For every little kid who one day dreams of being famous, there's a modern-day celebrity intent on squandering their luck. It seems like up-and-coming actors, musicians, artists, and athletes have to focus as much on what they don't do—or don't get caught doing—as much as the specific career decisions that they make.
Pop singers, especially, are a group of primadonnas who tend to tilt in the direction of wacky, zany, and downright bizarre behavior. It's possible that having an entourage around with no one who ever says, "No," to a celebrity ends up warping their perspective.
On the other hand, some pop stars seem to revel in controversy. But the public will only put up with so much. Keep scrolling for 16 pop stars who have reached their limit for mistakes this year.
16 Selena Gomez - Going Back to Disney?
Selena Gomez generally has her act together, at least she has since she made the very wise decision to split from Justin Bieber. She's clearly started making good decisions, but rumors have swirled that she might be considering a return to her Disney Days, with a potential reboot of Wizards of Waverly Place on the horizon.
15 Taylor Swift - Those Ads
Taylor Swift always seems to be working a little hard to get people to like her. The sad part is that no matter how great she might be, all these little attempts always end up extremely cringeworthy. Her latest ad campaign for Capital One is no different, trying to paint the perfect girl as some kind of klutzy girl next door.
14 Lady Gaga - Feeling Large and In Charge
Lady Gaga doesn't get much leeway for her behavior, perhaps because she is so provocative on a regular basis. She's actually kept things pretty calm since graduating to Oscar-winner status, though it seems that she may have made the mistake of letting the statue go to her head, since she's apparently turned down a role in Little Shop of Horrors.
13 Britney Spears - Family Struggles
After the long career and all its ups and downs, Britney Spears seemed to have things mostly on an even keel for the last few years. But recently, news outlets have broken the sad story that Brit's dad might be in a bit of trouble for domestic violence—against her son. Now, letting dad around when he's in a rage is definitely a bad idea.
12 Adele - The Waiting Game
Adele is one of the world's most successful vocalists, seemingly breaking records with every new record (sorry) she releases. Adele recently endured a split with her husband, Simon Konecki, though she then made the mistake of waiting months before actually filing for divorce, which never looks good when it comes to the legal proceedings.
11 Rihanna - Who, Me?
Rihanna may receive all the criticism in the world—for her relationships with men, her love for wine, for texting in a theater during the show—but it's clear she just doesn't care. Just in the last few days, Rihanna got caught texting during the controversial Slave Play on Broadway. Apparently, the rules don't apply to Bad Gal Ri Ri.
10 Beyonce - Colin Kaepernick's Issues
Colin Kaepernick made a difficult decision when he began the protest movement among NFL players, one that certainly affected his career as a football player. He's received very public support from celebrities like Jay-Z and Beyonce, though that superpower of a couple probably needs to think twice before Kaepernick finds out about Beyonce's deal with Disney and Jay-Z's deal with the NFL.
9 Justin Bieber - Stay Home
Justin Bieber is another pop star who has gone through more than his fair share of scandals, large or small. Many of them stem from his own antics, though some are definitely blown out of proportion by a media environment just waiting for him to mess up. Knowing this, Bieber should stay out of the limelight—and yet he made a weird comment on a video posted by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.
8 Miley Cyrus - Splitting With Liam
The proportion of former Disney child stars who make it big and then go through extended rough patches is shockingly high. Miley Cyrus is one of the quintessential examples, though she has managed to negotiate her way through the terrain and have a solid career. But she's recently split from husband Liam Hemsworth—and Hemsworth reportedly found out about it on social media.
7 Shawn Mendes - That Kiss Video
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes might be the freshest pop star couple on the planet right now, but that doesn't make them immune from bad decisions. In fact, given the typical behavior of pop stars, they're almost destined to mess up. In comparison to other, more serious scandals, though, the video that Mendes posted of a kiss was a minor mistake.
6 Camila Cabello - That Vid, Though
The kissing video that prompted Justin Bieber's comment might have been made as part of a joke, though the rest of the world was just left wondering why the duo decided to post it online. Especially, it turns out, given how many times they've been caught or photographed smooching in real life like more mature, more normal pop stars.
5 The Weeknd - I Mustache You A Question
On Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis famously asked Justin Bieber what was next for his career after three hairdos. Whether this was criticism of Bieber's career or a statement about our society's obsession with celebrities is debatable. Our society's obsession with celebrities, though, is not debatable—to the extent that The Weeknd's new mustache has Bruno Mars fans in uproar.
4 Nicki Minaj - Retirement
Nicki Minaj is nothing if not dramatic, but even for her, the recent spontaneous announcement of her retirement from hip hop seemed excessive (and implausible). Whether or not she will actually be able to stay away from the limelight and raise a family remains to be seen, though most fans will definitely consider the announcement a big mistake.
3 Jennifer Lopez - Got Her Digits
This is a mistake that didn't actually happen this year, though the news did break recently. Apparently, former One Direction boy-band member Liam Payne managed to score himself Jennifer Lopez's digits. First of all, J Lo should know better. Second of all, she should know better. And lastly, Liam Payne should know about A Rod and keep his mouth shut.
2 Robin Thicke - In The News Again
Robin Thicke's career may be more than the sum of its part, though the "Blurred Lines" part is definitely his biggest hit. The adult version of that song's music video was clearly designed to be controversial—though it would prove less controversial than the sampling and lyrics. Thicke has to tread on thin ice for the rest of his life, something that recent news of a car accident sure didn't mesh with.
1 Sheryl Crow - A Swift Mistake
Any celeb who has been around the entertainment industry for as long as Sheryl Crow should know when to keep out of the news. And yet, Crow went right ahead and stuck her neck out into the meat grinder when she decided to comment on a row Taylor Swift is going through about her recording masters. Just leave it alone, Sheryl.
Sources: Daily Mail, Billboard, and Wikipedia.