Miley Spare Us: 9 Child Stars Who Went Off the Deep End
Remember when she was just so innocent and cute? Now she's twerking stoner Care Bears on stage with no clothes on. If you weren't watching the Video Music Awards this year - and good call, by the way - you missed quite a show. One-time Disney darling Miley Cyrus decided to have her coming-of-age performance, like many child stars do, where she proved the little girl we knew and loved had become a strong, sexy, self-actualized woman - yeah, sure. But after a performance that left even Rihanna looking disgusted (which involved fast-and-furious grinding, a lot of tongue, and the aggressive abuse of a foam-finger), it's safe to say that she's gone off the deep end.
And she's definitely not alone out there. The list of promising young stars who have stumbled through substance abuse, arrests, sex scandals, on-stage fiascos and worse is even longer than Miley's performance felt.
Click through for 9 child stars who went off the deep end!
-By Max Minckler, @maxminckler
Miley Cyrus: One of the newest additions to the ranks of wayward kid stars, Miley Cyrus was Disney-child Hanna Montana and straight-laced teen/pre-teen icon. After several photo scandals and admitting to drug and alcohol abuse, her hyper-sexualized 2013 VMA performance wasn't a massive surprise. Bill Maher Tweeted "Watching VMAs. Haven't been to a strip club in a while, good to see nothing's changed."
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Lindsay Lohan: Since 2007, Lindsay's laundry list includes drug abuse, two DUIs, multiple stints in jail, pleading guilty to theft charges, violating probation, and battery while in rehab (to name a few). That's a long way from "The Parent Trap."
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Amanda Bynes: Right up there in the press recently with Miley and Lindsay, the once Nikelodeon favorite was arrested in 2012 for hitting a police car while driving drunk, and then charged with two other cases of hit and run driving. In 2013 she was hospitalized after starting a fire in a stranger's doorway in California, dousing her pants and her Pomeranian dog with gasoline beforehand.
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Jodie Sweetin: As innocent Stephanie Taylor, Jodie was just one of several troubled child stars to come out of "Full House" - that super-sweet family show from the 90s. After the series ended, she sank into ecstasy, meth, and cocaine addiction because she was "bored," appearing in "Pants Off Dance Off" and other unsuccessful TV shows. She's now a recovering user and a mom of two - full circle to a "full house!"
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Drew Barrymore: After an adorable debut in "E.T.", Barrymore entered her first rehab center at age 13 for alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine abuse, and returned a year later following an attempted suicide. After posing nude for "Interview" magazine at 17, and "Playboy" at 19, she turned things around dramatically. She now runs her own production company and was one of "Charlie's Angels" (among other successful roles).
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Macaulay Culkin: Hailed by some as the most successful child star since Shirley Temple, Culkin was Home Alone, Home Alone again, and then arrested for possession of marijuana and two controlled prescription meds.
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Corey Feldman: 80s childstar of "The Goonies," "Stand By Me," "The Lost Boys," and others, Feldman battled heroin addiction for many years. He was arrested for possession in 1990, and entered rehab.
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Danny Bonaduce: Danny Partridge, the wise-cracking middle child of the 70s "Partridge Family" fell hard: cocaine addiction, periods of homelessness, and arrests for purchasing cocaine (while hosting D.A.R.E., a drug-awareness campaign for kids), and for assaulting and robbing a transvestite prostitute.
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Tatum O'Neal: At 9 years old, Tatum was the youngest Oscar-winner of all time after "Paper Moon" (1973). Since then, however, she has battled heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine addiction, and was last arrested in 2008 for possession.
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Michael Jackson: The undisputed King of Pop was first the adorable Kid of Pop in the Jackson 5. After going solo and changing the face of music, MJ flew off into a reclusive, reconstructive deep end all his own. Whether it was the mysterious and controversial Neverland Ranch, the facial surgery, the baby over the balcony, or the tragic, convoluted, drug-related death in 2009, Jackson's post-child star life was wild.
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