Child celebrities get a lot of attention because of their success at such a young age. When you ask kids what they want to be when they are older is a good chance they will say “I want to be famous!” or something along the lines. I’m sure that was the dream for everyone at one point, or still is. Many times, child celebrities go bad. For instance, remember that kid from ‘Home Alone’?
Look at him now.
Macaulay Culkin is one of the most successful child actors of all time. He was 10-years-old when he first starred in the big hit film series Home Alone as Kevin McCallister. At age 14, he announced that he was going to retire from his acting career. A big part of his decision was due to his father who played mind games on him to ensure that Macaulay knew his place. Eventually, his parents divorced and both went after his $11-million fortune. Culkin knew that he had enough money to never work again, so he managed to get away from them. The child star got married at the age of 17 to his childhood sweetheart Rachel Miller and divorced three years later. His next relationship lasted eight years with actress Mila Kunis.
In 2004, Culkin was arrested for possession of substances including marijuana and Xanax. Because of all the emotional distress, he began abusing drugs to a new level. Rumours spread about his addiction to heroin and how many Vicodin pills he was buying.
There has not been much news about Macaulay Culkin. Although, not long ago there was a rumour that his continued drug abuse will end his life. Where ever he is now, I hope he is recovering and trying his best to live a normal life.
Another child celebrity who has gone bad is none other than Amanda Bynes.
Former Nickelodeon star was once America’s sweetheart. Bynes had a psychological meltdown for the world to see. Bynes is known for her film She’s the Man. She went off of the grid for a few years and made a comeback on social media in 2013. Bynes went viral on Twitter after posting crazy and offensive tweets towards other celebrities including Rihanna, Drake, and many others. This drew a lot of attention and motivated her to continue her addiction. Fortunately, she came to realize that she can no longer live her life the way she does. Bynes decided to take some time off social media and fixed her ways. Now she’s back on track and trying to live a drug-free life.
Child celebrities are at risk in many different ways. They are exposed to drugs, and other vices that children should not be exposed to. Don’t get me wrong, there are child celebrities who grow up well; it’s just that most of the time, they don’t.
Child celebrities are seen as innocent and cute. After a few years, they try to show off that they’re no longer that sweet little child that they once were. This occurs often especially to Disney kids. This includes Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, and many others. It’s unfortunate to see these kids get corrupted so easily.
Jhoza T. is a 19 year-old public relations student at Humber College. She is a musician and a personal assistant at ThreeEStudios. You can catch her out and about taking photos and making art with her friends She also loves watching films and foreign television shows.