Celebrities may be only human—but their meltdowns tend to be as big as their bank accounts.
The pressures of fame are immense. At first, the relationship between a celebrity and his or her fans is like a honeymoon—everything is great. The attention and adoration are wonderful. The recognition is bolstering.
But that doesn’t last long with most celebrities. Soon enough, the onslaught of camera flashes, desperate fans, and a lack of privacy begin to wear anyone down. Coupled with what is often a lifestyle of instant gratification, this creates the perfect environment for a very imperfect moment. And, unfortunately, when meltdowns happen, the cameras are almost always rolling.
Some celebrities explode with the regularity of a geyser, somehow managing to shrug off the negative press with ease, while others have lost all celebrity credibility in one volcanic instant, but all are fascinating in the same way that a long-abandoned building is—there is a kind of morbid fascination in ruin that we just can’t look away from.
Let’s indulge that fascination and take a look at 6 of the most infamous celebrity meltdowns in recent history.