They always say you should never meet your heroes. An online movie fan forum asks people to reveal their one-time favorite who lost favor after their lifestyle or behavioral choices took over. What have some celebrities done to fall foul of their fans? Here are some examples of celebrities who went downhill.
1. Elisabeth Moss
The star of Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale grew into a household name and highly bankable screen star ten years ago. However, some fans just cannot fathom how she is a Scientologist: “It’s so weird watching The Handmaid’s Tale knowing Elisabeth Moss is a huge Scientologist.”
2. Christian Bale
Shortly before the premiere of The Dark Knight in 2008, Bale was involved in an altercation with his mother and sister at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Then, a few years later, he was recorded chewing out a set assistant on a soundstage in New Mexico. The star of American Psycho and The Pale Blue Eye has always had a hot temper.
3. R. Kelly
“R. Kelly, before the accusations against him, I thought he was a gifted musician with a great voice,” laments one former fan. “I could never listen to his music again,” she concedes.
R. Kelly has always flirted with controversy, but his penchant for underaged partners finally caught up with him recently. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a litany of disgraceful charges, including possession of illicit child imagery.
4. Bill Cosby
The Cosby Show was on my television screen daily throughout the ‘80s, with Doctor Cliff Huxtable’s cheeky wit central to an enjoyable sitcom. Fast-forward thirty years, and we have dozens of women accusing Cosby of some dark behavior. Once known as “America’s Dad,” Cosby is now known as anything but the warm character we all grew up watching.
5. Nicky Minaj
Nicky Minaj is still selling albums and somehow holds a loyal fanbase, though many cannot stomach her marriage to Kenneth Petty. Petty has a whole host of convictions to his name and even recently got in trouble for failing to register as a sex offender. He received ten years for manslaughter after killing a suspected rival gangbanger on a corner in Queens in 2002.
6. Jared Leto
As a one-time fan puts it, “Loved his music, and most of his acting roles. Then I found out that he’s essentially a cult leader through his fan club.” It doesn’t stop there: belittling his single mom at an awards ceremony and shaming her for having a teen pregnancy is a moment that is hard to forget — or to forgive.
7. Kevin Spacey
In a fall from grace that even Icarus could find shocking, Spacey was charged with sexual assault. After an alleged grooming encounter with a young cast member went public, Spacey went into hiding — but only after using the moment to come out as gay. “People I know who are in the industry say he’s worse,” says someone connected to movies. “I wish it wasn’t so.”
8. Ian Watkins
MTV2 in the early ’00s was awash with the latest nu-metal bands, and one that stood out was the British quintet Lost Prophets. Controversially, their singer Ian Watkins was jailed on child abuse charges. One rock fan had to break this news to her husband.”What happened to them?” he once asked. “I had to tell him,” she sighs.
9. Ezra Miller
The star of The Flash was accused of grooming two 12-year-olds and other activities such as kidnapping and petit larceny. Yet somehow, Miller remains free — with DC Comics’ full support as he works through his mental health issues. Really, DC?
10. Chris Brown
Brown has been convicted or accused of anything from hospitalizing then-girlfriend Rihanna, to restraining orders against other ex-girlfriends, to becoming a genuine sex offender. “He also threw a rock through his mother’s car window, and it shattered,” recalls one former fan. This happened after his mother pleaded with him “to continue anger management treatment.” How is this guy even still on our streets?
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