Celebrities often seem like they have the world at their feet. Money, fame, talent and beauty are things many of us wish for, but becoming an international star also comes with its downsides.
Almost every celebrity has struggled with the pressures of fame at some point. However, a great number have found life in the spotlight far too stressful and eventually ruined their careers through alcohol and drug abuse or erratic behaviour. The following list counts down 11 celebrities who threw away a promising future.
1. Boy George
Unfortunately, Boy George’s days in the spotlight were cut short by squabbles with his bandmate/lover, heroin addiction and legal troubles.
After the heyday of 80’s pop bands ended, Boy George embarked on a solo career.
Although he initially focused on continuing the pop music that Culture Club was known for, he eventually migrated to rock music.
None of the singer’s efforts ever afforded him the kind of success he enjoyed during the 80’s.
Boy George also developed a second career as a DJ and worked primarily in the UK.
Despite repeated attempts to get off drugs, Boy George has so far failed to get his life in order. The flamboyant singer was arrested in 2005 after reporting a burglary at his Manhattan apartment.
The police arrived to find Boy George in an extremely agitated state and eventually arrested him after discovering cocaine at the premises.
Narrowly avoiding jail, the singer was ordered to complete community service at the New York City Department of Sanitation which quickly became a media circus. George hit rock bottom in 2009 after being sentenced to 15 months in jail for falsely imprisoning a male escort.