Restraining orders are typically reserved for obsessed and possibly dangerous exes, who usually don’t quite understand that the relationship is over. People also file for restraining orders when they have a stalker, and they’ve tried everything to get rid of the person, short of getting the police involved. So, the general consensus is that restraining orders are not a good thing, to say the least.
It’s unfortunate when celebrities have to file restraining orders against their fans, since many celebs are appreciative of the borderline-cultish devotion they get from most admirers. However, there’s always a small group of people who take their love for their favorite singers or actors way too far. Some of these fans have shown up at a celebrity’s home unannounced and refused to leave. Others have stalked the celebrity online and made the star feel very unsafe.
It’s pretty safe to say that some of these crazed fans are also fame-hungry, and don’t really mind getting the media attention that comes with being a celebrity stalker. It’s safer to say that there are better ways to get attention than to be pegged a crazy person for hiding out on a famous person’s property. Here are 10 celebrities who have had to file restraining orders against their fans.
10. Alyson Hannigan
After a man by the name of John Hobbs stated that he would “take her to the afterlife”, Alyson Hannigan got a necessary restraining order as a safety precaution. This must have been scary for the How I Met Your Mother star, who has two daughters with husband Alexis Denisof. Hannigan is also known for her role in the American Pie movie series, and was part of the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as Buffy’s best friend. As a child, she acted in the comedy My Stepmother Is An Alien with Seth Green, who would later play her boyfriend on Buffy.
9. Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling is proof that female celebrities aren’t the only ones who have to worry about celebrities who love them a little too much. A woman who stalked Gosling claimed to be his “twin soul” until 2014, when the actor had to file a restraining order. The Canadian actor, who got his start on The Mickey Mouse Club with other entertainment powerhouses like Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, is known for his romantic film roles, since he often plays the strong, sensitive type. Ryan Gosling is well-known for his starring role in The Notebook, and recently welcomed a baby girl with his partner, fellow actor Eva Mendes.
8. Halle Berry
The Oscar-winning actress is known for her artistry, but has long been thought of as one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Apparently, one of her biggest “fans” agrees with this sentiment. In 2011, Halle Berry had to get a restraining order to protect her from a man who tried to get into her home by scaling the wall. It’s a good thing she’s got her husband Olivier Martinez, to protect her these days. It’s a known fact that Martinez doesn’t mind fighting if need be. He and Berry’s ex, Gabriel Aubry, got into a physical altercation, which left Aubry with some pretty noticeable face wounds. Ouch!
7. Gwenyth Paltrow
Paltrow had to file a restraining order in 2014, against Nickolaos Gavrilis. The order is binding for three years, and protects Gwenyth Paltrow and Chris Martin, her estranged husband, and keeps Gavrilis from coming anywhere near the couple. Now that that’s out of the way, Paltrow can focus on other things, like her luxury line of home goods, her devotion to healthy eating, and her seemingly pretentious attitude towards people who are in a different social class than her. She recently accepted the challenge to see how people with limited income shop for groceries, and stated that she just couldn’t live that way. She also stated that she loves bread, wine and cheese, but was previously quoted as saying she had given those foods up. Maybe she can figure out how she really feels about food while her restraining order is still active.
6. Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake, who has also been in the business since the days of Mickey Mouse Club, was forced to file a restraining order against a woman who showed up outside his house multiple times in 2009. Later, the woman was admitted into a psychiatric facility. This is likely good news for the former N’SYNC band member and successful solo artist, since Timberlake recently welcomed a son with his wife, actress Jessica Biel. Justin Timberlake has a pretty successful acting career himself, with starring roles in films The Social Network, Friends With Benefits, In Time and Bad Teacher, a movie that also features his ex girlfriend, Cameron Diaz.
Apparently, one of Usher’s fans has “got it bad” for the singer, dancer and actor. Usher got a temporary restraining order against a woman who managed to get into his home more than once. She even pretended to be Usher’s wife at one point! That could have turned into a serious issue, since Usher has two sons to care for with ex-wife, Tameka Raymond. Usher is also ranked as one of the highest selling musical artists of all time by the RIAA, and aside from his lucrative recording career, he has also appeared in films such as, In the Mix, Light It Up, The Faculty, She’s All That and Justin Bieber’s Believe.
4. Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez’s stalker is actually the one who advised her to get a restraining order! The guy, whose name is Thomas Brodnicki, admitted that he didn’t want to object to the restraining order, because he knew that it was the only thing that would make him stop stalking her. So, Gomez took Brodnicki seriously and got the restraining order in 2012, which is good for three years. Scary indeed. Since then, Selena Gomez’s career has certainly not lost its momentum. Justin Bieber’s ex has since starred in Spring Breakers, which was a departure from her innocently mischievous role as Alex Russo on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place. Gomez is currently working on the films In Dubious Battle and The Big Short.
3. Miley Cyrus
The former Hannah Montana star has had her share of overzealous fans. But when one stalker tried to get into her home using a pair of scissors, it was definitely time to get the authorities involved. Cyrus got a permanent restraining order against the man. The stalker didn’t adhere to the order and found his way back on the singer and actress’ property. He was then convicted of misdemeanor trespassing because of it. This would undoubtedly cause a considerable amount of stress, especially considering that Cyrus has had her share of media attention over the years for that twerking incident with Robin Thicke, and her relationship turmoil with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s son.
The bad girl of pop had to file a restraining order against a stalker before he could actually get to her. The man broke into Rihanna’s neighbor’s home, because he was under the impression that it was Rihanna’s house. So, the singer decided to file an order that is good for three years. The restraining order gives Rihanna one less thing to worry about, since she seems to be doing quite well after leaving her ex, Chris Brown, behind for good. The singer also stars in the animated DreamWorks film Home, and continues to wow everyone with her risky and inventive fashion choices.
1. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift’s stalker isn’t likely to be one of her ex-boyfriends, since she’s made it clear that they are never, ever, ever getting back together. This obsessed fan is a man who actually wants to be in a relationship with Taylor Swift. The man claimed to be Swift’s husband, and sent her letters stating his love for her. He also contacted her on social media and via phone. The restraining order states that the man is not permitted to contact Swift in any way. Now Swift can get back to winning Billboards, Grammys and Country Music Awards for her catchy breakup songs. She has also appeared in the films Valentine’s Day and The Giver.