Fame may be the ultimate gift, but it can also be the ultimate curse.
Growing up in the spotlight means you have to grow up fast, with many child stars getting lost in the soul draining entertainment industry, developing dependencies on drugs and alcohol, and turning to crime.
Stripped of a childhood, they are often introduced to these vices from an early age, with dangerous consequences. Few child stars seem to have escaped this fate, with many suffering public breakdowns and battles with addiction.
And, thanks to the rise of social media, their struggles and outbursts are played out publicly for all the world to see.
Fortunately, many of these stars have now overcome their demons and gone on to be strong and successful adults, with families of their own. Others haven’t been so lucky.
From Drew Barrymore trying drugs at just 10 years old, to Britney Spears and that infamous head shaving incident, for these celeb kids, fame came at a price.
And what about the celebrity kids of today? With designer gear coming out of their ears and a team of minders watching their every move, are they able to have any kind of normal childhood?
We take a look at the celebrity kids, past and present, who are out of control…
Drew Barrymore has had a very public battle with drink and drugs, but is it any surprise when you hear what kind of childhood she had? Drew had her first drink at just 9 years old, began smoking marijuana at 10 and tried cocaine at 12. From then on it was a constant switch between filming and stints in rehab. Drew found salvation in becoming a mother and is now clean from drugs and alcohol. ‘I would never have had children unless I was incredibly stable, and willing to put them first,’ she said.
He’s the poster boy for everbody’s favourite Christmas movie, but such great fame and status came at a price for young Macaulay. After rising to fame as a child, he battled drink and an apparent $6,000 per month drug addiction. The star also had a special bond with the late Michael Jackson, where he would spend days at his Neverland Ranch. Last year Macaulay produced and stared in a third offering of the Home Alone franchise. A comical but VERY bizarre watch, we cant help feeling he’s still a little bit bitter about the whole thing…
Teen Queen Miley was the darling of the Disney world, but as she matured, her attitude began to change. Ditching the squeaky clean all American girl image, Miley’s new look consisted of shaved hair, piercings and tattoos, with the teen taking every photo opportunity to define her image with provocative poses and crude gestures. Miley’s drug use is well documented. ‘Hollywood is a coke town, but weed is so much better. And Molly, too,’ she said.
Britney went from being one of the most highly paid and successful musicians on the planet, to having a public breakdown on camera where she shaved her head. Her children were also taken off her as she was deemed unfit to make sound financial decisions. Relationships have also been rocky. Britney famously got married in Vegas to a high school friend and had the marriage annulled the next day, then went on to have a tempestuous marriage with her backup dancer, Kevin Federline. Was it a case of too much, too soon?
While you would never believe it watching how cute Miss Lohan is starring in The Parent Trap, Lindsay is notoriously one of the most difficult stars in Hollywood. She has been fired from numerous movies because of her inability to get along with others, as well as alcohol abuse and an unprofessional approach to filming.
Amanda came onto screens as an up and and coming comedy star with a popular sketch show on Nickelodeon, but her bizarre behaviour – particularly on social media – has seriously damaged both her career and reputation. After being arrested in 2012 for a hit and run, she tweeted President Barack Obama saying he should fire the cop who arrested her… Her strange tweets are frequent and often don’t make any sense, an example being: I love the beautiful Kardashian sisters! I wish E picked better photographs of me! I feel pregnant when I’m fat! I’m working out constantly!
When it comes to spoilt kids in Hollywood, sassy Suri Cruise tops the list.
When she’s not grabbing Starbucks or going for a mani-pedi with mum Katie Holmes, she can be found shopping like there is no tomorrow. A typical outfit for Suri: a Burberry dress with Gucci kids leather riding boots, a light grey Bonpoint coat and quirky Panda hat ringing in at over $1,200 from head-to-toe. Oh and she has plenty of toys too, and her own mansion to keep them in. A source told Radar Online: “Obviously there isn’t anywhere to keep a pony at Katie’s apartment, so this place is ideal. It also has space for her toys, many of which have been in storage since Katie quit their LA mansion.”
Possibly the youngest celeb diva is Kim Kardashian and Kayne West’s daughter, North. Dressed in expensive couture clothes, North’s temper tantrums are legendary. But, at just 2 years old, can she really be blamed for having a paddy when mum Kim is carting her around London Fashion Week? Celebs like Sharon Osbourne have attacked Kim over the way she’s raising North West, saying she shouldn’t treat North “as an accessory”.