18 Famous Stars Who Quit at Their Peak (PHOTOS)

Fame, fortune, adoring fans. Who could ask for anything more? Apparently One Direction heartthrob Zayn Malik can, as well as 17 other stars who abandoned million-dollar contracts and highly coveted careers at the height of their fame. Some did it for family or health reasons, some simply to become royalty. (No joke!) 


In some cases the resignation lasted only a few weeks, but in others, it was a permanent decision that lasted a lifetime. What causes a celebrity to trade megastardom for a life out of the spotlight at the peak of their career? Check out these 18 famous stars who did just that. 


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