22 Celebrities Whose Fame Made Them Insane

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Fame usually brings attention and wealth, but it also has its disadvantages. Celebrities often have to deal with the public, the paparazzi, being around the wrong crowd, and the risk of mismanaging their own money. These are only a few of the reasons why the following celebrities went crazy at one point in their life.

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1. ROBERT DOWNEY JR.

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He may now be gracing the big screen as Iron Man, but from 1996 to 2001, he was arrested several times on drug-related charges. This was after he had a dramatic breakthrough in Tuff Tuff and even an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in 1992 for his role as Charlie Chaplin in the movie Chaplin. His addiction to alcohol and drugs, which he said started when he was 8, literally made him crazy. His meltdown led him to drive down Sunset Boulevard in his birthday suit and with cocaine, heroin, and an unloaded .357 Magnum and trespass into a neighbor’s house to sleep in one of their beds. He spent almost a year at a treatment facility and state prison, got dismissed from the roles he previously booked, and failed to do projects because no one would insure him. He made a career comeback in 2001 when close friend Mel Gibson paid for his insurance bond and has since been leading a flourishing career.

2. BRITNEY SPEARS

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Britney Spears basically grew up in front of the camera. Unfortunately, her breakdown was also seen by the whole world. In 2006, she was photographed driving a car while holding her first son on her lap. In February 2007, she spent one night at a drug rehab facility and shaved her head bald the following night. It was followed by several brief rehab visits in the weeks to come. In January 2008, police arrived at her house to find her intoxicated in front of her sons, causing her to lose custody of the kids, and the custody went to ex-husband Federline. This was also the time when her father was given conservatorship of the singer and has since been trying to reach stability. Now, she is busy with her Las Vegas residency.

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