Fame can either be a blessing or a curse, depending on who you are. Throughout the decades, we’ve seen plenty of celebrities deal with the effects of fame. Some stars are lucky enough to have a long career with a hefty bank account and a content home life. However, there are celebrities who struggle with maintaining their fame and sometimes they end up losing everything.
In the past, we’ve seen stars whose careers have hit a standstill. These celebs tend to disappear for a while, then later they make a comeback and are bigger and better than ever. We’ve seen this with 70s heartthrob John Travolta. His career skyrocketed in the 70s with the hit movies Grease and Saturday Night Fever, but by the 80s his career faltered due to a series of box office bombs. But in 1994, he made a comeback thanks to the movie Pulp Fiction.
While celebs like John Travolta are lucky enough to make a successful comeback, for others it’s not so easy. Most of the time a celebrity suffers a string of trouble that causes them to hit rock bottom. The reasons for a celeb hitting rock bottom include drug problems, financial troubles, personal issues, or career is faltering. Whatever the reason, these stars hit the lowest point in their lives and struggle to get their life back on track.
For this list, we’ve compiled celebrities who’ll make a huge comeback in 2018, then took a look at stars who could hit rock bottom.
20 Rock Bottom — Rob Kardashian: Drama With Blac Chyna Can Send Him Spiralling Out Of Control
In the past, Rob Kardashian has struggled with personal issues. As the only boy in the Kardashian clan, Rob has taken a backseat to his sisters when it comes to fame. For the first few years, Rob has maintained a low profile. But recently,
he’s been in the news due to his weight gain and battle with depression.
It seemed like Rob had finally put his issues behind him when he became involved with Blac Chyna. The couple welcomed their daughter Dream in November 2016. But shortly after the baby’s birth, the couple split up and let’s just say things haven’t been amicable.
Rob posted explicit photos of Chyna online, which proved she was cheating on him. Plus, the two have been locked in a custody battle over their daughter. All this drama with his ex isn’t good for Rob, and the Kardashian family should be worried about his health.
19 Bounce Back — Bruce Willis: He's Set Out To Prove He Can Still Act In Hollywood
Bruce Willis is one of the top stars in Hollywood. Thanks to his roles in Die Hard, he cemented his status as the next big action star. Although he’s known mostly for his action movies, Willis also tried his hand at comedy and drama, with which he was surprisingly good.
At 62, Willis is at that age where most stars start to slow down in their careers. He may not be the tough action star he once was, but Bruce is still keeping himself busy. Even though most of his recent movies haven’t been box office successes, he’ll have a chance to redeem himself with his upcoming movies. He's set to star in the new Death Wish remake, which is due out in the spring. Plus he’s also filming M. Night Shyamalan’s movie Glass, the sequel to Unbreakable.
18 Rock Bottom — Ashton Kutcher: Slowing Down Of His Career And Marital Problems Could Send Him Back To His Partying Ways
Ashton Kutcher’s role on That 70s’ Show is what launched the actor into having a successful career in Hollywood. The actor went on to star in a string of comedy movies, replaced Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, and produced the show Punk’d.
Yet, Ashton’s red-hot career seems to be winding down. Fans are getting tired of his over-the-top goofy characters.
With his new show The Ranch facing possible cancellation, things aren’t looking good for Ashton’s careerwise.
Aside from career problems, Ashton’s two-year marriage to Mila Kunis is rumored to be in trouble. Tabloids say the couple is heading for divorce and Ashton’s been out partying behind Mila’s back. All this talk of career and marital trouble could mean disastrous things for Ashton.
17 Bounce Back — Justin Timberlake: Super Bowl Will Help Him Bring Sexy Back...Again
NSYNC star Justin Timberlake managed to niche out a nice musical career for himself following the breakup of the boy band. Between his music, acting, and his other business ventures, he’s created a big name for himself.
Following the release of his album The 20/20 Experience in 2013, he took a break from music to spend time with his wife Jessica Biel and his son Silas. He did keep busy with the occasional film roles along with running his clothing line. But now Timberlake is ready to return to his first love.
In February, his new album Man of the Woods will be released and he’ll perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, fourteen years after his infamous performance with Janet Jackson at Super Bowl XXVIII. Let’s just hope there are no wardrobe malfunctions this time.
16 Rock Bottom — Snooki: Divorce Rumors Could Prove Troublesome
As a member of the Jersey Shore cast, petite beauty Snooki became a celebrity with MTV viewers. Like the rest of the cast members, Snooki had a penchant for drinking and partying, even though it got her into trouble at times.
After the show ended in 2012, she starred in her own spinoff called Snooki & JWoww, which lasted three years. It was also around this time that Snooki and fiancé’ Jionni LaValle welcomed their first child, a son named Dominic. Two years later Snooki and Jionni married and had another child, a daughter named Giovanna.
By all accounts, it looks like Snooki had finally settled down. However,
rumors are circulating that her marriage is in trouble and it’s causing a toll on her.
With all the stress of a possible divorce, Snooki may head back to partying to cope with her personal problems.
15 Bounce Back — Jude Law: He's Out To Prove He's Still In Demand
British actor Jude Law’s career took off with his role opposite Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow in The Talented Mr. Ripley. The actor became famous for his acting along with his handsome looks. Following up on his newfound success, he took on more dramatic roles in Road to Perdition and Cold Mountain. He also proved he had comedic chops by playing Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes films.
Yet, cheating scandals in his personal life turned off a few of Law’s female fans and derailed his success as a Hollywood leading man. He did a few low budget movies, but none of them could reignite his stardom. But in 2018, we should expect Jude Law to bounce back when he stars in the film adaption of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
14 Rock Bottom — Kanye West: He's One Public Breakdown Away From His Career Shattering
For years, it looked like Kanye West has been on a downward spiral. The rapper’s erratic behavior has caused concern among his fans. Who can forget him interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards? He’s also been very outspoken about politics and how he feels he’s not getting enough respect in the music industry. While many may consider him passionate about his work, others feel his ego is getting out of hand.
His outspokenness has already cost him his friendship with Jay-Z and has started feuds with many other celebrities.
Even though he’s settled down with Kim Kardashian and their three kids, that hasn’t stopped Kanye’s erratic behavior. He’s just one public outburst away from potentially saying goodbye to his career.
13 Bounce Back — Tom Cruise: Wants To Escape His Scientology Scandals
Tom Cruise was once one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Throughout the 80s and into the early 2000s, he was in top demand. His roles in Top Gun, A Few Good Men, and Mission: Impossible made him a hit with fans. Yet, in 2005 Tom’s career began to take sort of a downfall. The actor, who’s a devout Scientologist criticized Brooke Shields over her decision to use prescriptions to help with postpartum depression.
Cruise’s remarks along with the new revelations about the Church of Scientology has cast the actor in a negative light. Since then, Cruise’s box-office performances have been hit or miss. In 2018, he’ll return to his action roots when he stars in the sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise. We’ll have to see if the Scientology scandal will continue to haunt Tom Cruise heading into this year.
12 Rock Bottom — Bethenny Frankel: Personal Issues Overshadow Everything In This Housewives' Life
Bethenny Frankel rose to fame as star of the reality show The Real Housewives of New York City. Frankel became a fan favorite and got a spinoff called Bethenny Ever After. Aside from her television success, she’s also a published author and created the cocktail brand Skinnygirl. While Frankel’s professional life is thriving, her personal life is in shambles.
In January 2013, she divorced her husband of two years Jason Hoppy and since then the two have been engaged in a fierce legal battle. They’ve fought over custody of their daughter Bryn along with alimony.
The ongoing battle with her ex-husband has taken a toll on the housewife with many fans noticing her thin figure.
Let's hope for Bethenny and her daughter's sake, that a peaceful agreement can be reached with Jason soon.
11 Bounce Back — Melissa McCarthy: Queen Of Comedy Is Set To Come Back In A Big Way
Melissa McCarthy went from supporting actress on Gilmore Girls to leading star on the CBS show Mike & Molly. Thanks to her comedic acting, McCarthy was able to transition from television to movies. Her big break came in the film Bridesmaids, which was a box office hit and earned Melissa an Oscar nomination. She followed up the success of Bridesmaids with the films Identity Thief, The Heat, and Spy. While most of her films were hits, there were a few duds, including the female version of Ghostbusters.
While her film career appeared to be at a standstill, Melissa made a comeback in 2017 when she portrayed Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live. Melissa's hoping to keep her title of Queen of Comedy and she'll have the chance to do so with three movies coming out in 2018.
10 Rock Bottom — Brad Pitt: Actor's Career Continues To Fall After His Divorce
As one of Hollywood’s sexiest men, Brad Pitt has had a successful career. The actor’s movies have all been a big success and his good looks made him one of the most sought-after stars. He did face some controversy in 2005 when he cheated on his wife Jennifer Aniston with Angelina Jolie. Despite the scandal, Pitt and Jolie married in 2014 and settled into home life with their six kids.
But in 2016, the two shocked the world by announcing their divorce.
Following their split, it was revealed that child services were investigating an alleged fight that happened between Pitt and his son Maddox.
No evidence was found and no charges were filed, but the incident did leave a bad mark on Pitt’s reputation. Only time will tell if Brad Pitt will be able to bounce back or if his career will continue its downward spiral.
9 Bounce Back — Rihanna: Makes Jump From Singer To Actress
Since bursting onto the scene in 2005, Rihanna has taken the music world by storm. The singer immediately became a hit thanks to songs such as Umbrella, SOS, and Love The Way You Lie. Her music has won her a slew of awards including eight Grammys.
In recent years, her personal life has taken a focus over her professional life. In 2009, she made headlines after she was beaten up by her boyfriend Chris Brown. After their break up and his arrest, Rihanna has focused on her career.
She’s continued to be a force in the music business and she’s also taken over the cosmetics industry with the release of her brand Fenty Beauty. Heading into 2018, it looks like it’ll be a good year for Rihanna. Aside from music and cosmetics, she’s also going to try her hand at acting with a role in the Sandra Bullock movie Ocean’s 8.
8 Rock Bottom — Justin Bieber: His Bad Boy Behavior Will Continue
When Justin Bieber burst onto the music scene in 2008, the teen sensation was well on his way to superstardom. The baby-faced singer was a hit with young girls and making millions of dollars. But as he got older and his career started to fade, Bieber found himself in a series of legal trouble. He was arrested for vandalism and there were rumors he was drinking and doing drugs.
After his run-in with the law, it appears Justin is turning his life around. Recently, he reunited with his first love, Selena Gomez.
Many believe the couple’s reunion is a sign that Justin is ready to settle down.
Yet, as we all know, in Hollywood it’s tough to tame a bad boy. Despite attempts to change them, most guys go back to their destructive behavior, and the same will be said for Justin’s case.
7 Bounce Back — Jennifer Garner: Puts Personal Problems Behind Her And Focuses On Her Career
Like Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner got her big break on the TV show Alias before hitting it big as a movie star. Roles in Daredevil, 13 Going on 30, and Juno showed that Garner had what it took to become a film star.
After marrying Ben Affleck and settling down, Garner slowly began to tone down her film schedule to focus on raising her three kids. She did a few films, but none were as memorable as her early work.
In 2015, Garner’s personal life became tabloid news when she and Affleck announced they were divorcing. Reports soon surfaced that Affleck had cheated with their nanny and that he was dealing with alcohol addiction. Garner took a break from acting to deal with helping her kids and her ex-husband.
With Affleck clean and sober, Garner is ready to concentrate on her career. In 2018, she’s looking to make a comeback with the films Amusement Park and Love, Simon.
6 Rock Bottom — Tori Spelling: Financial And Marital Trouble Is Leading To Heartache
As the daughter of TV producer Aaron Spelling, Tori grew up in a lap of luxury. But these days who life is far different from when she lived in her parents’ huge mansion. A falling out with her family due to her marriage to Dean McDermott has caused a lot of stress for Tori. Instead of inheriting millions from her father’s estate, she only got $800,000.
These days Tori could use some extra cash due to her dire financial situation.
The star has faced numerous issues with the IRS and her mounting debt. To make things worse, Spelling isn’t in top demand like she was during her 90210 days. Aside from the financial and career issues, Tori’s marriage to Dean has been rocky. The couple is often the talk of the tabloids due to Dean’s cheating and speculation on if they’ll divorce. This is just more added drama for the mother of five.
5 Bounce Back— Jennifer Aniston: Looks To Revive Her Film Career
Friends actress Jennifer Aniston managed to launch a successful film career following the end of the hit show. Roles in Along Came Polly, The Break-Up, and Marley & Me made her a huge success. Known mostly for comedic roles, Aniston showed her dramatic side with movies such as The Good Girl and Cake, which earned her critical acclaim and a slew of honors.
However, in recent years, Aniston has struggled in her film career. Wanderlust, Mother’s Day, and Office Christmas Party were both critical and box office failures. But Jennifer Aniston is letting a few bad movies hold her back. She’s still in top demand and in 2018, she’ll star in the movies The Yellow Birds and Dumplin. Both films are adapted from novels and are already getting praise. Here's to 2018 being a golden year for Aniston.
4 Rock Bottom — Scott Disick: His Party Lifestyle Will Ruin Him
Scott Disick is known for being the ex-boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian and being a partying guy. His issues with partying and drinking are what lead to his breakup with Kourtney. Despite all his efforts to change, Scott always reverts back to his old ways.
After his split with Kourtney, Scott appears to be enjoying the single life. He’s even found a new lady in model Sofia Richie.
Yet, recent reports suggest that Scott’s almost broke and Sofia is supporting him.
Given that he has to rely on his new girlfriend to support him financially, this doesn’t pain Disick in a good light.
Since Scott’s enjoying jet-setting around the world with Sofia, it’s only a matter of time before he gets the itch to start drinking and partying again. His hard-partying cost him his family with Kourtney, and it will ruin him even further if he continues this bad habit.
3 Bounce Back — Renee Zellweger: Bridget Jones Star Hopes To Shine Bright In 2018
Renee Zellweger is one of Hollywood’s sweethearts. She rose to fame when she was cast as Tom Cruise’s love interest in the movie Jerry Maguire. The film launched her career and she enjoyed a successful string of hit movies including the Bridget Jones films, Chicago, and her Oscar-winning role in Cold Mountain.
In the early 2000s, she was in high-demand, but a couple of years later her career seemed to be winding down. Movies such as Case 39 and New In Town bombed at the box office. But Renee's career was saved when she reprised her role as Bridget Jones in the franchise's third installment. Audiences fell in love with Renee all over again and she's now landing more film roles.
In 2018, her comeback will continue when she plays the iconic actress Judy Garland in the biopic, Judy.
2 Rock Bottom — Johnny Depp: Money Trouble Will Derail His Career
90s heartthrob Johnny Depp made a huge comeback when he was cast as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie. That was the catapult for restarting his career. After his role in the movie, he was in high-demand. His movies have gone on to gross billions at the box office and earned the actor lots of cash.
However, his weird behavior has resulted in lots of spending, with reports saying he could lose all of his money.
Reports state the actor spends almost $3 million a month. Depp spent money on his fourteen homes, a private jet, expensive jewelry, and a guitar collection.
With a net worth rumored to be at $400 million, Depp could afford a few luxuries in life. However, all this extravagant spending could send him to the poorhouse.
1 Bounce Back — Roseanne: TV Reboot Will Bring Her A New Generation Of Fans
Roseanne Barr rose to fame in the late 80s/early 90s thanks to her hit TV show, Roseanne. But her erratic behavior along with her many marriages painted her in a negative light in the press. Following the end of the show in 1997, Roseanne struggled to maintain her success. She had bit parts in movies and launched a short-lived reality show, but it seemed her career was over.
But in 2018, Barr is scheduled to make a comeback. In the age of TV reboots, ABC decided to revive the hit show. The original cast, including Barr, has filmed episodes for the upcoming season, which will premiere in the spring. With the revival coming, Roseanne will not only be a welcome treat for longtime viewers of the show, but it’ll also bring in a new legion of fans.