Inside Drake Bell’s troubled life, from splitting from his secret wife to being charged with endangerment after the child star went ‘missing’

DRAKE Bell was reportedly found safe after his disappearance on Thursday, police said.

This isn’t the first time the former child actor and musician has found himself in the public eye lately.

Former child star Drake Bell was brought to safety after briefly missing in Florida on Thursday

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Former child star Drake Bell was brought to safety after briefly missing in Florida on ThursdayPhoto credit: BackGrid
The incident came after he split from his now-estranged wife, Janet von Schmeling, last year

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The incident came after he split from his now-estranged wife, Janet von Schmeling, last yearPhoto credit: The Mega Agency

Bell, who police said is undergoing a mental health evaluation after his disappearance in Florida, became a household name while starring on the Nickelodeon show Drake & Josh between 2004 and 2007.

After the show ended, Bell faced several controversies as he bounced in and out of the spotlight.

DANGER TO CHILDREN

The star pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges in 2021.

Bell was arrested in Ohio in April after being accused of grooming a young fan when she was just 12.

Drake Bell's shocking claim that he almost died in videos weeks before he disappeared
Drake Bell went silent on social media weeks before his disappearance

The fan, who was 19 at the time Bell was charged, said their conversations had become “overtly sexual” after she turned 15 in 2017.

The two reportedly exchanged racy pictures and even met at one of Bell’s concerts that year.

The star served two years of probation and 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty.

In a 2021 Instagram video, Bell admitted his interactions with the fan were “reckless and irresponsible,” but denied being aware of her age.

He also denied sharing sexually explicit images or having physical contact with the victim.

“Most of the news you’ve heard lately is completely fake and fake,” he said in the clip.

SECRET WEDDING

Later that year, Bell revealed on social media that he had secretly married his now-estranged wife, Janet Von Schmeling, in 2018.

“In response to various rumors that are false, I have been married for almost 3 years and we are blessed to be the parents of a wonderful son,” said the star tweeted in Spanish.

But last year, the couple decided to quietly part ways after four years together.

Bell has reportedly worked to maintain a strong relationship with his son Jeremy.

“He’s a great dad when he’s healthy and sober,” an insider told Page Six last year.

A fan spotted Bell and Jeremy at SeaWorld in Orlando earlier this week.

When the fan approached Bell, he replied “nicely and quietly,” TMZ reported.

The Nickelodeon actor was also previously accused of “verbal and physical abuse” by his ex-girlfriend, although he also denied those allegations.

Melissa Lingafelt, who goes by the stage name Jimi Ono, claimed in a TikTok video that she was subjected to “the worst kind of verbal abuse imaginable,” which she claimed later turned physical.

The couple dated for about two years in 2006 before calling it quits.

Before the child abuse charges were released, Drake was also arrested in 2016 and spent four days in jail following a DUI.

MUSIC CAREER

There was a time before that when Bell seemed to be doing relatively well.

Before these allegations brought him back into the spotlight in the United States, he had made a name for himself as a pop musician in Mexico.

The star even changed his stage name to Drake Campana, which means “bell” in Spanish, and started writing most of his social media posts in the language.

He had two #1 singles on the Latin American charts, 2006’s “I Know” and 2011’s “Terrific,” Billboard reported.

Bell also sang the iconic theme song for Drake & Josh and was often seen playing guitar on the program.

In 2008, he also appeared on the iCarly theme song “Leave It All To Me,” which peaked at #100 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Bell also pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges in 2021

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Bell also pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges in 2021Photo credit: The Mega Agency
Bell is also a musician who found success in Mexico and Latin America

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Bell is also a musician who found success in Mexico and Latin AmericaPhoto credit: YouTube

CELINE CASTRONUOVO

CELINE CASTRONUOVO is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. CELINE CASTRONUOVO joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: celine@dailynationtoday.com.

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