Whether we’re talking weight, drug or alcohol addiction, or depression, most of us are able to hide our struggles from the people closest to us. Not so for celebrities, whose entire lives are accessible to millions of fans 24/7.
When celebs struggle with this kind of stuff, it’s public and usually gets ugly. But some stars have taken their rock bottom seriously and made an effort to find redemption. These 25 stars completely changed their lifestyles, and for most of them, it saved their lives.
The Redemption Of Robert Downey Jr.
The Iron Man actor started taking drugs from his father when he was eight-years-old. After years of arrests for drug possession, he got clean and is now one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.
Robin Williams Wasn’t Always So Funny
Early in Williams’ career, he was severely addicted to cocaine. After the death of friend John Belushi, he decided to give it up for good.
Oprah Winfrey Wins At Life
It’s a little-known fact Oprah used to smoke coke with an ex-boyfriend and claims she would have done anything for the drug. That is until she dropped the man and the drug.
Drew Barrymore Buries Her Past
Barrymore has been acting since she was 3-years-old. She smoked her first cigarette at age nine and began snorting coke at 13. She’s the poster child for life transformation.
Michael C. Hall Saves His Own Life
The Dexter star was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma while filming season four. Cancer treatment forced the aggressive disease into full remission and Dexter lasted a few seasons longer.
Liam Neeson’s Mid-Life Crisis
The tragic death of the Taken star’s wife led Liam to re-start his life. He threw all of his energy into his work and the actor has channeled his life into success and respect.
Macaulay Culkin’s Not Alone Anymore
The Home Alone child star was thrust into the public eye at a very young age that led to severe addiction. He is now focusing his life on music.
Samuel L. Jackson’s Support Team
One of the biggest names in Hollywood worked his way through alcoholism and cocaine addiction until he quit for his wife and daughter. His first role while clean was Jungle Fever, which launched his amazing career.
Charlize Theron’s Second Chance
Theron was starving in Hollywood and on the verge of homelessness, eating stale rolls she stole from restaurants. She landed her first role after an agent witnessed her public tantrum when a bank teller refused to cash a $500 check.
This Is How Montell Jordan Does It
Everyone who grew up in the 90s heard Jordan’s signature song “This Is How We Do It” at least once. His “sinful” celebrity life forced him into faith and he is now a gospel musician.
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias Boxes With Diabetes
The plus-sized comedian had to cancel a few stops of his tour due to his diabetes. He started boxing and has already lost 20 pounds in 20 days. He hopes to lose 50 before resuming.
The Rock’s Rock
It’s hard to believe Dwayne Johnson, one of the happiest people in Hollywood, suffered through severe depression. He realized there is always something good on the other side of pain.
Naomi Campbell Calms Her Life
Campbell was known for her severe temper that made her rely on her cocaine addiction. She has been drug-free for over 6 years and alcohol-free for almost two.
Angelina Jolie’s Transformation
One of the most active philanthropists in Tinseltown suffered from depression at a very young age and battled with self-mutilation in addition to drug use. She has since adopted three children while raising three biological kids.
Demi Lovato’s Done With Drugs
The pop star suffered through a meltdown that involved depression, extensive drug use, and self-harm. She has given that all up to become a role model and music success story.
Kelly Osbourne Followed Her Father’s Path
The youngest Osbourne child became addicted to painkillers after a tonsillectomy. She has gone through an incredible transformation that set off a successful career on her own.
Danny Trejo Plays A Young Danny Trejo
Trejo is often cast in roles as a thug, hitman, and gang member because he used to play that person in real life. He spent 11 years in and out of prison and now channels that negativity into his art.
Leave Britney Spears Alone!
The pop sensation went through a very public meltdown that led to an intervention. She went into rehab for drug addiction and a psychiatric breakdown. Her comeback truly shocked the world.
Fergie Forgets Her Past
Fergie was very public about her problems with meth and ecstasy. After she reached an unhealthy weight, she put her faith in spirituality, found a husband, and is now raising a young child.
Kid Cudi Grows Up
Kid Cudi got caught with liquid cocaine and pot before getting himself into near-death experiences. In 2011, he kicked his addictions out the door and focuses on his music as an outlet.
Don King Is King
Before Don King became synonymous with boxing, he spent some time in prison for second-degree murder. The person he killed only owed him a few hundred dollars.
Macklemore Wants More From Life
As soon as Macklemore burst onto the scene with “Thrift Shop” he slipped back into his alcohol habits. He has been able to channel that energy to fuel is career even further.
Manny Pacquiao Fights For God Now
Manny Pacquiao wasn’t always fighting for his faith. His early success led him down a dark path involving meth, marijuana, and cocaine until he realized he was killing himself.
Nicole Richie Enriches Her Future
In the early 2000s, Nicole Richie was known as a party animal socialite. She was caught with heroin, Vicodin, and weed on multiple occasions until she overcame her addictions to become a clean and sober mother of two.