8 Celebs Who Retired From The Tabloids To Become New People

Not all celebrities enjoy the ups and downs of living in the limelight. Here are eight who have swapped out Hollywood in favor of another career.

While being a famous celebrity has its rewards (deep pockets and the adoration of millions), it also has its downsides (paparazzi and tabloids always being up in your grill).

While being on display can be exciting at first, the relentless nature of having your personal life out in the open 24/7 has made certain celebrities shed their fame in turn for other, quieter career paths. 

From a former boy band member to a construction company owner and a bodybuilder to a politician, here are seven celebrities who have reinvented themselves outside of the public eye.

1. Kevin Jonas


Kevin Jonas, the oldest member of beloved brethren boy band, the Jonas Brothers, fell out of the limelight as the band got older. He had a stint in reality television with his wife, Danielle Deleasa, but it didn't last longer than two seasons. Most recently, though, he's shed the spotlight for a hard hat, starting his own construction company called JonasWerner. 

2. Arnold Schwarzenegger

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The famous "Terminator" actor and former Mr. Universe winner traded in the bodybuilding stage for a more political one as California's governor from 2003 to 2011. 

3. Jon Fishman


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Phish may have a cult following but the band's drummer, Jon Fishman, seems to be shedding his packed arena days for a quieter life in Maine. Just last week, he was elected to Lincolnville's Board of Selectmen.

4. Shirley Temple


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Born in 1928, Temple was so famous that she had already made eight movies by 1934. In 1969, she left the film industry to serve as a United Nations delegate, even becoming an ambassador to Ghana. 

5. Phoebe Cates


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As the young starlet from "Fast Times At Ridgemont High," Phoebe Cates stopped acting in 2001. She now owns and runs a boutique in New York City called Blue Tree. 

6. Dylan and Cole Sprouse

The twin boys who used to live in a fictional hotel on the Disney Channel graduated from New York University in 2015. Cole studied archeology and Dylan majored in video game design. Dylan went on to become a master brewer and is set to open his own mead brewery in Brooklyn. 

7. Heather Donahue

"The Blair Witch Project" star left Hollywood after the incredibly successful horror movie in favor of growing marijuana in Northern California. She tells all about how she couldn't shed the Blair Witch image in her memoir, "Growgirl: How My Life After the Blair Witch Went to Pot," according to The Daily Beast.

8. Gene Hackman

This two-time Academy Award winner turned in a camera for the pen and now writes historical novels alongside archeologist David Lenihan. His first solo novel "Pursuit," debuted in 2013.

So, I guess there is life after the harsh (and golden) glow of the spotlight. 

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