This article was originally published on Kueez
Being a child star can't be easy, and plenty of our favorites end up making mistakes during their teen years. Just because you are rich and famous doesn't mean your life is perfect, a reminder we've seen with many celebrities that grew up in the spotlight. From DUIs to armed robbery, these kid stars hit rock bottom and, while some of them managed to save their reputation, others forever lost their family-friendly image. Let's see who has gone off the rails and who reclaimed their place in the spotlight.
1. Stoney Westmoreland From Andi Mack
You may remember Stoney Westmoreland as Henry "Ham" Mack from Andi Mack. He was Andi's dad-turned-grandfather, but there was a time when they stopped showing him on screen. That was because he was fired from the show after being arrested in 2018.
Westmoreland was arrested for allegedly going online to have inappropriate relations with underage children. He was charged with six felonies, and he was arrested in the same city where Andi Mack was filming. Most of the cast were minors, and it was uncomfortable for everyone.
2. David Henrie From Wizards Of Waverly Place
David Henrie was the older brother we had a love-hate relationship with on Wizards of Waverly Place, and we always thought he was such a good influence because even his character was responsible. However, he made a huge mistake in 2018.
While traveling through LAX, Henrie was arrested for walking around with a loaded gun. He then took to Twitter to say, "I take responsibility for the situation at LAX." However, he legally owned the gun, but he got two years of probation, and we think we can forgive him.
3. Debby Ryan From Jessie
Debbie Ryan got her start on Suite Life on Deck and then went on to star in her own Disney show, Jessie. She was a role model for many young girls, but in 2016 her reputation changed when she was charged with a DUI. She was remorseful for her actions, and that might have helped with sentencing.
Ryan crashed her car into another car and failed the field sobriety test, which led to her arrest. Although she was not given jail time, Ryan had to do three years of probation. Despite losing her Disney reputation, she still got to star in the Netflix series, Insatiable; however, the reviews were not great.
4. Jake T. Austin From Wizards Of Waverly Place
As the youngest Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place, Jake T. Austin grew up before our eyes, but his time in the spotlight might not have been the best for him. In 2013, Austin was involved in a 4-car hit-and-run crash, and when the officers arrived on the scene, Austin wasn't there.
Fast forward to 2014, Jake was charged with a hit-and-run; however, he was found not guilty and didn't have to appear in court. The judge said Austin reported the incident to the cops within a reasonable amount of time; therefore, he got away with his crimes.
5. Amanda Bynes From The Amanda Show
While we all should have known something was up with Amanda Bynes when she retired from acting in 2010, un-retired, then deleted her Twitter feed, no one expected her to get arrested. The former child actress had some incredibly erratic behavior leading to her arrest, like getting into multiple car accidents and dramatically altering her appearance.
Bynes' first arrest was for criminal possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence, and reckless endangerment. The ex-Nickelodeon star was also arrested for driving on a suspended license, and her former rival, Lindsay Lohan, was mad that Bynes wasn't in jail like her.
6. Phill Lewis From The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody
Most people aren't aware of this, but before we knew Phil Lewis as Mr. Mosbey on Suite Life of Zach & Cody, he committed a serious crime. When he was 24-years-old, he was sentenced to a year in jail for killing a 21-year-old woman while driving drunk.
Lewis was convicted for manslaughter, and in addition to jail time, Lewis was given two-years probation and 350 hours of community service. We are surprised that Disney Channel still hired him. At the time of the accident, Lewis's blood-alcohol level measured three times the legal limit.
7. Kelli Berglund From Lab Rats
Kelli Berglund is best known for her role on Disney Channel's Lab Rats, Lab Rats: Elite Force, and How to Build a Better Boy. She is part of the newer generation of Disney Channel stars, but that hasn't stopped her from getting into a bit of trouble like the actors that preceded her.
In 2016, Berglund was arrested at Coachella after being caught with a fake ID. While it is not the worst crime someone could commit, it didn't look good for her wholesome reputation. At the time, she was 20-years-old, and just one year away from the legal drinking age.
8. Shia LaBeouf From Even Stevens
Over the years, we have seen Shia LaBeouf go from Disney Channel star to big-time action movie star to going off the deep end. Throughout the years, LaBeouf has been arrested multiple times, and the first one was when he was just nine for stealing a pair of shoes.
LaBeouf has been arrested for everything from bar fighting to drunk driving. Most recently, he has been caught up in an abuse scandal with his former girlfriend, FKA Twigs. Once she came out about the abuse, other previous girlfriends also confirmed her story.
9. William Brent (aka Billy Unger) From Lab Rats
Like his Lab Rats co-star, William Brent also got in trouble with the law. However, his offense was worse than being caught with a fake ID. The Disney XD star was arrested in 2014 for a DUI, which is definitely not the reputation Disney wanted for their brand.
Initially, Brent was pulled over for speeding and then arrested because he was under the influence. His BAC was the legal limit, but he was only 18 at the time of the arrest, and the legal drinking age is 21. He was released, but it definitely tarnished his reputation.
10. Kirsten Storms From The Zenon
Zetus lapetus! Remember Kirsten Storms from Zenon? She kind of fell off the face of the earth, and there might be a reason why. In 2007, she was arrested for a DUI when officers pulled her over for throwing a cigarette out the window while driving down the freeway.
What was supposed to be a littering infraction turned into an arrest after Storms failed the field sobriety test. Since her Disney days, she hasn't really done much acting, but she will always be iconic for being the girl of the 21st century.
11. Macaulay Culkin From Home Alone
At just 10-years-old, Macaulay Culkin was thrust into the spotlight when Home Alone became a blockbuster hit. While he did take a break from acting after starring in a few different films, that didn't stop him from getting into trouble as he got older.
In 2004, Culkin was driving through Oklahoma City when he was arrested for possession of marijuana and prescription drugs. He received a suspended prison sentence and had to pay a fine. The paparazzi got some crazy shots of him over the years, but he seems to have his life together these days.
12. Dutch Whitlock From High School Musical
"I play the cello." The skater boy who wanted to share his cello skills during "Stick to the Status Quo" in High School Musical might not have gone on to fulfill his musical dreams. Dutch Whitlock only had a minor role in the hit Disney Channel original movie, and then he lost any chance of getting more roles.
Just two years after High School Musical, Whitlock robbed a pizza place at gunpoint. He was sentenced to a year in jail and three years of probation. This photo shows how he definitely looked nothing like he did in the movie, and it's sad that he went from being in one of the most iconic teen movies to jail.
13. Lindsay Lohan From The Parent Trap
When Lindsay Lohan was young, she starred in one of our all-time favorite movies, The Parent Trap. She was such a promising actress with films like Freaky Friday, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and Mean Girls. However, starting in 2007, she fell in with the wrong crowd, and things went south.
From 2007 to 2012, Lohan had a string of arrests for DUIs, cocaine possession, and driving with a suspended license. We got many iconic mugshots throughout these years, but it hurt her reputation as an actress, and she never fully recovered from this bad PR.
14. Orlando Brown From That's So Raven
We all knew Orlando Brown as Raven's best friend Eddie on That's So Raven and, after the show, we don't know what went wrong, but he turned into a completely different person. He was arrested for DUIs, domestic battery, and felony drug possession throughout the years.
In 2018, there was a warrant out for his arrest, and Brown was captured by bounty hunters because he failed to appear in court. He also made a bizarre appearance on Dr. Phil because his manager and friends were concerned about his downward spiral of addiction, homelessness, and mental health struggles.
15. Anneliese Van Der Pol From That's So Raven
Like her co-star Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol, who played Chelsea on That's So Raven, got in trouble with the law right before the show's final season. In 2006, van der Pol was arrested for drunk driving and plead no contest to a DUI one year later.
It was reported that van der Pol's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. She was given 36 months of probation and had to pay fines. It seems that starting a career in the spotlight can make you do some crazy things.
16. Mitchel Musso From Hannah Montana
Who else had a crush on Mitchel Musso when he played Oliver on Hannah Montana? After the show ended, he tried to get away from the Disney Channel reputation and focus on his music career. However, in 2011, Musso was arrested for a DUI.
Musson was posted on $5,000 bail and was released from jail. He was no longer the "Smokin' Oaken" we knew and loved, but most of his castmates also went a little off the rails after their days on Hannah Montana.
17. Audrey Whitby From So Random!
While many other people on this list were arrested for DUIs or robbery, Aubrey Whitby was just expressing her right to free speech. After the 2016 presidential election, Whitby took part in a peaceful protest and ended up getting arrested.
Although it was a peaceful protest, Whitby said the officers pointed batons, tear gas, and non-lethal guns at them. She was arrested and harassed by an officer who questioned if she even voted, and was later released with a citation.
18. Lalaine From Lizzie McGuire
Remember Miranda from Lizzie McGuire? We all wondered why she wasn't in The Lizzie McGuire Movie, and while it had nothing to do with her future crimes, it was a little disappointing not to see her. A few years later, her life took a dark turn, and she was arrested for drug possession in 2007.
Lalaine was charged with possession of crystal meth, and she didn't show up for her court date, so the judge issued a $50,000 bench warrant for her arrest. She eventually showed up and enrolled in the Asian American Drug Abuse Program.
19. Daniel Samonas From Wizards Of Waverly Place
Daniel Samonas played the bad boy boyfriend of Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place, and in real life, he turned out to be a bit of a rebel. In 2018, Samonas was arrested for a DUI at Burning Man. He had been driving recklessly in a populated area of the city when the police pulled him over.
His arrest came shortly after David Henrie's arrest, but it seems like people weren't as quick to forgive him. It's a good thing Alex's parents warned her about Dean because they had the correct idea about him.
20. Adam Hicks From Lemonade Mouth
From 2009 to 2013, Adam Hicks was the face of Disney Channel. He starred in the DCOM Lemonade Mouth and Zeke and Luther. Hicks also appeared on Jonas and Pair of Kings, and it seemed like he was going to have a very successful career, but in 2018, his world changed forever.
In 2018, Hicks was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery. It was reported that Hicks and his girlfriend, Danni Tamburo, held people at gunpoint and demanded them to hand over money and valuable items. His attorneys said he had mental health issues, but he ended up being held on bail for half a million dollars.
21. Mischa Barton From The O.C.
Mischa Barton got her start in Disney's A Ring of Endless Light, but she didn't make it big until her starring role on The O.C. However, as she grew to stardom, the pressures of Hollywood hit her hard. In 2007, Barton was arrested for a DUI after weaving between two lanes of traffic.
Barton took responsibility for her actions, and she was really disappointed in herself. She said that it put her in a group of famous girls that she didn't want to be associated with, but she managed to bring herself out of this hole and revive her career a few years later.
22. Britney Spears From The Mickey Mouse Club
Since the release of Framing Britney Spears, people are making more sense of Britney's downward spiral in 2008. After getting her start on The Mickey Mouse Club as a child, Britney quickly grew to fame with her music career, but things went south starting in 2007.
Britney was charged with a hit-and-run, and she was driving without a valid license. A year later, she was arrested and taken away by ambulance after refusing to hand her children over to her ex-husband. As new evidence shows, she has been manipulated, abused, and while we're not saying that Spears isn't ultimately responsible for her own choices, there still needs to be justice for Britney.
23. Ryan Merriman From Smart House
You might remember Ryan Merriman from iconic DCOM classics like Smart House, Luck of the Irish, and A Ring of Endless Light. In 2011, he was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence in California. According to reports, he was initially pulled over for stopping past the solid line at a red light.
When the police stopped him, it would have been a small ticket or just a warning, but the cop suspected that Merriman wasn't sober. Following his arrest, he was able to revive his acting career with roles in Pretty Little Liars, 42, and Hawaii Five-0.
24. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber might not have been a child actor, but he did gain his fame very early on in life. His albums were regularly on Radio Disney, and millions of children looked up to him. However, being famous at such a young age lead him down a troubled path, subsequently leading to his arrest.
During his bad boy phase, Bieber was charged with assault, careless driving, DUI, suspicion of a DUI, vandalism, and drag racing. However, he got the help he needed and stays out of trouble these days. Most of his songs now are about how he got out of that headspace.
25. Jake Lloyd From Star Wars the Phantom Menace
Jake Lloyd, who played Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, was arrested in South Carolina after leading police on a high-speed chase. He crashed off the side of the road, but he was not intoxicated at the time of his arrest.
Lloyd was charged for failing to stop for officers, resisting arrest, reckless driving, and driving without a license. Despite gaining fame at such a young age, he once said that his school life was horrible, and it might have been what lead to his behavior later in life.
26. Haley Joel Osment From The Sixth Sense
Sixth Sense star Haley Joel Osment was a young budding actor when he rose to fame at just 10-years-old. However, the pressures of fame took over his life, and he was charged with three misdemeanors at just 18-years-old. He got a DUI, and his blood-alcohol level was double the legal limit.
Osment lost control of his car and flipped it, but he was lucky to walk away with just a broken rib and hurt shoulder. Because it was his first offense, he was given probation and had to go to alcohol treatment. It is a miracle that he wasn't severely injured in the crash.
27. Bug Hall From The Little Rascals
Remember Alfalfa from The Little Rascals? This is him in more recent years. Bug Hall was arrested last year on suspicion of huffing air duster cans. Officers were called to his hotel for a possible overdose, and they found the cans in his room.
Hall was held on a $1,500 bond a released a few days later. The charges against him were dropped, and we hope he is getting the help he needs in a treatment facility. Childhood actors go through so much, and it can really affect them later in life.
28. Demi Lovato From Camp Rock
Although Demi Lovato was never arrested, she has had a troubled history with drugs and alcohol throughout her adult life. While trying to maintain her perfect Disney image, Lovato became addicted to cocaine when she was just 17. She became so reliant on the drug that she smuggled it onto an airplane.
Lovato made her first trip to rehab at 18 and was sober for six years before relapsing. In 2018, she was rushed to the hospital for an overdose, where she had three strokes, a heart attack, and still has brain damage almost three years after the incident.
29. Jodie Sweetin From Full House
Jodie Sweetin grew up before our eyes as Stephanie Tanner on Full House. However, when the show wrapped in 1995, Sweetin turned to alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine, and methamphetamine for fifteen years until she eventually got treatment when she gave birth to her two daughters.
Since she got clean and came back into the public eye, Sweetin has been a public advocate for addiction and recovery. She even helped her former co-star John Stamos following his DUI, and he credits her for giving him a new lease on life.
30. Aaron Carter
Aaron Carter was the boy of our dreams after he appeared on Lizzie McGuire. "I Want Candy" was a classic, but Aaron Carter changed quite a lot as he got older. In 2017, Carter was arrested in Georgia for a DUI and marijuana possession.
His arrest led to his older brother, Nick Carter, tweeting that he loves and cares about him, which angered Aaron because his brother should have called or texted instead of tweeting. Carter has denied the rumors about drug use and said he doesn't need rehab.
31. Taran Noah Smith From Home Improvement
Known as the youngest member of the Taylor family on Home Improvement, Taran Noah Smith grew up on TV, and then people wondered what happened to him until his 2012 arrest. The former sitcom star was arrested for a DUI and drug possession.
After the show went off the air, Smith retired from acting but only made headlines after suing his parents once they tried to take money from his trust fund. Smith has since pulled himself together and even had his own vegan cheese company.
32. Edward Furlong From Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Former Terminator 2: Judgement Day star Edward Furlong got into some trouble with the law in 2013 when he hid from the cops, but was caught and arrested for violating a protection order. The order was put in place after he was arrested for a domestic disturbance.
Throughout his adult years, Furlong struggled with alcoholism and drug abuse and went to rehab a few times. However, he was still hired to reprise the role that made him famous in Terminator: Dark Fate. Hopefully, he can stay on the right path.
33. Shaun Weiss From Heavyweights
Shaun Weiss grew to fame in the '90s for his roles in Heavyweights and Mighty Ducks, but he struggled to start a career as a screenwriter, and his life took a sharp turn in the wrong direction. Last year, he made headlines for his criminal activities throughout the years, and his mugshot showed a dramatic change.
The former actor broke into a residential property through a garage window, broke into a car, and fell asleep until the owner found him. He admitted to his crimes on the scene, and after living on the streets for three years, he got sober, fixed his teeth, and looks like a completely different man.
34. Selena Gomez From Wizards Of Waverly Place
While Selena Gomez hasn't had run-ins with the law like her former co-stars, the former Disney Channel star has been in rehab a few times. Throughout her career, Gomez has been very transparent about her physical and mental health struggles.
In 2014, Gomez went to rehab for her lupus diagnosis, and she needed time out of the spotlight. She also checked herself into rehab for anxiety and depression in 2016. Gomez was also hospitalized in 2018 relating to her mental health state, but she has been doing well since then, and she is now an advocate for mental health.
35. Mary-Kate Olsen From Full House
Mary-Kate Olsen was less than a year old when she started acting, so she and her sister literally grew up in the public eye, which couldn't have been easy. As she got older, Mary-Kate started partying with the wrong crowd, and her looks were always criticized by the media, which lead to her eating disorder and cocaine use.
Mary-Kate decided to check herself into rehab because of her ED, and it was probably the best decision she could have made. However, it was right before she started college, and she did some serious partying, which wasn't great for her public image at the time.
36. Zac Efron From High School Musical
The world was introduced to Zac Efron when he was already 18, but that didn't stop him from getting into drugs, alcohol, and partying like other Disney alum. He went from clean-cut teen star to cocaine shame and rehab. In 2013, Efron spiraled out of control and checked himself into rehab for his cocaine addiction.
Efron has been very vocal about his drug-filled past and said the battle is never-ending. Despite his addiction struggles, he has managed to land many large roles following his return to the acting world in 2014. His good looks definitely helped him out.
37. Dustin Diamond From Saved by the Bell
Former Saved By The Bell star Dustin Diamond is another child star who went down the wrong path. In 2014, Diamond was involved in a bar brawl in Wisconsin, and a man was stabbed, which lead to his arrest. Diamond was sentenced to four months in prison for carrying a concealed weapon.
Diamond only spent three months in prison and was released on probation. Sadly, in January 2021, he worried friends when he told them he was diagnosed with cancer but was too afraid to seek treatment. Shortly after, Diamond was rushed to the hospital because his condition was severe, and he passed away on February 1.
38. Miley Cyrus From Hannah Montana
Miley Cyrus was once a role model for young women everywhere until she left Disney. Once Hannah Montana was over, Cyrus started to perform raunchier numbers leading up to her scandalous 2013 VMA performance with Robin Thicke.
Her wholesome image was destroyed, and Cyrus became very open about her marijuana use. It felt like she changed over-night, but maybe that is who she was all along behind the blonde wig and layered accessories.
39. Jamie Waylett From Harry Potter
Jaime Waylett once played Hogwarts bully Vincent Crabbe in Harry Potter, but he was not much different from his character. Waylett was arrested for rioting with a Molotov cocktail in 2011. The young actor had trouble adjusting to fame following the success of the films.
However, the 2011 arrest wasn't his first. In 2009, Waylett was arrested for marijuana possession. He did not return for the two films of the series, and fans were shocked to find out this news. One person wrote on Reddit, " I guess he wasn't acting after all."
40. Tom Guiry From The Sandlot
Sandlot star Tom Guiry, who played Smalls, went down the wrong path in his adult life. In 2013, the former actor was charged with headbutting a cop after trying to kick him in the face. Guiry was at an airport in Huston when an airline employee said he was too drunk to fly.
The airline employee contacted an airport cop. Guiry then started verbally attacking the officer, which escalated to physical violence. He was released shortly after his arrest. All we have to say is, "You're killing us, Smalls."