8 Hot Hollywood Stars with Troubled Pasts ...


Many people envy celebrities for their seemingly perfect and charmed lives but there are actually many Hollywood stars with troubled pasts who have overcome a very difficult childhood.

As heartbreaking as many of these stories are, it really shows us how strong we can be in the face of adversity and that with hope and perseverance we can overcome many things and achieve our dreams!

1. Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore is considered to be Hollywood royalty and as a child star, she’s one of the first names that come to mind when it comes to Hollywood stars with troubled pasts.

She plays very fun and free-spirited roles now but this actress started drinking at the age of 11, started using cocaine at 13 and was in rehab twice by the time she was a teen.2

Child stardom can often lead people down a very dark path but thankfully she got help for her substance abuse issues and we can continue to watch her on the big screen!

2. Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry or Madea as many of us know him is another celebrity who overcame a dark past.

You would never guess that this actor/director of inspiring and comical films would have come from such a harsh and difficult upbringing.

Perry states that he was often physically and sexually abused as a child and his grandmother even bathed him in ammonia to purge him of allergies.

He recalls his drunken father beating him with a cord until his skin was coming off of his back.

He reports his faith is what got him through these tough times and made him what he is today.

It’s so inspiring to see someone who came from such a dark place be so successful and full of life!2

3. Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

This blonde bombshell often portrays strong and confident roles in her films but she’s also a Hollywood star with a troubled past.

Charlize grew up with an alcoholic father who often cheated on her mother and abused her for many years.

Although her parents were married for many years, one night her mother had enough and ended up shooting her father dead in self-defense.

Charlize’s mother forced her into modeling to try and get her mind off of her father’s death where she won modeling contests and later got her big break in Children of the Corn III.3

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