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The Most Infamous Celebrity Meltdowns

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

In 2007, shortly after breaking up with former husband Kevin Federline, Spears drove to a hair salon and shaved her head. A few days later, she attacked paparazzi cars with an umbrella. She subsequently was admitted to a psychiatric ward involuntarily and placed under the conservatorship of her father, which continues today though she now has a successful Las Vegas residency.

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Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom

In 2015, Odom was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. He was admitted to the hospital and placed on life support after suffering kidney failure, several strokes, and becoming comatose after drug usage in the days prior. He regained consciousness and has since sought rehabilitation for cocaine addiction.

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Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen

At the time of his meltdown, Sheen was the highest paid actor on TV and his sitcom Two and a Half Men was a certified hit. In 2011, however, Sheen was checked into a hospital for drug abuse after a night with porn stars. Later, he trashed an NYC hotel room. He then went on a series of interviews making bizarre statements and insulting his employers, clearly having a relapse from his sobriety. He was fired from the show's production and subsequently sent to rehab.

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Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan

After her starring role in 2004's Mean Girls, Lindsay Lohan changed her appearance (from her notable red locks to blonde) and quickly cemented herself within the L.A. party scene. By 2007, she had 2 DUI charges and 3 trips to rehab under her belt. Her career has since struggled to recover.

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Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes

Bynes followed in the footsteps of her peer, Lohan, a few years later. She had 7 accidents and a DUI arrest by 2012. She also regularly tweeted odd or eccentric statements on twitter before finally deleting her account. After more incidents in 2013, she was put under involuntary psychiatric hold and a conservatorship by her parents. Following rehabilitation, she graduated from fashion school and has expressed an interest in returning to acting in 2018.

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Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

In 2006, Gibson was stopped for speeding and subsequently arrested for having an open container of alcohol in the car. During the arrest, Gibson went on an antisemitic tirade. After the behavior and outburst, he was essentially blacklisted from Hollywood for about 10 years until his 2016 film Hacksaw Ridge

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Kanye West

Kanye West

In 2016, Kanye showed up late to a performance, performed only two songs, then went into a rant about the presidential candidates and announced that the concert was over. He was only onstage for 30 minutes. The next day he canceled the rest of his tour dates and checked into a hospital. Two years later, after having seemingly recovered, he ranted again during an interview suggesting that black people chose to be slaves during America's past.

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Shia LeBeouf

Shia LeBeouf

In 2017, LeBeouf was arrested for public intoxication and went on an expletive-filled rant, but that was after years of previously strange behavior. In 2014, he declared himself not famous anymore and wore a paper bag over his head saying so during red carpet event. He then stated he was retiring from acting only to backtrack and claim it was a joke.

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Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

In 2005, Cruise appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to promote his film War of the Worlds. When the discussion turned to his recent romance with Katie Holmes, Cruise lept onto the couch to exclaim his love. Instead of being endearing...the incident was odd. Later in the year, he went on to bash Brooke Shields and her use of antidepressants for postpartum depression as well as argue with Matt Lauer about the usefulness of psychiatry.

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Robert Downey, Jr.

Robert Downey, Jr.

In the mid-1990s, Downey, Jr. had a downward spiral string of run-ins with the law. He was consistently in and out of prison for either alcohol or drug use and, later, violating probation. His longest stint in jail was a full year, starting in 1999. Since cleaning up his act and a successful rehabilitation program, Downey, Jr. went on to star in 2008's Iron Man and is now the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making him Hollywood's current highest-paid actor. 

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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

In 2014, Bieber had a high-profile meltdown in which he participated in an illegal street race, egged his neighbor's house, and assaulted both a limo driver and paparazzi photographers. He later apologized with his 2015 hit song "Sorry."

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Paula Deen

Paula Deen

Paula Deen was on top of the culinary world when she was rocked by racial slur allegations. While the suit was eventually dismissed, Deen badly botched an attempted public apology and was dumped by Food Network. The lesson here is that when you make a mistake, and we all will, be humble and admit when you were wrong.

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Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin

Baldwin hasn't lost his cool just once. It's happened a series of times. In 2007, was caught yelling at his 11-year-old daughter over the phone that she was a "rude, thoughtless little pig." He was kicked off a plane in 2011 for refusing to abide by electronics rules, and he allegedly assaulted a photographer in 2013.

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Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor

O'Connor has struggled with mental illness, but in November of 2015, she uploaded posts to Facebook that had friends and family worried she may be suicidal. In May of the next year, she went out for a bike ride in Chicago and went missing. She was later found healthy but has since been checked into a hospital for further treatment and support.

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Christian Bale

Christian Bale

Bale has been known to be a temperamental actor, but the release of audio from his verbal abuse of a crew member on the set of the Terminator movie shows just how bad things can be. The expletive-ridden affair was the result of crew member Shane Hurlbut...walking into Bale's eyeline. Forgive us for not knowing what that was a disastrous and seriously disturbing offense.

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