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 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. 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!