6. Demi Lovato
Demetria Devonne Lovato was also put in front of the camera as a child. She starred in Barney and Friends and was later cast in a Disney short series called As the Bell Rings in 2007.
She had several solo music releases, and in 2009, she scored the lead role in Sonny with a Chance. Since then, she’s only grown more famous. Demi has spoken about her rise to fame and said that it was a factor in her eating disorders and drug addictions.
She stated, “I didn’t think I would make it to 21, [and I] couldn’t go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine.” Demi even cut herself and abused prescription pills. Around 19, she acknowledged her issues and sought help. Good job, Demi.
5. Lady Gaga
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (aka Lady Gaga) joined a local band at 19, which gained her some fans and attention. In 2006, she was signed to Def Jam Records but was dropped from the label after three short months.
However, Vince Herbert signed Gaga to Streamline Records, an imprint of Interscope Records, in 2007. She toured in Europe and US gay clubs. But it wasn’t until 2009 that “Just Dance” really catapulted her career.
Since then, Gaga has actually gone in depth about her fame, describing it as lonely: “I don’t think I could think of a single thing that’s more isolating than being famous.” She never wanted to be famous and considered quitting music because of it.
Gaga painted a sad picture of extreme isolation for all her fans. “I hid a lot . . . to preserve my image as a superstar to my fans,” she said. “[It] really drove me crazy.”