14 Celebrities who’ve had a Sudden Fall from Grace

Just like the rest of us, celebrities make mistakes. Unlike the rest of us, celebs are under constant scrutiny and their gaffes rarely seem to go unnoticed. Fame is fickle and one wrong move can easily turn a rising star into a falling one. Here are 14 celebrities whose mistakes caused their careers to tank virtually overnight.

Lance Armstrong

Cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong was once a household name and one of the most revered athletes in the world. Not only had he won the Tour de France title 7 consecutive times, his cancer foundation Livestrong raised more than $500 million for cancer research making Armstrong a hero in the eyes of many. But in 2012, Armstrong finally admitted that the long swirling rumors were true; he’d been using performing enhancing drugs throughout his whole career. Armstrong’s Tour de France titles were revoked soon after and the cyclist was slapped with a lifetime ban.

Josh Duggar

Sometimes sex scandals can actually bolster your career, but not if it’s one that was built on “family values” and you’re Josh Duggar. This 19 Kids and Counting star grew out of his uber-Christian reality TV family and into a life as a husband and a political lobbyist who claimed to be fighting for “Christian values.” But in 2015, it was revealed that as a teenager Duggar had molested 5 underage girls, four of whom were his own sisters, and that he was active on the adultery website Ashley Madison. Duggar resigned from his lobbyist position and TLC swiftly pulled the family’s TV show off the air.

Gary Glitter

This British glam rock musician enjoyed great success throughout the 1970s and 80s, and was poised to make a comeback in the 90s with his planned cameo in the Spice Girls’ blockbuster Spice World. However, shortly before the film’s release, Gary Glitter was charged with possession of child pornography, which lead to his role being swiftly cut from the film. Glitter only served 4 months for that charge, but has been accused of many more stomach-turning crimes since. Currently, Glitter is serving a 16-year sentence for multiple rape charges involving underage girls.

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