Celebrities have a lot at their disposal to stay relevant right now. If they feel like they are dropping off people’s radar, they can appear on reality TV, harness the power of social media – or try to become TikTok celebrities to regain fame.
But it wasn’t always this easy to stay in the limelight. Here are some celebrities of yesteryear who have been missing since enjoying some success.
1. The Olsen Twins
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are well-known American sisters and twins. They were on the screen a lot during the 90s and 2000s. But neither can be found unless you frequent fashion shows in New York. Ashley hasn’t acted since 2004 and Mary-Kate did appear in a documentary in 2011. But other than that it is like they vanished from stardom.
2. Susan Boyle
Susan Boyle shocked the world when the bumbling middle-aged Scottish lady sang Dreamed a Dream during Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. She won the hearts of the nation in a second and even had judges in tears. But she hasn’t been in the news much since. In fact, Susan Boyle is still a signed artist to Simon Cowell’s label and keeps making music. She just keeps a low profile, which is why “what happened to Susan Boyle” is a top search on Google.
3. Macaulay Culkin
Culkin had childhood fame like few others ever experience. As the main actor in successful Home Alone films, he was set for a bright and big future. But personal issues and the fame itself got in Culkin’s way. He eventually left acting and is now living in Paris where he is in an amateur band. Culkin did appear on the Joe Rogan podcast lately and gave more details on why he shunned the limelight.
4. Sly Stone
Sly Stone is an American rock and roll legend and was the frontman Sly and the Family Stone in the 60s and 70s. But Sly had a lot of personal issues with drugs and just stopped making music. It is sad to think that there are reports that Sly Stone became homeless. In 2011, there were reputable reports that he now lives in a camper van in LA and receives a meal from a neighbour each day.
5. Dave Chappelle
Some of the best comics in the world regard Dave Chappelle as the best comedian to ever live. They believe his talent outstrips any other for being able to create comedy from any current situation. But the hit comedian walked away from a huge payday and completely left the circuit. Rumours are that he was unhappy with how comedy was being dictated to and how he was being censored. Some say he bought a farm and lived in the middle of nowhere. The good news is that Dave Chappelle has returned to the scene.
It goes to show that you have to be a hard-working celebrity with thick skin to stay in the limelight in 2020.