His 2007 suicide attempt devastated his friends, family, and fans. Though Owen Wilson’s screen persona was that of a loopy, lovable surfer dude, offscreen he was a complex man who, as People reported at the time, has dealt with addiction issues and relationship problems, notably his then breakup with actor Kate Hudson. Though Wilson has been silent on his treatment, press interviews done around the time of his newest movie, No Escape, suggest that his two young sons have grounded him and bring him great joy — even as his own father is coping with Alzheimer’s disease.
Most of us have to deal with professional and personal issues at the same time, but stars like Wilson have the extra burden of doing this in the spotlight. “Some celebrities struggle to balance their public and private lives. Their self-esteem may not necessarily be built upon their authentic self, and so may be fragile and contingent upon continued fame,” says Pozios.
Demi Lovato: Serious Help for Serious Problems
If you watched Demi Lovato singing her new song, "Confident," on a recent Saturday Night Live episode, it would probably stun you to learn that just a few years ago, the former Disney star underwent a three-month-long residential treatment for anorexia, bulimia, and cutting.
“I never found out until I went into treatment that I was bipolar,” Lovato told People magazine in 2011. Bipolar disorder, AKA manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in energy, mood, and activity levels. It can also interfere with your daily ability to function, according to the National Institute for Mental Health.
As she recovered, this was less of an issue for Lovato. “I feel like I am in control now, where for my whole life, I wasn’t in control,” she told People.