ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

While they might have landed their careers by being adorable children or a teen with a squeaky clean image that grandma would be proud of, Disney stars went through the messy rebellious period of growing up, just like all of us.

Below are some of the most controversial moments from former Disney stars who were unfortunate enough to make the mistakes that most of us have made in the public eye.

8. Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato has spoken openly about her struggled with drug abuse and an eating disorder, but before she sought help she went through a period where she was mentally unstable.

One of the controversial moments you might remember is when Lovato punched her backing dancer Alex Welch in the face on an aeroplane back in 2010.

According to the girl who was struck by Lovato, she never recieved an apology for the incident, she told The Daily Mail that:

"To this day, I haven't gotten an apology. I've heard nothing. That's sad if you think that person is your friend."

Although this incident is shocking and sad, it did spur Lovato's friends and family into action and encourage the young star to check into rehab where she got the help she needed. It's all been on the up from there.

7. Lindsay Lohan

Lohan's first mug shot.
Lohan's first mug shot.

It's hard to remember back to a time before Lohan struggled with addiction, but the troubled star had a squeaky clean slate until her first arrest in 2006 where she lost control of her Mercedes while under the influence and was also caught in possession of cocaine.

Since then Lohan has been arrested more times than you can count and been in rehab multiple times, but she still claims:

"I really haven’t done [cocaine] more than 10 or 15 times. I’ve done it like 10 or 15 times."

6. Nick Jonas (and Joe)

Purity and a squeaky clean nature when it came to anything sexual were one of the Jonas Brothers's biggest selling points, so when Nick and Joe ditched their purity rings it was a big deal. When Wendy Williams asked Nick if he was still a virgin in XXX he answered:

"No. As I said, I'm an adult in all ways."

I guess one out of 3 ain't bad...

5. Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus might have had prudes around the world clutching their pears with her outrageous outfits and open weed use for years now, but the first time it was revealed that Miley wasn't a total Disney darling was a lot more controversial.

The infamous pictures of Miley smoking a bong that were leaked shortly after her 18th birthday part show that maybe Cyrus hasn't changed as much as people make out she has since her Hannah Montana days.

4. Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez has a squeaky clean image and she is much-loved for her wise words about respecting other people and being empathetic, but that doesn't mean she is entirely without controversy.

When she removed her purity ring after beginning to date bad boy Justin Bieber, the press went wild about her action, but Selena has no regrets. She told The Sunday Times that:

"I’m also not embarrassed to say that the ring has come off. I got it when I was 13 and I respect so much what it represented, but it isn’t for everyone."

3. Zac Efron

Zac Efron has been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over a year now, but back in 2013 things weren't going to well for the High School Musical heartthrob.

The star broke his jaw after ploughing through a glass table in 2013 and it was widely speculated that the injury was a result of his out of control drinking habits.

2. Britney Spears

How could anybody forget 2006, when the pressure of fame and enormous expectations from those around her caused Britney Spears to have a very public meltdown.

The star shaved her own head and attacked a papparazzo's car with a green umbrella before being checked into a mental health facility.

Years later, Britney still seems unsure exactly what came over her, in a 2008 interview she said:

"I sit there and I look back and I'm like, "I'm a smart person. What the hell was I thinking? I've been through a lot in the past two or three years, and there's a lot that people don't know."

1. Orlando Brown

Just a few weeks ago, former That's So Rayven star Orlando Brown was arrested for allegedly hitting his girlfriend and possessing meth. Read more HERE.

Which Disney star do you think is the most controversial?


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