Not everything in Tinsel town glitters.
To a typical fan or an engaged observer, Hollywood is like a totally different planet. Stars live their lives larger than life itself – in full view and scrutiny of the public. This is the world of Celebrity. As a famous song says, “There is no other business like showbusiness.”
However, the Hollywood life is not all glitz, glamor, fame, and fortune. The truth is, a lot of the A-list stars have skeletons in their closets. Celebrities sometimes give in to their inner demons, perhaps due to the pressures of living a life in the public eye – with almost no semblance of privacy.
This has sadly thrown some celebrities on the brink. Shrinks are in vogue in Hollywood, and certain stars have battled mental disorders intermittently in their lives. There have been survival stories, yet there are those who just give up and “slip quietly into the night.”
This list will let you in on the top 10 Hollywood celebrities who have struggled with mental disorders. How many of these celebrities do you really know?
10. Elton John – Recording Artist
At the peak of his career, this iconic Grammy award winning singer-songwriter battled with substance abuse and bulimia. Forever insecure about his weight, he resorted in methods to shed those unwanted fats with detrimental results. Turning to drugs and alcohol, John managed to muster a 180 degree turn and sought help by going to rehab. Gladly, he had since recovered and continues to make music after almost five decades.
9. Kurt Cobain – Recording Artist
The front man of rock band Nirvana was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorder or ADD when he was just a little boy. The huge success of iconic rock band Nirvana did not help him much in his adult life as he struggled with alcoholism and drug use brought about by severe bouts of depression. At the peak of the band’s career, Cobain tragically committed suicide by shooting himself.
8. Ashley Judd – Actress
Judd had a rough childhood – being physically and emotionally abused by her family members. This led her, despite her good looks and considerable acting skills, to feel sorry for herself and her self-esteem shrunk to the pits for the most part of her twenties. Her bouts with depression drove her to near-suicide. When she could not take it any longer, she went to rehab and did her best to turn her life around. She succeeded!
7. Russell Brand – Comedian
British actor Russell Brand is one of Britain’s most loved comedians. But not too many people know that he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD when he was a little boy, as well as bipolar disorder. This combination led him to various mood swings and periods of inattentiveness and hyperactivity. In his teenage years, he suffered from bulimia. He sought professional help and had since then kicked out his inner demons.
6. Brooke Shields – Actress/Model
She is one of the most beautiful faces in Hollywood. When she got married and became a mother, she suffered what doctors call Postpartum Depression (PPD) which almost drove her crazy. Seeking the help of doctors, she slowly learned to manage her condition and embraced the joys of being a mother.
5. Charlize Theron – Actress
This South African Academy Award winner is an excellent actress who vanishes into her various roles. Yet, one thing that she cannot stand is clutter. Theron has been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and cannot stand disarray. She is still seeking help to manage her neurotic tendencies.
4. Herschel Walker – Sports Personality
Walker is a celebrated mixed martial arts athlete. What the public does not know was the fact that he used to suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder, which led him to assume different personalities. Seeking the help of psychiatrists, he has proclaimed that he had successfully kicked out this disease.
3. Michael Phelps – Swimmer
Phelps is a multiple Olympic gold medalist who was diagnosed with severe ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder at the age of 9. Luckily, his involvement in sports and some medication greatly helped in minimizing his hyperactive tendencies.
2. David Beckham – Sports Personality/Model
Beckham was easily one of Britain’s most desirable sports personalities several years back. However, he tried to hide from the public that he was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – a disease that he continues to manage even up to this day. Beckham hates clutter, and all his things – his closet and even his fridge – have to be squeaky clean and symmetrically aligned one item after another.
1. Angelina Jolie – Actress
Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie suffers from borderline personality disorder – a disease that causes split personality when not managed well. Luckily, she sought help early on and the disease did not get the best of her. Presently, she continues to be one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses and has also entered film directing.