Stars! They’re just like us! In that they also feel burnt out or tired of working in their field. While the glitz and glamor of celebrity can be attractive for a time, it can also be very exhausting. There are some folks that just want to go back to living as regular people, due to being tired of being recognized, tired of having every move criticized by the media, or just being tired in general. Some celebrities have been in the limelight for multiple decades. Others have been actors, musicians, etc. since they were kids. We all need to know when to say “no.”

Sometimes the best thing a person can do for their own mental and physical health is to just quit. However, we often forget which celebrities are actually retired or are just in the “Where Are They Now?” portion in their lives before their next comeback.

Here are a few stars that have bowed out of the limelight due to their own volition.

Cameron Diaz She's been out of the acting game, and committed to the author-and- activist racket, since 2014. She only kinda-s made that official in 2018, when she casually mentioned to EW that she's actually retired.

Source: EW

Shirley Temple The little girl who somehow became famous for having red hair in the black-and-white era ducked out of the biz at the age of 22. She went on to have a pretty impressive political career, scooping up ambassadorships to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

Source: Smithsonian

Gene Hackman WWW NELG T CRACKED Hackman's had a prolific second career as a novelist. He took his last (non-Vo) role in 2006, and finally said in 2008 I haven't held a press conference to announce retirement, but yes, I'm not going to act any longer.

Source: Reuters

Jack GLEESoN It brings us no joy to report that the GOT fandom... may be toxic. When King Joffrey became the most hated character on television, Gleeson started catching a lot of flack from fans IRL. That probably contributed to his falling out of love with his craft: I

Source: EW

Amanda Bynes To the untrained eye, it looked like Bynes finally lost her cool after years of the unique presures of child stardom. But in fact, it was an active choice to retire: If I don't love something anymore, I stop doing it. I don't love acting anymore, so

Source: EW

Jonathan Taylor Thomas JTT got tired of being a heartthrob, and decided to become a brainthrob instead. He went off to Harvard and Columbia, and hasn't acted since 2015.

Source: People

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