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Tom Cox

It's not easy when all your dreams come true in your youth as a Disney kid, assuming your dreams were to star in the likes of Hannah Montana. Where do you go from the top?

A storm of pressures hits you at the most formative time in your life. Some fall and don't get up, robbing pizza places at gunpoint like Dutch Elijah Whitlock (High School Musical) or getting charged with drug dealing like Orlando Brown (That's So Raven).

It's difficult when the attention fades after the initial fame; when you're a sex icon but not old enough to have sex; when you're constrained by media scrutiny and can't escape the life path if you want to.

But after a fall some then live up to the Disney spirit by overcoming the problems caused by their turbulent upbringing. And in the words of Mulan:

Source: Disney
Source: Disney

Here are 10 Disney kids who fell to the dust but got back on the horse:

8. Demi Lovato

Disney kid: Barney & Friends as Angela aged 10 and Camp Rock as Mitchie Torres age 15

Crash: Demi Lovato suffered from an eating disorder as well as struggling with addiction.

Now: Human rights campaigner, singer/songwriter, model, actress

7. Mischa Barton

Source: Disney Channel/Brittney Stephens
Source: Disney Channel/Brittney Stephens

Disney kid: A Ring of Endless Light as Vicky Austin age 16

Crash: Mischa Barton fell from grace when she was arrested for driving under the influence in 2007.

Now: Actress on film and stage (St Trinian's, Steel Magnolias)

6. Lalaine Vergara-Paras

Source: Disney
Source: Disney

Disney kid: Miranda Sanchez in Lizzie McGuire age 14

Crash: Arrested for possessing crystal meth in 2007

Now: Actress (Raymond and Lane)

5. Britney Spears

Source: Disney/Jon Kopaloff/Getty
Source: Disney/Jon Kopaloff/Getty

Disney kid: A Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club age 9

Crash: After a 55-hour-long Vegas marriage in 2004 Britney had a much publicised public collapse including the infamous head-shaving incident in 2007.

Now: Chart-topping singer with ninth album upcoming, performer (Britney: Piece of Me)

4. Shia LaBeouf

Source: Disney / DoD news
Source: Disney / DoD news

Disney kid: Louis Stevens on Even Stevens age 14

Crash: Shia LaBeouf has got himself into plenty of trouble with the law including being charged with assault with a deadly weapon in 2005, arrested for refusing to leave a drugstore in 2007, charged for unlawful smoking in 2008, crashed car after drinking, handcuffed for fighting, charged with disorderly conduct in 2014

Now: Actor (American Honey, Man Down), performance artist ()

3. Zac Efron

Source: Disney / Just Jared
Source: Disney / Just Jared

Disney kid: Troy Bolton in High School Musical age 19

Crash: Treatment for alcohol and drug abuse in 2013, fought a homeless man in LA

Now: Actor (Dirty Grandpa, Baywatch)

2. Anneliese Van Der Pol

Source: Disney / 54 below
Source: Disney / 54 below

Disney kid: Chelsea Daniels in That's So Raven age 17

Crash: Three years probation and $2,800 fine for crashing a car drunk in 2006

Now: Actress on film (Cats Dancing On Jupiter), and theatre (A Taste of Things To Come)

1. Mitchell Musso

Source: Disney / Getty
Source: Disney / Getty

Disney Kid: Oliver Oken in Hannah Montana; Jeremy Johnson in Phineas and Ferb and King Brady on Pair of Kings

Crash: Charged with driving under the influence in 2011

Now: Actor (Characterz, The Sand)

Whose comeback has been the hardest won?

Sources: via Daily Mail, Buzzfeed, Hollywood Gossip


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