Dylan and Cole Sprouse were teen hearthrobs in the 2000's. Their Disney channel show broke records and made them household names for kids. They were the Mary Kate and Ashley of the modern era. For several years, they were the highest paid teenagers in the business, and at one point the richest teenage twins in the world, according to MSN. Dylan once called his rise to fame "scary" and very fast.
Dylan and Cole are 21 now, and Dylan has decided to leave acting, go to college at NYU and work in a restaurant (Cole goes to NYU too). Inevitably, the "rock bottom child star" rumors followed. Dylan was so offended by the gossip, he took to tumblr to set the record straight. Dylan called the comments about his new profession "pretty rude" and said that he is financially secure but wanted to try out a new job. He said being a host is "a way to try a new experience, working somewhat below the means I’m used to, as well as a way to socialize and get out of the house. I feel most comfortable when I’m working and doing something, to criticize someone of that is pretty odd. I will potentially return to acting someday, but in no way do I think any experience is a step down for me, but rather a new step in another direction."
Good for you, Dylan. There's nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to living a normal life and working hard.