7 ‘90s Celebs Who Went Broke
Just like slap-on bracelets, Tamagotchis and skinny eyebrows, we thought these ‘90s stars would be around forever — but alas, it was not meant to be. Here are 7 stars whose popularity, along with their fortunes, faded out once that glorious decade was over.
Back in the ‘90s, Brendan Fraser seemed destined for a long career as a versatile leading man. Whether he was playing a dim but loveable hero in George of the Jungle, a dashing adventurer in The Mummy or a contemplative intellectual in School Ties, Fraser seemed to be able to do it all; but it turns out the one thing he couldn’t do was sustain it.
In the decade that followed, the roles dwindled along with his hairline and in 2013, Fraser asked a Connecticut court to reduce his $50,000 a month alimony payments to keep him from going completely broke. Someone for the love of god help this man out and make Monkeybone 2 happen!
This R&B sweetheart is no stranger to financial trouble, having filed for bankruptcy in 1998 and again in 2010. The “Un-Break My Heart” songstress mostly blames the exploitative music industry for her woes, claiming that their habit of doling out advances kept her in debt. She also claimed that she was only paid a measly $1,972 in royalties for her first album despite it earning more than $170 million worldwide. The singer did own up to having an addiction to home décor, saying she “kind of lost it a little” when it came to buying dishes, sheets and Faberge eggs.
Your old collection of ‘90s baseball cards might be worth more than Jose Canseco himself nowadays. The six-time All-Star and double World Series champ filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Nevada in 2012, citing less than $21,000 in assets and $1.7 million in liabilities. He also owed more than half a million to the IRS and blames the government for his woes, even going so far as to pen a guest column for Vice Magazine called, “I’m Broke and It’s the Government’s Fault”. In it he poses the question, “If the government prints its own money, why are we in debt?” which explains why he’s so terrible with money.