After making her on screen debut on British television in series “Scratchy and Co”, and producing hit singles like “Because We Want Too” at the age of 15, Billie Piper became the youngest artist to debut at number one in UK in 1997.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Billie piper who just like legendary pop icons Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson has the honor of being awarded the title of “Princess of Pop” in her lifetime. Furthermore, this on screen beauty has been privileged with recurring television roles like Rose Tyler in “Doctor Who” as well as portraying the lead protagonist in hit television series like “Diary Of A Call Girl” with a decent IMDB 7.4/10 rating. After achieving so much in so little time, Billie Piper, now 33, can be considered as a role model for on screen success.
Looking at such a sparkling resume if you think this photogenic beauty has a wonderful and exciting life and can be labeled as ‘perfect’ by many, think again. A wise man once said, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
Troubled Billie Piper, who has admitted to drug use in the past to cope with the ugly side of fame, had this to say, “It’s not as simple as that. It’s great there are loads of strong role models, but it’s also great to see the truth behind that which is that it’s not something that comes easy. There’s always a struggle. That’s the truth.”
She also insisted she doesn’t like the term ‘famous’ or being famous in general, adding: “I enjoy going to places where people don’t know who I am – it gives me a sense of how much I enjoy being anonymous!”
Perhaps the most famous musician and lyrical genius to become a victim of suicide due to fame was none other than the lead vocalist of Nirvana (a phenomenal band of the 1990s golden era).
The most popular side effects of early fame is the stress and anxiety it tends to cause in the hearts of those clouded by it. The top five factors of stress for celebrities include, the press, critics, constant threats, lack of privacy, and constant monitoring of their lives.
Fame is also the pivotal encourager of self-conscious behavior among celebs. Three investigations, carried out by the University of British Columbia, tested the hypothesis that the attainment of fame leads to chronic self-consciousness. One of these studies also examined the relationship of self-consciousness with self-destructive behavior. Analyses revealed that variations in John Cheever’s (a famous novelist) fame were positively correlated with use of first-person singular pronouns in his private letters and journals. These measures of self-consciousness were positively correlated with Cheever’s self-reported alcohol use.
In conclusion, fame is a dangerous drug and everyone should be well aware of its side effects. “Fame is empowering. My mistake was that I thought I would instinctively know how to handle it. But there’s no manual, no training course.” –Charlie Sheen