When we see celebrities living the lifestyles of the rich and famous, it’s hard not to be a tad jealous. Their luxurious cars, homes, and clothing jump off of glossy magazine pages and web sites, mocking us with their loveliness. In reality, not everything is always as it seems.
Some of these stars go from having it all to losing everything in the blink of an eye. Whether it’s bad financial choices, legal issues, or lying to the IRS, these stars have lost millions. Keep reading to learn about the celebrities who were once public figures and how their luck changed, leaving them without the extravagant lifestyle they’d come to know.
Lauryn Hill Thought Taxes Stunted Her Creativity
Once upon a time, people would go wild for the chance to see Lauryn Hill perform live. The lady had a set of pipes on her that no one in hip-hop or R&B could match. It’s too bad that the Grammy Award-winning artist decided to “go off-grid” and not pay her taxes, landing her in a bit of a financial snag.
She’s said that the “climate of hostility” and “manipulation” was hurting her creativity, and therefore she should not have to pay taxes. That landed her in jail for three months on top of owing the IRS $554,000. At least she’s touring again, so maybe she’ll bounce back!