Back To The Drawing Board: How These Celebs Self-Destructed Overnight
After decades in the spotlight, Michael Jackson was going nowhere but steadily down in popularity in the early 2000s. He was more of a shadow of his former self with his children wearing veils in public and living in a fantasty mansion while he faces molestation charges. Though he faced over ten years in prison if found guilty, he was acquitted, to the public’s astonishment.
Much a troublemaker, R. Kelly faced 21 counts of child pornography in the early 2000s. Since, he’s been found to have contributed to child sex slavery and has lost his career entirely.
Up until 2009, Chris Brown enjoyed significant fame and received lots of media attention over his relationship with Rihanna. Of course, that ended swiftly when he assaulted her at a pre-Grammy party. Rihanna sustained physical injury while he pretty much lost any hope of continuing a career.
Mary J. Blige
In an interesting plot twist, drama queen Mary J. Blige lost many fans and saw her career turn sour after singing in a Burger King commercial about fried chicken wraps. Apparently, she claimed to be “playing up racial stereotypes” and her fans didn’t thank her for it.
This punk rock boy spend over a year in jail for some hardcore, clearly nonconsensual bdsm with a male escort in a hotel room. “Karma Chameleon” wasn’t good enough to cover that up.
Simpson’s undoing is pretty hilarious: the rookie mistake, lip-syncing. On Saturday Night Live, that would have bene probably the worst place to attempt a lip-sync.
Subway’s weight loss campaign star Jared Fogle is also a pedophile. He was once worth $15 million but now is in jail for over ten years. Yikes.
Amongst many errors and mistakes, Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show in Times Square in 2016 when she simply stopped singing because she thought she was lip syncing all the songs. Her response? “It happens”.
The Seinfeld star went on a racist rampage in 2006 during a stand-up. As it turns out, turningto racist jokes in public and harassing fans doesn’t go down well.
No stranger to controversial lyrics, Lil Wayne took it a bit far in Future’s “Karate Chop” remix when referenced the murder of Emmett Till in comparison with present day sexcapades.
Remember in 2013 when Miguel was a star? And then at the Billboard Music Awards, when he attempted to jump over the pit into the crowd and crash landed on fans instead, he really disappointed us. He severely threatened one girl who ended up threatening a law suit due to incompetent medical care on-site.
Though an accident, Janet Jackson dropped the ball big time during her 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. At the end of the show, Justin Timberlake reaches over and rips off Jackson’s top, revealing her breast for 9/16ths of a second. Memorable, but not quite in the right way.
Known for her role in “Dirty Dancing”, Jennifer Grey had a thriving career in the 80s but claims that her later nose job ruined her career. To be fair, it was certainly memorable! Now it’s pretty conventional.
2013 revealed a new side of child star/pop singer Mily Cyrus with a raunchy MTV Music Video Awards duet. Things went downhill further when fans went nuts and Robin Thicke blamed Cyrus for the R-rated stunt. Robin lost a lot of fans and a wife over the tobbacle.
On the New Zealand version of “The X Factor” Natalia Kills took it a bit far and went nuts over a contestant in 2015, Joe Irvine. She called him “laughing stock” and copying his husband’s act on the show. They were both dropped and Natalia got a pretty bad rap from the move.
Dixie Chicks star Natalie Maines made a bad call by mixing Country Music and politics. Her snide comments about George Bush got her in hot water and she lost lots of Texan and patriotic conservative fans over her loose talk.
Glee star Mark Salling launched into fame with his role on the show but soon after ran into legal trouble. He was accused of rape and several counts of child porn in 2015 and he eventually took his own life in 2018.
During the 1992 SNL performance, she used Bob Marley’s “War” with modified lyrics to show the effects of rampant child abuse in the Catholic Church. At the end, she ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II on camera. Turns out, fans thought she took it a bit too far.
This face is cringeworthy, yet familiar, from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Jones was charged with child pornography in 2002 and sentenced to 5 years probation. He is a registered sex offender.
Jerry Lee Lewis
Everyone has skeletons in their closet, but this celeb takes it to the next level: Jerry Lee Lewis was once married to his cousin. He was 23 and wed his 13 year old first cousin, which was, for obvious reasons, kept quiet. They were married for 13 years and shared two kids, which eventually was leaked years later and he lost his career.