They're rich. They're beautiful. They're famous. And they see dead people?
It seems some celebrities aren't satisfied with simply having it all; they also need the special distinction of having met members of the spirit world. An unusually high volume of celebrities have actually reported having had encounters with ghosts.
Clearly some astute person at Lifetime Movie Network latched onto the prevalence of such star-studded encounters, and developed an ingenious show dedicated to the subject called Celebrity Ghost Stories. Since 2009, everyone from shock rocker Marilyn Manson, to actress Daryl Hannah, and the now deceased comic legend Joan Rivers have graced the popular show on The Biography Channel with their freaky stories.
But with so many of the storytelling celebrities falling quite tidily into the B-Movie or "has-been" or "has not yet / ever quite been" category, it was hard not to wonder; did all these mainly stale celebs actually see ghosts? Or did they just act out their fearful retellings of encounters for a little extra publicity, itching for another taste of fame? It's impossible to say, but either way, their accounts made for compelling and super entertaining stuff for viewers.
Plenty of A-listers have also shared their creepy paranormal brushes with the media; and with a remake of Steven Spielberg's huge 1982 horror hit Poltergeist (starring Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt) hitting theatres this month, it seems a trendy time for celebs to be on the ghost-story bandwagon.
These are ten of the most bone-chilling reported celebrity ghost encounters.
10 Miley Cyrus
Before she was riding wrecking balls or twerking, Miley Cyrus told Elle UK that she had a paranormal encounter in a London apartment that she had been renting in 2009.
Cyrus told the magazine her little sister had been taking a shower there one night when she screamed, as the water temperature suddenly became extremely hot. But as Cyrus told the magazine, "The knob had turned but she hadn't turned it and it was burning her. She was really red.” But much creepier still was what Cyrus saw the next night; "I thought I had seen a little boy sitting on the sink watching me take a shower."
After the freaky experience, Cyrus started sniffing around for info and discovered that the apartment building was once the sight of a bakery, thought to have been haunted. Cyrus told Elle UK, "We found out that there was this older man that owned [the bakery] and his son lived with him there… I thought I was seeing the son. I’m not even kidding.”
9 Eric Bana
Can a movie set be haunted? Eric Bana sure thinks so.
The star of Troy and Hulk fame claims the film set of his 2014 horror film Deliver Us From Evil was visited by something paranormal. This is creepy indeed, considering the film is based on a true story about an NYPD cop (Bana) investigating unexplained crimes that seemed to have been caused by something supernatural.
The actor told US Magazine,"I know for a fact the makeup, special effects team had some truly scary things occurring." He said the crew were so spooked by the weird energy that they felt that they refused to sleep in the building.
That couldn't have helped with the actor's already highly wrought nerves, having just been exposed to terrifying footage of supposed real-life exorcisms. He told a Metro UK reporter that director Scott Derrickson showed him the footage, taken from the NYPD's files, to help prep the actor for his role.
Bana said, "There’s no actor alive who could do what I saw happening to someone; and I have no way of explaining what that person was going through, or why, and for privacy reasons, I can’t talk about what I saw. But it was enough to give me a very uncomfortable week."
8 Keanu Reeves
Matrix superstar Keanu Reeves claims that he saw a ghost when he was a young boy living in New Jersey.
Asked by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel if he'd ever seen a ghost, the actor replied,“Yes, when I was a kid. I was in New York – I was probably like six or seven years old, new apartment, we'd come from Australia.”
Reeves said he was sitting in a room with his nanny at the time, when they both saw a terrifying vision enter the room. He has told the story to reporters before, recalling: "I remember just staring at this suit, which had no body or legs in it as it came into the room before disappearing. It was a double-breasted suit in white, and I looked at my nanny, who was just as shocked as me. I just couldn't get back to sleep afterwards, and I still see the figure in my dreams and nightmares."
7 Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande may sing like an angel, but it's demons she claims to have seen after visiting two haunted spots in Kansas City, Missouri.
Grande told Complex she was excited to visit a haunted castle, and then Stull Cemetery; urban legend has it that this is one of the Earth's seven gateways to hell. Grande told Complex: "The Pope won't fly over it." She went on to tell the magazine that after visiting the infamous graveyard, she "felt this sick, overwhelming feeling of negativity over the whole car and we smelled sulphur, which is the sign of a demon ... I was like, 'This is scary, let's leave.' "
She told the magazine that, a little freaked, she apologized to the "spirits" as she left, taking a photograph of the cemetery. She only noticed afterwards that "there are three super distinct faces in the picture - they're the faces of textbook demons.'"
After posting the spooky photo on her Instagram account and then removing it, the singer said things started to get even stranger. She said she began hearing whispers, and seeing "really disturbing images with red shapes" when she closed her eyes. She also claims to have taken a photo of "black matter" that somehow ended up on her bed when she woke up one morning.
Realizing that demons supposedly "feed on fear," Grande told reporters she managed to discipline herself to move on from the disturbing stuff she experienced.
6 Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga may call her fans her "little monsters" and flirt with the freakish and bizarre in her videos, but the pop diva has shown decided displeasure with a real-life paranormal experience she's had with a ghost stalker of sorts.
In 2010, Gaga told The Mirror that she was convinced she was being haunted and followed by spirits. She admitted spending thousands of dollars on "ghostbusting" gear to sweep the backstage area of her scheduled Monster's Ball show in London one night.
Months later Gaga reportedly performed a seance to scare away the ghost she thought was named Ryan, who persisted to terrify her with his presence. A source on her tour told reporters,"More than anything she's annoyed by him as he won't leave her alone. He hasn't been doing anything too violent or scary, but she's freaked out by his presence."
Still, at some point the singer seems to have had a positive experience from the spirit world; she once told Harper's Bazaar UK that she was convinced that fashion designer Alexander McQueen's ghost helped her write one of her biggest hit-singles after his tragic suicide. She said, "I think he planned the whole thing; Right after he died, I wrote Born This Way. I think he’s up in heaven with fashion strings in his hands, marionetting away, planning this whole thing."
Flirty pop star Ke$ha has told reporters of a paranormal encounter, saying she was once forced to move because she was convinced her L.A. home was haunted. But on the plus side, she went on to say that the spirit actually inspired her to write hit songs Supernatural and even Tik Tok.
However, her tales for Ryan Seacrest were much more bizarre. Speaking to Seacrest on KIIS FM in 2012, Ke$ha claims to have had sex with a ghost, saying "I don't know his name! He was a ghost. I'm very into it." She later told Rolling Stone Magazine that she needed to have an exorcism performed by her healer, who had told her that the ghost had seemingly been attracted to her star energy, saying "dead entities cling to me."
In the same interview, the pop star--who doesn't shy away from controversy--also told Rolling Stone that she is obsessed with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, and claimed she is the leader of the Illuminati.
Multiple Grammy Award-winning pop artist Adele was enjoying her mega-stardom in 2012, having just bought a gorgeous $6 million mansion in Sussex, England. But soon after moving in, she reportedly started hearing very disturbing, unexplained noises in the night that made her feel uneasy.
The starlet was so disturbed by her experience that she reportedly hired her former female driver as a security guard to move in with her full time, as she vowed never again to sleep alone in the mansion. The singer's home was actually formerly a convent, that had long since been transformed into an incredible, ten-bedroom luxury home, including two swimming pools.
But unfortunately, any excitement the pop-star felt over the decadent new pad quickly descended into fear, with a friend telling the Daily Mail, "She is convinced it is haunted. She knows about its religious history - and it's a big place to be in on your own in the dead of night."
Perhaps trying to set her own mind at ease using humour, the singer poked fun at one particularly dark corridor while touring the mansion for a TV interview with famed reporter Anderson Cooper."This bit is quite scary really. Have you ever heard of the Shining? All work and no play."
3 Demi Lovato
Pop star Demi Lovato claims she grew up playing with a ghost in her Texas home, calling the house "so ridiculously haunted."
The singer said, "I’ve had a medium come over and ghost hunters; there were so many times that I saw her when I was growing up. When I was 3 years old my mom caught me talking to something by myself. She asked, ‘Who are you talking to?’ and I said, ‘My best friend, Emily."
She told the Mack at Nite radio show that once, at the age of eight, she was trying to close her closet door when she saw a girl standing there, describing the ghostly figure as a little girl dressed in clothing from the 1800's. Lovato claims she used to play with her little ghostly friend for hours at a time.
Having grown up with the paranormal, Lovato claims she has developed a sixth sense of sorts, telling reporters, "When I walk into a room, I can tell if something has happened there or not, or if a hotel is haunted."
2 Carrie Fisher
The legendary star of the much anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII has apparently had much more to fear in her life than Storm Troopers and members of the Sith. Carrie Fisher told Vanity Fair that many years ago, very strange things started happening in her mansion after a friend of hers tragically overdosed in her bed.
The actress said Republican operative R. Gregory Stevens was staying at her house one night along with several other friends, which is why she allowed him to share her bed, with a pillow placed between them. The next morning she woke up to find her friend dead, having reportedly overdosed on oxycontin, and leaving Fisher traumatized.
She told Vanity Fair, "I was in shock for months. I thought I had killed him because it had happened on my watch and I had failed to save him."
Then odd things started happening in her home.
She said, "Lights would go on and off, and I had this toy machine, that when you touched it would say, 'F--- you! Eat s---! You're an a--hole!'" Adding to the creepiness, she said the toy would go off on its own in her closet in the middle of the night.
Fisher reportedly had an exorcism performed at her home, which seemed to nip the problem in the bud. No word on whether she kept the haunted toy.
1 Peter Jackson
The famed director of The Hobbit told the press of a chilling encounter while filming Lord of the Rings in New Zealand. Peter Jackson told The Daily Telegraph that he woke up one night to discover a figure standing in the room. He said, "She was really scary; her face was like a silent scream. She glided across the room and disappeared into the wall."
Jackson had been staying in his wife's apartment at the time. When he finally mustered up enough courage to tell his wife of the incident, he told the Telegraph she replied with, "Was it the woman with a screaming face?" Although his wife had never spoken of it, Jackson says she revealed she had seen the same terrifying figure two years before.