Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe admitted that he struggled with alcohol addiction while filming the smash-hit films, according to US Magazine. This revelation comes as quite a shock to Potter fans all over the world, though they should be relieved to learn that he has been clean and sober since August of last year.
Radcliffe is just one of many young celebrities who have gone into rehab after reaching worldwide success. Some addiction struggles, like those of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, have been well-documented. Others have managed to keep their abuse history fairly private. Here is a look at some surprising celebs who have gone to rehab.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers made headlines just days ago after what many initially believed to be a suicide attempt. He has battled addiction for years, checking in and out of rehab facilities numerous times. After nearly overdosing on pills, he has entered rehab for the fifth time. According to the Huffington Post, his last stint in treatment was just this past May. The "Tudors" star has yet to make any public announcement regarding this most recent incident.
Prince Harry, the youngest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, has a reputation for his hard-partying ways. The UK Daily Mail reported that Charles sent Harry to a treatment facility after he admitted to smoking cannabis and drinking liquor back in 2002. His stay lasted one day and seemed to serve more as a warning and punishment than anything else.
Considering that Prince Harry still makes headlines for late nights at London clubs, it seems doubtful that he has stopped drinking, but his behavior has toned down a bit over the years.
Haley Joel Osment
Actor Haley Joel Osment gained instant stardom after appearing in "The Sixth Sense" next to Bruce Willis back in 1999. Just seven years later, he was arrested for drunk driving and drug possession. He suffered a broken rib after crashing his car into a mailbox in California. According to the Associated Press, Osment was ordered by a judge to enter a treatment facility and attend 26 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Another celebrity who found fame at a very young age, Kirsten Dunst, found herself in rehab in 2008. She didn't discuss it publicly until 2010, avoiding the question in many interviews. According to The Huffington Post, Dunst insists that the treatment she received was for depression. She did admit that she had nights where she drank too much, but insisted that she did not have an addiction problem. She has not gotten into any trouble recently, so it appears that even if she did have a problem, the "Interview With A Vampire Star" is doing well now.
Seann William Scott
"American Pie" star Seann William Scott announced in April of this year that he successfully completed a 30-day treatment program for undisclosed personal and health problems, according to the Los Angeles Times. Scott is best known as Steve Stiffler in the three "American Pie" films. He was out of rehab in time to start filming yet another movie in the series, which will feature much of the original cast and focus on the group's 10-year high school reunion.
Celebrities who gain fame quickly at a young age are particularly vulnerable to addiction. The younger the star, the greater the odds they will end up in rehab at some point. Some enter rehab once and seem to straighten out, as in the case of Kirsten Dunst. Others, like Jonathan Rhys Meyers, face a more difficult road on the path to recovery. Hopefully Daniel Radcliffe is able to enjoy sobriety for a long time to come.
Us Magazine " Daniel Radcliffe: I Became So Reliant on Alcohol During Harry Potter Filming " Via Yahoo! OMG
Huffington Post " Jonathan Rhys Meyers Overdoses, Hospitalized "
Daily Mail UK " Harry Sent to Rehab Clinic "
USA Today " Haley Joel Osment Pleads No Contes t"
Huffington Post " Kirsten Dunst Talks Rehab for Depression "
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