Top 5 Disney Stars Gone Bad

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The very existence of the expression “Disney stars gone bad” shows just how often this entertainment theme plays out. A young Disney film or television star, often tied closely to a lead role in a popular kid-friendly show, goes through a predictable transformation to young adulthood. The most prominent cases of Disney stars going bad often center around a simultaneous transition into on-screen grown-up antics and off-screen arrests.

5 Demi Lovato

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Just 20 years old as of mid-2013, Demi Lovato certainly has plenty of time to restore her once pristine image. The star of Disney TV hits “Camp Rock” and “Sonny with a Chance” has been very open with her struggles with bulimia, substance abuse and bipolar disorder. She completed drug and alcohol rehab in 2011. In fact, Lovato expressed concern that her friend Cyrus could face the same fate in a July 2013 MTV article.

4 Vanessa Hudgens

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It may be a bit premature to say that Vanessa Hudgens has gone completely bad, but as of 2013, she has certainly removed some of the good-girl cheerleader sheen she displayed in the 2006 Disney hit “High School Musical.” Personally, Hudgens has dealt with a couple of notorious Internet nude picture scandals. Professionally, she stated her case as a bad girl in the high sexual and violent March 2013 film release “Spring Breakers.”

3 Lindsay Lohan

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Long before battling drugs, bad driving habits and her parents, Lindsay Lohan played the cute twins in the 1998 Disney family film “The Parent Trap.” The fresh-faced girl was such a hit, Disney used her in several other films, including “Freaky Friday” with Jamie Lee Curtis, “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” and “Herbie: Fully Loaded.” Lohan’s slide began in 2007 with two drunk driving arrests, three rehab stints and a brief stop in jail. Lohan has continued to struggle with drugs and legal issues in the years since.

2 Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus made one of the most rapid descents for a hugely popular Disney star. The actress and singer, who endeared herself to kids everywhere as “Hannah Montana,” has definitely changed her rep as a young woman. Sexually charged music videos, an eager desire to appear scantily-clad in front of paparazzi and on magazine covers, and family conflicts played out on Twitter are among Cyrus’ young adult endeavors.

1 Britney Spears

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You could say Britney Spears is the founder of the “Disney stars gone bad” club as one of its earliest and most prominent members. Spears famously broke away from her cute girl image of the “The New Mickey Mouse Club” days with sensual lyrics and a racy music video for her break out January 1999 hit “Baby One More Time.” Spears music and videos became even racier, but her off-screen antics escalated her bad-girl image. A nervous breakdown, a one-day Vegas marriage and a prolonged lip lock with Madonna on the MTV Music Awards were among Spears’ most infamous antics.

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