Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrities That Lost Their Fame But Not Their LoveCupid's Pulse Article: Celebrities That Lost Their Fame But Not Their Love

By Jennifer Harrington

For many celebrities, fame can be short-lived. It’s easy to quickly list those one-hit wonder stars who quickly vanished from the spotlight. But, have you ever wondered about celebrities who managed to hold onto their romance after they disappeared from the A-List? Cupid did some investigation to figure out which stars lost their fame, but not their love:

Mike Tyson

During the 1980s and 1990s, Mike Tyson was one of the biggest sports stars, and was frequently the topic of news because of both his numerous successes in the boxing ring, and the controversies that plagued him outside of the ring. Tyson’s been legally married three times, fathered eight children and endured the loss of his child Exodus. He also faced a rape conviction, domestic abuse allegations, a bipolar diagnosis and bankruptcy. Despite Tyson losing the fame and star power he enjoyed in his early career days, he is currently a happily married man. In 2009, he married his longtime girlfriend, Lakina Spicer. Tyson told The View, “I have an awesome life…I’m very grateful. I don’t deserve to have the wife that I have; I don’t deserve the kids that I have, but I do, and I’m very grateful.”

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Jennifer Grey

Her role in Dirty Dancing solidified Jennifer Grey as a movie star in the 1980s. However, after this iconic role, Grey underwent plastic surgery, which drastically changed her appearance and negatively impacted her career. During the 1990s and 2000s, Grey vanished from the Hollywood spotlight and faced long-term survivor guilt tied to a 1987 car accident she was involved in, which resulted in the death of two other people.  In 2001, Grey married actor Clark Gregg and became a mother that year. Her marriage to Gregg remains strong, and in 2010, Grey won Dancing with the Stars.

Andrew Shue

Andrew Shue became a major heartthrob when he played Billy Campbell on Melrose Place in the 1990s. This was Shue’s first and last major acting role. When the popular nighttime soap opera concluded, Shue quit acting and decided to pursue new ventures off-screen. While Shue is no longer acting or in the limelight, he is a happily married man to ABC news anchor Amy Robach.

Lea Thompson

Lea Thompson burst onto the Hollywood scene with several signature parts, including roles in the Back to the Future trilogy and Caroline in the City, a popular 1990s sitcom. As the 1990s concluded, Thompson’s star power faded. Most recently, she has been seen on the ABC Family series, Switched at Birth, but otherwise, Thompson has been absent from the Hollywood scene. Married since 1989 to Howard Deutch, Thompson has acknowledged she took a break from acting in order to raise the couple’s two daughters.  After a quarter-century of marriage, Thompson and Deutch’s romance remains intact!


Ice-T is a rapper and actor who held the most star power during the 1990s when gangster rap was the music of choice for teenagers across the country. He became a household name because of the controversy surrounding his 1992 song “Cop Killer”. Today, Ice-T is absent from the radio airwaves, but he still is married to his wife, Coco. Coco is a swimsuit model who Ice-T married in 2001, and the couple’s relationship has been featured on the E! television series Ice Loves Coco.

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Looking at the life stories of Tyson, Grey, Shue, Thompson and Ice-T, it’s apparent that life doesn’t always turn out the way we expect. While these celebrities may not currently have the fame or fortune they used to have, they are obviously successful in the love department.

Who else belongs on this list? Which celebrities have disappeared from news, but have gone on to be successful in other ventures or love? Comment below.