Sure, there are some celebrities who have a reputation for being difficult, but are actually pretty nice people. Of course, there are also some famous people who pretend to be kind and caring, but are actually pretty terrible. It’s like something from a movie that tells the story about a diva-like star who is pleasant and congenial when interacting with fans, but completely unbearable when interacting with their staff or producers.
Just like some celebs are encouraged to take on a demanding and entitled attitude for the purpose of creating a buzz, there are also some stars whose PR teams encourage them to put on a nice and innocent front. In Hollywood, most people believe that all publicity is good publicity, so as long as people are talking about a star, the celebrity has a better chance of getting work. Sometimes this tactic works. Sometimes, however, this plan could backfire once the public finds out that a celebrity really isn’t that great of a person. If you’d rather keep your positive opinion about your favorite celebrities, you may be a little disappointed after reading this list. However, the information you find here could help you plan to spend your time and money keeping up with celebrities who actually have a good head on their shoulders.
12 Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard is known as the smiley guys of the NBA. However, some players and basketball fans say that Howard's fake kindness is starting to get on everyone’s nerves. Some sports fanatics are also pretty mad at Dwight Howard for getting into a long-standing spat with fellow basketball player Kevin Durant, who is known for being genuinely friendly. Kobe Bryant has even stated that he felt Dwight was fake, and even called him a punk in so many words. Dwight Howard doesn’t quite have the best reputation with the ladies, either. Even though he’s appeared on the Disney Channel lately on shows like Austin & Ally, but allegedly has several children with different women. One of his children’s mothers is Royce Reed, who is a former dancer for the Orlando Magic and star of Basketball Wives.
11 Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift has a reputation of being the wholesome girl next door. On the other hand, she’s dated several people in Hollywood, which could be a bit of a contradiction. It’s been said that she only dates guys for the purpose of gaining material for new songs, but she also comes across as a hopeless romantic. It’s also been alleged that Swift’s relationship with singer Harry Styles, was staged for the press. While Taylor is known for her willingness to make her fans’ dreams come true, there are some who believe that her kindness is just a huge front. It’s been said that Taylor Swift sets “rules” for anyone who wants to hang out with her, and Kendall Jenner has even called her a “mean girl.” Interesting.
10 James Franco
At least James Franco has admitted publicly that he can be a little difficult. He even criticized his co-stars during an interview a few years ago. He stated during the Interview series with Mila Kunis that one of the actresses working with him on the movie The End of the World, walked off the set because she didn’t want to follow the directions in her scene. Looks like Franco is a bit of a tattletale, even though he didn’t want to reveal the actress’ name. There’s also been talk that James Franco has been high on set before, which makes most any actor difficult to work with.
9 Don Lemon
News anchor Don Lemon, used to come across as a professional and friendly guy. However, in recent years, Lemon has been getting a lot of criticism for the way he’s been covering the news, which leads many to believe that he’s a jerk. Don Lemon has talked about racial tensions in the country that leads some to believe that he really doesn’t understand the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement or the removal of the Confederate flag. While covering the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, in response to the shooting death of unarmed teen Mike Brown, Lemon thought it was essential to mention that there was a stench of marijuana in the air. Looks like he should just stick to reporting and leave his personal opinions to himself.
8 Kris Jenner
Kris Jenner has long had a list of haters that is just long as her list of fans. After all, what mother would be OK with her daughter making and releasing a sex tape to catapult her into star status? It has long been said that Jenner manages her daughters’ careers primarily for the purpose of gaining her own fame. Some also thought that her tears during a recent Keeping Up With The Kardashians episode, in which she talks with Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner about his sex change, were staged. Kris has also been known to hang out and party with Joe Francis of Girls Gone Wild fame, which causes many to question whether or not her character is truly upstanding.
7 Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus’ image has certainly changed since her days on the Disney Channel. She was the imaginary friend of many little girls and tweens during her days as Hannah Montana. In her attempts to get people to understand that she’s a “grown-up” now, she’s done everything from twerking on Robin Thicke during the VMAs in 2013 (Thicke was married at the time), to being nearly naked in her video for the song Wrecking Ball. Miley seems to be nice to who she wants, but when she’s ready to stir up some controversy, she seemingly has no problem accomplishing her goal. She made some pretty negative comments about Nicki Minaj recently, and a number of Hollywood professionals say that she has a bratty attitude.
It seems that singer Rihanna has earned the name “bad gal RiRi” for a number of different reasons. While the world felt completely sorry for her after she was assaulted by her boyfriend Chris Brown, some people started to lose their sympathy for her after finding out that she can have a pretty bad attitude sometimes. While Rihanna has been known for posting lots of inspirational quotes on her social media pages, she can also be pretty mean and catty. When a 16-year-old wore a dress inspired by Rihanna to her prom in 2014, the celebrity actually joined in with fans to criticize the girl. Charlie Sheen even stated that Rihanna was mean when he invited her to come eat with him and his fiance, since they were both at a Los Angeles restaurant, and Rihanna refused.
5 Jared Leto
It may come as a disappointment that the dreamy Jared Leto is actually a jerk. Well, when it comes to women, anyway. Leto, who is known for his work on 30 Seconds to Mars likely used his “stardom” to flirt with women. One source actually stated that Leto told a lady friend that he could reach “sexual fulfillment” in 30 seconds simply by looking in her eyes. Charming. Fans have also stated that Jared Leto has told them to “eff off” at random, and he often refuses to sign autographs. Looks like Leto is ruder than we might have assumed.
4 Robin Thicke
There was once a time when Robin Thicke was the object of many women’s affections for his love songs. Things got ugly for Thicke when it was alleged that he’d cheated on his then-wife, Paula Patton. The two had been together since they were in high school, which caused a number of his female fans to lose respect for him. Well, that, and the whole Miley Cyrus twerking thing. He then spent most of 2014 begging his wife to take him back and even released an album entitled Paula. There were also allegations that Thicke was verbally abusive to his wife after the release of Blurred Lines, his sixth album, which indicates that Robin Thicke might be more of a jerk than we assumed.
3 Julia Roberts
Actress Julia Roberts has long been regarded as America’s Sweetheart, but there are some people who beg to differ. Nancy Motes, Roberts’ late sister, stated in her suicide note that Julia Roberts was definitely not the good-natured person she pretended to be in public. Motes’ fiance also spoke to the UK’s Mirror and stated that Julia bullied and tortured her sister for most of her life. Star Magazine also asserts that Roberts is prone to having tantrums on set. In one instance, she didn’t like the dress that a stylist had chosen for her, and threw the garment across the room. When the stylist asked if she could get Roberts something else to wear, she allegedly screamed “don’t f**king bother.” How charming.
2 Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon is another star that has a sweet and innocent image, but isn’t always such as nice person. Some of Witherspoon’s friends who have known her for years, characterized her as a sorority girl from the South, which indicates that she can be immature, entitled and clique-ish. Reese and her husband, Jim Troth, got arrested in Atlanta in 2013 for disorderly conduct and a DUI, and the actress made sure she reminded the officer that she was not “just any U.S. citizen.” She also told the officer that he’d make national news for putting her under arrest. Unfortunately, her name-dropping tantrum didn’t work. It’s also been known that nannies don’t want to worth with the actress, either.
1 Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby had a reputation for decades for being one of America’s favorite TV dads, due to his role on The Cosby Show. People even respected Cosby’s opinions on the importance of education and the ills of society when he was off camera. So, it’s only natural that people were completely shocked when the news came out that Cosby has been sexually assaulting women for quite some time. He even settled out of court in 2006 with a Canadian woman, and some of the colleagues who worked with him in decades past have admitted that Cosby’s womanizing ways have long been a part of his career. Bill Cosby is also known for being completely demanding, and doesn’t tip when eating out. He often asks staff to arrange food in a particular way on his plate, and has asked interviewers where they went to college because they’re questions were “stupid.”