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19 Times Celebs Talk Openly About The Major Downside Of Fame

Do you dream of being famous one day? If yes, you’re not alone because millions of people out there are trying to achieve their desire to be in the spotlight. Whether it’s for the money, the glamour, or the attention, fame is something nearly everyone dreams of at one time or another.

However, being famous is not easy. Most of the time, famous people also have to bear the burden of their popularity. Being stalked by paparazzi, losing privacy, gossip, slander, and scandals are just some of the issues these celebrities have to face. Even many celebrities have openly admitted that the drawbacks of working in the entertainment industry cause them to change for the worse. It’s the case of Daniel Radcliffe, who admitted to turning to alcohol in his teenage years to deal with his “Harry Potter” fame. Or as Diaz put it, “Fame is infantaslising. It very much takes away from your own sense of autonomy and ability to take care of yourself.”

Continue reading to learn more about these celebrities who haven’t always enjoyed being in the spotlight. You will empathize with them more because the popularity is sometimes terrible.

#1 Keanu Reeves

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Despite being a renowned Hollywood star, Keanu Reeves sometimes felt uncomfortable. Because to catch him, fans and paparazzi like to gather in front of his home all day. “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.”

#2 Mila Kunis

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When Mega became pregnant, the tabloids gave greatly affected her family. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Kunis said “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. ”

#3 Daniel Radcliffe

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Daniel Radcliffe turned to alcohol as an adolescent to cope with his “Harry Potter” fame. He admitted “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.’”

#4 Gigi Hadid

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After becoming a celebrity, Gigi Hadid has lost a few friends. She told: “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.”

#5 Megan Fox

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Megan Fox has openly spoken about her experiences with fame. “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.”

#6 Brad Pitt

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Fame is not something Brad Pitt cares about. “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.”

#7 Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber has experienced the consequences of stardom in his relationships. He 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.”

#8 Billie Eilish

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After the success of her song “Ocean Eyes” in 2016, Billie Eilish become famous. But sometimes, she is not happy because “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.”

#9 Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence thinks that fame makes her tired. She has expressed that she just wants a break. “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.”

#10 Jennifer Aniston

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During “Friends,” Jennifer Aniston quickly gained popularity. At first she was grateful for what she had received, but then she had a hard time. In an interview with People magazine, she told: “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 continued “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.”

#11 Robert Pattinson

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Like other stars, Robert Pattinson had many issues after gaining fame. He talks how feeling isolated in an interview with Spanish GQ magazine. “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.”

#12 Sia

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In order to stay out of the spotlight, Sia spent most of her time covering her face with her iconic oversized wig. “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.”

#13 Cameron Diaz

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Although Cameron Diaz has retired from acting, she still remembers how she lost her personality to become a star. She shared it on her podcast, “Rule Breakers”: “Fame is infantaslising. It very much takes away from your own sense of autonomy and ability to take care of yourself.”

#14 Selena Gomez

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As a famous singer, Selena Gomez becomes headline news for almost everything she says or does. “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.”

#15 Shailene Woodley

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Shailene Woodley is uncomfortable when being called famous. “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.”

#16 Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga is one of the most famous singers in the world but she feels bad about experiencing the negative effects of her popularity. She told to People magazine “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.”

#17 Shia LaBeouf

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Being a famous star since childhood, Shia LaBeouf understands celebrity problems so well that he considers being famous as a slave “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.”

#18 Kourtney Kardashian

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Kourtney Kardashian didn’t care about her fame. “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.”

#19 Cardi B

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After becoming a big star, Cardi B is always under public scrutiny. “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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