The 9 Most Iconic Celebrity Breakdowns Of All Time


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While the everyday betch’s mental breakdowns are only fully experienced by her therapist, closest friends, and the random stranger who told her she looked tired today, celebrity breakdowns are a whole different story. When stars fall from grace, they fall hard, making drastic hair choices, launching into social media tirades, getting arrested, and doing other life-ruining activities in an impressively short period of time. Many stars can recover from a very public and horrific meltdown, but we’ll always remember them in our hearts and (hopefully not) our mirrors on our worst days. Here are our top celebrity breakdowns of all time:

1. Britney Spears

Britney’s iconic 2007 breakdown was a formative moment for her and every betch who witnessed it. One minute she was our pop heroine, somehow pulling off a red spandex jumpsuit, and the next, she had a shaved head, was randomly attacking photographers, and in and out of rehab more times than we could keep track of. It was all too much to handle, but TBH who could blame her after being married to K-Fed for five minutes? We’re just glad Brit’s back on track and hotter than ever, since we always knew she would pull through.

2. Tom Cruise

It’s hard to believe it’s been 12 years since Tom Cruise lost his goddamn mind on Oprah and started jumping on couches, because of how much he was “in love” with his girlfriend/kidnap victim, Katie Holmes. It’s all a little less endearing now that we know he’s a leader of the Scientology religion cult and essentially brainwashed her, but his breakdown will still go down in infamy as the day this former heartthrob officially became a public train wreck.

3. Lindsay Lohan

Ohhh, Lindsay. While we’ll always privately idolize her for playing Annie, Hallie, and Cady Heron, homegirl has had serious issues for over a decade now. She’s got more mugshots than we have profile pictures, and has generally made her party-hard drug habits way too public for comfort. Her mom, Dina, is completely batshit, which definitely hasn’t helped her child star syndrome, but we’re still hoping she’ll recover at least enough for a sequel. Pray for Lindsay, y’all.

4. Amanda Bynes

Another tragic child star case, Amanda Bynes went from to She’s Cray way too quickly. While her spiral started off as somewhat average (a few DUIs) and entertaining (no one can forget her epic tweet from March 2013: “I want @drake to murder my vagina”), things got real dark real fast. She’s been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and manic depression and has since taken some much needed time to recover from this very real breakdown.

5. Justin Bieber

Give a fuckboy millions of dollars and more attention than any human being deserves, and you’re going to have a problem: hence, Justin Bieber. While there hasn’t been any single episode that’s been enough to put him over the edge, the Biebs’ odd behavior over the last few years has ruined his formerly innocent reputation and made us question whether a few screws might be loose up there. He’s been charged with assault and vandalism, walked around Boston barefoot, and cancelled all fan meetings on his Purpose tour in the following Instagram post:

“Love u guys.. I’m going to be canceling my meet and greets. I enjoy meeting such incredible people but I end up feeling so drained and filled with so much of other people’s spiritual energy that I end up so drained and unhappy…”

Not. Normal.

6. Kanye West

Yeezy’s been known to do a lot of insane shit, so this one might be classified as more of an ongoing unraveling of his psyche. The origin of Kanye’s breakdown was arguably in 2009, during the VMAs, when he interrupted Taylor Swift to praise Beyoncé (honestly, fair), and since then has been known for being a crazed egomaniac. Last year, he was forced to cancel his Saint Pablo Tour due to an emotional breakdown, which landed him in the hospital, and later had a meeting with then President-Elect Trump. Unclear which of those is more concerning.

7. Mischa Barton

In 2009, two years after ended, Mischa Barton had a very public meltdown, as a result of the classic combo of too much fame and substance abuse. She later told in 2013 it was like something “Straight out of ,” which we can all confirm based on the terrifying photos at that time, which I still refuse to believe are actually her. Earlier this year, a concerning video surfaced of her screaming about the end of the world, but we’re hoping this is a minor incident compared to what happened last time.

8. Rob Kardashian

This breakdown is still fresh, as the entire Kardashian family is struggling to do damage control after Rob’s social media blowout with Blac Chyna this summer, when he publicly posted her nudes and accused her of cheating. Anyone who’s been keeping up with the Kardashians knows that Rob has been on a steady decline for a while now, and this incident clearly was the breaking point. It was insane, scandalous, and an incredible mental lapse that none of us will forget for a very long time. See also: Lamar Odom, another v infamous breakdown attached to this family.

9. Katy Perry

Are we calling this a breakdown yet? IDK, but whatever TF has been going on with Katy Perry recently has her qualifying as unstable in our book. Her blonde pixie haircut a few months ago was questionable, but not necessarily alarming, until she officially lost her shit on and started ripping off wigs at the . This is a developing story, but so far she’s looking like a plastic bag floating in the wind more and more every day.

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