15 Shocking Photos of Celebs Before and After Drugs
If you ever listened to your parents, teachers, the D.A.R.E campaign or Mr. Mackey the school counselor from South Park, you’ll know that drugs are bad. Mmm’kay? So you don’t need us to tell you. But, in case you were in any doubt for whatever reason, we’re going to demonstrate the negative impact of narcotics. Via the medium of ‘before and after’ photographs of celebrities that have had their physical appearances radically altered by banging the old Bolivian marching powder and friends. And that ‘altering’ isn’t for the good. Drugs are bad. Mmm’kay? Mm’kay. Here are fifteen excellent examples to prove what we’re blathering on about…
The former child star of movies like The Parent Trap and Mean Girls, no one’s gone off the tracks quite as impressively as flame-haired wild child Lindsay Lohan. But it’s not just casual sex and booze that the 29 year-old has dabbled with. She’s had her fair share of drugs too. And not just the usual offenders like weed, pills and cocaine, either. We’re talking the really hard stuff. In 2010 she was pictured injecting heroin. And it’s taken its toll. She doesn’t look like she’s still in her twenties, does she?
Here’s British soap actress Daniella Westbrook. Back in the nineties, she was the biggest star of the UK’s biggest soap, EastEnders. Playing Sam Mitchell, she was pretty, fiesty and a respected actress. But an addiction (in fact, a pretty HUGE addiction) to snorting coke led to irreparable damage to her nasal septum. In fact, so bad was it that she had to have it removed… And the pictures made for some pretty shocking viewing.
Kate Moss was one of the biggest supermodels in the world for many years. A famed clotheshorse, she used to be one of the most desirable women in the world (she bagged Johnny Depp back before he was fat and old, remember…). But the girl loves a party. And it didn’t take long before partying turned to drug use and drug use turned to her appearance suffering.
Amanda Bynes is now retired from acting. The former star of flicks like She’s The Man and Hairspray has since retired from Hollywood, although – to be fair – we doubt she was in demand all that much anyway. Back when she was acting, she was pulled over for driving while under the influence of cannabis. She tried to convince cops that her bong was a vase. If only she were a better actress, they might have bought her story.
Lisa Robin Kelly played Laurie Forman on That ’70s Show had a tumultuous life that hit the skids, culminating in her drug-related death just two years ago. She had been in trouble with the law after being arrested for ‘spousal abuse’. She later passed away after ‘accidental unspecified oral multiple drug intoxication’. But here’s her mugshot from her domestic violence arrest. A startling difference. Just say no, kids.
Back in the early 2000s, Mischa Barton landed the role of Marissa Cooper on The O.C. Suddenly she was one of the up and coming names in Hollywood and everyone wanted a piece of her. She quickly succumbed to the party lifestyle and began getting mixed up with the wrong people and the wrong substances. She’s been seen in bars and clubs openly taking party drugs, much to the chagrin of her agent, no doubt.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day cast relative unknown kid actor Edward Furlong in the part of the young John Connor that Arnie’s character was sent to protect. His performance wowed audiences across the world and many in Hollywood expected a lot from him to come. And they were right. A lot of drug taking. Not much in the way of outstanding performances in front of the camera. Look at what his lifestyle did to his looks too…
The latest inductee into the world famous ’27 Club’, London-born singer Amy Winehouse had a voice to die for. Unfortunately for her and her fans, she also had a drink and drug addiction to die for too. For years, the Back to Black singer struggled with Class A drugs, eventually succumbing to her vice in 2011. There was no denying it, either. Just look at the difference between the healthy looking Amy on the left. Then glance at her emaciated twin on the right. Shocking stuff.
At one point, we all thought that little Macauley Culkin was the Peter Pan of Hollywood – the boy who would never grow up. But it turned out that while he always retained his youthful looks, the Home Alone star did grow up and gained some very adult tastes indeed. His fondness for illicit substances has clearly taken its toll too. Just check out his gaunt appearance post-‘partying’. If he’s Home Alone tonight, it’s only because he can’t find any girls to go back with.
Ah, Whitney. Poor Whitney. Arguably the finest female vocalist to ever walk the Earth, a crippling addiction to crack cocaine ended her career – and life – early. She was hooked on crack along with her husband Bobby Brown for years and managed to cover it up to a certain degree. But eventually, her erratic behavior and appearance gave her away. Sadly, she died in February 2012.
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are the cute twins who we’ve all grown up with. Stars as children, they’re both now BILLIONAIRE fashion designers. But the weird thing? In between that transition, they pair went off the rails and got involved in the murky underworld world of the LA drug scene. Many people point a finger in the twins’ direction when looking for someone to blame for Heath Ledger’s pills-based death. He was friends with the two and they were said to have drugs parties together.
A cute, brooding, pale rocker from England, Pete Doherty was part of a band dubbed ‘The Savior of British Rock n’ Roll’. But as joint lead singer in The Libertines, Doherty fell into the trap that so many musicians do… The drugs trap. Crack and heroin bloated the singer and guitarist and turned him from pin-up to convicted criminal after he robbed his best friend and bandmate’s house to raise drugs money.
Gary Dourdan used to be on CSI. Since then, an addiction to meth has seen his looks and life fall apart. Frequent arrests for drugs-related offences and domestic assault have seen Dourdan take quite a spectacular fall from grace. As this mugshot shows. This guy used to be a heartthrob and now look at him. Terrible, really. Stay off drugs, kids!
We watched the cast of Friends go from fresh-faced twentysomethings to jaded fortysomethings, didn’t we? Over all those years. But the change was no more obvious that with Chandler Bing himself, Matthew Perry. But what accounted for his frequent bloating, eye bags and sweaty look? Well, pills. Perry was addicted to prescription medication. He’s clean now, though. Although it’s successfully scuppered his career.
Here’s the controversial figure of singer and actress Courtney Love. The Hole singer is often said to have been involved in the death of her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Now were not sure if she was involved. All we know for sure? She was definitely involved with drugs. And you can tell. Just look at it, it’s ravaged (and this is a pretty forgiving photo!).