Teen star Amanda Bynes has undergone massive scrutiny as a result of her erratic behavior. (Photo/Courtesy Amanda Bynes Twitter)

Why don’t Latino celebs go all Amanda Bynes on us?

Amanda Bynes went from being a squeaky-clean child star (Nickelodeon ‘s“The Amanda Show,” “What I Like About You”) to posting bizarre videos and topless pictures on Twitter in what seems to be a self-inflicted, rapid downhill spiral, prompting fans and pop culture fanatics to ask “What on earth happened to Amanda Bynes?”

Since her “retirement” from show business in 2010, Bynes has made countless headlines for her erratic behavior. Among her most notable moments? In 2012 she was arrested for DUI  – which prompted her send a tweet directed @BarackObama pleading “I don’t drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don’t hit and run. The end,” she’s claimed the invention of the term “LOL,” seems obsessed about losing weight to hit her goal of 100 pounds, posted loads of “selfies” featuring her cheek piercings and cleavage, and most recently, was accused of being high on drugs, prompting a call to the New York City police from Bynes’ former publicist Jonathan Jaxson. Her actions – which seem to be leading up to an imminent breakdown – are reminiscent of Britney Spears’ meltdown in 2007 and Lindsay Lohan’s escapades in and out of rehab.

But why don’t Latino celebs ever seem caught without their panties on in upskirt shots (like Paris Hilton) or with drugs, a la the recent drug bust on Justin Bieber’s tour bus in Sweden? Are Hollywood’s hottest Latino celebrities just too scared of their abuelita’s chancla to go off the deep end? Even at their worst – Demi Lovato’s admission to rehab for substance abuse issues; Sofia Vergara’s dress malfunction over New Year’s Eve – is nada compared to what jaw-dropping behavior by mainstream celebs. Here’s look at some of our favorite dramatic Latino stars moments – with a look at why even in hard times, there’s just no Latina version of Lindsay Lohan.

Singer-actor Ricky Martin.

Singer-actor Ricky Martin. (Photo/Getty Images)

Ricky Martin

Along with fellow Hispanic musicians Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin helped push Latin music to the forefront of American pop culture in the 90s, making people across the country want to shake their bon bon to Latin rhythms. With a different woman in each of his music videos and a hot new date every time he hit the red carpet, everyone thought that Martin made it his mission to live up to his Latin lover reputation. When he came out as gay in 2010, the response among his fans was largely positive – for some, it came as no surprise after he became father to twins via a surrogate in 2008 – Martin was in control of his own narrative, releasing his life’s memoirs and diving right into the LGBT advocacy work that has since won him multiple awards and recognition by fans the world over.

Pop rock icon Gloria Trevi.

Pop rock icon Gloria Trevi. (Photo/Getty Images)

Gloria Trevi

Gloria Trevi was already a firmly established pop-rock Mexican icon when she and her former manager Sergio Andrade were arrested in Brazil under charges that she and Andrade had kidnapped, abused and corrupted underage girls. Trevi served several years in prison – during which she became pregnant with Andrade’s baby, who died as an infant – and after the charges were lifted, was released in 2004. Aftewards  Trevi continued to perform in concert but now lives quietly with her attorney husband Armando Gómez in McAllen, Texas, making occasional appearances at Latin music events.

Shakira has revealed her baby's gender.

Shakira has revealed her baby’s gender. (Photo/Getty Images)


Shakira is no stranger to drama when it comes to ex-boyfriends. Her ex, Antonio de la Rua, recently slammed the Colombian singer in two separate lawsuits on the grounds that he helped shape her into the multi-million-dollar brand she is today. Add those legal woes to separate lawsuit filed by two former employees – Maritza de Avila and Dibier Hernandez – who claim that Shakira unjustly fired them, and you have a ton of legal fees and a squeaky-clean pop star reputation on the line. But Shakira has escaped negative media scrutiny about her legal troubles, making sure the attention stays on her extensive philanthropic efforts, adorable baby Milan and crossover appeal with her new stint as judge on “The Voice.”

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato (Photo/INF Photo)

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato was a teen favorite thanks to her popular Disney Channel show “Sonny with a Chance” but at just 18 years old, entered rehab after she punched a backup dancer. Lovato – now 20 – later revealed that she was treated for an eating disorder and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. But the young Latina turned the narrative around when she became a columnist for Seventeen magazine, sharing her experiences – both the highs and the lows – with her teen audience. Add her work as an outspoken spokesperson for various advocacy organizations, several chart-topping singles and a reoccurring seat as a judge on “The X Factor,” and you have a recipe for a chart-topping comeback in less time than you can say “Britney Spears.”

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