Between 2003 and 2007, I could practically guarantee that at least once a week I’d wake up to news that a member of Hollywood’s brat pack had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, or had been caught in the possession of class A drugs – and that was just Nicole Richie.
Yes, Nicole, then-BFF Paris Hilton, The OC’s Mischa Barton and, of course, Lindsay Lohan were all
the high school entertainment I needed. Many would argue that they were horrendous role models for
a thirteen-year-old girl, and many would be right, but somehow I managed to see past their marijuana haze. I’m not ashamed to say that those girls were my teenage heroes, because here I am at twenty-three, mugshot free.
Now that my gal pals have all grown up – and by all I do mean everyone except eternal bad girl Lohan…
and occasionally Mischa on an off day… I’ve had to look elsewhere to get my fill of young, hot celebrities behaving badly. Enter Miley Cyrus; like a modern day Nicole Richie, she’s caused controversy by going from a relatively normal size to what one can only describe as microscopic. The former Hannah Montana star recently showed off her gym-honed bod in a risqué photo shoot for V magazine, where she exposed her derriere and rather a lot of boob, telling V, “I chopped my hair and bought a pair of Docs and never looked back.”
Fellow Disney kids Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens have also been garnering quite the reputation of late, following their appearance in controversial Harmony Korine movie, Spring Breakers. In it Hudgens can be seen smoking, drinking excessively, taking drugs, robbing a diner, partaking in an orgy and firing a gun; all in a day’s work when you’re trying to shake off your wholesome High School musical appearance. In reality, Vanessa was spotted licking a mystery white powder from her fingers at Coachella festival in 2011, which her people said was white chocolate.
Meanwhile Selena, who was really the good girl in Spring Breakers and only joined in with a little of the smoking and drinking before heading back home to Grandma, is rumoured to be the naughtiest of all in real life. Her new video for single Come And Get It shows the topless star writhing around in the ocean, as one does, while her relationship with Justin Bieber seems to be slowly becoming about as destructive as that of – dare we say it – Chris Brown and Rihanna.
Speaking of Biebs, where the heck do we start with him? This year alone he’s been kicked out of London’s Cirque du Soir, gotten into a fight with the paparazzi, written a slightly inappropriate message in the guestbook of the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, and had drugs found on his tour bus.
But have these good kids really gone bad or is the misbehaviour a vain attempt to reach the same heady levels of infamy that Paris and co. did in their day? Only time will tell, but if Miley starts falling out of nightclubs with no knickers on, we’ll know exactly where she got her inspiration. Personally, in the battle of the bad girls, my loyalty will always lie with Lohan.