Why Isn’t Kanye West Being Hurt by His Epic Meltdowns? by Daniel Bukszpan @FortuneMagazine April 11, 2016, 12:01 PM EDT E-mail Tweet Facebook Linkedin Share icons Congratulations, Kanye West! The hip-hop artist’s latest album, “The Life of Pablo,” has topped the Billboard 200 chart, making it the seventh album of his career to hit number one. West’s chart dominance is all the more remarkable when one considers that he appeared to be going through some kind of public meltdown just a couple of months ago. He kicked it off on February 9 with a tweet proclaiming comedian Bill Cosby innocent of the rape allegations leveled against him. One week later, extremely not-safe-for-work audio was leaked, featuring a massive tantrum thrown by the artist backstage at “Saturday Night Live.” West rounded out the month by taking to Twitter yet again, this time to blast Bob Ezrin. The producer of such classic albums as Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” Ezrin had called West’s music “sophomoric at best.” The rapper responded with a series of tweets in which he expressed pity for the producer’s children and called him “everything that is wrong with the old guard.” It all made up for the kind of month that a publicist would not want to have. But despite a solid month of questionable behavior, the chart dominance of “The Life of Pablo” shows that West paid no price for his prolonged tantrum. Common sense would seem to dictate that a public meltdown such as this one would do some kind of lasting damage to a celebrity’s career. Indeed, many a celebrity has thrown a tantrum, had a meltdown or behaved in an otherwise generally unacceptable fashion, never to be heard from again. But it’s not a hard and fast rule by any means. Many celebrities have had full public unravelings that appeared absolutely fatal to their careers, only to bounce back. Sometimes, they even came back and found more success than they had in their pre-meltdown days. It’s hard to say exactly why some celebrities survive meltdowns while others don’t. Some seen to have won public sympathy by being contrite, and honest with fans about what caused them to snap. Others have had trips to jail or rehab, which perhaps gave them time to reboot their brands. And still others, like Kanye, seem to just be Teflon — the public continues to love them in spite, or because, of their meltdowns. Fortune presents a look at five celebrities who pulled a Kanye, by surviving a career-threatening meltdown and coming back stronger than ever.