Amanda Bynes Loses her Mind
Amanda Bynes has had one of the most public downward spirals of all time, going from chubby cheeked child star on Nickelodeon, to crazed drug ridden maniac, tweeting @drake to “murder my vagina” and getting anything and everything nipped, tucked and pierced. She was arrested more than once for DUI’s and Hit and Runs. After being dropped by her Agent, Manager and Lawyer within the space of weeks, she told the press, “I’m 26, a multi-millionaire, retired.”
Mariah Carey TRL stunt
In 2001, Mariah Carey was hospitalized for extreme exhaustion, code for a breakdown. But she didn’t make it to the hospital before she gave the world a little show on MTV’s Total Request Live. As well as bringing everyone ice cream from a genuine ice cream cart, she proceeded with a strip tease, telling Cason Daly he was her therapy. A series of actual therapy later, she seems to be doing ok, but her career is not what it once was.
Angelina Jolie Makes out with her Brother
Causing a stir is second nature for Angelina Jolie, and she has a history of self harm, crazy red-carpet dresses, and vials of blood. But at the 2000 Golden Globes, she was pictured kissing her brother James Haven full on the lips, before announcing “I’m so in love with my brother right now” during her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in Girl, Interrupted. She couldn’t have been that “in love” as she was married to Billy Bob Thornton 3 months later.
Winona Ryder Likes to Shoplift
Apparently money can’t buy you everything, as the world found out when it was revealed that Winona Ryder had been caught shoplifting more than $4,000 worth of designer gear from an exclusive department store, before having what many called a breakdown. Many felt that her career would never get over it, and for a time this appeared to be true, until her recent surprise comeback on the hit Netflix show, Stranger Things.
Britney Spears Epic Meltdown
In 2007, Britney filed for divorce from her husband Kevin Federline, and went on a downward spiral that included her unexpected head shaving, and partying way too hard, often without underwear! She was filmed attacking paparazzi with a large umbrella, and was known to be hitting the alcohol pretty heavily with Paris Hilton. All of that is behind her now, and although her career never really hit the same heights, she is in a good place.
Charlie Sheen Prostitution Scandal
When the world found out that Charlie sheen had spent more than $1.6 million on prostitutes while he was HIV positive, they went mad. According to the madam, Sheen would pay extra for the prostitutes, usually pre-op transsexuals to have sex without protection. He would often pay $75,000 a night. His then wife Brooke Mueller would enjoy them with him, often while Sheen smoked and gambled in the next room.
The CoKate Cocaine Video
In 2005, Kate Moss was dropped by labels like Chanel and Burberry after a drugs scandal where a video was leaked showing her snorting cocaine. It led to her being given the nickname CoKate, and caused problems for her 20 year long career. Police seized the video to see if it could be used as evidence to bring charges against her. Her extreme thinness has been called ‘cocaine chic’ part of a worrying trend for models.
Mike Tyson’s Rape Conviction
Mike Tyson’s career was changed forever when in 1992, he was found guilty of raping Desiree Washington. He was sentenced to six years in prison, and served three. As well as this crime, he was known for abusing cocaine and financial crimes, too. He argues that he did not have a fair trial, but it mostly falls on deaf ears. In 2017, he was barred from entering Chile due to his criminal record, and he has lost a $300 million net worth due to all his scandals.
Paris Hilton Violates her Probation
Paris Hilton has enjoyed her fair share of scandal, known for partying too hard and not fearing the consequences. She has been caught out by sex tapes, police altercations and even jail time. In 2007, she was found driving without a licence, and had her $190,000 Bentley impounded, and was sentenced to 45 days in prison. She has also been forced to pay steep fines of thousands of dollars, and completed hundreds of hours of community service.
Brad Unceremoniously Dumps Jen
In 2004, Brad Pitt met Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith, and he began the most public split of all time, breaking up with his famous wife Jennifer Aniston. Leaving her for Jolie tore his fanbase in half, with some falling in love with Brangelina, while others were heartbroken for Jen. He publicly said that he had been “wasting his life away” while married to Jen, making the anger of the public even worse. He and Jolie eventually split as well.
Lindsay Lohan’s Numerous Meltdowns
Lindsay Lohan was at one point the golden girl of Hollywood. Her childhood stardom, most notably for the film The Parent Trap, led to some starring roles as she got older. Who could forget her incredible smash hit, Mean Girls? But things went downhill fast for this redhead, and while she was filming Georgia Rule, she was publicly shamed for what was called “heavy partying”. She began to spiral, which ended in more than one jail stint.
Shia LaBeouf’s Plagiarism
Shia LaBeouf is so adept at plagiarism that he literally plagiarized his apology for plagiarism. That’s right, Shia has been uncovered as a man who has none of his own words, and he has been accused of ripping off other people’s work as many as 14 times. Most notably, his short film HowardCantour.com was proven to plagiarized from a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. His own graphic novels also included lines pulled from others.
R Kelly’s Court Cases
You say R Kelly, and you hear the 14 year old girl scandal. No one could forget the viral video of what looked very much like the singer pissing on an underage girl, but Kelly still maintains it was not him. Regardless, it started an investigation which let to him being indicted for 21 counts of sex with a minor. He then managed to get them reduced to 14 charges of child pornography, and in 2008, he was acquitted completely, a shock for all viewers.
Alec Baldwin’s Verbal Abuse to his Daughter
Alec Baldwin was banned from seeing his 11 year old daughter Olivia after the court heard an angry voicemail message he left for her, calling her a “rude, thoughtless pig.” He continued, saying “I don’t give a damn that you’re 12 years old, or 11 years old, or that you’re a child, or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass who doesn’t care about what you do as far as I’m concerned.” He blamed the stress of the divorce with her mother, Kim Basinger for his outburst, and apologized.
Martha Stewart’s Insider Trading
In 2004, Martha Stewart was arrested and convicted of Insider Trading, and served her time in West Virginia, for five months. Even once she was released, it was under supervision, some of which she had to spend with confinement to her house. She paid a fine of $195,000, which was four times the loss she avoided with the crime, and was asked to step down as CEO of her company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia for five years.
The Richard Gere Gerbil Legend
As soon as you mention Richard Gere, it’s only a matter of time before someone brings up the time that he went to the Emergency Room and reportedly had a gerbil removed from… somewhere sensitive! Sometimes a scandal gets so much media traction, that people don’t even care whether it’s proven true or not. This story has become one of the most famous things about the Pretty Woman star, and whether it’s fact, or simply urban legend we will never know.
Matt Damon’s public break up
Matt Damon and Minnie Driver got together after one of our favorite hit movies Good Will Hunting in 1997. In the movie Matt Damon’s character chases after Minnie’s making the world crazy for this love story. However, their relationship in real life was nothing like the movie. Matt Damon ended their relationship publicly and awkwardly during an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Andre Rison’s House Was Burned Down (By Lisa Lopez)
In 1994, Lisa ‘Left eye’ Lopez came home drunk and angry, because her boyfriend, athlete Andre Rison had gone out and bought himself a whole lot of new sneakers, without thinking to buy her any. Cause for an argument? Sure. Cause for setting fire to his house? Perhaps an overreaction. Lisa said that she set fire to one pair of sneakers in the bath, but the flames spread, and the house burned down, leaving her to be charged with Felony Arson.
Mel Gibson’s Antisemitism
Mel Gibson was once the darling of Hollywood, top of the best paid actors list, and a blossoming actor and director. But in 2006, he was stopped for drunk driving, and speeding too, and said to the arresting officer, “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world… are you a Jew?” He has since been tarred with more scandals, including using the N word and being called a racist, and abuse charges, too. There has been an industry boycott ever since.
Dave Chapelle runs away
Chapelle’s Show on Comedy Central was Dave Chapelle’s claim to fame in 2003. The show was such a hit that after two seasons the execs tried to sign a $55 million contract to keep Dave Chapelle in the show for a couple of more seasons. However, in 2005 Chapelle had other plans and he not so subtly ran away to Africa during the production of the third season, ending the show scandalously.
Todd Bridge’ Drug Woes
Todd Bridges was once an adorable teen in Diff’rent Stokes as Willis Drummond. However, two years after the show ended Bridge was arrested for trying to murder a drug dealer while he was on a cocaine binge. Bridge was acquitted but then faced similar charges years later for trying to attack someone with a car. He was once again acquitted, its safe to say that this child star got pretty lucky.
Robert Downey Jr Naked on Sunset Boulevard
The media has said that Robert Downey Jr was “on a crusade to destroy himself with crack and heroin” and he certainly has had journeys down some very dangerous paths in the past. In 2006, he was found driving naked down Sunset Boulevard, throwing imaginary rats out of the windows. He said that when he realized later that the rats were imaginary, it was “very disconcerting.” Yes, we imagine it would be.
Kanye West Disses George Bush
When you’re trying to give to a charity cause, the last thing you’re meant to be creating is a media cringe. Kanye West was speaking at a benefit for the Hurricane Katrina victims, when he started talking out about the way Black people are treated by the media. If this wasn’t enough, he made it personal, by slamming President George Bush. “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” he said. Co-presenter Mike Myers literally met this with silence.
Vanessa Anne Hudgens’ Nude pictures
You know Vanessa Hudgens from the hit Disney movie High School Musical. Hudgens stars with Zac Efron as her boyfriend making the rest of the women in the world crazy jealous. However, in 2007 the actresses nude pictures were released, shocking everyone but making her even more famous. The release of these pictures was especially shocking since she was known as just another cute Disney star before this.
The Miley Cyrus Twerk
At the 2013 VMA’s, all eyes were on Miley Cyrus. She had clearly come a long way since her days as Hannah Montana, and she showed the world she was all grown up by some serious twerking right up on Robin Thicke, a man old enough to be her father. The world was appalled, and as she was already no stranger to scandal, many fans turned against her. Her response? “You’re thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it. Like, I didn’t even think about it ’cause that’s just me!”
Kristen Stewart is a Homewrecker
Any Twilight fan swooned at the thought of their two leading heroes together in real life, but Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were not quite the Edward and Bella love story we had all hoped for. In fact, in 2012, Kristen was found to be having an affair with her director on the film Snow White and the Huntsman, Rupert Sanders. Not only did the fling break up her and Robert, but it also ended Rupert’s marriage. And a lot of fans never got over it.
Jesse James Cheats on Sandra Bullock
For most of us, a marriage to gorgeous actress Sandra Bullock would be the stuff of dreams, but Jesse James had this is his reality. Perhaps that’s why the world went so crazy when he cheated on her with Michelle McGee, and lost her as a result. In more recent times, Jesse has spoken about the incident, but seems to have put it behind him. “Yeah, I did cheat on my wife, yeah, I stood up and took accountability for it and apologized. And that’s end of story.”
George Michael Bathroom Scandal
It’s hard to believe that there was ever a time that George Michael was in the closet, but despite rumors always circulating, in 1998- the superstar had still not come out as gay. All of that changed when he was found in the middle of a “lewd act” with an undercover cop in a public bathroom in Beverly Hills. He got a steep fine, as well as 80 hours of community service, but his career bounced back when he was upfront about his sexuality.
Kim K and Ray J’s Sex Tape
Once upon a time, Kim Kardashian was nothing more than Brandi’s stylist, and was in a relationship with her brother Ray J. She began to appear in the media, mainly as the sidekick and best friend of Paris Hilton. In 2007, she was catapulted to fame when a sex tape of her and Ray J was leaked to the media, and she became an overnight sensation. Far from ruin her career, it launched it, and the rest is history.
Woody Allen Marries his Step-Daughter
Mia Farrow and Woody Allen were happily married, or so she thought. But in 1992, when she was sorting through some household errands, she came upon the last thing she would ever want to find amongst her husbands possessions- photos of her 22 year old daughter Soon Yi Previn, naked. Turns out that Woody and Soon Yi had fallen in love and would later get married themselves. “The heart wants what it wants” he would tell the media. Er.. ok.
The Kevin Spacey Molestations
Until earlier this year, Kevin Spacey was on top of the world. Not just a prominent Hollywood actor, but also one of the best paid and most well known TV actors, the star of Netflix sensation House of Cards. That was until it came out that he had molested a 14 year old boy, and other men started coming forward with more allegations of sexual abuse and harassment. Netflix have cancelled House of Cards, and Kevin Spacey’s career seems over.
Chris Brown Assaults Rihanna
Chris Brown and Rihanna were one of the most loved up couples in the world of celebrity, or so everyone thought. But in 2009, the same night as the Grammy awards, Chris and Rihanna had a fight, and Chris ended up assaulting his girlfriend physically. Brown’s image was tarnished, and his career never really recovered. Our thoughts are with Rihanna, and any other victims of abuse who go through anything similar.
Tiger Woods Cheats with More Than 100 women
You could never have guessed that one of the worlds biggest womanizers would actually be clean image Tiger Woods, the famous golfer. He married Elin Nordegren, and they had two kids together. When she found out he had been cheating on her, she had no idea the extent of it. Reports came out later that he had slept with more than 100 other women while he was married, and Elin got a $110 million settlement.
Pat O Brien Sends Dirty Voicemails
The host of The Insider disappeared off to rehab in 2005, after he was exposed sending extremely explicit voicemails, telling the world that he wanted to explore cocaine, prostitutes, and extremely wild sex. He even invited his fans to join him, and bring their friends, too! He made a public statement, “I have had a problem with alcohol. I have decided to take action by checking myself into an intensive recovery program.” His career took a nosedive.
Ashton Kutcher Cheats on Demi Moore
When Ashton and Demi Moore hooked up, the world raised a communal eyebrow. The age gap! It seemed like a romance doomed for failure. And yet as time went on, the pair seemed legitimately happy together, and we began to wonder if we had been wrong about them. Just in time, Ashton burned the whole marriage to the ground, by cheating on his wife on their anniversary, with Sara Leal, an admin assistant. We all reached for the popcorn, and watched it go down in flames.
Sinead O’Connor Rips Up The Pope
Yikes. Even the title has us cringing. In 1992, Sinead decided to rip up a picture of none other than the Pope, while on television live on Saturday Night Live. She didn’t tell the producers what she was planning, and she did it to raise awareness of the issues with the Catholic Church and child abuse. Unfortunately, no one knew the crimes going on at the time, and so her career basically ended in controversy over her shocking move.
Britney Spears has gone through some transformations during her career, from sexy schoolgirl, to sultry girl not yet a woman, to don’t mess with me skinhead. But the most iconic moment of her career might well be ‘that’ kiss with Madonna at the VMA music awards in 2003. Every media outlet was displaying photos of the two music sensations locking lips on stage, and many included pics of Christina Aguilera joining them in their make out session. Bizarre? Maybe. Unexpected? Certainly.
Bill O’Reilly Introduces Not So Little Bill
The Host of Fox News Bill O’Reilly came under a huge scandal in 2004, when he was accused of sexual harassment. Unlike the more recent accusations which have led to careers being blown up and many people losing their jobs, Bill never admitted guilt at the time and has not even issued an apology for his behavior, which allegedly included talking to his staff about vibrators, phone sex, and even the size of his er ‘little bill.’ (Which he claims is not so little at all, if anyone wanted to know.) Spoiler alert: No one wanted to know.
The Mick Jagger Mars Bar Rumor
This scandal takes us back many years, to 1967, when police raided a party at Mick Jaggers house. According to the legend, they burst in on Mick Jagger eating a mars bar, directly from Marianne Faithfull’s er… lady parts. Marianne denies this ever happened in her autobiography, calling it s “dirty old man’s fantasy” with no truth to it, but it seems like a very specific rumor to have got started somehow…
Brooke Shields and her Calvins
A huge superstar in the modelling world, like many of her peers Brooke started out in the industry as a teenager. She was the youngest ever model to star on the cover of Vogue for example. But that year, in 1980, aged just 14, she was hired to be the face of a new Calvin Klein advertising campaign, which included the tagline, “Y’know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” As she was so young, this sexually explicit advert was extremely controversial, and yet it skyrocketed both Brooke and Calvin Klein to super-stardom.
Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry
One of the most public and bitter feuds in the music industry belongs to two of the most friendly looking women in the business, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift! When word came out that the song Bad Blood was about a fellow female musician, rumors flew that it was about Katy, as Taylor said they were “straight up enemies.” Heading to Twitter to respond, Perry tweeted “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing…”
Tonya Harding Schemes to the Top
In 1994, Nancy Kerrigan was attacked with a metal baton, leaving her unable to compete in the US figure skating championships. Tonya Harding took the top spot, and rumors started flying she had been involved in Kerrigan’s attack. Her ex husband was eventually implicated, with Tonya being arrested for conspiracy to hinder prosecution. Tonya blames an abusive childhood, and an abusive marriage for the problems in her life.
Ariana Grande ‘Hates’ America
If you’re gonna say you hate America, don’t do it on the 4th of July, or when you’re on camera. Ariana Grande was seen licking a donut in a donut store, before announcing that she hates both Americans and America. The video went viral, and the fans were not impressed. Ariana later apologized, explaining that she “sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences.”
Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Ad
Who could forget the controversial Pepsi advert starring Kendall Jenner, where a drink of Pepsi was seen to be creating peace between protesters for Black Lives Matter and the Police? The company were slammed for trivializing an important social justice issue, and within one day, the advertising campaign was halted. Pepsi said “clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue.”
Jennifer Lawrence Nude on 4chan
In September 2004, over 100 celebrities had their data exposed online, including nude photos and videos of some of the most high profile names in Showbusiness, such as Kim Kardashian and Mary Kate Olsen. The first photos to be leaked were of Jennifer Lawrence, and she has told the press she still feels “profoundly violated” by what she calls a “sex crime.” While her career has not suffered, the trauma can never be over.