We love to watch celebrities succeed, but sometimes they end up having very public meltdowns instead. These are the top 20 biggest celebrity breakdowns and freak-outs of all time!
Britney Spears has definitely had some tough years in the past decade. But it didn’t start out like that. When this pop diva first emerged on the scene in the late nineties, she was definitely as innocent as one could be. It seems that fame took its toll on Ms. Britney.
She Beat Up A Car
2007 was a rough year for Britney. Her youth was definitely over, and she wasn’t handling it gracefully at all. She also wasn’t in charge of any of her finances and her visitation rights were taken away so she couldn’t see her son. So naturally Britney shaved her entire head and attacked a paparazzi car with an umbrella.
In the mid 2000s, every young girl wanted to be Amanda Bynes. She was preppy, pretty, and just downright cute. She also starred in hit movies like She’s The Man and What A Girl Wants. However, as her fame started to dwindle, this starlet went off of the deep end.
She Brought Attention To Mental Illness
At first all of Amanda Bynes’ tweets were unbelievable. She was constantly tweeting about how she was controlled by robots and that she had a tracking device in her arms. However, it was finally revealed that the star suffered from bipolar disorder and is now getting treatment for her illness.
Mel Gibson was one of the serious actors of the 1980s and the 1990s. He also made his directorial star shine when he created the movie The Passion of The Christ. However, it wasn’t a secret in Hollywood that Mel Gibson was known to have a temper and be a bit of a bad boy.
He’s An Addict
Mel Gibson is a very well known addict and has struggled with alcoholism for many years. His marriage crumbled because of his outbursts and infidelity when he was drunk. It was actually audio records that proved that Mel was abusing his wife and child.
Christian Bale is definitely the bad boy of Hollywood right now. The Batman and Academy Award-winning actor is very highly respected for his craft, however, many people have said that he is incredibly hard to work with. Not only is he temperamental, but his demands are out of this world.
He Screamed At The Crew
During filming for the Terminator Salvation franchise, Christian Bale was upset with a lighting guy that apparently “ruined the scene.” Not only did Bale go off on a 13-minute rant about how amateur the lighting guy was, but he also walked off the set that day and refused to continue shooting.
Back in the day, Chris Brown used to be known as a good-guy dancer and that he was one of the best singers in the business. However, as Brown started to gain more fame, he kept finding himself behind bars and in hot water. It’s not a good look, Breezy!
He Beat Up Rihanna
While Chris Brown and Rihanna were out to dinner, the two of them got into a meltdown fight that turned extremely violent. Not only did Chris Brown end up punching Rihanna in the face, but he also beat the side of her head into a steering wheel. He ended up going to jail for domestic violence.
Hugh Grant is one of the most lovable actors in Hollywood today, mainly because of his amazing looks and beautiful British accent. He was also dating the lovely British model Elizabeth Hurley way back in 1995, but he was arrested for being with someone else.
It Wasn’t Divine At All
On a night in 1995, Hugh Grant was pulled over and arrested by surprise. The actor was getting down and dirty with the “love worker” Divine Brown on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Hugh Grant’s mug shot went viral and his relationship with Elizabeth Hurley ended shortly after. Don’t have a meltdown like this when you’re dating a model!
Courtney Love has definitely had a tough life. Not only was she abused as a child, but she was also a dancer and a teenage runaway at a very young age. Not to mention that the love of her life, Kurt Cobain, famously committed suicide in 1994. Her life has been one big meltdown after another.
She’s Had A Hard Life
After the death of Nirvana lead singer and her husband Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love managed to get sober for a short period of time. But during her 40th birthday the singer attempted to take her own life, and pushed her daughter even further away. Frances Bean Cobain currently has a restraining order against her mother.
Most people don’t understand that even funny guys and comedians can have some serious meltdowns. That was just the case when it came to Martin Lawrence. During his directorial debut for the film The Line Between Love and Hate, Lawrence had a meltdown that nearly cost him his life.
He Was In A Coma
Due to exhaustion, Martin Lawrence became so stressed out that during one night he began to wave a loaded pistol in the middle of a Hollywood street. The actor also tried to run in 90 degree heat while wearing five layers of clothing, and ended up in a coma due to dehydration. He has since cleaned up his act.
Mariah Carey was the 1990s diva on top. This singer was not only beautiful, but her voice was simply the sound of perfection. Unfortunately, this girl is not a great actress, and her first film debut totally tanked. Mimi wasn’t on top and everyone totally knew.
Glitter Ruined Her
While promoting her movie Glitter, Mariah Carey went on a TRL meltdown rampage, when she just happened to show up. The host, Carson Daly, was completely surprised that she turned up and Mariah rambled on about wanting a normal life being able to swim. She was hospitalized right after.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. wasn’t always the dapper guy playing Tony Stark in the Avengers franchise. Downey Jr was one of the most famous actors in the 1980s, however he did struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. It was one specific outburst that really put the actor over the edge.
He Used To Be On Aly McBeal
Robert Downey Jr. had a long history of drug abuse, with many different substances. Even though he had this history, the show’s producers decided to give him another chance. His contract was later revoked after the actor was seen walking barefoot and high in the middle of the street.
The 1980s heart throb was one of the coolest actors out there and everyone either wanted to be him or get with him. Tom Cruise was beloved ever since he first got into a plane in Top Gun. It was actually his relationship with Katie Holmes that caused him to have a visible breakdown.
He Jumped On Oprah’s Couch
While on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Tom Cruise professed his love for Katie Holmes in such an over the top manner. The actor got onto the couch and began jumping up and down, while screaming about his new relationship. The love wouldn’t last long though, the two have since split up.
Kanye West has always had a bit of a big mouth, but he is also one of the best rappers of all time. In 2009, Kanye West went from rap producer to household name with just one award show interruption meltdown. Sorry, Taylor, but Beyoncé should definitely always win.
Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech during the 2009 VMAs to tell everyone that Beyoncé had the best video of the year and that she should have won. West was under significant pressure from work, and was also mourning the loss of his mother at the time.
Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian West makes her living from being over-the-top and having a meltdown on every episode of her show. This girl definitely doesn’t like to lose her jewelry. During an episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” Kim had one of the most memorable breakdowns on our list.
Her Earrings Went Into The Ocean
During an episode, the Kardashian family was on vacation and by accident one of Kim’s diamond earrings fell into the ocean. In a great television moment Kim Kardashian had an epic breakdown that led to the famous meme of the Kim Kardashian crying face.
It’s hard to believe that Reese Witherspoon would do anything remotely resembling and emotional breakdown. But this cute Legally Blonde starlet has definitely spent some time behind bars. It simply goes to show you that no one is safe from the law, no one.
She Was Locked Up
Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth have had some very public fights. Witherspoon lost her cool when her husband was fighting going to jail and screamed out “do you even know who I am?” The actress was arrested for disorderly conduct while intoxicated.
Sinead O’Connor has always said some things that are completely out there and over-the-top. She even burned a picture of the Pope on live television and no one knew what to do. However, this singer really took the cake when she verbally attacked Miley Cyrus.
She Bashed Cyrus
O’Connor went onto her own website and wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus trying to tell the young singer to wear more clothes. This fight blew up and both parties started tearing the other person down. Sinéad wrote an open letter on her Facebook bashing Miley’s career.
Lindsay Lohan has almost always been a train wreck, however there were some times before her craziness hit. The actress was a Disney Channel darling and had first starred as the lead character in the movie The Parent Trap. Fame really did a number on this actress.
She Couldn’t Control The Drinking
Like with most child stars, fame wasn’t good to Lohan. The actress got herself involved with some terrible influences and ended up becoming addicted to both drugs and alcohol. She has been unable to maintain roles due to her appearance and the fact she is always hungover. Her meltdown this time has actually cost her career.
Before he was breaking Selena Gomez’s heart, this little boy from Stratford, Ontario was just the cutest thing. His songs like “Baby,” and “Boyfriend,” were straight-up bubble gum pop and we loved him for it. Now he’s just a messed up twenty-two year old.
He Threatened A Photographer
Most celebrities hate the paparazzi, but not all of them take the problem into their own two hands. The singer actually attacked a photographer, stating that the photog was trying to kill him. Not only did Bieber punch him, but he also made intense threats at the person. Justin Bieber later apologized via Twitter.
It’s hard to believe that Queen Bey could be involved in anything even remotely close to a meltdown. But with rumors swirling that her husband Jay Z was cheating on her, Beyoncé did what all women want to do. She had her sister beat him up!
After a Hollywood party, Beyoncé, Jay Z, and her sister Solange were all video taped in an elevator leaving. Solange Knowles then took it upon herself to repeatedly punch and kick Jay Z, all while Queen Bey watched her doing it. You really shouldn’t ever cheat on Beyoncé.
Lamar Odom and Khloé Kardashian had a love that was made in paradise. The two of them seemed like they really had experienced love at first sight, however, after less than a couple months of marriage, the two of them split up. This is when Lamar Odom had a huge mental breakdown.
He Was Caught With Drugs
On October 13, 2015 Lamar Odom was hospitalized because he was discovered in a drug-induced coma. The former basketball player had been drinking and partying to extremes and it overtook his body. Odom’s recovery has actually gone well, and he is capable of talking and walking now.
Alec Baldwin is definitely one funny dude, but he can also have a bit of temper. Lke Justin Bieber, we can’t even keep track of how many times this “30 Rock” actor has lost his temper at the paparazzi. No one likes to have their picture taken every second of the day.
The 2012 Attack
In the summer of 2012, Alec Baldwin had a meltdown on a paparazzi photographer in New York City. The actor accused the reporter of “being a little girl,” and he also stated that the man was a victim of sexual assault. Baldwin has also called photographers “fatheads,” before. Always keeping it classy, Alec.