Some celebrities have a knack for keeping their private lives private; others, not so much. One celebrity who fits into the latter group is Shia LaBeouf. As a youngster, LaBeouf was a curly-haired, cute yet sarcastic, pre-teen Disney star. So how did LaBeouf go from promising actor to controversy magnet?
The jury is still out on that one. What we can say is that his string of controversies doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon.
Some Of The Craziest Shia LaBeouf Controversies Over The Years
LaBeouf recently made headlines again, this time for an apparent conflict with rapper Soulja Boy. AllHipHop.com reported that LaBeouf had made up a rap song in which he demeaned Soulja Boy and others in the hip hop industry. Soulja Boy took offense and has since banned the actor from coming to Atlanta, even going so far as to threaten him.
This is only the latest. According to the UK’s Mirror, Shia has been controversial ever since he was a youngster. He first attracted attention because of a “foul-mouthed stand-up routine” when he was just ten years old. It was this routine that landed him his first gig: Even Stevens. He then went on to star in Holes. His performance was well-received, but there were rumors of difficult behavior.
After roles in Disturbia, Transformers, and Indiana Jones, the actor seemed on his way to stardom. Unfortunately, he just couldn’t seem to get out of his own way. LaBeouf would get into multiple altercations and get arrested more than once, starting with a 2005 fight with his neighbors. According to LaBeouf, his neighbors insulted his mother.
In 2007, he was arrested for trespassing at a Walgreens, and in 2008 he was arrested again for refusing a Breathalyzer test after an accident. While the accident was not his fault, officers smelled alcohol on his breath. He was later released and found free of blame. Then, in 2011, LaBeouf got into a bar fight with a guy who tried to steal his hat.
Some might not think any of this seems out-of-the-ordinary, especially compared to other celebrities. But, from 2011 on, LaBeouf would do some things that seemed scandalous and downright bizarre.
It started when LaBeouf appeared completely nude in a music video by Sigur Ros. He then performed in a Sia music video with a pre-teen dancer, which angered many parents. They felt the video bordered on pedophilia. The actor, singer, and young dancer all defended the performance, claiming it had nothing to do with a relationship between the two characters.
Over the years, Shia LaBeouf would appear in public wearing a tuxedo and a paper bag on his head which read: I’m Not Famous Anymore. He would also go on Twitter rants claiming to retire from show business, and then retract those messages. LaBeouf also made a movie that was completely plagiarized, and then went on another Twitter rant to apologize.
Will Marriage Be The Answer For Mr. LaBeouf?
It was recently reported by People that Shia LaBeouf had gotten married to his girlfriend in a Las Vegas ceremony. Yes, Elvis officiated. The article goes on to ask whether this is just another LaBeouf controversy—did he really get married? Will he stay married?
While there are many who question what goes on in the mind of Mr. LaBeouf, there are many who believe that, in the end, he’ll be ok. And, according to Page Six, there are quite a few who hope that marriage will bring some calm into his life.
Whatever the case may be, we can rest assured that Shia LaBeouf will continue to lead an interesting, though somewhat controversial, existence.