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19 Celebs Who’ve Spoken Openly About The Major Downside Of Being Famous

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“Famous people suck. Fame is trash.” — Billie Eilish

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Megan Fox has always been outspoken about her experience with fame.


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In an interview with Esquire, Fox said, “They all think we should shut the fuck up and stop complaining because you live in a big house or you drive a Bentley.  What people don’t realize is…you’re being bullied by millions of people constantly.”  

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Billie Eilish catapulted into fame after the release of her song “Ocean Eyes” in 2016.


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Eilish told 3voor12, “There is no training, there’s no like, let me go to a school that’s going to teach me how to be famous. Also, that would suck. That would be trash school … Famous people suck. Fame is trash.”

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Gigi Hadid has lost a few friends along the way.


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Hadid explained, “So in a way it’s good because you learn that it’s better to have a few really good friends than tons of friends you aren’t really sure about. There are people who understand that I love them and who know that when I get back to town I’m going to call them, but sometimes I can’t call every day because I’m in weird places.”  

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Robert Pattinson explains how fame can make one feel secluded.


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In an interview with Spanish GQ magazine, Pattinson said, “People don’t realize how lonely you are. In any case, I feel fortunate because success didn’t reach me very young, at least, I had the opportunity to have a life before.”

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Brad Pitt is not into the whole “being famous” idea.


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Pitt said, “Somehow you’re not supporting your film if you don’t get out on a show and talk about your personal life. It has nothing to do with why I do this.” 

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Jennifer Lawrence just wants a break.


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Lawrence told Glamour, “I think that we should be allowed time off. Three months. ‘Oh, it’s my three months off. You can’t photograph me.’ I would love to be able to control being photographed.”  

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Daniel Radcliffe dealt with his Harry Potter fame by turning to alcohol in his teenage years.


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In an episode of Off Camera with Sam Jones, Radcliffe said, “The quickest way to forget about the fact that you were being watched was to get very drunk. Then as you get very drunk, you become aware, ‘Oh, people are watching more now because now I’m getting very drunk, so I should probably drink more to ignore that more.’”  

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Jennifer Aniston quickly rose to fame during Friends.


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“I’ve really gotten a lot out of therapy. Just being a public person, there’s a lot of amazing things that come with that,” she told People magazine. “But there’s also a lot of tough stuff, because we’re only human, and we tend to walk around with bulleyes on our heads.”  

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Justin Bieber has faced the consequences of fame in a very public setting in his relationships.


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Bieber said, “I became resentful, disrespectful to women, and angry. I became distant to everyone who loved me, and I was hiding behind, a shell of a person that I had become.”  

10.

Sia spent most of her time hiding her face with her iconic oversized wig as a way to avoid the spotlight.


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“If anyone besides famous people knew what it was like to be a famous person, they would never want to be famous,” she wrote. “Imagine the stereotypical highly opinionated, completely uninformed mother-in-law character and apply it to every teenager with a computer in the entire world.”

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Shailene Woodley doesn’t like being called famous.


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Woodley told AP, “The ‘fame’ word was hard for me because it felt like there was a separation between me and everyone else. And I feel like that word alone is so stigmatized and there’s so many connotations associated with it that for a long time I refused to even acknowledge it.”  

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Selena Gomez becomes trending news for nearly anything she says and anything she does.


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“It’s a lonely journey to really figure out where all this stuff is coming from,” Gomez said. “And to detach from it. It becomes an addiction, it becomes a habit, retraining your mind to not go to these negative places when you say something wrong, do something wrong, when you wear a certain thing, or represent a certain culture. But it is lonely, I had to lose a lot of people in my life to get there.”  

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Mila Kunis’ pregnancy worries her family.


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In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Kunis talked about the effect her pregnancy has had on her family. “At one point when I was pregnant, [the tabloids] said that I had an emergency and was rushed to the hospital, and my face was on the cover,” she explained. “The amount of stress that caused my family, nobody will understand. “

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Keanu Reeves is a beloved Hollywood icon but sometimes that love can be overwhelming.


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Fans and paparazzi like to sit outside his house just for a glimpse of the actor. “I’ll come out in the morning and get my newspaper (and they’re there),” he said. “You feel like an animal in a cage.”

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Cameron Diaz has retired from acting but she recalls how fame took away her independence.


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On her podcast, Rule Breakers, Diaz said, “Fame is infantaslising. It very much takes away from your own sense of autonomy and ability to take care of yourself.”

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Lady Gaga felt the toll of her celebrity status.


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In an interview with People, Gaga said, “I used to wake up in the morning, and I would realize I was ‘Lady Gaga.’ And then I became very depressed and sad, and I didn’t want to be myself. I felt threatened by the things my career brought into my life and the pace of my life.”  

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Cardi B is publicly scrutinized.


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“One negative thing is that, even though I’m happy, I feel like I was a little bit happier two or three years ago when I had less money,” she explained. “I had less people who had opinions about my life. I felt like my life was mine. Now I feel like I don’t even own my life. I feel like the world owns me.”  

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Shia LaBeouf has been in the entertainment industry since he was a kid.


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He told Variety, “The requirements to being a star/celebrity are namely, you must become an enslaved body. Just flesh — a commodity, and renounce all autonomous qualities in order to identify with the general law of obedience to the course of things.”

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Kourtney Kardashian never cared for fame.


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Kourtney expressed, “We were all raised knowing that the most important thing is family. I never really thought about fame as a kid and even when we were talking about doing the show, I didn’t really think about it. I wasn’t like, ‘Oh, we’re doing this show — I’m going to be famous’. Sometimes I wish we weren’t filming. I love being a mom and sometimes I just wish no one knew who I was.”  



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