From the outside, it looks like Celebrities have it all. They’re’ extremely good looking, very rich and incredibly successful. They get to travel a lot, wear glamorous clothes and be admired by many. They have everything anyone could ever want, right?
Technically speaking, yes. We all imagine that they have no problems whatsoever and that they feel fulfilled and happy all the time. But the truth is, many celebrities find it really hard to deal with fame and with all the unwanted attention and craziness it brings with it. It’s no secret that most celebrities use drugs in some way or form, but for somewhat starts out as a recreational habit ends with a life-threatening addiction. We have the breakdown list for 20 actors who battled drug addiction.
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Actors Who Battled Drug addiction
1. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan has been acting since she was a child. She first got famous playing twins in the movie “Parent Trap” when she just 12 years old. She then moved on to starring in hits like “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday”. But success at a young age comes with a price. Lohan is known as a party girl, and parties in Holywood often involve drugs. Lohan had to go into rehab many times in her life and is known to be a fan of MDMA, ecstasy and prescription drugs.
2. Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. who is known for portraying Tony Stark in the Avengers and is one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood also battled drug addiction. Downey Jr. used to be addicted to some pretty hard drugs like heroin and cocaine. He has also suffered from alcohol addiction. The combination of all three led him to some pretty dark moments and he even spent some time in jail. Luckily, today the star is clean and able to use his immense talent to star in some of Hollywood’s top grossing films.
3. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world, with her special facial feature and her talent you would expect her to know how to take care of herself. But the truth is that back in the ’90s before she had children and was involved in many humanitarian efforts, she was actually a drug addict. Jolie says it was a dark time in her life and that she did heroin, cocaine, LSD, and pretty much every drug possible. We’re glad those days have passed.
4. Megan Fox
This gorgeous model turned actress has definitely won the genetic lottery and has managed to use her looks and talent to make herself a lot of money. But that hasn’t protected her from drug addiction. The Transformers actress admitted she tried pretty much every drug possible from ecstasy to cocaine to heroin. Luckily Fox got sober and today she’s a mother to three beautiful children.
5. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and has been in the public eye for over 30 years. His net worth is estimated at over $230 million. But, he has also battled drug addiction. For Pitt, marijuana was the main culprit. Pitt hasn’t kept this addiction secret and actually found pretty creative ways to try and quit using. He gave out bongs worth over $1500 to cast and crew members on one of his movie sets. Now he says his days of getting high and letting the days waste away are over. Good for him!
6. Russell Brand
Russell Brand has already celebrated 17 years of being completely sober which is an amazing achievement for any former addict. But back in the day, before he recovered, his entire being was dedicated to using heroin. Brand says that staying sober is a daily struggle and that he thinks about using every day. But despite all of the difficulty he has managed to stay clean and he’s grateful to still be alive.
7. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato has been in the industry since she was a young girl of only seven summers. She first appeared on Barney and later on started a music career and became a Disney star. This was probably too much pressure for the then teenager, who admits she started using drugs during her Disney days when she was only 16. Lovato told the media that there were times in her life in which she couldn’t go 30 minutes without cocaine. In the past couple of years, she was sober, but the singer recently relapsed and was admitted into rehab once again. We wish her all the best.
8. Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen is known as one of Hollywood’s bad boys, and a big party animal. The actor admitted that there were times in his life in which he spent almost $2000 a day on cocaine.
During those times he would also be seen with escorts, which gave him a really bad reputation in Hollywood. His erratic behavior eventually led to him being fired from his TV show Two and a Half Man.
Pink is known for treading the fine line between pop and rock with her music. She’s definitely not your typical pop star and she has a dark side to her. At some point in her life, the singer was using ecstasy, special K, and crystal meth. She even overdosed back in 1995 and lost a friend to an overdose back in 2010. Luckily now she’s both clean and successful.
10. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is a legendary actor who’s known for the ability to transform himself completely for a role. But despite being a brilliant beautiful actor he also has a dark side. In the 90’s he and his then-girlfriend Kate Moss were a big part of the LA party scene where they would do cocaine together. Lately, he seems to be relapsing again, but we hope Captain Jack Sparrow will get better soon.
Drew Barrymore has an insane life story. She started acting at the age of 3 and was a part of the LA party scene by age 7. She has told the media she started drinking and smoking cigarettes at age 9. By 13 she was already in rehab for the first time. But despite having an incredibly difficult childhood the actress has managed to become clean, start her own production company and become a mother. She has truly done a remarkable job of recovering and staying clean.
12. Zac Efron
Zac Efron got famous on the Disney hit High musical and instantly become a teen idol. But the pressure of being adored by so many young girls probably got to him, because in 2013 he was in rehab twice for his cocaine addiction. Luckily in recent years, the star seems to be clean and working again.
13. Nicole Richie
We all know her as Paris Hilton’s best friend. Both were big in the LA party scene. Nicole Richie has admitted to doing cocaine which later led her to become addicted to heroin at the young age of 23. She was arrested for the possession of heroin and had to rethink her lifestyle. Nowadays she’s recovered and wants to forget about her dark past.
14. Amanda Bynes
Another child star, Amanda Bynes got famous really young and that kind of thing really takes a toll on people’s mental health. She disappeared from the public eye for several years, partly because of her drug problem. Her parents admitted her into rehab for her cocaine and marijuana addiction. She recently made some public appearances but something about her still seems off and it’s hard to tell if it’s drugs or if it’s her mental illness. Anyway, we wish her the best.
15. Mary-Kate Olsen
Mary-Kate Olsen started acting before she was even one year old. She and her twin sister both portrayed Michele in the hit show “Full House”. The two later went on to build a twin empire with their own movies, TV shows, and merchandise. But not being able to separate her public persona from who she really is must have really hurt young Mary-Kate who at 18 entered rehab for cocaine addiction, she was also rumored to suffer from anorexia. Since becoming adults she and she stayed away from acting.
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16. Matthew Perry
Matthew Perry will always be known as Chandler from the hit TV show Friends. By the end of the show, each star, Perry included made $1 million an episode. But, behind the scenes, Perry would show up hungover to set and would have a hard time balancing his work with drug addiction. He was addicted to Vicodin, methadone, amphetamines, and alcohol. That’s quite a long list! The actor has entered rehab twice, once in 1997 and again in 2001.
17. Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst played in many classic movies, including 1999’s “Bring it on” and Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides”. She also played Mary Jane in 2002’s Spider-Man. But despite her success, Dunst was caught doing drugs and has found herself in and out of rehab many times.
18. Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne is more much than just Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter. She’s a singer, an actress, and fashion designer. We all got to know her on MTV’s reality show The Osbournes. She has been open about her battle with drug addiction. Osbourne admitted to having to go to rehab three times before getting clean.
19. Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton got famous while playing Marissa Cooper on the hit show The OC. The show became a huge success overnight which meant overnight fame for young Barton who was only 17 at the time. The star found herself deep into drugs and alcohol pretty fast, and she completely hit rock bottom when she was 23. She had a mental breakdown and had to be hospitalized in a mental hospital. Since then the star has found balance in her life and you can soon catch her in a drama film called The Cat and the Moon.
20. Lamar Odom
Known as Khloe Kardashian’s ex and a former NBA star Odom had his fair share of drug problems. He had a cocaine addiction that got him into a coma and on life support. He says back in the day he used to do cocaine all day every day, without the ability to control himself.
Now he’s sober but says that addiction is always a struggle. But being clean is important to him so that he could be there for his children.