that money can buy and of course, the kind of real estate that average people like you and me can only dream of.
But little do people know is that some of these stars only pretend to live large. Instead of landing huge Hollywood contracts or record deals, they are forced to take on endorsements that barely help them make ends meet at the end of the week. But looking at their social media accounts, you wouldn’t know it. Every celebrity wants you to think that they are living the high life on their barely-there paychecks. Just ask former actress Tori Spelling, who has been forced to hawk some of the most ridiculous items and sponsorship deals on Instagram for an occasional but not-so-big pay day. Or any Real Housewife that's forced to promote diet juices or teeth-whitening strips. It's no wonder that so many of them are going broke – and fast, too. With that being said, here are 15 celebrities who we think will go broke by 2018.
It’s without a doubt that Tyga missed the opportunity of a lifetime. After being with Kylie Jenner – and even leaving his baby mama Blac Chyna – the two broke up. Then, the reality star to hook up and get pregnant with rapper Travis Scott.
And now that Kylie Jenner is totally out of the picture, so is her money. And as we all know, Tyga’s got some serious money woes of his own. He’s been taken to court several times now for failing to pay the rent on his Hollywood home. Yet, that hasn’t stopped him from living large and spending his money like he’s Kanye’s little brother. If he’s not buying new jewelry, then he’s showing off his new – and very expensive – wheels in front of the paparazzi.
13 Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp used to be the biggest A-list star in Hollywood before his tragic and unfortunate downward spiral. Things just haven’t been the same for him ever since he broke up with his long-time baby mama, Vanessa Paradis. He ended up marrying and getting into a nasty divorce battle with his ex, Amber Heard. And if that weren’t enough, he is also in a bitter court battle with his former business managers. A few have revealed that Johnny’s spending habits are so extreme that he spends thousands of dollars on the most ridiculous everyday items.
According to reports, Johnny’s reckless spending habits have been making headlines these last few months. He reportedly spent $30,000 a month on wine, $400,000 on a diamond cuff, $200,000 on private jets and millions of dollars on art work and Hollywood memorabilia.
12 The Duggars
For many fans, they are surprised that the Duggars have made it this far with all of their controversies, scandals, lawyer fees, and of course, their 19 kids. You’d think that they would have given up by now. But with 19 mouths to feed (along with plenty of grandchildren), Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have got to make ends meet somehow.
Unfortunately, their luck – along with their extended 15 minutes of fame – is quickly running out. It seems like TLC has completely cut the cord with the Duggars, as they have yet to renew their spin-off show, Jill and Jessa: Counting On. What’s more, many of the Duggar family’s advertisers have pulled away and distanced themselves from Michelle and Jim Bob’s clan, too. This will force Michelle to decide between two very important things in her life: paying for food, or her beloved hairspray.
11 Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson has been having money woes for years now. That’s why she's been forced to take any promotional gig or guest appearance that she can get, including Comic Con (in Germany, not San Diego) and on Celebrity Big Brother.
Despite being a household name and once having a net worth of about $4 million dollars, Pamela is now struggling to make ends meet. On top of that, she hasn’t had a stable job or a contract offer in several years now. She’s no longer the blonde bombshell she used to be and has to travel out of the country for a quick and easy paycheck. Instead of being remembered as one of the most iconic actresses on television (thanks to her role on Baywatch), she’ll instead be remembered as being on the Top 500 Delinquent Taxpayers list.
10 Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano’s claim to fame is her breakout role in the hit 1980’s sitcom Who’s The Boss? Unfortunately, the Hollywood actress is now asking, “Who’s got my money?" as she is in some serious financial trouble. The brunette beauty reportedly didn’t pay her taxes and has been accused of stiffing her own employees. And she blames all of this on her former business manager, Kenneth Helli.
It all began when Alyssa’s home improvement plans went terribly wrong. She says that because one bad decision led to another bad decision, she didn’t pay her income taxes in 2013 and 2014, didn’t make mortgage payments on her West Hollywood condo and neglected to pay her employee’s taxes as well. As a result, she is millions of dollars in debt and her personal credit is ruined.
9 50 Cent
The last thing 50 Cent wants to do is live up to his stage moniker. It would be nothing less than ironic if he ended up with just 50 cents to his name, yet there’s a strong possibility that it might happen, as the rapper has been having money woes for several years now.
Back in July, it was reported that 50 Cent was planning to end his bankruptcy case with a $23 million dollar payout. What’s more, the "In Da Club" rapper also owed an estimated $17 million dollars to a headphone company as part of the deal. He has about five years to pay off his creditors. The guy just needs to put the champagne down, take a break from the clubs, and lay off on the credit cards for a while.
8 Ben Affleck
Now that Ben Affleck has officially separated and moved on from his soon-to-be ex-wife Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck is living large and spending money like it’s water. As a matter of fact, the Hollywood star seems to have gone back to his old habits, as he’s been spotted drinking and partying with his new girlfriend, Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus.
Sure, Ben has millions in the bank, but he also doesn’t have many projects in the pipeline, either. And with the way things are going, he doesn’t seem to care. And with more money going out than coming in, soon enough Ben is going to find himself in a pickle. And when that happens, his ex Jennifer Garner is going to be forced to bail him out, like she always does. It must be frustrating having to take care of an ex-husband that acts like a child who is constantly out of control.
7 Lady Gaga
Things just seem to be going from bad to worse for Lady Gaga these days. Not only is her health deteriorating, but she was forced to cancel her upcoming world tour, Joanne, too. And if history has taught us anything, it’s that performers like Gaga need their tours to help pay the bills and keep the lights on.
Back in 2014, Gaga herself admitted that she was bankrupt following her 2009 Monster Ball Tour. That’s because she had to finance most of the tour from A to Z on her own. And her poor record sales lately sure aren’t helping her financial situation, either. Here’s hoping that Lady Gaga will not only get healthy again, but that she’ll be able to get back on her feet and perform for her fans in no time.
6 Amanda Bynes
It’s no secret that Amanda Bynes isn’t the same starlet that she used to be. As a matter of fact, the former child star has been broke, homeless, and for the most part, missing ever since her near public meltdown back in 2014. And just like fellow child star Lindsay Lohan, she’s struggled to pick herself up and find any work in Hollywood.
Amanda Bynes recently resurfaced looking nothing like her former self while shopping at a Ralph’s grocery story in Los Angeles. Clearly, she’s seen better days. Back in 2014, it was reported that her parents were withholding her assets from her and controlling her bank accounts. With no one to turn to and no where to go, it wouldn’t be surprising if Amanda was forced to work at a Ralph’s grocery store rather than shop at one by 2018.
5 Rob Kardashian
Rob Kardashian is already close to being broke, and it’s no joke. Without any stable income and only his Kardashian Kash to rely on, Rob’s funds have been drying up ever since he proposed to Blac Chyna. He ended up buying her a huge diamond engagement ring only for her to take everything he has and leave. Dumped and humiliated, Rob is now struggling both emotionally and financially to pick up the pieces in his life again.
And considering how he’s barely on speaking terms with the rest of the Kardashian family, there’s very little chance that anyone is going to bail him out of his financial mess. And Blac Chyna sure isn’t going to give him all of the presents he bought her, too. But the worst part has to be Khloe Kardashian telling her brother, “Told you so!”
4 Kim Zolciak
The returning The Real Housewives of Atlanta star loves to spend money like there’s no tomorrow. As a matter of fact, she also loves to show off all of her new purchases, whether they are new clothes, new shoes, new jewelry or even a new puppy on social media. But the only problem is that she has six kids, several dogs and a huge mansion in Atlanta to pay for. And her husband, Kroy Biermann, has been unemployed for well over a year now.
Eventually the money will run out. Kim Zolciak is living a lifestyle fit for a Hollywood A-lister, yet she forgets that she’s a C-list Bravo-lebrity. And with an unemployed husband, she won’t be able to pay the bills all on her own for a very long time. That might also be the reason why she decided to return to her Real Housewives of Atlanta roots – someone in that family has to keep the electricity and water on!
3 Abby Lee Miller
Now that Abby Lee Miller is behind bars, she can’t scream, berate and terrorize young dancers on the small screen anymore. The former Dance Moms star is currently serving her jail term for multiple counts of bankruptcy fraud.
And just like her reality television counterpart, Teresa Giudice, Abby might find herself struggling to repair her tarnished image when she gets out of jail. No one wants to feel or look like used goods, yet that might be the case for Abby. With no television show, no dancers, and certainly no fans left, Abby might find herself trying to cash a check in the unemployment line sooner than later. On top of that, she was ordered to pay about $120,000 in fines before her sentencing. Abby Lee Miller is going to need more than just fancy footwork to dance her way out of this.
2 Mama June Shannon
It’s without a doubt that Mama June Shannon has had a great 2017 so far. She made headlines for not only being reality television’s comeback kid, but for also losing a massive amount of weight and posing in an itty-bitty red bikini for the media. But her new body didn’t come cheap. The celebrity mom reportedly spent $75,000 on her plastic surgery transformation.
Of course, keeping up with her new look is going to continue to cost her a pretty penny. The only problem is that Mama June doesn’t have a steady TLC paycheck to pay for all of her hair, manicure, and spa appointments, along with her membership at the gym. With no cash coming in, Mama June will end up going back to her Sketti diet in no time.
1 Teresa Giudice
Sure, Teresa Giudice has made it this far, but the clock is running out. With her husband Joe Giudice in jail, things just haven’t been the same for The Real Housewives of New Jersey star ever since she completed her stint behind bars, too. Even though she’s been trying to make all of her wrongs into rights, Teresa is losing her fan base, which means no one is buying her cookbooks, hair care products, wine, or the number of other products she’s been endorsing lately.
With four children to take care of on her own, it wouldn’t be surprising if Teresa began struggling or worse, really go broke this time. She’s got all this pressure to keep up with the rest of the New Jersey Housewives, yet no husband for a backup and an uncertain future. Reports indicate that once Joe Giudice completes his jail sentence, he might be deported back to his native Italy, leaving Teresa no choice but to either move with him or stay here as a single, penniless mom.
It’s surprising that Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott haven’t filed for bankruptcy yet. The former reality television couple are in their knees in debt and according to reports, Tori just can’t stop spending. For fans, this is nothing new, especially considering she’s used to living a glamorous and expensive lifestyle. That's what her entire childhood was about.
But with hundreds and thousands of dollars in credit card debt, five children to feed at home, and a husband who loves to spend big bucks on his motorcycle collection, Tori might end up on the streets of Hollywood if she doesn’t fix her spending habits soon. She’s already been forced to downsize and is now renting a modest home in the Hollywood Hills. Yet that still hasn’t stopped the former Beverly Hills 90210 star from throwing lavish birthday parties for her kids and going on expensive family vacations. Sooner or later, she’ll end up maxing out her credit cards and the party will be over.
Sources: pagesix.com, usweekly.com, eonline.com, people.com, bravo.com, etonline.com