Celebrities – Fame and the craziness that follows

Keith Richards confessed to snorting the ashes of his dead father while Britney Spears had a very public meltdown which involved her going in and out of rehab, shaving her head and losing custody of her children.

The King,Elvis Presley was known to have been addicted to drugs.It ultimately accelerated his untimely death. Paul John Gascoigne a retired professional footballer has gone bankrupt, been arrested for drug use and gotten into fights with the media.

What they all have in common? Money, Fame and public adulation. Elvis rose to fame and went down in history as one of the greatest singers of all time. He enjoyed the love and attention of crazy fans but as his career declined his personal life took a hit.

Britney Spears career took off right from the time she was a young girl and then like all good artists she peaked. What followed the peak was a sad struggle to get back on her feet.

These celebrities among many others have the chance to live their dream. They do what they love and get loved for it .In the process many of them lose their sense of reality. Once you have been in the limelight it becomes difficult to stay out of it. They then turn to doing anything they possibly can to stay in the eyes of the public.

There are sad cases when this struggle turns ugly with drug abuse being common among celebrities as their resources and lifestyle gives them access to drugs. It can be seen as a plea for help, a cry for attention as they cope with no longer having the fame and lifestyle that they once had.

Paul Gascoigne in a 2005 BBC documentary titled Life After Football stated that retiring from football had ‘ripped his heart out’.Elvis in his later years was called ‘a garish pop crooner’ among other things.

Being referred to as a ‘has been’ to someone like that has disastrous effects.

Joaquin Phoenix bizarrely announced he was going to end his flourishing acting career and pursue rapping but this turned out to be for a “documentary” that chronicles what happens after one reaches his peak.

All good things must come to an end but does that mean celebrities must become victims of their own success? The media also has a part to play. It showers celebrities with praise then goes on to disregard them and finally ignore them. Celebrities must remember ’15 minutes of fame is all you get’ and if they can reconcile with that we’d have a lot fewer celebrity meltdowns!

reference- http://www.wikipedia.org

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  1. Also what is with the completely ridiculous speculation that the media is involved in with regard to the celebs private life. The constant nit-picking by the media is really enough to drive anyone insane!
    But then there are some people who have held on to some semblance of sanity. maybe troubled celebs should take counselling from the tough ones instead of wasting away in rehab!


  3. I am always sorry when I read about teen-stars who are now addicted to drugs. I always wonder how they are supposed to handle the fame – that was thrown upon them when they were still very young…

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