Most celebrities are indeed known for their talents or personalities, their luxurious lifestyles, or sometimes their scandals. Some famous people were caught up in big scandals, including affairs, arrests, or personal breakdowns. From abrupt television personality departures to stars getting canceled, Hollywood A-listers certainly gave fans plenty to talk about.
With today’s paparazzi and tabloids, it is extremely hard for the rich and famous to live public lives without controversy. While many celebrities ruined their whole careers, some found they just couldn’t shake tarnished reputations, or even managed to bounce back.
We’ve rounded up 11 celebrities who dealt with their scandals intelligently.
#1 Charlie Sheen
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Charlie Sheen’s scandals never seem to end. The actor was fired from “Two and a Half Men” and suffered a public meltdown. He also embraced his antics when taking part in a Comedy Central Roast, doing a Fiat commercial that made him sentenced to house arrest. However, Sheen opened up about his troubles, he usually had a way of making others feel for him. Now, he’s got a brand new show on FX.
#2 Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson had controversies over the years. Her nude photos went viral that shocked many fans. However, the actress reacted in a much more lighthearted fashion. She told Vanity Fair “I know my best angles…There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not like I was shooting a porno”.
#3 Alec Baldwin
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Alec Baldwin played an online game before the flight took off, so the actor was kicked off the plane. When the story made headlines, he took part in Saturday Night Live to poke fun at the situation.
#4 Demi Lovato
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Demi Lovato was admitted to rehab in 2018 because of a heroin overdose. She opened up her struggles in the hope that she could inspire others. She said, “It isn’t about being perfect. It’s about overcoming issues and being able to rise above things”.
#5 Fred Willard
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Fred Willard was arrested by the LAPD at an adult movie theater. He dealt with his public embarrassment by laughing off the incident. He tweeted “Wait till you hear my version, much more PG. & my review, lousy film.”
#6 Christina Aguilera
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Christina Aguilera messed up part of the important national anthem, switching out the line O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming” with her creation of “What proudly, at the twilight’s last gleaming”. She said she hoped that everyone could feel her love for the country.
#7 Hugh Grant
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Hugh Grant was arrested for soliciting sex from a prostitute. After that, he appeared on the show The Tonight Show to poke fun at the whole debacle.
#8 Miley Cyrus
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When the images of Miley Cyrus smoking out were released on the Internet, her PR team went into full-fledged spin mode. Miley Cyrus didn’t think it was a big deal. She said, “You know you’re a stoner when your friends make you a Bob Marley cake. You know you smoke way too much fucking weed”.
#9 David Boreanaz
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David Boreanaz confessed to cheating on his wife but he took the sting out of his scandal which turned the adultery into a non-story. He considered his cheating as a bonding experience that brought him closer to his wife.
#10 Gerard Depardieu
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Because of his prostate problems, Gerard Depardieu urinated in front of many passengers of the Air France flight. The actor used the incidents as fodder for a parody video designed to market an upcoming stage project.
#11 George Michael
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George Michael confessed to soliciting sex from an undercover cop in a men’s room. He was so humiliated when the part of his identity was released by way of scandal. He regretted when not sitting with a journalist and saying “I am gay”. Now. He is an advocate in the LGBT community.