Celebrities who let their personal lives interfere with their careers

Millions of people around the world have one guilty pleasure in common, and it’s that they love to follow the lives of celebrities in their spare time. The rich and famous folks of the world tend to lead pretty exciting lives and we all just sit back and watch as they coast on by with their scandals, drama, and, of course, luxury. This often makes regular people jealous and want to know every detail so they can watch on in envy. The only thing about having celebrity status is that it can be taken away almost as quickly as it is given out.

People who have spent their entire lives in the spotlight can suddenly disappear from it completely in what seems like a matter of minutes. Sometimes the reason for the downfall is personal things that are exposed to the public, while other times they do something that causes a bad taste in their fans’ mouths. Whatever the reason, these are some celebs whose careers have suffered due to problems in their private lives.

Britney Spears

Back in 2006, things started to get a bit weird for Britney Spears and she ended up having the biggest celebrity breakdown in history. Within a few years, Spears had been spotted driving with her child on her lap instead of in a carseat; she shaved her own head for no apparent reason; she was in and out of rehab; she lost custody of her children; and so much more.

Perhaps this can all be attributed to substance abuse or mental illness, but it could also have something to do with her becoming the biggest star in the world at age 17. Regardless, Britney has managed to come back from all that and get her life mostly back on track.


Katherin Heigl


For a while, Katherine Heigl was the queen of rom-com, but then things took a turn when she insulted the 2007 film Knocked Up in which she starred in alongside Seth Rogen. Heigl said publicly that she did not like the way the film portrayed women and, obviously, people were not thrilled with her comment.

Her career really went downhill, however, when she made the mistake of insulting Shonda Rhimes, the showrunner for Grey’s Anatomy. Heigl said her material wasn’t enough to warrant an Emmy, and she was written out of the show shortly after. After a string of unsuccessful big and small screen works, she is attempting to make a comeback on legal drama Suits.

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes was a beloved child star, but as she grew up, things took a bit of a wrong turn for her personally, which later affected her professionally. Bynes announced in 2018 that she was four years sober after being exposed to elicit substances for the first time when she was just 16 years old.

It was certainly an uphill battle for the actress to get to where she is today. She hasn’t appeared in any acting roles since Easy A in 2010 because she took an indefinite hiatus for personal reasons. Since then, she has has suffered from substance abuse that ultimately altered her mental health, leading her down a dangerous path. Thankfully she has gotten her act together.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato has been suffering from personal issues for most of her life, and it has escalated to substance abuse, self-harming, and an eating disorder. The pop star claims that she became self-medicating from a young age to help with the pain she was struggling with. Lovato was bullied as a kid, and she was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a nervous breakdown.

Unfortunately all of this has led her to pull out of tours, and affected her career in more ways than one. After her management team threatened to leave her, she agreed to enter a rehabilitation center. She has relapsed multiple times over the years, as recently as February 2019, but hopefully she will soon overcome everything.

Kristen Stewart

Back in 2008, the couple of the hour was definitely Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Everyone was wondering if they were or were not a real couple. Obviously, as most movie stars do in Hollywood, these two milked their relationship for everything it was worth. Finally, the world got the answer they were waiting for when Stewart and Pattinson confirmed they were together.

And then, just like that, photos emerged of Kristen getting close with the director of her film Snow White and the Huntsmen, Rupert Sanders. Well, Sanders was married and Stewart was supposed to be dating Rob, so you can imagine the shock and awe when this exploded in all of their faces. Needless to say, most people don’t have the best impression of Kristen Stewart anymore.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods was once considered to be a gentleman and one of the best professional golfers in the world. While one of those things is still true, the other has proven to be extremely inaccurate.

In 2009, a slew of women came forward claiming to have had relations with the athlete and his reputation was ultimately tarnished to the point of no return. Why? Because he was married while he went about his many many intimate escapades. Perhaps he thought no one would ever find out?

Lindsay Lohan

She might be trying to make a comeback in reality TV, but Lindsay Lohan’s career has essentially been over since Mean Girls, though she did have a few memorable performances since then. The child star seems to be another young actress who let the pressure of growing up in the spotlight get to her.

In a way, it almost doesn’t seem like her fault that she has struggled with a drinking problems and substance abuse since she was about 21. It has caused her carer to die down significantly though.

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen may think he is “winning”, but in actuality, he all but killed his career. Like Katherine Heigl, Sheen was fired from his television series – Two and a Half Men – for talking badly about the showrunner, but he made derogatory comments, not just insensitive ones.

Then the world got to sit back and watch as he had a complete public meltdown involving excessive partying and illegal substance use. Though he did have his show Anger Management for two years, he pretty much said goodbye to his career in 2011.

Shannen Doherty

Though many actresses get diva reputations, none are equivalent to Shannen Doherty’s. She is known for being difficult to work with and not getting along with cast mates.

Back in the day, Doherty was another Hollywood bad girl who would often cause problems with her costars – like Jennie Garth and Alyssa Milano. This eventually led to her being written off of both Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed. She may have been an up-and-comer, but it was essentially her bad attitude that led to the brutal downfall of her career.

Robin Thicke

While the song Blurred Lines was wildly popular and successful when it was released, it ended up becoming just another one hit wonder after people started realizing how demeaning to women the lyrics are.

They music may have been catchy, but the nasty words actually caused the demise of Robin Thicke’s career. People were disgusted by what he was singing about and his wife even left him eventually. Since then, Thicke has lost the respect of his fans and hasn’t been able to build his career back up.

Tonya Harding

Tonya Harding is a former Olympic figure skater, but what it’s not what she is most known for. She went from famous to infamous in when her biggest rival – Nancy Kerrigan – was attacked, struck in the back of the knee with a baton. In the end, Kerrigan was still able to compete, and took home silver at the 1994 Olympics where Harding placed eighth.

Tonya has faced immense controversy ever since because of the discovery that her ex-husband actually planned the attack, and she most likely knew about it. While her skating career fizzled, she is still pretty famous; there are even movies about her story, including the 2018 award-winning I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie.

Jennifer Grey

After her iconic performance in Dirty Dancing, Jennifer Grey was set to be a huge star. She was already known at that point from her role the year before in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but her portrayal of Baby has gone down in history.

The only thing is, she hasn’t really been in anything else since then expect for minor or insignificant roles. This is because Grey got a nose job in the early ’90s that left her completely unrecognizable. Her career, unfortunately, did not survive the surgery.

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr’s career has been littered with controversy, but most recently she is known for ending her career with a single tweet. She posted something on her social media platform that was deemed racist and since then, she has all but been shunned because of it.

Shortly after word of the tweet got around, the revival series of her television show Roseanne was subsequently cancelled. At first, Barr defended herself, but then accepted defeat and apologized for the comment, calling it a bad joke.


Jussie Smollett


For anyone who hasn’t been following the recent news of Jussie Smollett: in late January 2019, he claimed to have been attacked and the motive behind it was racial discrimination; then it was revealed that Smollett may have actually been behind the whole attack and even planned/orchestrated it.

Charges have officially been placed against him and if it turns out the actor did lie about it all, not only will he face jail time, but his career will basically be over. His role on Empire has already been significantly cut down, which is ironic considering he allegedly only did all of this for attention and to prevent his character from being written out of the show.

Mischa Barton

After her character was written out of the O.C., Mischa Barton’s life took a bit of a downward spiral. She was hospitalized after Nicole Richie’s Memorial Day party, claiming she’d mixed alcohol with antibiotics. After that, she was a tabloid queen and deemed a party girl.

Later that year, Barton was caught driving under the influence, and in 2009, she was rumored to be in a psych ward for allegedly wanting to take her own life. Since then, she hasn’t had much luck in returning to her successful acting career.