The problem with fame is that not everyone knows how to maintain it without going crazy down the road, whether with all the luxuries, vices and parties people can find in the corners of Hollywood. Staying under the spotlight over the years and not losing your sanity is quite a feat. Some succeed, as Britney Spears who returned to the top after that breakdown she had in 2007, others simply disappear from the map like Phoebe Cates, best known for her role in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High in the 1980s, who gave up Hollywood because she wanted to be a full-time mother. While other celebrities are struggling to stay in Hollywood but no longer appear in the big headlines as before.
And the truth is that mixing Hollywood with motherhood can be a cocktail too strong to drink. Motherhood is an experience that changes the life of every woman because taking care of another life requires love, time, patience, and a lot of learning. And many times all that is not aligned with the glamor and rhythm of life in Hollywood, so it is normal to see some stars disappear from the spotlight to be with their children until they are at an age that they can be more independent, in this way mothers can return to the entertainment industry.
Just as fame can come in a snap of fingers, it can also vanish at the speed of light. For that reason today we will talk about 15 celebrities that we thought we had forgotten but are still struggling to stay under the lights of Hollywood and not fall into the oblivion of the masses.
15 Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa Joan Hart, best known for her role in the sitcoms Clarissa Explains It All (1991-1994), and Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003). Between the late '90s and early 2000s, Sabrina was one of the most popular shows around the world, so Melissa took advantage of it and during the post-Sabrina stage, she focused on working as a producer and making special appearances in Tv shows such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and When I Was 17, among others.
In 2003, Melissa married Mark Wilkerson, the lead singer, and guitarist of the band Course of Nature. The couple had 3 children and for a while, Melissa decided to stay out of the spotlight in order to raise her children. Although in 2010 she returned to the TV screens with a new sitcom "Melissa and Joey" starring with Joey Lawrence.
Currently, Melissa is involved in different businesses besides acting, she had her own candy store called SweetHarts in Sherman Oaks, California that unfortunately closed in December 2011. Moreover, in 2015 she launched her own line of clothes for children called King of Harts.
14 Haylie Duff
Haylie Duff: an American actress, singer, and fashion designer. She is best known for being the older sister of Hilary Duff and for her role of Sandy Jameson in the television series 7th Heaven. And although her acting career has not stood out like her younger sister's, Haylie has tried to stay under the spotlight over the years.
The actress has starred in several films for television and in 2012 she launched her blog called Real Girl's Kitchen, which was later turned into a television show about cooking. Duff also published her first book under the same name as her blog where she shares elegant and easy-to-make recipes.
In 2012 Haylie got engaged with Matt Rosenberg, a young entrepreneur who has his own brand of shirts called "Subway Tile Shirts". The couple is currently expecting their second child. And Duff, inspired by her fiance, launched in 2017 her own line of children's clothing called Little Moon Society.
13 Kevin Jonas
In the middle of 2000s, the Jonas Brothers was one of the most popular boy bands among the girls. Kevin Jonas was the guitarist of the band and along with his brothers, they stole sighs and hearts from the fans everywhere they went.
However, Kevin was the first Jonas to be off the market by marrying Danielle Deleasa, after the couple met during a vacation in the Bahamas in 2007. They currently have two daughters.
But due to his new married life and artistic differences with his brothers, the band split in 2013. However, Kevin participated in several reality shows like Married to Jonas and The Apprentice. In addition, in 2013 he founded a company called Jonas Werner, dedicated to real-estate development construction. Currently, Kevin is more focused on family and his business outside the Hollywood spotlight, but even fans can keep updated with his life, thanks to Instagram where the artist remains quite active.
12 Whitney Port
Whitney Port is a television personality and fashion designer who rose to fame thanks to the reality show "The Hills" accompanied by Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag, and Audrina Patridge.
Currently, Whitney is away from the dramas, gossip and love problems that we used to see in the reality show. In 2015 she married Tim Rosenman, an American TV producer, and in 2017 they received their first son Sonny Sanford Rosenman.
Whitney moved from the fashion industry with her City line to the flower market as co-founder of the online business Bloom2bloom, which makes floral arrangements for all types of events. In addition, the former star of The Hills has her own website where she talks about lifestyle. Port even has her own YouTube channel with more than 71 thousand followers, where she shares her experience about motherhood etc.
11 Elizabeth Hurley
Elizabeth Hurley, the English actress and model, rose to fame thanks to a golden Versace dress that she wore on a red carpet with her partner Hugh Grant, at that time. Hurley stole everyone's attention that day, which helped her to be the image of Estée Lauder cosmetics company.
Although unfortunately in her personal life Hurley has not been so fortunate, in 2001 she got pregnant by businessman Steve Bing, who did not want to recognize the baby, Damian Charles Hurley, even though later DNA tests confirmed that he was the father. In 2007 she married another businessman, Arun Nayar, but in 2011 they signed the divorce papers.
Since then Hurley has tried to stay under the spotlight, making appearances on television shows such as Project Catwalk, Gossip Girl, and The Tomorrow People. Hurley currently works on the soap opera The Royals and she has remained as an image of several brands.
10 Candace Cameron Bure
Candace Cameron Bure, an American actress, producer and author best known for her role as D.J Tanner, in the sitcom of the '90s Full House. But like many child stars, Candace had a difficult time trying to position herself in Hollywood as an adult actress.
During her post-Full House period, she had several special appearances in programs such as Dancing With The Stars and several films of the television channel Hallmark.
Meanwhile, in her personal life, Candace tied the knot in 1998 with Valeri Bure, a Russian-American, former ice hockey player who used to play in the National Hockey League (NHL). The couple had 3 children, and at the moment that Candace became a mother for the first time, she decided to move away - momentarily - from the spotlight to be dedicated full-time to raising her children.
However, Candace has been busy not only with her kids but also with business, in 2011, the actress published her first book called Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness, followed by Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose (2014) and Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction (2015). Currently, the actress returned to television to play again D.J Tanner in the sequel to the acclaimed television series Full House.
9 Lauren Conrad
Lauren Conrad, rose to fame thanks to the reality show " Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County " that followed the life of a group of young people in their senior year at Laguna Beach High School. Lauren's popularity allowed her to later star in another reality show, "The Hills", focused in Lauren's life and her dreams of getting in the fashion industry after moving to L.A. During the production of the show, Lauren attended to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and worked for renowned brands such as Teen Vogue and People's Revolution, and the public relations firm of Kelly Cutrone, which served as the basis for later finding her independence in the field.
In 2009 Lauren released her first novel "L.A Candy", considered a Bestseller by The New York Times, followed by the sequels "Sweet Little Lies" and "Sugar and Spice" in 2010. Additionally, Lauren published other books related to the fashion industry. Conrad has remained occupied in projects such as makeup lines and handbags, among others. And in 2014, she married William John Tell, a lawyer and former guitarist of Something Corporate. The couple welcomed their first son William in 2017.
Lauren has decided to have a life away from the cameras, to dedicate time to her family and her business, but fans can always see what she is doing now through her Instagram or website. Moreover, Lauren always makes special appearances in certain events.
8 Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff, a former Disney star known primarily for her role as Lizzie McGuire and her films as a teenager. Hilary, like many former stars of the Disney channel, had to face that strange transition to adulthood, which for certain teenage or children artists becomes a difficult task when trying to position themselves as actors in Hollywood.
Her golden years were between 2000 and 2007l. She was an icon for young people, especially with her music. The artist launched 4 albums on the market, and 2 were considered Platinum (Hilary Duff) and Gold (Dignity). But after those years the career of the artist seemed to be in decline because she no longer appeared in leading roles as in her childhood and barely got appearances in shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Gossip Girl, and Two and a Half Men, among others. However, Hilary was more focused on her romantic life in recent years, in fact, she married Mike Comrie, a Canadian professional hockey player (NHL). In 2012 they had a child together named Luca Cruz Comrie, but unfortunately, they divorced in 2016.
Currently, Hilary is focused on her career and her family, she returned to the small screen playing Kelsey in the TV Land series, "Younger" that follows the adventures of Liza a 40-year-old woman who lies about her age to be able to find a job. In addition, Hilary has continued working on her music, in 2015 she released a new album "Breath In. Breathe Out." although she did not get the reception she expected.
7 Sarah Michelle Gellar
The '90s seemed to be a golden age for Sarah Michelle Gellar, killing vampires as the heroine of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in addition to starring in films like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream and Cruel Intentions, movies that nowadays are considered classics.
Sarah tied the knot in 2002, with one of the most desired men of the '90s, Freddie Prinze Jr., with whom she has two children. And although Sarah no longer has the prominence that she used to have in her youth under the spotlight, she has worked in tv shows such as Ringer (2011-2012), in addition to having special appearances in Robot Chicken, The Simpsons, The Crazy Ones, and Star Wars Rebels among others.
She is currently dedicated to her family and business. In 2015 she co-founded Foodstirs, an e-commerce startup that offers ecological food kits for families. Sarah also published her first cookbook called Stirring Up Fun With Food.
6 Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks, an American former model, businesswoman, actress, author, and personality television, best known for her reality show America's Next Top Model, although some still remember Tyra for her character as Jackie Ames, in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with Will Smith.
Tyra throughout her career has shown us her versatility as a model, writer, singer, actress, and producer. She is one of those women who is always looking to achieve her next goal and has always been careful to keep her personal life private. In fact, she surprised everyone when she announced that she would be a mother with her partner, Erik Asla a Norway photographer. The couple welcomed their son York via surrogate on 27 January 2016, but unfortunately, Tyra and Erik ended their relationship in 2017 after 4 years together. However, they seem to have split into good terms.
Currently, Tyra seems to be focused on motherhood and although she does not seem to be as active as before in front of the cameras, she continues to work on her makeup line Tyra Beauty and she works as the main host on the TV show America's Got Talent.
5 Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba, like many stars in Hollywood, started her career from an early age, although her big break came when she was chosen for the sci-fi series Dark Angel on Fox. From then on, Alba has captivated the audience with her performances in movies like Honey, Sin City, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World, and Some Kind of Beautiful among others.
In 2008 the actress married Cash Warren whom she met on the set of the movie Fantastic Four, but since their welcomed their first daughter in 2008, Honor Marie Warren, Jessica seems to have focused more on her family and on new work projects that do not imply being in front of the cameras. Nowadays, the couple has 3 children.
In fact, in 2011, she founded her own company called The Honest Company, which supplies household products. Besides, the philosophy of the company is based on the concept of offering to users an excellent quality products that are not harmful to their health. In 2015 the company was valued at 1.7 billion dollars.
4 Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik is an American actress and neuroscientist best known for playing Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler in the tv show The Big Bang Theory, although others still remember Bialik for her acting beginnings as Blossom Russo in The Blossom sitcom of the '90s.
Meanwhile, in her personal life, Mayim married in 2003 with Michael Stone, but after 9 years together and two children, the couple decided to separate in 2012. Mayim has reiterated that she stays on good terms with her ex-husband and they work to have a healthy relationship with their children. During a vlog on her website GrokNation, Mayim declared "I'm a working mom and every night when I'm working, he's the one feeding them dinner, giving them a bath, reading them goodnight stories, tucking them in and making sure they sleep well. "
This television celebrity has also focused on business apart from acting. In 2015 she launched her own website GrokNation about lifestyle. She also has her own YouTube channel with 350K followers where she shares her personal experience in several fields. Moreover, Mayim has published three books "Beyond the Sling" about attachment parenting, "Mayim's Vegan Table" (vegan recipes by Bialik) and "Girling Up" about the struggles girls faced when they grow up from the perspective of science in a fun way.
3 Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie, went from her crazy days with her best friend Paris Hilton in her reality show The Simple Life, and being on the front page in the news for her irreverent behavior, to becoming a new version of Nicole who seems to be more mature.
Since she got married in 2010 with Joel Rueben Madden, lead vocalist of the band Good Charlotte, Nicole has opted for a less crazy and more glamorous lifestyle, especially after having two children with her husband Joel.
Over the years Nicole has tried to stay under the spotlight without being as irreverent as in her youth, she has been invited in several special episodes in tv shows such as Project Runway, The New Normal, RuPaul's Drag Race, and Drop the Mic. In addition to giving interviews from time to time for certain magazines. Moreover, Nicole wrote her first novel called "The Truth About Diamonds" which peaked at number No. 32 according to The New York Times Best-Seller List.
2 Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson is an American singer, actress, and fashion designer, who captivated us during the early 2000s with her boots that were made for walking and showing off that spectacular figure. She was also married to singer Nick Lachey between 2002 and 2006, and the couple gave the world one of the most famous phrases said on TV "Chicken by the sea" during an episode of their reality show Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica, broadcast by MTV.
Jessica may be blonde, but she is not dumb. After her failed marriage with Lachey, the singer focused on business. In 2010 she launched a documentary series, The Price of Beauty, which sought to show the different perceptions of beauty around the world. She also launched her own line of clothing and accessories, the brand rakes in about $1 billion a year at retail.
Meanwhile, in 2014 Jessica tied the knot with Eric Johnson a former American football player in the National Football League. Currently, the couple has two daughters.
1 Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Izzie Stevens on the acclaimed television series Grey's Anatomy. Heigl for a long time seemed to be the favorite blond in Hollywood, starring in films like 27 Dresses, Knocked Up, The Ugly Truth, and New Year's Eve, among others.
But Heigl's career began to decline after she made a series of statements about how Shonda Rhimes had not given her the necessary material for her character in Grey's Anatomy for a 2008 Emmy nomination. After those statements, the actress was cataloged as "complicated".
In 2007 the actress married the American singer and songwriter Josh Kelley. While in 2009 the couple decided to adopt a daughter from South Korea called Naleigh, in 2012 they announced that they adopted a second daughter named Adalaide, and in 2016 the couple welcomed their first child Joshua Bishop Kelley. Currently, Katherine is focused on her family and has tried to return to acting in films like "Unforgettable", but unfortunately, she has not been successful.
Sources: Imdb.com, People.com, Eonline.com, Thefamouspeople.com, Dailymail.co.uk