Achieving success and fame is hard, and keeping it is even more challenging. What’s most complicated is returning after losing favor with fans or falling from grace. Sometimes, all it takes is an excellent public relations campaign to get a career back on track, as these celebrities have done, according to a recent online discussion.
1. Taylor Swift
After the leak of excerpts from that infamous 2016 telephone call between Taylor Swift and Kanye West which undercut Swift’s contention that she was unaware of profane lyrics West composed about her, Swift experienced backlash from her loyal fan base. After laying low for a while, she “got herself a boyfriend who supports her, although they broke up now, and got herself another cat. She also did a bit of self-reflection and matured a lot,” says one fan on the thread.
2. Martha Stewart
The lifestyle maven was famous but not very likable until she spent time in federal prison for a stock trading scheme. After her release, Stewart’s popularity, likability, and net worth increased exponentially. A prison stay would typically ruin someone’s reputation, but good PR helped Martha Stewart return better than ever.
3. Lea Michele
After being exposed as the real-life mean girl on the set of the television series Glee, many fans wanted to see Lea Michele’s career canceled. She spent time out of the limelight, then landed the leading role in the Broadway show Funny Girl. She also made an appearance at the 2023 Met Gala.
4. Rob Lowe
At the height of his Brat Pack popularity in the 1980s, Rob Lowe’s career was nearly derailed permanently after a videotaped surfaced of him having an intimate encounter with a 22-year-old and her 16-year-old friend. Several years out of the public eye, a starring role in the critically acclaimed television drama The West Wing helped resurrect his career.
5. Louis C.K.
In 2017, the comedian was accused by several women of harassment. He publicly admitted that their allegations were true. He embarked on a triumphant sold-out tour in 2021, winning a Grammy award in 2022.
6. Hugh Grant
In 1995, British actor Hugh Grant was famously arrested in Los Angeles for having an intimate encounter with a sex worker. Rather than hide in shame, he went on a tall show tour and admitted his mistakes, endearing him to fans even more. As a result, his career has gone on to be more successful than ever.
The co-star of the Jack–s television and film franchise “almost ran himself into the ground with drugs, but he was never a bad guy,” according to one contributor to the discussion. Once he got sober and became a vegan, he improved his life.
8. Robert Downey, Jr.
Everyone witnessed his success during the late 1980s and early 1990s and watched him “fall into addiction, go to jail, and accept that fate without whining about it,” asserts a commenter. Once Downey, Jr. became clean and sober, he slowly and humbly rebuilt his career until landing the ultimate role of Iron Man.
9. Nicolas Cage
Cage is a supremely talented but troubled actor who experienced his share of bumps, including failed marriages, bad debts, and questionable starring roles in terrible movies. His most recent film Renfield could be doing better at the box office, but never fear. Despite the challenges he faces, Cage always seems to bounce back.
10. Anne Hathaway
Starring in The Devil Wears Prada, The Princess Diaries, and winning an Academy Award for Les Misérables should have cemented Hathaway’s popularity among the masses. Instead, it spawned years of unjustified internet hate against her. She took a big step away from the spotlight and is once again a fan favorite.
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