Sad dads!

Hol­ly­wood hunks in cri­sis

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - What a Week! -

For al­most two decades, big-screen su­per­stars Johnny Depp, Ben Af­fleck and Brad Pitt were Hol­ly­wood’s hottest prop­erty. The heart­throbs reg­u­larly topped lists of show­biz’s sex­i­est men, scored lead­ing roles and ap­peared to be win­ning in their per­sonal lives too, with beau­ti­ful wives and gor­geous chil­dren.

But the past year has seen each of the for­mer hunks un­ravel in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion, with their midlife crises played out for all to see. They’ve lost their wives, fam­i­lies and, in some cases, their dig­nity – not to men­tion their fa­mous good looks.

“It’s quite ex­traor­di­nary how they’ve come un­done,” a Hol­ly­wood in­sider says. “It’s al­most like they were liv­ing in the bub­ble for too long and it’s all ex­ploded spec­tac­u­larly.”

While Johnny and Ben’s down­falls have been played out over a longer pe­riod of time, Brad’s crash has moved at break­neck speed.

Be­fore his mar­riage to Os­car win­ner An­gelina Jolie abruptly ended af­ter a drunken melt­down on a pri­vate jet in Septem­ber last year, no-one could have guessed just how far the Money­ball star would fall.

Af­ter re­treat­ing from pub­lic view for sev­eral months while he fought to see his six chil­dren – Mad­dox, 15, Pax, 13, Za­hara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and eight-yearold twins Knox and Vivi­enne – Brad, 53, has emerged a shell of his for­mer self. He’s lost a re­ported 15kg, and has pub­licly ad­mit­ted to giv­ing up al­co­hol and turn­ing to ther­apy in a bid to save him­self.

“I was booz­ing too much. It’s just be­come a prob­lem,” he said in a re­veal­ing in­ter­view about re­build­ing his life post-split. For now, the lead­ing man is even swap­ping act­ing for art, say­ing, “I’m hav­ing a mo­ment of get­ting to feel emo­tion at my fin­ger­tips. But to get that emo­tion to clay – I just haven’t cracked the sur­face. And I don’t know what’s com­ing.” As re­cently re­ported in

Wo­man’s Day, Brad is cling­ing on to the des­per­ate hope he will win An­gelina, 41, back. “But it’s un­likely,” says a pal. “He’s more alone than ever right now.”

Ben has also opened up about his bat­tles since his mar­riage to Jen­nifer Garner ended. Tak­ing to Face­book, the Argo ac­tor, 44, con­fessed he’d been through a se­cret sec­ond stint at re­hab, ad­mit­ting, “I have com­pleted treat­ment for al­co­hol ad­dic­tion. Some­thing I’ve dealt with in the past and will con­tinue to confront.

“I want to live life to the fullest and be the best fa­ther I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in get­ting help when you need it and to be a source of strength for

any­one out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step.”

How­ever, shock­ing new pho­tos emerged last week show­ing the star look­ing bloated, un­shaven and mis­er­able on an out­ing with Jen­nifer and their chil­dren, Vi­o­let, 11, Seraphina, eight, and five-year-old Sa­muel. A source tells Wo­man’sDay that Ben is strug­gling to ac­cept that he has lost the happy fam­ily he’d once taken for granted.

De­spite sev­eral at­tempts at rec­on­cil­i­a­tion over the past year, Jen­nifer fi­nally filed di­vorce pa­pers in April amid con­tin­ual ru­mours of Ben’s booz­ing, gam­bling and cheating. “Ben al­ways thought that things would get bet­ter and that he would be able to win Jen back,” re­veals our source. “But he’s hold­ing on to an im­pos­si­ble dream. She spends time with Ben for the sake of their kids, but she’s cer­tainly not pin­ing for what they once were. She’s over it.”

Out­of­con­trol!

While Brad and Ben’s crises are dra­matic, the most spec­tac­u­lar un­rav­el­ling has come in the form of Johnny, whose gaunt and di­shev­elled ap­pear­ance has sparked ma­jor health fears.

Af­ter end­ing his 14-year re­la­tion­ship with French singer and model Vanessa Par­adis, 44 – the mother of his 18-year-old daugh­ter Lily-Rose and son Jack, 16 – in 2012, he lurched into a union with bi­sex­ual ac­tress Am­ber Heard. Just 15 months af­ter their lav­ish wed­ding, the 31-year-old filed for di­vorce, claim­ing she was a vic­tim of psy­cho­log­i­cal and phys­i­cal abuse.

And now Johnny, 53, is fac­ing fi­nan­cial ruin amid a bit­ter le­gal dis­pute with his for­mer man­agers af­ter it emerged that he spends $40,000 a month on wine, and $100 mil­lion on 14 lux­ury homes and 45 ve­hi­cles. He even blew $4 mil­lion on a cannon to scat­ter the ashes of his pal, iconic au­thor Hunter S. Thompson.

De­spite claims he has a “spend­ing dis­or­der”, the chaotic

Pi­rates of the Caribbean star doesn’t ap­pear to care, re­cently telling a mag­a­zine, “If I want to buy 15,000 cot­ton balls a day, it’s my thing.”

But the stress of the past year has clearly taken its toll on the ac­tor, whose shock­ing weight loss has loved ones wor­ried. “Johnny looks like walk­ing death,” says an in­sider. “He’s lost 35 pounds [16kg] in a brief amount of time. His teeth are rot­ting, his cheeks are sunken, his hair is fall­ing out and his body is ema­ci­ated. Friends are wor­ried he has liver dis­ease af­ter years of abus­ing his body with booze and drugs.”

Hol­ly­wood in­sid­ers are won­der­ing if he, Ben and Brad will ever re­gain their shine. “They’ve all hit rock bot­tom and who knows if they’ll man­age to come back,” says our source. “But if any­thing, it should serve as a warn­ing to other stars that they’re not in­vin­ci­ble. If it can hap­pen to Brad, it can hap­pen to any­one.”

He’s a Dare­devil! Jen had enough of Ben’s cheating and gam­bling.

Love tri­an­gle: Johnny left Vanessa for younger ac­tress Am­ber (below). Brad’s ad­dic­tion is­sues cost him his mar­riage to An­gelina and his happy fam­ily.

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