Nearly everyone has had a moment when they lose their temper or act in ways less than desirable. Unfortunately for celebrities, all of these moments become highly publicized and fill the gossip columns. Their talents and achievements? We don’t want to read about that! We want their scandals and out of control episodes.
Recently, Charlie Sheen was all over the news and it wasn’t for his acting. Usually most stars that have been plagued by months of bad press for drug and partying binges and accusations of spousal abuse would try to stay out of the limelight. Not Sheen! Instead, he went on a press tour to justify his actions. It didn’t work and instead everyone just became more convinced that he had a serious problem with addiction.
While some meltdowns are fairly minor, like a drunken David Hasselfhoff trying to eat a cheeseburger, others can be so severe that a star’s reputation can never recover. LiLo, we’re looking at you.
Check out our slideshow of the most memorable celebrity meltdowns, and rest assured that the coming year will provide even more freak outs.
Lohan has been spiraling out of control since 2007. DUIs, hit-and-runs, grand theft, failing drug tests and missing multiple court appearances. Her own father has even spread rumors that his daughter worked as a high-end call girl.
She’s been jailed and had her probation revoked and been sent to rehab. And just recently her lawyer, Shawn Holley, had had enough and jumped ship after representing the star for years. We’re betting the outstanding $300,000 that Lohan owes her is not helping her case.
She did, however actually make to her court appearance in January 2013 where a trial date was set.
Can she turn her life around?
‘Tiger blood’ anyone?
Charlie Sheen knows crazy. Literally. His public meltdowns escalated and his behavior grew even more bizarre, causing friends and family to fear the star was spiraling out of control. Even his own father publicly stated he thought his son had a drug problem.
Did we mention he lived with two women he called ‘goddesses’ and was obsessed with ‘winning?’ He even went on a press tour to defend his actions and claim he wasn’t on drugs. After months of accusations of drug-binges, partying and spousal abuse, it was a little hard to take him seriously. The antics ended up costing him his ‘Two and a Half Men’ gig and the highest salary in TV.
Sheen seems to have turned his life around, but how long will it last?
Footage was released showing Nicky Minaj in a profanity-laced rant against fellow ‘American Idol’ judge Mariah Carey. She even threatened to “knock out” Carey.
And don’t ask her about other fellow ‘Idol’ judge Steven Tyler as she’ll most likely go thermal nuclear. When Tyler said Minaj would throw Bob Dylan on the show (“into a cornfield” to be exact) if he were to audition, Minaj somehow took it as a racist statement and unloaded on him as well. Well, at least on Twitter. Tyler later apologized but insisted he is not a racist.
It also appears that Minaj and Carey have ceased their feuding. See, sometimes there is hope for humanity.
Chris Brown has been in the spotlight a lot of late and not for good reasons. Infamy struck when he beat girlfriend and singer Rhianna and was forced to go to court for the incident. For reasons many of us can’t understand she has taken him back and has defended him in public. And this is even after he got a tattoo on his neck that looks like her battered face.
Then Brown and his ego started a Twitter war with comedy writer Jenny Johnson. The ‘conversation’ deteriorated into vicious name calling and forced him to delete his account. Which, of course, he promptly reopened.
We can only guess what antics Brown has in store.
Who could forget how she shaved her head in public and then attacked a photographer’s car with an umbrella? We can’t say we’re too surprised that paramedics loaded a dazed and confused Spears into an ambulance not long after.
Brit was then involved in a nasty custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline. When she refused to hand over her sons to their father her custody was withdrawn. It couldn’t have helped the troubled star that a judge also granted her father conservatorship. There were also rumors and a lawsuit by a bodyguard who alleged Spears was smoking meth.
But, while her public reputation may have plunged, her success has not. If Brit drops an album you can rest assured it will skyrocket up the chars.
Country singer Randy Travis had a bad year in 2012 with drunken driving arrests.
Texas police found the singer naked and drunk, passed out in the middle of a street. His Trans Am was also found crashed in a ditch. He was also caught on a surveillance tape walking into a convenience store, naked and demanding cigarettes.
He also walked into a convenience store naked, demanding cigaretteThen less than two weeks later he was arrested for fighting with a man in a church parking lot.
After her breakup with Ellen Degeneres in 2000, the actress really went off the deep end. She was found wandering a rural area of Fresno, California wearing nothing but a bra and shorts. She then approached a house and rang a doorbell.
What did she want? Only to use the stranger’s shower and ask about a portal to outer space. We’ve all heard the cliche about “Drowning your sorrows” but we don’t know what she was consuming.
Mel Gibson has more than a few meltdowns. When he’s not yelling at screenwriters, calling cops derogatory names or spouting homophobic slurs he evidently is plotting heinous crimes against those in his life.
We all were shocked though by the violent and profanity-laden messages to then wife Oksana Grigorieva that were revealed during their bitter divorce. He not only called her ugly names, but he threatened to murder her and use her remains for manure.
Did we mention that he was also accused of spitting in his step-mom’s face?
‘The Hof’ raised eyebrows in 2007 when a video of him drunk was leaked. In it the ‘Baywatch’ star appears shirtless, slurring and on the floor of a bathroom in Las Vegas struggling to eat a cheeseburger. The video went viral and put a stamp of infamy on the star.
He claimed it was leaked to make him stop drinking. Nobody bought that, however. Especially after he came clean about his problems with alcohol.
Vengeance a la iced coffee? Think Alec Baldwin. When he pulled up next a cab and teenagers started swearing at him, he wanted some revenge. So, when he caught up with them again he threw is iced coffee into the cab.
He later described the event as such: “I threw it right into the window of the car. It went woosh and it was the greatest moment of my entire life. It literally hit him in the chest and the liquid went woosh, all over. I got all three of them and sprayed them with the coffee.”
Not all of his meltdowns were as comical as dousing teenagers with caffeine though.
Baldwin and ex-wife Kim Basinger were embroiled in a nasty custody battle when he left a nasty message to his own daughter, calling her a, “rude, thoughtless pig.” While his daughter forgave him, many weren’t so sure.
Demi Moore had a tough time after splitting up with Ashton Kutcher.
She attempted to hook up with yet another younger man but he couldn’t handle her celebrity status and left her before the romance even began. It was also stated that the actress was extremely insecure after the split with Kutcher and she had to be constantly reassured she was ‘hot’ and sexy.’
The actress was then hospitalized for substance abuse and having a seizure from inhaling too many ‘whip-its.’ While she has entered rehab, it’s rumored that her own kids have cut her off.
Can she put her life back on track?
Lavoto is one of the few stars to admit she had a meltdown. But she was quick to dismiss one cause of her behavior: “I wouldn’t credit my meltdown to a guy.” So if you’re thinking it’s because of her breakup with Joe Jonas and his moving on, she has news to the contrary.
In fact, she says it was when she punched a fellow Jonas Brothers backup dancer while on a flight that she knew things had to change. She decided to check herself into rehab and revealed she had issues with drugs, bulimia and cutting. She then sought treatment for her depression and eating-disorder and was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.
Cruise is no stranger for making headlines for his bizarre behavior.
Tom maybe got more attention than he wanted when he jumped up and down on Oprah’s couch in 2005 to declare his love for Katie Holmes. Th talk show host declared, “We’ve never seen you behave this way before.” That might have been true then but no one seems shocked anymore.
Then on the set of ‘Kinght and Day’ Cruise was acting very erratic and even wanted to change the film’s entire shore just weeks before the film was slated to screen. Even started talking about himself in the third-person. An insider had this to say: “He’d say things like, ‘Tom Cruise is an action star — he’d never have salsa music in a film!'”
During an interview with Matt Lauer about Brooke Shields’ comments about treating depression, he told the host he didn’t understand the “extensive history of psychology.” Evidently such in-depth knowledge is hidden from Thetans such as Lauer.
Mariah Carey appeared on MTV’s ‘TRL’ in a very odd performance.
She showed up with an ice cream cart and handed out popsicle to the audience. She then stripped down to her hot pants and a tank top. She told Carson Daly: “I just want one day off when I can go swimming and eat ice cream and look at rainbows.”
Days later she checked into a hospital for ‘exhaustion.’
Michael Richards, better known as Kramer on ‘Seinfeld’ went off on a huge rant during a comedy gig at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood. After he was heckled, the star went ballistic and spouted the N-word for over 5 minutes. The video went viral and shocked everyone.
He later apologized, but only at Jerry Seinfeld’s request.