Celebrities who changed their reputationsSuccess in showbiz depends on cultivating and preserving one’s image. It’s true whether Hollywood’s rich and famous like it or not. So for A-listers, it’s impossible to promote their work without creating a persona for the masses will want to throw their money at. But excessive wealth and freedom means stars often find themselves in the middle of public scandals. (And sometimes in a Los Angeles jail cell.) That’s when a celeb has to kill their old persona in favor of something more acceptable. So peep this collection of celebrities who changed their reputations seemingly overnight. Because they learned the hard way just how quickly public perception can shift against their favor.
During his peak “Confessions” fame, I would have given my left arm to hook up with Usher. Now? Not so much. In 2017, THREE different women sued the singer for allegedly infecting them with herpes through a series of sexual encounters in which the star failed to warn his partners of his affliction. Currently, the star is reduced to little more than a “Let It Burn” meme.