1. Their Parents Smothered Them Into It
In any scenario, not just in acting, kids who are ‘tiger parented’ grow up not knowing who they really are, resort to drugs and alcohol to compensate for their emotional detachment, and worst of all, become absolutely resentful towards their parents. In certain cases, parents pushed these child celebrities into fame because they wanted to brag (or humble brag) about their ‘celebrity parent status’. But most of the time, these child celebrities were pushed into acting and singing simply because their parents wants to get shit rich off of them, after realizing their potential during some school play. Bear in mind, that parents or guardians are in complete control over their celebrity angels’ finances until the latter turns 18.
Nick and his little brother Aaron Carter have been clawed into their musical talents. There wasn’t a single soul who didn’t hear the ‘Carter’ name, with Nick Carter’s band entitled ‘The Backstreet Boys’, and Aaron Carter’s reputation as THE ‘high school sweetheard’, things were looking bright for the young Carters. That is, until they both succumbed to the dark pits of drugs, alcohol, DUIs, and other textbook child celeb shenanigans. Their father, Robert Gene Carter, was somewhat of a celebrity himself, pushing the boys into prosperity. Now i’m not saying their dad was evil, but he was the claw that led them into the celebrated abyss they found themselves in later in life. But who was the real culprit behind the Carter Tragedy? Their dad may have started their fame, but it was their mom who tore every fabric of their soul. Remember that pun about celebrity moms leveraging their son’s talent for a fuck load of cash? Yup, that was the Carter mom.. Here’s a statement made by Aaron himself: In 2003, Aaron alleged that his mother, Jane Carter, withdrew over $100,000 for some kind of plastic surgery.
Most of you remember Michael Jackson for 2 things; his god-sent musical talent and his lust for children. However, deep into the mind of the late ‘Pop King’ lived a little child, terrified to death of his ruthless father, who would beat him into musical perfection, and who once ‘belted’ him for coming second place at some competition. Michael did not succumb to the usual destructive path of a child celebrity, until however, he severely burned himself during a fire stint he was trying to pull off. From that day onward, Jackson discovered his true love – Pain Killers. He presume his use of prescription drugs, even after he fully healed, because the euphoria he got from it helped him escape his Joe’s claws. This addiction to Morphine and Valium led to his eventual overdose, in which he was found dead..
2. They Get Too Much Love & Attention
This is paramount to a spoiled child getting too much attention from his mommy – this eventually leads him into the bottom of a poop hole.. Child celebrities grow up as they’re coined, celebrated; they have the paparazzi, they have popularity throughout most of their time in school, etc. There are bad things that amount from this: One, they grow very full of themselves, that is, they think they are gods. Because they feel superior, they are convinced that they can get away with everything.
Justin Bieber is the mother of self-destructive child celebrities; this is a guy who was arrested on DUI multiple times, got arrested for vandalism, meaningless fights, and possession of drugs. Every time Bieber was brought to justice, this little devil persisted his rampant lifestyle! And he persisted because his narcissistic half got the best of him; he thought he’d just get away with his misdeeds inevitably. The second manifestation of endless childhood fame is the unconscious lust for ‘negative attention’. Child celebrities are HOT for drama; every time they lose the media’s attention, they insist on doing something dumb in order to restore it.
You have to ask yourself – Why in the flying d!#$ of Christ would somebody be pulling off a stunt like this???? Well, the whole ‘Do It!’ campaign was just a clever way for Shia to get media attention, he didn’t acknowledge the nature of the hype he’d get, he just wanted it. This is in addition to his public altercations, for which he had that same goal in mind.
3. They Lose Their Thunder And Get Lost When They Do
You know that spoiled-a$$ kid who got an endless stream of attention? He no longer gets it, and now he’s throwing the mother of all tantrums as we speak That’s a child celebrity losing [insert pronoun] ‘shine’; when that happens, the formerly celebrated individual won’t know who the !@#$ ze is and how ze came into this world. Eventually, the fading star succumbs to a complete whacko breakdown; like this one over here:
Sorry Shia, I’m aware this is the second time you’ve been ripped on, but come-on man, this picture is a fantastic way for me to represent an section of the article without spewing a single word. Okay maybe just a few words; this is a former child celebrity who is visually showing how lost he is without fame, seriously, an actual fading star cannot visually illustrate an emotional meltdown better than this, well done Shia, I’m ever so grateful for this piece of content.
Years after her ‘thunder’ from ‘The Amanda Show’ came to an end, Bynes gave in to her disoriented reality as a fading star; she began drinking, doing drugs, then came the DUI arrests. She got arrested for possession of drugs, and I think she was thrown into a mental institution. Anyways you get my point, Bynes lost her fame, and with that she lost her better half; the half that resembled a spoiled child gets, and she threw one hell of a tantrum. She was so desperate to get a taste of that lost fame, that she started accusing people of impersonating her.
4. They Were Sexually Exploited
This is true not just for child stars, but for all walks of life; child molesters rob kids of their childhoods, and the kids being preyed on grow up with some serious emotional issues. But in Hollywood, child molestation is, or at least was at one point, just a normal everyday thing. This, without a doubt, contributes to the ‘child celebrity gone nuts’ epidemic, and here are some examples:
It is no secret that Cory Haim actively abused drugs, which eventually led to a physical drainage, which eventually led to his unfortunate passing. However, Haim’s experience of being sexually abused by a Hollywood mogul was a well protected secret.. During the filming of ‘Lucas’, Haim was repeatedly sodomized and brutally raped raped in an oral fashion, by a fellow adult colleague. This without no doubt led him through a destructive path of senseless narcotics abuse.
Cory Feldman was a fellow victim of Corey Haim, experiencing side by side the sexual traumas that Haim faced while ‘Lucas’ was being filmed. Feldman did not have a serious drug problem like his friend Haim; however, he was charged with sexual battery himself at one point. We all heard the saying – “those who abuse, have been abused themselves”. This is probably what happened with Feldman; that was his way of going haywire.
5. They Had To Reflect A Fake Image Of Themselves
Child celebrities live their entire childhoods manifesting an artificial image on themselves for the sake of looking good in public. Any by looking good I don’t mean physically, I mean they had to suppress their true selves, or personalities, as a means to protect their image. This often led to them making friends in school, not because of who they are inside, but rather because of their celebrity status and superficial charm. All of this is fine for the majority of their childhoods, but then puberty hits; and when it does, they can’t rebel like normal teenagers. As a result, they end up in rock bottom right around 15 or 16, doing drugs, drinking alcohol, getting arrested for something, and basically over-rebelling. Imagine having a million tiger parents who give you a continuous stream of love and affection after you impressed all of them with your consistent success; now imagine you butchered your last acting gig and the million tiger parents presume to ridicule and shame you. That’s a child celebrity’s childhood, and it’s one of the reasons most of them go nuts.
Remember the “adorable” Olsen twins from the dreaded ‘Full House’? They faked that adorable image since they were little girls, that is, until it sharded out of both their a$$es! Their whole childhood had been ‘staged’. In a sense, it’s fair to say they never got off stage.’ Their childhood resembles a Twilight Zone episode, the one with the actor who concocted Multiple Personality Disorder on set, insisting he was the businessman that ‘he was depicting’ on set, apparently due to overwork and having to constantly stage himself. Remember that episode?
Anyways, the Olsen twins grew up in The Twilight Zone, and this happened:
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