Being a celebrity is something that everyone wonders about, the large homes, expensive cars and massive paychecks. We all wonder if all of that is worth the fame and being endlessly hounded by the paparazzi and fans. Some celebs become famous midway through their lives while others have grown up with the lifestyle, either way there are serious precautions to take when entering the spotlight. When something big happens in Hollywood, the world knows about it within minutes and the media covers it until the very last drop of information has been leaked.
Some stars have no problem opening up to the public and revealing their personal lives while others are much more private, never even showing too much skin. They have to be very careful even when concerning personal messages and photos, as we have learned that celebs certainly do get hacked and the leaked images can be devastating. Personal lives must be kept as hidden and private as possible in order to ensure that your private life will never be leaked to the public. These 15 celebs try their hardest to ensure their lives will never be too exposed to the public, what we know about them is what they chose to reveal.
15. Penelope Cruz
Actress Penelope Cruz lives a quiet and secluded life with husband Javier Bardem according to The Daily Mail and OK! Magazine. An article from W Magazine in 2012 revealed that Penelope “has always been fiercely protective of her personal life, and she is even more private when it comes to her child.” Javier also commented on his wife’s protective nature when it comes to photographers taking pictures of their son: “She would like to shoot the paparazzi who try to take his picture.”
Superstar singer Beyoncé has said in the past that her “private life is off limits.” Even when she tied the knot with husband Jay-Z, Beyoncé refused to discuss their marriage for years. Finally, after 15 years of keeping her private life a mystery to the public, the singer released a documentary called Beyoncé: Life Is But A Dream. In it she explains why she is so private and protective of her family: “People are taking pictures of you and exploiting your personal life as entertainment.”
13. Jon Hamm
Actor Jon Hamm is very protective of his image and personal life. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph he said, “I don’t understand people who want to be photographed everywhere they go. The idea of being followed is abhorrent to me. I’m not even on social media.” Even when the Mad Men star went into rehab for alcohol abuse this year, he requested privacy and refused to go into details with the media.
Rapper Jay-Z has been famous since the 1990s. In 2000, he plead guilty to a misdemeanor and also accepted a 3 year probation sentence for allegedly stabbing someone with a knife. In his book entitled, Decoded, he shares his thoughts regarding the incident, and why he’s so private: “There was no reason to put my life on the line, and the lives of everyone who depends on me, because of a momentary loss of control….. I vowed to never allow myself to be in a situation like that again.” Superstar producer and singer Pharrell Williams told German newspaper Bild: “Everyone makes these jokes that Jay-Z is a member of the Illuminati. That’s not true! He’s just a very secretive person.”
11. Kerry Washington
In 2013, actress Kerry Washington secretly married NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha and still doesn’t discuss their relationship. In an interview with Glamour magazine she said, “I learned through experience that it doesn’t work for me to talk about my personal life.” Kerry had her first child in 2014 and even kept her silence about details of the birth from both her fans and the media.
10. Natalie Portman
Actress Natalie Portman once said, “I value my private life and security way more than getting parts by flashing my boobs on some magazine or being a sex symbol in films.” Film director and producer Darren Aronfsky told Marie Claire: “She’s a very private person. But because she’s been in the spotlight since she was so young and she’s so beautiful, there’s this real attention on her. Usually people who are haunted by the paparazzi say they don’t want it, but they do. Natalie has no interest in that. She’s not playing that game.”
9. Emma Watson
Actress Emma Watson told Elle Australia, “I don’t date people who are famous.” She went on to explain that she doesn’t like the idea of her private life becoming public. When it comes to her non-famous suitors, Emma revealed: “I don’t think it’s fair that, all of a sudden, intimate details of their personal life are public as a direct result of me…I wish I could protect them.” In the past, Emma’s friends have made comments about how private she is when it comes to her personal life.
8. Sandra Bullock
For years, actress Sandra Bullock was known as “America’s Sweetheart.” Even after going through a nasty divorce, she didn’t make any public comments about it for months. Sandra started dating someone new this year, which she hasn’t said anything about to the media. A source commented on the new relationship to OK magazine: “It’s early days, but Sandra is so happy. She’s such a private person, so showing off her romance in front of friends says a lot about what Michael must mean to her. Even though she’s nervous about where this might go, she’s excited more than anything.”
7. Ben Affleck
After having two high-profile break-ups, Ben Affleck has become private when it comes to his wife Jennifer Garner and their children. After their secret wedding in 2005, Ben has made it clear to the paparazzi that he doesn’t want them involved in his personal life. When his wife and family were being followed by a stalker, he told The Hollywood Reporter: “The stalker had been to our house many times and ultimately came to my children’s school and was arrested. It gave me a stronger sense of feeling protective about my family. There’s a lot of crazy, weird people out there. It’s an ugly world.”
6. Anderson Cooper
For years, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper refused to discuss his personal life. In 2005 he told New York magazine, “I just don’t talk about my personal life.” After coming out to the world about being gay, Anderson said: “I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted.” To this day, Anderson lives a quiet life and rarely speaks about his relationship.
5. Daniel Craig
When James Bond actor Daniel Craig married actress Rachel Weisz in 2011 there were only 4 people in attendance. In an interview with GQ magazine, he discussed his opinions about privacy: “I think there’s a lot to be said for keeping your own counsel.” Craig then went on to say, ”It’s not about being afraid to be public with your emotions or about who you are and what you stand for. But if you sell it off it’s gone. You can’t buy it back – you can’t buy your privacy back.”
4. Halle Berry
Halle Berry had a secret wedding with husband Olivier Martinez in 2013. She is also known to be protective of her children, and rarely speaks about her romantic relationships. In 2013, Halle testified before California lawmakers to support a law that would limit the ability of paparazzi to photograph kids of famous people. She said, “My daughter doesn’t want to go to school because she knows ‘the men’ are watching for her. They jump out of the bushes and from behind cars and who knows where else, besieging these children just to get a photo.”
3. Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake has been known to be private about his personal life since being in a relationship with actress Jessica Biel. Even when there were rumors about Jessica being pregnant, the pair kept it a secret for months. In a public statement made to his fans the singer mentioned, “I am (by nature) a pretty private person.” Occasionally, Justin will post pictures on social media about his personal life such as when he announced Jessica’s pregnancy on Instagram.
2. Angelina Jolie
In an interview with Urbanette, actress Angelina Jolie revealed: “I like to hide behind the characters I play. Despite the public perception, I am a very private person who has a hard time with the fame thing. I would like to be open with the public. I would like to not keep secrets or be careful when I talk.” Angelina is also protective of her family and husband, Brad Pitt. She rarely speaks to the media about personal details, or private matters in her life with the exception of her double mastectomy surgery several years ago.
1. Anne Hathaway
In 2011 actress Anne Hathaway told E! Online: “Yes, I have a boyfriend. And yes, I am very much in love with him. But you do need to keep your private life private. Adam totally ruined my plan. I was really actually looking forward to a little alone time and then I fell in love like a fool!” Since her relationship with husband Adam Shulman, Anne has lived a quiet and private life.