Lohan Life: Struggles of Child Stardom

 

Many celebrities are tossed into the world of fame at very young ages. Being a child star sounds fabulous and fun, but what happens when you grow up?

The media suffocates stars and follows their every move. It’s no wonder some of them end up going a little (or a lot) insane…

Many child stars have grown up and have fallen down a spiraling staircase of chaos. There are many factors that could potentially play a role in this downfall including: lack of positive support from family, constantly being viewed by the world and feeling like they can’t escape the public eye, the need to rebel, etc.

These pressures have led some stars to lash out and/or form a drug and alcohol addiction.

As consumers of the media, we are intrigued by the lives of celebrities, especially the ones we grew up watching on TV. It feels weird to us to see that kid actor who was so sweet and innocent not be so sweet and innocent anymore.

Lindsay Lohan is a prime example of a celebrity that has encountered a few… let’s say, rough patches within her famous lifetime.

 

Lohan started her career in 1998 at the age of 11 when she starred in the remake of the 1961 movie The Parent Trap. In 2004, after her debut in the award winning classic, Mean Girls, is when problems really started generating for Lohan, according to The Sun.

Lohan has had two DUIs, been arrested six times (one being for possession of cocaine), been in seven car accidents, spent two weeks in jail and has made six trips to rehab.

In an interview with Oprah, Lohan expressed that her addiction to alcohol, that also served as a gateway to other things, like drugs, stemmed from her “chaotic home” as a child. Her father has been arrested over nine times, and her mother has been accused of mismanaging Lohan’s career and partying with her at a young age. The two got a divorce in 2007 after 22 years of a “rocky” marriage.

Despite the craziness, Lohan states that she loves her family and defends them by saying “nobody’s perfect.” However, she does not deny the effect that it had on her life.

According to The Sun, Lohan is now living in London and seems to be doing a lot better.    You go, girl.

-Chelsea Church

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