Two months after her controversial twerk-filled performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, Cyrus upped the ante even further in November by lighting a joint during her acceptance speech for Best Video at MTV’s European Music Awards in Amsterdam. “You know, I couldn’t fit this award in my bag, but I did find this,” she said before pulling out a joint, taking a few puffs and walking off the stage. MTV censored out her smoking during the actual broadcast and Cyrus later addressed the controversy by tweeting, “Sometimes in life you gotta just decide not to give AF.” She also admitted earlier this year that the reference to “Dancing with Molly” in her hit song “We Can’t Stop” is about the club drug; the word was also censored out of broadcasts during her VMA performance last summer.
Lady Gaga has long been a weed aficionado, as evidenced by her smoking a joint on stage during her 2012 concert in Amsterdam. But after suffering from a hip injury which eventually required surgery earlier this year, the singer admitted she was smoking 15 joints per day to help numb the pain. "I was just numbing, numbing, numbing myself then sleeping it off, then getting on stage, killing it in pain, then getting off and smoking, smoking, smoking, not knowing what the pain was," she revealed. Gaga credits an unusual retreat with performance artist Marina Abramovic, which included being sent into the woods while blindfolded to help find her “way home,” with ultimately kicking her addiction. Although she admits to still smoking “a little bit at night,” Gaga said she is now the “soberest” she’s been in years.
Brooke Mueller’s ongoing drug problems have continued throughout 2013. The year started out well for Charlie Sheen’s ex after she scored a $250,000 settlement against Malibu rehab The Canyon, which she accused of selling private medical information to the media while she was being treated for substance abuse in February 2010. But in May 2013, she was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold and lost custody of her twin boys after child services feared her drug use could endanger them; after being released from the hold, she immediately entered rehab for the 20th time. Unfortunately, a disturbing video of Mueller smoking crack cocaine out of a pipe and scoring $1,500 worth of crystal meth went viral last September.
The former Nickelodeon child star alarmed fans this year with bizarre rants on her Twitter page, but it was her marijuana smoking that had truly gotten out of hand. The actress was reportedly kicked out of a gym in April for smoking weed in the locker room on 4/20, then booted from a Ritz-Carlton hotel last July for smoking weed in her hotel room. Bynes was also arrested last May for possession of marijuana and reckless endangerment after throwing a bong out of her 37th story window when police arrived at her apartment in NYC; the latter charge landed her a mandatory psychiatric hold, but she later told a judge that it was “just a vase.” But it turns out that Bynes’ biggest issue wasn’t drugs, but rather mental health. She was recently released from a Malibu treatment center after being placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold in July for setting fire to a driveway in Los Angeles and later being diagnosed with schizophrenia.
The former NBA champion was arrested for DUI last August, which was just part of an extremely troubling summer for the husband of Khloe Kardashian. Rumors swirled that Odom was abusing crack cocaine when he reportedly went missing for 72 hours after Kardashian threw him out of their house due to his drug habits; he briefly spent time in a rehab facility last year, but left after just a few weeks. Odom was also photographed buying Chore Boy scrubbing pads, which are a major ingredient in homemade crack pipes. The basketball star had reportedly sobered up and was even seen training in Rhode Island for a return to the NBA, but a video surfaced last week of Odom allegedly high on crack cocaine as he rapped about cheating on his wife; he has reportedly told friends that fell off the wagon, but was drunk and not high in the video.
The world was shocked when the Glee star was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room on July 13. Alcohol and other substances were found in his hotel room, while the British Columbia Coroner’s Office confirmed that Monteith passed away due to a toxic mixture of heroin and alcohol. The actor had entered a 30-day rehab for substance abuse issues last April after a decade of sustained sobriety. His girlfriend and Glee co-star Lea Michele told People magazine that she would “stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision.” Monteith’s character, football player Finn Hudson, dies in the third episode of the show’s current fifth season.
LiLo landed in rehab for the sixth time this May after a bizarre U.S. tour that almost put the actress in jail for violating the plea deal in her probation case for reckless driving and lying to law enforcement. She was scheduled to check into Seafield Center in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., but bailed on-site at the last second after discovering the facility didn’t allow smoking. Lohan then entered Morningside Recovery in California, a sober living house that was never approved by the judge or prosecutors in her case. However, she barely made the deadline by checking into the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, and later made an approved transfer to Cliffside Malibu. After exiting rehab, Lohan signed a $2 million deal to film a reality show chronicling her career comeback for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network.
The Biebs got 2013 off to a blazing start when photos of the singer smoking a joint emerged in January. The pictures came from a house party in Newport Beach and Bieber later addressed them by tweeting, “I see all of u. i hear all of u. i never want to let any of you down.” His drug drama continued on his Believe world tour, with Bieber’s tour bus being busted for drugs in Sweden in April and at the Canadian border in July. Police found weed on the floor of the bus in both instances, but no arrests were made in either case because the vehicle was empty at the time. New photos of Bieber smoking weed also emerged last October, but his manager Scooter Braun claimed the photos were doctored.
Hip-hop fans mourned last May after the tragic loss of one half of ‘90s rap group Kris Kross. The rapper died on May 1 due to what an autopsy later confirmed as a drug overdose that included heroin and cocaine. Kelly's mother, Donna Kelly Pratt, called police after finding him on the couch of his Atlanta home with "no life signs"; she also told cops that he had taken a mixture of heroin and cocaine known as a “speedball” the night before. Pratt said she personally took him home to recover from his drug use, which she had done before on several occasions, but he had reported feeling nauseous all morning before passing out. Authorities unsuccessfully tried to revive Kelly before rushing him to a nearby hospital, and pronounced him dead just a few hours later. Kelly's mother and uncle also told police that he had an "extensive history of drug use." Kris Kross' 1992 album Totally Krossed Out reached No. 1 on the US charts and featured the single "Jump," which stayed on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks.
D-list celebrities no longer have the option of getting clean on television after Dr. Drew Pinsky confirmed in May that Celebrity Rehab is officially closing its doors. The controversial show had endured five cast member deaths in six seasons most recently with country singer Mindy McCready committing suicide in February. ‘80s pop star Richard Marx infamously even compared the TV doc to notorious “death doctor” Jack Kevorkian. Pinsky ultimately said the backlash he faced for doing the show had finally outweighed the benefits. “I’m tired. It’s very stressful and intense for me,” he explained in a radio chat with Zach Sang and the Gang. “To have people questioning my motives and taking aim at me because people get sick and die because they have a life-threatening disease, and I take the blame? Rodney King has a heart attack and I take blame for that?” He has since told After Party Chat in July that he is now refusing any print interviews due to repeatedly being misquoted.
The pop star was arrested in upstate New York last September for possession of ecstasy and resisting arrest. Her boyfriend, Zachary Cole Smith, was also arrested for possession of heroin after police found a “plastic bag containing 42 decks of heroin” on him. She later told Rolling Stone that she was unhappy with the media taking her arrest out of context. “It's way more scandalous to have a girl with drugs than a guy in a band with drugs. It's the double standard,” she said. "I'm not saying that people should do ecstasy, but at least it's a happy drug. It's not like like I'm supporting drug use. But at the same time, I'm not going to sit here and let people call me a fucking drug addict when I'm not."
The infamous momager to Lindsay Lohan was arrested last September for DWI in Long Island, N.Y. She was pulled over in her white BMW after driving at a “speed of 77 mph in a 55 mph zone” and then blew a .20, more than double the legal limit. After being processed, Dina was then evaluated by medics and later released to a sober third party; she had alleged that she was injured by police during the arrest, but “recanted her claim” after medical personnel arrived at the scene and determined she was fine. Last week, the judge in her case denied her claims that she’s alcohol-free and ordered her to have a psychiatric evaluation. The evaluation must be completed by her next court date on Jan. 7, in which she is likely to have her driving privileges revoked for a year and be ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.