Everyone has fantasized about fame and fortune at one point or another, while for some of us daydreaming is nearly a full time job. However, the saying “be careful what you wish for” definitely applies to the ten celebrities on this list. Each celebrity on this list has made serious complaints about his or her fame, whether their complaints are rare and ill timed, or whether the complaints happen frequently and increasingly. We can hardly blame them – constantly being scrutinized and picked apart by the public, while the entire world constantly gossips about you, would definitely get old, and fast. Plus, after long enough, even being a rock star becomes just a plain old boring job. And sometimes, it just boils down to the fact that we all just want to complain for complaining’s sake. At the same time, it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for these celebrities when they have the wealth and prestige that we all dream of.
10. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan hates certain aspects of fame so much that she even wrote a song about it in 2004, entitled “Rumors.” The lyrics are pretty straightforward and scathing about the paparazzo’s practices, with lines like, “I’m tired of rumors starting / I’m sick of being followed / I’m tired of people lying / Saying what they want about me.” Lohan definitely lays out how she feels about the media and paparazzi with no holds barred: she’s one of the celebrities who has received more flack and been followed more than others, so it’s hardly surprising that she has often found fame to be tiring.
9. Johnny Depp
Despite his global fame, Johnny Depp has always been notorious for being one of the more reclusive celebrities. Although he is definitely appreciative of his fans, Depp hates the aspect of celebrity that requires strategizing every movement, calling it “living like a fugitive,” because even moving from a restaurant to a car is sure to be riddled with photographers and people clamoring for his attention. Not only is Depp uncomfortable with his own celebrity, he’s opposed to the general concept of celebrity. Speaking of celebrity gossip, Depp has been quoted saying that he wishes “to remain ignorant of all this,” which is probably pretty hard when you’re the subject of “this.”
8. Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington has always seemed like one of the more low-key celebrities, so his dislike of fame makes perfect sense. Denzel Washington definitely doesn’t make it into the gossip magazines and tabloids, as much as some of the celebrities on this list, largely due to his diligence in avoiding the overload of fame. Denzel has said “that’s my least favorite part of acting: celebrity.” Instead, Denzel is committed to his family, his faith and to his acting. Denzel is definitely passionate and vocal about his love for acting, he just wishes that the pressures of fame didn’t accompany it.
7. Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart underwent an extremely terrible time when the gossip magazines discovered she had cheated on then-boyfriend Robert Pattinson. Partly because of this unremitting gossip, she told Elle magazine that, when she sees photos of herself, “I feel like I’m looking at photos of someone being r**ed.” Although this metaphor might seem extreme, Stewart must feel that it’s accurate, or she wouldn’t have vocalized this concern. Stewart has never been one of the more vivacious celebrities, so undergoing this experience has caused her to become even more reclusive and silent about her personal life. Her Twilight co-star, Robert Pattinson shares her concerns, and is even higher on this list.
6. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus has complained that, as a celebrity, strange men essentially stalk her day and night. Like Johhny Depp, Miley hates the aspect of celebrity that limits her movements. In a video blog, the superstar claimed, “I really just want to be able to go on walks and enjoy where I live. The paparazzi really frustrate me.” Essentially, although she deeply appreciates her fans and enjoys working in Hollywood, Miley wants the freedom to explore and navigate her own neighborhood without being hounded by paparazzi and her countless adoring fans.
5. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber is notorious for a whole host of idiosyncrasies – he was one of the original stars to become famous via Youtube, he’s one of the youngest heartthrobs out there, and more recently, he’s become rather famous for being a spoiled brat. Although Bieber has said on numerous occasions that he enjoys his fame, he also infamously delivered the line, “And don’t come up to me when I’m eating” when referring to his unrelenting fame. Although fans and haters alike found the quip to be rude and obnoxious, Bieber does have a point – when you can’t even eat a simple meal in peace, fame must be pretty taxing.
4. Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson has received a lot of flack for starring in the Twilight series – for as many fans as the franchise has, it has an equal amount of haters. However, no one hates Twilight, or fame itself, than Pattinson himself. He has been quoted bashing Twilight and the fame it brought him numerous times, both in interviews and off the cuff. Ironically, Pattinson has reportedly complained that he’s not allowed to complain about his fame, moaning that, “you’re just supposed to be grateful.” He’s also complained about the fact that he’s unable to spend more than 40 seconds anywhere in Los Angeles without being asked for his autograph. It must be tough being a heartthrob.
3. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is everyone’s favorite quirky and unique celebrity, partly because she has never seemed comfortable with her fame. However, after her personal nude photos were leaked, she became even more vocal about her dissatisfaction and discomfort with her celebrity status. Lawrence has complained that being an actress constantly in the public eye has made the public think that her body and personal photos are public property. She released a powerful statement in which she vocalized her belief that the theft of her photos is a sex crime, and denounced both the hacker who stole them and those who viewed them. This fiasco definitely proved that celebrity comes with negative aspects.
2. Kanye West
Kanye West has used the same explicit metaphor for fame that Kristen Stewart did, comparing being hounded by the public and paparazzi to r**e. During a concert in London, Kanye West denounced the violation that comes with celebrity, claiming that he just wants to feel safe with his family and not be bothered every second of the day. Kanye’s frequent aversion to fame is kind of ironic, considering that Kanye is constantly demanding attention and is one of the cockiest celebrities in existence. Kanye West is proof that even the most egotistical and attention-hungry people need some personal space sometimes.
1. Britney Spears
It’s no wonder that Britney Spears has complained about her fame – she essentially lost all rights to control her own life after she suffered from extreme bouts of mental illness and her father gained complete access to her life. In the 2008 documentary entitled, The Record, Britney was shown having a breakdown, crying and comparing her life to a jail, and uttering the simple yet poignant statement, “I’m sad.” It’s pretty clear that Britney has been over the pressures of fame for a long time, but she’s essentially locked into her fame-ridden lifestyle.