Living a life of luxury sure isn’t easy – in fact, it requires a whole army of payrolled hangers-on to keep up the pampered lifestyle these days. Of course, when you’re a high profile star, some help is acceptable. Personal assistants and bodyguards are understandable needs for some of Hollywood’s most in-demand stars. However, it seems that money can seriously go to some celebrities heads. When it does, they rally hoards of people to perform simple and even ridiculous tasks for them.
Let’s take a look at some now-infamous backstage demands by some of the world’s most famous stars: Beyoncé asks for brand new coffee pots, Rihanna for humidifiers, Justin Timberlake for disinfected doorknobs, Madonna for a brand new toilet seat… You get the picture. However, it could be said that this demanding nature shows the true colours of celebrities, especially how sheltered and out of touch with reality they really are, and perhaps how lonely they are. A woman named Rebecca White spoke to the New York Post a few years ago about her experiences working in famous celebrities’ entourages: White worked with the likes of Naomi Campbell and Claire Danes. Despite her high wage, White called the lifestyle depressing. She said of Claire Danes: “There are different levels of PAs — there’s the person back in the office who does the faxing and e-mailing — but my job was to be their best friend. It’s sad, but true. On the outside, these celebrities seem to have everything you can imagine — money, fame, friends — but they don’t.”
With this in mind, lets take a look at some of the weirdest celebrity entourage jobs ever. Some of them are so over-the-top that we wonder how the assistants managed to keep a straight face. And how do these people title themselves on their resumes…?
6. Holistic Advisors for Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow is well known in Hollywood for being a fitness and health food fanatic. Her website, Goop, promotes this healthy lifestyle, along with Gwyneth’s own ‘clean’ recipes (which basically means that they are vegan and free of processed ingredients). Gwyneth is keen to spread her holistic message, but she has an awful lot of help in her mission: According to various reports, Gwyneth has an army of over twenty people who look after her every need. Although Gwyneth’s diet is extreme, it certainly would be easier to follow if we all had four nutritionists, three personal trainers, three massage therapists, an allergist and a blood analyst at our beck and call (amongst others). Indeed, Gwennie seems to have set a new celebrity trend: the holistic entourage.
5. Drink Lifters for Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey will always be known as a diva. The world famous singer has a reputation for being demanding: This is most likely because of her 15 strong entourage that follows her around at every waking moment. The entourage includes hairdressers, stylists, bodyguards and a dietician. Mariah also has someone on call to wipe her hands and lift a drink with a straw up to her mouth. Yes, really. Mariah is known to make huge demands in the preparation of her accommodation before a show or a break abroad. Mariah once asked for an entire hotel room to be filled with white kittens. She demands that the room be at a high temperature (she says that it helps her vocal chords) and she sleeps next to dehumidifiers to ensure the air she breathes in is clean. When you’re worth $500 million, it seems you needn’t bother with something as trivial as lifting your own drink…
4. An 80-Strong Army for Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is known for being eccentric and over the top, so it’s really no wonder that she takes the meaning of entourage to the next level. Gaga’s entourage forms a collective known as the Haus of Gaga, a team of the most dedicated “little monsters” in the world.
The Haus of Gaga creates everything about Lady Gaga – Gaga’s outfits, style, stage sets and props, and things like music and merchandise. The Haus of Gaga was responsible for the meat dress that Gaga wore in 2010, which made headlines all over the world. Whether or not you like Gaga’s style, you have to admit that her entourage are a talented bunch of people. Although Gaga is clearly the pampered one, having every aspect of her image taken care of by an army of professionals, Gaga has been known to use the Haus of Gaga for the greater good: Gaga offered a young artist named Helen Green a high profile job at the Haus of Gaga after she viewed her artwork on Twitter. Green now works with Gaga, and Gaga often promotes her work via her personal Twitter account.
3. Room Darkeners for Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart has been around for a long time, and he certainly isn’t a shrinking violet. The star still plays live regularly all around the world, showing no signs of retiring from his long music career. Stewart also ensures he has an entourage with him at all times, who have to perform perhaps one of the oddest entourage jobs ever. Part of Stewart’s entourage form his “darkening team”, a team of people who make sure to block out all the light from his hotel room before he arrives. Stewart states that he can only sleep in complete darkness, so all light must be banished from the room. Not even a sliver of light must enter from windows or underneath doors. In addition, Stewart also insists on having an oxygen mask, black furnishings and black M&M’s…
2. Woman Providers for Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was one of the most famous musicians on earth. Dubbed the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, Elvis quickly became one of the standout cultural icons in history, and today he remains one of the most iconic representations of twentieth century Americana. Despite his death over thirty years ago, it is estimated that Elvis is worth a staggering $300 million. Elvis was known for his catchy songs, sexualised performances and his lust for fatty foods (according to numerous reports, fried peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches were one of his favourite meals).
However, what many people don’t know is that Elvis could be considered the first ever celebrity to have an entourage. This entourage was born in the form of the ‘Memphis Mafia’. From the 1950’s onwards, these men took care of Elvis’ security, management and every other need. The Memphis Mafia mainly consisted of friends and associates, and most of them were unpaid. Instead, Elvis awarded them with material items, such as cars and clothing.
The Memphis Mafia played a big role in Elvis’ life, a role that went far beyond personal security and time management. It has been reported that the group often, for lack of a better word, ‘organised’ the women that Elvis would liaise with. Because so many girls were obsessed with Elvis at the time, the treatment of these girls by his entourage has been questioned by many. Peggy Lipton wrote that she felt “trapped in Presley’s bed” as the Memphis Mafia waited outside the bedroom door.
1. Chewing-Gum Provider for Ceelo Green
CeeLo Green has won the hearts of many since his breakthrough album Lady Killer stormed through the charts to number one. Despite a difficult youth which saw the star orphaned at just eighteen years of age, CeeLo has defied the odds and launched himself into the spotlight. His famous song Forget You was played on radios all over the world. In the song, CeeLo makes numerous references to poverty and having a lack of funds in general. However, it seems that Cee Lo lives a different life nowadays… According to the New York Post, CeeLo employs a massive entourage. Along with more traditional tasks, his encourage includes one person to put gum in his mouth, and another to wipe sweat from his forehead after a performance. We guess the change in your pocket is enough, CeeLo!