Zac Efron's Friends Fear He's Struggling With Return to the 'Ugly World of Fame'
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People from the 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile' actor's inner circle are reportedly worried that he's struggling with being in the spotlight once again after he recently displayed strange behavior.

AceShowbiz - Even with his acting career that has spanned more than two decades, Zac Efron might not be built to be thrust into the spotlight. Friends of the actor fear that he is struggling as he returns to the "ugly world of fame."

"There's a growing concern about Zac's erratic behavior, prompting worries he may be struggling with being in the spotlight once again," a source tells after noticing his alleged recent bizarre behavior.

"The change in his demeanor backstage is noticeable, with the vibrant sparkle in his eyes replaced by a blank stare," the source explains. Citing his odd moves such as wearing sunglasses on morning TV, the informant shares that his pals fear Zac has developed substance abuse problems that once plagued him.

During his appearance on "Today" to promote his new movie "The Iron Claw" in December, Zac explained that he wore sunglasses because he had an eye infection. "I'm sorry man... I feel weird being in shades! I just have a bit of an eye infection," he said at the time. "But I really wanted to be here. It's such a good movie, and I want to come see you guys and tell everyone about it."

But his friends think that Zac's problem is far deeper than that. "The fear is he isn't ready to be thrust back into the ugly world of fame," the source goes on dishing.

Zac went to rehab in 2013 for alcohol and cocaine addiction. In 2014, he revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the "never-ending struggle." He divulged, "I was drinking a lot, way too much."

He admitted the was "burnt out" after his "High School Musical" days. "I had done films back-to-back-to-back. I was burnt out," the 36-year-old shared. "There was something lacking, some sort of hole that I couldn't really fill up. I was just so deep into my work, it was really the only thing I had."

Despite the downsides, Zac said he wouldn't change anything about his past. "I mean, you're in your 20s, single, going through life in Hollywood, you know?" he stated. "Everything is thrown at you. I wouldn't take anything back; I needed to learn everything I did."

"I just started going, and I think it's changed my life," the star of "The Greatest Showman" shared his positive outlook. "I'm much more comfortable in my own skin. Things are so much easier now."

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